Hope everyone had a great/safe Christmas and New Years.
It was a great year in tattooing for me. I know I probably have said that in past years, but I REALLY mean it for 2014. Skeleton Key tattoo has been great and was a easy transition and everyone there has been so kind. I feel like I learned a lot technically and design wise this year. I finally feel like I have an identity, and when someone looks at a piece of mine they can recognize it. I met so many great tattooers from all over the US. Most of all thanks to my amazing clientele. I am so gracious and appreciative for them.
I am stoked for 2015 and will continue to work hard to progress my skills. I am truly blessed to live such a awesome life filled with great people.
I went back east in September for a family visit and stopped off at creepy creations to say hi to Bob and Dan. It had been a while since the last time I’ve seen them, but they are two of the nicest and most genuine dudes I know. Just in case you don’t know Bob was my mentor and creepy creations is where I worked for the first five years of tattooing.
Also working full time at skeleton key now, tuesday through Saturday.
Some current work:
I’ll be out of the shop for bit due to recent acl and meniscus surgery. If you ‘d like to make a future appointment with me please send me a email. Jaketongtattoos@gmail.com
But in the mean time check out some cool tattoos I got to do leading up to surgery. Thanks to all my awesome clients! (Who happen to be a good chunk of the Portland cycling community)
I also got to tattoo the amazing Glen Copus of http://www.elephantbikes.com who’s building my new road bike:
In other news check out me and Timber’s defensive mid Rodney Wallace!
Friday the 13th was crazy as expected. Banged out a whole bunch of tattoos till my head hurt. It was a lot of work, but had a fun day with the SKT crew.
As most people know, I’m a huge soccer fan. With the World Cup here it’s really the only I can concentrate for the next month. With the USMNT in the “Group of Death”, and watching the Germans steamroll the Portuguese this morning, i’ll be happy if we make it out of the group.
I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN! Kinda.
Spent a great day on the bike with friends. We got in a fair amount miles, probably more than I should be riding with all the stuff torn in my knee.
Capped the night off with some Thai style BBQ. Well I actually made my own grub, but everyone else was eating the Thai BBQ. I grabbed some field roast “meatloaf” and slathered it in BBQ sauce, threw it on the grill, hucked it between a bun, and enjoyed it with a high life.
While I’m sure many people had a great day such as mine, let’s not forget what the day is about and give thanks to those who gave their all for this country.