Be sure to watch Tim June 11th and follow me on IG: timleasetattoos
Be sure to watch Tim June 11th and follow me on IG: timleasetattoos
BEFORE YOU START
So why get a back tattoo? Well, they look good on everyone with every body type out there. Skinny, curvy, broad, and muscled! Have a hunchback? Still gonna look good on you! They are easy to hide with clothes if you have a professional job, and can't have tattoos. They age better with time because they aren't exposed to as much sunlight as an arm or hand tattoo. They are the largest canvas space on your body that provides the best opportunity to do something really creative!
1. OUR FIRST MEETING FOR A FREE CONSULTATION
Pick a subject matter and let your artist work around that. A full back piece will have a flow from your neck, down your spine, to your hips.
First decision: Before you pick your subject matter, decide if you just want a lot of delicate lines in one large linework piece, or if you want shading with black and gray or color?
Second decision deciding the subject matter: Decide if you want flowers, animals, scenic, portraits, Japanese, or dark and creepy and meet with your artist face to face. Maybe you love a tv show and want a portrait of the main character with surrounding elements. Maybe you love anime and want a theme.
Third decision: just your back, or do you want a body suit? Personally, I think they just look better if you include your butt! You could also do the back of your arms, butt, and back of your thighs. Your artist will take a photo of your back and draw the design using software directly on your photo of your back! It will fit YOUR body perfectly.
Right now, use this link to book a free consultation with Tim to start this process: https://www.timleasetattoos.com/book-online/free-20-min-consultation
(Below: drawing design on image of back step by step)
2. OUR FIRST SESSION APPOINTMENT
Ready to start your backpiece:
Use this link to book a full day session with Tim. https://www.timleasetattoos.com/book-online/full-day-session
Note from Tim: "I'm going to only tattoo you this day. My fee is $150 per hour of tattooing, and I will only charge you for each hour that you are actually getting tattooed. There is a $200 deposit required to book this session that goes towards the price of your tattoo session...Ex: if you book the 8-hour session and pay the $200 deposit, you owe $1000 if you can sit for 8 hours that day. If you book the 8-hour session and pay the $200 deposit, you owe $700 if you can sit for 6 hours that day. I use the deposit to secure the entire day just for YOU only, and to draw the backpiece ahead of time. When you come in for your first appointment we will look at the design together, make any changes, apply the stencil, and start your line-work session. Plan on being here the whole 8 hours! Bring some snacks, or there is a pizza and donut place in the plaza. We have free drinks in the shop.
Measuring and fitting the stencil:
When you come in for your first session your artist will print and size the stencil. The stencil is printed in pieces and all of the pieces are taped together to fit onto your body as one giant stencil. If your artists prints only a tiny section stencil of your back tattoo and puts the stencil on without seeing what the whole thing will look like on your back first...run away! This may take up to an hour or longer to get the sizing right and make it perfect. Your artist may also put the stencil on and decide they want to move it a bit. If they decide to move it, they will then clean your back with alcohol to get the stencil off and reapply the stencil in a slightly different position. Just have patience and faith. They are the expert! Guys will get a free back shave (or shear) depending on how hairy of a man you are.
(Below: Printed stencil and applying stencil)
First Session: Linework!
It's time to do the lines. This will be the longest and most difficult session. Expect to lay on your stomach for 4-6 hours. A positive mindset is so important for this session! You are going to go through a range of emotions from excited and happy... to proud you sat for this long...to thinking you can't do this anymore, to I've SO got this, to get this over with right now. Think of your back as a coloring book page, and your artist needs to get this all lined out in one or two sessions before the shading begins. The lines on a back tattoo are thick and bold. Your artist will be using an 11 round needle to really get the lines in there, and to provide a good and long-lasting foundation for shading in future sessions. If you don't want any shading and just line work, then your lines will be more delicate but there will be MORE lines. Either way, you are going to be here for a while, and this will be the most uncomfortable session, so get comfy. We suggest bringing some headphones and iPad to watch a tv series. We can put a chair under the massage table and you can watch TV and get in your zone. Or bring headphones and make a playlist before you come with your favorite music or meditations. If you don't bring anything to get your mind off of the painful areas, you are going to be confronting all your inner strength demons head-on, so come prepared! Also....We have an open bar in the shop. (FYI something to look forward to for future shading sessions: numbing spray is available and free for 2-3 hour sessions or more. We can't use the numbing spray on non-broken skin, so it's only good for the shading sessions!) Try not to be angry or hate your artist during your line session....he's making you the best tattoo of his life!
(Below: Tim has recently started his own back-piece by his partner, Julian Maceac, and completely understands all the steps you are taking to complete yours)
Tim includes free aftercare and uses a Saniderm wrap. To learn more about this you can visit their information here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAGy6A-AOxg
3. HOW MANY SESSIONS IS THIS GOING TO TAKE?
Second Session: If you only wanted line-work, then congrats you're done! If you want shading and/or color though, then is the second time (and won't be the last time) your artist for a session. Sessions could take several months up to a year. It's common with large scale tattoos to book a session every 5 weeks until completed.
Before you leave your first session, your artist will probably decide when and how long to book the second session and you're already excited to come back soon. If you left unsure of your schedule and wanted to wait for that second session, then here is a link to book either 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours, or 6 hours. Decide how long you want to sit, or work around your busy schedule: https://www.timleasetattoos.com/book-online//
Pros of many sessions:
You can pay as you go. You don't have to pay for the entire piece up front. Everytime Tim tattoos you, he will charge you $150 for every hour that you have a session. The first session of linework is going to be the most expensive because you're sitting from 4-6 hours or maybe more depending on the size. From then on if you only have $150 in your tattoo fund, and want to sit for one hour, you can schedule a one-hour appointment. If you want to come in two weeks from then for your 3rd session for another hour...it's totally up to you. If you want them to just shade all day and knock out the whole piece in 8 hours...we can do that too. This is where you kind of decide when and how much we meet, and we'll go from there. You can book all of your future sessions using this link here: https://www.timleasetattoos.com/book-online//
(Below: 4 and 5 small sessions of work)
3rd session, 4th session, 5th sessions, etc:
Shading and Color sessions. We'll add little fillers and details. I will take a progress picture each time you come in, and you will leave with a saniderm wrap for easy aftercare. It's hard to reach back there! The saniderm heals your tattoo in 3-5 days. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAGy6A-AOxg
(Below: Done in 4 long sessions!)
See you soon!
2018 was just WOW!
We're spending a lot of December looking back at all the fun tattoos my clients allowed me to make this year, and wanted to take a moment to tell you all how extremely grateful I am for your trust in me and allowing me to try new things. I've made some awesome art this year, and also had some great times meeting new clients and making some new friends. I hope that I continue to see each and every one of you...even if it's just to walk in and say hello from time to time to share what's new with you.
Most of you know I was lucky enough to open my very own shop in July with my partner Julian and the help of my lovely better half, Amy, and I could not have done it without them! We've just been incredibly lucky this year, and sometimes I can't believe this is all happening. We had moments where we did not think we could find the perfect place to open a shop, and then the stars just all aligned and it worked out better than I had ever hoped. Renovating every single inch of the space our new shop was no small task, and the build-out took over a month to paint, remodel, and do the flooring. We did everything ourselves with just the 3 of us, and I'm pretty proud of what we made! I love you guys so much, and what a crazy life we have together!!!
We love the plaza our shop is located in here in Winter Park Florida next to an amazing all night donut shop and the best pizza I've ever had. We are looking across the street at the new homes being built with so much excited to meet all the new tenants, and excited to see the neighborhood here boom!
Having my own space to create in has been LIFE CHANGING... I can't even describe in words the difference it has made in my work, relationships, and work/life balance... and only hope that it shows through in my recent art since July. I can now focus on doing large back pieces and sleeves,
knowing that my clients are going to love it here and be comfortable. I finally have space I feel comfortable working in from 10 am until 10 pm where Amy can come and hang out in, and it feels just like home here in the shop (minus our 6 cats, dog, beta fish, and quail lol)! If you haven't been to the shop yet, you can basically walk right through it here in our Google walk-through tour: https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-81.3007849,3a,90y,166.76h,86.18t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sAF1QipN27MtFMqW79oAOzKLdP17J09SIfuOu5hKKj9mF!2e10!3e11!7i6686!8i3343?shorturl=1&fbclid=IwAR3YG9p1nm_BQyOq-WwWzTxiFOV3sNtVE50dsK7q4owTzM1pq_S9QfQvsoM
In 2018 I also got to travel and tattoo internationally. Traveling abroad has made me a better artist, but I do miss home and now will be at my home base shop more this year. Amy and I visited Norway, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Amsterdam, and will be posting a blog for "how to do international conventions" in 2019 as well as doing some tattoos for weddings and photography! So if you are interested, make sure to follow me and her instagram @thetattooedbride. It's crazy that people all over the world have my art now, and that's an intensely humbling feeling of awe and gratefulness every time I look back at 2018.
2019 is going to be even better...if that's even possible! I honestly have everything I could ever want, and anything given to me in this life is a complete bonus. The new year is already starting out with a bang, and I can't wait to do amazing tattoos!
Be creative and find joy in 2019!
-Tim Lease Tattoos