Category Archives: Tattoo career

100 DAYS SOBER

So, a few days ago I hit a huge milestone in my existence on this planet . 100 days without dependance on any substances for the first time in my entire adult life. It’s also ironic that it comes only a few days after I celebrated my 20th year tattooing. I don’t think words can ever express completely the feeling of immense gratitude that I have lately, so I’m not even going to try. But I really am so thankful to everybody who believed in me, supported me and stuck by my side through all those tough past years. Most importantly my beautiful girlfriend and my family. I now know how rough it must have been sometimes and also how ridiculously hard it is to see someone you know just blatantly throwing away their talents and life to drugs or alcohol.

Bobby Rotten  tattoo artist   100 days sober

All I know is that is I have achieved so much in these first 100 days and it’s been an uphill kayak battle to get where I am right now, but honestly just wait because I’m only getting started and with the help and support of my loved ones and friends I am striving to reach my full potential both in my art, tattoos and most importantly my life. Everyone knows I’ve wasted enough time and I’m so blessed to be where I am today: I have a job tattooing full-time that I love, at a shop that I love working at, in a city that I love being in. I couldn’t imagine a better situation to come back from being a total mess of a human being to. I know that there’s definitely a reason why I am still alive and where I am in my life today and I hope that I can grow into the person that I knew I was capable of being and to grow old into the tattoo artist I’ve been preparing to be for the past 20 years. Ok, enough mushy bullshit: let’s make some art and tattoos and catch up on lost time.

Traditional Rose Tattoo Design Timelapse in Procreate.

Timelapse video of a tattoo design I did of a traditional rose in my own style with my own custom palette of colors. Unfortunately, my Apple Pencil is out of commission, so I pretty much did this all with my finger. I think it’s a bit more impressive that way but whatever.
Traditional rose tattoos design

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TATTOO WISHLIST: WOMAN’S FACE WITH FLAMING STAIRCASE.

hey kids. it’s been awhile since I updated my site but I have been hard at work drawing up tattoos like a madman and I’m about to do a photo dump of all the tattoos I’m trying to do. if you or anyone you know is trying to get this tattooed fill out this form.

TIMELAPSE TATTOO SLEEVE

Here’s a short time lapse video of me working on the wrist part of this tattoo. To see this tattoo finished as well as other tattoos I have done check out the links below.

http://www.instagram.com/bobbyrottentattoos

http://www.twitch.tv/bobbyrotten

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

I’m just gonna leave this right here with some of my work versus someone who copied my work. I did this tattoo about 10 years ago on a friend of mine and have seen countless copies of it on the internet. I’m not trying to be cocky here, but you get what you pay for and when I do a tattoo, I’m gonna do my best work every time. My clients are paying for the 17+ years of tattooing experience I have as well as the countless hours of my own time I have spent drawing, designing and creating art. That is time I have invested into my own career outside of my tattooing time. I take my tattoos very seriously and if it’s something that I don’t feel like I would be able to do a phenomenal job on, I have no problem referring my clients to an artist that I believe would. Tattoos are a luxury, and trust me, I understand they’re expensive. I get tattooed just like y’all and I’m in no way balling outta control however before you settle for something cheaper keep this image in mind. This is my job and any tattoo I do will be my best work and I’ve been able to make a living out of it almost 18 years. This isn’t my side gig or my hobby, this is how I pay my bills and continue to do so with the help of my clients wherever they may be who appreciate the effort I put into doing quality tattoos. Thanks for reading guys and be sure to follow me on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/bobbyrottentattoos