Quick post now that I'm back from my Chicago trip.  I have a bunch of drawing to get to tonight so I don't have time to address everything I'd like/need to, but pictures are good.

Coloured Leanna's thigh before I left

Quick outline for Callum's arm today.  Good easy way to get back into things after getting tattooed.
I'll address this in a more formal manner on Monday and Tuesday, but "summer season" for tattooing has officially begun.  That means everyone who's forgotten/neglected to get tattooed over the winter months is rushing to get appointments right now.

This means it will take me longer to respond to emails, and appointments will be booking further out then a they did over the winter months, and yes, especially weekend appointments.  Please plan ahead.

Remember, lack of planning on your part does not constitute  an emergency on mine.  

More Monday... or Tuesday...


Third trip to Chicago


Here's the last few weeks worth of tattoos, I figured I'd do a quick update before heading back to Chicago on Sunday.

Worked on Dasha's tattoo last Sunday and finished up the roses and most of the leaves
Did this fun little mountain scene on Lindsay's 1/2 sleeve Last Thursday
Coloured the rest of Leanna's pineapple and the tomato's on her fruit sleeve.  This should be done in one or two more sessions
Super fun pocket watch on the back of Chelsey's neck Wednesday
Also Thursday, Reid is destroying this half sleeve and will have the whole thing done next session.  He started it Feb 8th.  Awesome client!
Outlined Jackie's first tattoo on Thursday.
... and finally, Pete Killed it today and got a huge chunk done on his owl.


New tattoo shops pop up all over the place...globally...scribblers or not, once the market is saturated, prospective new tattoo collectors could be baffled with all the choices..logic would tell anyone to "DO YOUR HOMEWORK !"...you do NOT wanna leave disappointed and disillusioned with something that doesn't wash off as easily as last nights guilty escapades...hmmm...

Juan, has left the shop.. we're all proud of him for his new venture. Superfly tattoo in the city of Leon in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. His own shop, his own model machine....

ANYHOW...Juan "Superfly" Arreguin...YES the Godoy Machines "Superfly" tattoo machine model is his...has opened a WINNER OF A SHOP in the city of LEON in the Mexican state of GUANAJUATO!!!

An escape for any tattoo collector who is choosy and demands perfection...this isn't a fly by night locale...You come here with a purpose you leave here with your dream embedded in your skin.

Juan "Superfly" Arreguin is an award winner, not limited by style, technique or genre...harboring a never ending river of creativity, style, professionalism and personality.

Yes this shop is SUPER, the tattoos he administers are SUPER !

The Godoy Machines "Superfly" is SUPER...

Back in 2005, I saw a photo in Flickr titled "Cindy, a beautiful canvas."

Fast forward to 2012, Dr. Victor Mair met the young lady in person:

So I asked Cindy what she thought the tattooed symbols running down her neck and spine meant. She replied:

The bottom two were supposed to be success… then respect.

Oh well. Works either way. It is what it is. You can put whatever name you want.

Queen OF The World is what I prefer.

I followed up by asking Cindy what she thought the second, very unusual, symbol meant. She said, "Oh, that's just a cross for Jesus."

Tentatively, this is what I had to work with:

1. mǔ 母 ("mother")

2. zǐ 子 ("child"), or perhaps some kind of cross

3. wù 物 ("thing, object")

4. guì 贵 ("precious; expensive")

With considerable effort, I could get that to mean "Mother and child are precious things." But I was not satisfied with this interpretation, both because of my uncertainty over the second symbol and because it required me to accept a strained interpretation of the final two characters.

(Continue reading at Language Log)


I've been attempting to draw and paint a lot more the last few months,  most of which is for the purpose of studying.  It's stuff I'm just messing around with, and will not be publishing on the blog.  I'm finding it extremely helpful just working on exercises and ideas that I know no one will see... 

So unfortunately that's what I'm doing right now with the extra time I used to spend on updating my blog.  Hopefully over the next few weeks... or maybe months... I have new paintings or ideas to show for all the work... hopefully....  Here's some recent stuff in progress from the last few weeks of tattooing.


If we had to define Godoy Machines we would use the following words:

Education, Innovation, Function and Direction.

Lets break down the industry into groups in order to better understand the motivation behind Godoy Machines.

*A Client who needs a tattoo, well done of course but they have no artistic ability nor knowledge of how tattooing works...pain factor, technique, machine function, sterilization proceedures, time it will take to apply, care instructions...WE HAVE TO CATER TO THEM, THEY FEED US...and REGARDLESS HOW MUCH THEY ANNOY YOU, THEY DESERVE THE BEST YOU CAN GIVE THEM.

-----We tattoo daily so we understand their insecurites and needs ...we were all clients once-----

*Artists in need of products to apply the tattoo...artists of various technical and artistic levels are consumers...all of us are buying ink, needles tubes, machines and disposables/throw aways (paper towels, bandages, skin cleansers etc)...ALL THE WHILE RELYING ON THE SUPPLIER TO PROVIDE US WITH THE NECESSITIES TO APPLY THE TATTOO in an efficient, hygenic way...Some artists with all the blind faith in the world trust the suppliers to provide quality products such, especially MACHINES...Some artists are so egotistical that they will DENY any education regarding technique or machine function as they ignorantly raise their glasses to toast an obsolete generation of old men who may have "pioneered" the art of tattooing AND never advanced it. Education NEVER hurt anyone.*

---------We tattoo daily and believe in the advancement of tattooing... artistically, socially, technically... with no limits.

Tattoo by Steve

Tattoo by Art

*Suppliers who PROVIDE all these "useful" things to artists YET have NO CLUE about machine function AND whose main goal is to pull in money in order to liquidate readily available hyped products with no regard for what defines true quality...sometimes taking back used machines covered in biohazard and replacing them with a new one due to their and the clients lack of knowledge pertaining to machine function. These people come in different levels aswell...the "kit salesmen", the businessman who buys cheap Chinese machines and re-sells them, the corporate distributor who sells every machine "brand" and doesn't realize that they all look alike and have the SAME components as eachother.

-----We scrutinize all of our suppliers and have a long check list of demands and criteria they must follow in order to carry our machines...thats why Godoy Machines are hard to find in the mainstream industry...also thats why we have the best and highest quality innovative machines available to only professional tattoo artists-----

*Machine manufacturers who...

1-Don't tattoo, can barely tattoo or aren't artistically current enough to apply today's artistic demands onto skin.

2-Builders who copy eachother's recipies..derived from copying a guy who copied another guy who copied another guy...and so on for the last century...with no actual knowledge of each part assembled on the machine and its function...guided myths,superstitions AND misinformation.

3-Manufacturers/machinists who jump into this industry to profit...knowing that because its NOT REGULATED by the artists involved...they can sell to em...easy money.
It's impossible to regulate this entire industry BUT we can regulate ourselves by educating ourselves and spreading the knowledge and ethics behind what we do in order to avoid intruders selling us hyped machines or buying from egotistical "jump on the bandwagon no talent havin' machine building clowns" who truthfully are just happy that the machine makes a noise and the a-bar goes up and down....TRUTH IS: WITH MACHINE EDUCATION WE CAN BUY ANY MACHINE AND WITH SOME PRACTICE... REBUILD, RETUNE AND REFINE IT.

4-Ex tattoo artists with hyped up names whose low end products are being sold by non tattooed sales reps to tattoo artists...while they enjoy the money the hype brings em.

-----We do not support hacks in tattooing nor in machine manufacturing...we do not buy the hype and do not name drop...we are for the people, we believe everyone has the right to machine education and do not buy into the old "secret society" machine thing...the thruth is THEY NEVER KNEW MACHINE FUNCTION and STILL DON'T-----


Now...here's a little story of an encounter this past weekend at Musink Tattoo convention...
Sittin at the Godoy Machines booth...here come 3 guys interested in our machines...one guys TELLS me, just by looking at our machines in the class cases that they look like "whip shaders" or "color packers"...I asked "WHAT ? Are you SERIOUS???"...Realizing that i had to have EXTRA PATIENCE with this guy ...i calmed down to hear him out, if anything...for entertainment value...He had one arm sleeved with new below average stuff and nothing on any other visible part of his body...i would say he barely had 3-5 years in this business unlike Art and my 27 years each. This guy claimed to be a machine builder and tried hard to compare himself and put himself at OUR LEVEL...I had to laugh and put him in his place with science, physics and FACTS...Now...whats the moral here???


There are a million clowns like him roaming around...preaching to anyone who will listen.
We all know there are tattoo artists of different artistic and experience levels out there as well as new ones comin into the industry every day...with or without apprenticeships.

Like it or not, to anyone NOT involved in tattooing, we are and will be associated with them.
So...here we are...between a rock and a hard place i would say...SO lets EDUCATE them AND ourselves in order to breed a new strong generation to stamp out the "old ignorant, irrelevant ego driven one"...sounds GOOD right???

Well...We here at Godoy Machines have laid out a business based on advancement of tattooing through INNOVATIONS on electromagnetic machines that will facilitate tattoo application and technique with Patented machine systems assembled and designed for true FUNCTION while promoting EDUACTION on this subject as WE wrote 'Tattoo Machines and Their Secrets' an industry text book available in various languages with countless benefits for any tattoo artist with little or no experience to master artists with many years under their belt ,who understand that technique and quality tattoo application comes directly from machine function...
WE teach seminars globally in order to better the industry!!!

Here we are in Italy - 140 people.

All this finally gives us our DIRECTION...

We keep innovating our machines, constantly improving their performance!! New components, features, advancements and designs... ALWAYS!!

WE teach true machine function with the ONLY TRULY EFFECTIVE SEMINAR OFFERED to ALL artists of ALL levels ALL over the world...We still tattoo AND understand an artists needs, therefore our customer service is unbeatable.

NOT for the substandard asshole.


Apply stencil...

Peel off stencil...

Tattoo over stencil...

Bald spot partially covered! She's coming back for more!

There are always options, if you're flexible and if you're creative. Losing hair is no big deal sometimes. The lack of hair and the smooth skin make ideal conditions for tattooing! The above 4 photos are the sequence of covering the bald patch.

Here's Ryan, the same day, tattooing the inside of a client's lip. The lip is not the easiest area to tattoo. It can be difficult to heal as well. Normally it doesn't heal perfectly, there are usually parts that will need to be re touched.

I got to tattoo a dog portrait... while watching Shutter Island... The tattoo was way more interesting...

And an owl.. work in progress...

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