Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tat-do's & Don'ts

I posted a rant on twitter about Tattoos and then realized that

A) No one wants to see a rant in their Twitter feed.

B) I have more to say on the subject.

Basically I was browsing a website today and I saw a Harry Potter tattoo. I just felt sad for that person and then I googled Twilight/Hunger Games/Harry Potter/Avatar & band tattoos then felt bad for a whole lot more people.

I am a big fan of tattoos. I love them, sadly I don't have any but that is a personal choice I made because of my fanboy nature.

As a fanboy I know how easy it is to get sucked into the latest trend. A new movie, book, band or comic comes out and I would get obsessed, sometimes for years.

One of the saddest things I can remember is a girl who came into the place I used to work. She was wearing a wrist band kinda high up on her arm. My best friend was there visiting me and he kinda knew the girl so he pulled her arm band down because he saw part of a tattoo hanging out from under it.
It was the word Twilight in the same font as the book. She told us about it and said she read the book when it first came out and loved it. Since it wasn't a big thing at first pop culture wise she thought it would be cool to get the tattoo.

It would be a conversation starter kind of thing. Some one might say "Hey what does Twilight mean, and why is it on your arm?" then she could tell them about her favorite book and it'd kinda break the ice.
Then the movie came out and phenomenon hit and she was instantly embarrassed about the tattoo. She loved the book not the movie, but no one would ever know because the film used the logo from the book.
So she felt the need to hide it.

Now if you google Avatar, or Hunger Games you already see people with the tattoo. I love the books and I am positive the movie is going to be as good or better. However in 15 years will you even care? Will Twilight just be that movie you loved in your 20's but now you have to wear an arm band to cover it.

I guess the point is to me a tattoo should be original or at the very least something that is simply classic. I'm pretty sure no one ever regretted a Beatles or Johnny Cash tattoo but take a look at some of the other band tattoos I am posting below.

I collect a lot of tattoo books and magazines, I am both inspired by the art and fascinated about the process. What I've noticed is that the best tattoos are those that have the spark of originality to them. Where a client trusts their artist.
Give the right artist your idea and maybe some reference material and they will make a killer tat that will be classic for life.

Just be careful when deciding on a tattoo. When you see someone with a Twilight, or Harry Potter most people don't think "wow they must really love that book" what they think is "How unoriginal" or "Stupid hipster".

Just be careful, the twenty-something with cool Hunger Games tattoo today

may be the the embarrassed forty-something with the Interview with the Vampire tattoo tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


I got some changes today and while the majority were simple color changes and the like. One in particular was a bit more troublesome.

I was told that the client loved everything about the design except they decided they wanted a Chevy rather than a Ford. That is a doozy of a "correction".

Still I got it done and I'm emailing it to them tonight.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Website

Welcome to the all new one stop location for all things Alan Wayne Myers related.

About a month ago I decided I no longer needed a website. I wasn't updating it very often and I had not blogged there in 2 or more years. It was just stagnant. So I deleted it from Go Daddy completely and started looking for a "free" place I could keep an online portfolio. What I didn't realize was how often I sent prospective clients there.

After deleting it I got the contact info for a new company and I ended up emailing them with my request for work and 10 separate jpegs of samples. Took forever to email and I know it probably clogged the clients email downloading all of them if they bothered.
Paid off in the long run cuz they did like what they saw and i will be doing some work for them later this month or early next month.

I looked thoroughly for a week or so & discovered that most the sites that offer "FREE PORTFOLIO HOSTING", or at least the free ones that looked decent were only free to try and get you to upgrade.
They only allowed 5 images on your site unless you moved to the premium/platinum version.

Then I decided my blog could be used to show off my work. the problem there is two fold. One, the prospective client would have to be pretty impressed with the first thing he saw in order for him to wade thru the works in progress and sketches there. Two, that means I couldn't really use it to actually blog. No opinions or random rants just finished art.

After my research and the realization that I need a place to send clients that only a personal website could offer I decided to start this very site.

I guess I could have gone back to Go Daddy but I hate their commercials, their politics and absolutely despised the user interface over there. It was hard to find the things you only need once a year or so like Root directory paths and other techy things I didn't understand.
It is not an interface for those of us who don't really know much about websites.

So I did some more research and found a few providers I liked and eventually settled with a company called Fat Cow. They were cheap, offered a free trail and had a super simple U.I.

Then I had to decide on my domain name. I could have used again because I still own it but I wanted to start fresh. was already taken by a photographer with a good eye and a great name so I had some thinking to do.

I decided to go with the first name I ever did freelance art under back in 2003. We had our first child on the way and I was going to try to supplement our income with freelance work. My mentor Danny was under the name Digital Silver back then and I wanted a cool handle too. I sat around and sketched a bunch of names and possible logo's but I always came back to the stick man doing a kickflip on his skateboard. Its simple and fun to draw.
Some of the unused names were Flaming Clown Designs, UFO Graphics (unbelievably funky ol' graphics) and Brushfire Graphics (Slogan: Designs that'll spread like wildfire!)
Kid Icthus because we were going to have a kid and Icthus is the name for the Jesus fish. Figured as a christian it couldn't hurt to whip some symbolism in there and not everyone would get it. I bought the domain and here we are.

It took about 12 hours using the program Rapid Weaver to get the site looking the way I wanted. Then another 6-7 today getting the analytics right and setting up with the various search engines.
That was something I didn't know by the way. Just because you have a website doesn't mean someone can type your name or even the domain name in google and find you. You have to do that yourself. So i was working with them all day trying to get it dialed in.

I have the site paid for for 2 years and hopefully I'll update it more often than I did the old one.

thanks for reading.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Just As I Am

Latest Shirt Design, Im gonna do 3 more this style then start hitting up clients.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Spent all day drawing this just can't figure out how to get it on a shirt.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Really Rough Sketching

Been doing a few "scratchy" sketches this week that led to the last image. The praying hands design is one I'll be shopping around next week. God willing I'll make a sale.