Kurt’s Steel


Two posts in one night?  Wow.

Here’s Kurt’s kick-ass skull ring with full custom carving all over the surfaces.  This one is eventually going to get a gunmetal finish, but I had to post it in high polish just to show it off.






We’re going to do this one as a light gunmetal.  I’ll post the finished patina sometime over the weekend.  For now, let’s just bask in the freakin’ impossible-to-carve staircase that I put in this bad boy.


Euclid’s Problem

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I’ve started a fantastic King Skull piece for Kurt.  Kurt’s got some incredible ideas for this ring using Euclid’s problem and some Masonic imagery.


Now I love all my clients, okay?  I really do.  However it is so awesome when I actually get a client who can draw and draw his BALLS off.

Kurt isn’t just a visual artist, the man is one of the most talented tattoo artists I’ve run into.   He’s got a website with an amazing gallery.


What does this mean?  It means he can illustrate (obviously) but he also really understands how images wrap around sculptural planes.  Because of this, he knows EXACTLY how to wrap his imagery around a skull.  This is his sketch:


If you told me I’d be able to incorporate a staircase into the side of this skull, I’d have said it would look like shit.  However Kurt supplies a drawing like this and shows exactly how that staircase should be integrated.  Makes my job easy.  What we’re going to end up with here is a beautiful sculptural skull ring.

So here we go: the markered up version….


And here’s the first pass of carving.  I actually made the eye in the center of the Euclid shape somewhat dimensional.  It’s recessed and will be rounded.


Kurt also wants the size of the eyes brought down a bit, so I’m on that.  I’ll have to use a blue wax and it won’t quite look right as a wax photo so I thought I’d shoot this first.  I’m going to move on to the staircase next.  Stay tuned!