Jason Shorr Illustration

Illustrator in Disney Consumer Products' Blue Sky Think Tank, Spring '11. Graduated Spring '10 from ArtCenter College of Design. Majored in Illustration/ Entertainment art.
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Baby’s First Ink!

Last night I got my first tattoo, from an exceptional artist at the Dolorosa Tattoo Co., Abraham “Reuster” Mendoza (Check him out here).

I wanted my first piece to be something that had a special meaning for me, and I wanted it to be my own design. I based the concept on my own painting, “Wild Hope” (Which was actually inspired by a Mandy Moore album of the same name), featuring paper planes turning into birds. For me, this was about optimism, rebirth, and creativity. Themes that have been very strong with me all my life and especially over the last few years.

I handed Abraham a rough draft, and asked him to add his own layer of detail and flow to the design, making it a collaborative effort. He took his time on my skin, not rushing even as the job turned out to take a lot longer than initially anticipated (mostly because of the precision required for the planes, and all the little feather tips in the birds that you can’t really see in the photo). 

I was pretty nervous, but it turned out not to really hurt at all for the most part. It was just kind of like someone scratching me, till later on when I’d been sitting quite a while and my skin was more tender. 

The painting it’s based on, incidentally, currently has a home on my own wall in my apartment, but is for sale. It’s about 16x20? If I remember correctly, and oil on wood panel. If you’re interested, drop me a line!

—J

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