Florida Road Trip Part 2 – Jeff Covell, Twisted Image Tattoos
No trip would be complete to Florida without stopping at our friend Jeff Covell’s shop, Twisted Image Tattoos in Port ST Lucie, FL. Jeff has been a featured artist on our “Spotlight Artist” series that we have been doing for several months. If you are not familiar with Jeff’s work on and off skin do yourself a favor and read our interview with him here. Jeff and Hollie, his wife runs two of the most successful tattoo shops on the Treasure Coast.
Jeff’s mission on this trip was to give new life to a pinup tattoo I got back in 2009. There were some details and shading that needed some much-needed attention. As Jeff set up for the appointment I noticed he was not using the traditional coil tattoo machine but a rotary from Neo Tat. I have to say with all the different shops and artists I have been in front of this was my first experience with a rotary. I have to say it was quite, too quite at times I thought it was off. At first, I missed the “sound” of a good coil machine but as the work went on for a few hours I quickly forget it.
I always have found it interesting and a bit cool how the artists set up the inks they will be using for the tattoo. It’s amazing to see how the palette they chose for the piece transforms into a work of art.
Here are some pictures of the work on my pinup went down.
I have to admit there were some reservations about getting this piece worked on to “fix” and give it new life but Jeff quickly put my mind at ease. He explained exactly what he was planning on doing and how it would look when completed. Even Faith Helvey (Pictured above) looked on as he turned an OK tattoo into the vibrant pinup I had envisioned. Here are the final results:
As you can see the missing details were added and the much need shading. Of course, while I was sitting in the shop I wanted to get a new tattoo as well. For awhile I have wanted to get a traditional Lucky 13 tattoo since I have always found the number 13 to be lucky for me; for example is in 2013 I launched my idea for Another Tattoo. This has lead me and my family to meet such amazing people along the way.
Here are some pictures of the old school Lucky 13 Tattoo:
I have always admired the more tradition tattoos and Jeff nailed what I wanted. Using an older style tattoo font he was able to pull off what I had asked for.
You can follow Jeff and his staff of talented artists by clicking on the below links.