Mark Hartenberger is a custom tattoo artist out of Colorado Springs. He’s an all around artist but his specialty is illustrated realism, right up my alley. We did some trade work recently, I got a Native American rib piece and he got a website to promote his tattoo artwork. “A good trade” as Kicking Bird would say. Great artist, great guy.
This cool truck drawing was just something for fun, a 1966 Chevy C-10 I used to have. I was playing around with Prisma Color Markers. Most of my personal artwork has a ton of scribbles incorporated in them. I like the way I can create realism and still just let the medium flow without forcing it. Plus it just makes the artwork more interesting.
Dirty 30s: As most of you know I’m a huge hockey fan, I run a men’s league in Colorado Springs. This Dirty 30s Illustration is for one of my new hockey teams. These guys are all Air Force cadets, they fly C-130’s so that’s where the name comes from. I love drawing realism with a hint of cartoon styling in there. This This airplane drawing turned out pretty cool.
The rep for Simplicity Organizing came to looking for organized brand development that described her company in the easiest way possible. My objective was to create a logo that was simple, direct and clearly organized. The first thing I thought about was a filing cabinet and the folders inside. I love the shades of blue; they’re sharp and easy on the eyes as well. To me they appear very calming which is the whole point of organization right? Knowing where all your shit is creates a sense of ease on the mind. I also built a website for her, CLICK HERE to check it out.
I just might have to call her someday to get me on track because I have a bad habit of just throwing my paperwork in the filing cabinet and hope it lands in the right folder.
The Winnipeg Hornets: As most of you know I’m a huge hockey fan, I run a men’s league in Colorado Springs. This Hornet Illustration is for a hockey team up in Winnipeg, Canada. “Out with the old and in with the new” he said. This gentleman was simply looking for something a little more creative than the old design they’d had for many years. I’ve never drawn up a hornet but this one turned out pretty awesome. I always enjoy drawing cartoons or illustrations, it brings me back to my childhood and a simple time in my life.
Shepard Fairey – Obey on Banksy
The film he’s referring to is “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. Incredible documentary but also frustrating for an artist. Being able to see the street art world unfold was very inspiring and profound in my eyes. However, seeing Terry (AKA Mr. Brainwash) become an artist over night made me wanna pull my teeth out. Most artist’s spend their entire lives perfecting their talent, developing their style and doing their best to get it out to worlds eyes. Most of us just want a little recognition for our work, maybe even pay our bill, but usually it never comes. Terry on the other hand took marketing to a whole new level. A man who had zero artistic ability became a sensation over night. He managed to sell hundreds of thousands of dollars in work before his gallery even opened simply by utilizing the connections he’d made in the art community and marketing his product. He was able to reach an incredibly large market and appeal to masses by ripping off Andy Warhol as no other artist had done before. There is zero originality in the world, every piece of art mimics it’s predecessor. And that’s okay, any artist or poet has to be inspired by someone or something. It’s very rare that an idea spawns from nothing. The last time that happened was 13 billion years ago during the big bang.
Bill Hicks was a man of many words. He never failed to stand up for what he believed in, and if you were lucky enough to have saw him on stage, you felt the depth of his soul pour over you. Bill was more than an entertainer, more than a comedian, he was the essence of positive influence. He reminds me so much of George Carlin in the sense that he really puts things into perspective. He doesn’t beat around the bush and doesn’t butter things up. He tells it like it is, and if that offends you then maybe you should take a step back from the fantasy land you live in. Bill was completely aware of how hostel of a world we live in, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his passion for life. We have the God given right to pursue happiness, and along the way maybe we can encourage others to do the same. Never get caught up by the “mundane” characteristics of those around you. Strive for happiness (whatever that may be to you), pursue your hopes and dreams and settle for nothing less than your greatest potential. Of all things, do your best to express your love for life because the world wouldn’t be the same without you.
I got this piece finished up in one 5 hr sitting. Mr. Mike Culley from Cheyenne Mountain Tattoo in Colorado Springs did an excellent job. The line-work is as clean as it comes and the color is superb. I had to shave my chest, not a fan considering I look like a 12 yr old boy. And the razor burn sucks too! But the tattoo turned out great, I couldn’t be happier. The first two photos have saran wrap on my chest since we were taking a break.
I’ve known these guys for several years now. I worked with Mark Hartenberger a while back at a tattoo shop here in Colorado Springs. Great artists, very personable, very professional. Just good, laid back dudes… They’re right in between Old Colorado City and downtown off Colorado Ave. If you’re in the area and wanna get some great artwork, stop by and check these guys out. Ask for Mike Culley or Mark Hartenberger.
CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN TATTOO
729 COLORADO AVE
COLORADO SPRINGS.CO 80905