On the way to Switzerland...

... bringing some fresh colours.

St.Pauli / Reeperbahn

Hilarious! Jukebox Cowboys Style...

Birds & wind

The smoothing of the pencil grain gave weird results here, but it's still better than something too grainy.
Small birds and wind design

The Stranded Irishman

One day an Irishman, who had been stranded on a deserted island for over 10 years, saw a speck on the horizon.
He thought to himself, "It's certainly not a ship".
As the speck got closer and closer, he began to rule out even the possibilities of a small boat or a raft.

Suddenly there strode from the surf a figure clad in a black wet suit. Putting aside the scuba tanks and mask and zipping down the top of the wet suit stood a drop-dead gorgeous blonde!

She walked up to the stunned Irishman and said to him, "Tell me, how long has it been since you've had a good cigar?"
"Ten years," replied the amazed Irishman.
With that, she reached over and unzipped a waterproof pocket on the left sleeve of her wet suit and pulled out a fresh package of cigars and a lighter.

He took a cigar, slowly lit it, and took a long
drag. "Faith and begorrah," said the castaway, "that is so good! I'd almost forgotten how great a smoke can be!"

"And how long has it been since you've had a drop of good Bushmill's Irish Whiskey?" asked the blonde.

Trembling, the castaway replied, "Ten years."

Hearing that, the blonde reached over to her right sleeve, unzipped a pocket there and removed a flask and handed it to him.

He opened the flask and took a long drink. " 'Tis nectar of the gods!" shouted the Irishman. " 'Tis truly fantastic!!!"

At this point the gorgeous blonde started to slowly unzip the long front of her wet suit, right down the middle. She looked at the trembling man and asked, "And how long has it been since you played around?"

With tears in his eyes, the Irishman fell to his knees and sobbed, "Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Don't tell me that you've got golf clubs in there too!

Stickers available

The new stickers just dropped from the printer. For those who kept asking me for stickers, here is your chance to get some for a decent price @ RockawayBear.com. You know i used to send out stickers for free time by time for a certain amount of postage on my cost. But com' on! Wake up! That's not how it the world rolls. Now it's your turn...

Tattoo No.II

Got these flix from my friend D. of Asselbande. He spotted them on an arm of Alex in Miami a while ago. Street-Art-Character-Sleeve. If anybody out there got any Fortress tattoos on them please send them in: pilot@flying-fortress.de

Dave The Chimp @ NinaSagt Galerie

My friend Dave The Chimp is having a show at the NinaSagt Galerie in Düsseldorf/DE this weekend. Showing his big collection of masks he created this year. Highly recommended if you around!

The Walking Dead / comic & tv series

Yesterday i enjoyed the next episode of the new tv series "The Walking Dead". Been a big fan of the original comic books by Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore. Still a great read. The trailer for the tv series made my mouth water then. The series just started to be broadcasted in the US. It may take awhile untill it will be shown in Germany (also the gory film shots may cause delays or clipping). But thank goodness for my super magical powers i am already able to watch the episodes every week... hope this keeps me being scared!

Tribal dragon

I tried to design a dynamic tribal dragon, because a friend kept asking me to do a tribal critter (a wolf, actually), and a dragon was the only thing that inspired me.

Tribal dragon tattoo design

And guess what? I'm actually not very found of tribal tattoos on skin, but they are fun to draw on paper ;)  (... And a lot less fun to vectorise, unfortunately. So: pencil + Inkscape)

Also, the shape of the spikes are a kind of tip of the hat to this over-used and over-stolen (but still awesome) dragon from 2004, by RG571. (As far as I know, the size was decreased and the watermark was added long after it appeared everywhere on the net.)

See in & on the streets of Milano...

BAD TASTE / Magazine

The new BAD TASTE magazine is out now. Focusing mostly on Hamburg's writers. Either homeplay or on tour. Featuring our "Boys 'N' The Woods" wall from a sunny summer day with MOST, HAIS, EZAY and BAROK. All just high quality!

Pay off the Tractor

A farmer had three sons. One day, his oldest son came to him and said that since he was graduating from high school, he would really like to get a car. His father said, "Son, come here." He took him to the barn, pointed to the tractor and said, "This tractor is needed for the farm and I promise, as soon as it's paid for, we'll get you a car." The boy was not too happy, but was understanding.

A week later, his second son approached him wanting a motorcycle. "Well," the father said, "as soon as the tractor is paid for we'll see about getting you your scooter."

Shortly after, his youngest was bugging him for a bike. The father gave him the lecture about the tractor needing to be paid off first.

While leaving the barn, the young boy, a little disgusted with his father's explanation, saw the farm rooster doing its rooster duty with one of the hens. He promptly went over and kicked the rooster off the hen's back, mumbling to himself.

His dad asked, "Son, now why would you do something like that? He didn't do anything to deserve that."

The third son replied, "Hey, nobody around here rides anything until that tractor gets paid off!"

Kätzchen & Mäuschen


Lower leg tattoo mix Maori / Samoan style

Hi there,

At the moment, things are quite busy and I get a lot of requests for custom designs, sometimes up to 5 or 6 a day...! :)
Really nice ofcourse, but unfortunately my time is limited and I really want to focus on each design, so I have to pick and choose the designs that I really enjoy and fit my style.
My apology for all people I have to dissapoint...

A few days ago I received an e-mail from a customer living in the UK. He was looking for a tattoo for his lower leg, mainly the calf, but partially wrapping around his leg.
It had to be something similar to this mixed Maori / Samoan inspired tattoo design I did a few weeks ago.

These pieces are my favourites, especially in a symmetrical design, because it just looks really great and clean.

First I started with a template from the measurements of the leg and roughly sketch out the lines of the tatoo:

pencil sketch tattoo designer maori stylesymmetrical maori samoan tattoo flash leg calf

The two big koru curles will wrap around the sides of the calf and the vertical row of spearheads will be centered on the back of the leg. The Samoan pattern will wrap around to the front of the leg, just below the knee.

After a few hours of adding the detailed patterns, scanning and retouching, I added the shading and gradients in Photoshop.

The final design looks like this:

Samoan Maori leg tattoo flash designs for sale

Kind regards, Mark Storm

Do you speak Euro Language ?

The European Union commissioners have announced that an agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a ten-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).

In the first year, "s" will be used instead of the soft "c". Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy. Also, the hard "c" will be replased with "k". Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced by "f". This will make words like "fotograf" 20 per sent shorter.

In the third year, publik akseptanse! of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, all will agree that the horrible mes of silent "e"s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go.

By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" by "z" and "w" by " v".

During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou", and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst place.

Armband tribal tattoo with star


I have been working on an armband tattoo for a Dutch customer. He wanted a mixed tribal style with some nice sharp edges.
The design had to be seamless and incorporate an existing star on the inside of his wrist.
I'm not really keen on working around existing tattoos, but for this time it was not very much of a problem.

The size had to be 7 cm wide and a full wrap around the wrist with a seamless fit.

Here you van see how I started on the design:

tattoos sketches pencil drawings

The outer sides that are in blue show how the design will make a seamless fit:

tribal armband tattoo sketch designs koru

I had to adjust some koru shapes, because it looked a little bit too much like a love symbol.
This is the final sketch and the high resolution design:

triangle armband tattoos designs flash imageshigh quality flash for sale maori kirituhi style

I'll be back soon with another project, probably a lower leg project.

Kind regards, Mark Storm

Jukebox Cowboys - FUKKK OFFF!

We have just been back to the trash yard for some crew colours...

STYLEFILE / magazine

The new STYLEFILE magazine issue 34 "The Dust File" is out. Including a great speacial feature with my friends Form76 and GoldenGreen from the UltraBoys. Also showing a few previously unpublished work together with HEIS, MOST and MEKI.

Carnivorous cherries

It seems I can't draw "normal" cherries, heh. Carnivorous cherries with ugly teeths are more interesting to draw anyway.
Pencil, digital colors, not sure about the background tho.
Carnivorous cherries tattoo design

Discoteca Freestyle

Came across Black Devil Disco Club while listening again to one of my favourite dj mixes ever. Chico Sonido mashed BDDC together with Yuri's "Te amo te amo" which i knew from one of his mixtapes i came long a while ago. Get his Discoteca Freestyle Mix - a great 80's/90s latino dance mash!

1. Yuri – Sabes lo que pasa (Version Remix)
2. Lisa – Trampa
3. Rockdance – Sunday It’s So Fast
4. Click – Moda Casual
5. Divina Gloria – Desnudita es Mejor
6. Bernardo – Martha
7. Magazine 60 – Don Quichotte
8. Vicio Latino – Sabes que Hora Es?
9. Chimo Bayo – Asi me gusta a Mi (Xta Si, Xta No)
10. Florencia – Corazon de Cristal
11. Los Sucios – Sucias (Chico Sonido Clean Edit)
12. Angela Carrasco – Tengo lo Mejor
13. Minimania – Que Onda?
14. Yuri vs Black Devil Disco Club – Te Amo, Te Amo (Chico Sonido Disco Edit)
15. Martina y su Super Look
16. Byanka – Chica Material

I Am Plastic Too / Book

Got this big book in the mail today (slightly damaged). "I Am Plastic Too" - the second book by Paul Budnitz of Kidrobot. More than 360 pages full of plastic love. Featuring every urban vinyl toy artist and series. Including the Teddy Troops and a little interview with me.
Published by Abrams Book in New York.
ISBN 978-0-8109-8887-3

The Honeymoon

A groom and his newly wed wife go to the Hilton hotel on their honeymoon. They check in at the front desk, and the receptionist gives the groom a key to the bridal suite. The whole evening, the people in the next room are phoning down to the main desk to complain about the moaning, which doesn't stop for one minute the entire night.

The next morning, at 6 a.m., the groom calls room service.

"Hi, could I get some breakfast brought up here?"

"Sure, what would you like?" asks room service.

The groom replies, "Well, I have to replace all the energy I lost last night, so you'd better get me six fried eggs, nine sausages, 12 slices of toast, and six liters of orange juice."

Room service replies, "Gee, that's quite an appetite you have there. Is that for your wife as well, or just for you?"

"No, that's just for me. Can you send up six pieces of lettuce for my wife as well?"

Room service asks, "Why six pieces of lettuce?"

The groom replies, "I want to see if she can eat like a rabbit too!"

New Sticker Designs

A new colab sticker design with my friend BASE23, another one with my little vampire bat fellows and a team-up crew cyclists sticker.