Las Vegas has several tattoo shops, some pretty high end, all across the city. Many of the higher profile shops are located in the large casinos and shops tied to them. My wife and I had eaten at a restaurant in the Miracle Mile Shops located at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas on Monday. We had walked the mall and noticed Club Tattoo was located there.
I was mesmerized watching tattoo artists perform their work in front of a window into the mall. They are totally oblivious to people watching because they are so busy concentrating on what they are doing. I only had my wife's P&S camera with us so I went back late Tuesday night with my camera to see if I could take a few shots.
I did not want to shoot without asking the tattoo artist and the customer if it was okay to shoot a few while she worked on him. They were both game and said so by nonchalantly shrugging okay. They thought it was funny anyone would want to shoot them.
I used a Canon 28-105 3.5-4.5 lens and zoomed it all the way in. I got as close to the glass window as possible and used only existing light in the shop and coming through the window from the mall side. I didn't note the overexposure on his and her arms until I placed the shots into Lightroom 2. Not much to do but try to go back and shoot some more.
Here is my take on what I got. I tried some edgy processing on both. Which do you like, if either, and why? To me, tattoos are all about color. I kind of like the B&W version though. Shot handheld at 1/8 @ F8.0 and ISO 800 on Canon EOS 5D (original model).
Melissa and customer