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Our Story - Double Bass Tattoo (Tattoos on Guitars & Drums)
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Our Story

Here Gypsy stands, Double Bass Tattooed on stage, but it hasn’t always been this way.

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From the age of fourteen Gypsy’s love for music playing alternated between bass and six string guitar, while his drawing exposed a constant expression of artistic attitude.

His love for Tattoos was increasing; at school in trouble for covering his arms in pen drawings of skulls, spiders and all things scary. Would it be possible to combine the passions of Tattoos and Music?

After becoming a fulltime automotive Spray Painter, Gypsy had himself tattooed and the music was beginning to come together (playing in many bands).

He covered his guitars with airbrushed painted designs, then tried brushed paint, even scarification of the guitars, but all of these methods did not satisfy the expected style of combining these passions successfully to produce a Tattooed Guitar.

He continued to trial and refine methods but not with great success until finding a strong relationship between Pencil & Polyurethane, and from this Double Bass Tattoo was born.

Now daily Gypsy and his staff utilise all their artistic talents through the process of sanding, applying pencil on Guitar, Double Bass, Violin, Banjo, Ukulele or Drum, polyurethane to seal, producing depth, definition and a lifetime of unique imagery.

These Tattoos are applied to previously lacquered finishes or raw timber. The method of mixing both of the artistic & chemically proven features of these two tools of Guitar Tattooing produce an amazing result that can not be matched by any other previously used method.

  • Airbrush is NOT FINE enough to produce the hard lines expected of Tattoos.

  • Painting is TOO THICK with inconsistencies not resulting in flat finish expected of Tattoos

Pencil & Polyurethane

  • Resulting in hard lines and perfect finish that is expected of Tattoos
  • Standard designs can be completed within a few hours, then allowing extra time for the Polyurethane to cure
  • Polyurethane type is chosen to match existing Instrument finish
  • Once completed the Tattoo is washable and eternal
  • Guitars can now be enjoyed through the rigours of gigging/playing and the Tattoos remain as bold as the day they were applied. Be it old school or modern Tattoos, any style, every step of the process is worked through with the client to guarantee eternal satisfaction.

They enhance musical instruments using minimal sanding, and a blending technique that settles the Tattoo gently into the original finish.

Following considerable study the method of Drum Skin Tattooing has been refined and is now available. Although heavily related to Guitar Tattooing the methods of preparation, application and finishing differs as a semi flexible clear coating is applied to finish. This is critical to the movement and vibration that drum skins (especially the bass drum) undergoes during play.

Contact DBT to discuss any aspect of Musical Instrument Tattooing because they are not only passionate about it, they love to talk about it.