By Jove I think we’ve cracked it! Our air conditioning still waits patiently to be connected, but by bending the blades in a fan, we’ve turbo charged the bastard and it’s now actually cooler in our studio than outside, which is actually a first.

Today was a big day for me. It was the first time I used a Paulo Cruz pen and Mikey Black has been trying to get me to try it for the last 6 months. It’s a rotary machine and I’m very strictly a coil user. I’ve tried rotaries before and didn’t like the fact that they’re silent. A bit like electric cars. They also feel too light. But, despite being a bit scared of fucking up, I went for it.

I tried lining with it, but it didn’t feel right, so I instantly got my Micky Sharpz back out and lined the whole tattoo with it. Then I thought I’d try the pen again to shade with, just in case it was more suitable, in my case, to shading rather than linework.

I’m so pleased I tried it again. It’s absolutely amazing. It’ll take me a while to get used to changing the cartridges quickly, but it’s a paradox. It seems so light and weak, yet puts ink in so easily and in far more of a brushing motion than colouring in. I bought the pen off Mikey. I love it!

At the end of the day, why would anyone want to know this and how does it benefit you? Well, quite simply, it doesn’t hurt as much. I thought it might be psychological, so I tried it and it is. Less painful that is. Definitely.

Writing that reminds me of a line from a movie “It works 70% of the time; every time!”

I love that.

So, it’s goodnight from me. Shallom Jackie; you look nice 🃏

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