The closest I have ever gotten to mastering realism is when I was ten years old and drew a colored pencil version of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus in my art class. Mary looked like a lumpy potato and baby Jesus something close to an aye aye. Jamie Mahood’s realism does not resemble a lumpy potato or an aye aye, in fact, it’s basically the opposite.
From her very first portrait, a black and grey rendition of Jerry Orbach — one that surpasses most aspiring tattoo artists by leaps and bounds — to her latest masterpieces, Mahood’s work is phenomenal. It is a huge undertaking to try your hand at creating a realistic portrait of such greats like John Lennon, Amy Winehouse, or Johnny Cash, but Mahood never ceases to amaze.
The Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival is going on next weekend, and Mahood and her magical portraits are scheduled to be a part of the festivities. So if you’re in town, be sure to stop by. We’ll also be there covering some of your favorite artists from around the globe.