I’m a Product Manager for of the Autodesk PLM 360. I’m responsible for ensuring the success of Autodesk customers as they deploy our PLM solutions to help drive business process efficiency and accuracy. Helping customers discover and exceed their goals, and understanding how we can improve our products. Collecting feedback from customers and communicating this back to product development, quality and support teams to facilitate further product enhancements is a key part of my role.
But I love tattoos.
My first tattoo was a small tribal piece with a sun around it. Nothing major - it was more about just getting inked ! I’m an old graffiti artist and I also love to draw. Tattooing was a way to carry around art with me wherever I go, right on my body, and express myself. I’ve collected so many artists over the years but I mostly like black and grey work, skulls and dark realism. My favorites are Jason Butcher, Paul Booth, Bob Tyrrell . . . . But I’m running out of room on my body!
Last weekend I took a trip to the coast to see a good friend of my Zak Chai. He's the owner of High Tide Tattoo in Whitstable, and was prepping myself for a day of pleasure (in my mind anyhow!).
When I arrive the kettle goes on and we sit down to discuss what he's going to do on me, chewing the fat as you do. He then reaches over to the desk and picks up his iPad and goes 'So I've done some sketches on this really cool app' !
It turns out that Zak is using this app for all of his clients work. He loves the fact that it saves on paper and sketching time and it's so easy to add layers and remove lines. Being digital it's backed up in the cloud, so he's not hunting through masses of paper trying to find that sketch, for the client who's in the waiting room !
From this he is able to print the line drawing ready to make the stencil that he applies to the skin. Then he can make any amendments to fit the shape of the body and begin the tattoo, using Autodesk SketchBook as the reference to see what the finished tattoo will look like.