Ciaran Korb Arts: More than Just Tattoos


My main medium for art, and the way I make a living, is doing tattoos in Milwaukee. I also enjoy exploring other mediums for doing art—for that reason, I am first and foremost an artist, and I do more than just tattoos. Drawing and sketching with pencils and markers is something I do daily, but painting is becoming a favorite activity of mine, allowing me to create and play with new techniques and ideas. Drawing and painting allows me to focus on the things I love to create without any of the influence and pressure from tattooing clients in Milwaukee.

 Drawing has been a lifelong passion of mine—always putting me in a good mood no matter what else is going on. The sense of creating something really gives me the sense of accomplishment that only creating something from nothing can give. Expressing my ideas and imagination is a really freeing experience and I love sharing my work. My drawings and sketches mostly consist of using either color pencils or different colored markers to roughly sketch and layout a design. From this I refine until I have a more precise line drawing. This is a similar method to what I do for almost every tattoo design. Sketching revolves around practice and research. I am always looking for new ways of designing and improving my work, gaining inspiration from other artists and applying them to my work. Occasionally I also create drawings in charcoal, markers, and other less commonly used instruments. Frequent drawing makes me a better tattoo artist in Milwaukee, and tattooing inspires me to continually practice drawing.  

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Painting allows me to create life on a whole new level that can transcend drawing. There is a sense of freedom in painting and just letting ideas run wild. Some works can get very abstract and nonspecific, while others can be very precise and detailed. I tend to steer towards Japanese inspired art works with most of my paintings, being greatly influenced from traditional wood block prints and motifs—a carryover from my interest in Japanese style tattoos. Nature tends to be my biggest influence and what I enjoy doing the most. Chagall is right, “great art picks up where nature ends.” Animals, plants, natural settings, are what come most naturally to me and fit very well with Japanese motifs. I work mostly with oil paints as it tends to feel more natural. Bob Ross and his techniques utilizing thick texture to create an interesting natural scene have taught me a lot. Other influences come from artists like Alex Grey, Jeff Gogue, and Mike Godfrey. All of whom are exceptional painters and artists who always inspire and teach me.

I look forward to many new projects as I build my skills and portfolio. Obviously I am dedicated to professional tattooing in the Milwaukee area, but also wanted to share with you the other side of my artistic interests. Some of these works are available for sale, but mostly I hope you just enjoy taking a look at some of the photos of my work. Art is not just something a person does, but it’s rather a lifestyle and passion, and thanks for letting me share it with you on this website.