Now This Is A Fishing Tattoo

Many an angler gets a tattoo or two about the fish or lifestyle they love, Mark went next level for his love of flounder.

I have seen many a fishing tattoo, but this one takes the cake. Every fishing tattoo shows an angler’s love of fishing, or the fish they love. From that single tat to entire sleeves.
Mark Boudreaux, a commercial flounder fishermen in Texas, is no exception. He had his buddy Chauncey Kochel “CK” tattoo a summer flounder on his head. I reached out to CK to ask him about this flounder head tattoo. His work is spectacular by the way, dude has mad skills.

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Plotting out Mark Boudreaux’s flounder head Tattoo … Chauncey Kochel Von Striga Studio Galveston Texas

My name is Chauncey Kochel, in the industry most people know me as CK.  I own and work at my studio, Von Striga in Galveston, TX.  I have been in the tattoo industry since 2008, so for twelve years I’ve been painting up peoples skin. 
I feel as a tattoo artist you have to be well versed in all styles but my preferred style would be cross between new school and realism…more of a stylized realism if that makes sense.  I have been doing art nearly all of my life, professionally for nearly 20 years, many of my projects outside of tattooing, I have been designing for angling apparel companies such as Monsta Fishin and Saltwater Soul” 

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I started Mark Boudreaux’s flounder head Tattoo at the head of the fish … Chauncey Kochel Von Striga Studio Galveston Texas

“My client that got the flounder tattoo on his head is Mark Boudreaux, he has been a client of mine for the last decade and we chose the head for two reasons. One being that he always has flounder on his mind, and two, we are just running out of room. Haahaaahaaa
Also the fish shape just seemed to fit the spot really well.  He has been fishing flounder for thirty plus years, commercially (not as a guide), and sells them to local fish markets.  He is allowed to gig thirty flounder per day and goes gigging nightly (weather permitting).  He just loves what he does, and getting paid to do it is just a bonus.”  

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Mark Boudreaux’s flounder head Tattoo … Chauncey Kochel Von Striga Studio Galveston Texas

DSF … How long did it take to tattoo this flounder on his head?

CK … “The flounder took roughly 6 hours to complete.  Generally the process starts with me mapping out his head, finding the center point and marking it, applying my stencil and then its game on!  
I have tattooed several heads before but not at this scale.  We have plans of adding to this piece in the future, eventually covering the sides of the head and finishing out the back of the head.  Some of the other head pieces I’ve done in the past should still be posted on my social media accounts.”

CK … My work can be viewed on my Instagram page @CKTattoo or on my facebook page www.facebook.com/OfficialCKtattoo as well as my studios facebook page, www.facebook.com/VonStriga/

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Mark Boudreaux’s flounder head Tattoo … Chauncey Kochel Von Striga Studio Galveston Texas

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