Portraits Require Patience

Tattoo by Bob Tyrell.

BJ Betts says, "It may take eight hours for the right portrait. A good portrait will be anywhere from (on a low end) four hours, and normally six to eight. Bob Tyrell might take twelve hours. Eric might take seven or eight. The end result also depends on your patience. It's a slow process. Portraits can't be rushed. 'It must take along time because of all that detail' is a cliche, but in this case it is absolutely true."