It’s always an honor and pleasure to have a repeat client, and even more so when they bring in someone like their wife in to celebrate their anniversary. This was definitely a unique way to show their affection and in my opinion more interesting then just getting text tattooed on one another.
I had an absolute blast with this tattoo. I enjoy studio Ghibli stuff already to begin with but what I really enjoyed about this tattoo was the use of heavy black with very thin lines. The contrast has such impact, a heavy yet delicate looking tattoo.
Eye of Horus Mandala
The Eye of Horus was already there, I had to re do it cause it was scarred up, and we added the mandala around it. A really fun piece to do.
A last minute appointment due to another cancelation, I was able to sneak this free hand rose onto my client.
My client trusted me to do a free hand jasmine floral tattoo near such a high profile area on her forearm.
Definitely one of my favorite tattoos I've done this year, I really enjoy how delicate the actual flowers came out with the contrast from the leaves.
Queen of Wands
A return client had wanted to get the art work to this tarot card series by Kim Krans, also known as the_wild_unknown on Instagram.
I had a great time with this tattoo, the textures and details were a fun challenge. Kim does amazing artwork that seems to speak to my clients as this is not the first card artwork I've done.
My clients inspiration for this came from another type of tattoo's placement. She asked for it to be asymmetrical but very subtle.
My favorite part of this tattoo, other than the fact that it completely wraps around, is the different line weights that we had used.
Another return client had proposed an idea of an abstracted dove for her and her visiting sisters, three in all.
She had given me a few references, and I had the chance to work on this putting my spin on it.
It was a great display of trust on their part, not knowing exactly how I was going to execute certain elements in the tattoo, but in the end all three were ecstatic.
A regular client of mine who enjoys getting smaller tattoos had requested to get a sketchy_tank design tattooed on him. We opted to get rid of the text that went with the original design and I made a few minor changes to make it more in line with my style while keeping true to the original design. It was a fun tattoo because I enjoy going back and forth between fine line and something a little more "traditional" with the bold lines and darker contrast.
As always, give credit where credit is due.
Floral Composition 1
Please excuse the generic title. I do a lot of these floral comps and trying to find an original name for each one will probably drive me crazy.
Its been about six or so months when I started to draw these on freehand with a sharpie. I hate the unexpected changes that come from a drawing, to stencil, to skin, and with just drawing directly on my client can give me input on the fly. Plus the design looks way more organic.
These are always fun, and fortunately are the bulk of my work for the last year or so. Its always interesting how I change little things from one to the other, each one having their own personality.
A client had brought in a design she drawn up based on another artist work. I then proceeded to change it up while keeping in the spirit of her ideas with replacing certain flowers specific to her and her family.
It was fun creating something this dense, but still delicate. Not bad for a first tattoo.
Serpent and Peony
An awesome return client had a great idea of a two headed snake with some sort of flower.
I wanted to change up how I was making tattoos by including more traditional styles of shading using different needles as oppose to just stippling I have been in most of my tattoos.
I cant find the other photo of the second snake head, but you get the idea.
Floral Half Sleeve 1
An example of a free hand floral half sleeve composed of multiple flowers with significant meaning to the client.
As always, these are some of my favorite tattoos to make.
Ah yes, a rather complicated tattoo. My regular client Sandra always ask for some interesting esoteric tattoos that represent her family and heritage.
This is a special soup that her mother used to make her when she was sick, minus the meal worm, that represents another aspect of her mother I believe.
Though I had a clue about what we were going to be working on, I still waited for her to come in for her appointment so we could work on the design together.
A very different and complex tattoo that I enjoyed making.
The trust between a client and myself is such an interesting dynamic. After a few tattoos, people just let me do my thing, and that goes for this tattoo as well.
A client from out of town I've tattooed before had emailed me some ideas, and I just went with it.
We were both excited about the out come.
Floral Half Sleeve 2
First time client wanting something a little different than the normal floral tattoos I've made. We drew it on and worked on it in small phases just to have the right amount of shading and detail to her liking.
Sometimes, you just need to keep it simple.
A potential client had emailed me a rather interesting proposal for a tattoo, and once we sat down and discussed what she wanted, we were able to simplify what could have been a rather complex tattoo idea.
Its the Voyager spacecraft looking back at our little earth, all based on a Carl Sagen quote.
Getting all fancy and technical on such a small tattoo is always a challenge I am up for.