New Tatoo

After a very long break I am back to blogging to celebrate the addition of a new tattoo:

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I had a great time using the image bookmarking site visualize.us to gather inspiration. The bee-bomb creature is an existing tattoo. Here are the drafts working towards the final design.  The first attempt –

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This is scaled down a lot – the design actually stretches the full length of my upper arm. Then a slightly more sedate version followed:

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I liked the roots – ( I was to regret them later…)  then came this one:

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Which is the design I took to Morag at Skinscape tattoos.  She was great – made me redraw the whole design and consider colour.  Below is close to the final design – I went on to draw over this by hand, inserting roots and other details.

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Morage cut this into pieces and rearranged it so that it actually made sense on the curving surfaces of arm and shoulder.  I was very impressed  – she spent a lot of time with me,  and was happy to work freely when the design required it adding or changing details.

Then followed several hours of learning more about how the different parts of my upper arm respond to needling.  I dont recommend any designs that require lots of detail on the inner arm just above the elbow…

It came out perfectly – the colours are lovely, the black crisp.  But for the moment I am left with this:

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Andie
    Dec 01, 2008 @ 03:05:15

    You’re back! I’ve missed you 🙂

    That is an amazing tattoo. You have a talented tattoo artist to make it work the way you wanted it too. I hope you will post a pic when the healing is all done/

  2. masha
    Dec 01, 2008 @ 04:23:47

    Thanks! And yes, I will.

  3. rike
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 14:10:04

    another beautiful tattoo!
    you look a little pained though.
    i think i need to visit morag for mine.

  4. masha
    Dec 03, 2008 @ 15:36:36

    Actually the photo is overly dramatic. But I will have to wait till I’ve forgotten what it actually feels like, before I can get another one…

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