Custom Tattoo Blog

Samurai Dragon

Matthew was looking to cover up some old tattoos he had on his chest and clavicle areas. They were pretty dark and a variety of different styles.

He brought in a couple of really bad ass images of Japanese Samurai masks with Asian Dragon illustrations that I thought might work well. After I did some of my own research into Samurai masks, I drew up a fairly complicated design based on that concept. But first we had to pump some white into those old tattoos to get them to turn a bit gray, so that the new black ink going over them would stand out more.

He says, "For a while now I have been wanting to do a cover up of some old tattoos-- an old sacred heart and some terrible tribal ones on my shoulders. To cover this, I knew it was going to take an artist who specializes in cover up work. I started Googling and found many artists out there who do cover ups, and judging the outcome of their work, it was evident not all artists are truly skilled in this type of tattoo work. I came across Victoria's website, and when I came across her personal thoughts, I knew she was the one. Her intro and her explanation alone took 20 minutes to read; Victoria knows what it takes to truly cover up old work. I took in a few pictures that I had, and we talked about the layout and the design."

Click on the Read more link to see the drawing, before, and very fresh outline photos.

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Tying it all Together

Michelle had collected a lot of tattoos, but when she came in to see me for the first time, the ones on her back were unfinished and fighting in style. They represent her heritage (her mum is from New Zealand), hense the Tikis; there was an unfinished Hermit crab, plus there was also an unsuccessful cover up in the mix, that had created a scarring in the middle of her back. Her piece had good bones, it was eighty percent complete, but just needed some help to become completely realized.

So we fixed the Tikis and rose cover up right away, added more vines to the top, plus ferns and waves to unite the bottom part. Now we're working on adding color to the whole thing to create a lovely finished back piece (see the drawing-- I took a photo of her back, printed it out and drew on it-- the first photo).

Click on the Read more link to see the drawing, before, and color process photos.

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Put a Branch on It

Last year, Alisha came in to see me about covering up an old tattoo that she had on her right foot. The details are a little fuzzy now, but we settled on an evergreen branch with a pine cone, for the imagery. I did the drawings but life interfered, as it sometimes does, and she was not able to come in to have the work done until several months had gone by; then she contacted me earlier this year to say she was ready to complete the project. Luckily I keep all of my drawings, and I was delighted to hear from her. I think the final piece turned out very well and I'm happy that she is pleased with the outcome.

Click on the Read more link to see the drawing, before, outline and gray shading, and final color photos.
[*This is a project from before Governor Brown's COVID-19 mandate went into effect.*]

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Forest Scene

When he contacted me for a cover up tattoo project, Tommy had a lovely idea for what imagery to use; he had an old ring tattoo and some scars on his left forearm, and he thought we could use a tree growing up his hand, turning into a forest/wood, complete with a deer in the background.

He says, "For some time I’ve wanted to cover my past scars and marriage up with my new life but didn’t know how or with what, exactly. I knew I wanted a nature scene to go with my new life and new hobbies but I couldn’t find the image I had in my head on the web so I decided the best thing to do was find the right cover up artist.

"So I began searching and found Floating Lotus Tattoo. After meeting with Victoria and giving her some ideas and listening to her feedback, I knew I had found the right artist for me. Somehow Victoria took what I had in my head and drew it up perfectly for me. I was pretty set on no color but she quickly changed my mind!

"I am so thankful for the work and effort Victoria puts into her clients and artwork! I will continue the forest scene with Victoria and any other tattoo in the future."

Click on the Read more link to see the drawing, outline, gray shading, and final color photos.
[*This is a project from before Governor Brown's COVID-19 mandate went into effect.*]

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Buffy Slays!

Erin had some vericose veins on the inside of her lower left leg that she was interested in seeing if I could cover up with a tattoo. I have covered vericose veins before, and it's usually very easy-- the easiest type of cover up I perform, actually. When she came in to see me, she had a rather interesting concept idea--- one I hadn't seen much of before.

She says, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer is more a show about growing up than it is a show about vampires. 

"The scythe is a culmination of seven seasons of character development and heartbreak. [Erin also wanted to use Lethe bramble flowers; a great idea for further camouflage purposes, if she develops more vericose veins.]

"I was going to get a surgical procedure to fix the vericose veins in my leg, but this was better: more affordable, less recovery time, and way more beautiful. Thank you!"

Click on the Read more link to see the drawing, before, outline, gray shading, and final color photos.
[*This project was completed before Governor Brown's COVID-19 mandate went into effect.*]

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Tribal Phoenix

A powerful symbol of change and transformation across cultures, the Phoenix dies in flames and rises from the ashes triumphant. I've always thought it was a fantastic creature and as a concept, it makes for some amazing tattoos. That's why I was happy when Sabrina came in to my studio and said she wanted a tribal Phoenix on her left arm.

She says, "I've been wanting to get a phoenix tattoo for over a decade, but the timing just never seemed right. I would go online and research different designs, different artists, but never quite felt a 'yes' until I saw Victoria's website! I knew she was the artist I wanted to work with, and the timing couldn't have been better.

"The past couple years of my life had been exceptionally challenging, full of loss and failure, and I was ready to do *something* to mark a fresh start for me. Since the phoenix is a multi-cultural symbol for inner will and rebirth, it felt like just the thing I needed to start a new (and hopefully better) chapter in my life."

Click on the Read more link to see the drawing, outline, and gray shading photos.

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Mars Attacks!

Driving in from out of state, Jacob came in to see me about some old tattoos he had on his chest and left arm. He says, "The idea for my project started small. I wanted a cover-up to give me a unified theme instead of a patchwork jumble. I wanted a better representation of my person, on my person. I wanted to heighten the artistic quality and add some elements that mattered more to me.

"After a multitude of failed attempts at finding an artist willing to undertake my project in the way I was hoping, I found the right person when I found Victoria. A concept meeting, wherein my idea was expertly interpreted, produced a serendipitous result that checked every box and then some. I couldn't be more pleased with how everything came together.

"What I refer to as my 'Mars Attacks!' piece embodies my love for Golden Age Sci-Fi. It captures the classic look of the pulp-y cover art of those ten cent novels, and evokes a fantastical sense of otherworldly drama. The tattoo kind of surprised me with how well it captures what I love about Sci-Fi; all those What-If's and the doomsayer warnings of the Hubris of Mankind in the far off year 2000. Silly to us now, sure, but nobody knew for certain what would happen in the future. For example, I didn't know that like the people of yester-year, one day I too would be the subject of a Martian Invasion."

Click on the Read more link to see the drawing, before, outline, and gray shading photos.

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Rising Dove

Coral had an old tattoo on her upper back she was interested in covering up. She says "Any tattoo needing to be covered up can be a bit of a sensitive subject and not always easy to deal with. I had finally mustered up the motivation to get the tattoo done but I was particular about what image I wanted to use to cover the original tattoo.

"My idea had been shut down by two artists I had briefly talked to, previous to finding Victoria and her work. I scheduled a consultation with her and was sold right away. The space was private, comfortable, clean and simple-- completely my style. But the best of all was Victoria-- her attitude and dedication toward making what I had in mind work. The funny thing is, she went above and beyond my expectations. She created a true work of art that was completely unique and something I could call my own. She turned a generic thing into a one of a kind gem.

"The icing on the cake? Her tattoo skills are a breath of fresh air. She is steady, fast, thorough and handles with care. I could go on and on about all the good things I have to say about her, her space, and her work, but I’ll keep it short. I will say I have not a negative thing to say, nor a let down in my mind. Thank you Victoria for turning a caterpillar into a butterfly!"

Click on the Read more link to see the drawing, before, outline, gray shading, and a start on the color photos.

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Irezumi Dragon Koi

Chris came in to see me about covering up all of the old tattoos he had collected over time on his right arm; there were quite a few! Born in Japan, he loves the Irezumi style of tattooing and wanted two Dragon koi, lotuses and Japanese Maple leaves to try and camouflage his old tats. I thought it would be lovely to have the two koi swimming to meet each other, floating in a back drop of the lotuses and leaves. I could use the plant material to cover/camouflage his old tattoos; luckily, he had enough "virgin" skin on his upper arm to realize the koi.

He says, "The maple leaves represent the passage of time, the life and death cycle of all things, and also lovers. They represent my life, all that it has been and will be for good or bad-- also the love for my wife and our families.

"The lotuses represent the struggle of life in its most basic form; as the lotus grows up from the mud into an object of great beauty, people also grow into something more beautiful. So these are also a representation of my life-- but where it's at now compared to where it was in the past, as I hopefully have become a better person, husband, son, and brother, etc.

"The Dragon kois represent determination and a strong desire to succeed and become 'something more'. In mythology very few koi make it past a point known as 'The Dragon’s Gate' and are said to be rewarded by turning into Dragons. This is the reason for their symbology. For me they represent my wife and I overcoming all the trials we’ve faced together, and the determination we have had to keep to overcome so many obstacles in our paths and grow beyond our daily existence with each other and everyone around us."

Click on the Read more link to see the drawings, the outline and gray shading photos.

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Eastern Oregon Landscape

Jack and his wife Becca are long time clients of mine; they have been up in Oregon for awhile now and have residences in Portland and Eastern Oregon-- traveling back and forth a great deal through our gorgeous eastern Oregon country, which they love.

He recently came in for a custom design from me that would remind him of the time they spend near Bend, that would feature juniper trees, the mountains (Mt. Hood in particular) but would also be rooted in triangles, which are the pagan symbol for earth.

Click on the Read more link to see the drawing, the outline and gray shading and the (very fresh) final color photos.

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