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Tree of Life

ImageShelly is a midwife studying to be a nurse, who spent some time a few years ago in Senegal, Africa helping women with their health care needs. While she was there she fell in love with the people and the landscape, especially the Baobab trees. Now that she's back in the States she wanted a tattoo that would commemorate her time in Africa, with the baobab tree as a central element but incorporating a setting sun and the North Star. This is the design/drawing that we came up with (see below) and here is a shot of the tattoo as it looked after I tatooed the outline and filled in the tree (click on the "Read more" script below.) Shelly decided that she didn't want to add any color right away, if at all, so I put some gray shading in the backgound to make the sun pop. It will lighten up considerably after it's healed down. To see the finished piece, go to my Tattoo Gallery and look under "Graywork/Lettering" in the Custom Designs section.



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