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Bleeding Heart Cover up

lisakLisa is a model and came in to see me about an existing tattoo that she had on her chest. She wanted a bleeding heart tattoo that reflected her ideas about beauty and was unhappy with the version that she received. (See the photo below, by clicking the Read more link, where you can see the old tattoo underneath the stencil.) We surfed the web together, when she came in for her consultation, looking for photos of bleeding hearts that reflected a more "realistic" or botanical view of the plant than "hearts on a stick" as one person had described her old tat. We pulled some great images, I created a drawing for her and we inked in her grayline today. Graylining is a technique that is used for getting the stencil in the skin, when there are time limitations on the session; I go in super fast and light with a small needle. The resulting line work is not solid or very uniform but allows me to get my "blue print" in the skin, so that we can take our time with the outline, if need be. Click on the Read more link to see the drawing and process photos.


lisak drawing

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