Africa Cover up
- Created: Thursday, 05 March 2009 20:00
Adam came to see me in January with some previous work that he wanted covered up. (See "before" shot below.) He wanted something tribal that would not only cover up the blotchy old tattoo on his chest and upper back but that would also unite the armband somehow. The design I came up with (see "in progress" shot below) conforms to the cover up formula: the new tat must be larger, darker, full of detail and use positioning to take the eye away from the old work. We were not quite finished when I took these last photos; the work on his chest and back needed another session to complete.
Meg came in to see me earlier this year for a wristband created by two intertwining snakes, one representing herself, the other her fiance. This time her tattoo concept is an armband and eventual full sleeve connecting the two pieces. The way we work together is: she tells me her ideas, I draw them up, she OK's them and then we ink. Click on the Read more link for pix of the finished tat.
|Mark and Stephanie are a couple from NYC who wanted to get tattooed while on vacation out here in Portland. Stephanie wanted some lettering-- a phrase with personal significance written in her own handwritting. She wanted it someplace on her body where it would be sort of hidden but that she could see some of it, so the upper inner arm placement is perfect. Mark wanted a representation of the carniverous plant Drosera Capensis growing up from his inner wrist and curving around his forearm. He's a filmmaker and one of his favorite films features the plant. It also grows very well in Portland and you can see it in many gardens around the city. Click on the "Read more" link for photos.|
|Dan had an old tattoo of the Playboy bunny symbol on his outer right calf that he wanted to have covered up with some kind of celtic design to reflect his heritage. He sent me four designs that he'd found and I chose a couple that I thought would work well enough for a cover up tattoo. The formula that we use for coverups is: the new design should contain lots of detail and be darker and bigger than the old tat. We also use position and redirection on the body to help fool the eye. See below for the before and after shots-- click on the "Read more" link.|
|Sara wanted a tattoo composed of flowers that represent the birth months of her family: hers is a rose, her boyfriend's is a lily and her children's are cosmo, calendula and daffodil. She had a small sunflower tattoo right above her right ankle bone and she wanted her new tattoo to be somewhere above it. See below for the drawings and the results of our first session (it will probably take three to complete.)|