Custom Tattoo Blog

Family of Flowers

ImageSara 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.)

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Family Tree

ImageWhen he was 30 years old, Kevin discovered he had Lou Gehrig's disease. Now that he's 34 he wanted a tattoo that commemorated his family-- his wife, himself and their young son. You can see from the pictures included below that his tattoo is a tree running from the inside of his forearm to the wrist, circling around to the front. From the drawing you can see what Kevin wanted included in the tat: in the top branches are three birds and his wife and son's initials. In the middle branches a woman and man's silhouette face each other. The roots run over basalt and wrap around to make a fisherman's knot on the top of his wrist. We have completed the outline and our next session will fill in and finish the piece.

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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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Portland Rose

ImageOne recent Friday I was down at the studio (Icon Tattoo) with some time on my hands, when Hilary called up asking if I had any time to tattoo her that day. After talking with her about what she had in mind, I told her I did have some time that day but she had to come in right then. Ten minutes later she walked in with a temporary tattoo depicting a total "Old School" heart with a rose and a banner (see left) that she wanted to make a permanent part of her. So we did. Here are a few photos of the finished tattoo (click on the "Read more" script below.) It's her first.

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