What's on your canvas?
How'd you pick it?
How'd you pick the artist?
"Late to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise." -Von Braun
Originally Posted by BentChainring
A couple....Want more....
One I drew myself in high school......the other a Navy tattoo...
I want to get my scottish family crest on my back as well...
Recommendation from a friend....
"I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it." John Stuart Mill, 1866
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my canvas is my skin - shoulders and back
Originally Posted by BentChainring
designs vary from a former gf's acid trip drawing, own design, spiritual inspiration, relationship.
generally went to every tattoo shop in my area to see who did the best work in the style of the tattoo I wanted. didn't do that with all of them, but most of them. tattoo shows are also a great way to see a lot of artists in 1 place. tip on shows, if you find someone you like at the show, get them early in the day when they aren't so tired. come back the next day if you have to.
Originally Posted by Jesse D Smith
back: 3 very large sunflowers
left sleeve: 4 pinups, a nurse, a photographer, lady luck, girl playing an ukulele, back of forearm/wrist to elbow has an ukulele
right sleeve: octopus upper inner arm with tentacles that wrap around my arm to the wrist, a mermaid, a dragon a lone wolf (head), Stax record logo, Laurel and Hardy.
right hand: HTFU on fingers(just below knuckles) and a busted bicycle wheel on the thumb
left calf: a phoenix and a Star of David
right calf: 2 hammerhead sharks and the diver from Steve Winwood's LP, Arc of a Diver.
i've been with this tattoo shop for about 20 years. the original artist retired due to medical issues and her daughter and son-in-law have been tattooing me for about 8 years.
the original shop was a single-wide trailer on a small dirt lot. no sign out front, just a very small sign in a side window.
someone told me about the lady who did great custom work and that the shop was a run-down single wide.
"Native American" chick on my shoulder throwing a spear. 20 years later I still have no idea how it got there, why it's there or where it came from. I kept it because of teh great mystery.
A Celtic dog I drew, shortly after returning from several years in the UK. I looked locally until I found an artist that did celtic work that I liked.
My wife's doing a Japanese back-piece currently, she went around from shop to shop until she found a guy whose work she liked, and a personality she can deal with. Far too many hours on a full back to NOT like the guy you're stuck with ;) Her design is a composite of various traditional symbols (buddhist knots, koi, lotus flowers etc and kanji) that she selected for their meanings.
On a side note, I was impressed when I walked into the guys shop and there are no pictures of tattoo's on the walls, no flash on the walls. Nothing but original art, hung and lit as a gallery installation, but many binders representing his portfolio.
"Photography is a fad well-nigh on its last legs, thanks principally to the bicycle craze." - Alfred Stieglitz
What: A lotus flower on the center of my back.
How'd I chose it: It is a symbol of being created in the muck and crap at the bottom of the pool of life, yet rising up through the water and blooming as one of the most beautiful flowers in the world.
Artist: Karma. Walked into a local shop and on the guy's drawing board he had a pencil sketch he was doing of the flower in my head. Total Karma.
I've only got one. I would like more, but I've been putting all of my money in to paying off debt for the past few years. Ought to be able to afford more in a year or two when the rest of it's all payed off.
I found the artist through a friend, he'd done some work for her before, and for a couple of her friends, so I trusted him based on the good word and the work I'd seen of his.
I chose my tattoo because it's got a story of myself behind it.
'They say gold paint on the palace gates comes from the teeth of pensioners
They're so tired of shooting protest singers that they hardly mention us
While fountains fill with second-hand perfume and sodden trading stamps
They'll hang the bullies and the louts that dampen down the day" - EC
post pics of your tats!
When I was younger I wanted a tattoo to be original but never got it for one or another reason; now I don't get one to be original.
What: 'Survivor' in script on my calf
Why: After last years trip to the 24 hours of Booty and the discussions with many friends about Cancer and how it changes our lives, bad and good, I finally decided to get it after years of contemplation.
Now trying to decide on my next one, I'm thinking pinup on my upper arm;-)
If I were to beat you senseless with a tire iron, what color would you bleed?..The Missus
You know who else rocks rad tats? Screech from Saved By the Bell. You're in good company.
I have many tattos. Most were time and place kind of thing. The big piece I have on my thigh I did research on. I went to several Tattoo Expo's and watched several artists and looked at a whole lot of "Books". The portrait of my parents was done by Steve Soto local here in Orange, Ca and I had to wait over months for the appointment. It used to be most of the Tattoo artists out there were good back in the 70's and 80's. Not so much anymore, there are a ton of hacks out there now. I am planning on having more done and will only use a select few artist I have come to know at this point in my life. It isn't worth to me to save a few bucks to risk getting crappy work done.
Where: One small one on my shoulder. I designed it myself.
What: Spirit Bear with Hopi Sunface.
Why this: The bear is my spirit animal. The colors are a rainbow that represents the desert SW.
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"Hill Repeats are easy. Chemo is hard." ~VaughnA, survivor 24 years and counting
wrapped in Toltec/Olmec Sun and Wave motif band. I combined 2 images from rubbings. People liked design so much it became the logo for my band. Got it when first album came out. Found a guy who did work like this I liked and went with him. 4 plus hours for outside section, 5 plus for the inside.
what is strange is image is the Sun (Star) and a small wave. A decade later I have a daughter and name her Stella (Star) Ondine (little wave) without making the connection
Left Shoulder, Haida Sun. Good friend won a free tattoo in a raffle and gave it to me. Used same artist as first. Here's his link Tattooing by Mike Stobbe at Avalon Tattoo II - Tattoos
So when people ask my friend if he has any tattoos he says "Yes, over on Matt's shoulder"
I have a NW Coast Salmon design I wanted to do to mark being a parent. I have spawned, so to speak. It is all ready to go but I can't justify the cost. Heck that $ can go to my kids education
one nation, under surveillance with liberty and justice for few
still not figgering on biggering
Pics easier..Fishscales looks rad sticking out of my wetsuit
(Name marker-ed out to maintain notoriety)
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May contain traces of nuts
Your mileage may vary
I used to want to get one, but if I do, it means I can't go swimming any more as pools and gyms here ban tattoos because of yakuza.
I had a friend from Napal here who had two tigers on his entire back, that wrapped around to his arms and a little to the front. Looked awesome, but the local pool refused to let him take his daughters swimming.
Thinking about getting a sleeve this fall, not sure what theme I want. Thinking Japanese style (I really like the artwork) but it's so common nowadays...
I have a bunch of moles, freckles and scars. That's all the body art I need.
"I'm tired of people not treating me like the gift that I am."
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