This is a great example of how my clients will come to me with an idea, let me run with it and give them they totally couldn’t imagine themselves.
Judy emailed me asking if I would tattoo this one her. It was important to her to not “lose the words as they are so profound”
Anyone who consults with me find out immediately that I think words are the worst way to express an idea through tattoos . Think about the last time you saw some long ass words tattooed on someone, then ask yourself what it said. I bet you can’t.
I kindly explained to her that this amount of words would only work as a back piece and while cool as a t shirt, is probably not the best way to express her profound statement. I brainstormed with her for an email or two and nailed it.
When I sent her the image she was blown away.
That’s what I strive for. Throw me your ideas friends. My goal is to make them better for you.
Thanks for coming all the way from vegas for the tattoo Judy!
lined with aaron cain and cory rogers ( 7 and tight 5), shaded with Special technique, colored with dan kubin, mini cranker.
Betina came to me with the word Animal on one arm and Rights on the other.
She wanted me to come up with a way to color and beauty to them. It’s tough. With that dark black block lettering, simply putting some flowers behind it would work but it wouldn’t look seamless, it would look tacked on.
The good news is a came up with a way to make it work. Black silhouette foliage around the words, mixed with lots of color below. Some could be intimidated by all that black but the truth is black makes color pop. That’s why tattoos that aren’t lined with dark colors almost always look unfinished.
Im just hoping she’ll trust me.Stay tuned.
So despite this being a pretty awesome drawing, it wasn’t what she was looking for. So we went back to the drawing board. I’m happy to say she decided to let me just cover the rights all together so it opens up the design a bit.
She is really stuck on having blue swooshes flowing through it. The only way I can figure that would be to put the turtle half in air and half in water. So I designed it as a sea turtle.
Lets see how round 3 goes. (round 2 looked a lot like the first one. Not even worth posting)
In the end, she just wanted a floating turtle with flowers and honestly, its turned out pretty good.