My good friend came to me with a challenge. After doing a sleeve of japanese lanterns, and moths with a Hannya background...A neck coverup, a low back cover up/rework, the left shoulder blade done, two calves to cover, a chest rework… its taken many hours and lots of surrender to what is, and what we can do with it all. Overall, I’m happy with the look. I went behind existing work where it was necessary, like the waist wrap around. I dropped the dragon’s body and horn behind it onto the left butt cheek. I also repeated the cherry blossoms from her chest piece on the back and in the dragon’s mouth so the petals and blossoms could be falling down her backside for consistency.More Info
Marie Antoinette full back, it leads into a sleeve of orchids, honeysuckle, and peacock skulls.More Info
sometimes simple is the best approach, water, rocks, and peonies lead up to a full back dragon, the waves expand and spiral up the ribs.More Info
This Mucha inspired sleeve has a glass snake, raven skulls for shoulder caps among the candles, a serpentine cuff and a dagger.More Info
This full leg of bells, water, a snake, and a blue rabbit was done as an addition to a full back collaboration with Cory Norris of Grass Valley, CA. He did the other leg as well.More Info
This full back was for my client from Hong Kong, his second child was born the year of the snake. Water and cherry blossoms are always a good symbol of the passing of time, new life, mortality, and gratitude for the present. This in progress shot is the second session, the shading, just days after the first session which was the outline from behind the knees to the neck. When people travel so far for work they often do unbelievable amounts of endurance. It is inspiring.More Info
In the Japanese folk- tale of The Heron Maiden, a young man comes across a wounded heron, and he takes it in and nurses it back to health. When the heron has regained the use of its wings, he releases it, and the heron flies away.
Time passes and the young man meets a beautiful young woman with whom he falls in love. They get married and begin living happily together. The young wife weaves a particular kind of silk brocade in which the designs appear in relief. The young man sells the fabric, and the two are able to support themselves in this way. But the young woman places a constraint upon the man: He must never observe her while she is weaving her fabric. Of course the young man cannot resist the temptation to look, and when he does he sees a heron at the loom. Under his gaze the heron is transformed into a beautiful woman – she is his wife.
Now that the secret has been exposed, The heron Maiden’s happy life with the young man must come to an end. The young woman bids her husband a fond goodbye, and flies away with her heron companions.More Info
I love this candid photo post session. This lady has been an inspiration to me and so many other people. Mother of four, she is getting Kokeshi dolls to represent her daughters on her right leg as part of a full body suit. This session outlined from her foot to her knee and colored in two dolls one on the inside and the another on the outside. the peonies are repeated from the imagery on her chest. we have the legs to finish and then one arm and her stomach. I'm unbelievably grateful to be the person to do this life changing work.More Info
Sailor Jerry has had an unbelievable influence on modern tattooing. ...this is one pf my favorite tattoos ever. Done on one of my best friends.More Info
I love every phase of the tattoo process from concept to the final session, but the outline and background are by far my favorite. That is where the most important decisions are made and where the image is created. After that, the rest seems to be dictated to me by those first deciding marks. Whether to go dark or light, bright or subdued… The rest seems to be a consequential chain reaction, of course with some decisions still to be made, but nowhere near as profound as those first marks laid in the skin… The rest is just an unfolding of what is already set to be.More Info