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A Custom Half Sleeve Tattoo Design

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A Custom Half Sleeve Tattoo Design

Custom Half Sleeve Tattoo Design
May 2016
Pen and Pencil on Stonehenge Paper
10" x 13"

Last year an old friend from primary school and secondary school contacted me to create a personal half sleeve tattoo design. He'd been supporting me online for years and wanted me to put together all of his ideas. I was so honoured that he'd want my creation on his body for life ... what's an intense thought! He had an existing tattoo on his arm honouring a friend so I had to incorporate that into the design along with a family motto and a compass. In order to tie everything together I used a background texture he mentioned he liked and included two of his favourite quotes. In the center, also tying all of the personal elements together, is a map of the Netherlands and two sets of numbers. The clients ancestry is partially from that part of the world and the numbers have personal relevance as well. We discussed the project on and off for over a year and after two basic sketches this final design was created using black pen and pencil. I am thrilled with the results and so is my friend! I cannot wait to see what it looks like on his skin! :)