Monday, July 30, 2007

Tattoo for Mike

This is a tattoo idea I said I would do for my good friend Mike.

Years ago he had a Sanskrit word put on the base of his neck, for some reason or other he got rid of it by having a gigantic star put over top of it.

He asked if I would be interested in fleshing out the rest of his back and I said "OK"

However I have a tendency to take on more side projects than I can handle and sure enough over a year later I have finished.

The initial sketch was done during the first stages of the FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Project I worked on with Doug and Rae last year. I made it way too ornate and dragon-like. So when I came across it a couple of weeks ago I took the steps to simplify it and it turned into a beautiful symbol.

What the Symbol may come to represent is for Mike to decide since it is for him. The cool thing is that the main shape looks like two coiling cobras but if you flip it upside down it turns into a beautiful M shape. I'm quite happy with it. To give Mike a sense of proportion I applied my design to his back in photoshop.

This was quite a lot of fun.

I have one more tattoo concept to do for my friend Tim. It is completely different in style being way more illustrative. Once that is done I am free to pursue some of my own projects which for the last year have been continually put aside because I keep agreeing to help or do other projects.

1 comment:

Drew said...

Nice PhoSho job... I noticed that, even if you don't flip it upside down, the negative space forms a 'M' shape too.