I finished up this koi half sleeve on Monday. After the linework session, my client decided on keeping it black and gray, which I think turned out pretty nice and classic looking. Here's a rotation of the piece and one good shot from the side.
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It's nice to have communicative clients who keeps in touch. This benefits both parties, as shown by the before and after pics of the FREE touch up I did on Friday, below. This session allowed me to darken in some of the clouds, which strengthened the overall piece and made the mountain and tiger pop a bit more. Not only is it nice to be able to see pieces I've worked on in the past to be able to evaluate my work and progress, but it's also good to catch up the clients who wear the tattoos.
Yesterday I got to do the first piece of a sleeve that will be made up of multiple smaller pieces... all black and gray. As you can see, it's a ship in stormy winds around the back of the arm with the water wrapping the entire circumference. I'm excited for the rest of the pieces to come together, but no cats are being let out of any bags until they're on skin. Updates will come as the sleeve progresses.
This approach makes for a different feel than the multiple session tattoos that I blogged about before. You get the instant gratification of having a new, finished tattoo after each session, but you also get the long term gratification and satisfaction of having the sleeve come together as a whole. To each his own.
One of the great things about tattoos is their individualistic nature. Even if you choose a piece of flash off the wall or a tattoo design from the interwebs, it's worn by a different client and done by a different artist at a different time, making it a unique piece of art, created with a unique experience. My goal is to make all my clients' experiences good ones, whether they're building a sleeve or getting a small remembrance piece. So come
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