Dutch Floral Festoon Inspired by the work of Dutch Golden Age painter Jan Davidsz de Heem
Hanging Bouquet A classic Dutch Golden Age arrangement for my lovely friend Kyle Letendre. This was created from favorite bits of many different paintings. The original paintings are never composed so as to be suitable for the shape of a human body, and in order to turn them into successful tattoos, they must be first laboriously recomposed.
Peony and Mock-Orange This is a nearly exact copy of my favorite watercolor painting by the artist Paul de Longpré. I was only able to find a very small, very low resolution digital image of this painting to work from – it was a challenge but I think it suits the client very well
Raven and Thick Shell bark Hickory Original artwork by the inimitable John James Audubon’s Birds of America
Corvid and Red Ivy The presence of breasts usually prohibits large scale torso compositions, but a post mastectomy torso is a perfect surface for an elegant and unusual arrangement. Tattooing well-healed scars is not an issue, and a choice can be made to either disguise completely, or merely draw the eye elsewhere.
Triple Eye Tiger Sometimes I find a really great art book, and it inspires a lot of work in a short period of time. This is one of several weird tigers I did in 2015.
Pink Camellias in Black Diamond I kicked off a Things in Black Diamonds period also, in 2015- I’m circling back to it again recently, as an effective way to support and bring good contrast to more delicate florals.
Hanging Rooster From the Golden Age artist Abraham Mignon – I think the similarity to the classic hanging flowers arrangement is no coincidence, and the metaphor for the transience of life still holds here – underlined by the recent violence.
White on Black with two floral vignettes Bookended by two floral vignettes (Goldfinch + Hibiscus, and Rosemary + Marigold + Poppy + Aster), this field of black solved multiple coverups. It is overlaid with a single session of delicate white ink patterning from a vintage textile. 2016
Ornamental Blackwork Borrowing references and inspiration from multiple sources can produce striking rhythms and textures, allowing for a natural bridge in styles between neighboring tattoos. I always try to make my tattoos get along with the wearer’s previous work.