Esther

Kyle+floral

04 Oct: Hanging Bouquet

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.

deLongpre+back

04 Oct: Peony and Mock-Orange

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

blackbird+red+ivy

04 Oct: Corvid and Red Ivy

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.

double+tiger

04 Oct: Triple Eye Tiger

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.

dead+rooster

04 Oct: Hanging Rooster

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+1

04 Oct: White on Black with two floral vignettes

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

Janna+1

04 Oct: Ornamental Blackwork

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.