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.
Chinese Peonies and Butterfly Inspiration can come from many places. In this case, a bright cascade of super lush peonies seemed perfect for an equally lush leg.
Night Owl This tattoo is a remix of several pieces by the UK artist Mark Hearld. His loose brush strokes and wild layering were an enjoyable challenge to replicate for this client.
Blooming Echeveria in white ceramic Babyhead Planter Another in the collection of my dear friend Kyle
Giant Dotwork Fern What happens when a tattoo is so large it runs off the edges?