Pretty lady with a sharp dagger

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Here's a fun one I got to tattoo on Justin. I'm sure I've written many times over how much I love to tattoo lady faces and daggers, so you can imagine the joy that washed over my face when Justin came in with this idea. I tattooed this one quite some time ago, so naturally it takes me 6 months to po...

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Stippled Roses Tattoo

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I had such a good time working on these stippled roses for Sahkeena last week! Sahkeena wanted to get a detailed rose design as a memorial tattoo, and she knew she wanted the shading to be stippled. Stippled shading has become really popular in the last few years, and I think its a really nice way t...

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Ship in a Bottle Tattoo

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The technique of putting ships in bottles was developed during the early 19th century. On ship voyages that lasted months or years, sailors developed nautical folk art such as scrimshaw and impossible bottles during their off-watch time aboard a ship. There are several ways to put a ship inside a bo...

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Native Beauty

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I got to tattoo this pretty native gal on Marissa not too long ago. This is by far in my top five favorite things to tattoo. Native American imagery is especially enjoyable to tattoo as it conjures up feelings of old Americana. My only real qualm with it is it frequently walks the line between being...

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Girl Tattoo on a Hand

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I did this tattoo of a girl with rose in her hand on Dave's hand a couple weeks ago. A hand tattoo is a big commitment, and I really appreciate Dave trusting me to do this tattoo for him. Hand tattoos are considered a big commitment because of their visibility---having a tattoo that isn't regularly...

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Hand Holding Winged Rose Tattoo

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I really love doing tattoos like this hand holding a winged rose tattoo, and I'd love to do more like this one. Karen has been a great client, and I really appreciate her getting tattooed by me when she's visiting Minneapolis. Karen contacted me when she knew she was going to be in town, and sent me...

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Garden Spider Tattoo

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I did this garden spider tattoo on Tracey when she was in Minneapolis for an entomology conference. The spider tattoo is a cover up of a small bee tattoo Tracey wasn't happy with, and it worked great! It's so fun and intimidating to tattoo imagery that the client is an expert in, there are intricaci...

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Red Headed Pin Up Girl Tattoo

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This lovely gal is tattooed on my client, Jason. Jason has been an exemplary client, giving me lots of freedom in designing his tattoos. In this case he wanted a pin up girl tattoo, and being that he is a very proud red head, we had  to give her some bright red hair and freckles.Thanks Jason for bei...

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Soldering Iron Tattoo

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I had a really great time working on this soldering iron tattoo for Jared a couple weeks ago. A soldering iron is a hand tool used to melt solder so that it can flow into the joint between two pieces--often used for electronics assembly. Jared is a self-proclaimed electronics nerd who got this tatto...

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Lion Tattoo

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Happy Thanksgiving! Here is a lion tattoo that I made on my very old friend, Jake. I love the lion as a tattoo design, it's such a powerful image. Really any fierce predator works so well as a tattoo design, but specifically big cats are the best. I'm surprised you don't see many traditional lion ta...

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