Southwestern Cuff Tattoo

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I got to do this cuff tattoo for Emma a few weeks ago. It was really fun to loosely design the tattoo after southwestern jewelry--we tried to reflect it in the shapes in the design as well as the color palette. Cuff or band tattoos are always a challenge, especially trying to make a repeating patter...

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Boar Head Tattoo

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Nolan got this boar head with a spear going through it tattooed on his inner arm a few weeks ago. This was a great project, it was fun to play around with the similarities between the structure of a boar's head and a wolf's head. I also really enjoy tattooing gory imagery, which would probably surpr...

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Screen Printer Eagle

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I  did this eagle tattoo with a screen printing squeegee for Ryan a few weeks ago. It was really fun to work with traditional imagery and incorporate some imagery that was more personal for Ryan. A bowling pin eagle, the eagle perched looking over its shoulder, is a classic choice, and a really flex...

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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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