I’ve been asked a lot how people choose the designs they get from me that end up in my portfolio, especially the more unusual and unique concepts. Sometimes the design is about a specific memory or object, sometimes the client doesn’t tell me and I put it in my portfolio because I think it looks neat. I think a pheasant tattoo is a great tattoo concept for a midwesterner; it features the fauna of our region while also giving a nod to the mythology of the phoenix, a bird that rises from the ashes. Pheasants also have really interesting markings and feathers, which I had a fun time trying to represent in this tattoo. Thanks so much for trusting me with this one Jared!