Mimi Tattoo

Snake and Skull Tattoo

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Tough to go wrong with a classic! I made this snake and skull tattoo loosely based on an old Ralph Johnson design for Sarah. Traditional designs like this seem to bring out very strong opinions in one direction or another on "meaning" in tattoos. Those with carefully curated designs dotted with symb...

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Girl Head Tattoo

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I got to do this girl head tattoo for Derek a couple weeks ago and had a really great time working on it. I really love working towards finding the simplest way to articulate something, like the lines in the braid being drawn a little differently to show a braid drawn tightly against her scalp. Peop...

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Pheasant Tattoo

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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 nea...

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Filling Spaces

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We did this wolf and rose to fill an awkward space and finish Jon's forearm a couple weeks ago. Often when clients are filling spaces between tattoos, we struggle to figure out something shaped like the space, or don't really end up truly filling in the gap that was there. I think doing something ki...

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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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