Grim Reaper Girl

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I did this grim reaper girl tattoo for Eleza about a month ago and had a great time working on it. Eleza is one of my favorite clients to work with, she always has fun ideas and you can tell she really puts thought into what projects would be fun for the person tattooing her, a great strategy for ge...

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Black Widow Tattoo

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Black widow spiders are named for the act of sexual cannibalism they are known for, after mating the female spider consumes the male. In popular culture, there are a few different women who have been dubbed "black widows." One of the most famous is Vera Renczi, a woman from Romania who confessed to...

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Lady Justice Tattoo

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Lady Justice, an allegorical personification of the moral forces of the judicial system, dates back to the Goddess Isis in Ancient Egypt, and later the Greek Goddess Themis and the Roman Goddess Lustitia. The blindfold represents objectivity, that justice should be carried out regardless of class, r...

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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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Futakuchi-onna Tattoo

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In the past year, I've had the good fortune to start working on a series of tattoos on different clients based on Japanese folklore and ghost stories. This futakuchi-onna is the most recent ghost tattoo I've gotten to work on, and the biggest. When I work on these tattoos I try to base the imagery a...

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Seahorse Tattoo

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I did this seahorse tattoo for Rina last week to add to a sleeve we've been working on. We have kept all the designs on her arm bold and simple, which helps the color look nice and bright. We also did this design quite large--it takes up a large portion of the back of her forearm. I had a great time...

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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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Girl and Snake Tattoo

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I did this tattoo on my friend Nate to add to a collection we've been doing on his upper arm. We've kept the designs of Nate's tattoos really simple and straight forward, with a limited color palette. I have a lot of fun working on designs like this, its challenging and satisfying to draw and execut...

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

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I had a lot of fun working on both of these tattoos. The black rosemaling on the left was a project that was different to work on, I really enjoyed trying to capture the brush-like quality and movement of rosemaling in a tattoo, while still working to give Monica a tattoo that would age well. This k...

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