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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Ship with Sea Serpent Tattoo

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I had a great time working on this ship that is framed by a sea serpent for Nick a few weeks ago. Nick knew he wanted to get a tattoo of a ship and was creatively open about how it was framed at the bottom, he just wanted it to be traditional. I based the serpent of a Sailor Jerry design of a sea se...

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Wolf with Arrows Tattoo

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While you may see a fair number of tattoos depicting wolves as fearsome creatures or meeting violent ends come out of our shop, we at the Sea Wolf are happy to see Minnesota's grey wolves back on the Endangered Species Act's protection. Wolves were briefly taken off the endangered species list and l...

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Burning Bra Tattoo

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While burning bras are imagery closely associated with the Women's Liberation Movement of the 1960's, there is actually no record of women burning bras at protests and demonstrations. Historians believe that the symbol originated at the Miss America protest in 1968, at which women threw fake eyelash...

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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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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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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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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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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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Grim Reaper Tattoo

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This grim reaper tattoo was a really fun project for me. I really enjoy working on a larger scale and getting to figure out fun ways to make a tattoo with a dynamic design that moves with the body. This was a very fun project to work on in a very painful area, thank you so much for hanging tough and...

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