Okay, this tattoo is also from Philip Milic. It was just too awesome to not show here! Done at Old Crow Tattoo, you can see that this is a full side hip and leg design that, once again, follows so beautifully the curves of the body. Milic is incredible at creating a design that takes the eye where he wants it to go. It follows an idea from start to finish and is intricate and simple all at the same time. How does he do that? The combination of thick and fine lines in black ink give it a tribal edge.
Incredibly pretty and quite different is this neck and shoulder design from Philip Milic of Old Crow Tattoo. Milic has quite the hand and is known for his ability to create a design that will stand the test of time for each client. With a steady hand and a great eye for a design that will suit each and every person, he certainly has a distinctive style! This tattoo is both sexy and feminine. It’s also a great choice for a woman that wants the option to cover it up if the occasion calls for it.
Wow! This abstract sleeve is quite something to look at and is an amazing work of art. It is from German artist Gerhard Wiesbeck and looks to be worth the trip, if you ask me! The color blending of this design is excellent. The design itself is rather complex and intricate and the depth that he achieved with minimal color is a testament to his skill. The solidness of the sleeve is in marked contrast to the separation of the design at the top of the shoulder. This breaks of the design and adds a new dimension to the entire piece.
Tribal tattoos hold meaning. They pull from tribal rituals and include references to animals as well as local plants of the islands. These tattoos tell stories and relate a shared history of the people. The stories can also relate a bit of the wilderness and some of the scared mysteries contained in the universe and the beliefs of the tribe. Lots of these designs pull from the tribal motifs of Hawaii. The designs continue to evolve and show more than bold lines, they now also include amazing shading and some subtle color like the one above.
Henna is a beautiful art method of placing designs on the skin. Perhaps some of the design work can serve as inspiration for your own tattoo. The scroll-work is so beautiful and you can really play with different designs. The lines can be thinner or thicker or a great combination of the two, as well as more open or more dense. This will help you to ensure that your tattoo is completely unique to you and really reflects your personality. Also consider doing some of the line work in color. That would really make it stand out!
Japanese script is a popular choice for a tattoo. There can be a issue, though, when you are not a Japanese speaking person and don’t understand all of the differences between the script styles. This About.com video discusses three different styles. She shows you examples of Kanji, Katana and Hiragana. The best thing to do is to research the kind of tattoo you want and what you want it to say – then take that and talk to your tattoo artist to what style options are available.
Ha! When you love beets, all you can do is get a tattoo of the beets, right? Well…okay. If you say so! This looks like a calf placement for this tattoo and the curves there are perfect for this piece. The artist, Mark Blanchard, achieved a nice blend on the purples throughout the entire tattoo. A vibrant green for the leaves really helps the whole tattoo pop off the skin. The shading is okay…I kind of wish it had a little more of an earthy feel to the beets around the bottom, but overall not a bad tattoo.
You NEED to do your research before heading over to the tattoo shop. You also should have a hard copy of your tattoo to give the artist so that you can be sure you don’t end up with something you don’t want. Kanji is essentially a pictograph, so you are wearing an image – art in the real sense. As with any writing, there are options for you to select from. Three of the most popular are: Kaisho, which is sort of like a block print, Gyousho, which is more equivalent to cursive writing and then there is Sousho, which is a calligraphy type of writing which is the most ornate and artistic of the three. What ever your taste, you are sure to find what you are looking for in one of these styles that will suit your new tattoo.
Ran into this highly detailed skeleton design someone has been working on. The amount of effort and thought that has gone into the design is astounding, and really goes to show what can be done with a bit of determination. Can’t wait to see this finished up and inked!
This is a great little video from About.com that discusses the meaning of some of the most popular flower tattoos. It is a good flower tattoo video that can help you to see some different styles and looks to choose from if you happen to be thinking about incorporating flowers into your tattoo or going for a straight flower design. The more well known flowers include the rose, hibiscus, lotus and the cherry blossom. Take a look and let us know what you think…comment below or visit us on our Facebook page!