First session here
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Here’s my version of Water theme. Like my friend Horse, I took the inspiration from Herbert Hoffmann flash designs as well.
As you can see, the word “Letzte” it’s appearing on both versions. It means “last” in German. So, Horse’s drawing translates as the “Last Trip” (or last deployment, in sailor’s terminology). Mine, as “The last man”.
And I found this flash book from Herbert Hoffmann, notorious Hamburg tattooer and this drawing just was perfect to fill in the other half.
I changed it to a samurai holding a navy flag, commonly mistakenly called (or related to) war flag.
In Japan recently the use and display of this flag it’s been discussed and bringing controversy.
Neighbor countries, China and Korea blame the Japanese that the display of this flag it’s a reminiscent of WW2 imperialist ideology. So, it started from being banned from soccer stadiums (the last preliminary World Cup matches in both respective countries)
I obviously drew it as a relation of this flash theme that is about ships, sea and of course navy (merchant or military)
At the same time, I confess that I drew with feelings of patriotism and pride of my own heritage.
I hope I will not be the last to share these sentiments.
Above is Horse’s version of Wind. Check his blog here and Instagram here
I’m posting some books I recently found and personally thought it is interesting.
None of them might be directly related to tattooing, but as source of inspiration it’s always good to have an a open mind and fresh eye for anything related to art.
I try to rely much on what I can really see and touch. Since I moved to Europe, I find countless of inspiration just looking to old buildings and such.
Books are way cheaper too, compared to Japan.
I guess it’s a different approach to art. Or how locals define it.
One tends to revival and progress (Japan) and the other to preserve and maintain (Europe).
Strangely (for me), Westerners tend to generally think that Japan keeps it ancient to the core. Including tattooing.
Only if they find that everything evolves so fast in Japan.
Romantic views apart, I will try to pick the best of each culture and create my own.
Hope you have a inspiring weekend!
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Links: Eine einfache Vorzeichnung. Rechts: Die komplete Vorzeichnung Photo above: Left, simple sketch for size. Right, the drawing on paper and the flash design that inspired the client to choose his tattoo.
Das fertig tattoo (für die Erste termin) Photo above: The finished result for this session. I know everything looks confusing, but bold outlines and more shadings will be promptly added on our next session.
I just don’t know how to call this kind of tattoos anymore…can’t come with some hype titles.
They are indeed inspired on Maori (N. Zealand) designs. Just the outtakes goes beyond, and they become more like “patterns”. I guess that’s tattoos “core”, basically: Beautify your body!
Last session here
At least our project with Stefan is finished for now. I know I have some more things that I might add here and there, some rough spots I have to clear, etc, etc.
But now, we will give time to heal and see what we gonna do next.
Personally, a tattoo is finished only when there’s ain’t more spaces on the body to fill in.
The first step of our long journey has just started.
Photo above: Former tattoo done by a different tattooist Photo bellow: New tattoo added
Photo bellow: Sketch on photocopy and design applied on skin
I wrote this before, and I will state that again: I love to do this type of work.
Adding a new tattoo around a old one, isn’t just challenging. It gives you the opportunity to see what others had done, and it makes your brain spin when trying to find a way to puzzle them altogether.
Some people with elitist views despise doing it, but for me; the most important is to make the customer leaving happy from the shop.
A complete “virgin” skin would be any tattooers delight to cover it with self works. In other hand, more the people with previous tattoos come to look out for you; I take it as a sign of trust on my work.
So, why not correspond to it?
After all tattoo is a communication between the 2