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Not all of the big projects start this way, but I do love making a sketch over photocopies.
I discovered that it was easier for me also, to figure out how the tattoo would look on the person. Obviously, later drawing it free hand or making a stencil on actual size brings new challenges.
The photocopies are just a guideline. Plane and straight. The skin have many curves, and sometimes I find “bumps” and “holes” that only can be felt with the touching of my hands.
Hand perception is more important than visual contact.

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And suddenly, unexpected rain outside. Just thinking while tattooing. The beauty of transcribing a sincere love message onto someone’s arm.

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外は雨。必ず休みの日には雨。ここん所ずうと続くパターン。
人様の愛の証を彫れる喜び。
自分の役割はこれだ!と感じた瞬間。

自分の愛に関しては身勝手。人を傷付けたけど、振返ってもショウガナイ。
ショウガナイ精神で全部片付ける事こそが身勝手なのか?
それも愛ではないのか?

愛の形は違えど、表現も変わる。
ここん所”渦”をバックグラウンドに多様。
こうして渦巻く愛よ、明日は晴れてくれ。

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https://carlosaustokio.com/2014/06/19/liebe-7-letzte-termin/