Here is something a bit different. The basic idea, design elements, and the way the imagery is placed on the arm are all inspired by a Brazilian walking stick. The overall look is very interesting and I love the uniqueness, which made it a super cool piece to do.
So when I was asked to do a skeleton in medieval type stocks with a newer, yet antiqued lock and a skeleton key I figured it was probably a pretty common theme even though it hadn’t been requested before. I googled it and it seems it isn’t. Weird.
For some reason it just seemed it should be.
Anyways… the key hangs around the neck because that way it tantalizes yet is out of reach. That is what the client was going for here.
If you are unfamiliar with stocks… This is from Wikipedia:
Stocks are devices used internationally, in medieval, Renaissance and colonial American times as a form of physical punishment involving public humiliation. The stocks partially immobilized its victims and they were often exposed in a public place such as the site of a market to the scorn of those who passed by.
I hit this picture with a remove color filter option and since it was black work only and I figured it looked cool that way I left that way.
It is also a bit carousel horse and when I was asked to draw it I was told it should be a Friesian Unicorn with rainbow zebra stripes.
All in all this is a very unique tattoo. I searched all over trying to find a rainbow zebra striped friesian unicorn drawing or painting because I had never seen one before and came up empty handed. It seems it isn’t so hard to come up with newness in art or tattoos after all.
The location is the right thigh. All of the stuff going on in this piece was from the clients imagination. The little owl and wizard frog are revamps of existing images she supplied. The war turtle was an existing piece I did a year or so earlier. The rest was mostly bic penned on per her description. The photo was taken at approximately two years healed. My favorite part to do was the little spooky cabin in the far left background and the rolling grass hills.
Mermaid – from the Old English mere (sea), and maid (a girl or young woman). The equivalent term in Old English was merewif. This particular mermaid tattoo is done in a style I would roughly consider Neotraditional American with slightly thinner lines than usual to add a bit more femininity and give room for more detail in the scales.. The art is a re-draw of a client supplied image. The location is on the outer thigh just behind (to the side) of the knee. As a mermaid fun fact I give you this… In 1493 the famed explorer Christopher Columbus reported seeing three “female forms” which “rose high out of the sea.” He noted that the mermaids were not as lovely as represented in fables and art.