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.
This is a kinda traditional / neotraditional piece. The client had a line sketch style pin-up drawing which he supplied for the basic idea. He also sent me a few pics of his gal so I could fiddle with it and make it resemble her more. The rest of the stuff I drew in as to his subject matter preferences, but with free reign as his description was “just make it look cool.” Overall I really liked the layout and look of this finished piece. It fits within the boundaries of traditional Americana tattoo themes, but possesses originality.
Though this is in a semi traditional tattoo style, I kept with a much thinner and lighter line for the outer edge, used almost no line inside the tattoo, and didn’t use any blacks for shading. The result is a traditional look, but with a softer/prettier appearance than normally seen in such a style.
This tattoo was from my Port Angeles Tattooing The Blues tattoo project.
“Follow your nose! It always knows!”
What we have is a way groovy little Toucan Sam shoulder tattoo here.
Toucan Sam has been the Froot Loops cereal mascot since back in the 60’s. His big fancy nose gives him the super power of sniffing out Froot Loops. He is kinda like a mutant toucan in my mind. Not really enough mutant power to join the X men, but still a cool power if you dig the cereal which millions of people do. (obviously including the client who got this)
Toucan Sam shoulder tattoo
From my Port Angeles Tattoos cereal project
Gotta dig a traditional flavored gun tattoo.
A blue revolver done in a traditional/neotraditional tattoo style. Though this is obviously not a realistic tattoo in any way we went for realistic placement. This pistol placement is on the right thigh exactly in the spot it would be when strapped into a thigh holster.