words and anchors - tattoo design

drawing and designing tattoos for people near and far has been such a cool and strange and unexpected part of my career. i love love getting to know a little bit (or a lotta bit) about people that i otherwise wouldn't have met had it not been for the great reach of the internet. even more, however, i love being able to create something meaningful for someone i've had the great pleasure of spending some person-to-person time with. it might be faux pas to do work for friends and family, but in my case, having the ability to work with care on something as intimate as a tattoo design has only ever been a joy. it allows me another opening into this person's life - a perspective i might not have been afforded the opportunity to view. if i could, i'd draw all over my friends and family members' arms/legs/backs/necks/etc! IMG_3189

this one is for a special and incredible bostonian - marisa, i can't wait to see how it turns out!

inky success

inky success

some tattoo artists just get text. like, really get it. the ebb and flow of line, the thin and thickness of stroke, the grace of curve and sharpness of point. it is such a wonderful thing, designing a tattoo for someone - and it's even better when the final inking so perfectly matches the sketch. thanks to ms. taylor for sharing a photo of her newly tagged forearm - 'great is thy faithfulness'. it's beautiful!

tattooed in uganda

(His angels will guard us in all our ways - for melinda ozongwu)

the other day, a lovely woman named melinda emailed me from uganda. she was on her way to london, and while there, was planning to get a phrase tattooed on her forearm. the design was finalized, the appointment was made, everything was ready. and then, so she says, she stumbled upon this blog. and overhauled her entire design. what an honor it was to take up the task of creating something she could really fall in love with. something that she'd look at every day, and know that taking the extra steps to make it perfect was well worth it. personally, i think it looks just lovely.

getting inky

(earth, wind, fire, water, moon - for alex raffael)

sometimes how we envision things happening doesn't end up being the case. in fact, this happens most of the time. if, a year ago, someone was to tell me i'd be receiving weekly commissions to draw and design words and pictures that people all over the world would be permanently marking themselves with, i'd have thought that sounded amazing, and completely unbelievable. well, now, just seven months after designing my own, first tattoo, i am happily occupied with translating ideas, words, and images into tattoos. i love it. of course, now i can't imagine not thinking of this in the first place.

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(tattooed version of this design - for jessica silva)

here are a few recent tattoos that i've designed, and as always, i welcome many more to come.

('bird' - for katie prange)

(meaning 'to live life passionately and unafraid - for megan mateer)

a very 'creative' tattoo design

this is the highest honor - to be able to design something so personal for someone else that they'd want to, they'd plan to put it on their body permanently. the other day, a lovely lady named jenifer contacted me via etsy to ask if i could design the word 'create' in the same manner as the 'love stamp' that's currently for sale in my shop. just two short days later, we came to a final decision - and just in time, since she's got a tattoo appointment today!

 

congratulations jenifer, and thank you for allowing me to be a part of this moment!