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PostSubject: Tattoo   Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:26 pm

Well, I didn't get to make the appointment on Monday because the artist had some personal issues but he rescheduled me for today. We got the line work for the upper arm of the full sleeve done, and boy - I know how hamburger feels now. The back ground is going to be a wood grain and it will look like the wood is coming out of the skin. The tail of the full-sized ball python is on the upper left. It will wind around the arm and end above my wrist. It will be intertwined with a crown of thorns and there will be some stakes/nails in the design. It is kind of hard to describe, but I think it is all going to come together. I just have to wait three weeks for my next appointment. You can not see the very top of the tat, where the wood grain is going to come out of the skin, but you get the idea.

My whole theme in the tattoo is that snakes are God's creatures. I think the artist is catching what I want:

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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:31 pm

Wow, off to a great-looking start!! I can't wait to see it progress!! Smile Congratulations!
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:33 pm

Looking great! I love the theme and I love that phone case. Wink Very dashing!
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:13 pm

looks great!! cant wait to see the fully finished product!!
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:20 pm

Congrats on things working out for you with that. That looks amazing Don. cheers I cant wait to see it finished. smb2585
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:37 pm

Love the the tat and the symbology. Nice long lines and fits the arm nicely.
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:19 pm

Nice!
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:29 pm

Finished my second session yesterday. The artist had artwork done, put it on my arm then drew in pieces he warned to add. He looked at a few minutes and said no. Then he grabbed his cleaning stuff and took it all off. He told me to go have a seat and he reworked the art.

We looked at the re-worked art and discussed it and decided to throw it out too. The two designs were a ball python entangled with a crown of thorns. The problem was the vines and thorns took away from the pattern and shape of the snake. So, we both came up with a new design. It is still religious and a snake, but we didn't get a lot if work on the skin done. What I've got now is the outline (without pattern) of a snake and a few other elements.

He also finished the line work around the wrist and under the arm. The part under the arm is very painful. Next appt is on the 17th. I don't really want to post pics yet, because it isn't much to look at. But, we are progressing and I'm very sore.
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:43 pm

I'm glad you and the artist trust each other enough to communicate like this. I always love watching client respect artist and artist respect client. I'm sure that with this level of mutual respect and trust, you two will be able to create something great! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:54 pm

Thanks. I've always felt that I wanted to describe a theme and maybe a few elements, but give the artist freedom to do their best work. I think an artist's gift can be stifled if they are told exactly what to do. I look at myself as a canvas, but within a few broad limits. I think the end result will be very nice.
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:20 pm

congrats. glad you are working with the artist and he even sees what you want/like... its always great when an artist and the recipient have the same visual and it comes out smoothly and nice. Good luck. Cant wait to see the finished product.
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:44 pm

Ouch! Spent another four hours in the chair yesterday. He started shading and coloring the upper arm. I know what hamburger feels like tonight. next appt is in two weeks.
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:30 pm

Yaaay! I'm still excited to see pictures at the next check point Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:56 am

It is getting at the point where pictures are hard to take. It still has a long way to go, Jesus needs to be completed along with the snake. The blue needs touched up, the wood grain needs completed and the main snake has yet to be outlined, but I'm liking the way it is going. My wife took a short video:




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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:15 pm

Looks like he went overboard with the black. cryingwithlaughter
I don't think your link is working
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:25 pm

That's odd. the video shows up on my screen. Let me try something else.

Try this link:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4313977086730
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:54 pm

looks great so far Don!! Who are you getting your work done by again?
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:02 pm

Greg Piper up in Manassas. It is a long drive for me, but he seemed to do the type work I wanted done.
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:08 pm

very cool Don!! Glad you found an artist you liked instead of just going in somewhere and getting something by whomever!!! Makes the process way much better and enjoyable plus the quality is normally ten times better (well if that person who is getting it done has any common sense; which you obviously do)

Keep us updated on the progress!!
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:18 pm

Nice!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:48 pm

Update: Jesus still needs some flesh tones, but he is coming along nicely. I'm thinking around 12 -15 more hours and I'll be done. Just wish I could get in more often. The artist is in high demand.


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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:27 pm

Beautiful Don
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:38 pm

Looks Great!
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:55 pm

It looks great! That is one darn good artist!
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:43 pm

looks REALLY good
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:56 am

Lookin' good!
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:43 pm

Another bit of work done






It is still raw and needs to heal, but making some real progress now.


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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:47 pm

That's real nice color, Don!
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Sun Apr 14, 2013 1:01 pm

Looks great. Can't wait to see the healed up finished product
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:11 pm

It's looking awesome, it's got really nice colors!
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:45 pm

More work done on Monday. I'm going to get the wood grain colored in, then the whole thing needs touched up. It looks a lot better in person. Hard to get the perspective right in a picture:

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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:53 pm

Man Don that tattoo is looking better n better every time you get work done on it
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Thu Jun 06, 2013 6:39 pm

Wow Don, respect!!!
That tattoo is getting bigger and bigger..!!
It looks awesome though and the snakes look really cool too, the artist hit the right colors and patterns and detailed them nice as well..

Congrats and compliments to the artist! smb2585
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:27 pm

It's looking great Don!
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:45 pm

Looking vary good.
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:14 am

That's some sweet looking ink. How many hours are you looking at now?
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PostSubject: Re: Tattoo   Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:25 am

Very nice! As an artist I can appreciate the time and effort put into this design.
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