December 31, 2005

So, I have a tattoo on my right arm ... an armband. Here it is, broken into two pictures:

And the artist is Raven at Tattoos by Raven.

So, the intention has always been to add some colour to this tattoo ... the original plan was to make the surrounding area look like sandstone ... but the tattoo artist couldn't figure out a way to do it that she felt comfortable would not turn out muddy. So, we decided to just ink the symbols and decide on the rest later on. Now the fact that it's unfinished is bugging the crap out of me.

NOTE: I have already updated the image ... the traditional turquoise border is gone now ... I agree with several of the comments ... it may be a traditional pattern ... but it looked like caca here.
I've turned this into an extended entry as the animated gif that runs through several options is over 100kb now ... and I didn't want to slow down the load of the main page with that. So ... if you want to take a look at the further ideas... click below! :D

5 seconds of the plain tattoo ... 5 seconds with some colouring ... 5 with an orange/black border ... 5 seconds with a plain black border.

I like the Hopi sunface kachina colouring. I like the green in the gecko. Have yet to decide what to do with that spiral sun ... leaning toward leaving it alone.

Comments? Ideas?

Posted by Red Monkey at December 31, 2005 2:45 PM | Sketches | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


euian said:

Plain color seems better to me. Maybe you can add some decorations but also in black. just my opinion.

December 31, 2005 3:27 PM


allan said:

I would skip the border.

It makes it look like something a tourist would buy and then put in a box.

December 31, 2005 3:30 PM


Red Monkey said:

yep ... i agree with you both ... more i look at it ... more i hate the border completely ... but i do want to do something to tie it up.

hmmm ... back to the drawing board! :D

December 31, 2005 3:38 PM


suki said:

darker colors, like brown, olive, that sorta thing would work, but bright cyan - i'd avoid.. :) didn't see it with a border, so not sure how it looks...

December 31, 2005 4:10 PM


pm said:

it is bright but it will fade so it'll only be bright for a short time... likely... hehe

happy new year, ender!

December 31, 2005 4:35 PM


Chris said:

I like the color in the sun, and maybe coloring the symbols-Otherwise, leave it alone, it looks great and no one will have the same. If you are questioning it, leave it alone.

December 31, 2005 6:19 PM


Mike said:

I like the non color version best, with the bands above and below. Speaking from experience...I have had a tatoo for 37 years...it used to be very colorful but over the decades it has faded...hardly any color left at all now. I'll try to take a picture of it and show you what a 37 year old tat looks like. LOL

December 31, 2005 6:56 PM

Nice! I like them!!

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2006 12:03 AM


OldGuy said:

I like the Hopi as well, looks very cool.

Happy New Year ender.

January 1, 2006 9:38 AM


charles said:

Nice tatooes and also Happy New Year !!

January 1, 2006 2:06 PM


angie said:

Happy New Year, ender!!

January 1, 2006 4:47 PM


RagDoll said:

Very Nice tats! A background done in brown(s) and maybe even some red/orange would work for the sandstone effect. If you don't use any black, it would not compete with your images.

Happy New Year Ender!

January 1, 2006 7:17 PM


Otto K. said:

I prefer the black versions, but my tattoos are black so I'm a bit biased.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2006 7:28 PM


Carol said:

Your tattoos look great! I almost got a tattoo once - was actually at the place and had the design picked out, but then I chickened out!

January 1, 2006 8:42 PM


otilius said:

ow, ender, ow! Happy New Year!

January 2, 2006 6:24 PM


otilius said:

by the way, the plain black border adds a lot...but, also, it will add PAIN...good luck!

January 2, 2006 6:27 PM

I think that it looks fantastic the way it is. Maybe if you had a single line above and below to tie it in. Otherwise I think it looks fantastic. Very original and meaningful. Nice!

January 3, 2006 1:42 PM


Luka said:

I like the color option the best :)

January 4, 2006 10:24 AM


Stacey said:

Wow, Ender, it's amazing! I absolutely love it!!

June 15, 2008 5:54 PM
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