I really love doing freehand tattoos. Working with a loose marker sketch gives me a lot of freedom. I am fortunate to have apprenticed under someone who specialized in freehand work. These tattoos are always a surprise for both myself and the client. We never really know what the final product will be. I am so thankful for my wonderful trusting clientele.
This started as a half sleeve two years ago. Yesterday we started the process of making it a full sleeve. Just a couple hours of work so far. It is always fun revisiting old tattoos and adding to them.
Some progress on this vulture tattoo. Last time we colored the belly button solid black. It healed great. Next session I’ll draw his other foot and finish the wings.
Freehand owl catching a mouse. Long way to go on this guy.
A good start to a freehand samurai. The background has a smoke dragon wrapping around and up onto the top of his helmet.
Paul is a local tattoo artist who lazered both of his sleeves off and is getting two new sleeves from me simultaneously. This is the beginning of a peacock sleeve on his left arm. I had to draw this on his arm to work around some of the remnants of his laser work. Laser tattoo removal is so much more painful than tattooing. There is a lot of pain and dedication involved with removing two sleeves. With so much already invested in removal, it is an honor to be trusted with the design and application of these new tattoos.
This is the progress so far on a freehand leg sleeve. Lion fish, coral, and octopus. I’m always surprised when a client trusts me to tattoo when they can’t make out the image in the sharpee sketch. I appreciate their faith.