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.
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.
We’ve made a lot of progress in a short time. I love tattooing tough dedicated people. One more sitting and we should be finished. This is one of my favorite recent projects.
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.
Here is a typical first day of a lower leg sleeve tattoo for me. It works best for me to draw it all on with markers so that I know it fits. I would never be able to figure this out on paper and make it work as a tattoo. My client wanted a lion fish, and octopus, and golf balls in a coral reef. Long story. Looking forward to starting color.