One of my many tattoos says,
“Take these broken wings and learn to fly”
One of the biggest realizations I have had as an artist and a designer is my appreciation for tattoos. I’ve been addicted to them since I was little. As a child, I would see drawings on people and think, “One day, I will have my drawings on people.” Of course, then I was just a little girl not realizing they were permanent. Now that I am 21, I can say that I have been strongly inspired by tattoos. Not only do I have five tattoos, but I have decided to build a lot of my work around tattoo styles I enjoy.
So what does a tattoo style really entail? Well, for me I do a lot of graphics and drawings that have a outline to the image, not really realistic style work, but realistic as it can be without looking like a drawing or photograph. So heavy line work, bright colors, and a good use of solid and gradiated shading. A lot of times I tend to focus on the dark, dramatic shadows that are created by the ligh when I am working with a realistic concept. Often times, I will draw a person as if I were preparing to tattoo that portrait onto someone. There often times is a lot of dark space and white space present because, as a tattoo artist, you utalize the skin as part of the image.
Now, when I start working with my abstract pieces I start to throw the idea of shading and perfection out the window. I start to work on the thick dark lines and the bright colors. I don’t try to relate a story or memory to the abstract work. One of the styles of tattooing that I do like a lot, is the new aged colors that are vibrant and you can’t seem to look away from. So in my abstract work I begin to do a lot of the eye catching colors. I aslo enjoy the watercolor stylized tattoos that are dramatic colors but have a brush stroke style line. So the ragged edges of a line are perfect for the abstract style I have.
Again, a lot of my inspirations stem from tattooing, but I do recognize the style of the artwork I am shooting for as well. My images or art do not reflect a tattoo but embody the ideals of a tattoo. Who knows, maybe all this graphic design work and art is just preparing me for my big bad career as a tattoo artist!