This Collector Spotlight is a piece that one of my biggest collectors is wearing, I've done 11 tattoos on him in less than three years, and only one of those tattoos, his first, could be considered "simple" Since then, Jeremy has always been a good friend and was indispensable in opening The original Jade Monkey tattoo shop! So anyway, this was probably his 5th or 6th piece that we did. A modern concept Family Crest on his chest.
We started with a t-shirt Jeremy liked and wanted to use as the basis of the design. then with his classic family crest, we designed a new version that included his kids names and birth dates.
With a finished design, we did a rough grey line as a foundation. This is not the type of tattoo that gets finished all at once. We use the grey line to establish a "permanent" stencil to work off of in the skin, without worrying about losing the temporary thermograph stencil. The grey lines will disappear into the whatever colors we use for the tattoo, and cleaner,darker line work added as we go. The basic outline alone took about 2 1/2 hours.