This is a piece I had done a few years back, that was a breakthrough kind of piece. After looking at the work of Anil Gupta and trying to figure out how the hell he pulled off the work he's done. I had to start thinking outside the typical approach for a tattoo of - outline, shade and color - and really started to look at the process as something more similar to painting.
As we progressed through the piece, I built up the colors and tones carefully, over multiple sessions, as I would a painting. I did this to work each element of shadow midtones or highlight up to the level I felt was correct for the piece. Making sure I didn't do too much.
There is a chance in the future, Tony will have me do a second Schooner on his other shoulder blade, and connect the two. The painting at top is of a pair of racing schooners, each piece showing the other boat in the distance. Separate perspective shots of the same scene.