Obviously, with any tattoo, there is the factor of permanence but I'm talking about the sometimes long process of working on a full sleeve, backpiece, or some other large kind of tattoo that cannot typically be done all at once. These piece can take 20, 30+ hours to complete and that can be over the course of years depending on the budget and time of the collector.
It's also not uncommon to NOT get to finish a sleeve design or other large piece because the collector moves out of state, or has trouble affording the sessions. I have also had clients come back after years of being locked up, knocked up, experience a tragic family event, significant life change, or a myriad of other reasons that affect the progress of a tattoo, sometimes even clients I never expected to see again.
But I have also had clients hellbent on getting the work done, and come in every other week for months to finish their arm or back or ribs.
The process has been as different as the subject matter of the tattoo. I have also gotten faster, more efficient and am able to handle working a design for longer periods, and that has cut short on how many sessions a larger piece would normally take me.
My point in all of this is that large piece take real time to complete and not many people understand that. In an age of "instant gratification" and the time distortion of tattoo reality shows, people not familiar with getting a large tattoo can be misled as to how long a large, good tattoo takes. It's a commitment, that if not followed through, will leave you with a reminder of things undone, which can often weigh on the mind as so many people with incomplete tattoos will tell you. "I just want it done"
So having gone through all of that, here's a couple of large pieces I have been working on for a while now. Still Works In Progress (WIP) these show how large tattoos are broken up into sections and worked over time.
|I love detail.|
|The Collectors natural swelling really added to the effect here.|
So there it is. Big pieces are a lot of work, and these are two of my pieces where the Collectors are serious about getting the work done, no matter how much life slows the process down. Most of the work I do these days are larger pieces like this, I really enjoy working on them and resulting in some of the best work I have done in any medium of art. it's particularly rewarding that there is someone who will carry it and appreciate the work as intended for the rest of their days. as an artist, there isn't much better than that.
As always, thanks for reading!