Fun and original stuff here.
The basic idea, design elements, and the way the imagery is placed on the arm are all modeled around a fancy carved Brazilian walking stick. You can actually look way back in the page photos HERE and see the tattoo as just line work if you like. The client always had color in mind though, but didn’t know exactly how she wished to go about it. It took a bit of discussion to figure it out. We ended up going with a turquoise inspired background because we thought it would be pretty, have brilliance, and at the same time keep with a feeling of nature and primitiveness in the tattoo. Turned out to be the right choice for sure as I love the overall look of the finished piece.