This tattoo is one of the works I’m most proud of.
Started in August 2010 and completed in February 2011. I only tattooed the mermaid to start with. I had spent an entire night preparing the design of which I was very proud and thanks to my client’s strength it was done in one sitting.
After a couple of months the client came back asking to complete the work with a dragon, so that it would go right around the entire calf.
Unlike the mermaid, for which I had made a preliminary design right down to the smallest detail, for the dragon I did a rough sketch which I later developed during the making of the stencil then directly on the client’s skin. The dragon was done in two sittings, one for black and one for colouring, for which I used underwater images as reference. These same images came in handy when, a few months later, the client came back asking me to add the seabed to extend the work to the ankle. Extension that requested a sitting plus a second one to touch up some details of both the seabed and the dragon and mermaid.
Look at the images and videos of the working process below.
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