Friday Two Cents: Inspiring Tattoo


For the past few weeks I worked on something for a friend that truly inspired me. She asked me to create a tattoo for her. I created a few other tattoos but mostly they where for family or family friends. This person is a colleague and some one whom I respect and consider a friend. To be honest I was honoured to be asked to create a tattoo for her.

She wanted a tattoo of her Chinese zodiac animal, a tiger. She told me in what direction she wanted to go and after a few days I came up with a couple of ideas. She liked the stance I drew of the tiger crawling up her arm. I then thought of the lines and claws as strokes from a calligraphy pen. The thin ends and thick middles came out as a unique and stunning design. She liked the design and we continued developing the tiger to her liking.
The funny thing is that she kept asking for some changes and I got the impression that she felt bad about asking for the changes. I told her that it was ok; that this was her tattoo, that it was very personal for her and that I understand. I truly understood this because I too have a tattoo that I designed that is very personal to me. You see for me, I am creating something was very close to that person’s heart and the more she liked what I did to improve the tattoo to her liking, the more I felt proud and excited. Not just for her but for myself. Here is someone who is overjoyed with a piece of art that I created for them. What better honour I could receive then the joy I see in her face every time she viewed the image of the tiger.
She took the tiger and she got a tattoo artist to draw it on her. He liked it too and once it was done she sent me a picture of the tattoo. To say that I was overjoyed would be understating what I felt. For when I saw the tiger I drew on her and her extreme joy with it, the only word that comes to mind is inspiring.



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