Today a returning client had the urge to celebrate his ethnic roots with the insignia of his Irish clan. Often people get the entire family crest or clan badge, and in doing so the significant heraldic animals or symbols are such a small percentage of the whole that they lose focus and power in a tattoo context. Addressing that point, we chose to design this clan lion and moons with the calligraphy around them, giving them more room and presence.
Last year he honored his other allegiance, to his alma mater. His father is the football coach at the college, and he was a member of the team during his attendance, so he continues to have close feelings and chose to permanently express his allegiance with the shield tattoo.