A FIRST for me: I am thrilled to have finally done a knotwork sleeve on a WOMAN! This Canadian chef made the big trek down from Alberta for this classic embellishment. With her flaming red hair and commanding presence, honed by years in charge of the kitchen and cooking for pack trips, she now adds to her air of competent control with a warrior's gauntlet. For those interested in the process, this much tattooing was all done in 6 hours yesterday. Two hours to get the pre-existing pattern adjusted to her measurements, 2 hours to fit it perfectly to her arm, then 6 hours to ink in the lines and background. In 6-8 weeks she will return to double-black the background and add shading and tune up lines. If I had needed to create an original piece from scratch you could add 6 hours of drawing time up front, but fortunately she picked one for sale in my online image source.
The simple ancient symbol, the Celtic spiral of life, the triskele, evocative and filled with energy. The first tattoo for this man who has plans for many more.
A most unusual placement for a Celtic band! Today a seventy year old man got the Band of Brothers pattern in honor of his sibling who has passed away, but asked for it to be vertical on his leg. I think I've done a vertical band maybe 3 times in my tattoo career. He said he liked the idea that you see the whole pattern, not just a small section of it as you would if it wrapped the limb.
The eternal ethereal beauty of the Monarch butterfly taking flight from the goddess circle, drawing inspiration from the swirling Celtic spirals.