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Avid chess player - Wanted opinions on this design for a tattoo as well as suggestions for the best placement - Thanks

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I actually like the shadow - lots of potential meaning in it: the true strength of the Pawn,; the desire to grow and improve oneself to become a King; How one sees oneself, not as a Pawn but a King.......

If you're just a chess fan than the pawn itself is fine, but if you're looking to portray something than just being a fan of chess, your original is much better, IMHO.

Placement, to me, is related to size and your future plans for tattoos. I would first find the trusted artist who understands your intent and then talk with him/her about where and how big it should be.

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The tattoo is going to be half chess / half symbolic pretty much like Devious described - My original thought was to have a queen in the shadow because the pawn strives to be promoted in the game, usually to a queen.

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22 minutes ago, SciGeek94 said:

or this one

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This one.  Sorry for the mixing of the Queen and King. In my defense, it was early and I was just working on my first cup of coffee.

 

Scale and placement are important - I would also prefer to see the shadow bold and black, not muted as in this example. IMHO, that makes it a more definitive statement and not just a mere shadow. Just my own $.02, though.

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Thanks - Devious, you didn't mix anything up - it is a king in the pic but i might switch it to a queen - i hear what you are saying about the muted shadow which is whi i would most likely use a white pawn (just outline) to offset the shadow

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I like the initial design you posted rather than the others.

I quite like the queen shadow behind the the pawn.

I can see it looking good on the arm.. not too big like the picture you posted on the back. Chess pieces are small and so wouldn't seem right having it too large.

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