I'm Steve. Currently 23 and living in the Southeast USA. I got my first tattoo just over a year ago at Tattoo Bill's in Charlotte, NC. I'm very, VERY particular about marking my skin, and I love tattoos that have deep meaning. This means I like to really ponder over cool designs, what they mean to me, and if it's something that will describe me in 30, 60, or 90 (ayyy!) years. I also prefer to keep most of my skin clean; I want my art to be a pleasant surprise for people, not to be the first thing they notice about me. Therefore I don't plan on getting many pieces over the course of my life (though of course I'm willing to change my mind.) That being said, I LOVE my tattoo (it's a heart with some lettering) and I'm currently playing around with the idea of a second.
Even though I'm not super stoked to collect a lot of art, I seriously enjoy looking at and asking people about theirs. It's a fun way to learn how people think. I never really had a favorite artist or style, but recently I've been quite taken with Dr. Woo and Thomas Hooper's geometric designs.
I studied Physics in college and I strive to make God the center of my life; the ideas that proceed from this combination tend to be a bit harebrained. Currently I have an idea that involves a lot of precise lines and circles. I've attached a plot of the basic pattern I'm looking for. I probably wouldn't want it more than 4-5 inches tall, but I know that severely limits the potential for detail. My limited knowledge from reading this board and Google images says that I'm looking for something like Dr. Woo's single needle work. Questions for you:
Is my assessment of the style accurate? Are there other artists who use this style that I should know about?
Is single-needle work a good investment? Honestly I love the way it can look but I'm worried that it won't last long. Should I try to go bolder?
Does anyone have any pieces that are similar to this? What do they mean to you?
Nice to meet you all.