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  1. When holiday planning involves researching artists in each potential destination.
  2. First sesh with Kiku, at Invisible Ink, NYC. Going to add a snek and take it down to the ankle. That's why she's peering downwards: searching for her absent friend.
  3. Double tap, back-to-back, by Aaron Coleman, at Immaculate Tattoo in Mesa, AZ.
  4. By Franz Stefanik, of Okey Doke Tattoos in Toronto, ON.
  5. Opinions needed. Some time back the artist I go to for most of my work posted to his Instagram a piece he did that involved a particular image that I was immediately attracted to but, more importantly, the tattoo was placed in a way I'd not seen before. It was a tradition piece going from ankle to waist. At that moment, my brain said, "ooh! I want an ankle to hip piece just like that!" It was an eagle fighting a snake. But I can't shake the feeling that if I get the same concept with the same placement, I'd be somehow stealing. It's a strange notion, since american traditional is based around a core canon of images, and there's only so many places to put a tattoo, so I can't think of many other instances where one could be accused of ripping something off. As long as the design incorporates its own spin on it, who cares? But it's something about the fact that I've never seen that placement before, and it would so obviously be taken from this particular tattoo, rather than a general "eagle vs snake on this general part of the body". I love love love this artist's eagles. I already have one. And there are few other creatures that would fit this placement. A dragon is the only other one I can think of, but I'm not crazy about dragons and the way the typical dimensions of dragon faces tell me that it would be harder to get as much detail down on that part of the body than it would a snake. But is doing an eagle vs. a snake on that part of the body, even if the design is different, a legitimate concern, or am I driving myself crazy over nothing? It's funny, because I've actually been in the position of having my tattoo "inspire" a rash of others like it, and I had no issue. This was a very common image though (tiger head with a snake in its mouth), but I guess people really dug the way this artist pulled it off and wanted their own and within a month four or five others popped up on his instagram page. I didn't mind and they were different colours, sometimes even different animals, but I can't help but this my situation now is a bit different. Thoughts?
  6. Can anyone make some recommendations as to artists in Romania? The closer to Constanta the better, but anywhere within the country would do. Style is not a huge issue, although a more illustrative, black-and-white approach seems to be what my friend has in mind, but traditional or asian-influenced could work as well.
  7. Skull and dagger, by Franz Stefanik of the Okey Doke, Toronto. https://www.instagram.com/p/BCQzxvNHLWd/
  8. Love this. Such a clever design. - - - Updated - - - I really need to book an appointment with her. Her colour palette is so distinctive. Everything she does is so crisp.
  9. Rose banger courtesy of Franz Stefanik of The Okey Doke in Toronto
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    Franz Stefanik
  12. So I got this idea, it just popped into my head, and I have no way of knowing if there is value to it or if it's just totally idiotic, in a bad way. It's Rock of Ages. But the prostrate woman is a cat, still dressed in the traditional garb, and the cross is in the form of a scratching post. Thoughts?
  13. By Todd Noble, at the Montreal Tattoo Convention. Sorry about the sideways view. Was right-side up when I took the picture. Anyways, you get the idea.