Black and White Tattoos
Based largely on an image supplied by the client, this tattoo was a great study in shadow and texture.
Although begun several years ago as a single shoulder tattoo, this sleeve - on my good friend Sonya - came together in a very cohesive piece.
This piece, based on a Gothic clock tower, took two sittings and a large reserve of patience. The resulting mix of fine straight line-work, and soft shading made for a great piece.
Sonya is always adding something new to her collection. This time it was Victorian ironwork inspired decoration to serve as a background to her ankle tattoo.
Three dimensional "tribal" style tattoo on a gentleman in the medical equipment business.
A fun piece dedicated to the son of the client, this tattoo of praying hands is based on a popular etching by Albrecht Durer.
A memorial portrait on a friend of the deceased subject, this tattoo was very fulfilling despite the tragedy that inspired it.
I truly enjoy drawing and tattooing insects. This cockroach was great fun!
Carissa's dragon. I had a great time creating a more feminine creature for her, and at the last minute we added the color orchids.
A tribute to the client's home state of Montana, as well as her adopted home in Vermont. This was an interesting challenge in composition for me.
A client who had followed me from my old studio, the owner of this tattoo asked for a piece to honor his children with their footprints from the hospital. We included the Claddagh and knots to show his Irish heritage.
A very heartfelt homage to the client's best friend. A different sort of portrait, this tattoo posed some interesting challenges not normally faced in portrait work.
This Singer sowing machine was used to cover some lettering the client had tattooed several years before.
Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliot as skeletons. From 'The Big Lebowski'.
It's odd how many of my clients request that I turn people or animals into skeletons. This piece - the original is by renowned fantasy artist Frank Frazetta - is on a dearly departed client. His widow has become a regular client and a good friend.
A ship's wheel on a Coastie. This was a challenge in many ways. I had to keep it looking as round as possible despite the distortion caused by its placement. Additionally, creating the wood-grain texture throughout the piece tested my patience.
Black and White Tattoos
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Photographs of black and grey tattoo artwork imagined, drawn, and applied by Jesse Fowler.
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