I don’t do it often and I don’t take it lightly, but I do sometimes design tattoos for people I know. Being a heavily-tattooed person myself, I know what elements make for a good tattoo design. I also care deeply about the accuracy of the details in the drawing of any natural subject. This is where I really bring my skills to bear.
This is an initial full-scale sketch for a full back piece for a friend of mine. He’s a native of the land of gorgeous, gnarly oaks: Sonoma County, CA.