This illustration was done for a valentine card. After researching tattoos, I chose bits and pieces of different images and designs to create a unique synthetic “uber” tattoo. The heart and the flaming spout are from one, the flames in the background from another. The dagger and scrolls were from different sources. The lettering was recreated from a similar font on another tattoo. And finally, the drop of blood.
All this was combined into one over-the-top visual expression of fidelity. And such an ostentatious tattoo deserved to be on no less of an arm, it had to be mighty. This perfect specimen belonged to a body builder. The tattoo was ghosted a bit and adjusted slightly to appear more sub dermal. The last touch was the background which needed to be subdued but smoldering.