Been putting this foo dog on Duncan’s ribs ,large scale work here and tough sittings to lay in the colour , added this little turtle of longevity (minogame) on the lower with another to follow just above the knee ,
In Japan, the turtle has developed a more independent tradition than the other three prominent beasts of China. The minogame (蓑亀), which is so old it has a train of seaweed growing on its back, is a symbol of longevity and felicity. A minogame has an important role in the well-known legend of Urashima Tarō.
According to traditional Japanese beliefs, the tortoise is a haven for immortals and the world mountain, and symbolizes longevity, good luck, and support. It is the symbol of Kumpira, the god of seafaring people.
This sleeve has some intense detail ,it’s coming in at around 2 and a half years of work here’s the final session shots
Fully healed shots coming in the future ,💥💥💥
more progress on this back piece , making short work on this were about 5 appointments in this was the first full day sitting on it 👍
If you want a closer look at the tattoo in person I’ll be doing 3 hours on this at our booth on the Sunday at the Scottish Tattoo Convention , support your local tattoo show , the Edinburgh show has continued to be a show to look forward to
Progress on this Mara back-piece looking forward to adding to this as it will eventually go down to rear thighs
Putting some colour into this Raijin thundergod sleeve ,
And the monkey god Hanuman got finished off
More grunt work on this huge dragon back-piece starting to take shape now ,and the ends in sight ,looking forward to seeing all this filled in
A healed up shot of a glock pistol with a tiny Statue of Liberty on the handle
Here’s some of the recent progress I’ve made on this Kintaro back-piece
This is the scale drawing photo I sent to the customer for his back, a better fit on him I think 😉
This leg sleeve has been getting some hours in recently it features koi fish water, Lower leg
and geisha / crane on the upper
a nine tailed fox to follow in the next session on the rear thigh and bum cheek
Here’s a shot of the sleeve I did in 2009 on the same guy
Finished off this Japanese style sleeve this week , koi at the bottom
Dragon koi at the top
One particular legend is the koi fish’s claim to fame. An ancient tale tells of a huge school of golden koi swimming upstream the Yellow River in China. Gaining strength by fighting against the current, the school glimmered as they swam together through the river. When they reached a waterfall at the end of the river, many of the koi turned back, letting the flow of the river carry them away.
The remaining koi refused to give up. Leaping from the depths of the river, they attempted to reach the top of the waterfall to no avail. Their efforts caught the attention of local demons, who mocked their efforts and heightened the waterfall out of malice. After a hundred years of jumping, one koi finally reached the top of the waterfall. The gods recognized the koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a dragon, the image of power and strength.