This past weekend, as I’ve mentioned, I headed down to Milwaukee with my son. The reason I went down there though was to get some new tattoos. My artist moved down there a couple years ago, and so the only time I can get art from him is when he’s doing a guest spot in town.
I had originally intended to get a new tattoo when my artist was going to be at the Minneapolis Tattoo Convention. However, I got sick that week and decided that having the flu in a room full of people with open wounds wasn’t a great idea. So I decided that instead of waiting for him to come back, I would head down to where he is, as a fun weekend trip. My wife was out of town last weekend as well, for work, so it ended up being perfect timing.
I decided that since I was traveling all that way that I should get two pieces instead of just one. We began the day with the first piece that I was intending to get at the convention, a nice Green Lantern symbol on my right, inner, forearm. It came out really good, and I loved that we decided to put a background on it. We debated it back and forth, but I’m liking where it turned out.
The second piece I got was something I’ve been wanting for a long time, a tribute to Minnesota. My artist and I worked together on some ideas, and what he came up with was absolutely brilliant. It captures much of what makes Minnesota unique with it’s three distinct biomes. We’ve got a bison, and wind farm, in the southwest, all the way up to the lake in northeast. In between are different pine cones and leaves that make up the Minnesota landscape. The background is a rust red, to denote the mining industry that has shaped our state, especially in the northeast.
I’m incredibly happy with how these turned out, and it has given me ideas for some other pieces in the future.