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I finally decided to stop talking about getting a tattoo and actually figure out what I wanted. Eventually I settled on a octopus. And if you need to ask why I would get an octopus I will question how well you know me.

Anyway, I got in touch with Erika Moen because I knew she did tattoo commissions, liked cephalopods, and had a style I liked. Here are the results.


First we talked about what I wanted (basic octopus for the shoulder, more cartoonish that realistic). That got me the following sketches.

I liked number 4 the best, but wanted the frills taken off and the head bigger, like that of number 1. That lead to a slight miscommunication, as I ended up with the actual head of number 1.


But that was quickly resolved and we ended up with this attractive fellow.



I got a look at it with slightly different eyes, but didn't care for them, so that ended up with the virtually final piece below.



I think I know where I'm going to take this to have it done (that being the one place that absolutely EVERYONE recommends in Seattle), as soon as I have the nerve to. I'll probably get it colored in a nice blue-purple as well.

The process of commissioning the piece and getting revisions made was really easy, both because Erika does this stuff professionally and is very structured and because I deal with artists/designers at work and ask for the same things. I almost feel bad that I didn't have more feedback, but for the most part I fell in love with the sketch and didn't want it to change too much.

Date: 2013-01-24 06:13 am (UTC)
wrdnrd: (eyebrow)
From: [personal profile] wrdnrd
Yeah, head #1 on body #4 still looks like Kermit.

You should write something about working with an artist on a commission. I had tons of questions for you, and i bet it'd be helpful if you talked about the process so other people have an idea of how it works, what goes on, and what the expectations are.

Date: 2013-01-24 08:40 am (UTC)
littlebutfierce: (lovecom high five)
From: [personal profile] littlebutfierce
Awesome! It looks great. Also I agree about previous iteration looking like Kermit. XD

Good luck getting it done. Eeeeee, fun tattoo-getting, jealous!

Date: 2013-01-25 01:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] liseuse
Oh wow! That looks awesome! Good luck, and yes, JEALOUS.

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