Artwork, Illustration

Tattoo You: Nerdy Tattoo Designs Part 2

If there’s one thing I love it’s video games! If there’s two things I love it’s nautical tattoo designs and video games. I’m always thinking of fun tattoo ideas that would not only look nice as a piece of body artwork, but could be framed and hung on a wall.

 

I made a series of fun, clean, nerdy Tattoo Illustrations that I will be showcasing in the next few posts. Each illustration was made by hand using pen and paper, and a variety of markers including Prismacolor, Copic, Sharpie, and others.

 

In a previous post, I showed you a pokemon-inspired illustration. Here is another…a personal favorite. I always picked Charmander for my starter pokemon (My sister chose Squirtle, and my brother was a fan of Pokemon Yellow when it came out). That fire salamander holds a place in my heart, so I decided to feature Charizard in this Nautical-Tattoo-Inspired illustration.

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In progress: adding detail to the scales.

 

This illustration was inspired by epic Japanese-Style Dragon tattoos. I embellished the design of Charizard with scales and more dragon-like features. The iconic flame on his tail is further stylized. The banner can be left blank, or could be filled with an important date or phrase.

 

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The roses contain the starter pokemon pokeballs. They could make a lovely tattoo on their own.

The finished illustration (unframed) is available in my Etsy Shop. You can purchase prints in various sizes too!

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The finished piece. Framed and hung. 

Artwork, Cats, Drawings, Greeting Cards

Cat Calavera

Calaveras, or Sugar Skulls, are a mainstay of the holiday Dia De Los Muertos. Molded from sugar, traditional Calaveras represent the sweetness of life and the sadness of death. I’ve always loved and been fascinated by this holiday ever since I was young. My Spanish teacher in primary school was raised in Mexico, and she introduced us to the holiday and its traditions.

Living in Southern California, I really enjoy visiting Olvera Street during the Dia De Los Muertos celebration. It’s something I look forward to every year. Death is a sad part of life, but I think that celebrating someone’s life is a good way to start when mourning someone’s death. This Calavera is of a cat’s skull. I was inspired to make this drawing because a friend’s cat passed away a couple weeks ago. Drawn using markers and pens, this drawing is nice and colorful. I think this would make a lovely card or tattoo design. Or both! Who knows, maybe I’ll Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos in style by getting this awesome tattoo.