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November 29, 2009
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Full Back Piece Tattoo Concept by BeautifulDragon322 Full Back Piece Tattoo Concept by BeautifulDragon322
This is a concept idea to make my half back piece into a full back piece! This is a picture of the free hand concept ideas that my artist gave me for my tattoo. Basically my artist was thinking of creating a large dragon that would wrap around the mountains on my left shoulder and then through the rest of my back. The head would end on my lower back and work with the curves of my body. The dragon's body would cover up the bottom of the mountains, the koi fish and the dragon on my right shoulder. The dragon's front claws would cover the old gryphon tattoos that I have on my lower back. I do not like them and want to cover them up already so that aspect of it may work out well. The symbol could be worked in also. The large dragon's tail would go down my left arm and over my shoulder. The left shoulder would be drawn together with my left full sleeve with the clouds and sky.

I am not 100 % sure on how I feel about all of it but I am thinking a lot about going this direction with my back piece. My original half back piece is very beautiful and tells a story but is not put together with much planning of making it a full back piece. Also as far as from an artistic point of view my artist told me that it is no very well done and would be very hard to add a large piece under it that worked into a full back piece.

I am not sure about covering up almost all of my upper tattoo and that is my main concern about this idea. Thankfully it would cover up some outlines of gryphons on my back that I don't like at all! I really love the dragon that he has drawn up for me in this picture. It flows very well and looks great on my body.

The upper half back piece tattoo came from is a Japanese story where a Koi fish climbs a mountain and then becomes a dragon and fly away. The kanji means "Journey". This back piece tattoo represents my life journey, overcoming difficult obstacles and eventually becoming a better person or a higher being. In a way it would be fitting to go in that direction as the whole reason behind my upper tattoo is a life journey.

Check out my other tattoo pics: [link]

Tattoo artist: Philip Felix Owner of Red Sky Studio, Tucson, AZ [link]

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Winterstar3000 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
I think this should be tattood in this sketchy style rather than a refined style :) I like it like this
Banshee-X Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student Writer
I think you should go for it.
It is very beautiful! :)
ILoVeLuCia Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
OMG this is the most craziest idea for a tattoo!
SoldierOfFire Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Very complicated yet it evokes sense of fluidity at the same time. Is there a picture of the actual tattoo?
BeautifulDragon322 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Student Photographer
I appreciate your feedback. It is a picture...of a printed picture of my back and current tattoos. Then my tattoo artist drew all over it with pencil for the dragon. :)
picture-in-a-frame Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
It's so hard to tell what this would look like.. but it's very very large and obvious, if you know what I mean.
The back tattoo that you already have is, though not very suitable for a full back piece, a lot softer, or more subtle.. (plus, I'm not the biggest fan of dragon tattoos hehe, and i absolutely love the koi fish you have now!)
but I can imagine you would want the gryphons covered, they look very lost :)
hm.. it's hard to say, have you decided yet?

despite all this, I'm pretty sure I would think it awesome if you got it anyway :D

what colors would it be in?
BeautifulDragon322 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Student Photographer
Yeah I know the picture of the paper picture with all the drawlings on it can be kinda hard to read. I do know what you mean, and I wish I had thought it through more when I got the original half backpiece. Lol at the time I didn't honestly think I would get anymore let alone a full sleeve or a full back piece! :D Funny how that worked out. Oh well! It is a very hard decisions but all in all I am very much leaning towards going with this full back piece concept that my artist drew up for me. Sadly because of time and money I can't get any more tattoo work started or done for the next few months as I am moving across country to Vermont to live with my fiance when he gets home in December! But I do plan on flying back to Tucson, Arizona where I live now and get this back piece started eventually! I will still go to the same artist as he is awesome! :D Thank you so much for looking and your great feedback! It would mostly be black and grey work, possible color mostly for the eyes of the dragon but not honestly sure yet! :D :D:huggle::heart:
picture-in-a-frame Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
you must be looking forward to living together with him so much!!
(but December is still very far away.. will you not see him until then?)

I finally got my boyfriend to agree with moving in with me the other day, just until we find something bigger.. he doesnt like the neighbourhood I live in, but I don't really mind and I love my garden, so I'm very very happy to be staying here a little longer, and especially that he will come live here this summer!

so, happy dances all around :D

oh and another question (I'm just full of those..):
will it be harder to cover up color with black and grey than with new colors?
Or is that just nonsense.. I'm finding it so hard to imagine you can just cover a tattoo up with a new one.. I think because I'm used to drawing with pen and pencil, and you can't really cover that up with more pen obviously.. :)
BeautifulDragon322 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Student Photographer
OMG I am completely over joyed to be able to live with him!! Yes sadly it is awhile before then and I will not see him again until he is home in December. He already had his 2 weeks of leave, he came to visit me in Tucson and I went back to Vermont with him last month! It was awesome but yes it was very hard to say goodbye again and for so long. Ohh that is awesome that he is moving in!! I hope you two the best and that it goes well!! :D

Hmm I dont think it will be harder. Sometimes covering old colors up can be easier with black and grey. Most of the time darker works better in coverups. :D Not nonsense at all! :D Well if you want take a look at my full sleeve. There is in fact a original cartoon character (Gir from Invader Zim) that was covered up in the process of geting the sleeve done! I can still see the outline but it honestly looks like it has been carved into the tree which I love! In this pic [link] you can see, just below the dragons claws there is the outline of the Gir tattoo. It was not done well and the green mostly faded which made it easier to cover up. But the dark outline did still stand out a little on my forarm. Since this picture my artist went over it another 2 times and no one ever notices it unless I point it out. In this pic [link] you can see it again in the last pic on the right, this is once it had been gone over twice with shadding and coloring. Lucky for me it worked out. I honestly NEVER thought I would ever get a cover up but this one I am totally happy with. I love the cartoon character and I do plan to relocate him somewhere else and have my current artist do it very animated! Again as I said, I can still see the outline every time I look at my forarm but it is very faint and I know it is there. No one ever notices it at all. My artist worked very hard to make it blend in with the tree in the tattoo which worked well :D I will be posting updated healed pics of the finished full sleeve soon and you can see how it looks after all the sessions! :D Hope that helps! I am happy to help ANY TIME! :D
picture-in-a-frame Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
o wow!
you are right I had never noticed, but when you know it's there it actually looks very funny
like you said, like it's carved in the tree (maybe the dragon is a secret invader zim fan)

I've been thinking I'll do some tatto designs on my arm with uhm.. paint or something, to see how it'll look
but that could be akward on my upper arm :D
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