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Ok, so I found the artist who I'd like to have do my chestpiece. Go look at his art here. Go on, I'll wait.

...

It's got-damn BRILLIANT, innit? And the linework (I die!) is so elegant and spidery, like Victorian-era script.

Of course the problem is I know what elements I want my tattoo to have, but I have no idea how I'd like them arranged. So I'm throwing this out to you, my brilliant and clever artistic friends. Help me!



Basically, what I want is a barn owl chestpiece - a chestpiece, in tattoo terms, usually covers from collarbone down to just above the swell of the breast. It extends out to the shoulders, though I have seen some lovely pieces even incorporate shoulder caps. I would also like to include the two phrases "nothing will keep her" and "she is not to be kept" - from my favorite punk poetess, Nicole Blackman. Often wording in tattoos is done on a banner, but this artist doesn't incorporate that style and so they would need to be within the space of the tattoo somewhere.

Chestpieces can include backgrounds, anything from abstract forms to very specific elements, and I don't really have any preferences as to whether or not this piece has a background.

I feel like there's something missing, some sort of center image perhaps?, but the idea is still pretty raw. I don't know how I would like the owl positioned (wings outstretched, etc), or what other design elements should be incorporated, but I was hoping some of my artsier friends might have some ideas they could toss out. I'm not asking for sketches or the like - your time is important, and I'm certainly not trying to get something for free - just a little collective brainstorming. This will be my most complex tattoo so far, and I really want to do it justice!

Here's something I wrote when I was thinking about this tattoo, maybe it'll help get the collective juices flowing.

I want my scars while I am young and beautiful, and I want to show them off with a casual ease that speaks volumes.


I have been.

I have been wounded.

I have been wounded and I live.


And none of these things have stopped me and you won't stop me either, but if you are very lucky and I am in just the right mood I will let you close, let you press your hand palm-down against the raised skin, and when our eyes meet you will feel as I felt when I rescued a barn owl wounded on the side of the road (that beautiful things are sometimes fragile, that there are moments when you touch something wild and you can't do anything but ache and wish for the moment to stretch out forever)...


But the moment. Will pass. I will pull away and laugh and curse and it will be as if we never touched, as if I never let my guard down.


And the wounded owl flutters in my breast, batters her broken wings against my heart as she is I am we are never alone. Not really.

EDITED TO ADD: Well pooh, he's booked out through 2012. I'll have to get on his list for next year.
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Date: 2012-01-17 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theworldahead.livejournal.com
It definitely has to be a barn owl - she's part of my story - but I've been thinking maybe just the barn owl face (big, detailed, realistic-ish) at the center and then wings outstretched on either side...?

Hum.

Date: 2012-01-18 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteries.livejournal.com
As far as the words not linking perfectly to the letter since the writing mentioned being wounded there could be two feathers on the side tag is short in words that are falling away from the owl. It would add to the symmetry in a different way.

Date: 2012-01-17 05:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] indeaqua.livejournal.com
I'm in love with this artists work. I think that an image that captures that moment just as the bird is ready to lift off and flutter away seems appropriate to what you described. That brief second before you are left in shock and awe realizing what you just held. I don't know how well that would sit as a chest piece but it is what is constantly floating through my mind as I read your post.

As apparently I don't recall how to do the nifty links like you two, you'll just have to tolerate my cut and paste of the page with images. I like how the wording is done in this http://davidhale.org/zoom/984x588/1494126.html. Perhaps if you choose to go with a pose that does not involve the wings out stretched or maybe as the air movements below the wings and they are pushing down? This image I think captures the idea of the movement that I keep picturing.

I also was thinking of having the words in the wing feathers, I think that would be most effective if you were going for wings completely out stretched across your chest.

Date: 2012-01-17 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] indeaqua.livejournal.com
I'm dense forgot to paste the pic of movement http://davidhale.org/zoom/984x588/1363652.html. Cute but dumb :P

Date: 2012-01-17 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theworldahead.livejournal.com
I'm thinking just face in the forefront, with a vague body representation in the background, and the wings stretched on either side. Maybe wings in that pre-flight position, where they're just pulling them up to fly away - any further motion on your part and they're gone. Like this (http://www.ejphoto.com/images_AZ/AZ_BarnOwl11.jpg), but from the front...?

Good ideas all around!

Date: 2012-01-17 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zagumus.livejournal.com
:*)

How much of your chest are you looking to use?
All the way from one side to the other.
One breast.
Mostly in the middle.

Date: 2012-01-17 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theworldahead.livejournal.com
From collarbone down to that midline point just before the breast starts, and side to side to the shoulder. So, pretty much all of the area that you'd think of in regards to a chestpiece.

Date: 2012-01-17 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zagumus.livejournal.com
I shall do some thinking, never been able to make a finished product like that guy but I love composition.

Date: 2012-01-17 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zagumus.livejournal.com
by the way, thanks for sharing this guys work, I have fallen deeply in love.
http://davidhale.org/artwork/1117533.html

Date: 2012-01-18 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] indeaqua.livejournal.com
Yes yes! That position was kinda what I was attempting to describe! Maybe a windy back ground with the words swirling around behind the owl.
Edited Date: 2012-01-18 04:14 am (UTC)

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