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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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