The client wanted a traditional Marquesan tattoo to reflect his story about overcoming hardships. After enough research I found the necessary symbols and style to do his story justice.
The central piece of the design is the demon head being caged in by rows of shark teeth, which represent strength and protection against threats and evil spirits coming both from the outside and from within.
The pair of eyes at the top represent the watchful eyes of his ancestors and a connection to his roots.
Along the side of the demon head and around the biceps are several different markings representing family members and the close bonds between them.
The spirals represent time and change.
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My tattoo designs are specifically drawn for each individual person and I commit to drawing and changing the design until itís completely what the client wants. I have a very serious attitude when it comes to tattoo designs because as an artist you are leaving a permanent mark on another human being. This trust should not be discredited by copying other designs or making something generic. Each person is unique and the ink they get should be a part of them, not ruled by someone elseís vision for them.
To make this experience and the result satisfactory, I find it important that the person Iím designing for has as much influence during the design process as possible through feedback on and suggestions for the work Iím doing. A tattoo should always be the result of a close collaboration between the artist and the bearer of the tattoo and I find that itís the artistís duty to do proper research on the symbolism and visual styles for each unique project.