That weekend, I emailed Phil some sketches I liked and he took some time designing an original tattoo based on those ideas. The final concept was gorgeous and everything I wanted. We set my appointment for 3pm on March 18.
|These photos are what I sent Phil.|
|After being in this position for basically 5.5 hours, I did my squats to loosen up haha!|
|Lines done, starting the background.|
When we first discussed the piece, the background was the part I was unsure about getting, and it may be my favorite part of the finished piece.
|Lines and background done!|
Phil mentioned that I sat better than 90% of his other clients. I think people are impressed that we did this all in one sitting, but really the pain never went above a 7, I think!
|Phil really loves working with color, and at one point he was like, "You're killing me doing this in black and gray!"|
Phil went to work on shading the grass, daffodils, feathers, and phoenix. There were some parts of the process where I worried the piece was getting too dark, but this is why I'm not an artist. By the time he put in the finishing touches - including white highlights around various feathers - the tattoo looked anything but dark and flat.
|The finished piece.|
Now I have to deal with the next couple weeks of healing, but so far everything has felt fine. I feel, like I did with my first tattoo, that it was a part of me long before it physically made it onto my skin, so it feels natural and like it truly belongs there.
|I love how it looks!|