American Tattoo | (760) 639.4545 | 125 Hanes Pl. Vista, CA

March 28, 2010

Koi FIsh

I have probably only tattooed a handful of koi fish, and was really excited today to tattoo the design on a client wanting the tattoo in remembrance of his friend who passed away. I did my research by looking at all the koi reference we had in the bookshelf; I got the artwork ready the night before and consulted with both Chris Winn, who recently started working at our shop, and Sam. Chris told me to move the eye down on the head of the fish when I showed him my line drawing and explained proper scale shading.
The client originally wanted only black and grey, but was open to the idea of using red in the cherry blossoms to help them stand out.

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