Amanda Wachob | Abstract Tattoo Art
The idea of getting myself inked has definitely crossed my mind in the past, but the thought always dimmed in my hesitation to commit to anything permanent on skin. I suppose it’s like creating a logo for yourself: it’s always difficult trying to find something that singularly encompasses your personality or your beliefs while remaining aesthetically fulfilling; at least, I always struggled with that.
Then, I stumbled onto Amanda Wachob’s beautiful tattoo art which blew my mind wide open to the possibility of having painterly styles incorporated into skin. Her fantastic use of gradient “washes” and her fine, delicate strokes seemingly blur the lines between tattoo art and fine art.
Someday, if I ever decide on an image to commit to, I’d definitely want it to be rendered like this. ♥
The Long Overdue Tattoo
I was commissioned to design my second tattoo for a client who had a very clear idea of the tattoo’s look and a specific collection of elements that he required to be integrated into the design as he quite rightly wanted to make this tattoo exponentially memorable and personal.
As you can see some of the client’s favorite things include a Sphinx, Mario, a “Brontosaurus”, Manila, and Pugad Baboy (a popular Filipino comic strip series). Each of these sections have specific places around the sleeve of his arm, his clavicle, his pectoral muscle, and his shoulder blade.
The main challenge was obviously composition. It was highly imperative that the layout made sense despite the variety of elements and that I should refrain from wantonly slapping strokes for the convenience of familiarity as this needed the visual coherence that reflected the client’s personality more than mine. It was real visual puzzle. That aside, I actually did not feel like reaching for some “crazy pills” during production. This was, fortunately, one of those amazingly smooth client-designer interactions/collaborations. <br><br>
All in all, awesome in a sauce!
A tattoo design I made for my cousin.
He actually wanted me to include my name on the work which, I daresay is very gutsy of him and it probably says a lot about his confidence in me - I am flattered! But, boy, I think I worried quite a fair bit about this piece more than he did, primarily because of the implied permanence on skin. Hoo!