There’s something to drawing out your own designs and then executing them. This client one day said “I want a samurai on my forearm.” I started researching all types of samurai images, especially those from the scroll paintings. I’m a big fan of Japanese art, something about it that just captures the imagination.

This was created with a 5 super tight liner, 15 bugpin curved magnum and inteze ink.

Tip: Depending on the tattoo, keep two machines handy when you’re doing linework. 1 for thick lines and 1 for thin ones. the variation in line thickness and quality makes for a far more interesting tattoo in the end.