My challenge? To integrate them into a new larger piece of Polynesian Islander style tattooing in the shape of a traditional Manta Ray tattoo. The tattoo took 3 sessions of 3 to 4 hours each.
The photos are:
#1 - the original tattoos the customer asked to cover/integrate.
#2 - the new overlaid design was stenciled and hand drawn and then lined.
#3 - first pass of filling and shading.
#4 - final session of filling and shading, and some skin tone ink was used to reclaim areas of fuzzy underbleed from the old tattoo.
Admittedly, the result is not as refined as it would be working on fresh, unclaimed skin. But I think it's worthwhile to show you the potential outcome of such a process in the hands of a specialist in these styles. -Sean