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Phoenix tattoo finished by KateBloomfield Phoenix tattoo finished by KateBloomfield
My phoenix tattoo

Based on the sketch by: [link]

Tattoo'd by: Steven Ben of Diamond Tip tattoo in Dapto, NSW, Australia

took 6 hours and 30 mins to complete, done in three sessions.

Before you ask, yes it hurt. No, I didn't cry. I'm a big girl now :]

people get phoenix tattoo's for a number of reasons.
the obvious:
1. rebirth
2. rising from the ashes and becoming stronger, over coming troubles, etc.

3. harry potter

yes. i love harry potter. shut up.

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kittycruz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
dougiespartygirl Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
"yes. i love harry potter. shut up." i say that sooo much at school to every one who asks me why i have a HP bag and shoes.

awesome tattoo the colours are great!!!
SuperDopeee Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
imma get one on my arm too [: i'm getting it cause it represent my name... my Vietnamese name mean phoenix in English.
Joyce1984 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Just so great, beautiful colors.
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My sincere compliments to your tattoo artist - he did an awesome job. Love those colors. :D
KateBloomfield Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thank you. im glad you approve :]
I hope you are flattered that I chose your work.
I got a bit worried, because some people might get offended.
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I generally don't have any problem with people using my already-created work as a basis for their tattoos. I appreciate that you asked first. Most people would not extend me that courtesy!
KateBloomfield Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
indeed. I was showing someone the tattoo in a web-cam chat room, and they said that they had seen it before up in a tattoo studio somewhere in america (im in australia), as a template. so I'm guessing that phoenix has been stolen a few times... Perhaps you should make it un-downloadable for people who dont ask to use it?
rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All things considered, the phoenix sketch you used is a fairly archetypical depiction of a phoenix - fire and flames, rising up with an open beak - and it doesn't surprise me at all that people have seen similar things in other tattoo shops.

Also, my experience has demonstrated to me that tattoo artists live by a different code of conduct from artists involved in the commercial art industry. As far as I've ever seen, they don't care if an image is copyright or trademark protected - they see it, they like it, and they use it at will. Anything they can pull off the internet is fair game. I gave up trying to fight it and finally decided that if people want to use what they see of my work, I'm going to have to accept it. I just watermark the hell out of my work these days and appreciate it when folks like you are courteous enough to ask permission and then share the results! :glomp:
KateBloomfield Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Well im glad you approve! I am currently researching more things to turn the tattoo into a half sleeve :]
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