3-D Scarification/Tattoo projects

I’ll start off with a leg piece that was completed a few months ago by myself and co-worker Cedric. This was our second collaborative scar/tattoo piece we’ve done together and the following sleeve is our third of many more to come. Originally the  cherry blossom leg piece was to blend in existing scars with a more artistic pattern with lots of movement and detail and no thought of tattooing in the rest of the negative space.

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The first session outline  was done in 3 hours  and several months later I met with my client for pictures of the healed design and it was during this meeting we began to consider the details of tattooing the piece to bring it even more to life as this project was in essence just about that, Life!

A few months later she had her appointment with Cedric and the second half of the piece had begun. Cedric finished the tattooing in three sessions and  just over a year and a half  later the project had culminated in the form of a stunning 3-D work of art.

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I really enjoy projects like these. Not only does the scar become something more than just a scar,It really just comes alive!

Below is another project we are working on, well my part is finished and Cedric has either one or two sessions left until the piece will be finished. Her next appointment is set before July, so by mid to late July I should have the final photos of the finished work.

This piece has been almost two years in the making and has involved three scarification sessions, the inital outline followed by two touch-ups to remark any lines that didn’t quite lift or set right. The elbow is one of the most difficult spots not only for tattooing but cutting as well so I had to really work at it hard. From the get go I had invited her to consider tattooing the design after the scars were healed because this particular design seemed to need it in order for it to make any sense. The line work was just too bland and really needed to be brought out in a way that wasn’t there, in fact I think I may have even subconsciously  known that it would need to be tattooed when i first began the cutting.

I am truly blown away by the colour choices cedric has chosen to highlight the design and find that it keeps it very femine  and gentle as was the client’s request. I am so happy with the way this piece is turning out and can’t wait for the final session to be completed.

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Re-birth of An Angel……

I was very intriqed to have been a part of this project which was three years in the making. My client had first gone to an artist in Australia to have wings branded on her back to cover up existing scars from an accident. Amazingly the branding took well to her skin and she had very prominent scar developement, however, a little over a year later the design was not consistent which is when she was referred to me for a consultation to see what I could do to even out the inconsistencies of the scars. We met a few more times and discussed the procedure of scarification, since I do not perform branding due to the lack of detail that can be obtained, I invited to her to consider re-doing it via scarification because with  it would be  possible to have more precise linework and detail.

We finally agreed on the techniques I would be using and set an appointment to re-cut the lines to further bring out and enhance the scars. This was done in two seperate sessions and the result we were aiming for was achieved. I suggested that she continue on  further enhancing the piece to be more alive and directed her to a tattooist I used to work with years ago who worked in her hometown to add to her conveinence. She had two sessions of tattooing done by my friend Barry Buteau and what he came up with colour wise just blew me away when she returned to visit me with her new artwork.

This began a series of other scarification/tattoo projects that I continue to pursue with my clients and push the bodyart forms further into incredible pieces of art.

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Alien Scarification

100_22351100_2237100_2243I did this piece a little over a week ago and I’m very happy how this turned out so far. It will be awhile before we can see the final result of the raised scar but I am confident that this scar will hold up nicely and be very stunning three months from now. I originally wanted to peel away the solid outlines and fine cut all the little lines and details but given how taut her skin is and the location of the placement on her lower back I chose to just go with bold single line cuts.

Looking forward to how this one develops.

Through The Thorns………..

Some recent scarification pieces I’ve done over the past month.

I am always impressed with my clients with how well they embrace the process of getting scarred and the transformation they go through in discovering themselves a little deeper than they may have expected.jada-mae-scar100_2160100_2161100_2164