The art begins. This is something I originally drew back in 2007. The lines were done by hand, then put into a box and never looked at again until I finally went through my art box. I just got around to adding some color to it tonight.
As much as I feel really uncomfortable being like ‘I have things for sale’, I do have the redbubble up, and this design is available on things. If you love it and must have it in your life, I will put a link at the bottom of the post where you can do that, or just use the ‘my redbubble’ link at the top of the page.
Necessary evils aside, I had a short period of time in 2007 where I was pretty interested in sort of tribal designs, since a co-worker I had at the time knew I did art and asked me to draw him a tribal tattoo for his arm. So, by nature of having spent a few days working on that, for a short period of time afterward it I was into drawing them, with the arching lines and kind of abstract, swoopy things. There is a character that is probably either Chinese or Japanese in the lower left of the rose design, but for the life of me, I do not remember what it means. At all. If you know, please comment and tell me. Because I have a hard time believing that that part of the design is totally arbitrary. Since it can’t be arbitrary, it has to be Asian. 🙂
And below, for the curious, is the tattoo design I ended up doing that inspired me to kind of experiment with swoopy, tribal sort of things long enough to create the rose design. It was interesting to try to design something that was not for a flat plane, really, and I had to take two passes at the design, because when he first described what he wanted it sounded like a tattoo that coiled around the arm, so I did that, and then found out that what he actually meant was something that wrapped around the front and back of the arm, but left that tender underside of the arm bare. Oops.
The rose design on redbubble is here.