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March 15, 2013
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Tattoo Progression by Veggie55 Tattoo Progression by Veggie55
The progress so far of a tattoo I plan on getting in July, after my exams.
I'll update it whenever I can (:

Reason behind it found at bottom ;)

Did some research into the various depictions of Phoenixes online, so this is influenced by many various artists and styles, primarily the likes of ~GinevrA26592 with as I found the more decorative tail to be more fitting than a gust of flames. And this is what I wound up with :dummy:
The two banners to the right will be situated above and below the Phoenix, both of them are quotes from my idol, John Frusciante.

It's only a rough sketch, the artist who'll be doing it for me will be responsible for the final design of course, I just want to try give as many pointers as I can (:


What's the reason behind it?
[Copied and pasted from Blue Entertainment, since I'm lazy]

It's a mixture of inspiration of several things;
i.) My mother [D'aww]
ii.) My idol, John Frusciante
iii.) My 8-year-old self

- The banners; That's not the finished font)
"Hold[ing] tight to dreams that never end." ("Song to Sing When I'm Lonely "- John Frusciante [link]


"Look on." ("Look on" - John Frusciante [link]

What do they have to do with me?

Well, the first quote is pretty obvious, since I'm finishing school this year and heading to college, I'll be hoping to pursue my many dreams and life-aspirations and not to let them slip.
The second is also to do with the above reason. I did a lot of stupid shit when I was in school and younger, but here's to looking on and learning from the mistakes of my past.

- Behind the banners I want a rising Phoenix, this is where my mother and my 8-year-old self come in.
When I was 8 years old, "Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix" had just come out, and being the non-pessimistic child I was back then (Unlike today), I spent about a month drawing my version of the UK Cover ( That's the book-mark lying on it's side above )
But I remember losing the cover, I had spent WEEKS drawing and colouring, and I was so miserable for about a month. But then my mother found it behind some place, got a friend to make a stylized version version of my name on the back of it, lamented it and made it a book-mark.

A book-mark I still use to this day (:
When I realised that the desire for a Phoenix was not just a subconscious decision I'd made (Fell out of my book earlier whilst I was reading, annoying the shit out of me :v), I knew this was what I wanted.


Can't really summarize it.
So, just make up your own story :v

So, yeah, that's about it!
Just a rough little plan that (hopefully) the tattoo-artist will be able to work with when I've it finished!

Feels nice to actually enjoy doing a piece of art for once.
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SketchNotesArt Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude, this piece looks awesome! And it's always good to have a deep meaning behind big tattoos and yours is certainly not a shallow meaning at all.
uncommentator Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think I could ever get a tattoo they look cool most of the time but it just wouldn't look right on me. Though if I had to I'd get my "symbol"/OC's Cutie Mark and both shoulders.
NicLove Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maby your Cutie-Mark shode B this. [link] [link] or what he has. [link]
XxberrysxX Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
www-arturq Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Hell yeah! Happy St. Patrick's!

don't you like to do art?
LordDivinity Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
dam man those are nice o_o
000-N-000 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
interesting, but u should double the span of the wings, they look a bit short
Veggie55 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aye, just didn't have room on the paper :P
foxkristen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Very GOOd !!!!
statoose Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Wow, that phoenix is impressive!

Cool backstory. Harry Potter is awesome; I recently finished the sixth book, and my feels are still recovering.
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