So I decided that I wanted to get an extremely large tattoo to cover my back. I wanted something that would cover my entire back to the legs. I already knew that I wanted the design to be one image, like a giant poster. With this in mind, I began researching back pieces to get additional ideas. I was drawn to the Japanese tattoo designs with wind bars and discovered some amazing work. Most of these back piece designs had tigers, koi fish, samari warriors or dragons. I wanted something unique, something that wouldn’t be like every other Japanese tattoo.
So I headed to see Aaron Cox over at American Vintage Tattoo in Orange, CA. I explained what I was looking for and Aaron got back to me in a few short days with a design that over exceeded my expectations. I decided on going with a giant lion to represent myself being a leo instead of a tiger. Here is a picture of the copy of the stencil he created to lay down the outlines He had to blow up his sketch at an office supply store in order to make his design the correct size for my back. Aaron laughed and said “The guys at the store asked me what I was going to use that giant Lion for. I told them I’m a tattoo artist and this is for my customers back.” They looked at him like he was crazy in utter disbelief that someone would get a tattoo that big. The first session lasted about 6-1/2 hours to outline 90% of the Lion design.
The Lion back piece tattoo took about 1-1/2 years and 13 sessions at a total of 50 estimated hours to complete. The final product is amazing and I more than satisfied with Aaron’s work. He over met my expectations and now I have a giant piece of art to showcase for the rest of my life. Now that it is finished I am going to enter it in a few tattoo shows to try to win an award to give to my tattoo artist. I am also going to submit this to some popular tattoo magazines to get the tattoo featured. I get a ton of good feedback and compliments that made all the time, money and pain worth it. See you next time in the tattoo chair!
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