So my dad got sick last June with cancer and heart issues but stuck it out strong for about 7-8 months with us and was just as awesome to have around as always. He died January 11th but in the weeks prior to this while we were hanging out watching jeopardy, he said that when he got better he wanted to get a tattoo of crop circles on his arm. I responded something along the lines of, ‘Well if you don’t, I’ll take care of it, don’t worry.' - and so I did!
A day or two after dad’s passing, I started sketching. Knowing that I had to take my time and not make any impulse permanent decisions after such a tragic event. But I needed to get working on it right away. It was extremely important I get this done.
Dad’s the guy who taught me a lot about art, drawing, doodling, and I remember him coming home from work with notepads of flipbook animations for me. It was so exciting to see the people move, and know that my dad made it happen. He taught me about knee joints and making big balls for fists, things that you can get away with in cartoons that wouldn’t work with real people.
While recovering from his quadruple (actually, quintuple) bypass, he said he felt like he had woken up on the other side of the rainbow, not in a good way. His world was flipped, quite literally. He said everything was sideways for about 2 days - a bad acid trip of sorts. So this is where the distorted perspective comes from in the tattoo. Starting on the left with the crops at 90°, then flipped to a bird eye view straight down, spelling dad in the crop circles, and back to 90.
The clouds are a special story that I leave to myself, but they were fun to draw regardless and hopefully enjoyable to look at as well.
My sketching is always pretty damn rudimentary and ugly. It’s gotta start somewhere. There are some 4-5 pages just of elements I worked on. I knew I wanted something simple with nice crisp lines early on.
I was lucky enough to find someone from Pino Bros Ink to put it on me once I was finished. It came out 100% of how I would have wanted. Much better than I anticipated. So glad for that.
I’ve got a lot to be thankful for, and not I’ve got a piece of my own art, inspired by dad (in an infinite amount of ways) to hold onto forever.
Here are some more WIP shots of it all below.
My inspiration board
A bit more touched up
The final proposal to tattoo artist
Gonzo (the tattooer) had me thin out the lines for the sake of his stencil when putting it on me. I’m so thrilled with his work and whole attitude. He’s extremely kind, mellow, confident, and competent He was adamant when he needed to be and it came out perfect because of that.