Monday, January 10, 2011

Tattoorism: A Bee-autiful Tattoo from the Pacific Northwest

Among the several people who voted for my Thanksgiving tattoo last November, Jude sent along a photo of a tattoo she had recently received, on November 5, her first in fact.

I'll let Jude explain:

My married name is Beeman and next year will be our 20th anniversary. I had been searching for the perfect bee image for years.

The image is by William Wasden Jr from Alert Bay, BC. I found the bee online, one of a series of prints. I found contact info for William, and both called and sent emails twice over a two month period.  Unfortunately I did not hear from William. This due diligence did satisfy my tattoo artist, Shoko Sonoda, of Sumiya here in Vancouver and we proceeded with the work.

The tattoo measures 4" by 4" which Shoko thought would be the smallest  she would want to go to catch the details. The colours used are 'bee' yellow, black and white."

Thanks so much to Jude for sharing this tattoo with us here at Tattoosday. It's really quite lovely!


Danny Michel said...

I really like that. I dunno if it's called 'traditional tribal' or whatever, but i'm into the mayan and native american looking stuff

Lynn said...

This is a wonderful design! Pulling off tiny details like that as well as those perfect lines and circles is very difficult.

very nice :)

Anonymous said...

i am the artist that did the original design, it is a bumblebee and the style is northwest coast formline and it is ancient and traditional. i am from the kwakwaka'wakw nation, formerly known as "kwakiutl"... enjoy the artwork. william wasden jr

dfghjklñ said...

Im getting this same tattoo next month Im an artist and I work with insects .. I too have been a big fan of the warrior insect and after much research I came across the same print online. amazing to see it on skin. beautiful.
gustavo aristeguieta

dimitrios said...

awesome and quite unique !