♡ JeweledWrist Cuff
Harry Potter’s Lost Diadem of Raven ClawThis tattoo was a super cool surprise! We had a tad bit of a mix-up with online booking while I was switching my pro site, but understanding and patience on both ends went a long way for us. <3
♡ Japanese-inspiredLeg Sleeve
Wabori Japanese DragonThe homie Shaq is too cool! <3 He currently collects work from the coolest, Danger Dave and myself.
♡ IllustrativeMemorial Piece
Pride & Prejudice for her mom ^^It took almost one week to prepare the drawing for this piece and we were able to consult via email on all changes and things to make her piece a special one. We’ll be adding other works in the future ~ Don’t mind the scratch on her piece. She has a cat >.< He got her a little while before her session … yah know?! for good luck! ^^ Kitties are silly 😸
♡ MehndiFix-Up & Add-on
Moon Phases for LucretiaLucretia is a regular in my chair and soon, a #supportLIPS team member. You can check out work other work we’ve done together, here. She wanted a moon phase and something linear but fun and left it up to me. Of course we came up with some AMAZING ideas to continue her sleeve. Just be on the look out for mash-up pieces inspired by Egyptian culture, Greek mythology, and characters of the show Good Times, Thelma and Willona Woods.
♡ ShungaHalf-Sleeve PieceThe wonderfully perverse and twisted traditional woodcut artwork of Toshio Saeki I don’t know what to say here other than she is wearing this piece WELL! <3 I was surprised that she chose this as the next piece on her sleeve journey, but hey! ^^
#supportLIPS tattoo (pay-up!) work with TerraTerra is my right hand woman for all things kawaii dreamer-related and more. An amazing being, when she offered her hand, she said she was in this for the long haul. I told her that I can’t pay her for her time now, but I’m happy to tattoo her since she was planning to be a returning client anyway. disclaimer: I don’t believe in something for nothing. Even if she said I owe her nothing, I would work hard to pay it forward.
The lazy cow (Terra) and gloomy bear (me) living that kigu life in downtown DCThis photo is a close-up because I enjoy what we’re doing with Terra’s sleeve, but we don’t really have a plan. huhuhu Terra trusts me with her skin and I’m having fun with lines and jewel drips. So we’ll see what magic happens on her canvas. <3
♡ FamilyMemorial Piece
Ivy & Pearls, 3 Sisters Mountain, & A LOT of LOVE!Michelle’s piece is loaded with symbolism for her family, her beliefs, and her organisation and its founding principles. You’ll hear more about Michelle later. She’s an educator and caught wind of our kawaii efforts with kids, #KAWAIIindaHood and excitedly offered to lend us a hand.
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination”Short and simple (inspirational) typography on skin is always a pleasant challenge. Aaron is always cool and patient. I can’t wait to see where he goes with his ink. 😀
A Little Kawaii Black GirlA simple illustrative piece of a kawaii black girl. The placement on the back of the arm makes it feel as is the girl is peering into the future, filled with hope. <3 Too cute!
her Periscope interview & a snapchat feel free to follow the channels, username ipukekawaii
♡ IllustrativeBlack Work
African MaskI looked forward to this piece so much so that I bumped her up after having to reschedule due to in climate weather. (I almost NEVER bump people up haha)
She knew she wanted a piece and was patiently waiting for inspiration. She found it in South Africa. <3
I hope you enjoyed this month’s round-up of my work. Please don’t forget to stop by for Tattoo Tuesday. Continuing with my Pinterest series, I’ll be sharing how you can set up your boards to better communicate ideas with your artist.
Until then ~