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Hand Tattoos by aurussteelsword Hand Tattoos by aurussteelsword
Yes, you may recognize the bird thing in the middle there. XD This is the full version of my character Caolan's hand tattoos. The birds represent the death transition (and in context, as they're more or less intended to be prison tattoos, they could represent transition from a normal life to one of a criminal), the spades represent (at least, according to something I read about Russian tattoos) thievery, and the knotwork/tribal designs are mostly there to take up space and/or look cool.

By the way, I spent TWO DAYS on this. XD And it's not even properly cleaned up. But I refuse to work on it anymore.

(And no, in case you should wonder, the hand outline is not part of the tattoo. It's to show where everything is supposed to go. I just traced my own hand, added knuckle wrinkles, tendons, fingernails and so on...)

All drawn by hand, scanned, and cleaned up in Photoshop. Some of it inked in Photoshop, some of it done with my lovely Uniball Vision Micro.
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TheCritic15 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Only one word could describe this............awesome!
AkinaWolf Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would so get a tattoo that looks like amazing!
aurussteelsword Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! If you ever do, I'd love to see how it turns out.
KreeTheBasilisk Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's a very nice design ^_^ I like the meanings you researched for them too
aurussteelsword Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! ^_^ I kind of wish I wasn't adverse to pain. XD And that I could find a tattoo parlor that wasn't so sketchy I'd be afraid of getting HIV >_>;
RedTigress Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005  Student Digital Artist
Lemme just say you have one hot hand.


ANYways, dude, that looks frickin sweet. Noice job!
aurussteelsword Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
XD I have man hands. >_>;

Thanks very much! ^_^
afifaery1189 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Sweetness. That's awesome, but does it hurt a lot to get that done on your hand? Ouchie.
aurussteelsword Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! Heh, I bet it'd hurt like the dickens, but I've never actually had one done...
TheEmerald Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
:eyepopping: Great job! :D Keep up the wonderful work! :heart:
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