Somehow in my life I've managed to start designing tattoos for people. While some are intensely personal, which I would never share, the last few I've done have been a lot of fun.
One of my friends has always had a deep and abiding love for green men. I remember our first year in grad school together, how she wrote a really fun paper about these guys. Since we both love Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight, a story I'm dying to get my hands on someday as an illustrator, I guess it made sense that we'd do this together. I'm embarrassed to admit how long ago she asked me to design one for her, and I was having a hard time with it. Then one day she shared a photo and the lightbulb went off for both of us. It was from a stained glass window (in France?), and the little green man, tucked into a diamond, seemed both joyful and mischievous. I worked two variations, a long, viney guy and a green man tucked into his original medallion and embellished with leaves.
I may like the second design even more.
The last tattoo here (below) is one I did for a friend I met while teaching in Ohio. It's the largest tattoo I've ever done, and it translated beautifully into ink.