I like bats and spooks and gothic ornamentation, hence the adornments. Now, I want to do something with it. I'm open to anything.
Because of the size, shape and color of the tattoo, enhancing or redoing it is a real puzzle. I hope a tattoo artist will be interested in this challenge. I'm giving him or her free creative rights. Meanwhile, here are some scraps of things I pulled together just for background.
The Art of Voodoo
Tim Burton is my favorite illustrator. His stuff looks like the inside of my head when I was growing up.
I love the patterns in this second one. Could some tattered loops of cloth and deathly squiggles surround my original, crude design?
Adding a background
I've always loved the pattern behind this traditional Virgin of Guadalupe.
Make it a band?
Adding wings, or a band, or something to bring the image around my arm was an idea. I don't necessarily like these particular images, but I was looking for ideas.
This dude has a similar tattoo. It looks like his is filled in with some kind of pattern. Too bad I didn't think of that.
(Also, another piece of background, I am studying to be an acupuncturist and I'm generally very into anything Chinese or Buddhist. I didn't include any related pictures above).
...Ideas? My birthday is next week. E has promised me a new tattoo every year for life.
*This was back on Long Island where I grew up. I was nervous, so I talked a lot, and the artist didn't say anything back. Finally he apologized and told me his, "best friend got killed in a motorcycle accident last night, and [he was] really pissed off about it," he said, as he pressed a hot bloody needle into my tender skin.