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01 August 2006 @ 01:43 am
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Okay so I just had this idea for a tattoo. It just popped into my head. I've wanted one forever and the only reason I haven't gotten one yet is that I didn't know what I wanted. I wanted it to be original and have some meaning so I don't get sick of it because you know it is going to be there forever. It would be all in black and sort of look like it was just outlined or someone drew it and just didn't color it in. It would be on my lower back maybe up to almost the middle of my back as it would have to be fairly large. There would be a tree in the middle being the focus and then I would have apples on the tree and on the ground each with something different inside it. The idea is that the tree would represent life and the apples would all have things in them that were significant but would be represented in a way that was enigmatic. Sort of like an avant garde journal or scrapbook or something. The things in the apples that had fallen off the tree would be sad or painful as the apples had gone bad and the ones on the tree would be happier. This is probably kind of hard to follow. Like as an example one could be luck which could go on the tree and be an apple with a 17 inside it because it's my lucky number. (When I was a kid I could not escape the number 17. It used to follow me around.) The cool part about it is that if someone just looked at it they wouldn't have a clue as to what it meant. Maybe I would have a girl sitting under the tree and different animals around that would represent the people around me. And I could have things carved into the tree like those hearts with initials in them. The other good thing? It would start out small and just get larger as I add things to it and I could add things whenever I felt like it. Which would also be good in case I get the urge to get another tattoo which I'm sure I will. I can just add to this one. Thoughts?

The biggest problem here is that I can't draw. Which is a problem. I can see it clearly in my head but I'm not sure how I'd be able to get it on paper. Maybe I can try to do it with photoshop or something. Actually you know it's kind of like The Giving Tree. And that's really similar to the image I have in my head. Like someone was just idly doodling on a piece of paper.

Current Location: My bedroom.
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: Ulrich Schnauss - Crazy For You
rosiecatupanashad on August 1st, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
I liked the picture you drew! It's good! Isn't the internet a hassle sometimes? Like, if we were sitting next to each other we could just brainstorm and be "like this?", "no, like this" But this way it is soooo hard. I'll try to draw something later, but I've never been good at cartoony stuff.
pandorapandora_17 on August 2nd, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
It took me four tries before I got to acceptable. And I had to practice how to draw an apple. I'm not even going to attempt to draw a girl or animals. (And after I drew it I thought it sort of had a 70's vibe going on. Or it might just be that it reminded me of Schoolhouse Rock.) I was thinking the same thing like "Why can't I just draw her some grass?!". Damn you technology barrier! That's cool if yours looks different cause I might end up liking what you do better but only draw it if you feel like it. I don't want you to feel like your obligated or anything.
rosiecatupanashad on August 2nd, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
I tried to draw something: http://pics.livejournal.com/upanashad/pic/0002r2d0/ The photograph is really bad, though, and it is so different from yours, plus my apples look like peaches, but whatever. I stuck all the leaves in because then you could keep adding to it with more leaves with branches sticking out of them, and more apples like I started to do on the left hand side. What do you think? Tell me honestly, I would keep changing it until you like it, I don't care if you think it sucks. And I just stuck that little girl in there for fun. And I know you may never actually use it as a tattoo, I just like drawing, so it's no biggie. But it's hard thinking of how something would work as a tattoo, I think I failed at that. Here's some other pictures, closer:


Meh. I suck at taking pictures.
pandorapandora_17 on August 3rd, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
Ooooooh I really like your tree too. There are too many options! I cannot choose! I like your idea making new branches (I hadn't even thought about using branches.) for the apples. That bird is the cutest but that little girl looks sinister holding an axe. Something about the look on her face makes me think she's like thisclose to going apeshit and chopping the hell out of the tree.

I don't care if you think it sucks.
I don't know why but that really cracked me up. I'm obsessive and a perfectionist so I'm sure I'm going to have quite a few versions before I get to what I really want. If you like to draw I would love to have your help coming up with different versions of things. I don't want you to feel like you've make a commitment or anything though so feel free to stop whenever you want. And I have absolutely no time frame on this.

If you do want to keep working on it some things I would change: I imagined the girl with long slightly wavy hair lounging under the tree or in the grass just sort of hanging out. I kind of want it to be more than just the tree so I thought of having animals off to the sides up in the air (Birds, butterflys, etc.) and some on the ground (Squirrels, bunnies, etc.). Also the grass would go off to the sides and the apples on the ground would be scattered around. Maybe add some flowers to the grass or something.

As far as it working as a tattoo I try to think about how it would look on my back as opposed to how it looks on the paper. I think the more detailed it is the harder it is to transfer it to tattoo form and keep it the same. Also you lose more detail the smaller you go. Which is why my first thoughts were fairly large and simple.

And this is really long so I'm going to shut up now. *is excited*
pandorapandora_17 on August 3rd, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Butterflies not butterflys. I swear I can spell.
rosiecatupanashad on August 3rd, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
Hee. I'm not giving up, I'm going to do another picture, and try to make it simpler, with just one big tree shape like you drew. I'm just tired so maybe not today. Do you like things to look very happy and cheerful or a little bit sinister? I tend to go for the slightly sinister, which is why I couldn't help sticking that little girl in there, but I could try just cheerful and happy.
pandorapandora_17 on August 7th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
My version would be happy and cheerful. I think you should do it the way you want to though. I like the idea of collaborating and having different interpretations. The whole thing has a very Alice in Wonderland trippy vibe to it so making it dark and sinister would be interesting.
rosiecatupanashad on August 17th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
Hi! I drew another picture, I think it's better and simpler and more happy, but I have to do another copy because I was figuring it out as I drew it, so I will show you soon. I tried to use your idea for the tree more. Hopefully I'll get it done tomorrow.
rosiecatupanashad on August 25th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
Okay, a hundred bazillion years later, is this more like what you had in mind: http://pics.livejournal.com/upanashad/gallery/00003q3p?page=4

(look at the last four pictures) Also, I've come to the conclusion that I suck at drawing cartoony things.