Japanese Peonies Cover Up
Saturday, 01 March 2014
I've been working with Johanna on her tattoos for several years-- cover ups and new ink, all custom tats. She is an artist (a film maker) and is very articulate. Working with her is easy and enjoyable; we share the same artistic language. Now we are doing another cover up piece, this time on her lower left leg. She says, "For this cover up piece I want something pretty, something with a strong visual aesthetic. Peonies are my favorite flower and I like the Japanese style. I had several tattoos prior to finding Victoria and got a cat tattooed on my leg before I knew about how to choose an image and tattoo artist. I will never go to
anyone else again. Victoria is a great artist (she was a graphic designer
for many years prior to becoming a tattoo artist). She is careful and
thoughtful and truly interested in her craft. She is thorough and her
shop is immaculate. And she's a great conversationalist to boot!" Click on the Read more link to see the drawing, before and outline photos.
Saturday, 01 February 2014
Last year Ron came in for his first tattoo. He said this about the experience, "I got my very first tattoo a couple of months ago. After deciding what I wanted, I googled top tattoo artists in Portland. Victoria's site, Floating Lotus Tattoo.com, was the third one I looked at. When I saw the beautiful artwork on her site, I didn't need to look any further. When I met her, I felt an instant connection with Victoria. She made me feel completely at ease and welcome with her warm, inquiring personality. After our first consultation, it was immediately clear that Victoria was emotionally invested in my vision and completely understood the spiritual aspect. She has a calming, patient demeanor and, understanding that this was my first tattoo, explained carefully each step of the process. I was very much impressed with her understanding of anatomy and how the tattoo will react and flow with the body's movement." Now we are working on Ron's second tattoo-- an upper arm piece based on Steampunk aesthetics. He says, "My father passed away, with little warning, in May of 2013. Until that day, I do not believe I ever really had a true sense of my own mortality. Also, I've always been fascinated by the parallels between the human body and timepieces. Both are a measure of and evidence to man's arbitrary construct of time. Both 'wear' over time and require maintenance to function. Both play a role in shaping history; neither time nor man is immortal. A tattoo with a steam-punk theme would allow the perfect representation of the idea of the fragile state of man evolving into something lasting--mechanisms replacing organs--that would be more than a reminder of my own mortality and a desire to perpetuate it. It would reinforce the permanence of 'possible'. For my second tattoo, I showed up with only an idea and a few pictures
showing samples of some of the elements I wanted to incorporate into the
piece. Victoria took my 'vision' and created a series of sketches that completely blew me away! Everyone I have shown Victoria's custom artwork to is very impressed, as am I. I can't recommend highly enough, Floating Lotus Tattoo Studio. Victoria is a true artist in every sense of the word." Click on the Read more link to see the drawing I created, and the outline photos.
Lotus for Enlightenment
Wednesday, 01 January 2014
After waiting many years and after much consideration of her first tattoo, Eileen came to me with the idea that she wanted the imagery of lotus flowers located on her lower and mid back. She was drawn to the Japanese tattoo style, and so I created a piece for her showing water in the form of a wave, as well as two lotus blossoms. As she explained to me during our consultation, the timing and imagery for her first tattoo was perfect. She says, "This year has brought increased focus and importance of spiritual path for me. I was ready to use my body as canvas for art, to express something beautiful and meaningful. Lotus flowers have great meaning in both the Buddhist and Hindu faiths. A fully opened lotus blossom symbolizes enlightenment and self awareness, while the closed bud represents potential for growth. Each opening of the lotus petal is the gradual unfolding of the consciousness on the path of enlightenment. Victoria understood the importance of the imagery, and drew the perfect art showing both a fully opened and a budding lotus. I love the result. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Victoria, and am thankful to her for listening and creating a piece for me that is even more beautiful than I could have imagined." Click on the Read more link to see the drawing I came up with, and the gray shading photo.
After apprenticing and working in a couple of different tattoo shops for several years, I opened my own tattoo shop, Floating Lotus Tattoo Studio, in 2010. Thanks to: my family, friends and amazing clients for all of your support.
I couldn't have done it without you.
The space is small but cozy, completely private and located in inner SE Portland, near OMSI, in the red and gray ActivSpace SE building.
The address is:
833 SE Main #104
Portland OR 97214
HOURS: Tuesday--Sunday, BY APPOINTMENT
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