Brin has several tattoos in various places on her body, but she was mostly concerned with covering up a lower back piece when she came in to see me. She had done her research (and read my Cover Up Tattoos page--- always a good idea) and knew that she wanted to use specific plants and fungi, mostly from the Pacific Northwest. But she wasn't sure how they would all combine or if they would work at all for a cover up tattoo. She wanted: Chanterelle mushrooms, ferns/fiddleheads, blackberries, ivy and Trillium flowers and brought in printouts of images of them in the wild. She also printed out tattoos of them that she liked. (I love that-- it gives me a great idea of the style clients prefer.) Stating that she totally trusted me, she let me use my expertise to control the whole process--which was super refreshing. It gave her a fantastic result. And it's a perfect example of the cover up formula in action.
Here are some pictures of the drawing, before, outline, gray shading and final color stages.