I’ve come to thoroughly enjoy replicating paintings as tattoos.  It is intimidating, but tattooing a replication is a great study in patience.  No artistic freedom is allowed here; the tattoo must be nearly identical to the original work.  When my friend and client Andrew asked me to replicate Marc Chagall’s 1913 Cubism painting “Paris Through The Window,” my first thought was “Why would you do this to me, Andrew, I thought you were my friend and this is impossible…?”  After literal hours of studying his masterwork millimeter by millimeter, I was ready for the first of what evolved into 4 sessions, each lasting 3-4 hours.  Andrew was patient as always, and a trooper.  Stuff like this takes time, and he was the perfect candidate for my first go at tattooing this style.  It expanded my ability, and for that Andrew gets a million high fives and gin & tonics for life.

Marc Chagall – Paris Through The Window Original Painting/Tattoo

My next go at replicating a Master Painter’s work was “Don Quixote,” done in 1955 by Pablo Picasso.  I had so much fun doing this one!  It’s essentially a fairly simple sketched depiction of Don Quixote and his sidekick (before the term ‘sidekick’ was even coined) Sancho Panza.  This sketch was done for a French magazine, and although evidently sketched in mere minutes, it is nonetheless still a “mini’ masterwork that is widely recognized.  I mean, it’s still a Picasso…

Pablo Picasso – Don Quixote Original Sketch/Tattoo

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