Have you ever thought about adding to your tattoo a tribal design
but was unsure how to go about doing this? What about enhancing
the design you already have. One advantage about tribal Maori and
polynesian designs is they can easily be extended if you know what
you are doing. Sadly many attempts to achieve the desired effect
ends in a bad tattoo.
Although simple in shape and form,Maori designs can be visually
deceiving because of the inter play of positive and negative spaces
a challenge even to a seasoned designer. The following sample shows
how I added a few parts on to my clients tattoo. It is important
for the designer to get an overall feel of the tattoo. The extension
must flow with the entire design to produce the desired effect as
if it is part of the whole design and not just added on.
The elements and symbols chosen can be sourced from the tattoo itself,
it is just a matter of making the right choice and being a little
creative, keeping in mind you are wanting to extend and not to add
something so as to detract away from the main tattoo. Lastly, it
should be noted that this should only be attempted by a proffesional.
The following example
shows what is called a souround, where the client wants to keep
the old tattoo and incorporate a tribal design all the way around
covering the upper shoulder and upper arm based on the element Wai
(water theme) A photo is taken of the area, a drawing created and
then the final design superimposed over the top.
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