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Here’re a couple of designs I’ve done for a friend who wants a tattoo of a mockingbird. I don’t know if she’ll actually do it, but if she does it’ll be the first time something I’ve drawn will be used for a tattoo.
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7/7/2009 at 10:43 am (UTC -4 )
Those are beautiful.
I had a friend in college say “hey, Chris, can you draw me a tiger?” at lunch. So I drew one really fast on a scrap sheet and gave it to him. Not too bad for a non-referenced, spur of the moment tiger sketch, but not good, either. Anyway, he showed up the next week having gotten it tattooed. I was pretty flustered, ’cause if I’d known it was going to be permanent I’d have put some effort into it.
7/7/2009 at 2:27 pm (UTC -4 )
Yikes… yeah, that’d freak me out. In fact, anything I’d drawn on someone’s body would be weird I think. I have a bunch of tattoos, but none of them are my own artwork.
1/20/2010 at 12:59 am (UTC -4 )
I’m a newly-minted attorney, and I’m seriously considering getting a mockingbird tattoo (because of the book, “To kill a mockingbird”). I’m considering using your image (because it looks good in black-and-white.
1/20/2010 at 11:13 am (UTC -4 )
@Ned – Just send me a picture of the finished piece if you do!
2/2/2010 at 6:43 pm (UTC -4 )
was the second sketch inspired by the work of Louis Agassiz Fuertes? i made a block print of a sketch i did using his work. small world!
2/2/2010 at 11:09 pm (UTC -4 )
It was, somewhat… Although, I incorporated stuff from a bunch of other elements as well. Upon reflection, though, I only wound up finalizing the first sketch since the second one looked too much like the Fuertes at this stage for me to really go ahead with without more reworking to really make it my own. The first one, on the other hand, is an amalgam of all kinds of stuff and is a pretty common “in flight” bird pose.
6/24/2010 at 12:32 am (UTC -4 )
I love these! I was looking up pictures of mockingbirds for a tattoo. Thought I was going to have to draw it myself, but the top one it perfect. You wouldn’t believe all the cheesy bird tattoos I have seen. Shameful really. Thanks for your talent. I will send you a picture if I don’t chicken out. Did any of the others follow through?
6/24/2010 at 8:04 am (UTC -4 )
@Susan – So far, no one’s followed through. Your tattoo artist would obviously need to simplify that sketch to get it tattoo-ready, but if you do get it, pls send a pic!
2/19/2011 at 7:23 pm (UTC -4 )
Hi :)! got your picture tattooed on me! hope thats alright seeing as others were going ahead with it :) I love it so much!! here’s a link to a pic if you’re interested :) http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/182759_198327290192832_100000466888331_747273_944369_n.jpg
2/20/2011 at 10:46 am (UTC -4 )
@ana – Wow, that looks great. Whomever you got to do that did a really fantastic job. Thanks for posting in pic.
3/9/2011 at 6:34 am (UTC -4 )
I did the same as Ana, and saw that people were going to get a tattoo of your drawings, so I got one as well. I hope that’s okay :). It took 3 hours to do the whole thing (bird and words) and I absolutely love it! So thanks for sharing your drawings :)!
Here’s a link to it, hope you can see it:
3/9/2011 at 1:06 pm (UTC -4 )
@Gem – That looks great. Thanks so much for posting! Maybe I’m in the wrong line of work? I should go into tattoo design!
4/1/2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC -4 )
Im concidering to take a tattoo of a mockingbird because it’s very meaningfull to me. Only thing is.., im a guy. I want the tattoo on my left arm, on the inside.
I like your design (the first) very much. How would you change the tattoo to make it more ‘masculine’?
4/1/2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC -4 )
@Julien – I think it’s the “in flight” part of that one that makes it a little more feminine. For a guy, my gut tells me to go with a stationary pose–maybe like this: http://www.birdsofwestwood.com/images/birdpics/mockingbird-perch.jpg
4/4/2011 at 1:59 pm (UTC -4 )
Ohhhhmygosh, I hate to have the same tat as others, but man, this is so beautiful! I’ve been searching high and low for a mockingbird to put on my hands, as I have very close ties with these beautiful birds, and the top one is so perfect! Pics to come, I’m definitly doing this!
PS- You are such an inspiring artist! I’m studying illustration at Kansas CIty Art Institute, and I think I may have to stalk this blog now. o:
4/4/2011 at 6:12 pm (UTC -4 )
@Kacey – If you’re in art school, you should design your own mockingbird! But if you don’t and you wind up using that one of mine, do please post a pic or two! Good luck!
4/5/2011 at 8:09 am (UTC -4 )
Ben, thanks for your opinion! But i really want a bird in ‘flight’. I will think this over for a little while and let you know!
Good luck with everything you do.
6/21/2011 at 9:32 pm (UTC -4 )
I was wondering something similar to Julien. Would you mind designing one something like the picture you posted of the stationary position? I know its a big ask for a complete stranger but I figured you don’t ask, you don’t get. No worries if you’re too busy or don’t want to do it. I’ll be sure to post a picture if I do get it, though there could be a delay in getting the funds!
They really are brilliant drawings too mate.
6/22/2011 at 9:21 am (UTC -4 )
@Andy – Glad you like the designs. I’m afraid I’m keeping pretty busy these days with paying freelance work and I’m pretty much done with the mockingbird design. You can certainly print out the images here and take them to a tattoo artist. He/she may be able to work something up for you, or may even have some flash art on-hand.
6/22/2011 at 10:02 am (UTC -4 )
No worries mate. I thought you might be busy since this design was put up so long ago. The rest of the site is great too by the way.
Thanks anyway, good luck with the work too.
7/15/2011 at 10:07 pm (UTC -4 )
Would you mind terribly if I used your picture for a tattoo? I’ve been looking for a picture like this for ages. I wanted to ask your permission first.
7/23/2011 at 3:23 pm (UTC -4 )
Hi Ben, great drawing!! I did not get this tattooed but I did use it for a school project on To Kill a Mockingbird. It looked great and my teacher loved it!! Thanks for the wonderful drawing haha(:
8/28/2011 at 7:57 pm (UTC -4 )
Love this! Also considering having a simplified version of it tattooed but I’m nervous about how it would turn out..
@Gem – I know it’s been ages and have no idea if you’ll see this, but could you repost the picture of your tattoo? Facebook said the page was unavailable.
Alternatively, Ben – is there any chance you saved the photo or have photos of how other people’s tattoos have turned out? The first one looks fantastic but I would be getting a smaller version and I’d love to see a second (or even third!) example of the finished piece :)
8/29/2011 at 10:03 am (UTC -4 )
@Julie – I’m afraid I didn’t save any local copies of the finished pieces… although I probably should have.
8/29/2011 at 2:12 pm (UTC -4 )
I’ve made the album the tattoo picture is in public now, so you should be able to see if if you click on the link again :).
If not, feel free to add me on Facebook or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll send you the picture :).
8/29/2011 at 8:13 pm (UTC -4 )
hello! i just received an email about these comments, i have pictures of my tattoo close up if you’d like to see? i can email it to anyone who would like it :)
8/30/2011 at 8:01 am (UTC -4 )
That would be awesome! Could you send it to email@example.com? Thank you :)
8/31/2011 at 10:14 am (UTC -4 )
sure, sending it now :) no problem!
9/3/2011 at 10:05 am (UTC -4 )
Could you please email me a close up too? firstname.lastname@example.org
11/3/2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC -4 )
Hi! I am also thinking about using your mockingbird sketch for my tattoo, if that’s alright with you!
11/4/2011 at 9:57 am (UTC -4 )
@Shannon – That’s fine with me. Go ahead and nab the drawing, though. I may take this post down at some point.
11/13/2011 at 5:16 pm (UTC -4 )
I saw this on the internet the other day while specifically looking for a mockingbird tattoo! I’m definitely getting this :)
11/22/2011 at 10:29 pm (UTC -4 )
hey ben, ana again! still loving the tattoo :) just wondering, are you taking the drawings down?? lucky i have it permanently tattooed on me!
11/23/2011 at 1:49 pm (UTC -4 )
@Ana – Glad you’re still happy with it. Yeah, I may take it down just on the general principle that it’s not fun to have the exact same tattoo as a bunch of other people.
12/5/2011 at 11:43 pm (UTC -4 )
@Gem – That looks amazing!! I have that exact quote on my wall :) Love it so much.
4/22/2012 at 9:16 pm (UTC -4 )
The first sketch is amazing. I’m going to get a mockingbird on the inside of my left arm, so that when i have it by my side, it’s next to my heart. It’s for the baby that I lost recently, who I use to sing Hush Little Baby to when things were bad.
4/23/2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC -4 )
@Jennifer – So sorry to hear that… Hope the tattoo turns out well (if you wind up getting it).
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