Artwork created to remember those who fought and died for our freedoms. Wall Art available on paper, stretched canvas, luxury metal or acrylic. Multiple sizes available with free shipping!
When it comes to tattoo designs, I like to draw darker, gothic themes or manga and comic styles. Honestly, I became a tattoo artist for the excuse to make cool drawings all day and get paid for it. I’ve been designing tattoos for almost 11 years now. I’ll take on any request. But I get super excited when a customer asks for something on the topic of comic books, video games, manga, sci-fi or horror etc.
When someone asks for a style or theme I have no interest in, I’ll often internally think something along the lines of, “Seriously? This idea sounds bad or vague and yet I’m expected to perform a miracle and turn it into something amazing? This’ll be 10-15 hours of my professional life, drawing something that I really don’t care about.”
It can be a tough job in many ways, but at the end of the day, I’m a professional. One who does his best to keep standards high and maintain a solid reputation. And so, I do what needs to be done. Plus, I want to make sure the client is happy. After all, having a design permanently etched on your skin is something you should always feel 100% happy about.
This guy came into my tattoo studio a little while ago, a rail network engineer in his late 20s. He asked for a full sleeve tattoo. Although he didn’t know exactly what he wanted. Just a suggestion of World War 1 and 2 memorial themes. No doubt to pay homage to the lives who fought and died to protect our way of life?
I began work on the top half. Deciding to represent lives lost with a skeleton soldier, and including elements such as the red poppies (the British memorial flower from WW1) and the WW2 English Spitfire. It started coming together nicely.
At first, I thought a custom piece like this might take around 10 hours to assemble the reference material and paint each part by hand. It took 30 hours. It’s not uncommon for full sleeves or a big back piece to take 30 hours or more to design from scratch. Other than a small deposit paid, this is unpaid labor. A tattoo artists’ hourly rate later kicks-in on the day of making it permanent.
In an ideal world, 100% of clients would come back week after week without fail until their tattoo project is complete. Big projects can take a dozen sittings to complete. Occasionally, though, disaster strikes. Perhaps the client loses their job, has health problems, new financial commitments like having a kid or moving out of the area and you never see them again.
Unfortunately, the gentleman in question commissioned his sleeve right before 2020. With the pandemic and social upheaval at the time, this threatened to be another case of lost art. Things went quiet. I didn’t know what to do for the best. Over the last decade of tattooing, this wouldn’t be the first time working 30+ hours on a custom design without earning from it. Additionally, the design phase is often where my heart and soul becomes most invested in the project. Creating artwork that never even sees the light of day is quite frustrating and expensive.
So, I went online. I selected my best designs and offered them for sale as paper or canvas prints. They started selling! I sold over 50 prints of this one design, even before this gentleman had completed his 10 sessions of tattooing.
Fortunately, the internet means I’ve been able to share my passionately-created artwork with countless people, and this is becoming one of my best ever selling works! I went from working 1-to-1 as a tattoo artist in the South East of England, where a customer not returning as agreed might cost me a week’s wages, to now sharing my art with the entire world. With customers now ordering from the US, Canada, France, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Norway, Finland, and many more!
I now know that if I devote myself to making good art, it will always get seen, sold and appreciated by a wide audience. I am safe as an artist. No matter the circumstances, my fate is no longer determined by a single stranger. And amazing people like you, help me continue to be able to create unlimited art without ever having to worry about whether someone will come be back for their next session!
❇️ Production and Shipping Time:
Glossy Photo Paper: 5 days for printing, 5-10 days for shipping.
Ready-to-Hang Canvas: 5 days for printing, 5-10 days for shipping.
Artwork will be delivered anywhere in the world free of charge!
❇️ Styles of Print:
There are 5 ways to print this artwork.
1) Premium Glossy Paper is used for high quality, professional paper-prints.
♦ Sharp, Vivid and rich Color sets this apart from a casual, home photo print and makes use of artwork specifically created at super-high resolution for maximum detail.
♦ Premium Glossy Photo Paper will last a long time.
♦ This option is available in 8×10 inches, 11×14 inches or 16×20 inches.
♦ They are designed to be placed in a glass frame, which can be purchased separately (starting at a few dollars at your local Target or online).
♦ Signature watermark or numbers will not appear on actual artwork.
2) Ready to Hang Canvas is ready to put up on your wall right out of the box with. Zero assembly required for ultimate convenience.
♦ Gorgeous finished look. It comes out of the shipping box finished and ready to hang with a simple nail in the wall.
♦ Canvas Prints are a well-known, high-end way of displaying artwork.
♦ Premium 1.5 inch thick wooden stretcher-bars that give it depth and shape, in the same way an oil painting is traditionally assembled. There are no staples or ugly lines visible on the sides (very important).
♦ Add an optional modern, black frame if buying: 16×20, 12×36, 24×36 or 30×40 inch Canvases.
3) Ready to Hang Canvas (split into 3 panels). Includes the same features a single Canvas print. Also:
♦ This is for larger pieces- the artwork is split into 3 even panels. 3 separate canvas panels which put together make a single large image.
♦ This gives a modern look, and allows spectacularly large sizes on your wall!
4) Aluminium Metal Prints
♦ Elegant wall décor that shines. High-end, exclusive and unique aluminium metal print add a touch of luxury to your walls.
♦ Polished, vibrant reproduction for optimal colour saturation on a 3mm thick aluminium plate with gloss coating.
♦ UV resistant ink prevents fading. All metal sizes are ready to hang on your wall, right out of the box.
5) Acrylic Prints
♦ Eye-catching home décor with modern acrylic prints. Light refracts through the museum-quality acrylic, bringing vibrancy and depth to the artwork.
♦ The clear acrylic produces superb image quality from edge to edge and absolutely stunning, brilliant colour.
♦ UV resistant ink prevents fading. All acrylic sizes are ready to hang on your wall, right out of the box.