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Hey guys so my GF was kind enough to get me a sleeve or half sleeve + combination tattoos for my birthday. I need some help with the initial design.

Im looking at a few different ideas but with my interests in electronics/mechanical work im really liking the bio mechanical tattoos. I would like to incorporate both circuitry and mechanics into it but im still working on how to do that. (im looking for it to be unique as well none of that cookie cutter biomechanical stuff)

Currently im thinking about having it start on my chest and work over onto my arm in either a full or half sleeve

Any ideas are welcome im still working with the initial design. Ive got a few pictures attached that i liked.

Also I know some of you are absolute wizards with some editing programs if you feel like throwing something together you would make my hero of the year list lol
post #2 of 8
I like this idea
bio-mechanical-tattoo-ideas-golden-gears-tubes.jpg

But more intricate and elegant. Something like this
http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/thumblarge_211/11959498463ld49Z.jpg

That was the first idea i had when reading the title of the thread.


The first pic you posted to me look kind of cheesy it has a cartoonist look to it. But thats just my opinion.
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Ya it was the only thing remotely close to what i was looking for it is a little cartoony but I like the integration of some circuits and not having everything fully mechanical looking. I like the one that you posted Im a big fan of the whole cog wheel design
post #4 of 8
Well first I would visit the tattoo artist and have a consult.
Get them to show you some sketches and if they've done something similar in the past.
Make sure they're happy drawing something like this as with mechanical drawings precision is all the more important. You don't watch oval gears etc.
Look out for their use of shading and highlights. You're going for realisism not someone drawing a bunch of gears on your skin. So depth shadows and highlights from a consistent light source are the order of the day.


I would avoid long pistons / bars etch as this will get deformed when you move your arm.
Gears / plates and escapements are the way to go IMO.

A lot depends on what type of machinery is important to you.
You've got clockwork, steam(punk),hydraulics etc.

Colour wise I would avoid too much reliance on reds and greens as these will fade the soonest (check with your tatooist).
If you use black and white inks it'll always blend into your natural skin tone.

Hope this helps.

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Originally Posted by 0Amadeus0;15172059 
Well first I would visit the tattoo artist and have a consult.
Get them to show you some sketches and if they've done something similar in the past.
Make sure they're happy drawing something like this as with mechanical drawings precision is all the more important. You don't watch oval gears etc.
Look out for their use of shading and highlights. You're going for realisism not someone drawing a bunch of gears on your skin. So depth shadows and highlights from a consistent light source are the order of the day.


I would avoid long pistons / bars etch as this will get deformed when you move your arm.
Gears / plates and escapements are the way to go IMO.

A lot depends on what type of machinery is important to you.
You've got clockwork, steam(punk),hydraulics etc.

Colour wise I would avoid too much reliance on reds and greens as these will fade the soonest (check with your tatooist).
If you use black and white inks it'll always blend into your natural skin tone.

Hope this helps.

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Wow thanks I hadnt considered the lighting source for the picture definitely something ill think about.

I like the clock work designs but im not sure what to think of the steam punk stuff yet part of me really likes it.
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If you want a single light source it's best to position it top left with the shadows bottom left. You can have the light top right but it looks a little odd there.
It's one of those traditional things.

main thing is not to under light it.
The brain doesn't like light sources coming from below.

Depending on how long these vouchers last I would wait until I find something I really really like.
You might also want to take a look at "dieselpunk" for inspiration.

Good luck!
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Originally Posted by 0Amadeus0;15173256 
If you want a single light source it's best to position it top left with the shadows bottom left. You can have the light top right but it looks a little odd there.
It's one of those traditional things.

main thing is not to under light it.
The brain doesn't like light sources coming from below.

Depending on how long these vouchers last I would wait until I find something I really really like.
You might also want to take a look at "dieselpunk" for inspiration.

Good luck!

The voucher is indefinite she knows one of the co owners of the shop im going to they just told me to figure out what i wanted and then to come in. So there is no rush at all.

The more i look at the diesel punk and steam punk designs the more i seem to like them. I really want it to be unique there is alot of basic "biomechanical" tattoos out there and I really want this one to be different.
post #8 of 8
If you want to be different then avoid anything that looks like HR Geiger-ish.
That's been well overdone!

You've got a big advantage as you live in the photoshop age. Take a picture of yourself and just photoshop designs on.
If you use the multiply blending mode between layers at %80 to %90 opacity you can simulate a tattoo quiet nicely.
If you haven't got photoshop then G.I.M.P is a good substitute.
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