Aaron’s Portrait on his Brother Ben

There are so many rewarding experiences in tattooing that it would be hard to cover them all.

Last week I was given the privilege of placing a tribute tattoo on Ben of his brother who had passed away about a year prior. There is always a difficulty in making portrait tattoos in capturing the essence of the person based on photos. Everyone looks differently in different situations and days and in different photographs.

For me the greatest reward normally is hearing about the reactions from other family and loved ones when they see the tattoos. I generally receive these reviews back second hand from the person who is wearing the tattoo when I run into them again.

Due to the magic of the internet I was able to vicariously view some family and friend reactions to Ben’s tattoo through his posting on facebook. It was an amazing experience and I wanted to share it with you.

I asked Ben if I could post a photo of it here if I blocked out the names – he said he wasn’t worried about me blocking the names out…. but since I don’t know how the individuals would feel I went ahead and edited them anyhow.

Thank you Ben. Now you and Aaron can hang out together again. Thank  you for entrusting me with this and thank you for forwarding me the reactions.

Aaron's Portrait Tattoo on his Brother Ben

~ by justteejay on October 5, 2011.

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