Please do not tell me why I should not get a tattoo or tell me stories of why you do not want one etc.
I am reposting to get answers, suggestions, and opinions not lectures:
I goofed up, and need to get it right.. suggestions?
O.K. I have been wanting to rework my 1st tattoo (a tiny Celtic Dragon from an ancient brooch, that represents my son) for quite a while. I got that for my 50th, and now wanted it completed by my 60th. I went to my artist, brought images of Magnolia flowers and a copy of my tattoo. I told him that I wanted it 'feminine, soft, pretty and realistic', and that I wanted the little dragon made to look like a brass medallion resting inside a pink Magnolia flower. I came for my appt. but he was running late, and rescheduled, I came in then, and he said that he'd discount me, and I said again that I just wanted it pretty and well done etc. I was told to go to the chair, and instead of bringing a stencil or my references, he said that he had done flowers earlier and he was all ready, and brought a different pic. of a magnolia (photo). So then he started to draw on me. I have loved his previous work, so I curbed thought 'o.k.' The drawing lines were fine, and he started working. I could not watch him, because this is on my chest and when we stopped for a break I looked in the mirror, and he had done all of this black shading - almost 'old school'! I was stunned because I had even asked about a blood line, etc. to keep it soft and delicate. He finished and the dragon looks great, the work is excellent, but it is far from what I asked for. I went back the next day and told him that I wanted to somehow soften it up, and will go back when it is healed. I told him that it was not what we had talked about etc. I think that he forgot what I had said and just did the flower like he had done for his earlier client.
So now I need to rework it, and somehow add these elements in that I wanted. Any suggestions?
Thank you for your thoughts (I appologize for the lengthiness of this)
I am an optimist, and I am viewing this as a 'happy accident' and believe that it can and will turn out better than I first envisioned. I am leaning towards adding a softer row of outer petals, and then having the flower on a thin branch that goes toward my shoulder with 3 buds that are soft and pretty in varying stages of opening. I know that I have to balance the original darkness, but I thought that maybe adding pretty detail may work. I just want to have this really worked out before going back in.