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August 16, 2012
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Poly Inspired Tattoo [C romix9] by MamaELM Poly Inspired Tattoo [C romix9] by MamaELM
Commission Info | Commission History
Client ~romix9
Info below
Price $40
Tools SAI (freehand, no vectors used)

This was commissioned by ~romix9. It is a completion of a pre-existing upper arm tattoo he has.

(The arch at the top would drape over and around his lower shoulder, and the rest would wrap around the upper arm. Blank space is where his existing tattoo would be.)

I'm very proud of this piece because it was a huge challenge. I'd never done anything in a style like this, and so it took a ton of trying over and over to get it right. Eventually though, I got the hang of it, and he was very pleased with the finished product.

This design is for ~romix9 only. It is not to be used anywhere without written consent from him or me.

Paint Tool SAI
15+ Hours
Completely freehand.

Disclaimer: I know that the Polynesian and Maori tattoos are a very special thing, and can only truly be a Polynesian tattoo if made by a extensively trained tattoo artist who specializes in that style. I also know that there is a lot of aggression towards artists who attempt this style. I entered the project knowing these things, and the commissioner assured me that He wanted me to do it even though I lack training. So I just want to state clearly and plainly, This is a Polynesian 'inspired' tattoo. Please do not direct any anger towards the commissioner or me the artist for attempting to re-create the beautiful style. This is an inspired piece and nothing more. Thank you.
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M053AB Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice tattoo :D
and for a first try , this is amazing :)
MamaELM Feb 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you!
M053AB Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
any time :)
Dumbass-Red Dec 5, 2012  Professional Artist
Good job! the talent is! try and be sure to become a somebody!
MamaELM Dec 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are just copy and pasting that same comment to all of
BrielleCoppola Sep 26, 2012  Student General Artist
It doesn't need to be the most strictly authentic Polynesian piece to evoke a feeling of the culture and be beautiful. Well done :)
MamaELM Sep 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
:) I know that, but some people get really aggressive about it, because it is a heritage, not to be meddled with by a weird white girl from america. :lol: (me)

Thank you so much for your sweet comment, it really means a lot! I'm quite proud of this piece.
Karinta Sep 25, 2012  Student General Artist
It looks nearly Polynesian in its intricate styling! :D
MamaELM Sep 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you! I'm quite proud of it, for learning this whole new style just for it! :lol:

Thank you so much!
Karinta Sep 26, 2012  Student General Artist
You are very welcome.
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