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OWL & LION TATTOO

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Owl portrait tattoo by artist, Andy Pho

Tattoos always have some back end story, and this owl tattoo is no different. Whether it’s the significance of it’s meaning, its relativity to its roll in nature, there’s always a reason why people adore them. For the Greeks, the owl is sacred to the goddess of learning and Athena even depicted an owl on some Greco-Roman currency as a symbol of status, intelligence and of course, wealth.

In ancient Egyptian, Celtic, and Hindu cultures the symbolic meaning of owl revolved around guardianship of the underworlds, and a protection of the dead. In other cultures it has also gained a grim reputation for being the ruler of the night and seer of souls. Thus creating the morbid misunderstanding that it had negative associations with death.

Needless to say, the owl is a powerful creature both in form and function, but also from an artistic perspective. The depth and detail that comes from its natural make up gives the artist a challenging subject which can end up in a magnificent piece as seen in this completed work by Andy Pho.

THE ART OF COVER UP TATTOOS.

 

Cover up tattoos by Andy Pho.

I used to dread cover up tattoos, but not now.

 

I won’t lie. There was a time when I used to dread cover up tattoos, but not now. I’ve learned to love them and as of late, it’s become one of my specialites. There’s a certain art and systematic process that’s required when doing an effective cover up and the process has definitely grown on me. From incorporating the new design, to making sure that the older ink is camouflaged, there’s something powerful about doing one well.

See another cover up I did a few days ago. 

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Cover up tattoo: Getting rid of the past. 

Probably the biggest joy is knowing that you’re helping someone get rid of their unwanted past and this time was no different. To be honest, you can’t get rid of the past if you don’t erase the any reminders, so I understand why so many customers want them gone. Truth be told, last year my client Brye was engaged to be married, which is why he got the date 5/13 tattooed on him for his fiancé. Unfortunately, Bryce learned a few things about her that changed his decision to get married, and he’s glad he learned sooner than later. To make good on getting rid of his unwanted past, he wanted to remove that tattoo, and he opted for a cover up – definitely a wise choice before his next girl started asking questions.

For this particular cover up, Brye requested camellia flowers. Being that his skin is dark, it added to the complexity of working in the details and covering it up. We went big enough to cover up the unwnated piece while keeping it in proportion to the existing bull which was going to stay. Once this heals, we’ll be adding an angel on Brye’s upper chest/shoulder and we’ll keep you posted on any progress.

Thanks again Bryce for trusting me with this cover up and we’ll see you soon!

~AP

 

HANNYA MASK TATTOO

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Oriental tattoos by Andy Pho

Asian tattoos, Oriental tattoos, call it what you’d like but this style is simply timeless. The tattoo above was done by tattoo artist Andy Pho, and the full wrap around leg sleeve came out absolutely incredible. In addition to adding the clouds and the Hannya mask, the tattooed leg sleeve also has a portrait of Geisha girl as well as many other asian themed subjects and images.

If you’re interested in some of the cleanest asian style tattoos in the game, then be sure to drop by Skin Design located in the Chinatown District of Las Vegas, NV. With over 40 years of collective experience, Skin Design is hailed as one of the best tattoo shops not only in Las Vegas but all throughout the world.

Our staff of highly trained artisans have won some of the highest accolades in the industry bu we’re more proud of setting a benchmark for the ultimate tattoo experience. Stop on by if you’re in or around town and if you have any questions please feel free to drop us a line.

GALLERY UPDATE: ANDY PHO.

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Poseidon tattoo in progress.

The gallery of reside artist Andy Pho has been updated. You can view more of his work by clicking here.