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Watership Down tattoo

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Hello everybody! I am so happy to finally be able to post pictures of my Watership Down tattoo. It was tough, but I managed to wait through two sessions and two healing processes, and I can finally present my second, and second literary, tattoo.


(I don't know how to make the pictures smaller. But at least I figured out the cut!)


and for placement reference




The rabbit looks a little light towards his face due to a combination of lotion and lighting. I am so completely happy with it. It took thirteen hours over two sessions, eight hours just on the rabbit. The quote is the very last line in the book, done in a similar font to the first edition that the artist drew herself. We talked about doing a combination of photorealistic and watercolor styles. The flowers are wild primroses and cowslip.

Artist credit goes to Rabbit Abby, a travelling tattooist based in Des Moines, Iowa who was visiting The Body Shop in Appleton. Her blog is http://rabbitabby.com/home.html
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On July 12th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC), evilegg commented:
*complete awe*
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On July 12th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC), nitroglycerin_x commented:
Oh my, this is beautiful. And wonderfully inked, too!
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On July 12th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC), aeonblink commented:
that is INSANE! absolutely incredible
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On July 12th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC), bivouack commented:
Stunning!
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On July 12th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC), avecvu commented:
That is gorgeous!
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On July 12th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC), apis_cerana commented:
o.o Wooooow it looks like a real painting!!! AWESOME. Your artist is ridiculously talented o___O
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On July 12th, 2011 10:39 pm (UTC), holly02 commented:
Wow wow wow wow
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On July 12th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC), peregrin8 commented:
Absolutely gorgeous - design, execution, placement, everything.
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On July 12th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC), epicbookshelves commented:
Good. God. Completely amazing.
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On July 12th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC), willow_cabin commented:
Wow, that is stunningly beautiful. :)
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On July 12th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC), the_loveword commented:
the movie gave me nightmares when i was younger, but this is so gorgeous and bright. i love it
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On July 12th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC), verucas_chaos replied:
It scared me as well!
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On July 12th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC), verucas_chaos commented:
Astonishingly colorful and beautiful!
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On July 12th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC), bellap74 commented:
That is one of the most beautiful literary tattoos I've seen - so gorgeous!
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On July 12th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC), 666_conducer commented:
fantastic!
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On July 12th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC), deftonedpiano commented:
holy crap! in a good way!
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On July 12th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC), thefemaleknight commented:
That is a bananas tattoo. It's so incredibly well-done!
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On July 12th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC), splendidmemory commented:
That's amazing. I think that would be the one tattoo I could go home with and my mum would like.
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On July 13th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC), smallpio1990 replied:
My mum saw it and, after marveling at how big it is, decided that she's getting an old one covered up by the same artist. ;)
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On July 12th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC), worldlyrapture commented:
Oh my god. It looks incredible. Seriously. Wow!
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On July 13th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC), notxdeadxyet commented:
OMG, I love love LOVE this.
Best book, best tattoo ever.
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On July 13th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC), perf commented:
whoooaaaaaa
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On July 13th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC), nonnycat commented:
Wow. That's amazing!
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On July 13th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC), redacted commented:
WOW, that is gorgeous.
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On July 13th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC), blundering commented:
Drumroll indeed. This is one of the best, most amazing tattoos I have ever seen. It is PERFECT.
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On July 13th, 2011 12:15 am (UTC), sxdx commented:
Really awesome!

When I zoom it looks like the letters are smeared and one of the quotation marks is missing up top, it's weird.
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On July 13th, 2011 06:37 am (UTC), smallpio1990 replied:
That is strange! There are some lines around the letters to make it look more stamped/pasted on. The ghost quotation mark is something else, though :)
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On July 13th, 2011 12:24 am (UTC), angelmaye commented:
That is truly a piece of art.

Beautiful.
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