The History of Sailor Tattoos

What is cooler than getting to collaborate with a tattoo artist who specializes in old school tattoos? The history of sailor tattoos is absolutely fascinating and learning all of the meanings behind each one was so much fun for our team. For this feature, I collaborated with a tattoo artist, Ryan Went, to provide original variations of the tattoos that we were featuring. From those line drawings, I painted each with gouache and water color pencils, and then went over with ink and nupastels. From there I scanned each tattoo into illustrator and edited and refined for the editorial piece.