Life Becomes Art

My friend Johnny Murphy made a commitment to himself that his sleeve was going to be totally based on his own distinctive, somewhat Ojibway-reminiscent artwork (of which you can see some in the background) — I wish more people would do that, whether they’re amateur artists, professional artists, or not artists at all… These were applied for him at Starr Asylum in B-Town, Iowa.

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37 thoughts on “Life Becomes Art

  1. Really great colours, thats kind of my plan if I ever do go as far as to do entire sleeves. Currently I have a mainly green tattoo on one arm and mostly red on the other, so I’m thinking one sleeve red, one green, to contrast each other.

  2. wow! live devoted to art…. really great idea and brilliant realization of the concept, as far as I can tell

  3. My favorite piece ever will always be the seahorse I drew. It was also my first piece. I’m not obsessive about or too into my artwork, but I feel more connected to it than my other tattoos I have, which says a lot to me.

  4. Sleeve looks amazing and also agree with the sentiment 100%.
    Although I didnt really think of it in that way at the time, my first tattoo was based on somthing I drew. When I actually went to talk to the artist I had specific ideas for what needed to be added. Makes it that much more yours, no?

  5. It’s a good think he’s not allergic to red ink… :o

    But that kicks ass! Love the vibrancy of it!

  6. Fredex–you’ll be like Christmas! =)

    veryyyyy bright and pretty. I love color work like this. It’s so beautiful.

  7. The colours are brilliantly dazzling. o_O I thought the animals were chickens, but they look to be snails. Or chicken-snails. I’m unsure.

  8. I love love LOVE this. And I think that getting things you’ve drawn yourself tattooed on you is a lovely idea. Unfortunately, I can’t draw for shit, and I’d be pretty dissatisfied having something crappy on me for eternity.

    I’m going to get my much more talented sister to draw something up for me :)

  9. I am super impressed with the brilliant colors. And I totally agree that more people should stop and think about personalizing tattoos more, instead of just grabbing flash off the wall.

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