Friday, June 13, 2008

The Thirteenth With thirteenthstory: Repeat Customers

by Jaye of thirteenthstory

A couple years ago I found a commission job on craigslist; it was a
tattoo for a local student. She wanted something with simple colors
that included a female figure, a circle, and some Chinese kanji with a
meaning specific to her. She proved the Chinese characters, and I
drafted a few designs for her to edit for a second draft.

In the end, this is what we ended up with together:

I have to say again that I LOVE the tattoo and it's definitely something I know I'll be happy with for life. My friends also all really love it.
Thank you a million times!

But the coolest response of all was a year later when she asked me to design her second tattoo, a cuff design for her arm:

There is a profound joy in being able to create for someone, and doing it twice is extremely rewarding.

If anyone has a tattoo design in mind and would like to work with me on it, feel free to contact me through my website.

Thanks, and happy 13th. -Jaye


  1. just to let you know, there is no such thing as "chinese kanji". kanji are the chinese characters that Japanese writing uses (along with hiragana)

  2. Very nice tat! I'm still debating on getting one with my "Korean" name in Korean letters. . . I may be tapping you soon.

  3. Thanks anonymous, I didn't realize the difference. Be well,


  4. That would be very cool, sedie. The characters are a lot of fun because I get to use the soft brush with the ink! In most of my art I use stiff flat brushes, but the characters usually get a softer touch.

    Be well,


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