MeTat Filter: What suggestions do you have for a tattoo that evokes the woods? Perhaps the woods around Walden Pond? Details inside!
After years of vague tattoo impulses, I finally have a particular image that I want to carry with me as I leave New England for the Midwest. I'd love to get a tattoo that evokes that particular vibe of the woods around Walden Pond, especially in fall or winter. The visual aspects that strike me most include: the interlacing of trees as seen from the path; the way the pond peeks in the background; the railway! (I'm actually definitely going to get something train-related at some point, so it doesn't have to be this tattoo); the simplicity of colors (all black-white-darkbrowns in winter, and in the fall the reds, yellows, and blue of the pond popping through). Some things that already inspire me: 1
Though it's a little elusive, I like understated designs that communicate a vibe more than a symbol or literal representations, if that makes sense. Specifically, I'm interested in capturing that sense of being immersed in trees, their stillness and calmness, the branches interlacing. I also am not especially drawn to the mythos of Thoreau or transcendentalism, so no worries about that. Not sure if I'm committed to this style, but I feel like sumi-e paintings can capture this vibe quite well, as in this painting
. (Possibly unrelated, but I love the hell out of Basquiat's paintings
In terms of pragmatics of the tattoo design, I'm looking to get it either on my left arm (forearm or bicep), on my upper chest somewhere near or along my clavicle, in the small of my back, or if it's a larger design along the left side of my torso. Smallish to midsize is what I'm going for, I'd say. I also really like the idea of solely black-and-white design or b&w plus a small accent of color. I have several mid-sized scars along my forearms which I am totally cool with/see as part of me, but I'm not sure how scars interact with with tattoo designs or what to expect there. Maybe the visual interactions between the scars and the tattoos could be built into the design? I also like the idea of a negative-space tattoo that involves a black circle with the tree branches as untattooed skin, but unsure if that would be effective/ change the vibe.
I would love any help getting closer to a design -- specific ideas, other photographs and paintings that can point me in the right direction, thoughts about tattoo techniques. Thank you!