Crown Tattoo

  • My tattoo about five hours afterward (photo by Nicole) 1 comment
  • Photo of my tattoo on DM Juice 4 comments
  • Photo of my tattoo on DM Juice 5 comments
  • Budha's drawing
  • Starting to put the stencil on
  • Budha working on my back
  • Getting Tattered
  • Getting Tattooed
  • 3/4 done outlining
  • Outlined
  • Swollen Blood 2 comments
  • This is as far as we got in the first session 8 comments
  • Budha's giant elephant backpiece drawing - the reason I chose him as my artist
  • My tattoo the day before my second session
  • I bleed a lot 1 comment
  • After the second session 7 comments
  • Before the 3rd Session.  Obviously some touch-up and lots more work to do
  • After the 3rd Session 3 comments
  • Healed after the 3rd session 1 comment
  • Final Session
  • Guess which one of us is having fun
  • Budha at work
  • After the 4th Session 2 comments
  • Done. 4 comments
  • Finished Crown Tattoo 10 comments
  • Back and Arm Tatters so far.. 5 comments

This is my crown tattoo. It's my first tattoo and the biggest thing ever. Seriously. It couldn't possibly be any bigger and still fit on my body. It took 8 hours and cost me a little over $650.

All of the work was been done by Budha at 5 Point Studios in Johnston, IA.

Why did I get a crown?
1. Because I rule.
2. My name (Derek) means "Power of the tribe"
3. Confidence.
4. Having control over myself - hopefully.

Sessions:
1. May 26, 2007 - 2 hours, $200 - outline, bottom shading.
2. July 2, 2007 - 2.5 hours, $150 - touch up, shading between "posts" and shading on bottom rim.
3. November 29, 2007 - 2 hours, $200 - shading touch up, shading the posts and ball.
4. January 11, 2008 - 1 hour, $60 - Finished shading, extended black fades, touched up.
5. October 17, 2008 - 1/2 hour, $40 tip - Extended bottom fade.

sponsors: carlsberg, hoffbrau, crown royal, corona, warsteiner, burger king, imperial butter, juicy couture, and england. just kidding.

Photos taken from May, 2007 to January, 2010 in Johnston, Ankeny, and Des Moines, Iowa

Album added 11 years ago (May 26, 2007).