Mechanical Bee Tattoo

  • Joshua's original mechanical bee drawing
  • Getting tattooed by Joshua Bowers at Iron Heart Tattoo
  • Getting tattooed by Joshua Bowers at Iron Heart Tattoo
  • Mechanical Bee Tattoo - coming together
  • After the 1st session 2 comments
  • Bee Tattoo after the first session 3 comments
  • Joshua Bowers' Tattoo Guns
  • Bout to go in for my second session...
  • Filigree Shading
  • Gettin Worked On
  • Shading Done
  • Shading Done 3 comments
  • Mechanical Bee Tattoo 15 comments
  • Freehand filigree drawing by Joshua Bowers
  • Filigree Line work
  • Getting tattooed by Joshua Bowers at Iron Heart Tattoo
  • Comfy, ha 1 comment
  • Today's addition - More filigree, with hops and barley! 2 comments
  • Today's addition
  • Healed shoulder filigree 2 comments

Photos of my mechanical bee and filigree tattoo by Joshua Bowers at Iron Heart. Why a mechanical bee? I feel like people's reasons for getting tattoos and tattoo meanings are always cheesy, but here's where it came from....

My ADD (busy bee), constantly-doing-something (worker bee) attitude. I'm allergic to bees, I once got stung by 30+ bees at once... and i've wanted a tattoo reminding me "to be" for a long time.

All of these things combined convinced me to finally get my bee tattoo. So I went in to talk to Joshua Bowers with my bee ideas, my love of filigree, and my love for technology...

After a short conversation, we came up with a victorian mechanical bee... It would give the idea of technology without becoming dated, and match the style of filigree.

He nailed it. I love it.

1. Dec 15, 2009 - 3 hours, $350.
2. Jan 9, 2010 - 3 hours, $216.
3. Nov 19, 2010 - 2 hours, $220.

Photos taken from December, 2009 to January, 2011 in United States

Album added 11 years ago (Dec 15, 2009).