The Man with the Dragon Tattoo

I have a tattoo on my upper right arm that's been there since I was 19, it is faded and frankly needs something doing to it. The tattoo artist who did the job didn't actually complete the design but it took me a few years to notice to be honest.


It says Norton 750cc

Anyway, I saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at the cinema the other day. I thought the film was superb and I really hope the second and third installments are just as good, but I digress. The lead female character Lisbeth Salander, played by Rooney Mara, has a tattoo (well, duh!) of a dragon on her left shoulder blade. This is the best picture I could find of it .

So I got to thinking that perhaps a dragon tattoo of my own, in a similar style might just be the answer to the problem of covering up my exisiting effort and give me a nice new piece of artwork as well.

The idea I have is to get the dragon's head placed on my shoulder blade with it's neck going over my shoulder. the wings and tail etc. would then form a sleeve around my upper arm that covers the existing tattoo. Finding a suitable tattooist will be the next step so I can discuss my idea and discover whether a cover-up is feasible. Assuming all is OK I'll then have to find a suitable design.

A cursory search yesterday came up with thousands of candidates, of which there were half a dozen or so that I liked (fussy? me?). A decent artist should hopefully be able to come up with something as well I hope.

So, what do you think? Will it work? Do you know of any really good tattoo artists? Any better designs?

Let me know in the comments box below.

This one with wings would be OK

This could work if reversed but would need shading to make it less flat.

Ditto this one as the above. I quite like the styling of this.

I really like this tattoo. Something along these lines would be ideal.

This is my second favourite and is somewhat appropriate given that this is the Chinese year of the dragon.

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