Shawn Will is a tattoo artist from Houston, Texas who works at Red Dagger Tattoo Studio. In this speed tattoo video, Shawn Will inks a guy’s calf with a skull surrounded by art supplies. In the tattoo design, the tattoo artist has creatively used the skull’s cheek bone as a pencil holder. This is a pretty cool tattoo idea, but personally I don’t like that the artist used the same grey-ish ink in both the skull and the tubes of paint. The eye sockets could have been a lot darker too.
As far as the symbolism of this tattoo is concerned… Skulls are usually a symbol of death, mortality and the spiritual world. (You can learn more about skull tattoos in Skull Tattoos give Death Life on Skin) Perhaps art is so important to the client that you can prise his paint brushes from his cold, dead hands? The human skull is hidden beneath layers of skin, fat and muscle so perhaps the design is a statement that the artist has hidden depths to his talent. Though the symbolism of this tattoo isn’t blatantly clear, it probably has a personal meaning for its wearer.
Take a look at Shawn Will’s facebook page for more tattoo art by this artist.