Saturday, 13 August 2011

Master & Margarita tattoo...


Now I first must own up and say I could never imagine getting a tattoo myself. That said, there are some very talented tattoo artists out there. Imagine working on an illustration, without an undo command, using a heavy tool instead of a pen, on a squidgy surface, and having the client (on whom you have the ability to inflict pain) watch you while you are working!!! Why am I going on about tattoos...? I was delighted and flattered to get an email out of the blue from Nicholas Wesson, someone who liked The Master & Margarita novel by Mikhail Bulgakov and my cover for the Penguin paperback enough to want to illustrate his arm with it! I'm only glad he didn't ask me to do the tattoo! I wouldn't be able to keep a steady hand with that kind of responsibility. The credit for this amazing translation of my cover photo goes to the unquestionably talented Craig Wright at Enchanted Arts Tattoo in Guisborough North Yorkshire. The whole thing took one sitting of two hours I'm told. My thanks to Nick for the unique positive feedback on my work (and the photo of his arm).

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What an amazing testament to your art Matt. It's such a distinctive design and now indelibly imprinted upon Nicholas! The tattoo artist obviously did a fine job but you can claim original inspiration! Kudos... Rob H #:-)

Sooty Lenoir. said...

My mum hasn't seen it yet! :) Nick W.

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Looks cool, but I would only tattooed the cat instead of the whole thing.