PRESENTING OUR TATTOO DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNER!
Your body is many things: a vehicle, a sanctuary, and most importantly, a canvas! Wherever you get your tattoo on your body, it becomes part of who you are. Whether it’s the name of a loved one or your home team’s logo, tattoos are a way for people to take their art with them everywhere they go. Indonesian artist Bogie Budiyanto took the cake for our latest tattoo art design challenge with his intricate creation of intergalactic dragons. Keep reading to get to know Bogie and to pick up his new tee, “New Space Found”!
Congrats on your winning design, “New Space Found”! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thanks! Hello, I’m Bogie. I love drawing, lettering, and coffee. I currently live in Bandung, one of the beautiful cities in Indonesia.
When you spotted our Tattoo challenge, why was it the perfect outlet for your type of artwork?
Tattoos are like expressive statements on yourself. I love the visual of the tattoo, and how people put them permanently on their body for a lifetime. Plus, I think my artwork style fit for this challenge. That’s why I submitted to the contest.
Do you have any tattoos yourself? If so, please tell us about them.
I don’t even have a tattoo myself. But making a tattoo of my first win here would be nice! :)
This challenge was fairly broad in its requirements. How did you land on a concept?
The first thing on my mind was if you want a tattoo, it should be something beautiful or meaningful in your life. Because you don’t want to regret your tattoo someday, right? So I tried the best that I could do to make something like that. Also, when I read the brief for the contest, which said to “think about the style and techniques of some of the most incredible tattoos you’ve ever seen and use those to get started,” I kept that advice in my framework and concept development!
Your design is incredibly detailed and involved! What all is happening within it?
Everything came very naturally. I just made sure the linework and color combination worked well, because a tattoo needs a clear line. I zoomed in and zoomed out a lot for the detailing, and refined, checked and rechecked, then repeated. Then I added more hatching, texturing and airbrushing. (That’s something new for me, and it’s fun!)
I understand “New Space Found” recalls both Japanese and Indonesian influence. In what ways did you represent these influences in the design?
There’s so many visual styles of tattoo, but Japanese tattoo style (Irezumi) is my favorite. They used tattoos for spiritual, shield, and decorative purpose. Also, I live in Indonesia, which has a lot of cultural influences, like a Batik for example. So, I added mythological things, like a dragon, tiger, and phoenix, as well as water and waves in the composition. All of those have meanings in which people believe. I wanted to build that spirit into my design.
What was your process for creating this design? Please feel free to share any WIP’s, if available!
It’s probably similar to what another artist would do. I start from a rough sketch with pencil on paper, and play with composition and content. After I think it’s enough, I scan it and make a better digital sketch, then refine the sketch again and again. Because for me, the sketching phase is important; the better the sketch, the easier it is to execute. In the beginning, I wanted to make something big - use all front area of tee for an oversized tattoo, like a whole body Irezumi tattoo. But I tried and the detail became too complex, so I decided to leave the ornament and another element. It’s a hard decision, when you must leave another element that you’ve working on. I have to remember, “maximal is not always optimal, and optimal must be maximal.” Then I used Illustrator to trace up the basic line work and block colors, then finalized it with Photoshop for final rendering to add more detail. Then I put it onto a model as real tattoo, and I thought, not bad! I’m satisfied. Here’s the whole process:
What makes the creation of tattoo art unique from other genres?
Like Mr. Ami James from Tattoodo said, “Designing tattoos is not like designing a website or painting a picture.” Maybe because it’s permanent, and there’s pain in the creation? I don’t know, I’m not the tattoo expert. :)
Why does “New Space Found” make for such an intriguing tattoo?
There’s always great content and meaning in tattoos. I have never seen a sci-fi themed tattoo, so that’s why I put astronauts into it. Maybe they are lost, until they arrive at the colorful mythological galaxy. And it’s a little ironic, when sci-fi meets mythology. And personally, I like colorful tattoos.
Any other shout-out’s?
Thank you to Threadless and Tattoodo for this contest and choosing my design as the winner. I’m super thrilled for my first print! And to the community for their positive feedback, support and votes, you guys rock! It’s much appreciated! Enjoy your creative process, keep making a great art, and cheers from Bandung!
Decisions, decisions. Paintbrush or pencil? We challenged next week’s printed designers with a question of preference. If they had to choose only one art tool for the rest of their lives, which would they keep in hand? As you make your grand weekend exit out from under the fluorescent lights and into the sun drenched streets, check out our artist quotes and see what they chose. Also, take a look at next week’s designs and start thinking about which tee you’ll choose come Monday!
Q: If you had to pick one and only one art tool to use from here on out, what would it be and why?
“Cheesy, non-literal answer about to be delivered: my daughter. She’s 2 going on 52 and would take major offense to being called a tool, but her ridiculously awesome questions and enthusiasm are what get me to create for fun. Art has always been about exploring, expressing, and sharing imagination. My daughter has reinvigorated my love for imagining things, so feel free to take away my pencil, tablet, or computer. As long as I have her wacky little mind around, I’m all good.” - Buy this tee now!
"I would choose a ballpoint pen, because most of my ideas and sketches are drawn with a ballpoint pen on post-it notes when I should be working at the office." - JIMDAHOUSECAT
“Really tough question, but if you had me in a sleeper hold and made me pick one, I’d say my Pentel retractable pencil. I’ve had many like this over the years, and it’s the first thing I grab to sketch one of my crappy ideas. In a previous job, all I did was sketch crappy ideas and give them to someone talented to make them look good! To quote Full Metal Jacket, ‘This is my pencil there are many like it but this one is mine.’” - John Tibbott
“My graphic tablet. It really changed the way I create graphic design, and I take it with me wherever I go. I don’t know how I did without before!” - Buy this tee now!
“Pencil with eraser, because I make a lot of mistakes.” - Buy this tee now!
"Pencil! Probably the world’s most common tool, which depends on how you look at things. I always bring the pencil; it’s pretty cheap and easy to bring, and you get a huge benefit from it. Because every time I draw, it starts from doodling and sketching with pencil. It’s also great to write or draw an idea or concept that I’ve found somewhere. And most important, using a pencil is great for stress relief, because I have a good emotional feeling when the pencil dances around to make artwork or sketches. ”Keep it Sharp!”. - Buy this tee now!