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Tribal Dragon and Sword Tattoo
By fenrir66   |   Watch
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Published: June 11, 2008
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Design I did for friend who wanted a dragon from a previous design he saw but instead wanted a sword instead of a cross. He really enjoys it. If you would like to use the design, you can but send me a link to a picture of your tattoo. :)

I just want to point out the sun and moon symbol in the guard/hilt. I wanted to go with a sort of yin-yang design but wanted to avoid the whole typical design of it that's seen everywhere... I wish I knew who designed the dragon to credit him/her. He showed me the ref from a tattoo shop but the sword is my own design and I just tweaked with the dragon design to make it wrap more around it.

I'd also like feedback on this and suggestions for tribal designs because I really like this whole style of movement and lines. It's fun.

First tribal design I really ever did in Photoshop Illustrator, about 3-4 hrs.

EDIT: How am I getting all these views of this piece in one day? I don't believe it.

EDIT 2: Ok seriously 100+ favs and about 60,000 views now... What is with you people? XD

EDIT 3 (10/13/10): So it's been like 2 years since I posted this thing I honestly didn't expect over 200,000 downloads of it (But only 390 favs? I suppose some aren't with dA or something). I totally appreciate those that have asked for my permission to use the design and the have even sent me photos of their tat (Which is awesome). Thank you!

P.S. Heh, I went to a bowling alley the other day and noticed a familiar looking sticker in one of those children's sticker vending machine for like a dollar. It was this tat design. Exactly the same. Sun and moon symbol on the hilt! I was stoked that my image got popular/liked enough to be taken for a children's sticker vending machine. lol... XD Can't do anything about it but awesome to see it beyond the internet. Can't wait to run into somebody with this tattoo design on them. :D
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bmarch's avatar
Lovely design, very dramatic!
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DevoDomination's avatar
Hello, I was looking for ideas for my first tattoo and this is exactly what I had in mind. With your permission I would love to get this as a tattoo.
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Susan63|Hobbyist Artist
Hi,
I'm mostly someone who likes to color and do abstract art. What I would like is permission to use your dragon and sword image in two colorings I did on my Graphic Tablet. Two facing images in black and red. I'd like to try to sell them in my Etsy.com shop, SusanMorintheArtBee . I don't know what price yet so you might be interested in a percentage of each set sold. I'll know more once I know if you're interested.

Thank you for your consideration,

Susan
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Konoke23|Hobbyist General Artist
I want a tattoo of something like this ^.^
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darkrounge's avatar
I've got this on my arm now, thanks.
Uhm, if you want the picture hit me a private message :) Be happy to send it over.

This is one of the best tattoos I've seen in a while, I'd be happy to pay you $150 to design another one for me.
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BigBearGraham|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi
I make hand made books in my spear time and have been looking for a design for one of them and this fits the bill perfectly would it be ok if I use it for this project.
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inuyasha1086|Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I used this design on a character for a game I play called Feral Heart. It looks seriously epic.

His Character Sheet. [link]
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Kargroth|Hobbyist Photographer
hi there i have been looking to get myself a dragon tattoo for a while now and when i came across this one i fell in love with it striaght away i would like to get this on the top of my right forearm but i would like to get your written permission to do so.

I came across your talent of artwork by simply looking up the search term " dragon wrapped around sword " saw this pic and said " this is the one for sure " to myself and wife.

the story you shared above is awesome and wow you should find out how the company that the sticker/tattoo came across and get yourself some royaltys on it perhaps...

once i get the tattoo and the nerves to go get it done i will be more then happy to keep in touch and upload a photo of the tattoo and ofcourse i would be more then happy to give you full credits for it aswell.

from brendon aka :iconkargroth:

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working link : [link]
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i used it 2 years ago [url=[link]
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I'm glad to hear you don't have an issue with anyone using your design. Its really awesome and with your permission, I was wondering if you wouldn't mind letting me use your design for my custom guitar shop logo, that I'm in the process of developing. I think it fits so well with what I want to use it for, but I wanted to personally ask you for your permision. If you could get back with me, I would appreciate it.
Thanks,
archangel6996
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Just posted another pic based on your design. Hope you like it. Cheers!
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Just posted another pic based on your design. Hope you like it!
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Strykerx1x's avatar
This is fantastic may I use it? I would change the symbol in the middle and add some color etc.
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icylover3's avatar
for sure. i have a piece that needs touched up and more cover work to it and it will add too the theme i have with my body already along with how i want my sleeve to go.
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SaviourOfTheBroken's avatar
I like it ! I would like to use the dragon as my new tattoo, I hope you dont mind (:
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johnhoule|Student Artist
like flowers n stuff like that
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johnhoule|Student Artist
umm hello fen can i sketch this and add more stuff into it and i will give you credit and show you the pic when it's finished if that's ok with you???
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underworldriver's avatar
this an awesome piece. If i decide to use this, as a back tattoo, would you mind?
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fenrir66's avatar
Go right ahead but just send me a pic of the finished tat. I would love to see it done. :)
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tabby786's avatar
HI im looking for people to help me with game designs would you be intrested then inbox me thanx
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fenrir66's avatar
Sorry, kind of busy with school and such but thanks for taking an interest with my design. :) I appreciate it.
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icylover3's avatar
love this might get it tatted.. yeahhh i willl ha
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If you do get it tattooed, I'd like to see a pic of it if you can. :)
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