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Giant Thor and Jormungandr tattoo design by one-rook Giant Thor and Jormungandr tattoo design by one-rook
My first major design of 2016, and the biggest commission I've ever had. A giant, sprawling tattoo design for a friendly Marine named Sean.
He wanted something using Jormungandr, the "helm of awe" design, and a shield-knot, but other than that he left the design specs mostly up to me. I ended up going with the myth of Thor fishing for Jormungandr using a bull's head as bait. You can see the bull's head positioned right above the heart, with Jormungander biting down on it, and the fishing line and the serpent twining all over. The runes beneath the "helm of awe" design read "saemd" and "knod," translating roughly to "honor" and "duty."

(PLEASE NOTE: this design was a private commission, and is the property of the client who paid for it.  Please do not use it in any way without speaking to me.)
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McGinn21 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
I have been admiring this piece for quite some time now and it has inspired me to get a similar chest piece that one of my friends drew up for me. I was wondering if you had any pictures of the finished tattoo?
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one-rook Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like the design.  I'm sorry to say, I don't have a photo of the finished product - I wish I did!
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AeisLugh Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016
just awe inspiring!  I recognized the story as soon as I saw the artwork, wonderful!
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one-rook Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!  glad it's recognizable!
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Pendragon-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Woot.... I'm finished and I can't thank you enough! Your epic creations are feature and promoted here >>>>> Bjorn Ironside-The Sack of Luna by Pendragon-Arts
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Professional
nice job
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MozDynamite Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
Hi, I really like the way that you've left open strands for design continuation. For me this is the most important factor when designing a piece of Celtic for tattooing. Rather than a closed isolated island of a piece, it can now flow into a bodysuit. Great stuff.
I look forward to seeing it on skin :)
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one-rook Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I keep saying that "this tattoo will be my last" and then I keep getting more, so having that possibility is probably a good idea.
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MozDynamite Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
The only thing I would do if having it tattooed is to leave the open free strands terminate at the design perimeter, rather that flowing outward. Then should you continue the design, you'll have control over the direction of the new addition as opposed to being limited.
I have a feeling you are perfectly aware of that though :)
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one-rook Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*head-smack* I didn't bother looking at what post we were commenting on, and I thought we were talking about a different design - stupid me.  For this one, the places where the knotwork seems to trail off are actually meant to connect to each other.  For instance, where Jormungandr's body goes off the right side of the chest, it's meant to continue around the chest and connects up with the part that curves up onto the right shoulder from the back.  The tattooist will have to do a certain amount of freehand drawing on the client's body to connect things where they need to go, but hopefully that shouldn't be too big an issue.
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gruntsean92 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016
I get the first phase of it done this Sunday, I'll let you see how the first part turns out!
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one-rook Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Exciting!
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johnnyobie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's nice to see any Nordic Style. It's beautiful work, brother.
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one-rook Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  Glad you like it!
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MikaelAngelos Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Pure epic
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one-rook Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks!
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meitetsudrawingtime Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It'll looks impressive. You can certainly see the story in the design.
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one-rook Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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