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I never thought that I would have to say this, but with the invention of Pinterest, I see this popping up on the "popular" page all the time. I am flattered, truly, but the picture NEVER links back to this image. Just to a Bing search. If you like this design, feel free to pin it! But please, source it back here so it's not just another random image on the internet. And please, if you want to use it, just ASK! Once upon a time, before this image ended up everywhere, I was going to have it permanently inked on my body as a highly personal bit of art. I've since seen quite a few images of people who just went ahead and stole my tattoo, so I no longer have any intentions of having this done. Ask, as I'll probably say yes. Truly. Just please stop stealing my art and posting it without sources. Bing Images didn't draw this, I did.

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I'm still working on my sea turtle tattoo, just wanted to post an update on how it's going. I altered my original design to include 2 infinity signs (in the negative space) and have just played around with it little by little since then. The third one is too round (I traced a cup to make it a perfect circle) but I was just trying to figure out the symmetry. God knows I don't want a fat turtle inked on my skin forever! :giggle:

I'm thinking it will be more of a mixture between #2 (I like how it's cute and simple) and #4 (which is just more detailed than I was planning on going, but I like the shapes I think)

I'll post the final design once I finally settle on one.

**DO NOT USE THIS IMAGE!! I am going to get it tattooed as soon as I finish it up and I don't want to see it on anyone else. Everything about this tattoo has significance to me, so please don't steal!**
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piksidust4 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
wow, I am so glad I followed the link on Pinterest, it never would've occurred to me to ask permission to use an image. But you're absolutely right, you deserve credit for what you have created. I am interested in using the 4th image to make a stencil or vinyl cut-out for a stool I'm refinishing. Thanks for your consideration!
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank YOU for following the link!  You may absolutely use the image.  I think it's awesome that other people like my designs, but you can imagine the shock when I started seeing a tattoo I'd designed for myself popping up on other people on Pinterest.  Especially since I'm not exactly a big-time artist, lol.  I think a turtle stool sounds awesome.  Best of luck with your project!  :D
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piksidust4 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
thanks so much!
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :love:
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Bliss4 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016
Love love love these turtles. May I have permission to use the 2nd one as a tattoo? I'm dying for a little sea turtle family on my shoulder to represent my children. I'm thinking to have the shells done in purple, pink, and green to represent each child. 
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!  And thank you for asking permission.  :D  I'd love to see pics if you get it done!
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work on your evolution <3
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.  :D
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EdgeofFear Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely adore this image. May I get this  (The third from the top) as a tattoo?
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RuneElf Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like it. Thank you for asking before inking, lol. Feel free to use it, though I'd love to see a pic when it's finished! :D
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EdgeofFear Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course! It might be a year or so yet before I get it, since I've got some others planned before it, but I'll be sure to show you the finished piece. :) Thank you.
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RuneElf Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :) I'm happy you like it.
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krilbail Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
I would really like to get the second one as a tattoo and would like to ask your permission to do so. I fell in love with this tattoo over a year ago and could never find the original site until now. I would greatly appreciate it if I could have your artwork as a tattoo. This has been my favorite drawing of a turtle for a tattoo. Thank you!
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm happy to hear that you like it! :D And I appreciate that you took the time to find me instead of just getting it done. Thank you for that. :hug: Go ahead and have it done. I'd love to see when it's done. :)
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kagen48 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Thank you so much, RuneElf, for your permission. I will be sure to send you a picture. My granddaughter loves the design and is very excited.
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!! :D I'm happy your granddaughter likes me design!
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kagen48 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
I'm sorry that people stole your design and now it does not have the same significance for you. I would like to ask your permission to use it to make an embroidery design for my granddaughter. She loves sea turtles also. I would not be selling the design or the embroidery.
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.  I'm just glad that I hadn't gotten the design before others started using it, as I would have been that much MORE upset. You may absolutely use the design.  I'd love to see it when you're finished too.  :D  Thank you so much for asking.
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lmn101 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
it's beautiful
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.  :)
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aggvmm Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cute

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RuneElf Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.  :D
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Perry-the-Platypus Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I simply ADORE these designs. ^W^ Specially the 2nd and 3rd from the top, the green and purple ones! ^.^

I know you said these are entitled specifically to you, but... would you either be willing to lemme use one of these designs on my leg whenever I get my own tattoo done, or could you draw another one just for me as like, a request or commission? ^.^ I'd be willing to pay if I have to. <.< Mind you, I don't have much. ^^;

I can't get one til I turn 18 in October, but I'm already making plans. ^w^ So, no rush, but I do await your answer! :D
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I would rather you not use this specific design, but I love drawing turtles and I'd be willing to draw you up one :) Or if there is a turtle you like on my "turtle page" dev, you may use one of those as is. I would suggest you take something that's important to you and incorporate it into the shell to make it more personal. That's what I did :D

Let me know what you'd like, I would absolutely be willing to come up with something for you! I've never done a commission before, but assuming you'd like a fairly simple design (since most of my turtles are sort of sweet and simple) it wouldn't take me too long once I came up with a concept sketch. If you have an idea (maybe a specific turtle you'd like me to start with) and a size, I can see if there's anything I can do for you :)
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Perry-the-Platypus Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I love the simplicity but cuteness of your turtles. ^.^

Well, size? Um... somewhere around 2 inches would be spectacular. ^.^ Like I said, I really like how feminine your turtle designs are on this page [link] Like.... they have a very henna feel to them, and are very cute, ya know? :heart: But yeah.... if you could honestly just give it your normal touch, go for it. ^_~ Anything you come up with, I simply adore your tattoo designs. :D

I can pay you a couple bucks, how much ya want? o.o Name the price.XD
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I can try to start on that ASAP for ya. It usually takes me a couple hours for a simple design like that before I'm happy with it (I drew almost 50 variations on my turtle before I was happy with one, but I was being very very critical of it too), so how does $15 sound? it's a small design and I'd feel weird asking for more, let me know if that sounds too high for you and I'll get started.

(PS - thanks for the :+fav: on my dolphin tattoo)
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Perry-the-Platypus Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I only have about $10 to spare on my Paypal. ^^; I'm sorry.... would you butcher me to pieces if I sent that to you?

(And you're welcome. ^W^ :hug::D)
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL, that's fine :P I'll PM you my paypal info
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Perry-the-Platypus Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Student Digital Artist
kk, sounds good! :D
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andie-honu923 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
Well my mom is getting her first tattoo and I was really excited when she told me I could get one too. I had wanted to get a sea turtle tattooed on me ever since I went to Hawaii last year and had an amazing experience swimming with one. I wanted to wait until I went back to Hawaii to get it but now nothing else seems as special to me now.

I was originally planning on getting a crescent moon and a star, then I thought I might like a cross better. Though I don't think either would look good in a turtle. I do like plumeria flowers so I might decide to do something with that.

If you have any suggestions that would be wonderful! :thanks:
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
My mom and I were supposed to get tatts together for her 50th... that was almost a year ago. She chickened out LOL :doh:

My love for turtles actually started when I was in Hawaii too. I went with my high school's marching band and saw one while snorkeling and I just loved it! So now I have quite a collection. I get stuff with turtles on it all the time for birthdays and Christmas from everyone I know LOL.

The nice thing about turtles as a tattoo design is that they're pretty symmetrical (something that I am a little OCD about, not sure why) and the shell is like a blank canvas. You could put pretty much anything on a turtle shell and it would look fine. The cross would actually fit really well I think since it's also symmetrical and it's a little longer than it is wide (like the shell) but it depends on how literal you want it to be.

Any good tattoo artist will be able to doodle you up an awesome design no matter what you want to put on the shell. My rule of thumb for tattoos is that I have to like the same design for a year before I'll get it. That's why I don't have any yet LOL! I change my mind a lot and don't want something permanently on my skin if I'm going to come up with a better design later on. I've finally settled on my turtle and it's shell pattern, now I just need to figure out where to put it!

Good luck! :)
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andie-honu923 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
all of your turtle drawings are amazing! i'm thinking about getting a turtle tattoo in the next couple weeks but i don't know what i want mine to look like yet.. how do you come up with a design to draw on its shell?
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The first one just sort of came out really. Sometimes I go through periods where I can't draw for crap, LOL. Then other times I just grab an pen and start drawing without a real plan for the result. The first one was really the latter. I liked the original, but just altered it a little bit at a time and then I changed it to suit me.

My suggestion is to combine things that are important to you into a cohesive design. I don't like tattoos that look like a bunch of random stuff stuck together, I like to blend them. For example, my design morphed into 2 infinity symbols in the negative space. That's because I like the subtlety more than just showing it.

Is there anything you wanted in particular? I can maybe suggest something for you :)
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khodg666 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009
i love the one second from the bottom
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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khodg666 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
your welcome ^^
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giveupforever Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Cute. I like if you got it in a different color than green too...
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. A different color, hmmm... like what? I was going green because, well, it's a turtle. What do you think? Had I really not shown you my design before?!? I've been meaning to for a while, LOL. This was the design we were talking about last time I was over at your place.
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giveupforever Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
yeah I know. i've seen it before but this 4-set is new. I think you should do it in blue (cuz you love blue so much) or a magenta or purple, because purple looks kick ass on white skin.
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok, I wasn't sure if I had shown you or not. I thought about blue, but blue turtles just look weird to me. I do love pinks and purples on skin, but you know how much I love the color pink, LOL! :giggle:

I'm still working out the kinks for this one. Plus I think Dad might have a heart attack when he sees it. I should let him recover from his surgery first ;)
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giveupforever Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Haha! I think that a maroon or deep purple would look really good. Blue would be kinda lame on a SEA turtle anyway. Yeah I'm thinking about a blue jay. I think it would be cool... but I don't know yet...
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
True. When I finally decide to go for it I'll take all my designs in so the artist can alter it in whatever way fits my idea (and my body) best. I may go a greenish blue. That was the original plan, but I was afraid it would look like a bruise. LOL!
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giveupforever Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
yeah i think you might be right. lets go together!
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll let you know when I'm finally going to get it! Where you getting yours? I was thinking my ankle for this one.
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LaLa-824 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
I love turtles, and I love how you draw them! Great job!
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RuneElf Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I've had a lot of fun with this design, I keep altering things a little bit at a time. Thanks for the :+fav: :blowkiss::hug:
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