The idea of putting tattoo on a leather hide has been floating around for some times in my head. I would imagine it wouldn't be much difference, both are skins and should accept the ink in the similar fashion (for veg-tanned leather anyway). After some advise from my wife (she has few of her own tattoos), she recommended Westside Tattoos to do the job. She thinks it's the best tattoo place in town.
I did some research and found out that the ink tend to splatter and need to be wiped frequently. This will be a problem for veg-tanned leather. Anticipating this, I prepared few scrapes leather with different surface finish. Lily, our tattoo artist agreed to do a quick test run on the leathers. She found one that work the best. With this information, I prepared two blanks, one for Iphone pouch and the other for Ipad Pouch.
I couldn't be more happier with the finished tattoos. For something that she has never done before, she did a tremendously good job, two thumbs up. The finished tattoos is different than the human skin as leather does not heal, it's similar as carving the leather but with ink. I have yet to found out about the durability of the tattoo, the impression will be there for a good while, but the ink may fade overtime, only time will tell.
As always, some photos:
|Ipad Pouch with 'Gon' tattoo. I'm a big fan of the silent comic.|
|Detailed impression of the tattoo|
|'Skull & Flower' Iphone Pouch|