Heh, funny. I spoke to this guy on myspace. Yeah, the drunken tattoo isn't a good idea, but I think Buk would either laugh at this guy or think he's completely "off his shit".
Indeed it does! It's a very good copy of the Crumb drawing. Just beautiful! I've seen a few tatoos with Crumb images on the net but this one surpasses the all. If you ever visit a comic book convention, you're going to be the center of attention. Congrats!...I think the girl did a pretty good job and it looks pretty much identical to the Crumb drawing.
Personally, I wouldn't get me a tattoo. But if one does, why not Bukowski? Isn't worse than naked women on bikes, or Eminem having his daughter, who gets older and finally will hate him having her 'immortalized' as a little child on his arm.lol...is it just me or does anybody else find it kinda silly/nerdy to get a writers face tattood on yourself?
... and I still like it :-))- It's still a bad choice...
All very good points. I'm going to take my time and really find something good. I have a couple of the wormword reviews as well that have some classic Buk drawings. Maybe I can take a group of drawings and let the tattoo artist have a little freedom in the design.... and I still like it :-))
o.k., edge, so if you're going to have it on your right shoulder, you'll have to consider, this will automatically create some symmetry (sp?) - But (!) having one of the pure line-drawings against you other one with shadows and dark areas, will kill this symmetry. Maybe it's what you intend, but think it over! In terms of 'composition' I'd recommend to avoid that.
if it's only for the Xes (not excess, that is, haha), what holds you back to add to the sujet yourself in combining a bottle that you like (or Xes that you like) with that one. What I think speaks strongly for this one is, he didn't spoil the feet, like he often did when in a hurry!
But if it simply is too 'common', you'd have to look for a totally different sujet, like, say, pages 7 and 8 of 'Dear Mr. Bukowski', where he sits and drinks/smokes. These would also make o.k.-compositions in terms, that, if you use your right shoulder, Buk should look right, like he does in these (again for reasons of symmetry, but also for the composition in itself - it simply goes better having your subject looking 'forward', which is the direction your own face goes).
Or, as I said above, think of another master, more similar to your first one. Maybe have a look at other Crumb-illustrations. He did some on Buk back in the 70s. Or maybe your tattooer is not only a craftswoman but also an artist herself, then maybe she could use one old b/w-photograph as a master to create the style of your other tattoo.