Forearm tatoo design seamless fit

Hi There,

This week I have been working on a large project, a maori / kirituhi forearm design.
Like other sleeves, this tattoo design had to be wrapped around the forearm completely and make a seamless fit.

Here you'll see a few pictures of the design in different stages:

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final forearm seamless mauri designThe size of the design is 27 cm high and the width at the elbow is 30 cm and at the wrist it's 18 cm.

To make sure the design fit's seamless I first draw one side of the design and copy it. Then I place it against the other side and continue the design. I always try to keep the lines flowing and the fills interesting.

The customer liked the tattoo immediately, so I only had to make some minor changes to this drawing. Here are a few pictures of the process of tracing the design:

how to draw a maori tattoo designdrawing maori design with pencil

Tomorrow I will be working on an armband in maori / kirituhi design. Really enjoying this kind of projects, where I can use my own style and mix it with Maori shapes and symbols.

Regards, Mark

Update shoulder tattoo sketch


A quick update on the maori shoulder design I started yesterday...

Today I received the comments from my customer, he wanted to apply some changes to the lower side of the tattoo design. It took me a couple of hours to adjust the sketch, but here's the latest design. He really liked the shoulder part, but wanted less curles and round edges in this tatoo.

shoulder curles fern new zealand tattoo

I'll get back to you tomorrow with the latest info on this pencil sketch and maybe some updates on the forearm tattoo design.

Kind regards, Mark Storm

custom tattoo design


Yesterday I started on a new shoulder piece for a customer from Colombia.
He wanted a quarter/half sleeve maori design with some elements from shoulder tattoo 147 and 152.

Not to detailed fills and it had to wrap around the arm a little. The total size of the design is 18 cm x 15 cm.

Here's the first two pictures of the design:

half sleeve shoulder tatou maori

The final sketch will follow when the customer is satisfied with this pencil sketch.

I'm also working on a forearm tatoo design, that wraps around completely and has to make a seamless fit. Quite a challenge, I'll post some pictures soon.

If you want to send me a message, simply use my e-mailaddress, or put a comment on this blog.


Tattoo photos of my tribal designs


I think it's nice to show you some photos of people wearing my designs.
Here are a few pictures I received lately:

shoulder tattoo 142 photo shoulder tattoo pictures maori calf tattoo photos maori design

The first design is nr. 142 in the shoulder gallery of my website.
The second tattoo is nr. 146 in the shoulder gallery and the third is a custom tattoo design, so that is specially created for this customer and is not sold to anyone else.

In the upcoming week, I will start on a lower arm tattoo with some flowers and ferns. You'll see some sketches of it on this blog, so if you wish to subscribe, simple use the "Add This" button in the upper right corner.

Any comments? Really like to hear your opinion.


Kind regards, Mark

Cover up tattoo design

Hi there,

Recently I got the question from someone who wanted to cover up an old tattoo.
The design was a faded dragon or horse or something like that.
Normally I don't design cover-up tattoos, but for this time I agreed on turning it into a maori shoulder tattoo, with some nice fills and curles.

First I made a template with an example of the existing design and the space I should cover in total.

The customer wanted a circle in the middle and some curly maori ferns around it.
Total size of the existing design was 2,5 cm wide and 6 cm high. The cover up had to be somewhere around 14 cm high and 10 cm wide.

I print the template on A4 size paper with all the lines in really lightgrey, so the lines are not that visible.
The first sketch was just a try-out to see how I had to work around the existing tattoo.

It took me around an hour to do this one.

I scanned it and mailed it to my customer who wanted a bit more detail and more curves.

The second sketch worked out better and the shape was done.
After some e-mailcontact on the fills we agreed to keep it simple with some basic lines and full black fills.

Next time I will try to explain how to make a tattoo design ready for a tattoo shop, by creating a linedrawing for a stencil.

Till then!

Regards, Mark

Finished The Rock style shoulder tattoo


I showed you the first sketches yesterday for a Finish customer, Jarno.
He really like the sketch design, so I finished it today.
(Please respect the customer, this tattoo is protected by copyright and is not to be used by other people.)

Here's the final result:

At the moment I'm waiting for some details on new custom pieces.
So hopefully I can show you some new sketches in a few days.

Kind regards, Mark Storm

Polynesian shoulder design Dwayne Johnson style


My latest shoulder tatoo design is loosely based on the Dwayne Johnson "The Rock" tattoo.
The design is for a customer from Finland (sorry Jarno :).
I have transformed the shapes a bit more in my own style, but tried to keep the detailed design.
First I made the basic layout with a nice round shoulder part on top.
Then I started working on the lower part, slowly working my way up.

To make the upperpart nice and clean, I decided to make it symmetrical. The sketch is sent to the customer and I will update you soon with a finalized or updated tattoo sketch. :)

Comments? Just let me know!

Mark Storm

Finished tattoo design for the Shoulder

Hi There,

Here's the finished shoulder tattoo. Scanned and optimized.
I made some small changes in the upper shoulder, so the fill is a bit more interesting. The repeating shapes on the left side of the shoulder represent arrowheads and the maori curly shapes are called Koru or Fern.

A little history for those who want to know more about the meaning of Koru:
The koru is the Maori name given to the newborn, unfurling fern frond and symbolises new life, growth, strength and peace.
The koru is an iconic symbol of New-Zealand.
It is an integral symbol in Maori carving and tattoos.

Regards, Mark