Let me think for a moment about the tattoo commissions that has been asked even if it is at the back of someone's mind. In the most normal events (actually it happens quite often everywhere), when someone ask, 'Hey can you design a tattoo for me?' there are two things that comes to mind with that question:
1.) The person is really serious about it, put a lot of thought about this life changing idea, and is prepared to do business for all parties (the artist, the client, and the tattooist).
2.) The person is really not prepared and is testing the waters in this life changing idea and that this question is her/his personal scheme to see if the tattoo design is to his/her liking. There is also that chance there is an ulterior motive behind this question.
Once more, even if you manage to get the tattoo design on your skin, then that means that you hired a tattooist to apply on you, and that tattooist must be someone you trust including their skill. Also, I just design the damn thing, but to the tattoo artist they see it differently and could put it in their tattoo portfolio. So who has ownership... really? Its a hot button for sure.
So lets talk for a bit about this idea of commissioning me for a tattoo design. Do you want me to design a tattoo for you, and its not related to the anime tattoo design project? Then, we should talk about this idea of yours and whether its worth my time. Okay, lets say that you want me to design an anime tattoo for you, are you getting this tattoo design to be submitted to the tattooist? Then I'm back to the two dilemmas I mentioned above, and we'll talk about prices. Although, there are people who cannot afford of getting the tattoo they wanted, or has no intentions of getting one but are fascinated with that type of art. — So, why not ask for just an anime tattoo design displayed like the ones I've created so far? I am up for a suggestions as well as your ideas. One of my friends asked me before if they can get a photo of their own back for the tattoo design instead of someone else's(?) Sure. It would be great if you take it yourself with a high-res camera, then I can make the artwork as large as possible since I use an 18x24 inch drawing palette.
Now, you may be wondering why color? Can't you just do it in black and white? Unless you are my Facebook friend or following Starship Shoopers in Facebook, then there is good chance that you did not know those anime tattoo design started out black and white. Although, there are those people who actually noticed that it is hand-drawn and made their own conclusions of how its done; kudos to them for looking at my stuff. Yes, those tattoo designs are hand-drawn in black & white first and then colored in afterwards; and the cool part of commissioning me for a tattoo design is that if you want the design in color (which cost extra), then you get both the black & white version and the colored version.
As to whether I should release the black & white versions out in the net, I don't think that will ever happen until one anime tattoo design is paid-off from the hours I've put into it.
Oh! You can just go on photoshop and convert my stuff to black and white and get an idea what it looks like, but it not the same. Plus, that just makes me uncomfortable to find out that you are doing it anyway.
Speaking of Photoshop... Yes. The design is photoshopped on there, curtesy of Adobe, because these are concepts and not the real thing. Otherwise the name Proto-jekt would not have very much meaning. Furthermore, I don't have the funds to have the paint supplies and time to draw on someone's skin and then make time for the photo shoot; but it is not impossible. If someone out there has the funds to actually pay a tattooist to have my design on their skin, then send me a photo. I'll commend you for your decision.