Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ocean Inks Across the Globe

I never cease to be amazed by technology and how it can connect us with those we would never reach in our lifetime without it. My talented husband, Anthony Ocean, has an amazing story of how his talent spanned the globe and made a permanent mark, literally, on the life of a stranger.  

My husband Anthony, who goes by Ocean, has an amazing talent for illustration. It comes so naturally to him, that he just doesn’t get what a truly gifted artist he is. Take a look at his web site (which I am in dire need of updating with his new work), and you’ll see what I mean.

Last year, he received an email from a stranger named Serban who said he was searching the web for an artist to illustrate a tattoo idea he wanted to have inked on his entire upper back. When he found Ocean's web site he knew he was the one to do it. The cool part is, Serban lives in Romania! Serban came to Ocean with a specific vision of what he wanted – an angel on one side and demon on the other, but gave Ocean room to put his spin on the concept. After email conversations about specifics and price, they committed to the project and Ocean got to work. The result is pretty amazing!

This was not the first time Ocean created tattoo art for clients. But after delivering final art, he had never seen photos of anyone who had it done…. until now! Serban absolutely loved the illustration and how Ocean brought his vision to life. He was totally serious about having a tattoo made of it immediately and already had his tattoo artist chosen and waiting in the wings for the art. Ocean had to “dumb down” his illustration style to accommodate it being inked as a tattoo, but the artist kept the art pretty faithful to Ocean’s illustration. It's fascinating to see Ocean's illustration versus the final ink. (I need to put this on his site.) And I’m amazed that my awesome husband’s art is living and breathing in the life of someone so far away. Way to go, honey. I’m so proud of you!

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