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Here is my painting on the front cover of TATTOO ARTISTS 2010, the first issue of the yearbook realized by Tattoo Life magazine......it's for free with the last issue of tattoo life..... go and buy it!!

I also have some superfancy prints of it!
They are 342 x 438 mm big, Glicee' print on Somerset Velvet 255 gsm paper...the print is amazing and fades flawlessly into the paper like it was actually painted on it. I'm very pleased with them! For once! it's so hard to have good prints and it's such a shame considering the time i spend to paint all the details and that!!
The prints are 50£ each and the inks used are archival quality, so they won't fade or lose detail.
to buy please get in touch with me

342 x 438 mm, Glicee' print on Somerset Velvet 255 gsm paper
50£ + shipping

Bone tribal wings

Bone-like bio whatever tribal wings tattoo design. Yep. (I love my descriptions ... not).
bone tribal wings, shaded.
tribal wings, black.

Actualy, I was about to post some very colorful stuff, but given I saw halloween themed things everywhere on the net, I opted for a darker design. The vivid one will be for next sunday :p
And I think I found a way to smooth a bit the grain of the pencil without making it look too blurry, happy me.

On a side note, I'm fighting with Blogspot's new themes right now, to update to one of their new template but to keep the same look (except it's a bit wider). I hope I didn't break anything.

Maori Samoan tattoo design for the shoulder


As mentioned yesterday, I worked on a new flash design that you can order on this blog. I just finished it today and it's a combination of a Maori inspired tribal with some Samoan elements/shapes added to it.
On a rainy afternoon (one of the many in Holland ;)) I just started sketching when watching television, so not really paying attention to what I was drawing, just doodling around.
To my surprise it really just came out of my hands.

Here's the sketch I'm talking about:

quick tattoo sketch design maori samoan styleThis was a good quick tattoo sketch to start a final design from. So I set up my work table, took my pencil box and redrew the design on a sheet of A3 paper.

I started with the swirl of spearheads, because that is the main theme in this tatoo.
Then I added the koru shape below the shoulder which is overlapped a little to create a depth/dimension.
I really enjoy to create flowing lines, with a flawless curve.
Finally I added the right side of the tattoo and made some Samoan inspired patterns with triangles, fish shapes and overlapping strokes.

Once the sketch was finished I traced it with a black marker and scanned it.
Finally I added the shading of the different areas and retouched some small blemishes and spots in Photoshop.

Here's the final shoulder tattoo.

The original size is 29 x 21,5 cm (11 x 8,5 inches), but it can be scaled to adjust it to your arm/shoulder.

Price for this design is 41,65 euro (58 US dollar)

If you wish to order it, simply press the "Buy now" button and you will be redirected to the Paypal site for the payment.

maori shoulder sleeve tattoo samoan

Any questions? Just let me know.

Kind regards, Mark Storm

Silver fern storm3d style tattoo

Hi there,

Another nice project today, a client asked me to draw a New Zealand/Maori silver fern in my own "storm3d" style.

The tattoo would be placed just below his arm to just above the hip, around 30 cm in height, quite a large tatoo.

First I made a sketch:

silver fern maori tattoo design

You can see a row of spearheads and some abstract leaves in a repetitive rythm.
I added a curve to the fern so it would flow nicely on the clients body.
The first sketch was approved, so I could trace the design with a marker, scan it and add some nice shadings to the leaves and arrowheads.
The high quality picture looks like this:

New Zealand silver fern maori images

I'm working on a new design that will be for sale on this blog, a Maori inspired design with a touch of Samoan elements.
Tomorrow I will add some pictures and maybe I have finished it by that time.

Just check back soon!

Kind regards, Mark Storm

check this out!!! kinda funny!!

hey! look at me on the one of the biggest Tokyo newspapers!
ahah! :)

Maori design on my powerkite


As a hobby next to designing tattoos, I really like to fly powerkites. These kites have 4 lines, two for steering and two for braking.
I bought my first powerkite a year ago, a 4m2 Peter Lynn Twister, which has a really good lift.
This kite can lift me of the ground, sometimes even 2 meters in strong winds.

Some people create their own kites, so I would like to try that. First I started with a 1.7 square meters, small kite.
This really was a great experience, from printing the template panels (around 160 A4 sheets), sticking it together, cutting the panels (around 100 pieces in total) to sewing them together with my "new" Pfaff 1221 sewing machine:

This was the model I created in the program "Surfplan", which is ideal for creating your own foils and power kites.

powerkite design maori style tattoo

Here are a few pictures of the process and the completed kite:

kite panels storm3dpanels for a powerkite designmaori powerkite

surfplan kite design storm3dtribal tatoo power kite designmaori pattern power kite designs

Finally I shot a movie of the process and it also shows the final kite in the air for its maiden flight:

Any questions? Just send me a message!

Kind regards, Mark Storm

maori design on a spinning wheel

Hi there,

A few months ago I made several tattoo designs for a spinning wheel. The designs where lasered in the wood. Today I received the photos of the wheel with the design on it.
It looks really nice, especially the round wheel with the spiral koru design.

Kind regards, Mark Storm

Steampunk-like gears

Drawing those gears took me wayyyy to much time, huh. And they still look messy, but I guess it could be an inspiration for a steampunk themed tattoo.
steampunk gears tattoo design

Tattoo band wrapping around lower leg


Another new tattoo project this week, a custom design for the lower leg.
My customer asked me if I could draw a band fully wrapping around his leg, just above the ankle, 15 cm in height.

When I receive the measurements, the first thing I do is making a template in Google Sketchup.
I need to get the right curvature of the design, so I creat two circles with the right circumference and make a cone shape in 3d. Then I unwrap it with the "unfold" plugin into a 2d surface.

sketchup tattoo design lower legankle tattoo template sketchup

The final template looks like this:

tattoo tribal template sketch design

Finally I print it at the right size and start drawing.

The customer wanted a design inspired on another lower leg tattoo I did some time ago.

With pencil I made this first sketch with some koru curves and triangular tribal shapes.
The design was immediately approved by my client, so I could trace it, scan it and finalize it in Photoshop.

ankle band tattoo lower legleg tattoo band wrapping around

Any questions?

Just let me know!

Kind regards, Mark Storm


Hello everybody...soooooo......tooooo many news!!!
first come first.....i'm gunna upload a bit of tattoos in progress....it's only tuesday and i already had loads of fun this week! Especially cause my friend Stefy from Adrenalink Italy was guesting at the shop and i even got tattooed by her....she is just amazing, and now i feel inspired and full of good energies so instead of chilling and resting my hand, tonight i'm writing here! yay!!

NEWS also is the opening on November 12th of "the Idol Hours" exhibition at London Miles Gallery, and I'm very happily going to be part of the selection of 40 internetional artists that will be presenting their work....you are all invited at the opening!!

what else? hmmmmmm.... i'm going to the theatre on friday from the first time here in London and i'm well excited!! ahahha
that's a personal note while i remembered the other news.....here they come....

I will be collaborating with Jay Read realizing a design for his clothing brand JILTED ROYALTY... Jay is an amazingly driven friend, and his apparel is so freaking amazing! proper quality bad ass-ness! Jay is getting tattooed by Matt Difa at the shop and always treating me with the funniest stories everytime....thank you man ;) !!

There's more boiling in my big pan, but untill everything is 100% confirmed i won't say anything else...... i think is more then enough for now!!!!

Ah...check few new links i added.... Jay Read and jilted Roayalty, Stefy and Crez at Adrenalink and London Miles Gallery!!

with love always


Lot of them outside at the moment, so I had to try to do a mushroom based design.
mushroom tattoo design

I messed up the glowing gemn and had to re-draw it digitally, meh. (So yes, the rest is just pen & pencil, as almost always).

Gypsy Painting

Lower back tattoo in maori style


I know it has been too long since my last post, but here are a few new sketches I have done for some customers. First a lower back tattoo for a British customer, who wanted a simple symmetrical design with some nice flowing lines, representing the waves and sea:

lower back maori tattoo sketch picturepencil sketch of a maori inspired back tatoo designThis first design was a bit too wide, so I had to narrow it a little.

In the upper part of the tattoo I created some stylized wave shapes.

The final tattoo looks like this:

high quality maori tattoo design

Kind regards, Mark Storm

Girl In Cloak


Colorful butterfly

Another one today, a butterfly in some very colorful style too.
butterfly tattoo design

Ornamental vines & flowers, rainbow color

To tell the truth, I have no idea if such a colorful design could look good as a tattoo or not.
(yay, it's the 10/10/10 10:10 (UTC+2))


well lots happened in the last month...London Tattoo Convention, Made in Britain exhibition.....working and painting....photoshoots.....NEW TSHIRTS...more working and painting! i will be uploading bits in the next couple of days and set something up to buy tshirts online and new prints will also be available...they will be proper posh!

I just wanna take a minute to say thank you to all of you guys for supporting, for buying my tshirts, for coming back and getting more fun tattoos done and for showing always interest on what i'm doing.
In last couple of years i went through some pretty dark times finding myself to hate all about the industry. When i read 5 years ago Chris Cohnn myspace profile saying he quit tattooing because of it, i just couldnt believe it.
I went to my first convention when i was 15. I sacrificed a lot to do what i'm doing now and it all went ruined in such a short period of time that i was left with not even the time to understand what was happening. I'm a passionate person and i take everything at heart and doing so I found myself heartbroken. But in the last year i really changed a lot on my whole approach to tattooing and i became really private about it. I'm kinda trying to explain why i dont post things every night in either here or facebook or myspace or twitter or the next whatever! I just put a really small amount out there nowadays and everything became fun again!! It's too upsetting seeing people rapeing my designs or ideas or details and making money on top of it too!!

Enough blah blahs and here's some pics!