It's been 10 years since I first tattooed my first Rosemorph.
I always get asked about how I came up with them, and this is what I always say:
Back in 2012-2013 I was getting myself fully into Realism, which came more natural to me. I was getting a lot of flowers requests, specially roses, and I was in a time of my career where I was trying to find my own style. I didn't wanna do just photos that you find on the internet, I wanted to be more unique and custom.
When my son Felipe was born, I had a lot of time off and started to learn more about surrealist art. I find this game called "Exquisite Corpse" in which each participant takes turns writing or drawing on a sheet of paper, folding it to conceal his or her contribution, and then passing it to the next player for a further contribution. At the end, everything on the sheet would have to be translated into art.
Since I was by myself, and I was doing a lot of roses, I thought I could just mix random things with roses in a cool/readable way.
I had some knowledge on Photoshop, not a lot, but enough for me to create these designs.
I designed a rose/fish and did a muck up real quick so I could post it and try to get a client who was willing to get it done. Luckily I found a cool client that was interested, she wanted to get her first tattoo so we schedule for the following day. I quote her $300 for it.
This was the muck up:
And this is the final photo of the tattoo:
After I tattooed this piece, I started to get a lot of requests for them. So many, that I was tattooing rose morphs every week for years! I enjoyed them all and it was definitely a fun journey.
I posted this video today with a few of my first designs:
This was what I wrote for the post:
10 YEARS OF ROSEMORPHS
Back in 2013, I was doing a lot of realism and some skull morphs here and there. I wanted to do something different, something weird, so I started to learn more about surrealism, which wasn’t as popular in tattooing back then but it always caught my attention.
I decided to start mixing random things with realistic roses, which was the main thing I was getting requests for.
First idea was a gold fish and a rose. I drew a quick mock up and posted that I wanted to do it. Luckily, I found a great client for her first tattoo, the fish rose.
Rose morphs have opened up a whole new artistic world for me. I started to learn a lot, I got more eyes on my work, and it shaped the style I currently have. I owe a lot to them and they will always be special to me.
I hope these helped other artist to get inspired and to try new things! 🌹
Rose morph book in progress. Original designs, stencils and ideas behind each rose morphs I created from 2013-2023 coming up soon.
Thanks for reading!
More Rose Morphs:
To be continued...