Sometimes a tattoo can become decorative and more pronounced by adding something simple like a vine. The flexibility of a vine allows it to mould around any shape or around the curve of your body if the vine is to be represented on its own. Consider adding small flower buds to bring the vine to life. Consider also whether the vine should be lively and well pruned or overgrown and wilting in some areas, depending on the mood you want for the design.
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A vertical vine is a design that appears to be growing up and around your arm or leg. It can swirl around your limb in a random pattern or a calculated one, though a seemingly random pattern is more in keeping with a vine's natural appearance. Consider adding basic leaves and flower buds throughout the design to give it a richer and fuller quality or even bushels of purple or yellow grapes for a wine theme.
While the most popular and overused tattoo bands are tribal and barbed wire, the less generic and fresher take on the design can be a basic vine, swirling in a single loop around your biceps, forearm, calf or thigh. The vine can have a definite start and endpoint, be tied together, growing in a crisscross pattern or in opposite directions or be on an infinite loop, meaning the two ends match up together.
Choose a single word or short phrase that has significance for you and allow your tattoo artist to develop a vine font. The script will appear as a vine wrapped in a particular way to form letters. Each letter can have its own vine, or a single vine can form the entire word in a cursive style. This will be a thick and detailed font, so the script itself should be somewhat limited to stave off a jumbled appearance.
If you already have an existing tattoo or a design idea to which you want to add some decoration, consider infusing a vine. The vine can grow around the design, hanging down onto it in certain areas, or be completely incorporated into the design, wrapping around it and becoming a major factor in the tattoo. Lively, well-pruned vines will add beauty to a tattoo, while an overgrown and weathered hanging vine will add an aged feel.
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