Hi! I'm a 42 year old father of 3 who has been happily married for 16 years now. I currently have one tattoo which is of a Grateful Dead bear on my left shoulder blade (see pic). However, this was a spontaneous tattoo from a time long since past (college). My life is now very different and I'm looking for a larger tattoo that represents my life today. A whole lot of maturing has occurred since then and today my kids and wife are my focus in life.
First and foremost, I'd like to cover my old tattoo either by covering it or by incorporating it into my new design. Its about 3" tall by 2" wide. The new design should be predominantly black with shading but can minimally incorporate some color from the old tattoo if you have an interesting idea.
Next, my last name is Eichenwald. In German this means oak forest. Oak forest should be the concept of the tattoo. I have in mind two intertwined oak trees representing my wife and I so her tree should be slightly smaller than mine. There should also be 3 acorns representing each of my kids. In age order my kids names are Ben, Noah and Anna so each acorn should subtly contain the first letters of their names. I'd also like to have "J+D 2002" engraved into the trunk of the larger tree for when my wife (Joanna) and I were married.
Note that I don't want any animals in the design. Just trees.
Crossfit is also very important in my life. I've been lifting heavily for about 9 years now and am proud of my physique so the larger tree should convey this strength and ideally also "protect" the smaller tree.
The two trees should be on my left shoulder blade and surrounding areas so as to cover up my other tattoo.
First, the oak tree concept should feed into an arm band around my left bicep. Two ideas here. One is to continue branches from one of the trees into the band. The other is a band that isn't connected but instead something similar to the attached oak tree trunk picture.
Second, the roots of the tree should wrap around my rib cage to my front where I'd like a meaningful quote to feed into the root system. The quote should be at the base of my rib cage and visible to me when I face a mirror . The quote is very special to me as it is on my father's tombstone. It should be split into two lines as follows:
"For every joy that passes"
"something beautiful remains"
The font is a bit difficult to read in the attached image but I like how the quote in the attached image flows from the quote into the design. Totally open to other "flow" ideas.
Regarding size and positioning, the base of the tattoo should reach roughly down to belly button height (but on my back). It also should NOT come within about 2" of my spine. Pretty large canvas. So about 1.5' tall by 1' wide.
Thanks in advance!