New maori tattoo gallery optimized for Ipad and Iphone


I recently bought an Apple Ipad2 and use it mainly for shooting pictures and recording movies of the design process. I can easily add these photos to my twitter messages (@storm3d) and upload the movies to in a few clicks. It's also very usefull for quickly browsing the web...

There's only one big downside to Apple products, and that's the fact that Apple doesn't support the Adobe Flash plugin. For my website galleries, I use(d) the "simpleviewer" plugin, that creates a really nice and simple Flash gallery with a thumbnail and a larger image next or above it.

Now I use my Ipad, I see that a lot of mobile visitors cannot see the designs in my gallery, so I had to make changes to it.

My website design is based on the principles of the "Save the Pixel" e-book by Ben Hunt, which states that the design should be as simple as possible and every pixel should contribute to the main goal of the website.

Keeping this in mind, I redesigned the tattoo galleries. Here's a picture of the 'before' gallery:

flash gallery with maori tattoos for sale designer artistThe red marked area is the flash movie containing the maori tattoo gallery.

People could scroll through the images and see the number and price of the design.

Before ordering it, customers had to select the correct tattoo nr. from the dropdown list and hit the "Buy Now" button.

People often selected the wrong tattoo and bought the piece they didn't want.

To get rid of this problem I decided to implement the Lightbox plugin/script to my gallery instead of the simpleviewer movie.
One other advantage was that I could add the size and price of the design in the header/description and even add a Paypal button, so it became impossible to order the wrong tatoo design.

The new gallery is now looking like this, with the lightbox frame popping up:

maori tattoo gallery high resolution designs for salelightbox plugin for tattoo gallery webshop paypal button

So if you have an Ipad, Ipod or Iphone, please check it out and let me know if there's anything I can change to improve it.

Kind regards, Mark Storm

Tattoo pictures of a "Cesc Fabregas" inspired elbow tattoo


Yesterday one of my customers (thanks Ruairi! :)) showed me some pictures of his new tattoo that I sketched a few months ago. The tatoo design is inspired by the elbow tattoo of the Arsenal soccer player Cesc Fabregas, and is in a graphical polynesian style.

The original high quality flash design that I made looks like this:

Cesc Fabregas elbow tattoo arsenal soccer football design sheet flash linedrawing
It has a shark tooth, some kind of an eye and other repetitive patterns.

The band wraps around the elbow and connects perfectly on the outside of the arm.

My customer sent me the following photos of elbow:

polynesian armband tattoo elbow Cesc Fabregas football arsenal playerarsenal player fabregas elbow tattoo design polynesian

cesc fabregas elbow tattoo download free stencil

Any questions? Just let me know

Kind regards, Mark Storm

Extension shoulder tattoo in Polynesian mixed style


Last year I created a half sleeve tattoo in polynesian style for a Dutch customer. It's a bit of a mixed tribal style, it has some stylized flowers and other repetitive shapes:

custom maori mixed tattoo design with flowers tribalpolynesian tribal flash halfsleeve tattoos for sale

Unfortunately the tattoo artist applied the stencil too small, so it now needs some extensions.

I marked the upper shoulder part that had to be inked.

I created a basic sketch and once it was approved I finalized it. To give you an idea how that process works I shot a short movie and placed it on youtube:

If you liked this video, or want to see more, please take a look on my youtube channel or visit my website

Kind regards, Mark Storm

Tribal tattoo mask design polynesian style


A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from the company "Paddle Republic", a surf/fitness school in the Key West, Florida.

Their design studio had come up with a polynesian mask logo, but it needed some adjustment, especially on the mask, because it was a design from a stock library. I was asked to redraw the (tattoo)mask with an original Maori inspired touch to it.

This is the logo from their design studio:

surf logo mask tiki maori tribal tattoo design

I made two pencil sketches with a different look:

maori mask logo tattoo design tiki ta mokopolynesian mask sketch maori style tiki

It was in the right style but they asked me to do another sketch, a bit more round and with more koru/maori curves:

moko face mask logo tribal design sketches

This was exactly what they were looking for, so I could trace the design in Adobe Illustrator, to make it a high quality vector logo:

vector file mask maori tattoo logo tracing Illustrator design

Once that was completed, I added the words "Paddle Republic" and replaced the red color:

logo tiki maori mask surfing paddle republic high resolution

Kind regards, Mark Storm

Maori kneeband tattoo design


Here are the pictures my latest project, a kneeband tattoo in Maori/Kirituhi style. The tatoo wraps around the upper leg, just above the knee.
It has some Samoan and polynesian elements, but mainly consists of Koru tribal designs, filled with small detailed shapes.

First I made a basic layout with flowing curves and added some rows of arrowheads:

maori samoan kneeband tattoo sketches design

Then I filled the tattoo with polynesian and samoan elements, like triangles, waves and lines:

knee tattoo band around leg pencil drawings

My customer approved the design, so I could trace it and optimize the high resolution tattoo in Photoshop. Finally I added some nice shadings. This gives an effect of depth in the overal image

hi res tattoo knee maori band design koru

For updates and current projects, you can follow me on Twitter.

Kind regards, Mark Storm