221b Becomes Tattoos

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Baker Street Tinies: B is for Baker Street, exterior, by Amy Crook

Baker Street Tinies: B is for Baker Street, exterior, by Amy Crook

Baker Street Tinies: B is for Baker Street, interior, by Amy Crook

Baker Street Tinies: B is for Baker Street, interior, by Amy Crook

Remember these? The wonderful Nicole & Mo wanted a pair of tattoo designs that were part Sherlock, part Holmes, and part Edward Gorey. They took my artwork to their tattoo artist, who promptly told them “no,” hah! I guess I should’ve used bigger pens.

They each got to choose one section to fit on their arms for the final tattoos, which you can see below.

Baker Street Tinies tattoos, design by Amy Crook

Baker Street Tinies tattoos, design by Amy Crook

Nicole, left, has an eerie outside view of 221b Baker Street on her forearm. She had it drawn as it might look if it were a single townhouse instead of part of the larger building, and also transported to a rather spookier version of London. Mo, on the right, got the fireplace at 221b as her tattoo, minus the intricate wallpaper. We moved the skull from another wall to join the skull on the mantel, but otherwise hers is more faithful to Sherlock‘s actual set.

I really love the way their tattoo artist interpreted my delicate linework into her own art form, preserving as much of the detail as possible while keeping the designs clear and clean so they’d age well.

But the best part is that the tattoos went to London! Nicole sent me the best photo, below, of her tattoo outside the building they actually used for 221b Baker Street in the show. Sadly the Sherlock set wasn’t hiding inside for Mo to get a photo of hers. Wouldn’t that be something awesome?

Tattoos go to London!

Tattoos go to London!

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4 Responses to “221b Becomes Tattoos”

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  1. Birdy Diamond says:

    This is so kyool!!! 🙂 :>

    Especially the part about them going to London and actually being able to take a piccy outside the actual door! 🙂 :>

    (Yes, I’m a fangirl too. 😀 :>)

  2. AHS says:

    This is absolutely BRILLIANT!!!

  3. Amy says:

    I really love how the art was translated — they did originally commission it to be tattoos, I just got a little too detailed in my execution so they had to use sections rather than the whole thing. Oops. *sheepish grin*

    And yes, I’m jealous, my art’s been to London more than me!