Volko Merschky and Simone Pfaff (German musicians) are the inventors and only true creators of traditional Trash Polka tattoos. A style designed to match their music and see the entire body as a canvas. It is also specifically designed to make you go "wtf?" and derive inquiry.
My client came with a list of sentimental elements to be represented, and a vision of the realism & chaos of a trash polka design but softer and organic instead of Edgar Allan Poe.
Incorporating the chaos merging with realistic elements from the trash polka style, and vibrant coloring for a half sleeve from American tattoos, I began with tracings of the original drawing on the back of the paper. Then using watercolor, I painted using a light table and finished it with colored pencil details.