Troy Thomas got his first tattoo, a black panther, when he was just nineteen and right out of the military. He had always loved tattoos, but had not had the opportunity to get one since his mother, as it might be understandable, disapproved.
Later in time, Thomas realized that his beloved panther tattoo was far too common for his taste. He decided to do something that is fairly common in the tattoo world: transform it into something else.
A tattoo can be changed and its shape can be used to create another tattoo. The size and style of the tattoo, as well as the expertise of the artist, are key elements for a successful cover up. Luckily for Thomas, Bill Hannong from Fort Myers Beach Tattoo Studio, was just a short drive away.
The new design was something that would take some time and a lot of sittings to complete. Once done, Thomas’ right arm and shoulder was covered with a fantastic tribal design with no panther in sight. ‘Cover ups’ are fairly normal these days. ‘It is always a good idea to do research and pick the right artist to do the job’ – said Thomas.
The Fort Myers, FL visual artist, wishes that one day he could cover his whole body in tattoos. He is not certain when he will do it, but he certainly likes to think that he will. His wife Danielle, also a tattoo lover, is very much in love with the man and the tattoo cover up design. She has a tattoo in her back of a star, made in a pointillism style, which happens to be her husband’s favorite art movement. There is nothing like turning the ordinary into extraordinary for this couple of tattoo lovers.