Timber of My Heart TattooNovember 22, 2011

Test the Timber of My Heart: Tattoo (Color), ink and digital, 7 x 10 in., 2011

Test the Timber of My Heart: Tattoo (Color), ink and digital, 7 x 10 in., 2011

I was asked to design a tattoo based on a Joe Pug lyric. The concept was too incorporate a tree, a heart with veins, and the text “The timber of my heart.” Sounded easy enough until I realized the homonymic pun – is it spelled “timber” or “timbre”? Since that’s the beauty of lyric, why ruin it? So I dropped the text. Onto the next problem – symmetry. Having tree branches rising up and veins flowing down looked too symmetrical for my liking. So I abandoned any depiction of a tree and decided to represent it as wood grain on the heart. The final tattoo references the song lyric without being all too obvious.

And I’ve come to roam the forest past the village
With a dozen lazy horses in my cart.
I’ve come here to get eyed
To do more than just get by
I’ve come to test the timber of my heart.
Oh I’ve come to test the timber of my heart.

Full song lyrics

Test the Timber of My Heart: Tattoo (Grayscale), ink and digital, 7 x 10 in., 2011

Test the Timber of My Heart: Tattoo (Grayscale), ink and digital, 7 x 10 in., 2011

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