Triskele tattoo with orbs

Hm, I rather like the "orb" thingies. And I lacked inspiration, so tadaaa, a triskel tattoo design again.
triskele design

why do sharks circle you before they attack ?

Two great white sharks swimming in the ocean spied survivors of a sunken

"Follow me son" the father shark said to the son shark and they swam
to the mass of people.

"First we swim around them a few times with just the tip of our fins showing." And they did.

"Well done, son! Now we swim around them a few times with all of our fins showing."
And they did.

"Now we eat everybody."
And they did.

When they were both gorged, the son asked, "Dad, why didn't we just eat
them all at first? Why did we swim around and around them?"

His wise father replied, "Because they taste better without the shiit inside!"

Darwin Awards for Stupidity

The Darwin awards are awarded annually for the most extreme act of (occasionally terminal) stupidity - they are now in for 2004.

RUNNER-UP The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat cutting machine and, after a little hopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company, suspecting negligence, sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine out and lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.

RUNNER-UP A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space for her car. Understandably, he shot her.

RUNNER-UP After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Beltway had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.

RUNNER-UP An American teenager was in the hospital yesterday recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.

RUNNER-UP A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which he clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer? $15. (If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, was a crime committed?)

RUNNER-UP The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at 5 a.m., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.

DARWIN WINNER, 2003. When his 38-caliber Revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California, would-be robber William Mcford did something that can only inspire wonder: He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.

Ornamental with wings

Tattoo design of a kind of ornamental jewel with orbs and wings...
ornamental tattoo design

On a side note (and completely unrelated), I like that idea : Journalism warning labels. Sometimes I wish I could stick those on some newspaper articles, before they're on sale.

Samoan Maori mixed tattoo for the shoulder


In my holiday I designed a new shoulder piece, with a mix of Samoan and Maori/Kirituhi inspired elements.

The top of the tattoo has some nice Samoan arrowhead patterns and other detailed elements.
I made a shading for this piece, which I normally don't, but I guess it looks good on this tatoo design.

I used some really simple Maori koru pattern, to complement the detailed Samoan-style.

This design is not a custom design, so you can order it on my website (nr. 147 in the Shoulder gallery), or right now by clicking the "Buy now" button. You will receive a high resolution image + a linedrawing/stencil for your tattoo artist.

Samoan maori tattoo designs mixed

Best regards, Mark Storm

New tattoo designs added to


A few months ago I started working on a new set of tattoo designs. At this moment I created 6 new designs and updated my galleries on

The first design is for the lower leg, placed on the shin and the sides will wrap around the calf.
The second design can also be used for the calf or shin, but it would look good on the forearm/shoulder as well.

The three designs below are designed for the forearm.

Click the images to enter the tattoo gallery:

maori lower leg tattoosmaori shin tattoos

maori forearm feathers tattoo designkirituhi forearm tribal tattoorealistic feathers in maori tattoo

And here is one new shoulder tattoo design:

Any questions? Just let me know,

Kind regards, Mark Storm

$500 Porsche New

A man was reading the paper when an ad caught his eye. It loudly announced, '$500 Porsche! New!' The man thought that it was very unusual to sell a Porsche for $500, and he thought it might be a joke.........
but he said to himself, 'it's worth a shot.' So he went to the lady's house who was selling the Porsche and she led him into the garage.

Sure enough, there was an almost brand new Porsche. 'Wow!' the man said, 'Can I take it for a test drive?' 'Sure,' answered the lady.

Unlike what he expected, the man found that the car ran perfectly.

When he got back to the lady's house, he asked her, 'Why are you selling me this great Porsche for only $500?'

Then the lady replied....with a laugh
My husband just ran off with his secretary, and he told me, 'You can have the house and the furniture, just sell my Porsche
and send me the money.''

Violet Leopard Butterfly & tribal

Pink/violet butterfly with a leopard pattern.
violet butterfly design
And a simple symetrical tribal tattoo...
symetrical tribal

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The funny thing is that I though I had a quite original idea doing this, but... for one, leopard butterflies do exist in reality (but not in violet, see Phalanta phalantha), and also, several persons already did that kind of butterfly with a big cat pattern (for example this one looks pretty nice).
So much for my "original" idea, heh :p

Samoan inspired tattoo sleeve


Here's another project, a Samoan inspired design for the upper arm and shoulder.
One of my customers wanted a Samoan-style tattoo, so only the fills and lines and no further meanings in it. He wanted it to be very detailed and symmetrical.

My progressing sketches looked like this:

And finally the end result:

Ps. I'm working on an update of my website galleries, to add the latest designs to the galleries. There will be around 7 new tattoos available, one in a mixed maori/samoan style and 5 or 6 in a Maori inspired style with some nice realistic detailed feathers.

I'll let you know when it's ready and where you can find these images.

Kind regards, Mark Storm

Plumeria / frangipani flowers

This place was starting to lack colors. :)
Flowers with a background inspired by some tattoos.
plumeria tattoo

I tend to like grey tats more than colourful ones. But drawing in colour is fun - even if I often tend to forget it.
Of course once again I had to fight with my scanner to get the right colors. No, actually, I had to re-color it with darker shades, because the very pale pink and blue didn't show up on the scan. 

Oh... and I've reached 20 messages. Incredible (for me) :D

Why the english language is hard to learn...

We must polish the Polish furniture.

He could lead if he would get the lead out.

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

I did not object to the object.

The bandage was wound around the wound.

The farm was used to produce produce.

The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

They were too close to the door to close it.

The buck does funny things when the does are present.

A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

After a number of injections my jaw got number.

Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Tribal tattoo wrapping around the forearm


As promised, here's another design projects I have been working on in the weeks behind.
Forearm and leg tattoos (especially symmetrical designs) are my favourite pieces to draw. I really like the idea of a flowing design that is not too complicated, that gives a nice clean look. That is also why I use symmetry a lot.
This design is for a customer from the UK, he wanted a complete forearm tattoo, wrapping around and having a seamless fit.

You can see the tatoo sketches below:

I started with the flowing koru curles and added a line of spear- or arrowheads in the centerline of the tattoo. Then I made some fills with lines and triangles and the 6 small curls bending towards the arrowheads. Finally I added a few stars.

My customer liked some oldskool sharp tribal shapes, so in the second sketch you can see that I added it to the design:

forearm tribal tattoo design in maori style sketchpencil sketch of a tribal forearm tattoo

I get quite a large amount of requests for custom tattoos, so I have to pick and choose the design projects I like best. If you are interested in this kind of designs, for the forearm or lower leg, you can contact me by here.

Till soon!

Oohps, almost forgot to show you the final result :)

high quality tattoo design for the forearm

Regards, Mark

Maori wood carving design for a spinning wheel

Hi there!

A few months ago since my last post, really busy with renovating part of my house. It's finished now, so now I have more time to let you know what I'm doing and I will try to post a few projects each week.

A month ago I received an e-mail from a customer who wanted me to decorate her spinning wheel with some nice maori inspired patterns, a really nice thing to do next to designing tattoos.
It's done in the modern wood "carving" technique; the drawing will be put on it by a laser, burning it into the wood.
Here's the original spinning wheel.

I created 3 different designs in the same kirituhi style, one for the large wheel, one for the pedals and another one for the arm of the spinning wheel.

Here are the sketches and some of the final designs that I did:

maori wood carving design on spinning wheeltattoo designs on objects spinning wheelkoru maori pattern tribal spinning wheel

I really enjoy doing these kind of projects, so if you want me to decorate something with my designs, just let me know!

maori culture art wood carvingpedals carving decoration tattoo spinning wheel in maori style
Any questions? Just let me know.

Kind regards, Mark