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Can John’s Iron Fist Become a Sleeve?

Reader John Freeman was one of the first fans to write in to CBR INK after we got up and running. John is a big Ed Brubaker fan, and the writer’s “Iron Fist” run along with co-writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja is his favorite super hero series of all-time. For years John wanted a tattoo but never knew what he would get, until finally realizing the answer was staring him right in the face.


John had David Aja’s rendition of the Iron Fist dragon tattoo (which Danny Rand has across his chest) inked on his left arm. While John loves his tattoo, he finds himself in a bit of a pickle. He wants to figure out a way to turn the dragon tattoo into full sleeve.

I turn it over to you, dear CBR INK readers. Can we figure out a way for John to transform his single Iron Fist tattoo into a killer sleeve? Sound off in the comments and let’s see if we can’t help out one of our own.

3 Comments

I’m so amazed that this subsite even exists. I have never noticed it. CBR Ink? It’s like stepping through that one door at work that nobody ever goes into, and finding some kind of Freemason ceremony. That’s what CBR Ink is like to me. It’s so random.

The first thing that pops into my mind would be to make it almost like a Japanese style sleeve with the Iron Fist energy (chi? I forget what they call it in the books, I don’t read Iron Fist) substituted in for waves and clouds, etc. Maybe have some of the past bearers of the Fist in iconic poses spread throughout the thing, with Danny Rand taking up the elbow-wrist portion of it. Definitely have some kind of thing emphasizing the IF logo he already has, like maybe the energy is swirling around the logo and feeding the other bits of energy that would make up the “background” of the tattoo. I haven’t been thinking about it long enough to really solidify the concept but maybe some of the elements of it can be used to make up something cool. The best advice I can give would be to come up with some ideas and talk to your tattoo artist about it since, ideally, he’d be the one to design and execute the work.

Thanks for posting this Rob, Im interested to see any suggestions. Thanks to Spike for his thoughts already.
Ash, I had the same thought when I came across it a few weeks back. Im enjoying the site so far and finding it quite strange that my little tattoo has been featured.

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