Bicyclophosaurus Tattoo - initial skull sketch

Been planning to get a new tattoo on my “cycling leg” for a while now. (Chains are on the right; cyclists often roll up the right pant leg so it doesn’t get caught in the chain.)  

The image of the tattoo is smouldering quietly in my brain, and has been for over a year. I have the tattoo artist lined up.

Now I just need to draw the thing.  

 

 Initial Bicyclophosaurus skull exploration  

Initial Bicyclophosaurus skull exploration  

I’m basing the tattoo off of one of my favourite childhood dinosaurs, the Triassic-era crested carnivore Dilophosaurus.  And blending it with bike parts. 

(In Jurassic Park terms, dilophosaurus is the one that killed Nedry. It was small and had a neck frill. There’s no evidence they would have had something like a frill f'real and they were cool enough with the crest, IMO. They were also much larger, at 7 metres long.)

I remember being fascinated by the weird upper lip line, and double crests as a kid. And the first illustration I had ever seen showed dilophosaurus running swiftly after its prey. I think it was in a book illustrated by John Hamburger. 

My kids were suggesting the velociraptor instead, since it's fast like a bike; being from Toronto, a raptor is a pretty good idea. We’ll see.

The death pose that I used for 3(!) of author Brian Switek’s tattoos makes a great design. (See all of Brian’s ink in my tattoo gallery). I like black line tattoos, and fossil skeletons have a lot of good visual repetition and broken symmetry that make them compelling to look at.

"Behold my compelling and muscular calves, everyone!" I shall exhort passers-by along my commute. 

 The 3rd of three Morrisson Formation carnivore fossil tattoos I designed for author Brian Switek, and inked by Austin Huffman of Heart of Gold Tattoo in Utah. 

The 3rd of three Morrisson Formation carnivore fossil tattoos I designed for author Brian Switek, and inked by Austin Huffman of Heart of Gold Tattoo in Utah. 

So my plan is to blend the dilophosaurus skeleton with bicycle parts. Gears, chain, spokes. I have a bat-winged trilobite fossil tattoo on my arm; another impossible hybrid seems appropriate. 

Not sure if the crest will be a big gear or not yet.  

 Quick hack job of seeing how the rough would look as a black line design. Photo of the pencil sketch messed with in ArtRage for iPad.  

Quick hack job of seeing how the rough would look as a black line design. Photo of the pencil sketch messed with in ArtRage for iPad.  

Once I’m satisfied with the design, tattoo artist German Shible of Passage Tattoo is my go-to arist to do the work. I’ve known him for years, and watched his tattoo career from the start. Can’t wait to book the appointment!

But I gotta draw the beastie first. More on this as it progresses.