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Tattoo Shop Logo/Design

Discussion in 'Graphic Design & Logo Design Critique:' started by gandhimate, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. gandhimate

    gandhimate New Member


    a friend asked me to produce a logo for his new tattoo shop and I was just after some feedback on it.

    He wanted to stay away from the traditional tattoo shop designs and go for something abit friendlier and inviting
    I'm just not sure if it needs more work and was wondering what you guys thought.

    Also first post so hi all! :icon_biggrin:

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  2. gandhimate

    gandhimate New Member

  3. Dumb_pencil

    Dumb_pencil Member

    Think it's quiet cool, be interesting to see the response to you using a gradient, it's not to popular being used in a logo?
  4. gandhimate

    gandhimate New Member

    Thanks for the feedback mate.

    I personally haven't had any issues with gradients in the past, as long as the logo works well and still serves its purpose without colour.
    i'll make versions that are just block colour maybe with a stroke around it for various flyers etc etc.

    I still need to refine the edges around the tattoo gun as they're not as smooth as I would like.

  5. bigdave

    bigdave Moderator Staff Member

    My first thought is how's that going to work in situations where gradients aren't possible (ie; embroidery or screen printing)? The only answer (without arseing about with halftones) is to create a second version using a solid colour, so why not just use a solid colour from the start and be done with it?

    My second thought is; does that tattoo gun with all its pointy edges really work as a T amongst a font that's very very smooth and curvy?

    Over all, I feel the logo is the results of designing off the top of your head with no research. As with all branding jobs, you need to work off the client to get the best result for his business and I can assure you tattoo guns are not original and are very overused on tattoo parlor logos and signage (I should know, I've spent enough time in the places. lol) and work from there. If he wants something friendly and inviting that reflects his business, why not study his style of tattoo (hes bound to have one). If his work is 'nu skool' lean towards eye blistering colours and bold outlines (think graffiti). If he's a portrait artist design as if you were producing a logo for a fine artisit. If he's a traditional tattooist, look at where he takes his influence, Japanese? Naval? Maori?..
  6. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Well-Known Member

    I agree with Dave on his top point. I don't think the T and tattoo gun works and, it is a massive cliche. Tattooing lends itself to so many fantastic visual images that I think a tattoo gun is possibly the least interesting yet most overused.

    Just to add to Dave's point about the tattoo style. If it's just one guy acting as a tattooist, that would be fine, but if there's a studio/collective of people, they're all bound to have different styles which would be hard to reflect in the logo. Food for thought.
  7. Kev Clarke

    Kev Clarke Member

    Having just come back from my jollies, it looks a bit surf shop, which is not helped by the colours and use of typography.

    Compare how this would fit in amongst other tattoo parlour logos, i know the clients does not want a generic tattoo design but on the other hand he will not want a design that could loose him potential clients/business.

    You will have to find the middle ground through research, ideas and sketching. All part of the process.

    Look forward to seeing how this develops.
  8. gandhimate

    gandhimate New Member

    Cheers for all the feedback guys

    I appreciate all your opinions and will definately be taking this advice onboard.
    my friend was happy with it however he felt it was abit generic (the tattoo gun) so im gonna give it another crack
    i'll post it here when its done!

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