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  • Brenda Flatmo

    I am a tattooer and aspiring painter. In this blog I have two aims: by sharing some of my work as both completed pieces and progression shots of projects, I hope to give the viewer a peek into the process of tattooing. I also hope that this blog might bring me closer to my work by forcing me to be more methodical and contemplative as I record and photograph these projects in various stages of development. Generally, things move so quickly in business, art and in life, that as one project or job is finished, I find myself rushing headlong to the next task and I hope that this blog might slow down time, if just a little.

  • PluraBella, LTD.

    My studio is called PluraBella. I share it with my husband, Kore- an extremely talented artist and tattooer that is a daily inspiration to me.
    We live and operate in Cincinnati, Ohio, although we make regular trips to the Los Angeles area and even to the occasional tattoo convention.

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An underwater scene

Shark and turtle

Hello! I know it’s been awhile, so I thought I’d add a little post of something in the works:

Here is a detail of a full leg piece currently in progress. We are adding more fish to what will be a complete underwater scene that expresses the clients love of the water, diving and sharks, especially. This one has been a long time in the works, but we hope to reach completion soon!!


Rocket - June 19, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Hi there, please email contact information so that I can connect with you personally. I would like to discuss a tattoo concept I have in mind. Thank you!

admin - June 19, 2014 - 4:43 pm

Hello! Thank you for looking at my work!You can reach me at:
I look forward to hearing from you soon!

admin - June 24, 2014 - 7:30 pm

I did attempt to send an email, but it did not go through to the address shown here. Feel free to contact our studio for more information. Thanks!

Saint Jerome

A close up of Bernini’s Saint Jerome

At PluraBella, we looove Bernini! So many incredible statues to chose from! All with so much expression and emotion….naturally, they make  beautiful and intense subject matter for tattoos. Here is a detail of a recently completed sleeve of statuary featuring  Bernini’s Saint Jerome cradled by some calla lilies.  I’ll be posting more pictures of this entire sleeve very soon!

Koi and lotus half sleeve: healed

Here is a new photo of a tattoo the I completed in early summer, now fully healed and settled into the skin. Next we will be adding to the inner arm, for a more complete look.

Marcus Franklin - October 22, 2012 - 12:48 pm

I really love this tattoo and every other tattoo on this page! Executed with a real attention to detail and I really respect the fact that your also an aspiring painter. I have been dying looking for someone to give me a tattoo who is inside of Ohio but can master certain artistic principle of a Japanese sleeve. Unfortunately soon as I find you I’m broke. I will DEFINITELY keep contact for the future. soon. adios

admin - October 23, 2012 - 2:41 pm

Thanks so much for checking out my work and for taking the time to write. I enjoy working in a Japanese inspired style, so I’m always very happy to take on those types of projects.
When you are ready to move forward with your project, just send me an email!
Thank you, again,and take care!

Ryu - May 9, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Can I ask how much a this tattoo cost? Great detail and amazing tattoo

lou - July 4, 2014 - 6:46 am

Is there any way it could be possible to purchase this exact stencil?

admin - July 16, 2014 - 5:05 am

I thank you for your interest in this tattoo,however because it was a custom design done especially for the client, copies of it are not for sale.
A good tattoo artist should be able to design a similar but unique tattoo for you.
Thanks for looking,


Here’s a wave and sun tattoo that I had the pleasure of working on recently.  By keeping the subject matter simple with just 2 elements within this piece, we were able to do the waves at a large size while keeping the over all size of the tattoo relatively small. It’s often very appealing to the collector to try to put alot of subject matter into a tattoo, but there is an awful lot to be said for restraint: a singular or direct concept can still be a complex tattoo design with lots of depth and strength.

This pic was taken immediately after the second session( just 2 sessions to complete) and so there is alot of redness visible here. I’ll get a healed shot of this one in the future.

Lion and Egyptian Statue: in progress

Lion and Ramses tattoo in progress.

Ok,  it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything. It’s awful, I know. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that we’ve gotten some lovely new photography lights at the studio, so it should be alot easier to take proper pics of tattoos!

So, now on to more good stuff!!!

This photograph is an in progress shot of a fun tattoo that I finished recently. We had one more session after this one, which was mostly spent finishing an area on the back of the arm. During this particular session, I worked on the majority of the piece, which is why the whole thing has a lot of redness visible here.  I’ll have some shots of the completed tattoo shortly, but in the meantime, I really like this photo and so I thought that it would be great to share it.

I love the lion and Ramses together, as symbols of strength and wisdom and I’m very happy with how this tattoo sits on the clients body. One of the things that makes this work is the fact that the client was willing to go large for the lion head.  We used the entire chest and that made a huge difference in the impact here; anything smaller would have drastically compromised the illustrative quality and it would have left the 2 subjects too far apart- I think that here we were able to achieve a good balance between subject matter and background.

I’ll be posting the full shots of the healed tattoo soon!

Take care all!



Henry - July 5, 2015 - 10:14 pm

Bonjour serais t’il possible d’avoir le modèle de ce tattoo s’il vous plais . Et si c’est possible que vous me l’envoyez par émail . Merci . Cordialement

admin - September 22, 2015 - 7:46 pm

Non, cela a été conçu pour mon client que je ne peux pas le partager . Si vous prenez cette image à un tatoueur professionnel , ils peuvent concevoir un tatouage unique mais semblable pour vous.
Merci pour regarder mon travail .