I Believe In Mew Cross Stitch

I Believe In Mew Cross Stitch
Title: I Believe In Mew
Date Completed: January 2017
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 16
Canvas: Pewter
Colours: 6
Video Game: Pokemon
Back to the Pokemon Cross Stitch! I found this image on pinterest, and despite my best efforts I just can’t find the original, so shout out to the original artist. I redesigned most of it to suit my own needs, and to make it more obviously Pokemon. It also has some sweet Kreinik threads around Mew to make him look even more special. Its based off the old myth of Pokemon Blue and Red that there was a hidden Mew under the truck by SS Anne.
I believe in mew

5 Cross Stitch Tattoos You’ll Die For

Cross Stitch tattoos have exploded in the last few years, and no self respecting cross stitch geek would be without one. So pull up your chair, and get some inspiration from these epic stitches.

Squad Goal Squirtle Pokemon Tattoo

Not only does this have a Pokemon edge, but but mix of both cross stitch and non-cross stitch just make this an epic tattoo. Although I will say that it doesn’t follow a proper grid, so for shame on the cross stitcher who designed it!
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Storm Trooper Helmet

This came out around the time of the newest Star Wars film, and not only is it a geeky indulgence, but the cross stitching is so NEAT.
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Two Color Sailor Tattoo

So much is right about these tattoos. Firstly they’re based on traditional sailor tattoos, but with a quirky twist. Then they have non-cross stitched elements. Then they have only 2 colours. THEN they have a funky boarder that makes them look ever so slightly 3D when wearing proper glasses. Just wow.
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Cross Stitch Sampler Tattoo Sleeve

There is devotion to a cross stitch sampler, and then there is the devotion of Anich Andrew’s tattoos. Known for his bold and geometric designs, this sleeve is epic.
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Rose Shoulder Tattoo

The one thing that REALLY makes this work? The needle. Just that little bit extra sets the whole piece off.
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Think there’s one we missed? Give us a comment!

Cross Stitch Tattoo Explosion

With 1 in 3 people having a tattoo on average worldwide, it’s not surprising to see so many. However recently there has been an explosion of cross stitch tattoos. Initially it looks like a perfect storm to create this, however if that was the case, we would have seen the explosion 3 years ago.
No, this is something different.

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The Perfect Storm

I’ve said it above, but tattoos are everywhere now. The old and young don’t get tattoos, leaving about a third of the population. Therefore if you DON’T have a tattoo you’re the exception. And with this we’ve seen a lot of…questionable tattoos based on pop culture and hobbies. A great example of this is sewing, spurred on by the Great British Sewing Bee, and similar programs. However this has been building for some time, slowly pushing itself into mainstream culture.

But when I look back on the history of cross stitch tattoos, there’s pretty much nothing. The most well known contemporary stitcher, Mr X Stitch, has one, but its obscure enough that it might be anything… And then, from out of the blue, we hit a massive leap in interest. The below google trends record shows that in July 2015 cross stitch tattoos leap in interest. But why?

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Eva Krbdk

It’s all down to Eva. She’s a Turkish tattoo artist that loves cross stitch and watercolors. Whilst most of her tattoos are watercolor based, Turkey has had a deep relationship with embroidery, and so she started getting contacted to change her stitches into tattoos. She’s been active since 2013, starting will small pieces, but recently she’s been asked to do massive pieces like the below:

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What I really love is that she works with the canvas of skin in a similar way to aida. She fills in white areas, leaves space between crosses (like real aida), makes the stitches unique, but also positions the top stitch in the same direction for every cross. It’s not hard to see why Eva has such a backing, and I’m happy to see it continue.

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If you haven’t got your fill of tattoo images here, I would strong suggest checking out her instagram which has both her cross stitch tattoos and awesome other tattoos.

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Mirrors Edge Tattoo Cross Stitch

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Title: Mirrors Edge Tattoo
Date Completed: September 2014
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 18
Canvas: White
Colours: 1
Video Game: Mirrors Edge

This stitch actually started very differently. I often stitch sailor style tattoos based on games series, like pokemon, assassins creed and portal, and this started as one too. On my researching I came across the mirrors edge tattoo, and I was too captivated to do anything else.

Pokemon Tattoo Cross Stitch

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Title: Pokemon Tattoo
Date Completed: August 2013
Design: Lord Libidan
Canvas: White
Colours: 38
Video Game: Pokemon

After completing my Portal Tattoo stitch some time ago, it has become synonymous with my work. As a result I wanted to stitch another.
Unlike the last one, I had to totally create a pattern from scratch, which includes my previous Pokedex, and a few other things I’ve been wanting to stitch for a long time, such as the Kanto region badges.

Portal Tattoo Cross Stitch

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Title: Portal Tattoo Stitch
Date Completed: October 2011
Design: Lord Libidan & Jimiyo
Count: 16
Canvas: Pewter
Colours: 7
Video Game: Portal

When I first saw this tshirt pattern I fell in love with it, so just had to stitch it. I had to do a lot of work with the image to get it into a nice pattern, and then had to edit the image some more in order to get it looking right, but I kept the feel of the original by only putting 6 colours in it.
You can find Jimiyo’s other works here: Link
You can also find the pattern for free here: Link

To find more contemporary and video game cross stitch, see my gallery, and if you want to have a go yourself you can find patterns and kits on my etsy store!