This is one of Mimi Kirchner's tattooed men. Look at his beard! I saw these awhile ago on Craftzine's blog before I started sewing my own creatures. Then, magically I stumbled upon her Etsy store, and I was like a kid in a room full of puppies. If you go to her blog you will see these other gentlemen in progress. She looks at male models in magazines as a reference for their embroidered faces. They look so very cooly unconcerned with anything except their handsomeness, and looking at them makes me smile. I was so delighted by them that I actually had trouble sleeping.
Anyway, I came across some tattoo fabric at this store, and I immediately wanted to make a Billy Bob-esque tattooed guy. I asked Mimi if this would bother her, and she was so kind and supportive and said that it would be okay. Thanks Mimi!