UPDATE: July 2, 2012
I originally posted the above on March 22nd, but am sad to say this tattoo artist, Phillip Spearman has outright refused to pay me in full for the work I've completed and that he has been using for more than 6 months. It saddens me that an artist can so shamelessly rip off another artist. Maybe this post will have higher search engine results than his website, and serve as a warning for others considering going into business with him. I think paying his $1000 debt to me would have been less costly than a poor reputation.
Here are a couple very early mock-ups before it evolved into the final result.