minneapolis skyline, reflected forest tattoo

sleeve 1 sleeve 2 back of arm sleeve 3 back of arm 2trees

half sleeve. downtown minneapolis skyline with power lines reversed out. reflected below is are trees with a fence reversed out.

brandon holt of uptown tattoo

hours in the chair:

city: minneapolis is home. it’s home for family and friends. home to awesome parks and restaurants and activities. it’s playful, healthy, artsy and progressive, with new places and spaces to check out all the time. the city is a busy place, reminding me of myself. wanting to be occupied. needing community. looking to expand.
trees: the forest is a strong and alluring place. it offers open space and solitude. with evergreens, the only trees to make it through the beautiful four seasons of Minnesota weather, to add color and texture to the landscape. life is visible here. sprouting. the forest is a place to find rest. find god. find myself.
city and forest reflection: alone, they are significant. together, they represent the important balance and the tension in life. for people, activities and community. for space, solitude and reflection. and the need for both.


  1. Jen Zimmerman
    February 15, 2013

    I remember one day long ago I strongly advised you never to get a tattoo. I take that back. What a powerful work of art! LOVE! Can I see it in person before you leave?

  2. colejohnson13
    February 17, 2013

    Thanks Jen. I’m glad you’ve changed your mind. Let’s try and make something work in person.

  3. Gibson
    June 13, 2013

    Dude forearm tattoos for men are looking good, nice pics.

  4. colejohnson13
    June 14, 2013

    if you want to use any of my pics on your site, that’s fine. Just link back to my page please.

  5. Booze Lightyear
    November 24, 2013

    Hey what kind of watch is that in the last picture? Please and thank you!

  6. Garrett Harsh
    February 12, 2014

    I like this tattoo Just curious how much it cost.

  7. Viktor Nyqvist
    February 15, 2014

    Hey man, I’ve fallen in love with your tattoo, and I’ve got a question for you:
    – Would you mind if I got a rework of that tatto, but with Gothenburgs Skyline/monuments instead of minneapolis skyline?

    It’d probably happen sometime during 2014, I don’t know exactly when, but I’ll definitely send you pics of it if I’m doing it and I’ll give you credz for coming up with the idea.

    Would mean alot to get your blessing for it :)

  8. colejohnson13
    February 19, 2014

    It’s an ipod nano in a black ipod watch band.

  9. colejohnson13
    February 19, 2014

    It was about $1200.

  10. colejohnson13
    February 19, 2014

    Sure that’s fine Viktor. Send me a photo of the finished piece. Good luck man.

  11. Joshua Stamper
    May 9, 2014

    Cole, I was admiring your work and would love to use the same concept in my next project. I would however infuse mountains as well as forest and I would use New York city skyline. Is that alright?

  12. colejohnson13
    May 11, 2014

    Sure man. That sounds cool. Send me a pic when it’s done.

  13. Richard S.
    October 3, 2014

    I always show this to all my friends saying this is the exact tattoo I want but with a different city as the skyline. I’m originally from Portland Oregon and where I love the city there I also have a love for the outdoors so yeah I’m going to have to try and have someone in the Louisiana area do the same design just with my city to help remind me of home. Thanks for sharing your art and inspiring me!

  14. Dustin Lesmeister
    November 5, 2014

    Digging the tat. Gave me an idea for my tattoo. I plan on only doing the woods portion of it. I’m from a smaller town in canada and love spending time in the woods. Which is all around my tiny town. Just a forearm tree sleeve.

  15. Nick anderson
    November 15, 2014

    Sick tattoo, I have multiple Saint Paul monuments on my arm Along with a moon and clouds over it all. I am looking I get similar pine trees on my chest I also have a minnesota state outline on my chest

  16. ellerson
    December 3, 2014

    Can you email a picture of the stencil @ JacksonTilghman@gmail.com I love this tattoo

  17. Nate
    January 3, 2015

    Love this tattoo. Can anyone draw up downtown Denver with the Forest and with the Rocky Mountains added? Send it to nate71290@gmail.com por favor!

  18. Brad
    February 20, 2015

    Could you send an email of the stencil, its such a sweetl tattoo. @brad555557@gmail.com

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  20. Glen Marshall
    March 14, 2015

    Hey man, that is a gorgeous piece of art. Would you mind sending me a stencil of the piece? I would definitely appreciate it.


  21. Charlene
    April 25, 2015

    Brilliant idea! I absolutely! Love it.

  22. Nikita
    April 27, 2015

    Can you email a picture of the stencil jeepWM@ukr.net

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  26. Ryan
    July 12, 2015

    I live I the city but from northern Minnesota, would love the stencil if you have it. Ryan.oertel@yahoo.com

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  28. Andrew
    July 26, 2015

    I go to school in the twin cities and find solitude in the forest as well, which explains my love for your tattoo. I would appreciate it if you could send me the stencil at andrew.harms3@gmail.com

  29. Phillip Dudas
    August 1, 2015

    I would so love this tattoo with the Seattle skyline. I have to leave this beautiful place and it would be something nice to remind me.

  30. Phillip Dudas
    August 1, 2015

    Maybe even with Rainier in the back of the skyline.

  31. Jacques
    August 11, 2015

    hey man sick tattoo, mind sending me the stencil also would beuch appreciated


  32. Jeremy
    August 15, 2015

    I saw a picture of your tattoo about a year ago and thought it was such an awesome idea. Could you please send me the stencil of it I would greatly appreciate it!

  33. Muoltha Muong
    September 2, 2015

    This is one of the best tattoos I have ever seen, and one that I was imagining! I had an idea just like this. Please, would you mind in sending me a stencil of the work?


  34. Muoltha Muong
    September 2, 2015

    And in advanced, I’d like to thank you, Cole Johnson!

  35. Nick Bouley
    September 12, 2015

    This is gorgeous. It illustrates perfectly my life, born and raised in the Twin Cities (though most wouldn’t know it) and love and work out in the woods. Thank you very much for sharing this. If it’s alright, I’d love to tweak it a little bit for my personal tattoo. Cheers.

  36. James
    October 5, 2015

    Awesome piece! Looking to get something similar done and wanted your blessing first.

  37. colejohnson13
    November 26, 2015

    go for it

  38. Stijn
    February 24, 2016

    The coolest tattoo ever! Would you mind in sending me a stencil, please? Grtz from Belgium

  39. Bullock
    March 21, 2016

    Hey man, that is a gorgeous piece of art. Would you mind sending me a stencil of the piece? I would definitely appreciate it.

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  43. Elizabeth
    August 13, 2016

    I saw a picture of your tattoo about a year ago and was immediately envious. I have lived in Minneapolis for about 5 years now; my other siblings had already settled down up the from Madison.
    It seems as though we all made our way north, probably to feel closer to our cabin in Ely by the Boundary Waters….
    Anyways, if you could email me a copy of the sketch of you tattoo that would be amazing. Thank in advance!!!! If you are unable to do that, could you let me know who drew the tattoo out for you and which parlor you went to please?


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  45. Matthew
    November 25, 2016

    Awesome tattoo. Would love to get the skyline portion on my arm. Could you please send me a stencil of your tattoo? mjwaller34@gmail.com

  46. Jacob
    December 9, 2016

    I love this design. Would you mind sending me the stencil as well? jwander@q.com

  47. Aaron
    January 31, 2017

    Still sick in 2017. I was like, wait.. that looks like the IDS building (worked across the street in now Mcgladrey Plaza) and scrolled down. Yep, 612 on display. Mad respect. I was looking for a similar concept. Good lord this tat has me drooling. Welp, back to the drawing board.

    Have a good friend who received both his sleeves and leg sleeve at Uptown Tat, nothing but the best to say about you all. I’ll be headed there when I can lock down what I want for a 3/4 sleeve. Wish I had this one, haha. Great work, idea and concept. Beautifully articulated in ink. Totally peanut butter and jealous.

    Much love.

  48. Siraç kaan Kaya
    February 13, 2017

    Love this tattoo, Do you send me the drawing of the tattoo please

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    February 13, 2017

    Love this tattoo, Do you send me the drawing of the tattoo please //. surfing_kaan@hotmail.com

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