Originally this was a draft for a current tattoo commission I am doing, for a girl who wanted the tree of life. I am now taking commissions here, in my journal [link]
The idea I had was since her phrase (written on the scrolls) said "My Family, My Life," I thought well, DNA makes up people, and family makes up her, and it all made sense. It was awesome, and I loved it, and so did my housemates. It's a shame to see it turned down, but I can always keep it in my bank of designs. (She wanted more of a tapestry style tree)
Despite this, I decided to erase her phrase and just keep the tattoo as it was, since I loved the idea. I still can't seem to do very good shading on the computer, so after I drew this, I printed it out and colored with pencils by hand.
Thanks to =Lileya
for the scrollwork reference.