I'm looking for a tattoo to place on my shoulder or inner bicep.
The idea: I want a metaphor for self improvement, using imagery from nature. Many forests must undergo periodic small fires in order to survive major wildfires when they break out. These smaller fires burn along the forest floor, but don’t kill the larger trees around them. By burning dead leaves and twigs on the ground, the fire opens up space for more trees to grow while simultaneously clearing the forest of excess fuel for the fire (see attached images that show this in action). As a metaphor, these small fires represent difficult change that, although painful, is necessary to prevent catastrophe and ensure long-term ability to thrive.
I'm flexible regarding the style of the design. I'd prefer something minimal/less intricate, but am still open to detailed artwork if inspiration brings you in that direction. I'm open to both literal and symbolic representations of this idea -- no strong preference either way. Regarding color, the simpler, the better. In summary, I'm aiming for a minimal design (both intricacy and colors), but I'm open to some intricacy/color if you feel it makes the design significantly better!
See attached photo for a few examples of how this looks in nature.
UPDATE (12/1): As I think about this design more, I'm a fan of geometric shapes as part of the design. If you look at what I've rated 4+ stars, you'll see what I mean. Feel free to take this into account when designing. Thanks again!