Thursday, March 31, 2011
In the Leviticus section of the Bible, you will find a passage that sometimes says something about not making marks on the flesh, and sometimes outright says "no tattooing." It will depend on the modernity of the translation. However the idea is pretty much the same, and it's a seriously debated point amongst those who are strongly religious.
Angels - Tattooed angels range from cute little cherubs up to elaborate renditions of Seraphim.
Religious scenes - These can be renditions of Bible scenes or reproductions of famous paintings that are Bible-oriented. One extremely popular tattoo image isn't from the Bible at all: it's the Rock of Ages, showing a woman clinging to a rock in the midst of stormy seas.
The history and mythology of koi goes back to China, over 2,000 years ago, and these images and stories were absorbed into Japanese culture like so many other things. They have been kept as auspicious pets dating back hundreds of years. They have been popular images throughout the history of Japanese tattoo designs and as that style is now very prevalent in Western tattoo culture, so is the Japanese koi tattoo.
Keith Alexander was a long-time body mod enthusiast who created an amazing blog, chronicling the creation of his koi back tattoo. Sadly, he was killed in a bike accident in NYC, but his blog has been maintained as a memorial by his friends.
Here is a personal account of one man's choice to get a koi tattoo. He details his reasons for picking this design and how it fits into his personal history.
* Michael McClure Family Commentary: Koi Tattoo
This is the archive of a series of blog entries, following along as Michael gets an extensive koi tattoo. The entries start in 2006 and run into 2007.
Koi is the Japanese word for "brocaded carp" and refers to the large, colorful fish that have been bred and kept in ponds for centuries. The formal name "Nishigikoi" translates as "living jewels." Careful breeding of these fish really got a modern foothold in the 1800s, and it has produced a rainbow of colors and a variety of specific body markings in the years since.
The Story of Crystal's Koi
The tattoo you see here is on the leg of my friend Crystal. She'd had a few smaller tattoos before, but when it came time for something large, she picked a koi. I think the symbolism of perseverance fits well with how she's overcome many challenges in her life.
The tattoo was designed and tattooed by Bill Liberty. His shop, Liberty Tattoo, is located in Sacramento, CA, where Crystal lives. She's a big lady and she decided to put this tattoo on her thigh, so it's pretty large. It starts a little above her left knee and runs up to the top of her thigh. The entire tattoo took several sessions. Large, complex tattoos are most often done in stages, with the colors being added from darkest to brightest. So first the black outline and shading was done. Then all of the blue water coloring and shading was done. And finally, the brightly colored fish and flower were finished.
Oliver Peck is an artist who has to tattoo- his whole life revolves around it. He has a lot of fun with what he does, and lets his tattooing take him to other places in life. A proud American tattoo artist he’s spent many years developing his talent, and it shows...
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
2. Where to get your female sexy tattoo? Areas that accentuate a sexy tattoo are upper arms, upper back, and upper thigh areas. Other areas may work well also, but one area to avoid is the lower back. While this area has been viewed as a sexy place to get your female tattoo, it’s been played out and become too much of a trend.
“Throughout the years I have tried to develop my own unique style. My style tends to be a little on the dark side, sinister even. My main focus has always been realism. I like to play with different tones and textures. I also enjoy distorting portraits or any other type of image. I try to create things that look as alive as possible no matter how far fetched the subject may appear. I believe that anything you can draw or paint you can tattoo.”
Robert has his own studio based in Madrid which has been going since 2000 and bears the moniker of Vittamin Tattoo. This is where some of his most outstanding work has been produced. A vividly rendered ant so well done that it almost pops off the arm of one client is merely one example; his portfolio is filled with incredible examples of black and grey portraiture (the hardest type of tattoo to do, as you can read about in our Paul Booth feature) – bearded zombies, vampiric priestesses and that calling card of the Dark Style tattooist, creepily pale, hollow eyed little girls.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The following month from dates 21st January – 19th February is the Aquarius zodiac symbolizing a water bearer depicted though two horizontal zig zag lines. Their personality traits follows that they make friendship systems really well, assisted with freedom of expression.
Aries is another zodiac tattoos sign which dates from March 20 – April 19th. The symbol depicts the horns of a goat or ram.
Taurus zodiac tattoos sign visualizes the head of a bull with its two horns at the top. The month range for this zodiac tattoos sign is April 20th – may 20th. It may also be perceived as the crescent moon resting on the sun.
Cancer spanning from the month of June to July reflects two curved lines depicting the mother child bond that is so intricate and close.
Leo symbol, symbolizes the head and the tail of the lion.
It is interesting to note that Virgo and Scorpio have almost similar signs and therefore their meanings are also similar. They reflect the early medical sign, possibly having some kind of healing property. The only difference they have is the termination of the ends which also has a meaning i.e. they reflect the two sexes.
If you are planning on getting a tattoo, you may want to consider checking out online tattoo galleries for some great ideas. Remember that when you get a tattoo it is going to be with you for a very long time, so you definitely want to choose something that looks great and that you really love. This is no time to pick out something that you only kind of like. There are many great designs available today, so be sure you pick out a design that you really love.