After years of unfinishedness/ironing out design kinks, this is going to be fucking magnificent.
Posts tagged my body my canvas.
(I’m going to make a full post on this but right now, I’m curious..)
Everyone sees something different;
What do you see when you first look at this piece?
Dave McKean - Cover art for issue #20 of The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
I don’t ever regret not getting my arm piece in color, but it would have been glorious had I chosen to do so. The color palette is pretty orgasmic.
Whenever people ask me about what I’m going to think about my tattoos when I’m older I just want to show them a photo like this. My tattoos & I are still gonna look awesome, duh.
I’ll take better pictures when it heals; La Sirena!
I am beginning to design the accompanying tattoo for my right thigh. I’m so happy with it, and that this whole piece has stared to be on me. I feel like it’s been there forever.
corazon-lleno-de-hielo-seco asked: What do your nautilus shells symbolize?
Well first there’s the basic personal meaning which I find it symbolizes my mother, and myself as well, because it’s an image I was constantly surrounded by growing up (It goes hand in hand with why I got the octopus). the nautilus is also just such amazing creature, it really is.
On a more philosophical note; nautilus shells symbolize the never ending spiral that is life; the constant renewal. I feel it brings me a sense of balance and compassion for the universe. Shells symbolize birth, which always draws me to Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” (The Roman Goddess of love; shells were also an erotic symbol to the Romans, can you guess why? haha).
In my case, obviously literal birth isn’t in the context, it’s spiritual birth and rebirth. Born of the sea; it’s the birth of my womanhood (I mean, they are right over my ovaries), my beauty, and my self love. They’re something I could have never put on my body without learning to love it, I’m proud of that because it was a hard struggle but I overcame that. More than anything, they are for me, a representation of myself deeper than most. It’s so hard to put into words, I hope this sort of made sense.
My chambered Nautilus shells; another ode to my love of cephalopods. They symbolize many things to me. I used an image from an old scientific illustration I found at a flea market (duh). I love these guys:
“The Nautilus is a cephalopod, a mollusk. Its spirally coiled shell consists of a series of chambers; as the nautilus grows it secretes larger chambers, sealing off the old ones with thin septa. The animal lives in the largest and newest chamber. The shell wraps around itself as it grows with the earliest stages always in the middle.
Nautiloids, once one of the dominant groups found in the oceans of the world, are living fossils. Living on the deep ocean floor in the Pacific, it is near immortal, surviving the cosmic collision that doomed the dinosaurs, sixty five million years ago. The chambered nautilus has been been around for 100, 200, 500 million years in different estimates, maybe the oldest living creature still around.
To the ancient Greeks, the shell of the chambered nautilus was a symbol of perfection… It grows outward from old to new in a growth pattern similar to that of the human embryo.”
The basic outline stage of “La Sirena”. It’s going to be a two part piece, which will be two cards sort of mirror imaging each other on my front thighs. This image is based off of an Alex H. Turnbull Art Nouveau piece from around the 1930’s, and it’s my version of the La Sirena loteria card (I just haven’t added the 6 yet).
The second part, I will be getting on my right thigh, which will be “La Lune” tarot card, in the same Nouveau style. This piece means a great deal to me for more reasons than I feel like listing right now, but I am so happy to have started it- I’ve had this concept in my head for a few years and now is the right time to get it.
This is my abduction tattoo. Done with white ink, it’s the same tattoo that appears on Major Briggs in the show Twin Peaks when he is taken to the White Lodge.