nyahoooo this is my new tattoo design. I hope to get this tattooed 'till the end of the year.
hummm. please, I beg you: DO NOT COPY. I took a long time trying to figure out how to make it!
There's a reason for me wanting to tattoo the triskel. Well, there's a bunch of reasons (what a bunch of money! huhuhuhu)...
Celtic culture says that the triskel represents evolution and growing; the balance between body, soul and mind. It's the end and the beggining, the eternal evolution and learning. The druids said it was symbol of present, past and future, besides the 3 forms of the Goddess ("Maiden", "Mother" and "Crone").
So I added some celtic knots (thank you Mr , you'll always be my master!) to the design become more irish (as if it was necessary...) and tried to make it more similiar to the originals I've seen. As the tattoo is going to be made only in black I tried to make it simple, so it can also match to the oher I have.
Hum... sorry for so much text. Hope you like it, and hope it gets good on me!
I had the sketch of this lying around for ages and never thought I was going to finish it.. But then a friend asked if she could use it as a real tattoo.
She hasn't had the tattoo done yet.. But apparently it will be any day now.
Maybe I'll be able to upload a picture of the actual tattoo when it's done
I did this mostly all in india ink, almost in the same technique you would use for watercolor... I did use red watercolor, I tried using red ink but it wasn't doing what I wanted it to, and I didn't want to fuck this up.. it was made for my friend Heather for her birthday, it is a reproduction of a digital piece I did a long time ago called Growing Roses, which is based heavily off of some of Pat Steir's paintings, (it is in my gallery, go look!) I changed the roses into a traditional tattoo style, but tried to stay as true to the original as possible.. was a little challenging figureing out how to color the 2nd and 3rd roses, but I think it turned out great, plus she said she loves it. I hope you do too.
Also, I chose this title because Heather and I both really love Bon Iver's music, and every night that I worked on this I was listening to Bon Iver's "For Emma, Forever Ago," ... and drinking beer of course..
There is a moon and sun cradled in the branches and roots of this tree. They are the archetypal opposites, representing all extremes such as male/female, body/spirit, mind/matter, the self/the other.
The tree is the 'coniunctio' - or sacred union - between the extremes. It acts as all life does: keeping the balance between the opposites; forever oscillating between them until it can unify them in a rebirth of consciousness. This is alchemy as an allegory for spiritual enlightenment.
A tattoo designed by me and inked by Atom @ The Black Rose in Tucson, AZ.
NOT available for use: please do not copy this image, reuse it, claim it as your own, or get it tattooed on yourself!