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Thread: I designed my first tattoo in ArtRage! Yaaaaay!

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    I designed my first tattoo in ArtRage! Yaaaaay!

    Ok so really I'm just a 50+ little boy right? Truth is that I've wanted a tattoo since I understood what a tattoo was. I've always put other things first over the years as tattoo art is expensive, at least in my view. Well my wife has arranged for me to get a tattoo for my 51st birthday coming up in November! My tattoo artist is going to take the design from here. She will define the nature of the vines growing from behind the Mjölnir and the transition from vines into fire. This is for my right shoulder and I am so excited by the prospect. I am interested in feedback and suggestions at this point although please don't suggest not getting a tattoo. I've had plenty of time to think about the topic. ;-)

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    Be well,

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    David, a beautiful design, very fine detail, I hope your tattoo artist is up to your standards, good luck my friend....

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    You sure are putting a whole lot of faith in your tattoo artist. This is so well done, I'm assuming you're keeping an eye that it all looks consistent with what you have here? Cause this is maintaining a very high standard.

    I have no idea what the symbolism means or refers to. Gaming? Fantasy novel? Satanic? Arcane? The caution: "Don't go messin' with vessin"? A character you've designed in another context that you're particularly close to?

    The artistry is really top notch. And the subject certainly carries an air of mystery and could well start a conversation or two -- and maybe even a commission or two -- too.

    "Not a bit is wasted and the best is yet to come. . ." -- remembered from a dream

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    gxhpainter- Thank you my friend. :-) My tattoo artist is actually a talented young beginner who has been a family friend for years. I could find more experienced artists to handle this but, I accept that she will be doing her interpretation of my design. Once I recognized that for me meaning can only come from ourselves certain things began to transcend importance. For me the connection and ritual of this person being my tattoo artist is more important than the particulars. She is quite skilled too and I have no doubt I will be pleased.

    D Akey- This goes way back to my childhood. My imaginary friend was a dragon about the size of an eagle named (of course) Fashmir. It was not the kind of intense 'imaginary friend delusion' that kids confuse with reality. It was just good fun pretending and playing. I still do such things in ways in my self talk for example there is a bit of Fashmir the dragon still in the conversation. He can be a bit snarky but usually is there to nudge me toward the nobler path. The Celtic swirl between the horns is fire and water, two forms of natures power who when paired in the right proportion negate each other by transcending their nature and becoming something else (steam). The Mjölnir is a widely recognized symbol of Thor which in the context I have it represents power entrusted to a sacred guardian or guide. That is to say there must be a spiritual negotiation before power is employed. The growing vines and fire represent life and change. I'm sure there are a bunch of potential meanings that I've not seen, but there it is. Thanks for looking in and commenting. :-)
    Be well,

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    Hi. fashmir. I dunno about a tattoo. But would make a smashing door knocker at least would

    Help stop all the junk mail. It would put the willies up them. CIAO. HASTA LA VISTA

    IVAYA. CON DIOS. SLAINTE. ...............POZDRAWSKI

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    Ha! Eighty+ you are cracking me up. I like the idea of a door knocker. I have a good friend who has the skill to create such a thing. He would carve it in wax and cast it in brass or bronze. Hmmmmm... You've got me thinking. :-)
    Be well,

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    i have to say dear Sir, that is indeed a heck of a beautiful piece of artwork!!!!! Congrads!

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    Although there's evdeintly something still in progress with the flames, it's a really wonderful drawing, also for an architectural ornamental purpose (as a tattoo it's great as well for sure, but I'm not very keen of tattoes).
    Actually, sorry to repeat it, I don't appreciate this new epidemic fashion (or fad) progressively spread by certain specific "cultural" sources all over the remaining developed, often hedonism-plagued, countries for quite a number of reasons I already speculated on and would obviously spare
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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    Caesar- Thank you for appreciating the artwork. I hope you won't think less of me for choosing to have it inscribed on my body. My description of the symbolism touches on the meaning for me. For myself getting a tattoo is not a means to join a fad or trend, or to throw myself in line with the stereotypical crowd of 'hard' or 'low' minded hedonistic people. I have stood against generalization and marginalization of people based on demographic viewing rather than individual acquaintance for most of my life. While it hurts to think my choice will become a cause for some to pull away from me, I do find that such choices have a way of sorting out who is who in my life. Some will accept it and others will fall away, it is the way of things. I do hope you can accept my choice dear brother.
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    Be well,

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    Rondo- Thanks so much! I really appreciate it.
    Be well,

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