Friday, October 29, 2010

Tattoo Offering Yakuza

this is the second time i've done odd things to lockstock's back.


the backbround is from cudubhstock, while the tattoo is from Tattoo Offering Yakuza

Tree Tattoo Backpiece

Alrighty. She's FINALLY done! After over 2½ years and over 100 hours of work... DONE! It's hard to believe. But it is finally done. I'd grown so used to my monthly trips to the shop. I'd seen a lot go down in those 2½ years. I imagine some people might be curious so I shall explain the significance of this tattoo....

So originally it started out as me knowing I wanted a tattoo, and being pretty sure I wanted it on my back, but then not knowing what I wanted… So I started thinking… What would be something I’d want on me forever… I came up with a couple ideas. Mostly geometric type things. But they didn’t strike a chord or anything. I don’t exactly remember how I came up with it, but eventually I thought of a “tree” and it just clicked. At the time the reasoning was just because I really liked trees mostly. My name means tree. I loved climbing trees. And I just like nature in general really. It was something that I have always liked. And so that kind of had a couple months to sink in.

After a couple months I still liked the idea of a tree and started doing some sketches… This is when I really got serious about it. I happened to be reading a book at the time, and this is where the true and current meaning of the tree really comes in to play. The book was "Jungian Archetypes" by Robin Robertson, which is a really great book, by the way. Anyways, in the book it talks about a 14th century alchemical illustration in which a man is shot in the side with an arrow and a tree grows from his genital region…. The arrow represents some sort of pain or trauma. The man is forced turn on himself, acknowledging this arrow, and through that he is then able to access his anima (A Jungian concept) which is represented by the tree. The anima is the generally repressed feminine characteristics in a male (while the animus is the generally repressed masculine characteristics in a female). So for instance, sensitivity, creativity, passion. These sorts of things. So to make a long story short, essentially, this tattoo is a memorial for my mom and the acknowledgment of who I am as an artist, and what I’ve gone through to get to where I am.

I have a vivid memory of my dad explaining how my mom is buried under a tree, and how they specifically picked that spot so it could give her shade in the summers and provide shelter from the snow and rain...

I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out...

* I have given permission to *Full-Back-Tat to post this tattoo in their club. They've got some nice work in there. Check it out...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Yakuza Tattoo

The famous Japanese woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e, or "pictures of the Floating World", depict scenes of the Floating World: geisha, kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, samurai, and prostitutes."

Those are probably the most dreamy or sensual tattoos found on Yakuza members. The connection of the themes to the underworld is obvious. Coupled with the aesthetic value and the depiction of characters with similar personal traits to the Yakuza, makes this a no-brainer for any Yakuza to have as a tattoo.

Polynesian Tattoo Designs

Polynesia basically refers to groups of islands that are located in Pacific Ocean, a place where tattooing has been a part of their tradition. These days tattoos do not have any significance, they have become style symbol. But earlier these tattoos were considered to be epitome of cultural significance. Whether people believe or not these designs do depict spirituality, history, family and person’s life. There are two classes in this tattoos- Etua and Enata. The first class has religious significance attached to it and latter has social or natural significance attached with the designs. Apart from significance, the designs and patterns of these tattoos are interesting and craze among tattoo lovers.

You can get different Polynesian Tattoo designs made on different parts of your body. Most famous Polynesian Tattoos designs include Hawaiian, Samoan and Maori. All these three style are distinct and look lovely on any one’s body. You can choose from the endless designs online. If you wish to have the tribal look, then these tattoos are just great for you. Get interesting tattoo designs made and look stunning. Whether you are a girl or a guy, Polynesian Tattoo designs are apt for you.

Modern Day Japanese Mafia

The Yakuza are believed to be one of the largest organized crime phenomena in the world and have been around longer than the Sicilian mafia. Their origins can be followed far back as to the year 1612 when men known as kabuki-mono (the crazy ones), came to the attention of local authorities. Their odd clothing, style, distinctive haircuts and anti-social behavior gained the attention of mainstream society. They have gained notoriety not just in Japan but around the world for their activities.

In Japanese legal terminology, Yakuza organizations are referred to as bĂ´ryokudan, literally violence groups. Yakuza members consider this an insult, as bĂ´ryokudan is a term which can be applied to any violent criminal. It is generally believed that most Yakuza members come from poor backgrounds or are on the margins of society.They mainly make their livings from unlawful activities, such as gambling, drugs, prostitution and extortion. For many poor people the Yakuza have become like a family that protects them. After the earthquake in Kobe the Yakuza arranged financial aid and even a helicopter for local people most effected by it. Many local business see the extortion money as a form of 'tax' and the police are sometimes reluctant to become involved.

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Skull and Bird Tattoo
Skull and Bird Tattoo

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Nicholas Lemons Tattoos

Nicholas Lemons is an American model, known for his work with designers such as Dolce & Gabanna, Emporio Armani and Van Heusen.

Nicholas Lemons has a half sleeve tattoo on his right arm, which connects to another design on his chest. The sleeve design contains a dragon, lotus flower, kanji symbols and a bamboo background. The chest tattoo is a cubist style face.



Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tila Tequila Tattoos

Tila Tequila has a number of tattoos on her amazing body, a heart tattoo on her left arm/shoulder, another heart tattoo (this one has wings & also two guns crossed underneath it). On her back she has a scorpion tattoo & a Chinese Tattoo on the back of her neck.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Chyler Leigh Lower Back Tattoo

Chyler Leigh is a lovely American actress, featured on the television series Grey's Anatomy, and she also starred in the movie entitled Not Another Teen Movie.

Chyler Leigh is known to have a single tattoo located on her lower back, the design is some type of artsy cosmic inspired masterpiece, which includes two creatures, stars and a night sky background.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

John Leguizamo Tattoos

John Leguizamo is an excellent Colombian-born American actor, comedian and producer, known for his role in movies such as Super Mario Bros, Romeo + Juliet and Land of the Dead.

John Leguizamo has been spotted with a couple of tattoos, one of which is a Aztec design located on his right shoulder. He has also been seen with a 3D spiderweb tattoo on his chest, however this design was for the movie, Spun, and is believed to be temporary.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Jerry Lawler Crown Tattoo

Jerry "The King" Lawler is a legendary American professional wrestler, commentator and actor, who has won more than 140 championships over the course of his lengthy career.

Jerry Lawler is known to have a single tattoo located on his left wrist, and the design is a small kings crown. Checkout the pictures below.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Word Tattoos

Getting words inked on is a GREAT idea for ink. They can be straight forward and to the point, or they can be mysterious and symbolic. Here are 3 common word tattoos to consider getting inked:

1. NAMES.

Names Word TattoosNames Word Tattoos

This word tattoo refers to someone who you want to represent by name. It could be a loved one, someone whom you admire or are a fan of; a pet, girlfriend, husband or wife and much more. It could be more general as well such as the common "mother" tattoo.

Examples of name tattoos: "mother", "ozzy", "jesus", "Frank", "Marge".

2. SAYINGS.

Sayings Word TattoosSayings Word Tattoos

This word tattoo is very popular. It involves taking a saying of some sort (an inspirational quote, a humorous line, or just a one or two words representing something) and getting it inked on as a tattoo. These tattoo sayings can be very powerful as they convey a direct message.

Examples of tattoo sayings: "born to lose", "strength", "live free or die", "believe in yourself".

3. LETTERING.

Lettering Word TattoosLettering Word Tattoos

These tattoos focus on lettering and usually are large with just one or two letters which represent something, like a place or someone's initials, or the initials representing something. Though they can be longer as well. Lettering ink focuses on a rather elaborate type of font. Each letter stands alone as a solid work of tattoo art. Whereas some of the other tattoos mentioned will often be accompanied by separate designs, lettering ink can hold it's own without any other design needed.

Article by: Chess McDoogle


Japanese Dragon Tattoo Designs and Meaning

The Japanese Dragon Tattoo is a very beautiful and colorful tattoo design and very symbolic, with its origins in myths and folklore. It is also very mystical, adding to the appeal of the Japanese dragon tattoo. Over the ages, from Egyptian times the dragon has represented good and also represented evil. However, the attraction of the Japanese dragon, apart from its stunning beauty is that it represents good luck and the source of wealth. The Japanese dragon also represents the meaning of freedom and being fearless, both very attractive qualities.

Japanese Sleeve Tattoo Designs and Ideas - The Hottest in Sleeve Tattoo Designs



Are you looking for a full or half sleeve tattoo design that is unique and different then a lot of the others you have seen out there already? You might want to consider a Japanese sleeve tattoo design. There are tons of great themes and designs that can easily be incorporated into a full sleeve, half sleeve or even a quarter sleeve.

Kanjis - Mistakes to Avoid with Japanese Style Kanji Tattoos


Asian inspired tattoos are increasingly popular in the West. Chinese dragons and Japanese tattoos have been mainstream for years. There seems to be no let up in people getting tattoos in Asian style writing. In the West Kanji tattoos started becoming popular in the 1980s. Nowadays even kids are getting temporary tattoos out of vending machines with kanji style tattoos!

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