Motorcycle Wheel with Wings Tattoo

Motorcycle wheel with wings tattoo design by Greg James.

The world of biker tattoos is a continually growing one but also a changing one. As the legion of bikers multiplies, the repertoire of their tattoos does also, moving further and further into the mainstream, even becoming part of fashionable pop culture. But one part of the biker tattoo stock of images that will likely never fade is the image of the motorcycle itself and its parts, including the wheel. Wheels, whether in racing or street rid…

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Om Mani Padme Hum Tattoo

Om Mani Padme Hum black and white tattoo

…as in ‘O jewel lotus.’” The Six Syllables of Om Mani Padme Hum (by Christopher J. Fynn) Prayer Wheels at Nechung Chok (by John Hill) As important as an accurate literal interpretation of a mantra might be, it is only its most obvious and superficial of interpretations. As always, the spiritual meaning of the mantra centers around the Bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokitesvara (Mahakarunika was one of his names). According to Maha…

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Military Tattoo Designs – Part 2

the maine

…submitted to arbitration, the cause of the disaster was never discovered. The slogan “Remember the Maine and to Hell with Spain” was coined and sailors of the era rushed in droves to have it tattooed on their chests before heading out to avenge her sinking. Already these types of tattoos had acquired the features which we recognize today – the curved scroll or banner with perhaps a slogan, name, or date; red, white, and blue bunting; the stars a…

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All the Symbols in the Tattoo Encyclopedia

The Tattoo Encyclopedia

…an Octopus Octopus (Rapa Nui) Odin Rune Okame and Hyottoko Olive Branch Olympic Rings Om Om Mane Padme Hum Omega One Eighty-Seven (187) One Hundred Percent (100%) One Percent (1%) Oni Orchid Oriental Characters Osiris Otter Ouroboros Owl Ox Padlock Pagoda Pah-Kwa Paisley Palm Tree Pan Panda Pansy Panther Parrot Patriarchal Cross Pazyryk Stag Peace Pipe Peace Symbol Peach Peacock Peahi Niu Pearl Pearl (Japanese) Pegasus Penguin Pentagram Pentagram…

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Done!

Two cherry-blossom tattoos, one pink and one purple (with many shades added to each).

…art by showing you the last two major pieces that were colored: two cherry blossoms. Two cherry-blossom tattoos, one pink and one purple (with many shades added to each). These have both pealed in the photo above because it’s been a week since I was tattooed.The pink petals drifting over the grey clouds are new as well. The flowers are simply gorgeous, their shading almost photorealistic! Because some of the tattoo (more shading in the clou…

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Unicorn Tattoo

Unicorn Tattoo

…it into the moral scheme of things. “Our Lord Jesus Christ is also a unicorn spiritually. That it has just one horn on its head means what He Himself said: “The Father and I are One.” He is very swift because neither principalities, nor powers, nor thrones, nor dominions could keep up with him, nor could Hell contain him, nor could the most subtle devil prevail to catch or contain him; but, by the sole will of the Father, he cam…

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Halloween Tattoo

Halloween tattoo design by Greg James.

Although it might seem like a stretch to have a holiday themed tattoo, don’t bet on it, especially when it comes to Halloween. Call it our fascination for the spooky or our delight in the devlish but Halloween images have definitely made their way under our skins. Scenes with Jack O’Lanterns, a scary house at night with bats, witches, and ghouls against a full moon are all part of the celebration of a night which used to be known as Al…

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Hot Stuff Tattoo

Hot Stuff Tattoo

…at wings, the tail, and the color red. In fact, most of these elements have been in place for hundreds of years. One of the most vivid descriptions of the devil was created by Dante, in the early 1300s, where he describes Satan in the very bottom of hell (the ninth circle), sitting in ice, with three faces (one red, one black, one yellow), weeping tears from six eyes, and beating his six wings. Each mouth gnaws on a traitor (Brutus, Cassius, and…

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Oni Tattoo

Oni tattoo by Greg James.

The oni, or two-horned devil, is a popular image in the Japanese tattoo artwork of today. They are probably the most common of the ghostly beings in Japanese cosmology and are typically depicted as rampaging, violent, and cruel. Almost always shown with horns, their faces can be quite varied, similar to noh masks, and are typically pink, red, or blue-grey. In general, the oni is a fearsome supernatural creature. They have been described vari…

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Visitor Gallery Archive 10

…too Artist: MannyTattoo Studio: D & M Tattoo StudioComments: This is my first tattoo. I have three daisies, one for each of my kids. This guy is amazing with his art. I was so happy I am going for the second tattoo tomorrow. I won’t say what it is as I don’t want any copycats. Name: Enigmatic OneTattoo Symbol: DemonComments: This is on the left side of my ribcage. I saw the image and was drawn to it, for reasons I cannot fully ex…

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