Om Mani Padme Hum Tattoo

Om Mani Padme Hum black and white tattoo

…;O'; 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 Mahay…

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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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Military Tattoo Designs – Part 2

the maine

…not, since it was sunk in Havana Harbor at the outset of the Spanish-American War in 1898. A suspicious explosion sank the battleship suddenly, taking the lives of 260 sailors aboard her. Although Spain offered to have the matter investigated and 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…

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Done!

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

…healing and pealing and my tolerance for pain taken into consideration). In hindsight, that was the best decision I could have made. I think that Greg was happy with the process and, as a result, I have a tattoo the likes of which few people ever see, let alone have. It is utterly nuanced and detailed and just a feast for the eyes from every angle. I could not be more pleased. Am I glad it’s over? Hell yes. I’m not a fan of pain or d…

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All the Symbols in the Tattoo Encyclopedia

The Tattoo Encyclopedia

…tty Boop Betty Grable Bhimsen Binary Bind Rune Biohazard Symbol Biomechanical Bird Birdman Birth of Venus Bishamon Black Rose Black Widow Blind Justice Blood Blue Marlin Bluebird Bo Tree Boa Boar Boat Bobcat Bomb, Shell Bomb with Fuse Bone Bonsai Tree Book Book of the Dead Born to Ride Borneo Rosette Branches Brick Wall British Fighting Dog Buddha Buddha, Fat Buffalo Buffalo Skull Buffalo Spirit Bull Bull’s-Eye Bulldog Bullet Butterfly Caduceus C…

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Unicorn Tattoo

Unicorn Tattoo

…t 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 came…

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Halloween Tattoo

Halloween tattoo design by Greg James.

…tchman named Jack while others to a scoundrel who managed to trick the devil and needed a lamp to navigate from hell back to earth. Originally, though, in either version, a candle was placed in a hollowed out turnip. When the custom was transplanted to the United States, the turnip was replaced by the native pumpkin. Today, little scoundrels who go from house to house demanding “trick or treat” are almost always met with the treat but occasionall…

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Hot Stuff Tattoo

Hot Stuff Tattoo

…t 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 J…

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Oni Tattoo

Oni tattoo by Greg James.

…eir 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 variously as guardians of Buddhist hell, demons who act as torturers there, pranksters, devourers of human victims, hunters of sinners, and bringers of disease and epidemics. There is also a tradition, however, in older tales, that they can apparently be converted to Budd…

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Visitor Gallery Archive 10

…y 8th tattoo and my 1st big tattoo.I got the design from a t-shirt and it was love at first sight. It hurt like hell but im booked in for my 2nd big tattoo soon ;) Name: Angel FaceTattoo Symbol: Tribal w/Gemini symbol insideTattoo Studio: Body Art Tattoo Symbol: PassionComments: hope that’s what it means. would like some feed-back, please. Name: Ashley RoseTattoo Symbol: Rose and IrisTattoo Artist: Margie HollandTattoo Studio: Marks of th…

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