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MAHAKALA X SLICKNICK

 

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Mahakala – protector against negativity

Done last week on our friend, Joel. 

Mahakala is a protector (Dharmapala) and the primary ‘Wisdom Protector’ of Himalayan and Tibetan Buddhism. There are dozens of different variations and forms of Mahakala. But he’s mostly shown in his wrathful appearance.

Mahakala may look frightening, but that’s not meant to make you afraid! Mahakala is the threatening and powerful embodiment of the bodhisattva of compassion. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have to decided to say ‘no’ to entering paradise in order to help others attain enlightenment. He is always depicted as an extremely fierce and terrifying deity. His purpose is to help to overcome negative obstacles on the path to enlightenment and to protect them on their way to it. The mask of Mahakala is also meant to scare bad spirits and energy away from the place it protects. He is known as a compassionate protector, with all his aggression directed at those who would do harm. His anger is necessary because it gives him the fearsome power to demolish any enemies or obstacles on the way to enlightenment. His face is frightening also to scare away negative thoughts, actions, and energy. Mahakala masks are frequently found in temples and monasteries in Tibet, as well as in private homes as symbols of protection.

The cloud of fire above Mahakala‘s eyes and coming from his mouth represents his powerful energy. His third eye shows his function as a protector; three orbs of vision express his ability to see the past, present and future. Mahakala has a crown of five skulls, which represent the transmutation of five negative afflictions of human nature into virtues. As he confronts negative forces and crushes them with his anger, his crown of skulls neutralizes what remains and works to transform it into something positive. Which means that ignorance becomes wisdom, pride is humbled, attachment becomes the wisdom of discernment, jealously shifts to feeling satisfied with one’s own accomplishments, and anger is released and soothed.

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Mahakala is always a protective deity with these features, but he can be portrayed in several different colors:

– Most of the time he is dark blue, which symbolizes the steady and enduring nature of dharma.
– Sometimes he is black; as black absorbs all other colors, so does Mahakala represent ultimate or absolute reality and transcendence of all form.
– Red Mahakala reflects in color his passionate and fiery nature.
– Mahakala in his white form helps one attain riches and a long life.

When you consider Mahakala as your spiritual bodyguard. He appears to be tough and extremely scary, but he is somebody you want to have on your side as you face the trials and obstacles in life!


 

 

25 to Life Tattoos – Slicknick

As some people might already know, Ade recently moved to a different tattoo shop, called 25 to Life Tattoos in Rotterdam.

A bit more information about the other artist/owner of the shop, Nico Mensinga a.k.a Slicknick. Nick who’s the owner of the shop, is a known artist in the tattoo world for over the last 15 years. 10 years ago he opened his own tattoo studio at the Pannekoekstraat in Rotterdam. Nico is mostly known for his solid and clean old school and Japanese work, he’s the right guy if you’re looking for a real traditional and unique tattoo design. You definitly have to go and check out more of his great work on his FB page!

For more information about the shop and the artists, Slicknick & Ade Itameda you can find on the 25 to Life Tattoos Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/25ToLifeTattoos And keep an eye on this Facebook page because soon there will be two other artists working in the shop, Dickie de Wit, known for his old school work, will regularly start taking a spot on Thursday’s and the Japanese tattoo artist, Horishachi Osaka is coming to Europe again and will be doing a guest-spot at the shop from the 9th till 13th of september. He’s known for his traditional Tebori-style of tattooing. Send an email to make an appointment with all relevant information to: slicknick@hetnet.nl 

So drop by at this great shop in the heart of Rotterdam and come by to make an appointment or to check out their portfolio’s!

 

– Lielo

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FLAMMEND HERZ – TATTOO DOCUMENTARY

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Last week a friend came up to us with a documentary made in 2004 named ‘Flammend Herz’ and told us that it was a total must see if you’re interested in some true ‘tattoo history’. And nothing was lied, every tattoo-artist, tattoo-collector and even people who have no particular interest in tattooing should see this documentary!

This German-Swiss documentary tells the story of three of the earliest pioneers in the tattoo-world of Europe. The story of Albert Cornelisse (Rotterdam, 1913), Herbert Hofmann (Freienwalde, 1919) and Karlmann Richter (Kiel, 1913) who shared a great friendship build on their passion of the art of tattooing. In that generation, tattoo’s where mainly worn by sailors, soldiers or abroad criminal circuits. But in the 70’s and later people start getting more and more interested in tattoo’s and getting tattooed. Something still rarely socially accepted, especially at work. This documentary shows a portrait of these three man, who on the first eye look like ordinary elderly man, but underneath their clothes, they are covered in tattoo’s from head till toe. Herbert Hofmann’s tattoo shop in Hamburg St. Pauli was “Germany’s first professional tattoo shop”, is the place where the lives of these men crossed. They all helped Herbert professionally for substantial periods in their lives, but when he decided to pass over the shop to his younger cousin in 1981 the others felt betrayed and their friendship came to an end.

But was this really the end of an intense friendship?

An overall very touching, beautifully filmed documentary which gives you a good insight into the tattoo-world back then and the differences/similarity’s with the tattoo-scene now days. It’s almost hard to believe this documentary is not that known. From the beginning till the end we watched this documentary with a smile on our face, definitely a must see!

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ADE ITAMEDA X OLIVIER

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Last week a plan that was made years ago was finally executed. Olivier,  a long term friend and fellow tattoo-artist, came with the idea of a collaboration between him and Ade around 3 years ago, when both of the guys where still working in Rock’n Roll Tattoo studio in Jakarta. Because of all the travelling they never found a good moment to work it out. But last week, Olivier came up with a nice sketch of a wayang shadow puppet version of ‘Hanuman‘ pierced by a traditional Indonesian keris. Ade made a couple of adjustments and then it was ready!

 

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