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MODIFY – MINI PROJECT

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Last weekend Ade, me and Joel, our good friend (and fellow photographer – 2XWORKS) went into the woods to work out some idea’s we had for a while. The week before we already practiced a bit on different technique’s and materials and this weekend we wanted to continue this mini project. It’s a quite time-consuming project and due to the change of weather we had to stop, but we will continue working on this concept in the upcoming weeks.

 

Inspired by the human urge to modify everything they see, eat, know. And CMT trees.

 

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– Lielo

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4TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

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First we want to thank you all for your birthday wishes yesterday on Facebook, Twitter and by email! And we want to thank all of you for your support over the last 4 years! You guys are great. Man, time flies by…4 years. We started this blog and the concept of 369 four years ago, not knowing yet how this would develop. We wanted to create a name, a project and a platform for both of our expressions of art, tattooing and photography. Something that would represent a collaboration between two people, with both a passion to express them selves. One creating permanent designs, inspired by ancient ornaments and symbols with a modern touch and one in the world of still images telling hidden stories. We started this blog as our way to tell others about our art and interests. We started small but are now happy to welcome hundreds of new visitors each day, we feel blessed. In this year Ade travelled around, did some tattoo conventions and recently started a new adventure. Together with her colleague Joel (2XWORKS), Lielo (HOLY BIRD) decided to take a break for now from doing photo-shoots. She is still making photo’s on a daily basis but is now mainly focussing on the management part of 369 and Ade ItamedaAnd also in this new year we will keep uploading more of Ade’s tattoo work with background information and more travel-logs and photo’s of our trips! And there are some super exciting things in the pipeline, we can’t tell you more at this moment but more details will be posted soon! So keep an eye on the blog!

For now: Salam Budaya!

 

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GODDESS GUAN YIN

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Last week Ade continued to work on this sleeve, this time he added the Goddess on the lower arm called Guan Yin. 

Guan Yin means “Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the (human) World”. In Chinese Buddhism, Guan Yin is the same as the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (enlightenment being), the highest form of mercy, compassion, kindness & love. Along with Buddhism, Guan Yin was introduced into China as early as the 1st century AD, and slowly reached Japan on the way from Korea and to the other areas of Southeast Asia. Soon after Buddhism was introduced into the country for the first time around the mid-7th century. 

Guan Yin is very often portrayed as a beautiful woman in long, flowing white robes. In her right hand, she holds a jar containing pure, clear water, while her left hand bears the branch of a willow tree. Sometimes, she is accompanied by either two children or two warriors, while other images show her with a bird or astride a dragon. Some ancient depictions of Guan Yin show her dressed as a young girl holding a fish basket, which has probably contributed to her association with fishermen and the sea in certain coastal areas of China. She protects the distressed and hungry, rescues the unfortunate from danger, and gives comfort and aid wherever it is needed. And different then many other, she puts charity to shame, because she will never ask for donations. She had finally attained enlightenment after struggling with non-things. She was just about to enter heaven to join the other buddha’s when she heard the cries of the poor unsaved souls back on Earth. She felt touched and wanted to help and said that she will never rest until every single soul was brought to the world of Buddha’s. As a ‘holy being’ often called to appear in the most unusual and strange situations, she has the ability to transform into any living thing. In fact she’s better known in India as a male. But she often appears in female form to stay incognito. Guan Yin is without a doubt one of the most beloved deities in both religious and folk beliefs in China. Many believe that Guan Yin is the mother of all mankind, an idea that reminds us of the Virgin Mary.

 

 

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2XWORKS X BODYFARM RESULTS

And here they are! The results of the photo shoot, 2XWORKS recently had with the Dutch deathmetal band Bodyfarm!
These pictures are copyrighted and may not be published, distributed or altered without written consent of 2XWORKS.

2XWORKS 2013 ©
2XWORKS 2013 ©

2XWORKS 2013 ©

Bodyfarm Thomas Wouters – Guitars/vocals Quint Meerbeek – Drums Bram Hilhorst – Guitars Harry van Breda – Bass Thomas Wouters – Guitars/vocals Quint Meerbeek – Drums Bram Hilhorst – Guitars Harry van Breda – Bass

 

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SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

 

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2012.

After year full of ups and downs we’re almost at the end of 2012. I can say, it was quite a hectic but mostly really fun year! In the beginning of this year, Ade got a request to design a pair of shoes for one of our favorite shoe/clothing brands, called Vans. It was a really nice project to work on. The fun thing about this project was that the client gave the total freedom to create a design which was a combination between something modern like a sneaker with a design based on an ancient ornament found in traditional Batik fabrics. The shoes turned out great and we got allot of good responses. Thank you for that!

Besides the project for Vans, Ade also got a request from one of the oldest Indonesian restaurants in Paris, France. They saw his work on the blog and asked him to design a working outfit for their co-workers in the restaurant. A totally new experience! In August we actually had the opportunity to visit the restaurant to see his printed design in real life. One of the other things we did was joining a couple of tattoo conventions in The Netherlands just like last year. But this year we choose to join, Breda, Alkmaar, Rotterdam and Eindhoven. Great to see so many familiar faces as well meeting new people. I must say that tattoo conventions are always a great opportunity to show your work to people and explain them a little bit more about the meanings behind the designs.

2012 was also the year that Lielo decided to start a collaboration with her friend and fellow photographer, Joel. After doing a couple of photo-shoots together they decided to finally make it official and named their project ‘2XWORKS‘. You will definitely see more work of them being posted on the blog in the new year!

2012 was our first year fulltime in The Netherlands, which means that’s it’s almost time to visit Indonesia again! But first we will take a small break from work from Sunday 23 December until Thursday 3 January. You can still send us an email on thisis369@gmail.com to make an appointment with Ade Itameda to get tattooed, to discuss a design or with any other questions. We will respond to all your emails when we return.

Overal 2012 was great. So let’s go to the new year! We wish you all a creative 2013!

Sampai jumpa,

Thisis369

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PHOTO’S EINDHOVEN TATTOO CONVENTION

 

Here is a small photo report of the Eindhoven Tattoo Convention.

All photo’s made by 2XWORKS.

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