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THAI NAGA HALF SLEEVE

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Nāga themed half sleeve on left arm. 

Garuda themed half sleeve on right arm.

This is the result of a great project about the ancient characters Garuda & Naga. Showing above is the left arm with the Naga theme. The right arm is posted on this blog before and has a Garuda theme. This was a quite challenging project for me because I never drew a dragon before in my life. This is my first dragon, sounds weird, but it’s true. We choose to use the Thai dragon called Naga and surrounded it with Thai ornaments based on traditional Thai carvings. The customer wanted to have a contrast between the left arm and the right arm. To learn more about the Thai dragons I had to find some books telling me a little bit more of the stories behind these ancient characters. I found out these stories are incredibly complicated. Both of these characters appear in as well Buddhism and Hinduism mythology. I focussed on the Buddism interpetation of the Garuda (Even the stories about Garuda of Hinduism & Buddhism have similarities). I’m always amazed about the Thai ornaments and carvings found on temples and houses. Great piece to work on! More of this!

– Ade Itameda

A little bit more about Garuda & Nāga:

In Buddhist mythology, the Garuda are enormous predatory birds with intelligence and social organization. Another name for the Garuda is Suparṇa which means “well-winged, having good wings”. Like the Nāga, they combine the characteristics of animals and divine beings. They don’t know the exact size of the Garuda, but they say that his wings have a span of many ‘miles’ wide. They also say that when a Garuda’s wings flap, they create hurricane-like winds that darken the sky and blow down houses. A human being is so small compared to a Garuda that a man can hide in the plumage of one without being noticed. They are also capable of tearing up entire banyan trees from their roots and carrying them off. They also have the ability to grow large or small, and to appear and disappear at will. The Garuda have kings and cities and at least some of them have the magical power of changing into human form when they wish to have dealings with people.

The Garuda are enemies to the Nāga, a race of intelligent serpent or dragon-like beings, whom they hunt. The Garuda at one time caught the Nāga by seizing them by their heads; but the Nāga learned that by swallowing large stones, they could make themselves too heavy to be carried by the Garuda, wearing them out and killing them from exhaustion. The Buddhist Nāga generally has the form of a great cobra-like snake, usually with a single head but sometimes with many. At least some of the Nāga are capable of using magic powers to transform themselves to look human just like Garuda. In Buddhist painting, the Nāga is sometimes portrayed as a human being with a snake or dragon extending over his head. They believe that Nāga live on Mount Sumeru, among the other minor deities, and in various parts of the human-inhabited earth. Some of them are live in the water, in streams or lakes and others are living in the earth, in underground caverns.

As you might know, the Mekong is one of the longest rivers in Southeast Asia. The legend of the Nāga is a strong and sacred belief held by Thai and Lao people living along this river. Many pay their respects to the river because they believe the Nāga still rule in it, and locals hold an annual sacrifice for the Nāga. Each ceremony depends on how each village earns its living from the Mekong River. For instance, through fishing or transport. Local residents believe that the Nāga can protect them from danger, so they are likely to make a sacrifice to Nāga before taking a boat trip along the Mekong River.

 

All these tattoo designs are custom made by Ade Itameda and created uniquely for each client and made by modern tattoo machines. They are based on personal ideas/symbols of his clients.  None of these designs will be re-used again. 

Copyright © Ade Itameda 2012. All rights reserved.

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POLYNESIAN INSPIRED + FREE SPOT IN EINDHOVEN

Polynesian inspired piece Ade recently did on mr. John from Zeeland. Click on the photo for a bigger preview.

Ade still has a free spot left on the Tattoo Convention in Eindhoven on the saturday 3th & sunday 4th November of this year. If you’re interested in getting tattooed at that convention, send us an email on thisis369@gmail.com

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CORLEONE

 

 

Cornell’s a.k.a Corleone’s chest-piece done by Ade.

Based on Vajra and lotus flowers.

 

 

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ARMS

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JOEL’S SLEEVE

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Ade finally finished the sleeve of our best friend, Joel. The sleeve consists elements like the Merkaba, Yantra, Tibetan wheel of life, Aum, and Indonesian ornaments.

Soon a small part will be added on the top of the sleeve.

Thanks to Joel for your friendship and never ending support!

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BLACK WORK

Photo by Holy Bird.

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OPTICAL LEG

Gagu’s optical leg done by Ade Itameda.

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MARTIN’S SIDE PIECE

When used in Buddhist literature, the Sanskrit word vajra usually is defined “diamond” or “adamantine.” It can also mean “thunderbolt,” although this definition of vajra is more often associated with Hinduism.

A diamond is spotlessly pure and indestructible. As such, the word vajra sometimes signifies enlightenment, or the absolute reality of shunyata, “emptiness.”

The vajra also is ritual object associated with Tibetan Buddhism, also called by its Tibetan name, dorje. These objects usually are made of bronze, vary in size and have three, five or nine spokes that usually close at each end in lotus shape. The number of spokes and the way they come together, or not, at the ends have numerous symbolic meanings.

In Tibetan ritual, the vajra often is used together with a bell. The vajra is held in the left hand and represents the male principle, upaya, action or means. The bell is held in the right hand and represents the female principle, prajna, wisdom.

A double dorje, or vishvavajra, are two dorjes connected to form a cross. A double dorje represents the foundation of the physical world and is also associated with certain tantric deities.

 

Martin is one of Ade’s most supportive customers. Besides the Barong chest piece and the full Wayang sleeve, he know got an amazing side piece done by Ade. This will be continued later with the Tibetan Bell in the same idea on his other side.

Thanks Martin for all your support so far!

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GARUDA

Inspired from batik pattern Garuda.

Gurda derived from the word Garuda. As known, the garuda is a large bird. In view of the Java community, an garuda has a position very important. Gurda motif is also inseparable from the beliefs of the past. Garuda is the mount Batara Vishnu. This god is known as the Sun God. Because the eagle to ride Batara Vishnu, the Garuda is also used as a symbol of life as well as a symbol of virility.

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NEW T-SHIRTS!

 

Mask

Design by Ade Itameda.

Inspired by Javanese masks, used during traditional dances. Underneath the mask there’s 2 keris. Keris are, both a weapon and spiritual object, keris are often considered to have an essence or presence, with some blades possessing good luck and others possessing bad. Salam Budaya means ‘Greeting Culture’.

Printed in a matte, detailed print,
on a black, made of 100% cotton, high-quality t-shirt.

Available in size M, L, XL, XXL.

Model is wearing L.

25,- euro (excl. shipping costs).

 

Batik Flower

Design by Ade Itameda.

Based on flowers used in the traditional, Batik fabrics from Indonesia. In the middle there’s the AUM symbol surrounded by a Bali flower, often used in holy ceremonies. Salam Budaya means ‘Greeting Culture’.

Printed in a matte, detailed print,
on a black, made of 100% cotton, high-quality t-shirt.
Special hand-cut model, with cute short sleeves. Low feminine neck. Long fit.

Available in size S, M, L, and XL.

Model is wearing M.

25,- euro (excl. shipping costs).

You can send your order to: thisis369@gmail.com
Please include in your email the preferred size, name, and address.

(We’re shipping to every country, it depends on the country what the sending costs will be).

We will send you information about payment and the shipping costs for your order.

We would like to keep our items exclusive and limited.
There are only 24 t-shirts printed with this design! 

So be quick, and place your order!

Machine wash cold. Wash dark colors separately. Use non-chlorine bleach only if needed. Tumble dry low. Do not iron decoration. Do not dry clean if decorated. The t-shirts are made of 100% cotton so expect some shrinkage. To lessen this, try hang drying your t-shirts.

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