Tag Archives: Durga’s Tattooshop

GARUDA

The Garuda is a large mythical bird or bird-like creature that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology.

Garuda is the Hindu name for the constellation Aquila and the Brahminy kite and Phoenix are considered to be the contemporary representations of Garuda. Indonesia adopts a more stylistic approach to the Garuda’s depiction as its national symbol, where it depicts an eagle (being much larger than a kite). 

Indonesia uses the Garuda, Garuda Pancasila as its national symbol, it is somewhat intertwined with the concept of the phoenix.

  • The Garuda Pancasila is coloured or gilt gold, symbolizes the greatness of the nation and is a representation of the elang Jawa or Javan Hawk-eagle Nisaetus bartelsi. The black color represents nature. There are 17 feathers on each wing, 8 on the lower tail, 19 on the upper tail and 45 on the neck, which represent the date Indonesia proclaimed its independence: 17 August 1945. The shield it carries with the Indonesian Panca Sila heraldry symbolizes self-defense and protection in struggle.
  • The Indonesian national airline is Garuda Indonesia.
  • Indonesian Armed Forces United Nations peacekeeping missions is known as Pasukan Garuda or Garuda Contingent.
  • In Bali and Java Garuda has become a cultural symbol, the wooden statue and mask of Garuda is a popular artworks and souvenirs.
  • In Bali, we can find the tallest Garuda statue of 18 metres tall made from tons of copper and brass. The statue is located in Garuda Wisnu Kencana complex.
  • Garuda has identified as Indonesian national football team in international games, namely “The Garuda Team”.
  • The stylised brush stroke that resemble Garuda is appear in the logo of 2011 Southeast Asian Games, held in Palembang and Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • The stylised curves that took form of Garuda Pancasila is appear in the logo of Wonderful Indonesia tourism campaign.

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TIBETAN ARM PIECE

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The symbol in the top is named Tram.

Traṃ is the seed syllable of Ratnasambhava.

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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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WHEEL OF DHARMA

Wheel of Dharma. Cover up of scar.

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BALI

 

 

Because of circumstances we will not go to Bali next week. We’re sorry for the people who already made an appointment to get tattooed. Later this year we will be back in Bali again, so we can schedule new appointments. Ade will be working in Durga’s Tattoo shop from 4 July till 9 July. If you want to make an appointment, send an email to thisis369@gmail.com

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MARTIN’S SLEEVE

Martin’s arm. This sleeve is a combination of all kind of Javanese and Balinese ornament and images. (Wayang, Mega Mendung, some Aksara Jawa/Hanacaraka, wood carvings from Bali/Middle Java, Gunungan (from shadow puppets play).

Photos and edit by Lielo.

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GORILLA + FOO DOG

Gorilla ornament for Tim.

Observe this regal creature in its natural habitat. Gorillas are vastly sociable, and have intricate methods of communication with each other. Furthermore, there is a great deal of  honor involved with their interactions with each other.

Gorillas are intimately aware of each member within the community. In fact, the responsibility to assist both young and elderly members of the troop (term for a group of gorillas) are shared among all the members of the community. This is a message to us to not pass over our debt to our elders – but be active participants in their final days.

 

Foo dog for Chino, Female version will be added later on other arm.

Foo dog (chinese guardian lion)

They are believed to have powerful mythic protective powers that has traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Pairs of guardian lions are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and other structures, with one sitting on each side of the entrance, in China and in other places around the world where the Chinese people have immigrated and settled, especially in local Chinatowns.

Salam budaya. adeitameda


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OFFERING

 

Today we made some offering for the spirits in the tattooshop. Some flowers, some water, some candy, some oil, some money, a cigarette, some incense, a candle and an apple.

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BODY ART FESTIVAL BANDUNG

We had a blast at Body Art Festival in Bandung! 2 days of fun, meeting people, promoting our work, making tattoo’s and watching other people getting tattooed! And we kicked ass as our team! Durga won the first price in the category Tribal and Ade won the third place in that category!  Here is a photo impression of the convention, also including some photo’s of the tattoo’s Ade made this last weeks.

 

All photo’s are made by Lielo.

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CHESTPIECE FLOWER

Chestpiece Ade did yesterday.

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