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GANESHA

 

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A while ago Ade finished a back-piece on Michelle. To explain the meaning of the Ganesha in one sentence is technically seen impossible. The story behind ‘Lord Ganesh’, the famous Hindu Elephant God, is so complex that there’s not only one way of explaining it.

I will try to tell you a little bit more about this famous religious figure, found mostly in India. Ganesha, also called Ganesh or Ganapanti Tantra is seen as the biggest deity of Hinduism, a deity with a head of a elephant. He is the God of wisdom and knowledge, takes away obstacles in life and he is the protector of travellers. Hindu’s pray to Ganesha before they start something new, like a new job or moving out to a new house. Ganesha is the son of Shiva and Parvati. He is mostly portrayed with and mouse or a rat, named Mushika, as his ‘Vahana’ (vehicle).

When Ganesh was still very young, he wanted to be left alone and preferred to spend his time wandering around by himself. Because of that reason and because of the fact that Shiva had started a war, Shiva never had the opportunity to really get to know his son. After years and years of battle’s Shiva returned to Parvati and Ganesh. When he arrived at the house he saw an intruder. And because he was so incredibly sanguineous he instantly decapitated the intruder. But he didn’t see that the intruder was  actually his own son! He didn’t recognize Ganesh on the first sight because Shiva never really been close to him. Because Shiva felt devastated  he commended his servants to bring him the head of the first creature they would see alive. After a short period of time they returned with the cut-off head of an elephant. Shiva put the head of the elephant on the lifeless body of his son and Ganesha directly rose from the death and entered history as a half-god with the head of an elephant.

There are many different appearances of Ganesh, every time shown with different attributes. In the case of this tattoo, a key (client’s wish), a lotus and a plate with candy. Mostly Ganesha is portrayed with a big, bare belly and a rose-orange skin, a rat sitting next to his feet and off course an elephant head. Sometimes Ganesha has an symbol between his eye’s and trunk which looks like the number ‘3’, similar to the symbol of Om or Aum; the sound of the vibration out of which the universe was created.

Ganesha is also seen as the one who wrote down the Mahabharata (One of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India). And anywhere in India you will find statues of him which they believe will help travellers to make the decision which way they need to go. Ganesha is always symbolizing the start of something, the first impulse.

 

 

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INDONESIAN SLEEVES

Ade has been working on three Indonesian inspired sleeves for three great guys. In the first photo you can see a sleeve with elements of the traditional Indonesian Wayang shadow puppets play. On the lower arm you can see the Gunungan, the opener of the Wayang shadow puppets play. On the top of the arm there’s an Javanese mask, used during traditional celebrations and ceremony’s. And around it you can see ornaments inspired by Balinese stone-carvings and waves.

In the second photo you can see a sleeve which is also inspired by traditional Indonesian images. On top of the arm you can see the all known symbol of Indonesia, the head of the Garuda bird. Also combined with ornaments and flowers which are based on Balinese stone carvings and clothing patterns. And the sleeve is closed with a Batik Parang pattern (This sleeve is still in progress).

In the third photo you see a sleeve which is influenced by the wave pattern you can find in all the Indonesian passports, with as a background the pattern of the Flower of Life. And on the lower part of the arm you see an ornament which is mostly seen in Batik Ceplok patterns. (The circle in the middle is an ‘imperfect circle’ and not done by Ade).

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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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