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TEMPLE GUARDIAN INSPIRED CHEST

 

 

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We’re already two weeks into the new year, time flies! We started fresh, full of new inspiration & energy!

Ade started working on this great chest piece a week ago. The design is inspired on the chest / neck ornaments of the guardians in front of the temples in Bali. First these statues were placed only in Pura (temples) and Puri (Royal homes), but nowadays they can be found in front of most of the houses in Bali. The statues are usually placed as protectors, on the left and right sides of the gate and have an important symbolism for Balinese people. Sometimes they look alike, but they are not identical. Often the statues are like a mirror image rather than an exact replica. For example if one statue makes a looks to the left, the other would make it to the right. Other statues that you can find surrounding temples and houses in Bali are mostly related to Hindu gods (and statues related to Ramayana and Mahabharata).

 

– Lielo

 

 

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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.

Mahakala

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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BARONG BALI / NIGEL DE JONG

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There’s one thing that we can never say no to and those are these kind of beautiful Indonesian artifacts! Whenever we find a nice Javanese / Balinese mask in the thrift store or find a beautiful Barong statue at a Pasar Malam we háve to take them home. Our little house is slowly turning into an Indonesian museum, but it’s just so much fun to adopt these beautiful items! Above here in the photo you can see on the left, Boma, a Balinese protector/beast. The story tells that once he was a very powerful and destructive earth demon. In the ancient story, Mahabarata, Boma became a great champion and a defender against evil. You can find him above  most doorways, and above the entrance of temples and palaces in Southern Bali, mostly decorated with fresh flowers put behind his ears. His hands spread out to scare off the negative spirits. He’s regarded as being very strong and being able to overcome obstacles physical and mystical. In South Bali, Boma is always depicted with three curls of rock ornaments on top of his head and a bow of flowers. The other mask you see on the right is a Balinese dragon (Naga) wall mask and only used as decoration, to find the exact meaning of this mask is a bit more difficult. He’s part of the many dragon characters found in Bali. In the great story Mahabharata, Nagas are tending towards the negative. They call them “persecutors of all creatures” and tells us “the snakes were of virulent poison, great prowess and excess of strength, and ever bent on biting other creatures”. But at some points within the story, Nagas are important players, frequently no more evil nor deceitful than the other characters in the story and sometimes on the side of good. They mostly show Nagas as having a mix of human and serpent-like habits.

Barong in Bali

It is unclear where the Barong is originated, however it is generally accepted that a barong is a physical manifestation of a protective spirit which guards people from evil influences. In Bali, it dates back to ancient, pre-Hindu times when animism was the most popular form of belief. It is believed that a Barong is powerful enough to guard an entire village with the main task of driving away the demons known in Balinese as Bhuta-kala. Barong come in many different shapes and sizes. Most are representations of animals such as lion-tigers (barong ket), elephants (barong gajah), tigers (barong macan), pigs (barong bangkal), barong sai (Chinese lions), barong buntut (solo/tailless barong), ravens (barong guak), goats (barong kambing), bulls (barong lembu), horses (barong jaran), or moose (barong rusa). Rare Barong are: gaint human puppets called Barong Landung (Landung means tall in Balinese), giant characters called Barong dawang-dawang  or Barong brutuk (in Trunyan). Barong ket are the most commonly seen Barong in ceremonies and tourist performances throughout Bali. Their dance is also the most developed. Most Barong are danced by two dancers, one at the front head piece, the other at the back tail section, giving the creature four feet. The ones with two feet such as Barong tunggal, Barong bangkal and Barong landung are all danced by one single dancer. Barong are decorated with hair or feathers depending on what village they come from. The magical power of the barong is said to be concentrated in its beard, which is customarily made from human hair. The belief in its magical power is so strong that if a village is struck by an epidemic, a priest is ordered to soak the beard in a glass of clean water to make holy water. This holy water is used to bring the village out of the epidemic. For certain ceremonies, many barong will be gathered together to be purified. There is even a temple in Bualu, Nusa Dua named Barong-barong Temple. Barong are magically very special to most Balinese and their powers are taken very seriously.

And after a successful football match last Friday between  Spain vs. The Netherlands we received a nice promotional photo of Nigel de Jong with his healed tattoos by Ade. Follow Nigel on Instagram for more snapshots out of his everyday life! http://www.instragram.com/ndjofficial

Good luck against Australia on Wednesday guys!

– Lielo & Ade Itameda

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