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SWASTIKA SLEEVE – TATTOO ENERGY MAGAZINE

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Some progress on this Indonesian sleeve I’m working on. For this sleeve I used a batik design from Java and combined it with Balinese ornaments and a Swastika pattern which can be found in Bali.

The Swastika is still an important symbol in Hinduism in Bali and I think it’s too bad that after the 2nd World War, people looked at this symbol in a different, more negative way. I hope that we can take a positive view on it again.

SWASTIKA IN BALI

The swastika (also known as the gammadion cross, cross cramponnée, or manji) (as a Chinese character: 卐 or 卍) is a symbol that generally takes the form of an equilateral cross, with its four legs bent at 90 degrees. It is considered to be a sacred and auspicious symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The symbol was introduced to Southeast Asia by Hindu kings and remains an integral part of Balinese Hinduism to this day, and it is a common sight in Indonesia.

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The Swastika sign can be seen all around in Bali, especially on Balinese Hindu temples. Besides temples they can also be seen in houses or community buildings. For example; On a house for the dead, it means a symbol for reincarnation, happiness and new creation, to accompany the dead on there journey in other worlds. In Bali this symbol simply means balance in relationship.

For the Balinese Hindu’s a balanced life is very important, and that ideal life is indicated by three good relationships. The first is good relationship between human and the Almighty God. Next, the harmonious relationship among the human race. Third, a good relationship with life lower than human such as animals and plants.

 

 


 

TATTOO ENERGY MAGAZINE

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Years ago, I was always searching & asking all my friends who have been out of Indonesia to get me this magazine. Normally I received it in a couple of months after the magazine came out. I learned a lot from this magazine, staring at the amazing artists inside it. That was my dream, that one day I would be in this magazine. A couple days ago, one of my dreams came true. One of my works is published in this magazine :), big or small, I very appreciate it.

Thanks to Miki Vialetto to give me this chance. Awesome.!

For more information & to order the magazine check: http://www.tattoolife.com/

 

– Ade Itameda

 

 

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INDONESIAN ROOTS

First of all: Happy new year! We hope 2013 will be a great, healthy and creative year for all of you!

Recently we had some customers coming in who wanted to have a designs done which are resembling  their Indonesian roots. Some of them have Indonesian fathers, mothers, grandmothers, aunties or other family members. And even in some cases we have people contacting us who don’t have a connection with Indonesia because of their family but just because they have a particular interest in the culture, history or traditions. It’s always great to hear the stories and reasons about why someone wants to get a specific design tattooed. In this way we can keep ancient symbols and images alive and pass it on to the next generations.

 

Javanese Mask.

Javanese Mask.

Hanacaraka/Aksara Jawa. Traditional Javanese writing.

Hanacaraka/Aksara Jawa. Traditional Javanese writing.

 

Based on the female Javanese wayang shadow puppet called Shinta.

Based on the female Javanese wayang shadow puppet called Shinta.

Based on Garuda mask from Bali, Indonesia.

Based on Garuda mask from Bali, Indonesia.

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BLACK WORK

Photo by Holy Bird.

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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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ENDLESS KNOT

 

The endless knot has been described as “an ancient symbol representing the interweaving of the Spiritual path, the flowing of Time and Movement within That Which is Eternal. All existence, it says, is bound by time and change, yet ultimately rests serenely within the Divine and the Eternal.”

Various interpretations of the symbol are:

  • The Endless knot iconography symbolised Samsara i.e., the endless cycle of suffering or birth, death and rebirth within Tibetan Buddhism.
  • The inter-twining of wisdom and compassion.
  • Interplay and interaction of the opposing forces in the dualistic world of manifestation, leading to their union, and ultimately to harmony in the universe.
  • The mutual dependence of religious doctrine and secular affairs.
  • The union of wisdom and method.
  • The inseparability of emptiness (shunyata) and dependent origination, the underlying reality of existence.
  • Symbolic of knot symbolism in linking ancestors and omnipresence and the magical ritual and meta-process of binding (refer etymology of Tantra, Yoga and religion)
  • Since the knot has no beginning or end it also symbolizes the wisdom of the Buddha.

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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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TATTOOS ADE

Yantra with lotus flower.

Shapes and patterns commonly employed in yantra include squares, triangles, circles and floral patterns but may also include more complex and detailed symbols, for instance:

  • The lotus flower typically represent chakras, with each petal representing a psychic propensity (or vritti) associated with that chakra
  • A dot, or bindu, represents the starting point of creation or the infinite, unexpressed cosmos
  • The şaţkoņa (Sanskrit name for a symbol identical to the star of David) composed of a balance between:
    • An upwards triangle denoting action (or service), extroversion, masculinity or Shiva
    • A downwards triangle denoting introversion, meditativeness, goddess energy or Shakti
  • A swastika represents good luck, welfare, prosperity or spiritual victory
  • Bija mantras (usually represented as characters of Devanāgarī that correspond to the acoustic roots of a particular chakra or vritti)

Geometric element meanings:

  • Circle = Energy of the element water
  • Square = Energy of the element earth
  • Triangle = Energy of the element fire
  • Diagonal lines = Energy of the element air
  • Horizontal line = Energy of the element water
  • Vertical line = Energy of the element fire
  • Point = Energy of the element ether

Yantra may be used to represent the astronomical position of the planets over a given date and time. It is considered auspicious in Hindu mythology. These yantras are made up on various objects i.e. Paper, Precious stones, Metal Plates and alloys. It is believed that constantly concentrating on the representation helps to build fortunes, as planets have their peculiar gravity which governs basic emotions and karma.

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SAM + JOEL

Sam wanted to make a tattoo influenced by the place where he has his roots. His family comes from Manado, Sulawesi. Where the owl is an important symbol. Ade turned it into a more modern version.

Joël, wanted to get tattooed for more then 12 years, but could not find the suitable design. We met him a couple of weeks ago and it directly clicked. And day by day Ade started to design an unique design for him, based on him as a person.

Because Joël is a light-painter, you can see his work here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joelkiel1982/, and a creative mind, he told us:

My creativity starts in my mind, after that it flows through my heart, through my arms, into my hands‘.

A little explanation about the piece:

The upper part is the Sri Yantra, which excists out of 9 triangles which are all created out of the center point, the Bindu. It’s an symbol of man and woman, and also for: Shiva (the male) and Shakti (Female). For Joël it symbolizes the connection between new ideas and ideals. For creation and creativity.

The text is Om Mani Padme Hum, a mantra. For Joël it means being proud, passional and a new start. The mantra is mirrored on the other side to show the two sides of life, black and white, life and death etc. You can also see the Wheel of Dharma which is a symbol that has represented Dharma, the Buddah’s teaching of the path to enlightenment.

For a first tattoo, this design was kinda heavy. But Joël seperated the man from the boys and handled the pain very well ;) This piece will be continued later to be a full sleeve.

All photo’s made by Lielo photography.

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