vrijdag 17 oktober 2008
Still want that tattoo
I've wanted a tattoo for ages and ages, then right before my 20th birthday my parents wanted to give me a tattoo for my birthday. But off course then I overflowed with ideas and doubt struck. So I'm still tattoo-less. However what I did know was that I wanted something from Audrey Kawasaki, her art is just so incredible and many of the elements she uses in her (let’s say) portraits are perfect for a tattoo. I’ve always had the idea of butterflies in my head, for me they add a slight magic to the world, when you see them flutter passed I always feel like they have come from a completely different mysterious world and being able to see a bit of that world makes me feel delighted. Plus there are many links with butterflies in mythology from all over the world, many of which, in particular Greek mythology, link butterflies to the human soul. The Ancient Greeks also considered butterflies as the souls of those who had passed away.
In ancient Greek the word for butterfly is "Psyche", which translated means "soul". This was also the name for Eros' human lover and when the two figures are depicted they are often surrounded by butterflies.
In the Christian religion, the metamorphosis a butterfly undergoes is symbolic of the spiritual evolution all Christians go through. In ancient mythology, the butterfly stands for wisdom and everlasting knowledge.
But I like to think that we are all small and appear to be the same(like the caterpillar), but as we grow older our true beauty shows (like the butterfly). Like a butterfly, we are all different, and beautiful in our own way.
Back to the tattoo, I had this image of one of Audrey Kawasaki’s works and I still absolutely love it. I think the butterfly depicted here will be perfect for me. Not completely sure about the placement yet though, either above the inside of my elbow or almost on top of my right shoulder. I think it will the latter. .
What do you think?