The phoenix is said to have a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. The new phoenix is destined to live as long as its old self. In some stories, the new phoenix embalms the ashes of its old self in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (which means “sun city” in Greek).
Inkbase is a platform (still in beta, but so far so good!) made for tattoo artists, studios and people who are interested in tattoos. Artists and studios can post their work, while tattoo collectors can search for artists, studios, and inspiration.
This phoenix back piece always seems to end up being a favorite, and also a recognizable image. The kind folk at Inkbase seem to think it’s pretty good too, because they’ve made it the tattoo of the week. Thanks, Inkbase!
On July 21st, two very special events will be occurring at CoSM. The first is The Visionary Tattoo: Empowerment, Healing, & Transformation through Body Art, with Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman. Starting with a historical summary of visionary tattoo traditions of the past, Michele and Guy bring the focus of the discussion into what is possible now with the cutting edge understanding of the art form available today, showing examples from some of the tattoo community’s most innovative members.
Second, which I am grateful to announce that I will be a part of, is Sacred Ink: The Art and Ritual of Tattooing, hosted by Alex and Allyson Grey and includes art talks, live painting, and music from 8pm-2am. Sacred Ink features Guy Aitchison, Michele Wortman, James Kern, and myself.
To learn more about CoSM and get directions to the event, visit http://cosm.org.