Here are a few smaller pieces, recently completed by Natan.
Firstly, a brightly colored lotus blossom and lettering. “Amor fati” is a Latin phrase loosely translating to “love of fate” or “love of one’s fate.”
Second, a Tibetan double dorje. In Tibetan the word dorje means “indestructible.” The dorje is a spiritual weapon used to banish non-truths and bring in the truth. The dorje is often used in a Tibetan Buddhist ritual, where it is twirled in order to bring in truth.
Third, which perhaps shouldn’t be categorized as a “smaller work,” is a bright shamrock surrounded by traditional elements (such as a clipper ship and swallow) in black and grey.
Natan has limited December availability before he sets off to Japan, and his January is already filling up quickly. If you would like to book an appointment with him, give Witch City Ink a call at 978.744.9393.
One look at Natan’s portfolio, and it’s obvious that he is heavily and humbly influenced by Asian (particularly Japanese) culture. One of his favorite subjects to tattoo? Dragons, of course. Here are some fun little tidbits from Wikipedia:
Japanese dragons (日本の竜 Nihon no ryū) are diverse legendary creatures in Japanese truth and folklore. The style of the dragon was heavily influenced by the Chinese dragon. Like these other Asian dragons, most Japanese ones are water deities associated with rainfall and bodies of water, and are typically depicted as large, wingless, serpentine creatures with clawed feet.
Historically, the dragon was the symbol of the Emperor of China. In the Zhou Dynasty, the 5-clawed dragon was assigned to the Son of Heaven, the 4-clawed dragon to the nobles, and the 3-clawed dragon to the ministers. In the Qin Dynasty, the 5-clawed dragon was assigned to represent the Emperor while the 4-clawed and 3-clawed dragons were assigned to the commoners.
Fascinating stuff! The above photo, as well as the one below, are in-progress pieces that Natan has worked on recently. He’ll also be spending some time in Japan at the end of the year and going into January. Envious? We are too.
Happy Wednesday! We have a lot of recent works from Natan to show you, and we thought we’d start off with a nice little sleeve post of the flower persuasion. First up is a black and grey lily sleeve on Jodie, who quickly became one of our favorite clients.
This next pic only shows a portion of this sleeve, which also consists of flowers, but is done quite differently than the above lilies. The colors are incredibly vivid — more so than this photo shows!
Moving away from the floral spectrum, one of Natan’s clients came in with the idea of wanting waves on his forearms. He was pretty excited about these — and so were we!
As usual, Natan’s schedule is filling up incredibly fast, so be sure to give Witch City Ink a call at 978.744.9393 if you’d like to make an appointment with him (even if you want to be tattooed by him at Lightwave — the keepers of his schedule are at Witch City!). As always, keep checking back here for more tattoo photos, travel news, and a little announcement about a customer appreciation party/art show at Lightwave!
Sunday was no day of rest, but sometimes going in to work for the purpose of tattooing a friend is worth cutting a weekend in half for. This is the result of the second session of a back piece on Sarah, who is another client who traveled a considerable distance to be tattooed, and who also has a job to be envied (hint: it involves Alex Grey) along with plenty of interesting stories. She’s an all around cool lady, and it is always a treat to have her at Witch City Ink.
Scarabs were popular amulets in ancient Egypt. According to ancient Egyptian myths, the sun (Ra) rolls across the sky each day and transforms bodies and souls. Modeled upon the Scarabaeidae family dung beetle, which rolls dung into a ball for the purposes of eating and laying eggs that are later transformed into larva, the scarab was seen as an earthly symbol of this heavenly cycle.
And so this client traveled a fair amount of distance to have this scarab on his ribs, which was done at Lightwave yesterday. A transformation symbolizing transformation.
Regardless of what you may believe, parts of the bible are incredibly fascinating, including the four horsemen, which are described in the last book of the New Testament (thanks, Wikipedia!). Wiki goes on to say:
The chapter tells of a “‘book’/’scroll’ in God’s right hand that is sealed with seven seals”. The Lamb of God/Lion of Judah (Jesus Christ) opens the first four of the seven seals, which summons forth four beings that ride out on white, red, black, and pale horses. Although some interpretations differ, the four riders are commonly seen as symbolizing Conquest, War, Famine and Death, respectively. The Christian apocalyptic vision is that the four horsemen are to set a divine apocalypse upon the world as harbingers of the Last Judgment.
Pretty cool/frightening, eh? We’ll keep showing you the progression of this tattoo. Here’s phase one!