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  • Off-Topic - Tattoos and Their Significance

    Tattoos were mentioned in the "Weight-Loss Goal Reward" thread and I thought it would be interesting to see some peoples' tattoos and learn about their significance.

    I have two tattoos:



    I got this one when I was 19 and I knew I wanted a tattoo but didn't specifically have anything in mind. I figured a maple leaf was safe as I will always be from Canada.



    I got this one last year. A few years ago, the movie Pathfinder came out and the tagline in the trailer was "There are two wolves living in a man's heart . . ." I did some research and came up with this story (I believe it's an old Cherokee fable):

    An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, "Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do.

    But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times." He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.

    But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing.

    Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit."

    The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which one wins, Grandfather?"

    The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, "The one I feed."
    The story resonated with me and I hold it dear to my heart. That's why I got this tattoo.

    What about your tattoos?
    There are two wolves fighting within a man's heart, one is Love, the other is Hate. The one that wins is the one you feed.

    My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world. - Jack Layton

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  • #2
    My tattoo is shown in my profile pic above. The tiger lily is for my father who loved tiger lilies and grew them in his back yard. He died suddenly at age 81, 8 years ago. The hollyhocks are for my mother who died when I was 18. We had hollyhocks around our house and I remember her loving them. This is my third tattoo, the other two are not as "public".

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    • #3
      the wolf tat is sweet. i thought about something similar except in norse tradition of the wolves Sköll and Hati eternally chasing the sun and moon


      i also want an imperial insignia from star wars and a COBRA emblem from gijoe. yes i was a child of the 80s lol
      Primal Chaos
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      6-19-2011 393lbs 60" waist
      current 338lbs 49" waist
      goal 240lbs 35" waist

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mike Gager View Post
        i also want an imperial insignia from star wars
        I've been tossing that idea around for years.
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        • #5
          lol yeah me too i told a friend once about it and he laughed and said thats stupid. i was like well its better then some stupid tribal band around your arm. he has a tribal band around his arm, the look on his face was priceless
          Primal Chaos
          37yo 6'5"
          6-19-2011 393lbs 60" waist
          current 338lbs 49" waist
          goal 240lbs 35" waist

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          • #6
            I have a lame-looking flower on my ankle and a pretty cool blue and green fairy on my hip.

            I'd love to get a fairly large tattoo of Rosie the Riveter and a bomber with a pinup on either my upper arm or my shoulder, but I'm waiting to see how the cash flow is going to work over the next year or so.

            ETA: Oh! The significance! Really none for the lame flower. The fairy was a tribute to the Irish heritage my ex and I shared, and that my sons have.

            Rosie the Riveter stepped in and did the dirty work usually done by men during WWII, and I feel like that's how my life has been, especially the past few years. It's also something my female ancestors did even earlier in history. The bomber and the pinup are due to my fascination with that era, and the other side of being a woman.
            Last edited by RitaRose; 08-01-2011, 04:08 PM.
            Durp.

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            • #7
              If any of y'all want a tattoo come see me in San Francisco. Ill give you a Primal discount.
              you can see my work here.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by erikJ View Post
                If any of y'all want a tattoo come see me in San Francisco. Ill give you a Primal discount.
                you can see my work here.
                Wow. Just wow. That is some amazing work. I may just make a trip up to SF next time I'm in Cali to get a tattoo from you.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by erikJ View Post
                  If any of y'all want a tattoo come see me in San Francisco. Ill give you a Primal discount.
                  you can see my work here.
                  Dammit, why do you have to be so far away? You do beautiful work. I like how many insects you've done. I have a cicada on my right forearm. Your style would be perfect for my next, on my left forearm, which will be a sea monster from an old nautical map.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mike Gager View Post
                    the wolf tat is sweet. i thought about something similar except in norse tradition of the wolves Sköll and Hati eternally chasing the sun and moon


                    i also want an imperial insignia from star wars and a COBRA emblem from gijoe. yes i was a child of the 80s lol
                    I know 5 different people who have the Imperial insignia tattooed on them.
                    Georgette

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                    • #11
                      Here's a better view of the tattoo in my avatar:

                      As for the significance, I've always loved bones and skeletons (when I was younger my family lived in Arizona and I'd go hiking in the desert to look for bleached bones), and when I was very young, my mom gave me these two books by Ursula K. LeGuin called Catwings and Catwings Return, about winged housecats. I loved them, and they very strongly recall childhood happiness for me. There's also a bit of a memorial influence, for my two cats who passed away a couple years ago. For my birthday this year I'm planning on getting a companion piece on the opposite hip (this one is on my right hip/thigh, in case you couldn't tell), of a living winged cat.

                      I've got a couple small tattoos on the back of my shoulders, but neither are terribly visually remarkable. They're symbols I would draw all during high school and the first part of college, respectively, and came to stand for everything that happened to me during those periods of my life.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by erikJ View Post
                        If any of y'all want a tattoo come see me in San Francisco. Ill give you a Primal discount.
                        you can see my work here.
                        Love your paintings!

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                        • #13
                          I have the Auryn on my back from Neverending Story. It's also an ouroborous, techincally.
                          That movie helped me through a shitty childhood. No matter how crappy things got, it helped me think that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Also, how there's two sides to everything, good and evil.
                          In the movie, the Auryn 'guides and protects' Atreyu. I felt similarly about it, so i got it tattooed on my upper back (center) forever
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Nion View Post
                            I have the Auryn on my back from Neverending Story. It's also an ouroborous, techincally.
                            That movie helped me through a shitty childhood. No matter how crappy things got, it helped me think that there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Also, how there's two sides to everything, good and evil.
                            In the movie, the Auryn 'guides and protects' Atreyu. I felt similarly about it, so i got it tattooed on my upper back (center) forever
                            thats funny, i thought about a gmork tattoo at one time as well. i have this fascination with the dark side/evil if you havent noticed lol
                            Primal Chaos
                            37yo 6'5"
                            6-19-2011 393lbs 60" waist
                            current 338lbs 49" waist
                            goal 240lbs 35" waist

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by erikJ View Post
                              If any of y'all want a tattoo come see me in San Francisco. Ill give you a Primal discount.
                              you can see my work here.
                              man that is really nice work! wish i lived closer. whats a tattoo like the tie fighter cost? i have no idea what tattoos cost, i imagine they arent cheap
                              Primal Chaos
                              37yo 6'5"
                              6-19-2011 393lbs 60" waist
                              current 338lbs 49" waist
                              goal 240lbs 35" waist

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