THERE ARE MILLIONS OF SKINS BUT ONLY ONE HORI SMOKU

The legend of Sailor Jerry Norman Keith Collins (1911-1973) better known as Sailor Jerry is the father of old-school tattooing, whose uncompromising lifestyle and larger than life persona made him an American legend. A tough old sea dog with a shrewd intellect, Jerry stood up for himself and stood by his work earning him a legacy that is…

ONCE UPON A TIME….

We all know that some of the fairy tales has modified endings to make it more ‘child friendly’. What if the ending wasn’t that happy? Different artists present different interpretation of fairy tales we all know from our childhood in their unique way. If you like dark art I hope you will enjoy my little selection…

FLOW WITH WHATEVER MAY HAPPEN AND LET YOUR MIND BE FREE

Sumi-e Art It’s traditional Japanese black ink painting art, also known as suibokuga or zen-ga. Originated in China during  Tang dynasty it was then introduced to Korea and Japan via sea trade exchange, brought by Buddhist monks of the Chan (Japanese: Zen) sect. This 2000 year old art form was mastered by Buddhist monks and their Zen doctrine that gave…

ARTISTS I ADORE – SAM RODRIGUEZ

I straight away felt in love with his art. It was one of the sketches posted on Instagram that wanted me to dig in more, follow and observe different stages of his art creation. Ellington Illustration Sam Rodriguez was born and raised in San Jose, California and his journey with art started aged 11 by doing…

IN SEARCH OF TIKI -THE ART OF GODS

TIKI ART Tiki is human-like figure that represents Polynesian semi-gods, which means deified ancestors and heads, which are sublimed after death. According to their guardian role, their mainly symbolize protection. Tiki plays a very important role in Polynesian culture. The most popular of legends tells of the tiki being the first mortal man on earth and…

THE FULL MOON- THE MANDALA OF THE SKY

Mandala tattoo The Sanskrit meaning of mandala is circle. The circle is symbol of perfection, eternity, unity and completeness. The mandala occurs to us in all aspects of life, the Sun, the Earth, the Moon and the most obviously the cycles of life friends, family, communities. Its circular notion represents that life is never ending.…

MAN WITHOUT TATTOOS IS INVISIBLE TO THE GODS – Iban Proverb

 Sak Yant magic tattoo A Sak Yant is a magic tattoo which holds mystical powers is normally given by a Buddhist Monk or Brahmin Priest. Sak is the Thai word for tattoo ad yant is the Thai pronunciation of the Pali-Saniskrit word yantra which means sacred design that incorporates Buddhist prayers called Mantras or Katas…

2015 Year of Ram (Goat, Sheep)

In the Chinese traditional astrology 2015 as the year of Yui Wei or the 32nd year of the Green Wooden Ram (also Sheep or Goat) is allegorically represented as the period of a passing summer – the period of prosperity and well-being. Quite often one can come across the following wording: “The creative side of…

Street Art from Poland

This week I decided to go back to my roots and show some street art made in Poland. I am happy that there are still people who allow legally spread the art on the streets. Changing the greyness left by communism. The work I want to show is mainly done by Natalia Rak and Etam…