February 10th, 2013
|08:32 am - the second ink (beginning)|
Kuan Yin, the Boddhisattva of Compassion, the patron of mothers and seamen, protector of women, children, and animals.
The Lotus symbolizes purity, peace, and harmony. The water jar is one of the Eight Buddhist Symbols of good Fortune.
The willow branch is a symbol of flexibility and had traditional medicinal uses.
We were only able to do an outline on Friday; but it is a complete full outline and already so beautiful.
I may already love this Kuan Yin more than the male Buddha Akshobia on the left biceps.
I can't wait to see this one finished!!!
|Date:||February 10th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)|| |
I like how, this time, it happens in complete stages.
It was a short session, but the first phase is done.
I could stop here and it is still, in a sense, a finished image.
BTW, funny how you immediately observed on FB something like 'tattoo?'
I think you were the first... but I already knew it.
Beautiful beginning. I so look forward to seeing the progress on it.
I have two questions about it. Is the dot on Kuan Yin's forehead actually natural? What is the significance of the number 269?
|Date:||February 10th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)|| |
The dot, "the third eye".
(Also, women would put their a dot indicating their status and I am sure other meaning.)
"269" -- The number of an anonymous animal on a factory farm
tortured before ending up on our plates.
And activists branded themselves with this number
(and ended up in a hospital with the 3rd degree burns)
and the whole movement grew up out of it.
So, for me it is a commitment to incorporate all animal life
(but especially animals on factory farms)
in the sphere of compassion and my openness to their needs.
It will also keep reminding me about my commitment
to a plant based diet and a life style.