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27 Feb

In case no one has realized I am not the greatest at taking pictures.

In other news I would like to share some insight from one of my yoga instructors, that yoga is the practice of death and the pranayama exercises are teaching us how to live with out breath. The goal of all of this is to be ready to dissolve.

Sometimes I look in the mirror and this electrified instrument of flesh seems so foreign to me, but the thought of anything without it is equally as foreign. I went to see Earth and Low Hums last night at the Highline, it was an awesome show, and if  drone is a type of music that resonates with you then you should check out these bands.

There are times when I am around large groups of people that I can imagine I am observing things from each person’s point of view. I am, have been and will be every emotion and thought that surrounds me, but also these imaginings are filtered through my own perspective and life experience. So how can it be that life plays itself out in repetition of archetypical roles and emotions and yet each experience remains unique for every individual in every moment of time, or is it?

I have decided I will work on listening more in the coming days and weeks.

16 Jan

Wife’s name on a lovely gent for their anniversary

Salida, Colorado

Some flash I am working on

Sunset before the snow, Seattle

Last night there were conversations about earliest childhood memories, and I realized that I have fragments of memories from childhood but to know when they happened and in what order I would be at a loss. For some reason most of my memories involve looking out the car window from the backseat of my mom’s car. I know the memories that are the earliest because I remember sitting in my McDonalds booster seat. I can remember looking up at the clouds racing by in the sky and thinking how nice it would be to be the breeze, the air that carries those clouds, to exist everywhere and nowhere at once, and I remember the feeling that thought gave me, a feeling of home.

Someone asked me over the weekend if I could live anywhere where would I live? I find this a very hard question to answer because I don’t know if my words will make sense. I would like to live in a place that is indescribable, I would like to live in the clear light of reality, beyond, in the land of nowhere and nothing, behind the veils of existence, but I am already there, I just want to experience it, and at that moment when all is experienced I can say this much I will not be the me I am in this moment.

“Emptiness is no other than form; form is no other than emptiness.  In the same way, feeling perception, formation, and consciousness are emptiness.  Thus, Shariputra, all dharmas are emptiness.  There are no characteristics.  There is no birth and no cessation.  There is no impurity and no purity.  There is no decrease and no increase.  Therefore, Shariputra, in emptiness, there is no form, no feeling, no perception, no formation, no consciousness; no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind; no appearance, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no dharmas; no eye dhatu up to no mind dhatu, no dhatu of dharmas, no mind consciousness dhatu; no ignorance, no end of ignorance up to no old age and death, no end of old age and death; no suffering, no origin of suffering, no cessation of suffering, no path, no wisdom, no attainment, and no nonattainment.  Therefore, Shariputra, since the bodhisattvas have no attainment, they abide by means of prajñaparamita.  Since there is no obscuration of mind, there is no fear.  They transcend falsity and attain complete nirvana.”

OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA

GONE, GONE, GONE BEYOND, GONE COMPLETELY BEYOND OH WHAT AN AWAKENING!

(Taken from the Tibetan buddhist heart sutra read it all here http://www.tibetanbuddhistaltar.org/heart-sutra/)

5 Jan

 

 Post Nuclear Bomb Babies

By India Bharti

http://www.mediavr.com/bharti/

This is a song for all you post-nuclear bomb babies
for all of us who share this terrible radioactive destiny
for every person who’s ever pondered on the planet’s fate
Can the race survive or is it already much too late
Om Namah Shivaya

At the turn of the century it really seemed
that the universe was just an enormous machine
a mechanical thing just the sum of its parts
the mystical vision had no place in men’s hearts
Then Max Plank, Neils Bohr and Albert Einstein
removed the distinction between matter and mind
and provided us all with the fantastic insight
that all we’re composed of is just compressed light
Om Namah Shivaya

So no when we consider all the problems we face
we must keep in mind we’re within an ace
of abandoning those outmoded material laws
that bind us to our bodies and are the cause
of so much personal and international strife
that distort and disfigure the whole fabric of life
Om Namah Shivaya

So if we would the whole world rearrange
it’s within ourselves we must begin the great change
for the new laws of physics show with absolute certainty
that I am just you and you are just another part of me
Om Namah Shivaya

So it’s up to us
to all us post nuclear bomb babies
To all of us who share this terrible radioactive destiny
to every person who’s ever pondered on the planet’s fate
whether the race survives or whether it’s already much too late
Om Namah Shivaya

26 Jul

This is my painting for the Love Machine art show at Under the Needle Tattoo located just off 2nd and Lenora in Seattle. The opening will be Sat August 13th starting at 8 if any one wants to come down, it should be a fun party. All the imagery in this painting is Tlingit, the shamans bear mask and bear crest and the hands that symbolize being of the spirit world. The Northwest coast Natives actually had a rich tattoo culture, I could relay information here or I could just send you to the webpage of my inspiration here: http://www.larskrutak.com/articles/Tlingit_Haida/. I don’t want to spoil your own perspective on this painting but I will say one thing, thought is electric and the spark that shapes what we perceive as our reality. I hope I didn’t blow it for you.

Here is a tattoo I did the other day that I had a lot of fun doing, thank you Ally you were great and good luck to you in your travels. I learned something new while doing this tattoo that alki means by and by or hope for the future. I feel really blessed that I had taken a wild edible plants class the weekend before this tattoo. At the class I ate fresh salmon berries and blackberry blossoms, clover, nettle, dandelion, Jerusalem artichoke, pine needles and pineapple weed, delicious. Thanks to that class I have begun to look at plant structure in a new way and I feel like it will be a benefit to my tattoo work and will help me find even more awe in nature.

There is a national debt deadlock going on in our nations capitol and every one is spouting fear and anger, there was a massacre in Norway and everyone is spouting fear and anger, people are dying of starvation, disease and war the world over and everyone is spouting fear and anger. I do not know what time will bring for the human race, all I do know is we can not survive like this, come what may. Fear anger and hate do nothing to help us evolve they only send us further into fear and anger and hate which breeds war and disease and a hell of our own creation. I am not enlightened; I am not anything at all, all  I am is I am and so are you. All I know about the future was said by the Hopi;

“Those who are at peace in their hearts already are in the Great Shelter of Life.”

I am not perfect, far from it, but I try every day to  step forward into a life of unity with all things, a life free of judgement and expectations and a life of unconditional love. It is a journey with an end that is nowhere in sight for me and some days I take several steps back but I try to be conscious of my goal everyday (underline try). We all have work to do so let’s do it!

Thank you.

stars

17 Jun

 

       

So exciting things are happening in my world, as of Mon the 20th I will be working with the awesome talented crew at Lucky Devil in Seattle Wa so come on down and say hi!

Lucky Devil Tattoo

1720 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-1637

 

In other news last night was the first night in awhile that was clear enough to see some stars. I love looking up at the sky.

more new stuff!

3 Jun

Memorial tattoo for John Paul who died mysteriously, rest in peace.

And finally my sloppy first attempt at enamel paint on metal!

Truth

2 May

      

Here are some things I have been working on lately, sorry for the lack of posts recently. I have been working on finding my truth lately so it has distracted me from other things.

With the crazy events that are happening in the world I hope that we as a collective consciousness can look past all the lies we have been bathing in for centuries and create a new reality based on a universal truth of the delicate nature of this waking life. I hope we can all realize the inherent unity that pulses through everything in this world and we can fall in love with that, with each other, with our selves. I can not live inside the minds of others I can only hope that by living my truth, by constantly evolving into a more loving being I can influence that collective consciousness.