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This Ana’ole chest piece is the male side counter part to his left side, female piece already in place. This piece is a personal expression of this person’s life journey and so out of respect to him I won’t go into detail of ‘why’, but will simply breakdown the symbols used.

This is the god Ku, spitting forth waves of water and lightning. There are other storm elements in this piece as well: rain and wind. The piece flows up his chest, to his shoulder where it transforms into the talon of a Hawaiian hawk, ‘io. All of the curved motifs such as waves, are formed with the Golden Ratio in mind. All of the motifs are also reflecting Fibonacci sequences, mainly in the 1,1,2,3,5,8 range. The GR and FS was part of his request and I decided to make the entire piece reflect these qualities instead of just a few motifs.

Breakdown:

a- the god Ku, god of war
b- fire, ahi / ama kopeka, this symbolizes power and guidance
c- koru placed in the style of a warrior at the edges of the mouth
d- shark teeth, niho mano, strength and ferocity
e- waves, nalu
f- rain, ua
g- lightning, uila
h- talon of ‘io, inset with twin etua for strength as well as arrows of FS
i- etua, in this case a gosling of strength that is holding up the gust of wind coming from the ‘io talon
j- wind, makani, this is a vortex of wind created by the talon
k- feathers, hulu, these are feathers of the hawk inset with vanes of FS

Peace!

 

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I started this tattoo last month and it needs another hour or so before it is finished but I decided to post it anyway.

This client has been in before and is furthering his collection of Ana’ole Poly by adding a full sleeve. He is an avid waterman–paddles canoe and is a freediver as well– so he chose to go with an ocean-minded theme that reflected his love of the sea. I added other symbols that complemented his initial idea and this is what resulted.

Before I get into the explanations I want to say that one day I will learn to take a proper picture. I don’t know why I have no trouble shooting back up for Anna when she needs a second shooter at say, a wedding, but when it comes to shooting my own work, I screw the pooch. Oh well, I will get better!

Looking at the first picture, beginning from the left and moving to the right, you will first see the inside of his arm as if he were facing you head on with his palm turned toward you. Each consecutive picture moves around his arm with the last picture being the rear shot of his arm.

Starting from his wrist (and the image furthest to the left), the symbols progress as such:

There is a column of lightning that wraps around his wrist followed by a vine of maile with 4 leaves inset with momi (pearls) reflecting a FS. Inset into these two vines are the tips of the maile vines themselves.
From the side view (pic 3 from left) there are rain drops which segue into the lighting from that angle.
On the underside of his forearm (pics 4,5) are six wind-blown waves. Together all of these symbols create the rain on the ocean accompanied by lightning, suggesting power and perpetual change as well as joy, good fortune and growth. Rain is one of those symbols with balanced meanings with both positive and negative connotations.

Just below the inside elbow joint or ditch, are a trio of all seeing eyes which are surrounded by an unfurling palm frond (signifying growth) themselves crowned by five hawk feathers (hulu i’o) the combined ornament of all three symbols also carry the FS.
These compound symbols represent insight, protection from adversaries, nobility and growth.

Underneath these symbols are a row of shark teeth (niho mano) containing FS.

(Note: FS= Fibonacci Sequence, refer to past Ana’ole posts on this blog)

On the outside of his arm in the same general space (in the same pauku as the rain) are three waves (nalu) accompanied by two mini blade shaped paka which contain a total of three stars which symbolize strength, inspiration and hope. Below this pauku is the image of Pele (which I need to still finish).

Moving upward into the inside elbow crease is a symbol called Pohaku wa wahi wa’a, which was a stone hammer used to smash the hulls of enemy canoes. Ancient Hawaiian’s would sneak up on an enemy encampment in the dark of the night and smash their canoe hulls with this tool, and then slip away into the darkness. Since this person paddles canoe then I thought this image appropriate. Set into the blade of his axe-like weapon are a row on shark teeth (niho mano), three waves (nalu), and a spiral of ocean water.

Above this symbol lies another row of shark teeth reflecting a FS.

On his bicep is the god of the sea Kanaloa. He is adorned with water, waves and a small he’e (octopus) that pokes out from the bottom of his jaw.

The final symbol is located on his tricep and is an unfurling fiddle head fern set under the image of the sun. In the sun’s rays are FS as well. This part of the tattoo still needs a little work and is the part that I need to finish.

Total time:

18hrs

Equipment used:

Dragonfly, Rotary Works (machines)

5RL,15M

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Peace!