Thursday, March 16, 2006

Bear Tat

Several years ago, one of my cousin's got a tatoo. I went with her, watched the tatoo artist infuse the ink into her skin. Afterwards, she said "You should get one."

Yea. Right. Not gonna happen.

But I had to wonder if I would, what would I get? I knew almost immediately - a bear fetish. For as long as I can remember, I've felt a connection with Native American culture. I've also felt like the bear has been my animal spirit, a talisman, so to speak.

This is the first time I've sketched what my tatoo would look like, with the help of some PS brushes from Miss M. I probably never took the time to sketch one because I'm never gonna get it. What's the point, really? But with this week's topic to Illustration Friday, I finally had a reason to. Now I have a virtual tatoo.
Submitted to Illustration Friday: Tatoo

12 comments:

georg said...

I like your idea of having a image-tattoo - and a strong bear

Jim said...

I like your illo. What is the significance, if any, of the writing behind the bear?

madretz said...

georg - yup, an image tatoo is much less of a commitment.

jim - no significance at all. I just liked how it looked behind the bear. They're photoshop brushes from www.rebel-heart.net. I should have taken more time and created my own words of significance. If I had, I would may have used 'strength', 'courage', 'grace', 'compassion', 'patience'.

phinner said...

I know exactly where you should put it!!! hee!!!

I like the background! I think you took the idea of the tattoo to a different level of art with the text in the background.

This image also makes me think of Baby Teddy : .)

madretz said...

phin - yea! in my art journal!! LOL!

steve said...

Great idea and illo! I've got one from an actual Hopi couple who made and sold them roadside in New Mexico. Pretty amazing and intricate stuff.

Ginnie said...

I've actually thought about a tattoo, wondering if I'd ever get one (probably not) and if so, what it would be. Definitely a wolf, my Spirit Guide. A wolf howling at the moon :)

Great PhotoShopping.

disappointed said...

nice strong image + your posting = i shall be thinking about this

(¯'·._.·[ (DÅNÏˣϯ|¯Ä) ]·._.·´¯) said...

I myself have an eye of horus...pretty hidden...just for me. I am South American, but I've always felt a sort of attraction to egyptian culture...strange... Maybe in a past life...
what do you think?

Linda said...

I like the thought behind the bear tat, cool image!! I don't know what my animal spirit is, something for me to think about.

Dan said...

The bear image is really cool. I like animal silhouettes a lot!

Twisselman said...

Good choice for a talisman and great art. Bears have a special place in my heart... I mourn the fact that California has none of its state animals left within its borders... no grizzlies left here anymore. Your post above celebrates the low-elevation snowfall. The hills around the Salinas Valley were wonderful. Still a very little on the highest hilltops.