Monday, December 13, 2010

Mexican Skull Tattoo

Indigenous Mexican art celebrates the skeleton and uses it as a regular motif. The use of skulls and skeletons in art originated before the Conquest: The Aztecs excelled in stone sculptures and created striking carvings of their gods. Coatlicue, the goddess of earth and death, was portrayed with a necklace of human hearts, hands and a skull pendant. She was imbued with the drama and grandeur necessary to dazzle the subject people and to convey the image of an implacable state. The worship of death involved worship of life, while the skull – symbol of death – was a promise to resurrection. The Aztecs carved skulls in monoliths of lava, and made masks of obsidian and jade. Furthermore, the skull motif was used in decoration. They were molded on pots, traced on scrolls, woven into garments, and formalized into hieroglyphs. - WIKIPEDIA

Floral Tattoo

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Barong Tattoo By Erick Tattoo

His name is Daniel Denke, A big guy from German. A punk rock music enthusiast and a traveler. Visiting Bali to get a new tattoo and friends!

Building Tattoo Black And Grey By Erick Tattoo

In architecture, construction, engineering and real estate development the word building may refer to one of the following:
  1. Any human-made structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or continuous occupancy, or
  2. An act of construction (i.e. the activity of building, see also builder)

In this article, the first usage is generally intended unless otherwise specified.

Buildings come in a wide amount of shapes and functions, and have been adapted throughout history for a wide number of factors, from building materials available, to weather conditions, to land prices, ground conditions, specific uses and aesthetic reasons.

Buildings serve several needs of society – primarily as shelter from weather and as general living space, to provide privacy, to store belongings and to comfortably live and work. A building as a shelter represents a physical division of the human habitat (a place of comfort and safety) and the outside (a place that at times may be harsh and harmful).

Ever since the first cave paintings, buildings have also become objects or canvasess of artistic expression. In recent years, interest in sustainableplanning and building practices has also become part of the design process of many new buildings. - WIKIPEDIA

Sad Face Behind the Beautiful Rose

"Family" Tattoo with New School Style

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rockabilly Style Tattoo

Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music, and emerged in the early 1950s.

The term rockabilly is a portmanteau of rock (from rock 'n' roll) and hillbilly, the latter a reference to the country music (often called hillbilly music in the 1940s and 1950s) that contributed strongly to the style's development. Other important influences on rockabilly include western swing, boogie woogie, and rhythm and blues. While there are notable exceptions, its origins lie primarily in the Southern United States.

The influence and popularity of the style waned in the 1960s, but during the late 1970s and early 1980s, rockabilly enjoyed a major revival of popularity that has endured to the present, often within a rockabilly subculture.

Source: Wikipedia

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Light House Tattoo

A lighthouse is a tower, building, or framework designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire and used as an aid to navigation and to pilots at sea or on inland waterways.

Lighthouses are used to mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals and reefs, and safe entries to harbors and can also assist in aerial navigation. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational aids.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Fahrani Tattoo

Fahrani Empel is one of Indonesian models who success to go international.

She’s been working for 6 international fashion shows in the world’s cities of mode such as Milan, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore for 5 different international agencies. Her mother was also Indonesian top model in the late 70’s.

Fahrani started her career from the very young at age 5 by starring several commercials and soap operas. When she was 13 she entered John Casablanca’s school of modelling and graduated with predicate the best student.

Under John Casablanca’s Agency she frequently showed up in fashion shows and soap operas. When she was 15 years old she joined a prestigious event Elite Model Look 1999 and came out as the runner up. This made her became the representative for Indonesia in Elite Model Look International New York.

In summer school holiday she took an offer from Hong Kong fashion show for one month. And because they felt satisfy with her job, they offered her a long term contract. She then decided to leave her second year of high school for Hong Kong. She lived in Hong Kong for 4.5 years and travelled around the world for fashion shows in Tokyo, Singapore, Milan, and Paris. Then she moved to Japan and lived there for 1.5 years before moving back to Indonesia again.

In 2006 she worked in 3 international events: Giorgio Armani fashion show in Tokyo, Gucci fashion show in Hong Kong, Milan Fashion Week in Italy.

Besides Elite Model agency, she also works for several international agencies such as: Woman Management (Italy), Voice Models (Japan) and Red Models (Thailand).

Back to Jakarta, in 2006 she received an offer to play in films about model: “Super Model I” and “Super Model II”, directed by famous international awards winner director Garin Nugroho. In the following year she played a film “Kala” where she got good criticizes.

For the year 2007 she’s running on her goal to work in New York and also running her own shoe company in Bali. She’s going to work for Spring and Summer fashion shows at: Milan Fashion Week 2007, Paris Fashion Week 2007 and New York Fashion Week 2007.

Fahrani won Most Favorite Actress and Most Favorite Couple on Indonesian Movie Awards 2008, and recently she won Best Actress in Indonesian Film Festival 2008. On December 2008 she joined New York Fashion Week 2008.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Erick On The Jakarta Post

Exhibit reveals Han Snel's undying love for Bali

I Wayan Juniartha , The Jakarta Post , Ubud, Bali | Thu, 05/29/2008 10:34 AM | Surfing Bali

Australian-based painter George Wagner stands next to a potrait of Han Snel that he painted. (JP/Wayan Juniartha)Australian-based painter George Wagner stands next to a potrait of Han Snel that he painted. (JP/Wayan Juniartha)

The ambience atmosphere on that Monday evening reminded George Wagner of the nights several decades ago, when he watched the Dutch artist Han Snel entertain his audience of foreign visitors packed in his open bar at the end of the muddy, narrow road now known as Jl. Kajeng.

At that time, the bar was the only place that had electricity in Ubud. With his loud voice and imposing demeanor, Han Snel regularly mesmerized visitors with his story on the Balinese culture and daily life.

"He was a generous person with a soft heart ... he had a loud voice , he liked people to shut up when he was talking ... he talked very loud," Wagner reminisced.

He then mimicked Han Snel's body posture when the late painter tried to attract his visitors' attention. Han Snel's grandchild, Bagus Wirajaya, listened to Wagner with a look of amazement on his face.

"I can't remember many people disliking him, I do remember a lot of people envying him for his art," Wagner added.

Han Snel was born in 1925 in Scheveningen, the Netherlands. In 1946 he arrived in Bali with the Dutch military forces and was tasked with fighting Japanese troops and the newly born army of the Republic of Indonesia.

Snel immediately fell in love with the island; a love so deep it saw him marry a local girl, apply for Indonesia citizenship and embrace Balinese Hinduism.

Yet, it was in his paintings that Snel's love for the island found its most breathtaking manifestations. His visual imageries, subdued colors and fine lines captured the essence of Ubud and the island as a place where serenity reigned and simple people led an honest life.

"He managed to capture that mysterious gloom that encapsuled Ubud," Wagner said.

The Australian-based painter had sought out Snel on his first visit to Ubud in 1971. Yet, it wasn't until the end of 1979 that he finally met Snel in person. The two artists, both of Dutch origin, instantly clicked and formed a warm friendship, with Wagner considering Snel as his mentor on his esthetic journey.

Although, he said wasn't quite sure whether Snel had ever considered him a protege.

"Recently, I saw many paintings here, including the ones that copied Han Snel's style, but none of them could capture the glaze, the green glaze emanated by this place the way Han did," Wagner said.

After Snel's passing in 1998, his beloved wife, Made Siti, kept his remaining paintings in their locked bedroom.

Wagner assisted Siti's children and grandchildren in convincing her to literally unlock the door -- to give art lovers another chance to see the fruits of Snel's labor and undying love for Bali.

As a result, an exhibition by Bali's respected scholar Prof. Dr. I Made Bandem, which opened Monday, features around 30 of Snel's paintings. The exhibition will run until June 26.

"The exhibition is our tribute to our grandfather, our way of expressing our love to him. I am very proud to have him as my grandfather," Bagus Wirajaya, who has a tattoo of an image inspired by one of his grandfather's sketches, said.

In the opening ceremony, Wagner delivered a moving eulogy.

"The displayed works are almost like a signature, an expression and impression of his soul ... He is a great artist with an immense diversity," he said.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Crown Tattoo

A crown is the traditional symbolic form of headgear worn by a monarch or by a deity, for whom the crown traditionally represents power, legitimacy, immortality, righteousness, victory, triumph, resurrection, honour and glory of life after death. In art the crown may be shown being offered to those on Earth by angels. Apart from the traditional form, crowns also may be made of, for example, flowers, stars, oak leaves or thorns and be worn by others, representing what the coronation part aims to symbolize with the specific crown. They often contain jewels.