All my drawing pens and papers I brought from Tokyo dried out. Now time to battle with new brands to the unknown, mysterious ways. I posted about this topic quite a while ago.
So, by no surprise I’m staring at my new comrades and try by the touch recognize the signs they send me. Some familiar, some revealing.
New machines, new drawing materials. Guided by instincts, the reasonable and unreasonable.
The answer I found before I asked the question.
Continuing with the “bit’s of humor” Yōkai series. This time, Bakeneko.
Cat’s are a long time “pet’s” for drawing themes Ukiyo-e painters, such as notorious Kuniyoshi, famous for having many cats is renown for his redemptions on the subject.
Normally he would have one sleeping inside his kimono while drawing on table and never minding them stepping over his originals or messing around the atelier.
And cat’s for being so close to mans life, always had many stories surrounding them. Mostly a bit negative or mysterious so to speak. Maybe for their free personality, they were (are) misunderstood.
Can it be more human?
Work done in 2010, photo re-taken in 2011. After a print of Kuniyoshi
As promised before, here’s the second version.
Usually when one’s see pictures of Japanese tattoos/ Icons, is faced with those warrior-like figures or monsters in full action ready to chop-off some poor dudes head.
Yes, it is appealing. Right when you have all the testosterone burning strong in your puberty, nothing is more than timely.
But if you slowly start to pay attention, you realize there is much more charm and style behind all the seriousness than the horishi (tattoo artists in Japanese) wants you to swallow.
Well, I personally like to add some kind of humor (read sarcastic, sometimes) to the images. When people take too hard on things, it’s when predominantly things faces to the boredom and “killing it” so to speak.
A bit of smile doesn’t hurt when we speak of tattoos 😉
While uploading some new photos for sections such as “About myself”, “Samples of my work”, etc (that you can see on the left side bar) I found a new Touryuumon picture that I had tattooed before.
A bit lazy to go back and paste the photo on the previous versions(here and here), I decided to draw a new reproduction.
Now, I will explore new topics and characters.
Work done in 2012. His Kwannon back piece can be seen here
左側に並んでいる”About myself”, “Samples of my work”等の各セクション用に写真を整理していたら以前彫った登竜門を見付けた。
Since the previous post of Yōkai drawing series, I started uploading tattoo photos actually done on clients.
I remembered few Yōkai’s I had tattooed before, and I though would be interesting to have it added on the past posts. Please check it out:
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a good quality photo of Karasu Tengu. Problem is, they were on film format and I don’t have a pro-scanner for negatives.
I will hope somebody will one day choose this interesting and intriguing Japanese goblin for a future tattoo.
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Back from a busy and fun weekend, but this will be a topic for a future post.
Hanging with new made friends, made me figure that the more you interact the more you can invite onto your self. Breaking the shell can mean the inverse. The shell can be your secure area, your house and territory.
You can break it and go out, but changing its appearance to blend in might not be a straight connection to acceptance itself.
In Japan, it would be common place. People work for the group instead of the individual. A topic I wrote before here
That’s maybe tales like the Nine-tailed fox can be found.
An animal (Fox) mutating to a women and living among humans, unnoticed.
In the west, were the individualism is praised; would be mistaken as a sneaky move so to speak.
But the feelings towards transformation have it’s variations. While Jack & Hide, Dracula or any other transformation / mutation tale always carries a negative stigma, in the East it is viewed as a magical/ divine power shared only by the few.
Instead of mutating the self into a totally different appearance (and thus scaring), in the East it’s description commonly deals with humans among humans themselves.
Some sort of nirvana reached with the Yin-Yang formula. The more we try (going ’round and ’round) we end finding the answer in the most common formulas and appearances. At the end, we are just humans.
Pleasant busy day for me. I say pleasant, because I’m the one that prefers “fruitful busy” rather than boredom.
In between the tasks, I drew up a new version of Touryuumon. As I wrote before, this series will not be “edited” so to speak. Each design will be done heart fully, but will be posted as it is.
So, I was not 100% satisfied with yesterday’s one to be honest.
After posting, I started right away to research for a new version. Instead of looking other artists interpretation, I went straight to the source: The image of the carp climbing the waterfall.
I browsed through some books description of fishes and found one suitable.
I know fishes don’t twist their bodies that radically. But again, imagination with bits of fantasy make’s the tales coming to life. Needles to say, tattoos deal a lot with the imaginary.
So, I must use the maximum of my own to link with real life happenings to create an anti-thesis.
By no means trying to escape from reality that surrounds me, I must say that what I’m tattooing and drawing does represent purely the state of my mind and soul.
Now, more than ever.