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Tattoo of Ora


by GiErre »
2011, May 2nd
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This tattoo for arm and pectoral muscle was requested by Vincenzo and it´s centered on family and protection. On the shoulder we placed a turtle as a symbol of family, including on the shelll a maorigram of the letters V and M, and a koru to symbolize his son, with two tiki eyes on his sides for protection.

The symbols among the back flippers are ipu and they symbolize fertility and descent; on the sides of the turtle there are a twist, as a symbol of love and eternal union, and a manta (freedom, protection, beauty) close to a fish hook (prosperity, abundance).

On the two sides, joining on the back of the arm, two tikis grant protection to the family from all sides.

The motifs developing diagonally along the lines of the muscles are symbols of union (the braid), strength and protection (spear heads) and abundance (coconut tree flowers).

Next to the head of the turtle the flax leaves match the meaning of family and family union, like the turtle shell motif close to them, surrounding the korus (new life) and protected by ancestors (an enata close to a tiki eye).

In the middle of the chest piece the Marquesan cross symbolizes harmony and balance of the elements, surrounded by a sun as a symbol of eternity and positivity, by a lizard (good luck, communication to the spirits) and by a hammerhead shark (determination, tenacity) protecting it from difficulties (the moray eel) which will always be faced together (the two birds following each other in front of the eel).

The fish symbolize prosperity and mountains forming the outer sun circle are for stability.

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