Interested in learning more about tattooing? Here is another opportunity coming to Portland this October. Learn a little about how these artists do what they do.
We made it on a list. As some of you know, I am generally not a fan of lists. They always exclude someone who should be on them or are written by people that have nothing to do with our business. And most often they lack the knowledge or experience to make a list accurately honoring those that deserve to be acknowledged. Seldom does a list get made that is well researched. This list however, has been made due to our client reviews and overall standing with clients that we have made happy. So, to you our beloved clients, this one is for you. Thank you for letting us do what we love to do.
Desk Inspired including 21 other Creative Portland and their work spaces.
This feature is created by Hand Eye Supply, a local Portland business that specializes in tools and accessories for crafts people. www.deskinspired
I’ve been meaning to give a huge thanks to our friend Marco at Anvil Armrests.
Tools for the tattooing trade. Designed and built in Olympia, WA by Marco Hernandez of Lit Fuse Tattoo.
Check out the site. Thank you Marco for making such an awesome product for our industry. We love our armrests.
The Six-armed Mahakala is favored by the Gelug order of Tibetan Buddhism, and in this manifestation is considered to be a fierce and powerful emanation of Avalokiteśvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.
He is adorned with the following symbolic attributes:
The arms hold various implements each of which has a symbolic significance. The first right hand holds a curved knife. In Mahakala’s symbolism the curved knife cuts through the life veins of enemies such as oath-breakers and hindering spirits.
The skull cup in his primary left hand is filled with the heart-blood of these enemies. The crescent shaped chopper of the right hand corresponds in shape to the cavity of the skull cup and functions to make ‘mincemeat’ of the hearts, intestines, lungs, and life-veins of enemies hostile to the Dharma, which are then collected in the skull cup. A similar crescent shaped hand cleaver is used in oriental cuisine to chop meat and dice vegetables.
The next right hand holds a damaru – the hourglass-shaped drum, signifying the primordial sound from which is said to have originated all manifested existence. Its rattle is also said to emanate the sound that arouses us from our ignorant state, coaxing us on to the path of Dharma.
The uppermost right hand holds a rosary of skulls. The continuous counting of the rosary is a symbol of perpetual activity, which Mahakala achieves on a cosmic scale.
Another left hand holds a trident which represents the Three Jewels of Buddhism, the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.Finally there is the noose for lassoing those of us who have strayed away from the path of the Dharma.
His left leg is outstretched while the right is bent at the knee. The former symbolizes his accomplishments for the benefit of others and the latter those for himself. An elephant-headed entity lying crushed under his legs represents our instinctive, primary animal force and urge, which when unleashed can prove to be extremely destructive. The sun-disc on which Mahakala stands denotes his illumination of the darkness of ignorance, and the lotus on which this disc rests signifies his undefiled purity.
The blazing fire surrounding him demonstrates his powerful energy out to consume all neurotic states of minds. Further, his three organs of vision express his ability to see the past, present and future. That he stares at the world with wide eyes signifies that he is incensed at the current state of affairs.
Snakes slither across his body as ornaments and also as the scared thread of Brahmins. The writhing serpent is a metaphor for the stirring of our psychic instinctive and primordial energy and Mahakala’s wearing them as adornments expresses the fact that rather than impede our spiritual progress, such emotions have been tamed and harnessed, becoming in the process, crowning glories of our spiritual achievements. Mahakala
The time is at hand.
Gin and Olivia have worked hard to pull together two beautiful sheets of flash for you. If you have been wanting to get tattooed and have been frustrated having to wait for an appointment. Here is your chance to satisfy that tattoo need.
Available on a “First Come First serve” basis. Get up early and get on down to Fortune to be on the top of the list.
Tomorrow Only 1pm to 8pm.
May all your tattoo dreams come true.
A big thanks to Dawn Cooke a writer for Tattoo Artist Magazine for including me in a recent article on twenty women in tattooing history.
I am in the company of my mentors. Feeling blessed.
The ladies of Fortune will be at the Salt Lake City Tattoo convention March 14-16, 2014.
We are taking appointments now. You may directly contact us via email. Our email contacts are listed under our names on this site. Deposits will be necessary to confirm appointments. Please do not delay. We like to have our homework done before coming to the shows. Cheers, Fortune crew.