My Kuan Yin Tattoo
Wearing Sacred Images in the Skin
- Often people who have multiple tattoos settle into a theme. Some bear memorial tattoos or symbols of their family or hobbies. I wear my spiritual beliefs. These are symbols I wish to see every single day to be reminded of their vast impact on my life. Not only are the symbols sacred and important to me, but are now permanently in my skin, to be internalized, carried and displayed forever!
Why Did I Choose to Get a Kuan Yin Tattoo?
And Why Did I get a Whole Back Piece Tattoo?!
- For years full back piece tattoos had fascinated me. The back is such a large, flat blank canvas of skin! I saw pictures of pieces with full masterpieces on their back and I was amazed! It took me a long time to decided whether or not I was willing to make the commitment. I knew it would take years to complete and once I started - I would be
- About the time I was deciding if I truly wanted the back piece, I was also considering what scene I would want to get. I had always loved the image of Quan Yin. She is a graceful, peaceful Goddess dedicated to helping humanity until everyone is free of suffering. Two of my friends went on a trip out of the country and bought a 5 foot hand-carved statue of Quan Yin. They had her carefully shipped back and placed in their living room. Every time I was in that room Quan Yin brought a sense of calm and peace. I wanted that same feeling to carry with me forever.
- I finally decided Yes to the back piece and Yes to Quan Yin. Luckily, I knew someone who was getting work done by Kathryn Moore of Dogstar Tattoo and I fell in love with her style. In July of 2007 I got started and by September 2009 she was completed!
My Quan Yin Tattoo
Learn About Different Forms of Quan Yin
Kuan Yin is revered by millions across spiritual traditions. A female bodhisattva (one who is fully devoted to the enlightenment of others), she stood at the gates of Nirvana ready to enter. But when she heard the cries of suffering in the world, she chose to remain in the human realm until the last sentient being was freed from pain. In Kuan Yin, author and devotee Daniela Schenker offers readers an exquisite book of full-color photographs and illustrations, along with invocations, meditations, and visualizations to summon the healing energy of this goddess of compassion and liberation.
Artists and Sites Specializing in Spiritual Tattooing
Express Spirituality Through Tattooing - Explore the History of Religious & Spiritual Tattoo
Body mods have been on the scene since ancient times, traceable to as far back as 1.5 million years, and they also encompass scarification, branding, and implants. Professor John Rush outlines the processes and procedures of these radical physical alterations, showing their function as rites of passage, group identifiers, and mechanisms of social control. He explores the use of pain for spiritual purposes, such as purging sin and guilt, and examines the phenomenon of accidental cuts and punctures as individual events with sometimes-profound implications for group survival. Spiritual Tattoo finds a remarkable consistency in body modifications from prehistory to the present, suggesting the importance of the body as a sacred geography from both social and psychological points of view.