Living and tattooing in Portland, many times I'm working with clients who already have ink in the area they want to be tattooed. William had a half sleeve tattoo on his right arm and some ink already on his left. He came in to see me about completing a sleeve on his left arm.
He says, "All my tattoos have deep meaning and reflect my life experience. The half sleeve on my left arm is a reflection of my religious inquiry with both Buddhism and western Esotericism. For this tattoo I opted for an open water scene with the Om symbol to represent Avalokiteshvara, as she is commonly represented floating on a lotus pouring a jar of tears into the ocean. I wanted this to represent my empathy and shared sadness with the world. My western astrological sign is Cancer so it was also nice to incorporate a crab into the scene." I also added some kelp, to tie the upper and middle parts of his arm together.
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