Waxin’

I’ve been thinking about this for few months now. To make my own moustache wax. Doom moustache wax!
So, got the ingredients and tins and started cooking it today. First amount is done, gotta have the slight testing period now, and then the product will be ready for selling. Watch out ya’ll ‘stachers!
On this pic is the actual first tinful of this amazing wax.

Ink to self

Had some spare time to start working on my left foot now. Covering some old stuff there. Quite difficult to make the straight lines for yourself down there, have to practice to bend some more. Visibility gets quite fuzzy.
“Vuntsid” means “moustache” in Estonian.
I AM the moustache.

 

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Choosed this simple design once again, although a lot of the photos are now kinda cut in the half. And cause it would be too much work to change all of the old photos’s sizes, then if you see photos that seems weird (half of the pic missing etc), then please just click on the photo and it will open in the original size revealing it all.

Cheeri O)))

Sayagata

Did two lil’ sayagata’s today.
For the ones not familiar with sayagata, then here’s the description for you:

“Sayagata is a design pattern of interlocking swastikas, manji 万字 (卍).

Most sources agree that the term (a contraction of sa-ayagata, meaning “gossamer figured-cloth pattern”) originated from the type of cloth on which it was most often found.

It occurs first perhaps in ancient Indian architecture, but did not enter Japan until the Tenshou 天正 era (1573-92) when Chinese fabrics bearing the pattern were first imported in large quality. In the Edo period, it was commonly used on figured satin and combined with designs that featured chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, bamboo, or orchids. It also appeared on the borders of rugs, blankets and tablecloths.

This tiled pattern can be found in many places across Tokyo and Japan, and is quite a common spot once you are actually looking out for it! It is a very common pattern on the white Kimono’s worn at wedding ceremonies, it is used as a decorative pattern for floor tiles, and I’ve also seen it as a pattern on drain covers. Going back in time a little, it was also a common symbol for Japanese Samurai to wear on their armour.”
(reference: http://www.tattoo-tokyo.com/2009/06/common-japanese-images-sayagata/)

“The Oldest Known Symbol

The swastika is an ancient symbol that has been used for over 3,000 years. (That even predates the ancient Egyptian symbol, the Ankh!) Artifacts such as pottery and coins from ancient Troy show that the swastika was a commonly used symbol as far back as 1000 BCE.
During the following thousand years, the image of the swastika was used by many cultures around the world, including in China, Japan, India, and southern Europe. By the Middle Ages, the swastika was a well known, if not commonly used, symbol but was called by many different names:

• China – wan
• England – fylfot
• Germany – Hakenkreuz
• Greece – tetraskelion and gammadion
• India – swastika

Though it is not known for exactly how long, Native Americans also have long used the symbol of the swastika.

The Original Meaning
The word “swastika” comes from the Sanskrit svastika – “su” meaning “good,” “asti” meaning “to be,” and “ka” as a suffix.
Until the Nazis used this symbol, the swastika was used by many cultures throughout the past 3,000 years to represent life, sun, power, strength, and good luck.
Even in the early twentieth century, the swastika was still a symbol with positive connotations. For instance, the swastika was a common decoration that often adorned cigarette cases, postcards, coins, and buildings. During World War I, the swastika could even be found on the shoulder patches of the American 45th Division and on the Finnish air force until after World War II.”
(reference: http://www.facebook.com/tattooistartmagazine)

And finally, here’s the pics. Made them as rings. One thinner, other bold, otherwise both of them with same pattern.

And here’s the Google image link for some other sayagata’s:
http://www.google.com/search?q=sayagata&hl=et&client=safari&rls=en&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=s10bTp2fEYWXOtuG4fUI&ved=0CDQQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=629

PS! I will try to find some more decent design for the blog in the nearest future.

Birdy-bird ‘n some more birdishies. Hands too.

 

 

A bird.
Taken from some Polish book cover. Bird was actually just plain black, but customer wanted it to look more sketchy, so I sketched.
Back of the arm, a bit above the elbow.

 

 

Buddhist hands with some birth dates. I will take a better photo when it’s healed. Back.

 

 

 

And this one. Core idea is taken from one of the children books and modified a bit (sunglasses, ‘stache, high hat). Somehow the skin took ink quite poorly, so I need to do a lot of touch-up’s with this one. Afterwards will try to get better pic of it as well.

 

Talbot’s Russian tour “Tour de Balalaika 2011” and Japan/Australasia tour “Tour de Ninja 2011” posters also in work. Plus some new shirt designs. Will print those within July. And – I’ve had a plan to make my own moustache wax for about few months now. Few hours ago ordered the tin jars and beeswax, going to “cook” it soon.
Let’s ‘stache, I say!

 

And a cool tune to go with the bird theme:

Mermaid update

Yesterday continued with the mermaid back. I filled the upper background with clouds etc (the right corner was done some times ago actually), detailed the ship a bit and so on. It’s quietly getting there, totally enjoying doing it. Looks nice and massive.

 

 

Been thinking for 9 years about covering up the old stuff on my own leg, 9 years. We’ll, last week I finally got around it and beginned with the work. It’s going to be a lot of blackwork, as you can see: