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Deconstructed Buddha on Lotus with Om

Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2016

Dave!I love tattoos. LOVE them.

Had I started getting tattoos earlier in life, my arms would already be covered and I'd be starting in on my back and (probably) my legs. We have no choice as to what genetics are going to deal us in the card game of life, but being able to permanently make visual changes with tattooing is a wonderful freedom I'm fully onboard with.

Today I got my seventh, thanks to the unparalleled line-work talent of Michael Dematty at Black & Blue Tattoo in San Francisco. My right arm tattoos are all Buddhism-inspired designs I've drawn up, but I have yet to get an actual Buddha. The problem being that my arm is too skinny to get a classic "Buddha on Lotus with Om" design that will look how I want it to look.

So I took a cue from the culinary world and deconstructed it into separate pieces... which ended up fitting the space perfectly and turned out exactly as I had hoped. Which I knew it would, because that's what you get when you hire somebody as talented as Michael Dematty to ink your work...

Dave Deconstructed Buddha on Lotus with Om Tattoo.

As with all my tattoos, I drew them up in DaveToon black-and-white style. The "om" enlightenment at the top was written in Tamil (one of the oldest languages on earth) so it would look different from the om in my more traditional "om mani padme hum" tattoo that's already on my inner arm...

Dave Deconstructed Buddha on Lotus with Om Tattoo.

Annnnnnd... guess it's time to start thinking about my next tattoo...

Comments

  1. CD says:

    That’s really awesome, and not a bad name for a band (Deconstructed Buddha…). You do need to consider a “toothpaste” lil Dave for one of your tattoos though!

  2. Dr Russ says:

    Stunning. Absolutely stunning. Great work on everyone’s part.

  3. martymankins says:

    I like the new ink. It’s very well designed (that’s a given). And it turned out really good.

    One of these days, I will get a 3rd (the 2 I have now are part of the same ChillyWilly theme)

  4. Marc Zimmermann says:

    Simply beautiful.

  5. hello haha narf says:

    blown away. your design is tremendous and UMB was outstanding, as usual.
    so happy for you!

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