Emblems and Cycling Oct 5, 2012

As a cyclist, I like to have inspirational symbols on my legs. A few years back, I had the Philosopher’s Stone tattooed on my right calf; an ancient symbol representing vitality, youth and the active elixir in the alchemist formula. On my left thigh, a hawk carrying a dead rabbit, symbolizing a predatory fight. Yesterday, I got one of my favorite Emblems from Lucas Jennis’ manuscript, De Lapide Philosophico, 1625 tattoed on my right knee. It’s a lesser-known version of Ouroboros, symbolizing the life cycle and unifying of polarities. The original Emblem had a lot going on, so we simplified the design, making it wrap around my knee.

The work was done by Megan Cates, the wife of a riding buddy of mine here in Austin. She works at Bijou Studio on 6th street. Check her out if you’re in town and need work done. Her linework is impeccable! I’m just glad I have another face to keep me company on rides…

  • dummymcplaceholder

    you got any color? 

    • black man

      fuck color

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      I have a wolf head on the inside of my arm with some color. That’s it.

  • Isaac

    Nice tan lines.

  • ian

    yeah that linework is great, it’s super crisp.  I have a jet engine diagram on my thigh, it makes me go way faster

  • Guest

    Look amazing! Aren’t you worried about all of that sun exposure though?

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      not at all – tattoos will fade, I don’t really worry about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Compton/506160950 Eric Compton

    i added ‘faster’ and ‘further’ to my knees, written so i can see them for inspiration.  She has beautiful line work, the etching style of shading is difficult to achieve that well.  Dig it.

  • Spoon

    You may enjoy the folk band ‘Changes’ with Robert Taylor. I recommend the song ‘Anthem to Freedom’.