27 beads [not counting the head bead] representing spiritual gifts and wisdom in Numerology as well as the ‘inner light’, Tassle for a sense of stability [being the anchor of the tattoo], Two koi which will be colored later one black one white with reversed spot colors on the forehead representing Zen philosophy that I have embraced for years. An Ohm in the center for a reminder of personal peace, and awareness of the universe.
I got this tattoo because of an epiphany I had last year on December 5th. I became more self aware than I ever had been before in my life, and maybe it was just a stepping stone in growing up. But the flood gates crashed down and I was overwhelmed with spiritual knowledge and understanding. Awareness of the darkness in the world, and especially in myself. Awareness of the light that cast every shadow. This tattoo brings me harmony, and harmony does not always mean peace. I would rather have honesty and understanding of the world than a fantasy lie.
This tattoo is a work in progress and will be colored soon.
Tattoo by James Woodard of Sacramento, CA