Unfortunately, webcam quality is all I’ve got right now.
Basically, I got the two together, at the same time, because I felt that they didn’t really stand alone for me. The meanings are contradictory to each other, yet they compliment each other at the same time. They both come from two of my favourite animals, and together represent my respect for nature. However, they contrast:
The stag antler reminds me of home. It anchors me and protects me. I come from Muskoka, and wildlife is very intrinsically worked into the lives of most people who live there- my family is a good example of this. My house has a lot of antlers in it, used as decor, but I find them beautiful as they represent the cyclical nature of life. Each year, the deer sheds its antlers and they grow back in the following year bigger, stronger and more magnificent. They are also unique, like finger prints, or the DNA that makes you who you are. There’s more to be said, but I’ll cut it short.
The feather, on the other hand, is sort of the opposite. It represents where I’m going; where the wind will take me, I don’t really know. But It’s sort of a way of putting my faith in some yet-unknown-to-me force that will guide me. It’s a marking of my failed attempts/journey towards my own version of spirituality. I also love birds, and I find feathers to be some of the most beautiful and fascinating things an animal can leave behind.
So, in essence, one protects me and the other binds me to the freedom I have been so blessed with.
The tattoos were done my Jonathon Pignataro at The Tattoo Shoppe in Bracebride, Ontario.
Thanks again, Jon!
PS: sorry about the mini-essay. I like words.