3 Colour print in light duck egg blue, black and white on Japanese Atsukuchi paper, which is only 57gsm, but don't be fooled although this paper is thin, it is very strong with a waxy finish which makes the ink stand up on it.
Limited stock - only 13 available. Size 64cm x48.5cm
The third in my ocean series of screen prints. This one is more of a waterman than a sailor, with a nod to the watermen on Hawaii who thing nothing of paddling a long board between O'ahu and Maui. This print is about the ocean. The figure is not really tattooed but his body is a frame for the waves and water within it. All beautiful things come with some peril involved. The Sea is an unforgiving territory that has claimed many lives. The two sirens on the figures legs bear witness to this, they are representations of mermaids that sing sweetly to lure sailors on to rocks. Like all the other prints in this series the figure faces away from us, we can't know this man's face as we can't fully know the ocean.
Black and white printed on Japanese Atsukuchi paper, which is only 57gsm, but don't be fooled although this paper is thin it is very strong with a waxy finish which makes the ink stand up beautifully.
Limited Edition of 13. Size 64cm x48.5cm.
The second in the ocean series of screen prints, this sailor heavily tattooed with an octopus and a peacock, strange combination you might say but, The peacock is a symbol of immortality and the octopus although vague in its symbolic meaning represents reaching into a lots of things. I like the marriage of the two meanings Old sailors tattoos are often in some way trying to protect or act as a trophy or an award, I like the idea that this sailor can stare out into the ocean unafraid of death and feel like he can go anywhere he pleases without any risk of harm.
Black and white printed on japanese Atsukuchi paper, which is only 57gsm, but don't be fooled although this paper is thin it is very strong with a waxy finish which makes the ink stand up beautifully.
Limited Edition of 15. Size 64cm x48.5cm.
Swallows tattoo's are a old style navel symbol. They were used because they have have a symbolic meaning. Back in the days before modern navigation birds would obviously represent land and tattoos of swallows, sparrows and blue birds came to represent a safe passage home. Swallows, maybe because of their migratory habits came to represent successfully sailing a certain amount of miles. There is another story that says that if sailor gets a set of swallows on his chest, if he or she drowns the swallows will come down and lift his soul up to heaven.
3 colour screen print on Japanese Atsukuchi paper, which is only 57gsm. Light but very strong. Print size 485mm x 320mm.
Limited edition of 36
Historical swallows were symbols of a sailors experience, if a sailor were to have a tattoo of one swallow if would indicate he had travelled 5000 nautical miles, two swallows, 10000 nautical miles, which in the early days of sailing was no men's feat! So the swallow tattoo whether one or two denoted a very experienced and valuable sailor.
Swallows later came to mean other things as well, if you drowned your swallows would raise your soul to heaven. They have also become symbols of hope.View full product details
The wolf represents bad things, right. Well not always. Recently and in Christianity the wolf is a representation of evil deeds (menacing flocks of sheep etc.). The wolf in the bible is used as a metaphor for evil men with a lust for power and dishonest gain.
But, in Turkic and Mongolian mythology for example, the wolf is revered. In an old Turkish Myth, the legend of Asena, A she-wolf takes care and nurses a baby left by Chinese soldiers after a raid on a small village. The she-wolf then gave birth to half-wolf, half-human cubs, from whom the Turkic people were born.
3 colour print in ultramarine, white and pink.
This is an Edition of 100 printed on beautiful Japanese Atsukuchi paper, which is only 57gsm. Light but very strong. 485mm x 320mmView full product details