Sunday, January 10, 2010

More Tattoo Blather. Bored Yet?

I wasn't loving the aum symbol shaped axe in my Ganesha drawings, so I did some googling about and found that he is often depicted wielding an ankusa or ankus- an elephant hook. These are still used and have been since ancient times to train (Or, um, hi... torture) elephants. The hook digs deeply into their thick skin. Tears sprang up at the imagery of the deity reclaiming the weapon used to subdue his sacred animal. It also speaks to my reasons for the Ganesha tattoo- to claim my different-ness in a big, fierce, colorful way.

Interestingly, they can be quite pretty:

So that'll replace the axe and I'll work in some pretty frame shapes and swirlies and try to get in to see Angel.

More tears came upon learning a new name for the God: Ekadanta, which means single-tusked. Tears, um... it's a thing. I'm in Hell Week in my cycle at the height of PMDD symptoms and I couldn't list the numerous things that have made me cry this week. So it goes.

Boycott circuses, yo. Peace out.

{Note: This post was written before my diagnosis of phocomelia. Read about the shockingly wonderful moment when I was accidentally diagnosed, or read all my posts about my strange body.} 

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