Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Drop of Joel

Name: Joel

Age: 35

Im of Maori origin from Auckland NZ,  I body pierced at Dermagraphics in Ponsonby from 1999 – 2004 under the late Phil Matthias.
I’m now married and live in Spain and have two boys 2 and 6 years of age, I speak 3 languages.
My main interests are Ancient History of Asian, Egyptian, American Indian, Maori and Polynesian.
I am currently learning the three levels of Reiki and then hope to complete my masters, I work with computers, self-employed…
I have travelled all over Europe, India, Egypt, North Africa, Australia, Pacific Islands..
I love to surf, go to the gym, anything outdoors, and hang with my boys.
I despise politics and politicians, I am a very spiritual person, I hate conflicts.

How many tattoos do you have: I have a lot of tattoos, mainly big themes, 250 hours of work…
I have full front and back, two half sleeves, one full sleeve on the left leg, full calf and shin on the right and full quad on the right..

Age when you got your first tattoo: 21

Do you have a favourite tattoo?: No, all my tattoos are my favourites, they represent my beliefs, interests, and they basically show who I am…

Any more tattoos planned?: Eventually I would like to finish both my half sleeves on my arms to full sleeves, I’d like to have two portraits of my sons with their chinese animal year tattooed in the background Asian styles on my right sleeve to continue the same theme and im still thinking on the rest….

Favourite style of tattooing?: Japanese and Maori are my favorites

Any other modifications?: Nipple, Navel, Labret, 2 x 14mm stretches

What is your tattoo story?: Well I was a body piercer and I have always had a passion for tattoos, being Maori it is really part of my culture, I basically wanted to tattoo my main passions being Asian, Maori, Egyptian, American Indian and Manga…
I have a lot of ancient magical  symbols tattooed, mainly Egyptian, I believe our body is only a vessel and we are always learning lessons from our past lives to eventually obtaining enlightenment…

I have a big Batman and Batgirl (half sleeve – upper left leg), I got this as Batman was my childhood hero and still kind of is, everything he represents...

My right arm which consists of a fire dragon and chinese letters for dragon with Maori korus tattooed in the background represent the year I was born in and my culture.

My left arm consists of the all seeing eye in the pyramid surrounded by the son and on the bottom hieroglyphics, the Ankh, reversed pyramid and the scarab which is represent eternal protection in the afterlife.. this tattoo also has the Maori korus tattooed in the background.

Inside left bicep is my son's name Kairo, he is named after the Cairo in Egypt..

My back starts at the base with a ancient Japanese bat ( I love bats ) and above it a lotus and rising from the lotus a Chinese dragon winding up the middle of my back to the top with a ninja head each side. I have a warrior in the middle who is surrounded by all the others with two Chinese symbols meaning 7 sins, my back represents my inner strength and will...

On the top of my back I have big dragon scales and Japanese tattooed from left to right..

My front is all Egyptian, a big pyramid with a tomb entrance, with stairs leading up and guarded by the two cobras down below, in the centre of my chest I have an alien head which goes into smoke to reveal the two mummies holding chains in their mouths on each side of my upper chest and beside them, an ankh and Egyptian scorpion.

I won the NZ Tattoo Convention for Best Front in 2003 for this. This tattoo mainly expresses my beliefs that Ancient Egyptians were connected somehow with alien or another force higher than ourselves..

My right calf is Maori tikis representing my culture and a symbol of good luck and strength

My left calf is an American Indian raven war bird or the Sun god in American Indian mythology, another symbol of protection

On my shin on the left and right are both Manga girls, on the left in a bikini surrounded by a wave, she is hot and on the right Chun Li from Street fighter, I always played her and she fits in with the Japanese theme well.

On my right quad, a samurai also tying in the Japanese history theme that I like.

On the back of my neck I have infinity tattooed in Chinese….

That about covers it, but my tattoos are for me , they are not tough stickers, it is art designed by me for me and is very personal, tattooing is a very spiritual process and that has been proven through all the different cultures through the ages…

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