My first, done by Arther Optera at Pure Ink London
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
-J. R.R. Tolkien
Got this one done at 27 in Salt Lake City!! Miss Amanda did it for me and she is fucking awesome, along with all the rest of the artists down there at 27! I’ve always loved ancient Egyptian artwork and the symbolism behind everything, so this design was just perfect!
My tattoo is from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. The tattoo reads ‘Then tell Wind and Fire where to stop,’ returned madame; “but don’t tell me.’ punctuated exactly as it is in the book. The quote reminds me that even the elements we deem impossible to overcome are mere roadblocks if you believe in your own strength and personal philosophy.