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My Back Piece by thenameisplissken My Back Piece by thenameisplissken
My Back piece done by Kali at Lefty's Tattoo in Pittsburgh. This is a representation of the rising and rebirth of the sun.

The overall theme is the rise of the sun out of the underworld (Tuat). The Underworld being the lowest part of the back and the exiting and growth of the sun happening as you travel up the back. The Left side is the sun/day and lower/northern Egypt. The right is the moon/night and Upper/Southern Egypt.

The gods.

At the bottom is the Sundisk of Ra. It is a symbol of protection especially passageways. This is appropriate for both the ideas of the chakras and the gods above. Above the sundisk in the center is Aker (Sef (yesterday) and Tuau (today)) Sef faces toward the right which is night, the sunset and looking into the past. Aker is symbolized by the European lion, spotted lion. On Aker's back is the symbol for the sunrise. They are the lions that guard the exit and entrance to the underworld (Eastern and Western horizons). The gateways to the horizons exist between two mountains. The table like symbol above the sun is pet, the symbol for the sky. The two mountains with the sun and sky symbolize the sunrise or rebirth of the sun.

Watching over the rising of the sun are on the left Uadjet, the winged snake, the guardian of the pharaoh, Lower Egypt, recorder of history and keeper of time in both the mortal and underworld.. Below her is Khnum the creator god in his ram form. He fashioned the bodies of mortals and the much of the Earth from Nile clay.

On the right are Anubis, god of the underworld as well as poisons, medicine and the rituals of rebirth. Above Anubis is Nekhbet, the vulture goddess and sister of Uadjet. She is the protector of Upper Egypt, guardian of the pharonic family and protector of women particularly in child birth.

Above in the center is Khepera, the scarab. He symbolizes the newly risen sun and the creative power of the sun. He also stands for motion, rejuvenation and motivation. To the left is Sobek, the crocodile god. He is the symbol of fatherly protection and the Nile River. He is associated with the aggressive, destructive powers and the nurturing paternal powers of the river. Sobek symbolizes the wilder forces of the world He is also the protector of the priests who care for reptiles. Behind Sobek standing on the mound of creation is Benu, the heron. He is the phoenix of the Egyptian mythos. He is the one who ignited Ra with the fire to light the sky at teh begining of creation. He symbolizes rebirth, regeneration and new beginings.

On the right is Thoth, god of sciences, math, language, the divine recorder and overseerer of all the world, counter of stars and grains of sand. Thoth is the symbol of the meticulous and perfected and the exact opposite of Sobek's wildness. Thoth has in his hand the palm bow used to count the passing of time; whether in seconds, minutes, hours, days, years..etc. all is recorded on his sacred palm bough. Behind Thoth is Re as the falcon on the mound of creation. In this pose he symbolizes the darkness that existed at the very beginning of creation. This is also a form Ra is given in the underworld on the solar barque.

Above all of this is Aten the healing and life giving powers of the sun. This is the sun at its full intensity and power. His hands reach down over everything and spread life.


Over all this is a tattoo that symbolizes cyclic patterns, life, protection and the balance between erratic and structured. It shows the whole of Ma'at's influence on the solar cycles and the passing of time.
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Scheich83 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks Awesome.
Gonna get myself an Winged Scarab and Sun Symbol on the back in a bit over 2 Month.
Did it hurt?
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KimberlyJames11 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hell yeah! That looks awesome! I am getting a tattoo of Thoth on my back. Very awesome!
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Shadowthorne Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
This is badass :love:
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goodnightxx7841 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
oh my goodness! i opened this up thinking i seen this exact tattoo on a girls back on the bus before i went to the pride parade and then i seen you had it done in pittsburgh so it must have been you! wow small world haha. but i do love this
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Winged-Isis Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist
*** Very beautiful tatoo! Excellent artwork! ***
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LKS21 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that a real tattoo?
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
Yup it is real. I will be getting some more added to it later this summer and likely post another picture of it.
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LKS21 Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks so nice on you (: I'd definitely like to see the additions.
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Additions are scheduled for early august so stay tuned XD
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LKS21 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sure will (:
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rekhit Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Wow, that is beautiful! That is such a cool theme, and the design is amazing!
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
Thank you. My love has to go to the artist who put it on me for her steady hands that took my illustration and idea to something this beautiful.
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Ka-taGoRy9 Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Wow, I really love your tatoo. I would love to get a tatoo as cool as this, too, but I'm afraid of that it'd hurt...My friend told me that it doesn't hurt but I'm not sure. Did it hurt? How long did it take? Its awesome but you must have been sore and tired 'cause you wouldn't be able to move or anything, right? 'Cause the ink would still be fresh and it looks really intricate. Anyway, hope you get another picture of it all done.
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
There are 26+ hours of work done in 2-3 hour sessions just in my back. I can tell you from experience that pain differs from person to person. You have to take into account your tolerance for pain. Also, different areas of the body hurt more or less.. and this too depends on the person. Most people are tired after a session and I usually nap after for about an hour. It is important to eat and drink lots of fluids both before and after a tattoo session. Tattooing causes you to sweat and to use a lot of blood sugar because you are being injured. Depending on the person and their healing process pain from a tattoo can also vary over time. For myself, I am sore to the touch for about two days and a little uncomfortable for a few days after. By the end of a week the pain has completely gone. I have noticed from my own experience as I have gotten more tattoos done that they seem to heal faster as I get more done. I'm not sure if I am just used to the experience or my body is actually working more efficiently.
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KhemetRules Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
That is absolutely brilliant! How long did it take?
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
I have 24-26 hours in it when this picture was taken. It still isn't finished. There are anouther 6-10 hours to put into it yet.
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nizzie Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Student Photographer
Actually, the Aten was never a major deity until the Amarna Period (18 years of the 18th Dynasty) when Amenhotep IV, better known as Akenaten decided to only allow the worship of the Aten, and no other gods. In order for the people to even speak to the Aten, they had to pray to an image of Akenaten they would have in their homes, and from there, Akenaten would give their prayers to the sun disc. Before this time period, the Aten did not have hands. It was not until the Amarna Period when the hands were added. The ankh would be held in each hand, offering life to Akenaten and his family.

This was a political move in order to centralize his power and take it from the priests of the other gods. The one who had the power to speak to the gods, had all the power in Egypt. Therefore, the priests before this time were becoming more powerful than Pharaoh himself. Akenaten wanted this power for himself, so the logical thing was to say that as supreme and Deified ruler, he was going to change the religion. Yes, there was worship of the other gods during this time, however, their likenesses were not allowed in any of the art.

Because Akenaten decided to change all of these things, when he died, his successors tried to obliterate him from history, erasing his images from everything they could find, thus, erasing him from the Afterlife.

However, despite all that I have said above, the tattoo is lovely!
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
If you would have read the description you would know that it is my view on the mythos and means something to me beyond the historic. I have studied Ancient Egypt for many years. I know about Aten and the history. If you were looking for the meaning there is a religious one as well through the piece.

Perhaps once when it is finished the piece will be clearer.
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flamingchibi Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Dude, that is simply amazin. I mean, I could be just saying that because Im a total sucker for both tattoos and anything encorperating Egyptian mythology lol
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Thanks. I am still getting work done to expand this piece. I'll have to get a new picture up when this round is done. :)
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flamingchibi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Its still an on going project?! lol
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Yeah. The hieroglyphs are still missing as well as some of the details in the figures.
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Greenaddictive Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
Lovely and original tattoo! <3
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Thank you. I really love it.
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kassandria Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
i really love this photo really i do did i take this one?
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
I took this one of myself. :) You haven't taken any of the finished piece yet.
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kassandria Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
thank you for reminding me we need to get a good set of your tattoos ... all of them well lit and the main focus of the pictures :)
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ULIA86 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
OH MY GOSH!!!! GORGEOUS! I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT, well done as well i can say, beeing a tattoo artist myself!
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
Thank you. I love the piece. The only thing sad about it is that it is on my back and I can't enjoy it as much as everyone else can. :)
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MMercenary Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Lovely, lovely tattoo! I have always wanted a tattoo of Anubis, kneeling, one arm extended holding in ankh in one hand, a scarab above his other. I just don't have anywhere to put it as I'm not brave enough to get it on my back and anything smaller simply wouldn't do!

Thoth looks amazing.

This is a really wonderful and unique tattoo.
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007
That was my issue at first. I wanted to get many gods done and the thought of separating them out without a scene wouldn't do. :)

Thanks. I really love how this piece has turned out.
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kathreftis Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
one word. amazing. congratulations on your tattoo and the fact that you too put so much depth and research into your ink gives me hope. beautiful
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Mortati Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2007
Love it.
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
Thanks.
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littledinosaurarms Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Not only do I love the image, but I am glad you know all of the symbolism within. Nothing is sadder than an excellent ink wasted on someone who doesn't get it. I'm jealous of your awesome tattoo. :D
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007
Thank you. I am a firm believer in tattoos meaning something to the person who carries them. **Blushes** My kudos to the artist and her ability to bring my vision to life.
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Alfareus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007
Holy crap. That is beautiful. The colors are amazing. I especially love the wings at the bottom, Benu, Khepera, and... everything. Gah.


(I'm getting a tattoo of Nekhbet on my neck. Can't wait. :) )
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
Thanks. I love the colors too.

She's on my back as well. That should be an amazing tattoo. :)
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RivalekaStocksTM Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
I love it to pieces.... =O
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
Thank you!!
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RivalekaStocksTM Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
You're very welcome! =)
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videogamedyke Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
next time i see you. you need to take your shirt off ;) and let me see your tat. if you show me yours i will show mine
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
LMAO. I am sure I will have my shirt off at some photoshoot or another where you are. ;)
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ElGatito Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007   Traditional Artist
Wow! Traditional art is great, and it was nice of you to explain the meaning of it!
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
All of my tats are. I want to post pictures of the others soon. I think something this complex needs an explanation. It makes it more than a jumble of images that look pretty together.
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katertotter Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that is some of the nicest Egyptian ink I've ever seen. As a former Pennsylvanian, I can't believe you got a tattoo that nice in Pittsburgh! What a wonderful, meaningful piece to carry with you forever. I love it.
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
Thanks. Kali has only been tattooing a few years. She used to do henna for me and I knew she had the skills to do this piece. I've found two artists here that I really trust and stick with. I'll try and post pics of my other tattoos soon. :)

The piece has a lot of meaning and to mean that is what makes a tattoo a work of art. It is when the bearer of the ink looks at it and says this piece is a part of who I am.
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Schizz0 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
Wow, that's really beautiful. I've never seen anything like it. Great tattoo. :)
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thenameisplissken Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007
Thank you. I think it is a very unique piece and I have the artist to thank for it. :)
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LaurenW24 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats amazingg <3

so pretty
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