Once in a while I am told that I can do whatever I want as a tattoo. I have never been comfortable with the karmic responsibility that went with that freedom (although I appreciate the trust), but I finally took someone up on it.
For some reason, this one just clicked for me...for better or worse. Right person at the right time with the right vibe.
At first, I had no idea what to do, but then I remembered a conversation I had with his wife about his lottery dreams. He's got a little weekly ritual for buying lotto tickets and although I don't partake in that kind of thing, I understand people putting their energy and hopes into it.
I wanted to create a good luck charm for him to bring in those big dollars, so this is what I came up with.
The frog (a symbol of increasing wealth in some Asian lore) is riding a uchide no kozuchi (a magical Japanese mallet that grants wishes) and holding a hoju (sacred/lucky pearl) with seven pieces of gold scattered about. The idea was to inject maximum good fortune mojo into one piece and have fun with it. I get to do so many cool and interesting tattoos, but it's usually a serious type approach, and I really needed a break from that. There are some thought out symbolic forces at play here, but basically it's just kind of light hearted and fun.
Color next session...