Thursday, April 12, 2012

Good Luck

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...


  1. Aren't frogs and toads typically depicted with three legs showing?

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