Creativity Tattoos

Kate Del Castillo


Kate Del Castillo has a rune tattoo on her left middle finger. Runes are the letters in a set of related alphabets known as runic alphabets, which were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet.

Ingwaz symbol, “the god Yngvi”, can be written in two ways : or and it represents the god of the fertility and the creative act. Due to its shape Ingwaz indicate that this potential is internalized, concentrated and introverted as a seed which possesses in her all the elements to develop a complete and organized life. However Ingwaz has to hatch to realize this potential.

Ingwaz also heralds a fundamental time in our lives, when our four selves have, for the moment, come into perfect balance. Our physicality is in it’s peak, perfect for the time we are in.

Emotionally we are sound and stable, as are we mentally. And our spirits are in a position to allow the lessons learned along our path to bear fruit.

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    Julia Michaels


    Julia Michaels has a light bulb tattoo on her right forearm as a symbol of inspirational thoughts. She and tattoo artist London Reese struggled with how to visually represent the sub-conscious mind. Their brainstorming resulted in this unique design of a light bulb containing stars and planets. She told 92.3 AMP Radio:

     The light bulb of course is kind of like the bubble for ideas. And I was like ‘How do we embody the sub-conscious?’ Because a lot of the times when I write, a lot of times I don’t know where it comes from. It’s just like a weird, out of body experience. I will be talking to somebody and then all of a sudden — there’s a song. And I can’t really explain it. So I was talking to London, my tattoo artist, and we were like ‘How can we embody that feeling?’ And we came up with the universe in a light bulb.

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      Jahan Yousaf


      On the outside of Jahan Yousaf’s right forearm is the Vajra Brush, a work of art by Alex Grey. The piece symbolizes the spiritual nature of art. At the center of the drawing is a combination of a paintbrush and the eastern spiritual symbol Vajra. Two winged snakes wrap around it, similar to the Caduceus symbol. Though it is often used as a symbol of medicine, the Caduceus represents occupations associated with the Greek god Hermes.

      The artist explains a means that the meaning of the vajra paintbrush is “to awaken people to their own essence through the light of higher vision. The entire history of art is an expression of universal creativity that invisibly surrounds and supports every creative act. The vajra is a spiritual device, a thunderbolt scepter owned by the Hindu god Indra and adopted by the Buddhist sages as a symbol of the diamond-like clarity and brilliance of the mind’s true nature.”

      Grimes


      Grimes got this huge brushstroke tattoo on her right forearm in December 2015. Although most of her other tattoos have been done by herself or friends, this one one created by Delphine Noiztoy, an artist who specializes in realism blackwork.

      In an instagram post, she explained “Big streaks of paint so I always remember that I’m an artist, Delphine is a master of this style. I hope to add more specks of paint with her later, so that my hands always look as if I’ve just been painting and making a mess.”

      The tattoo is a redesign of her existing cross tattoo, which was smaller and more ornate.

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        Skylar Grey


        Skylar Grey has an Albert Einstein quote tattooed on her left forearm. It says “If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”

        She told KDWB that the tattoo “helps me think outside the box and be creative and not do what everybody else is doing. And not worry if it sounds absurd at first because that’s usually a good thing.”

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