Backpiece progress

More on this previously posted backpiece , 2nd sitting since Marches Scottish Tattoo Convention ,digging away on this, blood sweat and tears all the way  

    
 
Almost over the line here taking it down over the back of the thighs to give it the full scope of a proper back piece ,

Leg sleeve in progress……

This leg sleeve is based on a Kuniyoshi print depicting sea creatures from the sea kingdom  attacking a pearl diver who has stolen a magical pearl  .more photos to follow 

    
  
 
This is in progress, I love doing worked based on these old prints , which all Japanese tattooing stems from .In Japanese mythology, the tide jewels– individually, the kanju (干珠?, lit. “(tide-)ebbing jewel”) and manju (満珠?, lit. “(tide-)flowing jewel”)– were magical gems that the Sea God used to control the tides. Classical Japanese history texts record an ancient myth that the ocean kami Watatsumi 海神 “sea god” or Ryūjin 龍神 “dragon god” presented the kanju and manju to his demigod son-in-law Hoori, and a later legend that Empress Jingū used the tide jewels to conquer Korea. Tide jewels interrelate Japanese dragons and wani sea-monsters, Indonesian mythology, the nyoi-ju 如意珠 “cintamani; wish-fulfilling jewel” in Japanese Buddhism.

Working on this foo dog 

Been putting this foo dog on Duncan’s ribs ,large scale work here and tough sittings to lay in the colour , added this little turtle of longevity (minogame) on the lower with another to follow just above the knee , 



In Japan, the turtle has developed a more independent tradition than the other three prominent beasts of China. The minogame (蓑亀?), which is so old it has a train of seaweed growing on its back, is a symbol of longevity and felicity. A minogame has an important role in the well-known legend of Urashima Tarō.

According to traditional Japanese beliefs, the tortoise is a haven for immortals and the world mountain, and symbolizes longevity, good luck, and support. It is the symbol of Kumpira, the god of seafaring people.[7]