So since my shift in workplace and schedule i have been busy and things have felt a little hectic. taking pictures of stuff hasn’t been a huge priority but i am getting back on top of things. I take the worst pictures which is retarded because with a digital camera you can take a million pictures and pick one good one. i am so lazy about that kind of thing. i have hordes of blurry photos that aren’t worth showing to anyone even though i love the tattoos. anyway, here is a tattoo i started the other day and am real stoked to work on it again soon.
Archive for May, 2011
The “Pharaoh’s Horses” has been yet another mainstay for over 100 years in the tattoo industry. Up until 1999 the credit for the originator of this design was given to J.F. Herring Sr. He painted his version in 1848. But in 1999 R.E. Tyree, a painter and art enthusiast from Leslie, Missouri, came across an old square-shaped oil painting of three white Arabian horses charging into a stormy sea at a flea market and purchased it for $25. He had the fabric and pigments tested. This is what Dr. Walter McCrone of the McCrone Research Institute in Chicago found. “Most of these pigments were known before 1300. Only Van Dyke brown and Prussian blue date from 1700. This, plus the absence of 19th and 20th century (paints), strongly suggests an 18th-century date. The fact that the canvas is hand-woven further supports this conclusion.” Unfortunately the painting is unsigned so no credit can be given but the story was fascinating enough to put in a book called “The Mystery of Pharaoh’s Horses” by R.E. Tyree.
This first painting is the original unsigned version. The second is J.F. Herring Sr.’s version now believed to be inspired by the former.
The “rock of ages” has been a mainstay in the tattoo world for some time now but do people really know what it is?
In tattoos the rock of ages is most commonly depicted as a woman clinging to a stone cross jutting out of an angry sea. Sometimes the wreckage of a boat is seen in the back ground. This is of course based on many paintings with similar subject matter.
The ravenous sea represents sin and its’ potential to drown and kill us. The stone cross represents Christ as the “rock”, it being the only thing to stand firm in this world when everything else falls away.
It is widely agreed that Johannes Oertel was the first to paint such a representation. His painting is titled none other than “Rock Of Ages”. Unfortunately it is very hard to find a good picture of it, but if you are ever in Lenoir NC the original is there at St James Episcipal Church. Like many great things in art throughout history, His idea was placated by many people. Now there are hordes of different representations out there. Don Ed Hardy published an amazing little book titled “rock of ages” which is filled with traditional versions as well as tattoo flash versions. Here are some classic rock of ages i found searching the ole’ world wide web.