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Greek Swastika shoulderpiece by Meatshop-Tattoo Greek Swastika shoulderpiece by Meatshop-Tattoo
This project takes some sort of medal in my repertoire of insane ideas. We wanted to do This, but we had no stencil-machine, so in my stubbornness, i freehanded it with a pen, then tattooed it. I started it a bit over a year ago, and it is the wedding present for my friend Jorgo (yes, his wife got equally decorated :) )
Done at www.Meatshop.dk
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:iconbillgeo:
billgeo Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Hi there!
Although I think this tattoo design is really beautiful as art alone,
I also think that symbols will always have the meaning we give them.
If you live in the age of ancient Greece, this 'swastika' will represent 
just a nice geometrical art design. If you live in ancient India this will 
represent the same, plus a bit of spiritualism.
But now, as it stands, we live in a period still 'scared' by the acts of Nazis in
WWII and that what our collective 'community mind' more vividly remembers.
You can make the same argument about the pentagram and its relation with the Pythagoreans.
The pentagram had a very different meaning (and much deeper than the swastika, imo),
before Aleister Crowley made it mainstream satanic and Hollywood popularized it (look it up)...
So, I argue that unless you want backlash from the 'current society' and it's community norms 
you best stay away from tatooing big swastikas and pentagrams on you
(or you could add a caption bellow stating "I mean those in their ancient Greek sense")...
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mlc256 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't even notice it looking similar to the swastika until I read the caption.  It's not a prison big ugly tattoo with a huge swastika and evil images.  Thos e skinhead scumbags don't make subtle swastikas.  I love the artwork!
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AntifaGreek Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
To be honest, dont show this tattoo in Greece, you will propably confuse you as a Neo-Nazi and get beaten. Most of the Neo-Nazis in Greece at the moment, have a tattoo with swastika and Meander stuff.

Good piece, but be careful. Unless you are really a Neo-Nazi :)
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
We all have swastikas, and we wear them visibly, even in Germany where there is a law. We have to, cause we have to protect the symbol from evildoers and idiots :)
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CZACZAJA Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Thats a badass tattoo ma. I love it
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Feggaroskoni Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Hi i am from Greece and i try to help a little bit about the symbol . Many cultures they have it in many variants. But here we find it everywhere in
archaeological findings of Greece, from north to south and the islands. For example look here the symbol 4.bp.blogspot.com/_Il3C_PAhgz0… is the shield of Philip II of Macedon the father of Alexander the Great. If you search you will found many archaelogical findings to see. Here in Greece we say it Greek key or otherwise Meandros, in english meander. The meaning has nothing to do with the swastika of nazis. I hope i have help. Sorry for my bad grammar of english.

Your design is absolutely magnificent!! So gorgeous!! I am
be jealous! And in the center i dont know what is the symbol for you but reminds me the medusa :-P outstanding
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am very familiar with the Meander-pattern, and this piece is based upon it. If you read up on us, you will notice that we are part of a movement named "Learn to love the Swastika", aiming to enlighten the western world that the swastika is not a symbol of hate.
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woms87 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
A lot of people are ignorant about swastikas but I really enjoyed this piece. Just out of curiosity I'd really like to know the relation of the Greek culture and swastikas because I was looking to get a piece similar but also worry about suffering backlash.
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OctopusGames Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
I love that squid. I admire your patience and diligence. :)
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masseva Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student General Artist
gorgeous! I love geometric tattoos.
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are not alone in that :)
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masseva Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I never thought I would want a tattoo until I discovered the purely geometric ones as something which resonates with me. So your artwork is truly an inspiration.
keep up the good work! :)
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I shall do
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Luckeux Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahaha! My tattoo artist did the same thing for mine! I was a bit misleading on the meeting we had for the design and didn't end up with what I had in mind on the day I was scheduled to start the tattoo... He ended up drawing with markers a new design directly on my skin and voilą! Freehanded designs are epic! (When the tattoo artist has the required skills that is...)
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Crocodilli Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOAH!
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Werewolfdoggie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
o_o this is so great.
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sundancekiid Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okey I'm seriously considering coming to Denmark to get a tattoo in your studio!
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Do it, its not that far ;)
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royshtoyer Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
this is amazing,only one problem....it might make all the tattoos around it look simple in comparison :)
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, well, only around other peoples work ;). Nah, seriously, there are soo many tattooists who do this level of complexity :)
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royshtoyer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
modesty is good,i did some tattoos in my life though i cant really call myself a tattoo artist,this work is still amazing in my eyes especially since you pen sketched it straight on his hand,be proud
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Just wait, im planning to top myself soon :)
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royshtoyer Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
great, cant wait :)
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SunsetWalker Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
What a hell of an awesome tattoo. Just...wow
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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JackIsSane Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Wow...How long did this take?
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:iconmeatshop-tattoo:
Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
No idea anymore :). A load of hours :)
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uminotorino Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Amazing......and cool!!!
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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IMCMdrawings Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
woooow realy good !
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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IMCMdrawings Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student General Artist
ok !
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Anj3L Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I apologize if this has been asked a million times, but how long did that take to complete?? Was it all one session? It looks incredible, and I love the dot work!
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It was over a long period, and my skills have improved over time, so its difficult to say. But i think i could do this i 4 full days now, with the freehand drawing session included.
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Anj3L Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ahhh cool! Something like that is definitely worth the wait! :D
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Of course it is ;)
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BringThePlant Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool
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wookieinmashoo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Kudos to you for enjoying uncovering the original meaning for symbols. It's a guilty pleasure of mine and I fine the tattoo easily reflects same enjoyment.

Plus it's just awesome.
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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Monstrous-hourglass Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I see tattoos like this piece of art, I'm seriously considering getting one for myself. :D Amazing job!
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Just think deeply, before you decide. Take your time. Tattoos are not for everyone, and not every motif is good, so getting it right, is Vital :)
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yaoi-maniac-freak Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :D
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Papa-Narwhal Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
ive always had a love for tattoos and this is by far the best one ive seen so far it truly is amazing and also a prime example of what true tattooing should be
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous!
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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DarwinsMishap Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely the most stunning piece of ink art I've seen in decades. That is one hell of a talent, and thank you for sharing it with us. Well worth any sort of price tag for your time and efforts.
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the praise :)
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DarwinsMishap Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
VERY well deserved, most welcome! :)
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