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Minoan squid and greek swastikas, pro photo by Meatshop-Tattoo Minoan squid and greek swastikas, pro photo by Meatshop-Tattoo
The greek swastika-project.
How to describe this......well.
First thing first. Its all hand drawn. This was before i got a stencil-machine, but i damn hell insisted on doing it, so i ended up drawing every bit. Argh. :)
The Squid is a minoan design, combined from different jugs, and no, its not a 9th arm, its actually its beak, and on jugs, it goes around the opening. Here, it goes around Jorgos neck
Its all dots, and it took a while :)
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:iconmorbiusx33:
morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Terrific work!
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LauraPerry Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's just astounding! The squids and octopi are my favorites from the Minoan pottery designs. The way you positioned it on the shoulder is just perfect.
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MyWarriorHeart Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Definitively...you're the best tattoo artist that I ever saw. Better than Coop and any other.
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much for the kind words :)
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alexander1539 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
absolutely sick !!!!!! 
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TasosX Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
first of all,this swastiga thing ist ancient greek design but nazist design !! the greek design called "meandros" and its diferent from greek design
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TasosX Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
isnt* ancient
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MyWarriorHeart Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Totally incorrect. Swastika is a Indian motif probably of Indo-Iranian origin- "Aryan" so to speak- and it's name in Sanskrit means "It is good". Since it is of Aryan origin, the NSDAP and the Pre-Nazi Volkisch "Mystic" societies used it as symbol of Aryan Heritage¹.
Also, the Swastika, because of the possible Aryan migration through europe and asia, was adopted by many cultures around whole Europe and Asia. In Scandinavia and Germanic Countries, it was used and it's variation known as the "Sun Cross" was also used...always maintaining the same principles and meaning of their Hindu orign: 4 seasons, the Sun, life itself and all that is good. When it got into Balkans and Slavic territories, it switched it's style and appearance into many forms, but the most famous is the Slavic Kolovrat.
Of course, through it's journey across europe and asia, the Swastika changed it's name. Like you said, "Meandros" was it's Greek name, like "Fylflot" was it's Scandinavian name. But it is all Swastika...it all came from the frontier between ancient persia and ancient india.
¹-The Aryans were a "persian" tribe originated in the border between ancient India and ancient Persia. Around 1500 B.C. they started migrating, firtly to India, later they gone through ALL Europe and part of Asia. And that's why Hitler and the NSDAP called North Indians- see Savitri Devi as an example-, all europeans, Slavs and other peoples of aryan heritage as "Aryans". Truth is, Iran got it's name from the word Aryan...and the word Aryan, in ALL Vedic languages and their sucessors, like Hindi, means "Noble" or someone "higher".

Swastika doesn't mean Nazi. 45° clockwise inclined swastika inside a white circle inside a red background DOES means Nazi, but the Swastika and all related symbols are ethnic symbols from MANY cultures and nations.

Search about it on books or even wiki...it's enlightening.
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fadeddreamss Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Student General Artist
THIS, sir, is what I call a good comment :)
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fotoheini Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student Photographer
great shot...like the Ink and Light...
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Inarmsofamity Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saw this on tumblr a while back, so glad to have found the artist
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caltif Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013

This is absolutely beyond beautiful!! Great work! Truly inspired me to get a piece done with ancient Greek motif. <3
-SDF 
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Gironae86 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
How much would you chrge to do this again?
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I wont do it again, i dont copy my work. I would do something in that style for 12-18.000Dkk. It all depends on size and complexity.
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Gironae86 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Hahaha I figured as much when I asked. Anyway, great art :)
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks
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Dummweltschutz Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
.. and here I find an actual squid :)
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Of course :P
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jusbrowsin Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Great job! Wow, talk about patience in both creation and application, very lovely. Now, for a tangent...

Technically this would be more reasonably considered a Mycenaean octopus. After the Mycenaean takeover of Crete c. 1400 BCE, the stylization of the octopus motif changed rapidly. During the period of Mycenaean occupation on Crete in the Third Citadel period, the octopus motif became more static and 'heraldic,' if you will, and the form lost much of its natural fluidity. This particular design is much more reminiscent of the 'Mycenaean' octopus of the latest centuries of the bronze age. In art books it's commonly described as looking as if it's being shocked by electricity, making it appear rigid. In my opinion the way they did the eyes almost confirms that sentiment... :p
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is taken directly from a minioan jug in the historical museeum in Denmark. But i have seen hundreds by now, and some of them divert from the typical "Of the type and era" findings.
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Sha-ani Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i fucking love this tattoo...
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks
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RaindropsAreTyeDyed Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't even need to see what it was named to know it was a Squid!! Epic.
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AudreyLucero Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Theseus!!! I think this one is one of the most remarkable, because I haven't seen much, (if any) greco-inspired pieces that didn't look cheesy. Now *this* has that true ancient-world flavor and elegance. DAYUM! Even the guy who has it looks like he could be Theseus!!

Also, I like the promotional style of this series of photographs. It's workin.
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
He is Theseus reborn :)
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beachelf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
:wave: Featured here -> [link] :woohoo:
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers :)
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dove789789 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
i seen this a while back somewhere else. awesome job i love that damn shape of the squid and respect the patients for all that insane dotwork. i have been tattooing around 4 years i see you do lots of work like this. so i have to ask if there is a way of finding people that want a particular style.
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep. Get good at it, get good at PR, and people come to you :)
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dove789789 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
yeah im just now getting some of my art on people. tired of people so stuck on the google tattoos lol its so hard to change there minds
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It takes very long to get famous for your handiwork, thats how it works.
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Kingofmykonos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Hi' my name Theodosious Im GREEK as you Can tell:), your friend Jorgo is a Very Lucky!! greek guy;) . To have a friend like u. I have been Searching for that Perfect!! Tattoo all over the World!!!,And now I Found it!! Thank you, This is best Tattoo!!that I have seen in years, Top Notch!! Your Art work is Amazing!!! Your Amazing!!! I Want that Same Exact Tattoo, is it Possible??If So,When and where?? Thanks a Million!!!
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hello my friend.

No, i will not do the exact same tattoo on you. I could make a similar piece, with related ideas, but i do not copy my work.
And yes, you can get that done. I can make you something brilliant :). And im in Denmark
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Kingofmykonos Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Hi, I called the MeatShop!! Last night around 8 your time..I spoke with a very nice Lady, I'm sorry forgot her name. Anyways I told her that I was thinking to come to Denmark in late February. To have some Tattoo art work done by You. I told her I wanted the Minoan Squid and Greek swastikas, I Understand and respect your answer about not copying your own work... So can you please give me some kind of Brilliant;) sketch Idea!!of the work that you will do on me when I come in February? This will be my very First Tattoo:) I want my whole left arm Done a sleeve. I would like to call and speak with u about how many hours or days it will take you to do the Work!!! I will be traveling from the U.S ,Chicago to come to u guyz.. Thanks!!
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi mate.

Well, the easiest is to take most details by email, cause then i got it on text, and can go back over it.
Please, give me your email-adress, and we shall take it there, and if a phonecall makes life better, we shall add that to the mix :)

regards
Peter
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Kingofmykonos Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Hi' Pete I sent you my Email address to Meatshop@gmail.com
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Featured in this week's "Somnambulist SpecialZ" [link] :icondogdanceplz:
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Cheers for that :)
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
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txhern Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
WOW!
This is a stunning, and beautiful piece of work!
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ThaBulldawg Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
This is amazing. I don't have words, it's... Wow. He's one lucky basterd! :D
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MarkLedford Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Artist
It is atonishingly beautiful !
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BrokenShell121 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Great work
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johngiannis27 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
love it! :)
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madisonjordheim Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
This. This is seriously badass.
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Meatshop-Tattoo Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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KornVoodooDoll Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Amazing.
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LupusIntus Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Truly incredible!
The history behind this is also amazing. :D
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An-Epitaph-To-Truth Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is a sick piece, was it inked in monochrome on his skin? I was mainly attracted because I thought this was a submission to the photography section haha, there is some nice emotional depth to this :)
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habituallyIronic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
holy fuck, that is the most amazing thing.
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