“A tattoo is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye.  As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes a poignancy unique to the mortal human condition.”  ~V. Vale and Andrea Juno

Apart from music, my two other interests are tattoos and gardening …. the name of the blog gives it a way really.

Both very different but also similar in certain ways. They can both be, colourful,  full of detail, have lots of meaning to them and give you that peace of mind that I have mentioned before. Also, closure like a memorial tattoo or a memorial planting in the garden.

What is often grown in our gardens, can also be re-created very well on the skin. Many tattoo designs that you see nowadays are of some sort of flower or have a flower somewhere in the design.

Flower tattoos are most of the time viewed as feminine, this is changing as more and more men are having flower designs done. The Rose in particular is a very popular tattoo for both men and women.

“Primitive tribes were certainly convinced that the spirit, having escaped from the body at death, retained a replica of its earthly tenement.  They therefore used tattoo marks as a means of identification in the next world and a passport to future happiness.”  ~Ronald Scutt

The Lily is another very popular tattoo, it has many meanings to it depending what type or colour it is, many associate it with beauty and purity.

Lily of the Valley is considered to be a sign of devotion and humility. Legend has it that, the nightingale’s love for this flower is so powerful, that the bird will not return to the woods until it has bloomed.

 Peony tattoos are another popular design, often used in Japanese designs or on there own.

“Tattooing is about personalizing the body, making it a true home and fit temple for the spirit that dwells inside it…. Tattooing therefore, is a way of keeping the spiritual and material needs of my body in balance.”  ~Michelle Delio

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Now, this particular flower would make a wonderful tattoo.

“The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms.  Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.”  ~Auguste Rodin

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