Why yes it is a stylized cybernetic third instar Pterostichus larva stepping across a rip in space to snatch a supernova from the middle of a star life cycle. Thanks for noticing.
It may seem to be mere vainglory, but a proper tattoo may serve as many purposes as there are individuals that bear them. Tattoos have a long history as well, stretching back at least 5200 years. My oldest tat is a little more than 30 years old, but way back then, when personal computers were incredibly rare and rotary phones still stalked the earth, I met girl… joined army… ended up with tattoos. You can fill that story in if you know anything about the 1980s. As it turned out, all these years I never really like the smudged blue unicorn tattoo on my back, but since it wasn’t normally visible to me and I didn’t see the expressions on people faces when they were viewing, it lingered. I finally realized I wanted to get a proper tattoo and really experience participating in the art and design, the act of creation and actually be part of the art.
First I had to find the right artist. After shopping around I found Nicole of Blue Star Tattoo. She was great. Super professional, a great Artist and a very interesting person to talk with. She is the kind of artist that says (and I loosely paraphrase her here), “yea, I can do snakes and ‘fuck-me’ roses, but I would rather not” (I was assured by the Blue Start folks that these are the sort of technical terms the pros use). Most importantly she was a real pleasure to work with when it came to taking my imagination and realizing it. Since I didn’t have a lot of time to spend doing this, the process started last November and spanned a series of sessions. Below are some images from stages along the way and some close-ups of the final product.
The complete design consists of the larva, which is stylized somewhat and intended to be a cyborg version (it has hydraulics in its legs, wicked spikes and red stemmata) and it is stepping across a colorful tear in space (think Lovcraft) to snatch the supernova in its jaws from the series (back to front) of massive star, red super giant, supernova and black hole.
I like to so much that I might get the urge to do the rest of the beetle life cycle. What would the egg, pupa and adult look like….?