Tattoos for me are a huge act of vulnerability, as is all of our self expression. So much appreciation for the two woman that have been part of the creation of this lower back piece with me over the past 9 months. A full cycle of healing has taken place as she came into completion this week. The first 7 hour handpoked session in November with Lex at @thebodyarchitects was so raw & powerful, the two of us moving in and out of extreme discomfort. Huge learning for us both. I went back for finishing touches this week and she has come alive in shading, dotwork and in the expansion of the cosmos around her as she sits in stillness, yet alive in her full feminine expression. This weeks' session was total bliss; on the opposite side of the spectrum compared to the first. The needle, taking me to the other side of pain, to complete present moment awareness and bliss in stillness. To surpass pain, we have to go into it. This tattoo was the greatest symbolism of this for me. When we create art like this with intention, when the bond between artists and subject is authentic and in integrity, the work becomes a direct channel from source. From something greater than us both. In this piece I honour my divine feminine, and the souls lost in pregnancy, some of the deepest healing work I've done since I started my journey of self-inquiry 10 years ago and my own path to embodying my stillness within. Something I longed to access for so long outside of me, yet through yoga and conscious relating I find this place lives within me and that my most potent source of personal power, lies in the being, not the doing.
Thank you for living your art with me, @merakilabbe & @weskuswolf