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THE SWASTIKA. One of the most POWERFUL images in tattooing. Unfortunately after it was used as a symbol for hatred by the Nazi’s, it’s now for all the wrong reasons. I hate to feel that i have to explain the true meaning every time I feature one as it can comes across as I and/or the artist is ignorant of what the mainstream view of the image is. This isn’t true. It’s knowing of the mainstream view and not giving a fuck, reclaiming the symbol and it’s meaning back.
The Swastika literally translated from its Sanskrit root means ‘well being.’ The symbol itself dates back over 12,000 years ago to when it was first found carved onto an ivory figure found in Mezine, Ukraine, and was afterwards found painted and carved onto cave walls. It has been incorporated in many ancient cultures including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism as a sign of well being, prosperity, holiness, life and a sign of eternity. It has also been used in Norse mythology, ancient Greece and by the Celts and Druids, commonly as a sign of the four elements, earth, water, air, and fire.
Contrary to popular belief there is no clear way it can be incorporated to be non anti-semitic as it was so widely used in a different number of ways in the past, there is no SET way to distinguish the image representing the wrong use from the right.
This is the reason I am more than happy to share work incorporating the swastika, and I hate to have to clear this up but my page doesn’t not support the incorrect use of this symbol or what it represents.
I am not writing this to try and come across as pedantic but just to inform those who are unaware of its true meaning due to the mainstream ideology of this symbol.
Thanks for reading 🙏🏻
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