Animal designs are a hugely popular subject in tattoo culture. Of course, they have a powerful and beautiful visual impact, but they are also deeply symbolic. To celebrate our upcoming book, The Animal Tattoo Inspiration Compendium. We're going on a journey around the world to explore some of the cultural meanings behind popular animal tattoo designs, read on to find out more, and preview some of the amazing illustrations in The Animal Tattoo Inspiration Compendium.
We're taking a deep dive into five amazing underwater species featured in Ernst Haeckel's 'Art Forms in Nature', read on to learn more about these fascinating subjects and enjoy the stunning illustrations.
A cartouche is an intricate ornamental frame with a blank centre often flanked by scrolls. Cartouches commonly frame coats of arms, messages and paintings.
What comes to mind when you think of a dragon? Depending on where you are in the world, the idea of what a dragon is will vary significantly. Dragons in western cultures are usually depicted as fire breathing winged and horned creatures. However, in eastern legends, dragons are wingless, serpentine beasts.
Radiolaria are a water-dwelling single-cell micro-organism. They measure a minuscule 0.1-0.2mm and have beautifully intricate mineral skeletons, usually made of silica. They are a type of zooplankton and float freely around oceans, seas, and freshwater areas, feeding on smaller animals and minerals.
Some of the earliest examples of surgery come from ancient Egypt, with documents and skeletal remains showing evidence of dentistry. Sushruta Samhita is an ancient Sanskrit text by Sushruta, an Indian surgeon and physician working in the 6th Century BCE, known as the 'Father of Surgery'. His book describes preventative measures, diagnosis and treatment of various ailments, including essential and cosmetic surgeries.