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i had to move into the southwest to get hip to this:

it’s probably only the 2nd kokopelli piece i’ve ever been asked to design + tattoo – i loved this piece for the opportunity to do a lot of detail and color in a fun piece.

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(pronounced “Coke-a-pellie”)

meaning (roughly) wooden-backed;
most of the familiar depictions of
Kokopelli are copied from Hopi art,
which in turn is derived from ancient Anasazi glyphs.

Ko-ko-pel-li (kô kô pel´ lê)
n. {der. Hopi “kokopilau” (koko = wood, pilau = hump)}
the humpbacked Flute Player, mythical Hopi symbol of fertility,
replenishment, music, dance, and mischief.

Known as a fertility god, prankster, healer and story teller, Kokopelli has been a source of wonder throughout the country for centuries. Kokopelli embodies the true American Southwest, and dates back over 3,000 years ago, when the first petroglyphs were carved. Although his true origins are unknown, this traveling, flute-playing Casanova is a sacred figure to many Southwestern Native Americans. Carvings of this hunch-backed flute-playing figure have been found painted and carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the Southwest.

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the first time i fixed a heart, it was seriously BUSTED.  this one isn’t so much a total fiX as it is an ENHANCEMENT.

as you can see the original tattoo isn’t too bad… it’s pretty “aight”, but you already know me — i just gotta SLAP SOME GOLD ON iT.

you can’t sit in my chair without looking BETTER when you get up from it. 😉

met this client recently.  after seeing her boyfriend get several pieces done by me (virtually pain-free) she decided she was going to take the jump and get her very 1st tattoo.  she had always been relatively scared of the pain associated with getting ink done, but after seeing her younger sister & boyfriend go under the needle, she knew she was just as tough as they were.

it’s awesome what love will help us do.