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WHAT DOES AN ELEPHANT TATTOO SYMBOLIZE?

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Elephant and lion tattoos rule the animal kingdom when it comes to tattoos.

The tattoo above was created by our family member, Fernie Andrade. Done a few years back, the tattoo was done on the thigh of a client and it remains one of the most talked about animal tattoos on the web.

So what does the elephant represent or symbolize?

Well, elephants represent a lot of things. They are identified as a symbol of strength and patience, while others see it as an imposing power which boasts authority. They actually have many meanings and are also associated with strength, royalty and ancient wisdom.

Watching these majestic animals has also taught us a lot. They’ve taught us about gentleness, commitment, trust and love. These deeply committed creatures are loyal to the soil, and they will go to extreme measures to protect their family.

The sheer strength of an elephant is unlike any other in their domain and they’re one of the most interesting animals in the world.

Elephants are also great team players. Actually they’re not great, they’re extraordinary. For a family of elephants to to survive in the wild they must all work together and stick with each other to fight for food and protect themselves from predators. An even more important part of their strategy to survive is their complex system of communication.

Here’s a few things you probably didn’t know about elephants:

WHY DO THEY HAVE SO MANY WRINKLES?

Elephants are one of the more interesting animals to tattoo simply because of the detail of their wrinkles, but the wrinkles have a function. All the little folds help disperse heat from the animal and that’s why they take mud baths. The mud gets trapped in the little wrinkles and the moisture trapped in those folds helps continually cool the animal down. The mud also protects it from insects, sun and moisture loss.

HOW STRONG IS AN ELEPHANT?

The trunk of this powerful animal consists of 100,000 individual muscles – compared to the human body which has less than 800 individual muscles in total. Even more impressive is that the trunk is a few hundred times more sensitive in smell than any dog in the world. The reason it’s so effective is because the entire trunk is lined with olfactory sensors.

So how strong is their trunk? Well all those muscles translate into a powerful tool which holds a little over 2 gallons of water and can carry over 9,000 kilograms.

HOW MANY TEETH DO ELEPHANTS HAVE?

Elephants only have 4 teeth and they are all molars. There are two in the from to the mouth and two located in the back. But here’s where it gets interesting, when the front two wear down, they drop out and the two in the back move forward. Then 2 new molars grow in the back of the mouth to replace those that have moved forward. The back molars are able to be replaced 6 times throughout their life. When the last set wear out, they can no longer chew and die of starvation. Teeth are very symbolic, and are considered receivers and transmitters of energy linked by connecting paths throughout the astral body.

HOW MUCH DO THEY EAT?

An elephant eats between 220 and 440 pounds of vegetation per day, but when you consider that they weight between 5,000 to 14,000 pounds, it should come as no surprise.

 

 

ELEPHANTS DON'T SWAT FLIES.

It’s the truth. Regardless of the industry you’re in there’s always going to be the naysayers, the doubters, the detractors and the haters trying to throw salt on your game. In short, you can stay in your lane and mind your own business but sooner than later, someones gonna swerve and try to disrupt your trip to the top.

 

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So what do you do when this happens? Nothing. Just keep your ego down, your skills up and keep making the moves that are making you that much more popular. Remember….Elephants don’t swat flies and no one has ever achieved greatness without a little bit of negative press.

Black and Grey tattoo by Fernie Andrade on Alphonse. This tattoo won “Tattoo of the Day” at Musink.

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Inspiration behind the post: 
Recently,  I was talking to a friend (who by the way is not in the tattoo industry), and he was talking about the amount of heat he caught for recently getting a big promotion. Needless to say, people in the office were talking smack and spreading rumors and after a week it finally got to him.

About an hour into our conversation, his grand father came out and said, “Listen up cry baby, elephants don’t swat flies and people don’t talk garbage about nobody, they talk about somebody, and you’re somebody. So suck it up, and strive for more.” 

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 What’s your point of view?
 

As we both sat there laughing, he pulled open the sliding doors with a beer in his hand and said, “This is my point of view…who cares about anyone elses point of view. I built this house on hard work, not gossip, and anyone can do the same.”

As we sat there kind of stunned he followed up by saying, “Jealousy isn’t new. It’s older than I am except  you kids call it ‘hating’, it’s a part of life, a part of the process, and a sign that you’re doing just fine. Ask MJ or Kobe if everyone liked them, or better yet ask Kim Kardashian, heck she married a guy that looks like a squirrel but heck…he’s got a whole lot of chestnuts in his piggy bank. “

Wise words from an 86 year old.

 
Contributed by SDT writer JV – An LA based writer with an affinity for tattoos, long drives to the beach and an intolerance for stupidity.