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KHMER TATTOOS: ROBERT PHO

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Khmer style tattoos or Cambodian art have become increasingly popular. 

Tattoos of Cambodian or Asian influence are strikingly detailed and exotic. They are beautiful, enticing, provocative and mysterious in ways that have increased their popularity, and the deep-seated history behind the art is rich with cultural heritage.

Stretching back centuries, the history of Cambodian art spans many mediums which includes symbolic artifacts as well as textiles, stone-carving and wat murals. Beginning in the mid-20th century, a tradition of modern art began in Cambodia, though in the later 20th century both traditional and modern arts declined for several reasons, including the killing of artists by the Khmer Rouge.

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Some photos of Robert Pho working on his brother Andy. This is the beginning of a full body suit tattoo which will be sure to please. 

 

The height of Khmer art occurred during the Angkor period; much of the era’s stone carving and architecture survives to the present. In pre-colonial Cambodia, art and crafts were generally produced either by rural non-specialists for practical use or by skilled artists producing works for the Royal Palace. In modern Cambodia, many artistic traditions entered a period of decline or even ceased to be practiced, but the country has experienced a recent artistic revival as the tourist market has increased and governments and NGOs have contributed to the preservation of Cambodian culture.

To continue the tradition of this history and art, Khmer tattoos of this nature also happens to be a specialty art here at Skin Design Tattoos. While our founder Robert Pho, is a specialist in portraits, one of his passions are Khmer tattoos, and his ability to recreate these visual masterpieces become quite evident in the display of his work.

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Some of Robert Pho’s work. To view his full gallery and bio click here

 

Whether it be black and gray tattoos, or even paintings, his passion for his heritage and cultural artifacts is one he studies with a passion. He studies the lines, mates them to the contours of your particular body parts and for over 20 years, his dedication to the art has become world-renowned and his artistry is one which is defined as art for “those in the know.”

Void of mainstream commercialism and ad hype, Robert Pho has become a gem for those who know of his work. With a current waiting list of roughly 6-months his clientele spans all across the world and his work is one which is easily appreciated and respected.

 

YOUR EGO IS NOT YOUR AMIGO.

In a day and age where you can find a multitude of excuses to fail, the last thing you need is your own pride becoming one of them. We used to live in a society where we were responsible for our own failures and success, but here today, is a society where many of its inhabitants feel self-entitled and quick to pass the blame. To avoid this, do one thing; check your ego at the door. Your ego is a powerful tool, which in small doses can be instrumental in boosting confidence or sparking a competitive nerve, but too much of it wages far different results.

The ego shares the same office with pride; they both reside in an internal division located at the top floor of your mind – and not your office building. Defined by Freud as a defense mechanism designed to protect and serve one’s basic instincts while also determining reality, the ego can also become a prideful attitude that’s both counterproductive and damaging. Often times, ego leaves many in life focusing on what they are not receiving, rather than what they can give. In this lifetime, everything we want depends on what we’re willing to work. Simply put, life gives back to you what you put in.

Even though the purpose of the ego is to protect and defend, far too often it’s all for the wrong reasons, especially in business. Colin Powell once advised: “Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.” This is often exactly what happens when ego interferes with a smooth-running relationship, whether in business or the private sector, creating irreparable damage and triggering the ultimate failure of all involved.

We’ve all fallen victim to ego in some form or fashion, and it’s understandable, considering how difficult it can be to manage. On one hand we are to trust it, as it defines our reality, but on the other hand, a well-fed ego leaves a distorted reality, confusing us as to what’s real and what isn’t.

As human beings, one of our most difficult tasks in life is to find that perfect balance between letting our ego serve us, and serving our ego. One will get you everything you’ve dreamed of, and the other will cost you everything you’ve worked for. Choose wisely, and remember that “Ego is not the master of its own House.” Don’t give it the keys to yours.

Written by G. Villa