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TATTOOS BY FERNIE ANDRADE

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Black & Grey Tattoo sleeve by Fernie Andrade

Las Vegas has absolutely no shortage of tattoo artists, or tattoo shops. With hundreds of tattooists to choose from, there’s a huge selection of faces and places to choose from but we’re proud to staff some of the best artists in town. The creative geniuses on our staff deliver tattoos that are bar none some of the best not only in Vegas – but in the world – and the proof is in their portfolios.

The tattoo above, was done by resident SDT artist Fernie Andrade, and his work is some of the most sought after in the game. Typical booked months out, it is advised that you book far in advance and it comes as no surprise that his list continually gets longer. Fernie’s attention to detail and ability to seamlessly merge multiple images, makes him a world class artist and we’re proud to have him as part of the SDT Family.

If you would like to view more of his work then please visit his portfolio by clicking here.

LIMITED EDTION JOSE CUERVO

Ahh yes. Jose Cuervo. Probably one of the most memorable drinks for every grown ass man. It’s the drink that has put many of us on our knees, and the serum of reality, which has doubled as a segway between the boldness of youth, and the chill of the porcelain god.

With the release of these new limited edition bottles, we don’t know if they’re making up for all the nights we’ve made bad mistakes drinking the stuff, but they’ve come out with an artsy new label which is fitting and pretty damn cool.

 

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Jose Cuervo is celebrating 220 years of being in business and to commemorate that achievement they decided to release a limited edition bottle. With metallic gold and silver bottles that feature snazzy new artwork, they probably won’t last long so pick some up when you see them.

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ORIGINS: TIBETAN SKULL TATTOO

It comes as no surprise that Tibetan skull tattoos are a popular subject when it comes to Asian themed tattoo art. The intricacy and details found on these skulls are overwhelming, and while the carvings and decor add an element of mystique and power, they symbolize something so much more.

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Often called Kapal (a Sanskrit term which translates to skull or begging bowl), these decorative skulls are used as part of rituals in both Hindu and Buddhist Tantra. There are usually two types of Kapal, one which is a complete skull and another which is separated at half skull. The skulls were typically retrieved from sky burial sites, an ancient Tibetan burial custom in which the bodies of the deceased are dismembered and scatted in fields. Though it sounds disturbing, the ritual has deeper meaning as the pieces are scattered to “give aim to the birds.”

tibetan-skull-tattooIt is a ritual that has a great religious meaning of the ascent of the soul to be reincarnated into another circle of life. Once collected, the skulls would be specially prepared and elaborately anointed and consecrated before use. It would then be decorated with carvings, jewels of silverwork before being used as a ritual implement. In Tibetan monasteries, the kapala was used to hold dough cakes or wine, used symbolically as flesh and blood offerings to wrathful deities of Hindu India and Buddhist Tibet.

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Ornate in presentation, these historic relics are now the center stone for many elaborate tattoo pieces. They offer a visual appeal which is backed by deep roots, and now with a deeper understanding of their origins you are sure to appreciate them even more.

To read more history you can click here.

 

HEDI XANT: THE GOLD STANDARD ARTIST.

Art can be found everywhere and anywhere. There’s beauty on the city streets, in the slums, but more importantly there’s art within yourself. The key is finding it, and utilizing it as a form of self-expression, and this featured artist is a great example. Much of his art revolves around human skulls and his use of different materials and composition has made it quite appealing.

While skulls for some may represent death, there are many that use it as representation of a rebirth of ones self in either a good or bad manner. Some see it as a symbol of strength and rebellion while some cultures use skulls as the center piece of celebration. In Mexico, they use for Day of the Dead celebrations, while the Kabbalistic tree of life uses it as a symbol of rebirth.