9.17.2014

The Story Behind the Tattoo: Ganesh

Ganesh TattooMy sweet new friend Melissa from Oh, She Runs recently asked me if I had any posts about my tattoos and I realized I didn't! Over the next few months, I have decided to share my work with you all. Some of them have great stories behind them and others don't. But that's OK. They're a part of who I am and I love that they will always be with me. 

Today I am sharing part of my half sleeve with you, my Ganesh. Ganesh, also known as Ganesha, is one of the most well known Hindu deities. He represents a number of things, most noteworthy is that he is known as "the remover of obstacles;" a god of beginnings and success. He has a number of noticeable features including his elephant head and broken tusk.
Ganesh Tattoo
I have alluded to the fact that I grew up in an atheist home a number of times on this blog. Despite that, I was influenced by many Hindu morals and values. Ganesh was always a prominent symbol for me growing up, representing something I could easily relate to- overcoming obstacles. 

I held fast to Ganesh for years and one day I just knew I wanted him to be with me forever. That I was going to take the plunge and get a half sleeve, with him taking center stage. 

Lucky for me, I had an amazing artist that fell in love with Ganesh as much as I did. He worked with me to ensure we were correctly representing him. It was a creative learning process for the both of us. 
 
Ganesh tattoo
Ganesh tattoo

It took just over two years for me to complete Ganesh and I couldn't have been more happy with the final product. 

Now that I am a Christian, people often ask me if I think it's weird if I have a tattoo of a Hindu god, or if I regret it, and my answer is always absolutely not. Even though I saw Ganesh as a powerful figure, he was never a god to me. So despite the fact that I believe in Jesus, I still believe in Ganesh and the things he represents. Do I worship him? No. But that doesn't mean I can't love and respect what he represents.

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34 comments :

  1. I REALLY love that tattoo. The artist did an amazing job. How many tattoos do you have? I have three (but I'm craving more!) My favorite right now is one on my left shoulder: my oldest son's feet with his birthday. But the one that has the most meaning is on my right shoulder blade, it says "just breathe" I'll email you the meaning later. :) But seriously, girl- that Ganesh is amazing, and it's so cool that you stand hard by your Christian morals but still love and respect what he represents. Just awesome.

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  2. That's incredible! I've thought a lot about a white-ink tattoo on the inside of my wrist (of an anchor, cross, or Proverbs 3:6), but since I can't really afford it for a while anyway, I have a while to figure it out.

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  3. I would definitely suggest waiting it out! Especially if you're not completely sure what you want! I think a lot of artists actually won't do white ink either so make sure you call ahead of time or at least check them out prior! :)

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  4. I think it's beautiful! I don't have any tattoos, and have always thought of getting one, just never settled on what I would want! I keep thinking maybe when we're done having kids I would get something that represents my children. We'll see!

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  5. Love the meaning :) Thanks for sharing, Cassie!

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  6. I like hearing the meanings behind tattoos. I don't have any tattoos but I do have a tattoo story. While my middle sister was in the hospital, my youngest sister got a sister tattoo. It's a heart with our names around it. After my sister got out of the hospital, she got the tattoo also. Of course they want me to get the sister tattoo, but I'm terrified of needles, so that will never happen!

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  7. You know I think getting tattoos are different than like getting a shot in terms of needles, so you never know! ;)

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  8. I love love love hearing the meaning behind people's tattoos. I myself have 5 - small but all meaningful to me - and I'm not stopping at 5, I can't wait to get more!

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  9. Oh my gosh I can totally relate. Can't. Stop.

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  10. I love learning the meaning behind tattoos :) I currently have 4 tattoos and have 2 more little ones planned soon.

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  11. I love this. Number one I love the colors!! It's a gorgeous tattoo. I'm glad that you still love it now being a Christian. I have only been a Christian for a couple years but we can't forget our past. It's important to know where we came from. I have 4 tattoos and they are all my favorite. They are all so meaningful to me. This tattoo looks awesome on you, just love it!

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  12. What a crazy coincidence that you posted about this today! I just saw this picture on Reddit earlier and got sucked into reading about Ganesh and the story "Journey to the West." Pretty neat to see different takes on the same figure!

    http://i.imgur.com/mQCle5N.jpg

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  13. Ha! Interesting. I didn't know you read my blog! bahahaha

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  14. Thanks Kendra! It's one of my favorites :)

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  15. I always love hearing stories and the meanings behind tattoos! Thanks for sharing ! showeredwithdesign.blogspot.com

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  16. I love that you are telling the stories behind your tattoos! Its so fascinating to me to learn why someone got the tattoo that they did. And I also think your tattoo is so cool looking! I have a tattoo but its from back when I was young and dumb and I hate it, but thats a wholeeee other story. ;)

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  17. Thanks Amanda, I have a few I hate too so don't feel bad!

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  18. That is such a cool tattoo. I don't have any myself, but I can totally appreciate a beautiful one with real meaning like yours!

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  19. Such a neat tattoo! I've been wanting to get one but am afraid I will get sick of it after a few months. Helps when there's a story behind it :)

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  20. Yes it does! I have a few tattoos that I got on a whim and I dislike them haha so I would strongly suggest something meaningful :)

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  21. Well first of all, I *adore* that picture of you two up there. So, so cute! Second of all, your tattoo is one of the most beautiful tattoos I've ever seen, and I mean that. It's so well done and the colors are gorgeous! I have more to say but am going to email you ;)

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  22. Oh you're too sweet. I look forward to your email :)

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  23. LOVE your tattoo.
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

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  24. Beautiful. Love the colors!

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  25. I love hearing the stories behind tattoos. I don't have any, but my husband has 4 and it's very powerful to hear why people chose each piece! The colors are gorgeous! Do you plan to add on? Or is complete? Karissa

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  26. This piece is done but I have another on the other side of my arm I will share and I plan to get a full sleeve eventually!

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  27. ah this is BEAUTIFUL! Your artist really did an incredible job.

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