I have thrown everything at this piece in terms of creativity, design and effort. I have experimented with this Felix character using 30 different designs and patterns. The final product has taken longer for me to create than most of my other pieces. This incarnation of Felix has a very positive pose. My aim is for the design to provide a feeling of freedom, with the added peace sign finger pose on his hand giving the general impression of moving forward with confidence.
I have been experimenting with the idea of individual tattoo designs, each of which has their own meaning. I include pieces that have personally inspired me: characters like Popeye, Olive Oyl, Betty Boop and Mickey Mouse. I have taken elements of traditional tattoo crucifixes and abstracted and changed them to
shift meaning and allow people to attach their own interpretations. I have replaced the crucifix with a smiley face to remove the religious significance in favour of an image that encompasses spiritual growth and comfort.
2020 with all its challenges is represented by the bottle of poison. This could also represent our personal demons as a result of the pandemic. The plague character is overlaid with other spiritual and religious connotations along with themes of love and death from Mexican culture. I had to include some big cat influences too. I could have gone on to include so many more images but realise that it is already pretty imbued with meaning.
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