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Nue by MarvinDMartian Nue by MarvinDMartian
Tentative design for a full-back tattoo I'm contemplating. Seeing as just about everyone and their mother is sporting oriental dragon tattoos these days, I opted for a subject that isn't usually tackled in Japanese tattoo iconography, namely, creatures of ill omen. (Another alternative I'm considering is an Itsumaden)

The Nue is a mythical beast which supposedly visited nightmares upon Emperor Konoe, descending upon the castle roof at 2 a.m. every night shrouded in a dark cloud. The samurai Minamoto Yorimasa shot an arrow into the cloud and out fell the corpse of a chimera-like monster which, by accounts, possessed the face of a monkey, the body of a raccoon dog, the limbs of a tiger, and a snake for a tail.

still needs tweaking (especially the head and the undulation of the snake-tail) before the final draft and before I pay that visit to the tattoo parlor. ^_^;

And BTW, I'm not giving anyone permission yet to use this design for their tattoo... Unless I scrap it and ultimately go for something else more to my liking.
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Nemesis12 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
That is beautiful.
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frozenverdugo Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
woah! That's hella impressive! I havent seen anything of yours on DA for ages!

Still frequenting the ol' silent hill forum?
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MarvinDMartian Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
still do.
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frozenverdugo Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
ah. i gave up on sh forums cuz everyone seemed to be repeating themselves, and the series has started to go downhill in my opinion.
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ika-siyam Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
wee back
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