Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

Sections
home
aikido articles
columns

Discussions
forums
aikiblogs

Databases
dojo search
seminars
image gallery
supplies
links directory

Reviews
book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews

News
submit
archive

Miscellaneous
newsletter
rss feeds
polls
about

Follow us on



Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > General

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-14-2007, 03:06 PM   #1
Jonshez
 
Jonshez's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 33
England
Offline
Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

Hey all,
I've always been dismissive of tattoos generally (not my thing), however I've been thinking over the last year or so about having one inspired by my philosophy and thoughts on harmony and budo.

I've dismissed the idea of the aikido kanji because so many people have random kanji tattoo'd on them. The yin and yang symbol on it's own is also over used elsewhere.

So what's the reason for the post? I wondered if you could inspire me with some links to images that you thought might fit the bill. I'm not after a huge tattoo, probably only a few inches on the shoulder or upper arm. I've been looking at tsuba for inspiration, some of them are beautiful (I used to restore antique tsuba).

I sort of like this one...
http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:...m/tsuba-3b.jpg

Any ideas?

Jon

Ai-Ki cannot be exhausted
By words written or spoken.
Without dabbling in idle talk,
Understand through practice.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2007, 05:50 PM   #2
CitoMaramba
 
CitoMaramba's Avatar
Dojo: Dangayan Singkaw Aikido Shinzui Group Philippines
Location: Plymouth, UK
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 492
Philippines
Offline
Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration



The kanji for Budo...
meaning "grape"

Inocencio Maramba, MD, MSc
Dangayan Singkaw Aikido Shinzui
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2007, 06:23 PM   #3
Jonshez
 
Jonshez's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 33
England
Offline
Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

I thought about that, and found some beautifully brushed (painted/written?) versions. Still, it's the whole kanji thing, no disrespect to anyone with a kanji that means something to them, but so many people have them without any thought that it has spoiled them for me.

Any other pieces of symbology anyone can think of? As I say, just looking for inspiration really.


Ai-Ki cannot be exhausted
By words written or spoken.
Without dabbling in idle talk,
Understand through practice.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2007, 06:35 PM   #4
DonMagee
Location: Indiana
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,311
United_States
Offline
Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

I've always wanted to get "Silly white guy" tattooed on me in kanji.

- Don
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough" - Albert Einstein
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2007, 10:59 PM   #5
Roman Kremianski
Dojo: Toronto Aikikai
Location: Toronto, Canada
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 404
Canada
Offline
Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

http://www.bitterasianmen.com/culture.html
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2007, 02:09 AM   #6
jyoung
 
jyoung's Avatar
Dojo: Aikibujutsu Keikokai
Location: Fayetteville, AR
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 5
United_States
Offline
Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

haha...you know...i once had a t-shirt my instructor made and gave to me...unfortunately i dont have a picture of it...but basically it was a 'sunset' background with the silhouette of two people in hakama...one was in kamae with a sword it appeared and the other was in mid-throw (i.e. mid-air and upside down) it was an awesome shot if you can get the idea in your head of what i'm trying to describe...i'm not sure even where he found the image...but maybe something similar to that...an 'aiki action-shot' might at least be an idea....good luck expressing yourself!

jeremy

How can you expect to move the other guy when you can't move yourself?
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2007, 04:20 PM   #7
jennifer paige smith
 
jennifer paige smith's Avatar
Dojo: Confluence Aiki-Dojo / Santa Cruz Sword Club
Location: Santa Cruz
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,049
United_States
Offline
Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

Quote:
Roman Kremianski wrote: View Post
Hey Roman,
Read Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn. No one likes to be ripped off.

Jennifer Paige Smith
Confluence Aikido Systems
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2007, 04:22 PM   #8
jennifer paige smith
 
jennifer paige smith's Avatar
Dojo: Confluence Aiki-Dojo / Santa Cruz Sword Club
Location: Santa Cruz
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,049
United_States
Offline
Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

Quote:
Don Magee wrote: View Post
I've always wanted to get "Silly white guy" tattooed on me in kanji.
Funny. I've always wanted to tattoo silly white guys with Kanji. I get to choose which one.

Jennifer Paige Smith
Confluence Aikido Systems
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2007, 05:23 PM   #9
Roman Kremianski
Dojo: Toronto Aikikai
Location: Toronto, Canada
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 404
Canada
Offline
Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

Quote:
Hey Roman,
Read Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn. No one likes to be ripped off.
Don't think I follow...who did I rip off again? :S
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2007, 12:49 PM   #10
Ryan Sanford
Dojo: Northwest Aikido
Location: Oregon
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 70
United_States
Offline
Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

Quote:
Roman Kremianski wrote: View Post
Hey, but Rurouni Kenshin is a great anime! D:
So, yeah, I was a fried egg when I was a little younger, I'll admit it.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2007, 03:06 PM   #11
GLWeeks
Dojo: Aikido Society of Memphis
Location: Memphis, TN
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 65
United_States
Offline
Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

Oh yeah, I'm a fried egg... Definately...

The way I look at it is that the US (culture wise) is still a infant and I am not drawn to our culture as much as I am in others that are MUCH older...

  Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2007, 10:46 PM   #12
dragonteeth
Dojo: Elkton Ki-Aikido
Location: Virginia
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 108
United_States
Offline
Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

I've promised myself my first tat once I'm finished losing weight (46 pounds down, 14 more to go!). As a joke, I've told my Sensei I was going to have mushin (no mind) tattooed on my neck with an arrow pointing upwards.

However, I think I'm going for something that will have a little more meaning. In Asian lore, the koi who manages to swim over a waterfall (on the Yangtze I believe) turns into a dragon. It's supposed to symbolize courage and overcoming hardship, and they have different colors for the koi which symbolize different family members. I'm thinking about getting a waterfall pouring down my lower back, with a black koi transforming into a dragon looking down the waterfall, and a small blue and larger white koi swimming up. The black koi symbolizes my late husband, Jaye, who was one of my first sensei (in a different style) and who fought a courageous fight against lupus. The blue koi and the white koi symbolize my son and myself, with our own waterfalls to overcome, knowing that he is waiting for us on the other side. I've been toying with the idea of working in the kanji for Masakatsu Agatsu subtly into the waterfall itself, to show the idea that the waterfalls we create for ourselves are often the biggest hurdles we face.

But still, the mushin idea might be more fun....

Good luck finding your tat!
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2007, 01:13 AM   #13
yosushi
Dojo: Aoyama dojo
Location: Tokyo
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 14
France
Offline
Exclamation Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

In Japan (...this is changing among the young generation),
sporting a tattoo will tell people you are a yakuza.
Onsen, restaurants, ... will not accept you (you have to go
to Yakuza-only places?).

Good luck finding nice kanji or picture,
which you can always put on a T-shirt safely.

Be careful you pick the correct kanji !
(you can find bad examples on http://www.hanzismatter.com/)
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2007, 05:56 AM   #14
Jonshez
 
Jonshez's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 33
England
Offline
Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

Quote:
Lori Snidow wrote: View Post
I
However, I think I'm going for something that will have a little more meaning.
Lori, I think your idea sounds beautiful and the meaning behind it trancends fashion by so much! If i can find something half as inspiring as that I'll be happy.

Jon

Ai-Ki cannot be exhausted
By words written or spoken.
Without dabbling in idle talk,
Understand through practice.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2007, 03:18 PM   #15
dragonteeth
Dojo: Elkton Ki-Aikido
Location: Virginia
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 108
United_States
Offline
Re: Budo/aiki tattoo inspiration

Thank you! It's taken a lot of thought and looking around to get it to that point. I wanted it to mean something, and to look great, so that I won't regret getting it done several years from now.

I agree with Lionel's concerns, both about getting a correct kanji as well as being able to conceal it. I will be having a Japanese calligrapher do the stencil for the kanji portion. The fellow I have in mind did some gorgeous custom scrolls that our dojo gave as gifts this year at our annual yudansha appreciation day. He's from Osaka, but lives in Quebec now. Another calligrapher that I'm also considering (if Fumi can't do it) is Eri Takase. She has quite a number of stock kanji for sale, and will do both custom work and tattoo stencils. She probably could do a tsuba stencil as well...might be worth asking.

The concealment part is very important to me too. My father's religious beliefs are very anti-tattoo, and I want to be able to cover it up to keep from offending him. Since he has a pool, that will mean putting it below the back line of my one-piece bathing suit. Plus I occasionally have to go to little black dress affairs for work, and again the atmosphere is one where I will want to keep my body art hidden. The lower back is the perfect place for me, even though I understand it's not the most pain-free place to have a tattoo done.

If you want the links to the two calligraphers, drop me a private message and I'll be more than happy to pass them along.
  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

AikiWeb Sponsored Links - Place your Aikido link here for only $10!



Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:11 PM.



vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2017 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
----------
Copyright 1997-2017 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
----------
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate