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Happy Birthday to Me by Robear Happy Birthday to Me by Robear
I turn 21 in three weeks, so I thought I'd pay someone to stab me with needles. My sister and I are going down to get it the weekend after next (she wanted to come with me and is going to a concert on my birthday.)

Symbolism (since I can't make anything simple):

I used celtic knots cause I'm proud of my Scottish heritage (plus, they're pretty.) The ancient Celts believed that when a line crossed over or under another line a layer of protection against evil was added to a talisman. So that combined with the center knot symbolizes protection where ever one travels. The knot in the center is the universal symbol for the four directions. The trinity symbol in the tail represents the three distinct yet interlocked human states: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual.

The raven is one of my favorite animals. In Norse (I'm German, Swedish, Norwegian, and possiblly eastern Russian, so I could be descended of Vikings) mythology the raven represents intellegence, clairvoyence, and swift travel. They are associated with the Valkeries. Odin had two ravens named Thought and Memory that travelled to Midgard (earth) each night and brought back news and information to Asgard.

The string in the raven's beak refers to the Norse myth that the three Norns (Valkeries who were the equivilent of the Greek fates) wove the fates of everyone born at the moment of their birth. According to their belief system, when that string ran out, you died no matter what you were doing. You could be fighting on the battlefield or running like a scared rabbit, but you would die at that exact moment. So you might as well live bravely.

Heh. Look how many times I used the word symbolize. I just laugh every time someone asks me what my design means.

And just think, this is about the fourth version I've worked on.
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Jester92345 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
I love this design and would very much like to use it on a demo tee shirt for my band Ravan Brothers. However I need permission to use your art. The shirts are not for sale and only 10 will be made. Thanks Evan
Nils-Iver Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well done, this is something i could have used.
YourPersonalSuccubus Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
OMG, i LOVE this. I may have to yoink a few ideas from you when I'm designing my second bracelet tatoo. The raven is my special animal and my family is very Irish/Scottish so knotwork is very dera to me. (and it's pretty and visually stimulating. If you ended up getting it I hope it turned out just how you wanted it to. :)
Robear Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Thanks so much! I actually did get it. It was my first tattoo, my 21st birthday present to myself. I'm of Scottish and Irish decent as well, and Scandinavian, and I love the raven in their mythology. I had the lady to did the tattoo work for me use white ink in the knotwork so it won't bleed or fade as it ages.
Good idea there. :) I just got my second about a month ago and need to go in to get a few tiny places touched up.
firegoddess222 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
So cool! Do you mind if I use it as a basis for decorating a doublet? It's absolutely perfect for the theme...
Inora666 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
I love it so much :D <33
Dantes5thCircle Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2005
You have no idea how much i love this design. I also have celtic roots and I absolutely love ravens and crows and everything they signify.
Ravenheart-666 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005
Me like! :XD:
Robear Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2005
Thank you!
Alyse0 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2005
Really? What did it feel like?
Robear Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
kinda like a bee sting... over and over again.
Alyse0 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2005
I love it. I would totally get that tattoo (if I were 18 and not scared of tattoos)
Robear Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2005
Thank you! It actually wasn't that bad to get, although it did take 2 hours.
i-like-cemeteries Featured By Owner May 23, 2005
thats cool. a warning.. tattoos are adicting. I have 3 (and looking for a new idea). and two.. the fleshier the area the more it's gonna hurt. with the exception of the back. It hurts afterwards... feels like a bruise. otherwise they only feel like a papercut.. you'll have to post a picture of your tattoo when you get it done.
soxfox Featured By Owner May 22, 2005
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