This full color realistic protea tattoo was done by the head artist of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio, Nina Rademeyer.
Indeed a truly South African flower yet the Protea flowers are native to the southern hemisphere, primarily Australia and South Africa, but can also be found in Central Africa, Central and South America, and southeast Asia. They are grown commercially  in California and Hawaii, primarily for sale to florist shops. These unique flowers have existed since prehistoric times with some estimates dating them to 300 million years ago.
South Africa: The King Protea (Protea cynaroides) flower (one of the largest and most striking of the protea flowers) is the national flower of South Africa. It earns its name from it’s striking petals that resemble a colorful crown. The King Protea flower is so revered that South Africa’s national cricket team also adopted its name.
Greek Legend: Proteus, son of the Greek God Poseidon, was known for his wisdom, but he was not always eager to share his thoughts and knowledge. It seems Proteus preferred to while away the day sleeping in the summer sun. To avoid detection, he changed his appearance and shape frequently. The protea flower was named after Proteus due its many shapes and colors.
This tattoo was done in quite a delicate and feminine style to compliment the customers soft and gentle personality. Soft colors and delicate line work is what makes this tattoo so special to her.
Nina completed this realistic protea tattoo in a single session using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo Ink, Eternal Tattoo Ink, Stencil Stuff and Hustle Butter Deluxe.
To see more of Nina Rademeyers work or for any additional information regarding the studio, please visit or stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation.
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