Zen, Tree Of Life Tattoo By Jay-Cee

Enso (formally spelled ensō) is a sacred symbol in Zen Buddhism meaning circle, or sometimes, circle of togetherness. It is traditionally drawn using only one brushstroke as a meditative practice in letting go of the mind and allowing the body to create, as the singular brushstroke allows for no modifications. While at first glance, the enso symbol appears no more than a misshapen circle, it symbolizes many things: the beauty in imperfection, the art of letting go of expectations, the circle of life, and connection. The enso is a manifestation of the artist at the moment of creation and the acceptance of our innermost self. It symbolizes strength, elegance, and one-mindedness.

The enso is a representation of our true and innermost self; its creation is said to leave the artist fully exposed at that one particular moment in time. And through lessons of the impossibility of creating the perfect circle (sans mathematical calculations), we find this much to be true: that the very imperfections and contours that otherwise prevent a perfect circle from being created are exactly what makes the enso beautiful.

This calf tattoo featuring a tree and an enso was done by Jay-Cee Rademeyer of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.

As a general rule, trees are thought of as long-lasting and resilient. They survive a long time (from 50 to 5000 years), weathering storms and elements, which makes them a sign of strength and adaptability to many societies. They offer safety to creatures who live in their branches, travelers who rest in their shade, and anyone building their home with lumber. Trees provide apples, pears, and stone fruit and provide medicine to many cultures. These nutritious and medicinal trees have accumulated additional layers of importance and meaning.so its quite easy to see why trees make such a popular choice when it comes to tattoos.

Jay-Cee completed this tattoo in a single session using a Professional Coil Tattoo Machine, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo ink, Eternal Tattoo Ink, Stencil Stuff and Green Soap.

To see more of Jay-Cee’s work please visit www.zenink.co.za or feel free to stop past our studio in Boksburg, South Africa for a free consultation.


10 thoughts on “Zen, Tree Of Life Tattoo By Jay-Cee

  1. nicole

    Awesome looking tattoo. I always like tattoos with some uniqueness and this is one of it both the style and actual meaning.

  2. Scott Summers

    What does zen even mean? I have been hearing that term a lot but had no idea for it. How does a triangle correlate to it???

  3. Tahong

    This tattoo looks really amazing especially the meaning behind it. Too bad this is very far from where I am. I’d like to have one.

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