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This amazing owl arm tattoo was done by Nina Rademeyer, who is the head artist at Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Just like most animal tattoos, the owl tattoo has a rich symbolic value. The owl is a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, and transition.

The owl has been associated with many different ancient civilizations over time, all over the globe. The owl plays a part in Hindu, Egyptian, and Celtic lore and mythologies. These cultures believed that the owl was the protector and guardian of the dead and believed it was able to communicate with the departed. The Romans believed that an owl hooting atop a public building predicted the death of an important public figure. Because of this, the owl is commonly called the “angel of death” and believed to guide or carry recently-departed souls to the underworld. For ancient Greeks, the owl was sacred to Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.

The owl was also symbolic to Native Americans who believed it was the guardian of sacred knowledge. They would also look to the owl to forecast the weather. Several cultures believed that the owl would accompany the soul in the afterlife and some believe if you see an owl in your dreams, it means that you or someone in your life will experience death.

Nina enjoys doing animal tattoos and her love for it definitely shows through in all her work. This client has a number of animal tattoos and this beautiful owl was her latest addition to the family.

Nina Rademeyer completed this owl forearm tattoo in a single sitting using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo Ink, Green Soap, Hustle Butter and Elite Cartridges.

To see more of Nina Rademeyers work or for any additional information regarding Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio please visit www.zenink.co.za or feel free to stop past our studio in Boksburg to discuss your ideas and plans for your next awesome tattoo. We look forward to seeing you!

This traditional dragon sleeve was done by Jay Cee Rademeyer of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The dragon is a popular and powerful design worn by both women and men, and although it can be designed in various sizes, the detailing and shading involved in most depictions often make this tattoo a larger-sized project. Some of the attributes and traits associated with the dragon are strength, courage, and independence.

Dragons are one of the most legendary creatures in the history of mythology and folklore. Dragons are a part of the historic culture of China, Japan, Vietnam, and many other countries. According to most Eastern civilizations, dragons were noble creatures with distinct honors and powers, while in the mythologies of European civilizations, they were usually considered evil and dark.

The symbolism of dragon tattoos cover a wide range of meanings. One civilization may consider dragons a symbol of strength and wisdom, while another may consider them to be greedy and a bad omen. The Chinese (representing wisdom, good luck, and goodwill), Japanese (representing balance), and Celtic dragon styles (often shown with crowns and thrones depicting power and strength) are among the most popular.

This client was looking for something bold that would stand apart from your everyday dragon, Jay Cee also incorporated some traditional flowers like cherry blossoms and chrysanthemums to keep that authentic look where some bright vivid colors were added to give it that extra pop.

This traditional dragon sleeve is still a work in progress so be sure to keep checking in to follow the progress of this great piece.

To see more of Jay Cees work, or for any additional information regarding Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio, please visit www.zenink.co.za or feel free to stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation.

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.

 

Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. There is no doubt the butterfly has significant meanings to us.

Through heartfelt stories, we have heard butterflies symbolizing the passing of a loved one, or life struggles that people have endured to emerge as a better person. We have heard stories from cancer fighters and survivors, people who have dealt with mental breakdowns, heartache, and drug addictions. Butterflies have also been a symbol for celebrations, weddings, life, and our journeys.

This delicate work was done by Jay- Cee Rademeyer of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Jay-Cee’s customer came all the way to him from California to get this tattoo done and it was also her very first tattoo. She sat like an absolute champ for it too.

Butterflies are a popular subject for tattoos among girls and women, either as a pretty skin decoration or as a symbol of a deeper meaning. Butterflies symbolize freedom, beauty and change, and are often chosen to represent a period of transformation in a woman’s life. Butterfly tattoos are often accompanied by other feminine tattoo designs such as flowers, birds and elegant patterns.

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

If you would like to see more of Jay Cees’s work or for any additional information about Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio please visit www.zenink.co.za or stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation.

Roses are a complex flower, and a popular tattoo. Obvious symbolism may be delicate beauty or love, but there is a wealth of culture behind rose symbolism that can be different based on different elements, including color and whether or not the rose is “open.”
This awesome abstract rose tattoo was done by Jay-Cee Rademeyer, of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The rose originated in Persia where it was seen as a masculine symbol. Over the years, it has become associated with femininity, however, the flower is popular with both men and women. Although the rose tattoo carries a plethora of meanings today, it used to only represent love.

In fact, the rose tattoo gained popularity in the 1930s because sailors often got them inked on their bodies as reminders of their wives, girlfriends, and mothers. The general public later followed this trend, and it was common for men to get roses tattooed on their chests with their lover’s name incorporated into the design.

In mythology, Aphrodite (the Greek goddess of love) was often depicted with roses adorning her head, feet, and neck. This can be interpreted many ways, but the association comes from a rose bush that grew within a pool of blood spilled by her slain lover (Adonis), and so a common interpretation is that the rose symbolizes an immortal love that withstands time and even death. In tarot, the rose is considered a symbol of balance. The beauty of this flower expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings. It is contrasted by thorns symbolizing defense, loss, and thoughtlessness.

The abstract style of tattooing is growing on a daily basis and has allowed both artists as clients to combine elements and ideas that traditionally would not be accepted within the main stream market. The ideas and possibilities are endless, with unique and meaningful tattoos being produced at top class studios like Zen Ink in Johannesburg.

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

To see more of Jay-Cee Rademeyers work, please visit www.zenink.co.za or for any additional information regrading the studio feel free to come and visit us at our studio in Boskburg.

This awesome dot work style mandala tattoo was done by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist at Zen Ink Tattoo Studio, in Boksburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The history of Mandala goes back the prehistoric era. It’s a form of art used by ancient people to represent the whole universe. It is also a symbol used in the spiritual aspect of Buddhism and Hinduism. Although it’s an ancient art, many people are still in awe at how great it looks.

Mandala Tattoo is a sacred symbol. It is a popular symbol in Buddhism , which makes it religious by nature. There are Mandala designs that represent the Sun, the Universe, and the Stars.  People believe that only those who have the blessing of the celestial heavens can complete a Mandala art. Although there’s no proof to its truth, thousands of people still believe this myth. Well, there’s nothing wrong with believing in it. What’s important is that you consider Mandala as an art and appreciate it.

Mandala art is made of basic geometric shapes, particularly squares and triangles. However, when you look at the bigger picture, it will display a circle rather than squares and triangles. This is due to the harmonious combination of the geometric shapes to make a single pattern. Getting this design as a tattoo will be a great idea, especially for people who love ancient art.

This client and Nina are currently working on a full sleeve so keep checking in for updated photos and progress.

Nina Rademeyer completed this dot work style mandala in a single session using a professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Hustle Butter, Stencil Stuff, Elite Cartridges and green soap.

To see more of Nina Rademeyers work or for any additional information about Zen Ink Tattoo Studio please visit www.zenink.co.za or stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation to discuss your next awesome tattoo with us!

This brush style swan shoulder tattoo was completed by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist at Zen Ink  Professional Tattoo Studio, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This particular client came all the why to us from Ireland, and what a load of fun he was.. Greetings to you Mr James Swan!
The Swan is more than just a beautiful bird; it is the quintessential being of balance and harmony. It is also a symbol of Transformation through Enlightenment. In the classic fairy tale, the duckling becomes transformed into a being of perfection – a swan – after it has learned to embrace its true nature. The ugly duckling “mentally transforms” into what he was destined to be. The Celtic tradition abounds with stories of kings and fair maidens being transformed into swans, either as a reward for their long suffering or as a curse from evil, greedy enemies.
Swans also have various other meanings and symbology attached to them that differs from place to place and people to people.
James wanted this tattoo to represent the pride he has for his family, culture and heritage. he was absolutely over the moon with the final result and we will be looking forward to having him at Zen Ink Tattoo Studio again in the near future.
Nina Rademeyer completed this brush style swan tattoo in a single session using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Elite Cartridges, Green Soap, Stencil Stuff, Hustle Butter, Dynamic Tattoo Ink and Fusion Tattoo Ink.
To see more of Nina Rademeyers work or for any additional information regrading Zen Ink  Professional Tattoo Studio, please visit www.zenink.co.za or feel free to stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation.

This gorgeous realism/illustration owl shoulder tattoo was done by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist at Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The owl is a beautiful and meaningful tattoo choice. Owl tattoos aren’t necessarily mainstream but are popular, worn by both men and women. Often colorful and detailed, they commonly portray the owl alone, but may include other symbols and elements.

The owl has been associated with many different ancient civilizations over time, all over the globe. The owl plays a part in Hindu, Egyptian, and Celtic lore and mythologies. These cultures believed that the owl was the protector and guardian of the dead and believed it was able to communicate with the departed. The Romans believed that an owl hooting atop a public building predicted the death of an important public figure. Because of this, the owl is commonly called the “angel of death” and believed to guide or carry recently-departed souls to the underworld. For ancient Greeks, the owl was sacred to Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.

The owl was also symbolic to Native Americans who believed it was the guardian of sacred knowledge. They would also look to the owl to forecast the weather. Several cultures believed that the owl would accompany the soul in the afterlife and some believe if you see an owl in your dreams, it means that you or someone in your life will experience death.

Nina Completed this owl shoulder tattoo in a single session using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Elite cartridges, Stencil Stuff, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo Ink, Eternal Tattoo Ink and Green Soap.

If you would like to see more of Nina Rademeyers work, or for any additional information regarding the studio please visit www.zenink.co.za or feel free to stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation to discuss your next tattoo.

Binary Honey Comb Tattoo
This is a fantastic example of a truly original idea, geometric honey comb with binary code as one of the elements.
This piece was completed by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Boksburg, Johannesburg, South Africa.

There are few geometrical tattoos more popular than the honeycomb tattoo, and for a variety of reasons. These designs look fantastic on the skin more often than not, and there also happen to be multiple great meanings that they can represent.

What you’ll usually find is that people who have the honeycomb tattoo not only like the look of the design, they also happen to be fans of bees. After all, the honeycomb is considered to be the bee’s best creation, so it just makes sense that people like everything about it. In fact, you will sometimes even see people include a bee or two on their honeycomb tattoo designs.

This client had a great idea of including binary code into his tattoo which represents himself, his wife and his kids, what a great way to capture your loved ones without being cheesy and doing the same thing that everybody else does.

These are the kind of tattoos that true artists love to do, where the customer has taken time out of their busy schedule to do research and bring some different elements to the table that have been well thought out and carefully constructed. This client and Nina are also working towards a full sleeve on this one so keep your eyes peeled..

Nina completed this honeycomb tattoo in a single session using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Stencil Stuff and Green Soap.

If you would like to see more of Nina Rademeyers work or if you would like more information regarding Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio please visit www.zenink.co.za or alternatively stop past our studio in Boskburg for a free consultation

This polynesian half sleeve tattoo was done by Jay Cee Rademeyer of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Johannesburg South Africa.

There is still debate over the definitive origins of Polynesian culture and that transfers also, to the notion of tattooing.

One thing that is certain is that the term Polynesian or Polynesia incorporates many tribes including Marquesans, Samoans, Niueans, Tongans, Cook Islanders, Hawaiians, Tahitians and Maori. All of these tribes are genetically linked to the indigenous peoples from parts of Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asia and in turn, Polynesia are sub-regions of Oceania, comprising of a large grouping of over 1000 islands scattered over the central and southern Pacific Ocean, within a triangle that encompasses New Zealand, Hawaii and Easter Island as it’s corners.

The people who inhabit the islands of Polynesia are termed Polynesians and they share many similar traits including language, culture and beliefs.

This client is currently working on a full Polynesian body suite so keep checking back in with us to see how we progress. This half sleeve that Jay Cee is working on was done in a single session and his client sits like an absolute rock . we look forward to having her back at our studio.

Jay Cee completed this Polynesian half sleeve using a Professional coil Tattoo Machine, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Green Soap and Hustle Butter Deluxe.

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