What does dukkha mean?
wikkipedia describes Dukkha as:
Dukkha "Doo-Kuh" (Pāli) is an important Buddhist concept, commonly translated as "suffering", "pain" or "unsatisfactoriness". It refers to the fundamental unsatisfactoriness and painfulness of mundane life, and inspires the Four Noble Truths and nirvana doctrines of Buddhism. The term is also found in scriptures of Hinduism, such as the Upanishads, in discussions of moksha (spiritual liberation).
I chose this name for my studio because I believe that it is the Dukkha of life, or the suffering of life that is our greatest teacher. I have been threw some difficult times as have we all. I've used those times to learn about myself and to grow from those experiences.
I am not a Buddhist and I do not identify with any one spiritual teaching but I do study many different teachers of spirituality and the Buddha has some of the most beautiful concepts to teach. Dukkha and it's opposite, Sukkha are some of the most influential concepts I have come across.
It also resonates with my particular form of art and anyone who has been tattooed for more than 3 hours at a time knows the meaning of Dukkha, physical suffering is actually called "Dukkha Dukkha"
I have been tattooing in NYC since 2009. I currently only work in monotone (black ink). My style of tattooing has been developed over many years. Fine lines, ornate details, stippling, and organic, natural images are my specialty. I also have a degree in jewelry and metal smithing from the Fashion Institute of Technology and that education has helped me in my tattooing. Jewelry and tattoos both use the body as a canvas and I feel that each tattoo I do should be designed specifically for the part of the body that it is being applied to. I am a true Virgo perfectionist and I take allot of pride in every aspect of my art. From cleaning and prepping for a tattoo, to the particular needles and machines I use. The way I do one thing is the way I do everything, that's my motto. If I'm not using the best paper towels for tattooing (bounty or bust!) then that effects the quality of my work and I can't have that. I choose to work from a private studio because I want to be able to provide a calm and pleasant environment for me and my clients. Tattooing and getting tattooed is a very intimate and vulnerable experience and I don't feel that being surrounded by lots of other people is the most comfortable environment for either. I want to be able to give my full attention to the client and the tattoo and I can only do that in a private setting.
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