black tibetan

A set of illustrations detailing the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. This was a personal project done to “modernize” aspects of Buddhist teachings into an art style that suits my flavor.  

The four pieces were drawn digitally through Illustrator. Inspired by a lot of Korean and Tibetan Buddhist art, as well as cd cover concepts. Unfortunately I will not go on length about the specific meaning of the teachings, as I feel that there are a lot of information online that does it better than I can. For some reference, our eternal friend, Wikipedia.

Hannah Pixie Snowdon’s finished artwork for a charity project that has been created by hers and many other tattooists/artists artworks will be raffled off to raise money for the mental health charity ‘Mind’. To find out more about them, go to to find more about the project, go to @uktta’s instagram page. Her piece is called ‘love your bones’ and is inspired by old tibetan/Buddhist artworks of dancing skeletons. Specifically Shri Shmashana Adhipati, the protector deities.

Do you know what a mandala is? The Tibetan monks make them out of dyed sand laid out into big, beautiful designs. And when they’re done - after days or weeks of work - they wipe it all away.

Try to look at your experience here as a mandala, Chapman. Work hard to make something as meaningful and beautiful as you can and when you’re done, pack it in and know it was all temporary. You have to remember that. It’s all temporary.

—  Yoga Jones, Orange Is The New Black

Tibetan Armored Cavalryman

This figure has been assembled based on photographs taken in the 1930s and 1940s, in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa during the Great Prayer Festival. Part of the festival included troops of ceremonial armored cavalry, who wore a standardized set of equipment as stipulated by the central government of Tibet from about the mid-seventeenth or eighteenth century onward. This included a helmet, shirt of mail, set of four mirrors, armored belt, bow case and quiver, matchlock musket, bandoleer with gunpowder and bullets, and short spear for the rider, as well as a saddle, saddle rug, and tack for the horse. Armed and equipped in a similar fashion, Tibetan goverment officials periodically were required to demonstrate proficiency on horseback with musket, bow and arrow, and spear until as late as the mid-twentieth century.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Deshin Shekpa, wearing the Black Crown

The Black Crown (Tibetan: ཞྭ་ནག་, Wylie: zhwa nag) is an important symbol of the Karmapa, the Lama that heads the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. The crown signifies his power to benefit all sentient beings. A corresponding crown, the Red Crown, is worn by the Shamarpa. The Tai Situpa wears a red crown as well, whereas Goshir Gyaltsab wears an orange crown.

Legend tells that in a previous eon, in a former life as an accomplished yogi, the Karmapa attained the eighth level or bhumi of the bodhisattvas. At this time, 100,000 dakinis (female buddhas) manifested their hair as a crown, and offered it to the Karmapa as a symbol of his accomplishment.

Dusum Khyenpa, the 1st Karmapa, was regarded as an emanation of that yogi and his appearance was predicted by the historical Buddha Shakyamuni in the Samadhiraja Sutra:
A bodhisattva with the lion’s roar will appear. He will use the power he achieved in deep meditation to benefit countless beings. By seeing, hearing, touching or thinking of him, they will be led to happiness.

Ruby is Tibetan/Black. she identifies as androgynous. she is so strong she can sometimes suplex Garnet by herself.

Sapphire is Caribbean. she lost an eye in an accident and doesn’t like to talk about it much, so she hides her face to avoid questions. she likes to sing around the house, which doesn’t bother her family too much because her voice is beautiful.

Garnet is obviously of mixed race because these are her parents.