flourish tattoo

I cannot begin to express how important it is to focus on yourself. I was once a lonely person who thought no one wanted to have me in their life. Through all of those doubts and my lack of motivation, I found myself stuck. I found myself starring at the ceiling day in and out wondering what my purpose was on this planet. Then one day it clicked. My purpose wasn’t only to help others, but it was to help myself. There’s nothing more admirable then being able to pull yourself from your deepest root and flourish into the most amazing person that you can be. It takes time and patience, but its so rewarding for you. You find that people start loving you again, your depressive state begins to subside, and you start seeing the beauty that this earth and people have to offer.
—  Shann

I’m honestly super proud of myself for improving so much on my makeup skills. It seems like such a small achievement but makeup is a huge passion of mine and it’s awesome to see how much I can progress when I really put some time and love into it. I told myself at the beginning of 2k17 that I was going to dedicate my year to growth and embracing myself and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

Cheers to me for flourishing like a flower ✨



On your mark, get set, get ready to go. . Vans is rolling out to this year’s Babes Ride Out West Coast event, where we’ve supplied some cool boards for 5 BRO artists to customize. From first creating stencils to decorating the grip tape on his skateboard, artist Jake Mullins found his calling when he started working at a tattoo shop, where his strong lines, bold colors and love of traditional tattoo style flourishes. We’re super stoked to chat with Jake about his Grim Reaper inspired board and find out more about his background and where he draws inspiration in this round of Art School.

Photographs courtesy of the artist | Interview by Anya Violet

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((okay so they totally both survived the second wizarding war))

Remus loves Sirius’ back. It sounds weird, and probably is, just a little, but he doesn’t care.

He loves how he can read Sirius’ mood from it: shoulder blades drawn and kept straight like a pole means anger, not much present these days; a little slouched signs relaxation and overall happiness, but slouched too much means fear or sadness, even when Sirius denies it.

He loves how he can watch Sirius’ tattoos flourish and swirl on his skin. He has the biggest and most intricate one there: a full phoenix with its wings usually spread on his shoulder blades and its tail dips down his spine. It changes and burns up as the time goes by, perfectly in time with the moon cycle. But Remus’ favourite one is a rather poorly done black dog lying just above the waistband of Sirius’ pants. The dog is usually sleeping, or running around in circles happily. It was Sirius’ first tattoo – the Marauders got it him as his present for his seventeenth birthday.

He loves how he can still draw on Sirius’ back. Letters, shapes, simple pictures. He used to do that at Hogwarts, every time Sirius got a nasty letter from home, to distract him. And now, when the memories of both Wars just won’t leave them alone, he continues to do that. It takes both of their mind off it. that’s also part of the reason he loves spooning and being the big spoon so goddamn much. He loves waking up to it, because it never means that Sirius is mad or even mildly annoyed, but it means that he trusts him.So yeah.
The Legion Shield

In the beginning of the movie, Razo identifies Caine as a former Legionnaire because of his boots. I’ve been assuming she was referring to the fact that they were gravity-surfing footwear, but look y’all – 

The medallions on Caine’s boots …

(screencap source) … are identical to the medallion at the top of his tattoo …

… which means that shield is definitely the Legion’s crest. 

It makes tons of sense, military groups have used shields as part of their symbolic crests for ages. The structure of this shield is particularly interesting though, rays centered around a central point, reaching out to the edges, maybe indicative of the Legion’s mission to reach out to the far edges of space from the hub of Orus?

Caine’s actual shield, the one he wears on his forearm, is also this same oval shape with the same design, energy rays spreading out from the hub. The Legion are all about branding aren’t they? 

The fact that courtmartialled Caine still has all this stuff with Legion marks all over it – does this mean that Titus went shopping at a Legion supply store and gifted it to Caine, after he was pulled out of Deadland? Or was Caine allowed to take all his military kit to space-jail (except his wings natch)? Can you imagine the demand for gear like that in Deadland, and how much he had to fight to keep it? And also how it immediately would have marked him out as military, and how much the other convicts would have targeted him as a result? The fact that Caine clung so tightly to those relics of his past life – it speaks to how important Caine’s self-identity as a Legionnaire was.  

It also makes me wonder, are the wing-like flourishes on his tattoo, beneath the shield, a symbol of his service in the Skyjackers? Does each band represent a bar of rank? Or a successful campaign/mission? Either way, I’m still very much into the idea that the tattoo serves double-duty as circuitry for Caine’s wings, as per sorrelchestnut’s perfect fic, The Instinct to Your Charm

I need a massive art-book that explains all the design elements of this film. The visual detail is hella dense, there is so much information crammed into every tiny pixel. I would read for DAYS about the thought processes behind every visual flourish in this movie.