Conquering the Self.Posted By Hanumantra Lamar on 11th February 2019
I’ve always enjoyed a film in which its opening scene presents the audience with the end (or there about) of the story. In fact some of my favourite films have used this gambit such as “snatch”, ” momento”, “fight club”, “usual suspects” and the list goes on. By doing this the emphasis is shifted from finding out what happens at the end to finding out how and why the events unfold as they do. We are spared a grand finale surprise but instead rewarded with a plot that emphasises the process of how we arrive at this destination.
I guess in some ways I have tried to approach my tattooing in a similar way, where I place as much emphasis on the receiving of a tattoo as I do on the final product. Working closely with clients where we will spend countless hours keeping each other company through conversation and quiet it’s imperative to remember that the end doesn’t justify the means.
Below I am sharing some pictures taken at varying stages of a bodysuit that I created for Richard over the past 4 years and counting. I am not presenting this as a finished product as we’re constantly in a state of change and I know the journey continues from here. It’s strange to even attempt to condense such a large and transformative project for the both of us down to a blog update. I can barely even scratch the surface of the days we spent together. Our realationship starting out as 2 strangers and developing through the hours of pain to an in-depth understanding of one another.
The first sessions I spent with Richard he struggled to find his rhythm within the tattoo and would hum and sing as a way of distracting himself. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned that maybe he would not see the project through. However as the days together passed I witnessed a man who became more aware and more in control of himself. He was able to find mental fortitude where previously there was mental uncertainty and show me the power and importance of tattooing, where the man walking out of the UN1TY Tattoo front door not only looked different but was different.
Thank you Richard for your trust, for your open mindedness, for your conversations, for the lessons you taught me and the time you spent with me. Thank you for supporting me in my craft. Thank you somewhat for your singing and the laughs we shared but mainly thank you for the experience of allowing me to tattoo you and the friendship we have developed.
Your truly, HANUMANTRA.