RELATED TIBETAN SCRIPTS

Monday, 30 March 2009

The Wisdom that binds Eh and Wam





"The wisdom that binds the Eh and Wam"





Tashi Explains..... This beautiful character Eh-Vam in Sanskrit, Eh-Wam in Tibetan ཨེ་ཝཾ་, has always enchanted me, seemingly shrouded in magic and mystery, it has become a favorite subject centre piece for a number of my own art works and intrigues me to solve its riddle. I have yet to learn its origin and would be delighted if anybody could share this with me. But here is a small token to bring about a littler more awareness of this powerful monogram, as there seems to be very little written on it, from what i can find.

I was first of all captured by its depth and wisdom, when during the 80's H E Situ Rinpoche gave a teaching explicitly about the Eh-Wam symbol. He explained the meaning and the interrelationship between the 'Eh' ཨེ་ and the 'Wam' ཝཾ་ Which first of all translates as Means/method and Wisdom/Knowledge. He then went on to explain:

ཨེ་ is a container, ཝཾ་ is the togetherness.

ཨེ་ is space, ཝཾ་ is the galaxy.

ཨེ་ is all, and ཝཾ་ is one of all.

ཨེ་ is the whole solar system, ཝཾ་ is the earth.

ཨེ་ is the whole earth, then ཝཾ་ is the sentient beings.

ཨེ་ is all the sentient beings, ཝཾ་ is the tsa, lung and tigli.

ཨེ་ is the tsa, lung and tigli, ཝཾ་ is the mind.

ཨེ་ is present state of mind, ཝཾ་ is the essence its self.

When we achieve realization until the 10th level Bodhisattva, until that very last moment of the path, that is the ཨེ་. The last moment to achieve the realization becomes no different between the wisdom its self, that is the ཝཾ་, in this way ཨེ་ and Wam can be experienced, this is why the ཨེ་ཝཾ་ is a very great meaningful symbol.
Words by H E Situ Rinpoche, Samye Ling, Scotland, 1986.

Another source of the use of Eh-Vam is that it is the first words used in nearly all Sutras/Sutta, which in Sanskrit begin "evan maya srutam" = "thus I have heard". Evam simply meaning "thus". This is explained very clearly by Jayarava in his illuminating 'visible mantra' website.

and more....

Being a calligrapher, i was interested in the construction of the symbol, below i have explained my findings.



The more lesser known Eh-Wam Style character (shown on the left) seems to be a combination of the Wartu Sanskrit style script.
This is a monogram of the two Wartu letters 'Eh' and 'Wam', shown on the right.



This particular version was given to me while i was visiting Ralang Gompa in South Sikkim, which is the seat monastery of H E Gyaltsap Rinpoche.

The more well known Eh-Wam symbol, shown on the right, is associated with Tibetan Buddhist organizations, such as Rigpa and popular with the Late Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, this is a combination of two letters 'Eh' and 'Wam' from the Lansa Sanskrit style, these two separate letters are shown by the example here above left, which also shows the equivalent in Tibetan, below which is written the translation 'means and wisdom'.

This way of adjoining Sanskrit letters in combination clusters is used for popular Buddhist mantras. The best known of these monograms is the Kalachakra seed syllable, which like the Eh-Vam monogram, is respected for its powerful blessing, which often grace the walls in the elaborate Tibetan temple decoration.
It is also said that these particular monograms, such as the Kalachakra and the Eh-vam, that placed high on the out side of buildings such as temples, is effective as a protection and even has an influence on the elements, in bringing harmony to the environment, this was explained to me by Akong Tulku Rinpoche.


An Extract from "The Perfect Love Poem" by Choyam Trungpa, 6 August 1969.

Then i knew i must surrender to the dance
and join the circle of Dakinis,
Like the confluence of two rivers,
EH the feminine and VAM the male,
Meeting in the circle of the Dance.








"May the inner and outer obstacles be pacified and continual bliss be attained"



Saturday, 28 March 2009

The seal script


༄། ཧོར་ཡིག 

An example of horyig with corresponding letters(from right to left)
 horyig, Lantsha Sanskrit,Tibetan Uchen, Mongolian, 
Chinese and Russian phonetics.
The special Seal script called Phags-pa or horyig in Tibetan, was created at the time of the great Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan, who ruled during the 13th century, over China, Mongolia, Tibet, to the North into Russia and south to the borders of Burma and Vietnam.
A seal dated at 1287,  collection:
Museum of Inner Mongolia.
The Emperor seeing a uniformed script was needed across his vast kingdom, issued the standardisation of this script by the learned Phagpa Lodro Gyalsten, who in 1268 devised the namely Phags-pa script. The use of Phags-pa was short lived as a universal written language, however its use lived on as a popular seal script in Tibet called horyig ཧོར་ཡིག this  was developed as a 'modern' seal script style, which is not only easily translated from Tibetan, but also mimics the labyrinthine geomantic structure of popular Chinese seal script ideographs.

This seal script, which reads vertically, has a strong, commanding visual impression, which was not only traditionally used for official seals but as popular personal seals too. The distinct design of horyig was widely used in historical Tibet, as seen in the borders of this old Tibetan bank note below, also represented in the bankers black seal design within the note.


The horyig seal script mostly survived up until today adapted and used in Tibetan temple decoration, often flanking door-ways, as shown in the picture below, as well as decorating the walls and pillars as part of their elaborate interior design tradition.


If you are interested to know that more about the horyig and Phags-pa scripts, Andrew West coordinates a very informative blog called BableStone.


A personal seal of Tashi Mannox
in the distinctive horyig script.

The art of seal design using the horyig seal script is almost none existent, less so are those who are skilled in hand-carving seals, called 'chop' in Chinese, which as an art form, has almost vanished across the far-East.  
There are perhaps only a hand full of people in the world today who know the horyig seal script well enough to translate, let alone create and provide an attractive looking seal design, however none are known to carve the actual chop seals. 
Though seals may not be used so commonly to stamp documents, letters and artworks, as they have been historically. 
Such small simple but meaningful design equally lends well to an impressive logo, reproduced on business cards, letter heads and as an icon on the internet. 
Moreover, the angular look of the horyig style seems to sit comfortably in this digital age of modern design and iconography.


A selection of modern seal designs of corporate and personal nature can be viewed here.

If you would like to order your own personal seal bespoke designed, please follow the link here.



A selection of chops, hand crafted by Tashi in various exotic hard-woods, these serve as a practical and attractive mount to fit an exact reduced replica of a seal design etched in rubber. The advantage of rubber is an easily printed and perfect  impression.

རྒྱ་རྒྱ་རྒྱཿ

How to use a seal


photography by Sam Webb.



In todays business climate of product identity, a seal design can be just as relevant as a logo, as the above photo shows used on business cards and even as a cell phone screen saver.

The Traditional use of a seal is to authenticate a letter, document or artwork, this is normally adjoined to ones personal signature by clipping the end of the written name. The signature and seal impression is usually placed down in the bottom right corner of the paper, which is considered humble place at the very end of the document. It is also customary to state the date on the day the letter or document is signed, placed next to the signature and seal.

There is also a simple code to communicate ones mood at the time of signing off a letter or document. This is delivered with the angle in which the seal is stamped in relation to the piece of paper. This purposeful act can tell a lot about ones intention in relation to the person or organization to letter or document is intended for.

Traditionally this is stamped in a vermilion red colour, which not only gives an attractive contrast to the written text, but also conveys a more positive intention. Sometimes the seal is impressed using a black colour, which was considered more negative, or at least dryly official.

Below is an example of how the suitably place a seal in relation to the bottom right corner of the paper.


  • angled left into the paper conveys a happy positive message.
  • straight conveys a neutral message.
  • angled right, out of the paper conveys a more unfavorable message.




Here is an example of the use of a seal on a letter from the 13th Dalai Lama, showing His personal seal attached to his name.


If you would like to commission a bespoke seal design from Tashi for your own personal use or to represent a company or organization, please follow the link here.




Thursday, 26 March 2009

Tashi's name and seal

'Karma Tsering Tashi', the name given by Kalu Rinpoche on Tashi's
ordination as a novice monk: 11th August 1984

Many ask about Tashi's personal seal, so here Tashi tells the story of how it came about:

The  Birth  of  a  seal.


Back in the days when i was a monk, one of my teachers, His Eminence Situ Rinpoche, suggested that i should have my own personal seal, explaining that since i was an artist and my pieces of work should be signed and stamped with a personal 'seal' of authentication. 
I went away and thought about this and came up with a small design of my name 'Tashi' in a Tibetan Umeh script, small round and simple, as shown above right. Presenting the design to Situ Rinpoche; he approved it and for the next few years from 1996 i used this humble little seal.

Four years later, on the date of the 9-9-99 i came up with an idea of a seal design of my Tibetan astrological birth year, being a 'Water Tiger'. The next day sitting on a very slow train from Sligo to Dublin in Ireland, i found the time to plot out a few rough sketch designs of my now water tiger seal.

My intention was to convey a young playful tiger, not too serious but with a slight angry hiss. As you can see in the above example, part of the tiger becomes the energetic swirls of the 'water' inseparable from the Tigers body, this represents  energy and creativity. 
The tiger tail is intentionally handsome, reminiscent of a healthy and thick fury tail. the tail is then curiously turns into a spring like play of design leading down to the strength of the back legs.
Marking the top of the seal, within the border is the Sun sign.

I now have several different seals, but this particular seal seems to be the most popular, it has become just as much a logo as a seal, this is especially the case with the logo used for tashimannox.com website and also heads this blog, where the tiger seal has been accompanied with my signature written in Tibetan. 



If you would like to know more about seal designs in general and would perhaps like to own a personal seal, you can commission a seal design here.


There is also a post that explains how to use a seal here.







Monday, 16 March 2009

Tibetan tattoo designs - Costumer satisfaction

༄། ཁབ་གཙགས་རི་མོ།


Many of the below tattoo designs and similar are available as high-resolution down-loads which can be printed and taken to your tattooist as a quality tattoo template. Please follow this link to browse over 500 classic tattoo designs of mantras, Key words, meaningful phrases and iconic symbols, in a choice of the various beautiful Tibetan script styles, that offer inspiring and empowering options for your personal tattoo.




The three mantras of the three Great Bodhisattvas: Avalokiteśvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani of lovingkindness, wisdom and protection. Available from store.tashimannox.com 
Here shown vertically stacked in the Drutsa script style, inked by Tin Tin's in Paris.




Summer is the time of year for tattoos to be seen. Here is the Pani mantra of protection in the Tibetan  Petsug script style. This design and many others are available exclusively from store.tashimannox.com









Hi Tashi,

I just recently had your Mani Mantra design tattooed on my forearm. I am so happy with it and it is a beautiful reminder to me in every moment. Thanks for your amazing work. So glad I happened upon your site.


Missy Gardner 


The words "Clear Awareness"
in the Tibetan Uchen script.
Uchen dot effect armband.
Tibetan calligraphy that translates as "may all beings be happy", tattoo inked by Damien Voodoo of Divine Canvas, London.

Click here for tattoo designs


'Great bliss' Tsugmakhyug script style 
aligned vertically.
Click here for tattoo designs


zhi 'jam - meaning quiet, tranquil, peaceful, gentle.
Tsugtung script style.

Hi Tashi,



I just got this one framed.  Looks great behind glass!


cheers,
Weng

The Mani Mantra vertically 'stacked' in the Uchen script.


Mind and Body tattooed in the Horyig seal script.
Design artwork by Tashi mannox, inked by Seymour Kaniho of Black Wave Tattoo in Los Angeles




armbands of Uchen script

Hello Tashi,
Back in 2006 you created a tattoo that read "form is emptiness and emptiness is form". It took about a year but I finally got it inked. Since then Ive the opportunity to travel twice to India and Nepal and do some volunteer work in Dharmsala and Calcutta. My first trip I kept them out of sight mostly. On my second trip, I wasn't so careful. I had so many positive comments from both monks and lay people alike while I was there. I would meet people for conversational English practice and it was quite the ice breaker.

Thank You!
Chris D


Tibetan forearm tattoo of Sarah Harding.
Unfortunately the tattooist who inked Sarah forgot a vowel sign that sits above the line of text, this now means that the spelling of the word 'heart' without this vowel sign is meaningless, make out the difference by comparing to the original design below.

The original design for Sarah Harding by Tashi Mannox:
Meaning 'courage' or 'Strength of heart' in Dru-tsa script style.






Hum character in the Uchen script.
Hi Tashi

I wanted to send you this picture of the beautiful 'hum' that you designed for me, which I proudly displayed on my wedding day as it is stunning and there is no reason to hide such beauty!

Kind Regards






The word Compassion in an ornamented Drutsa script wraps an existing dove tattoo.
Tashi,

Here is an image of my fantastic new tattoo. I'm very happy with it, and I also enjoy the many compliments I receive regarding its loveliness.

Thank you again for the service you offer and your wonderful work.

Take care,
Stephanie Trevor












A good example of the Uchen script tattooed in a dot effect.


Click here for tattoo designs


The Mantra of Green Tara spans handsomely across the top of the back in the Uchen script style, here the heading character, vowel signs and ending lines are highlighted in red, an attractive rendition as much as a traditional option in the world of Tibetan calligraphy.

Tashi and Eric, You are both Master Artists and Gentlemen.

I LOVE the final result and I am deeply grateful to both of you.
Thank you for your consideration, care, attention and expertise.
Thank you very very much.
Respectfully,

Brad Allan




"Mind made" stacked in the Drucha script style flowing perfectly with the definition of the body form.

Hey Tashi,

Attached is a picture of the tattoo. I LOVE it, and the artist was really impressed by your work.
He wanted all of your website info.
The guy who did it here was Bart Willis, Austin Texas.

Thanks again, really appreciate the artwork.

Jack.





The Medicine Buddha Mantra arranged 'stacked' vertically in the Classical Uchen script.



To become peacefully calm
in the Dru-tsa script style
vertically aligned.
Hi Tashi,
I had the "Peacefully calm" tattoo done on my back, and I love it!
Thanks again for all your help!
Therese







The Mani mantra syllables "Om Ma Ni PehMe Hum" arranged in their respective colours on a lotus Mandala design by Tashi Mannox, in its center is the seed syllable Hri.
On 4 Aug 2010, Jami wrote:
I wanted to thank you for creating such an informative website. WWW.INKESSENTIAL.COM





I recently lost my brother… tragically and entirely too soon. He had what appeared to be symbols tattooed on his back. One of our last conversations was regarding his tattoo. He wanted me to guess its meaning. I didn’t get a chance to get the answer from him.
It wasn’t until later that I found he was studying Buddhism, and a little research led me to your website where I found the Mani Mantra. I appreciate that you explain its sacred meaning and where it should be placed if tattooed on the body.

Thank you for the answer and giving me a little bit of peace!

"Cyclic existence (samsara)"
in Horyig seal script
.

Hi Tashi,

It was a pleasure (and considerable challenge) to tattoo this design. Your artwork was very clean and precise - excellent work!

Cheers,

Scorpion Studios, Houston TX.




The Mani mantra of Christopher Hackett
in Uchen script with heading character
vowel signs and ending lines in blue.




Hi Tashi - I receive inquiries and compliments daily on your beautiful calligraphy. One day, I was working with a visitor at my gym and he said "oh, the Mani Mantra". I asked how he knew it and he told me that he used to carve Mani stones. As he left to begin his workout, he thanked me and said that my tattoo inspired him and made him feel good about the day - an equally inspiring encounter for me.

Be well,
Chris Hackett





The inking of the Mani mantra in the Uchen script style shows the tattoo process from applying the fine line-work on the purple transfer, which is made from the original artwork, then blocking in to the finished tattoo.
When tattooing calligraphy, of any tradition and language, it is important to find a tattooist who is talented with a steady hand to tattoo good clean straight line-work to be blocked in, this is essential for a sharp and attractive calligraphy tattoo.

Hi Tashi,

I finally got the Mani mantra tattoo so thought I would send some photos your way.

I had it inked by Pepa at Bohemian Tattoo Arts - He knew what it was as soon as he saw the design so that put me at ease. He did an amazing job, the line work is so straight and clear and I have been getting some great comments and plenty of people asking about it's meaning.

I just wanted to say thank you again for your assistance in selecting this design and also the information about using this sacred mantra respectfully,

Thanks,
Scott



The Mani mantra in the
Classical Uchen script style
.





Javi of Jolie Rouge in London at work on James Scurry.
"Hi Tashi,


Just a quick email to say 1000 thank you's for my tattoo designs, which I am absolutely in love with. Despite it being a year since you created the two pieces of artwork for me - 'Non-hate' and 'Humility' - I did finally get around to getting myself inked up in North London this weekend. The designs run vertically downwards on the underside of each of my arms. Everyone who sees them thinks they're stunning.

I can't thank you enough for these two incredible artworks, suffice to say I feel extremely privileged to be wearing designs on my body that only a handful of people in the world are able to create, even fewer of whom are able to do so with such grace, elegance and love.

The practice of 'humility' and 'non-hatred' is something I intend to develop within myself for the rest of my life; and now, should I ever have a lapse in focus, all I will need to do is glance down at my arms to see the beautiful reminder in inimitable Tibetan script.

To any readers of this blog contemplating commissioning a design from Tashi, I would say, that you will find nothing anything like this anywhere else in the world. You will have something truly beautiful to cherish for the rest of your life.

With warmest regards
James




Incorporated "Eh-Vam" tattoo by Joe Munroe. Click here to learn the meaning of this sacred Sanskrit character.





Michael Ferranti, an ayurvedic doctor was given his personal dharma name "Tenzin Woeser" meaning the holder of illumination/light by H.H Dali Lama, this name he then commissioned Tashi to create in the Horyig seal script style, the seal was then adapted for a tattoo and inked meticulously with the dot effect by visiting Jondix of Barcelona at the New York Adorned tattoo studio in Brooklyn.







Yoni Zilber of New York Adorned, Brooklyn New York, tattoos Patulia Mattioli from Italy.
Patulia's new tattoo is a combination of three different Tibetan script styles that translates as 'courageous' or more literally 'courage of heart'. This particular design is based on one of Tashi's major calligraphy art pieces from his Contemporary and Traditional Tibetan Calligraphy series.

If you require the use of one of Tashi's calligraphy art pieces, as shown on his website, Please contact Tashi to seek permission (in respect the international copyright law). For a release fee, Tashi may oblige by sending a high resolution jpeg image of the requested artwork, this can then be printed and taken to your tattooist as a quality template.









"Victorious"

Drucha roundel
Hello Tashi,

Here are a couple of photos of the design as a tattoo. I love it and i'm going through the healing process.Many thanks for the beautiful design.

Namaste, Sandra







A proud costumer frames his calligraphy art piece after the design is tattooed to his forearm, the Dru-tsa script reads "family strength".






Uchen script with vowel signs and heading high-lighted in red, translate as 'Tigli' life essence, 'Karma' the law of cause and effect.
Hi Tashi,
We finally did our tattoo in January, and here is a picture of both of it (me and my husband...)
Thanks again for the wonderful calligraphy.
Julie




The syllable Om in Wartu Sanskrit. Calligraphy: Tashi Mannox




Mani Mantra in High Uchen script.


Tashi -
Here's the finished product. It looks amazing. Thank you so much for your beautiful art!
Jason
Des Plaines, IL
USA




The words "love,family,happiness" in the Drutsa script style, turned and aligned vertical.







The Mani Mantra calligraphed by Tashi Mannox in the Uchen script style, background of flames in the signature dot effect by tattooist Xed Le Head.


Lanza Sanskrit syllables Om Ah Hum by Tashi, applied by Xed Le Head surrounding floral pattern in a dot effect.










Dot effect tattoo by Jondix of Barcelona, calligraphy in Tsugtung script style by Tashi Mannox. This is a famous quote by the Tibetan saint Milarepa which translates as "to live and die without regret".











Medicine Buddha Mantra encircling the seed syllable Hum, all in Uchen script.


Tashi

Four hour sitting done yesterday with this as the results...

Thank you so much for doing the design it looks awesome and I couldn't
be happier with how it turned out.

cheers




Hello Tashi,
First of all i would like to tell you that i absolutely love the artwork!!! Its more beautiful then i expected. I am proud that this is going to be on my body. So feel free to post the final artwork because i couldn't ask for anything better.
With best wishes,
Monique


Known as The Glorious Eternal Knot, this image has great symbolic significants which is said to have derived from the Hindu image of joy, the Swastika.
"For Tibetans, the endless knot is the classic sign for tendrel, the way in which reality exists. The intertwinding of the lines reminds us of how all phenomena are intertwined and dependent on causes and conditions. The whole is comprised of a pattern closed in on its self with no gaps, which at once expresses motion and rest, all in a representation form of great simplicity and fully balanced harmony."

The above is an extract from the book "Buddhist Symbols in Tibetan Culture" Wisdom publications. Explaining The Eternal knot is one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols.

The above designs shows the addition of interlocking 'ribbon' clouds in a pleasing composition, extending across the upper back and shoulders.









The Medicine Buddha mantra, pronounced:
"Tayta Om Bekenze Bekenze Ma Ha Bekenze Ra Sa Samut Gati Swa Ha"

Uchen script style calligraphy.
Hi Tashi,
I finally got my tattoo this past weekend. It looks great.. thanks again.


i love it!!!
Flora.




The Medicine Buddha mantra in the Uchen script style, written horizontally, as all Tibetan, here turned on its side to appear vertically down the torso.

Calligraphy by Tashi Mannox, Tattoo inked by Yoni Zilber of New York Adorned, NYC. 







Two identical roundels in the Dru-tsa script, with red highlighted vowel signs.
This translates literally as "not become two" in other words "to become one" inseparable.

Thank you again for working with us, the whole thing turned out exactly
as we wanted - although it became a totally different placement on the
body then we initially thought :) This design and tattoo exactly
reflects what we feel and it is an honour to have it on our body's.

Lot's of thanks and love!

Juliët and Melle.






The words "Great magic" in the Tibetan Dru-tsa script style, commissioned and modeled by Magdalena.



Hello Tashi, I'm happy to send you the images of my wonderful 'Impermanence' tattoo, it's a great opportunity to thank you again, I'm so pleased with the result. I have several tattoos, it's most certainly my favorite :) Best wishes to you, Galia.


The word 'Impermanence' in the Drucha script style, arranged stacked vertically to accommodate the wrist area.














The Mani mantra in the Drucha script style, back ground in blue water and red/orange flame line designs.


Tashi,

That looks absolutley amazing!!!!
Thank you so much!

That is more than I even hoped for. I thik it's going to look beautiful.
I'm 100% happy with it! that looks really really fantastic. Perfect!!

From: Gavin Greaves





Xed le Head applies the words 'Great Blisss' in the Tsugmakhyug script style.




Hi Tashi,




We finally got hold of Xed through a friend and had the mantra
tattooed last night. Xed is very good and very friendly.

Please see attached photos.

I had a very interesting dream last night and I have a feeling it's
the energy of you and the mantra, hope you don't mind I am telling you.

Best,

Rebecca.







The Mani mantra: Om M
a Ni Pehme Hum, in the Sanskrit Wartu script style.

Hi Tashi
Attached are photos of the Tattoo. I went to "Into You". Basically Chris, there d
id it and he reckoned that it would look better all black. So thats what I went with. I am really chuffed.

This is the tattoo
healed. After the scabbing at things. Final Article

Thanks again
Duncan

VajraPani Mantra of protection placed vertically in a stacked Drucha script style.


Hi Tashi
I recently bought a jpeg image of the Pani Mantra from you. I just wanted to let you know that I have had it tattooed on my back and it looks stunning !!!

Thank you so much for your help ( and patience, as I know I was quite awkward when it came to choosing a design !!)

Thanks once again, I shall certainly be recommending you to anyone interested in Tibetan script !

Heather.



Tsugring script Mani mantra

Hi Tashi, I received the art works today, I must say your work is beautiful and i am very humbled and thankful.
I look forward to getting these put onto my body, and iam very glad that I choose yourself to do these art works which mean so much to me, and they are perfect!
I will definitely recommend you to anyone else seeking these types of works and if I ever need any more designs done again I will definitely be in contact again.

Once again thank you very much and all the best to you in the future.
Kind regards, Steve



The Mani mantra arranged circular, the seed syllable 'Hri' sits appropriately in the center.

Hi Tashi,
I hope you are well. I wanted to send this pic for you to see how nicely your work turned out. I am very pleased with it, it brings me contentment and loving kindness, and I have received a compliment on it at least once a week since having it done; when asked what it means, I start with who did the brushwork on the original...
Peace and serenity Tashi,
All the best
Mike Godfrey







Hello Tashi,





Yoni Zilber completed the tattoo of the Mani Mantra a few days ago. Attached is a picture of the completed tattoo (as you can see, I am still healing).
The result is exactly as I envisioned. I am fortunate to be the recipient of the collaboration of two wonderful artists.
Thank you for creating such a beautiful work of art for me.

I hope that I will be able to meet you on your next visit to New York.

Sincerely,
Christopher Hackett




Ohh man... you are a saviour, thank you so much, i love this tattoo.
"to live and die without regret" in the Tsugtung script.

Charlie, UK.

A back tattoo in the Phags-pa seal script, there are very few people in the world with such a script as a tattoo.






Dear Tashi,

The design looks absolutely incredibly fantastic! the pictures on your website don't do the justice to your artistic skill. thank you so very much for such a beautiful design.

Also, i'm grateful to you for offering to mail the art work. Upon reflection, i would love the calligraphy to hang on my wall.

Tashi Craig.


A handsome example of the Mani mantra: 'Om Ma Ni Pehme Hum' in the Uchen script with red vowel signs and heading character. Here dramatically placed on the torso.

A tribute tattoo in honor of this clients brother who was killed in a road accident, Mark Robinson, who had already the red tattoo which translates as "live strong" (featured number 72 in the skin gallery of inkessential.com) in the Uchen script style. Marks' brother, pictured here, had a copy made of this design plus adding to the other arm "live wrong" which was Marks original intended tattoo.


A happy costumer ! her tattoo reads "inner truth" in the Drucha script style.



Frankly, after about one year wanting to have a tattoo, doing many research on it, finding you and the tattooist Durga of Indonesia, for me is truly overwhelming and the result is just parfect in my eyes. Both of you truly make me happy.
Thanks again and wish you the very best. I am officially one of your happy clients :)

with Best regards,

Yenita.


Dear Tashi,

Your art work is absolutely amazing! I'm extremely interested in having a tattoo designed, and am hoping you'll be able to make one for me.
I am looking for the Pani mantra, written in the Uchen script stacked vertically for my back.
When I researched my tattoo ideas, it was by far the most interesting and informative site i have found. The pics of other tattoos are awesome!

Thanks!
Phil LoPresti,

New Hampshire,
USA.