37 thoughts on “Watch Your Step!

  1. Hm. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say he’s starting up on a Buddha’s Footprint design. The swastika on his toe and the eye remind me of it.

  2. The tattoo’s are very awesome, but his toes are yellow-y and callused, maybe a pedicure?

  3. It’ll be interesting to see how well it holds . Looks like nice clear linework – at the moment.

  4. i really want a tattoo on the bottom of my foot… so can someone tell me if that’s a bad idea?!

  5. B: the soles of the feet are known for a low pain tolerance (cf. bastinado). Tattoos there tend to fade quicker than in other spots since the ground, your shoes, etc. constantly abrades the feet. Touch-ups would probably not be free.

    So, not only could it be one of your most painful tattoos, it probably won’t last for long.

  6. actually the hes a she and that shes me! and the feet arnt callused thanks it was the lighting in the room

  7. the eyes are great, but buddha eyes with that in the toe? I really don’t like that, makes no sence

  8. Very beautiful.
    I think a few people need to understand that the swastika is also actually a Buddhist (and other religious) symbol; and was long before the Nazis ever got hold of it. So no, it’s not a contradiction, and it actually does make sense.
    Lovely idea and how great it must feel to be able to walk around on these!

  9. Pía: Even though most people negatively associate the swastika with Nazis, it is a sacred symbol in Buddhism and many other religions.

  10. Its funny i actually read the comments on here to find out how many of them were anti-swastika. I think its great that this person didnt let other people’s ignorance influence their tattoo.

  11. sorry, was just my opinion. I know what really the swastika is, but you all may know that if you have a swastika in your body, is not good. Socially means another thing, is not anymore a buddhist thing.

  12. i was wondering about that… my religious knowledge is prettymuch zero so thanks you guys for clarifying!
    and i fully agree with doing your own thing with your own ink, other peoples ignorance shouldnt be a factor in deciding what to have.
    one of my tattoos always gets a ‘Uh, whats that all about?’ reaction from people who feel it fit to comment, but they can bugger off in my opinion because its not theirs, its mine!

  13. 20 sara: you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone on here that isn’t aware of the swastika’s earlier use, I’m surprised no bodies done the whole “but most people who get a swastika aren’t buddhist either” thing yet though ;)

  14. The eyes look amazing but I’ve stepped on things before and the arch of foot hurt sooo much!! I could see getting one then being too flipped because of the pain to get the other! More power to you for with standing the pain! The pic is lovely.

  15. you don’t have to be buddhist to appreciate the culture, morals and spirituality behind the religion and stories :)

  16. Oh. Whoops. Uh. Sorry about that, Sakura. Not saying you’ve got manly feet or anything. Just hard to tell. .. Yeah. That’ s the ticket. ;)

  17. 28: While you’re right, you do have to be to attempt to reclaim the swastika on their behalf (perhaps not so much if you are using it as justification for wearing, if you feel the need to), I mean it’s comparable to a straight person trying to reclaim anal sex on behalf of gay men.

  18. A genuine query.. in buddhist culture, it is offensive to show someone your feet (being the opposite where the head is somehwat sacred due to its proximity to the ‘heavens’). Would it not therefore be offensive to the culture to have any kind of buddhist symbolism tattooed on the soles of the feet?

  19. good point tiff. i know you can never sit with your feet pointing towards the altar in a buddhist temple, either. come to think of it, there is a religion in which it is considered extremely offensive to wear a religious symbol anywhere below the waist although i cannot at present remember which one that is. . .

  20. I am non too sure how respectful this is. If it were a ganesh tat on a foot devout Hindus would take offence. I remember a few years ago a company marketed a flip flop with that left an imprint of Ganesh on sand, there were riots.

  21. listen
    i’m sure she did not get the tattoo to offend anybody.
    and in some places its offensive to be a woman.
    does that make it right?

    its not a question of respect.

    its a tattoo guys.

  22. The swastika has not always been used as a symbol of Nazism and was in fact borrowed from Eastern cultures. It seems to have first been used by early inhabitants of Eurasia. It is an important symbol in Eastern religions, notably Hinduism and Buddhism, among others, and was also used in Native American faiths before World War II. By the early twentieth century it was regarded worldwide as a symbol of good luck and auspiciousness.

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