Lord Shiva Tattoo 'The Lord is Back' series by Eric Jason D'souza

With so many tattoo enthusiasts opting to use their choice of body art as a means of expressing their individual beliefs and characteristics, there has been a significant rise in demand for faith-themed tattoos which make both a moral and personal statement. 

The Hindu God of Destruction, Lord Shiva, is definitely one of the most favored and as the God of the Yogis too, he is immensely popular with those who want a design to reflect their spiritual beliefs, as much as their theological ones so let us find out more about the Lord Shiva tattoo 'The Lord is Back' series.

After months of research we decided to go ahead with a series of tattoos showing the Hindu god as a warrior, more as a human being than a god. His chiseled physical appearance gives Lord Shiva his unusual identity but most importantly all the tattoos have Lord Shiva's Back facing you. YES! No front profile for a change. Let's scroll down!

1. The first in the series was made on our client Mahesh who traveled all the way from New Zealand to get this tattoo from us. The Hindu gods were not mythical beings or a figment of rich imagination. He believes that they were creatures of flesh and blood, like you and me, and that they achieved godhood through their karma, their deeds. He believes that the words Vishnu and Mahadev are not individual names. They are in fact titles, given to persons who are the greatest of leaders, who become god-like.

This tattoo took about 7 hours to finish. Shockingly this is the most copied tattoo by tattoo artists in India. :)

2. The second in the series was done on our dear friend Mohan when Eric was on a workshop to Hyderabad. The idea of the Tiger head on Shiva's shoulder was taken from one of the artworks by Vimanika Comics.

His calm nature and the strong physical appearance are two opposites in this tattoo. Lord Shiva is an integral one of the Holy Trinity in Hinduism. Brahma, Vishu and Maheshwar (meaning Shiva) form the cycle of creation, preservation and destruction in the Universe. Lord Shiva is the Destroyer, but creation is also incomplete without him. You cannot create something unless your destroy the things that exist before it.

3. There's a small part of Shiva's life that we would like to share. At one point of time, the Devas and Asuras collaborated with each other to churn the great ocean. Churning the ocean would please the Sea God and a pot of 'amrit' or elixir would come from it. But with the amrit, a phenomenal amount of poison was also generated from the 'Samudra manthan'. This poison was enough to consume the entire Universe. But Lord Shiva magnanimously drank all the poison. Goddess used her powers to stop the poison in his throat itsef. The poison turned his throat blue and that is why he is called the Neelkanth.

We did this on Aneesh on our tour to Pune and it took us nearly 9 hours to finish this Neelkanh tattoo.

4. A fashion friendly Lord Shiva done on Karan who traveled from Singapore especially for his tattoo. We added the tiger head again in this tattoo. Lord Shiva is often portrayed as the supreme ascetic with a passive and composed disposition and that is what we wanted to capture in this particular tattoo. Although a very complicated deity, Shiva is one of the most fascinating of Hindu gods.

Shiva is 'shakti' or power, Shiva is the destroyer, the most powerful god of the Hindu pantheon and one of the godheads in the Hindu Trinity. Known by many names - Mahadeva, Mahayogi, Pashupati, Nataraja, Bhairava, Vishwanath, Bhava, Bhole Nath - Lord Shiva is perhaps the most complex of Hindu deities. As body art, Lord Shiva designs can go anywhere on the body from your arm to your shoulder blade but giving the design a twist definitely makes it unique.

We are working on another Lord Shiva series. Call us on +9867191292 / +9198338796738 to enquire with us.

- Eric Jason D'souza (Tattoo Artist/ Co-owner: Iron Buzz Tattoos)