Welcome back to the Inspiration Series! In this episode, I will discuss the potential that architecture has to inspire Daemon’s artistic process, and how you can look for inspirations for your own art, or tattoo plans. I will be referencing Part II: Sacred Geometry (link: http://www.urbanprimitive.com/inspiration-series-part-ii-sacred-geometry/), so I encourage you to give that episode a read as well! Architecture is often heavily inspired by sacred geometry – many architects of the past (and present) sought out natural features from which to draw inspiration. The beauty of architecture can range from the simple elegance of a well-placed window to the aesthetic magnificence of the pillars of the Parthenon in Greece, and anything in between. Sacred architecture is particularly interesting, because buildings using sacred architecture were often constructed as places of worship, and as such were the object of considerable amounts of effort and public interest.
The beauty of sacred geometry is its spiritual potential – getting a spiritual, meaningful tattoo can be a transformational experience. This also makes sacred architecture such a powerful source of inspiration. If you are researching for your next tattoo, or next piece of art, sacred architecture can be both a source of inspiration, and a sort of “artist glossary” – the architect behind a specific structure may have designed other structures; the artist commissioned to decorate the ceiling of the temple may have also created beautiful paintings, etc. Daemon draws a lot of inspiration from the analogy of the body as a temple – treating the body as a temple, and decorating it with thoughtful and energetically in-tune artwork. A lot of the magic happens in the intuition – Daemon tries to feel what it is that he is drawing/painting/tattooing and then lets his intuition guide his artwork. As such, there is no mathematically precise copying of a specific pattern spotted in a specific temple; rather, Daemon assimilates components of this architecture into a pattern that captures both the energy of the inspiration and the energy of the client in a profound, meaningful way.
Daemon’s Thought of the Day:
I see the body as a sacred temple that not only houses the soul — it is the soul in every atom and molecule. The architects and artists, who built and decorated the sacred temples of the ancient world, aligned their time-intensive efforts with the frequencies of Nature and the Cosmos. This made the architecture sacred. I see parallels to tattooing the body as sacred, that goes beyond painting on the body because of the “spiritual acupuncture” experience that allows the person to experience the energy of their body in a different way through the repetitive “tapping” of the dotwork, the sensations, their breathing and entrainment to the heart field of the artist, which was the subject of another blog (link: http://www.urbanprimitive.com/tattoo-art-spiritual-acupuncture/).
Written by Sebastian Burghardt for Urban Primitive: www.urbanprimitive.com