Tattoo Designs

This is a collection of tattoo designs that I have created over the years; designs to commemorate family, honor partnership, celebrate strength, and immortalize loved ones who have transitioned from this world to the next. 

The desire to symbolically eternalize a name, spoken word, or piece of poetry is a spiritual act which has been part of humanity since the beginning of existence; as symbols and totems have always connected us to the spiritual world, the world of the soul and the unseen: Infinite essence captured in form. 

The process of tattooing becomes a sacred ritual; a soul’s essence is kept near, and lessons kept dear, ink etched onto skin; an eternal reminder of the struggles we have overcome, love we have been given, and the wisdom we have gained. Pain becomes the catalyst for transition, growth and enlightenment.

“The wound is where the light enters.” Rumi

“The man of action is the debtor to suffering and pain.”
 ان فعلية الانسان ما هي الا نتيجة معانته وألمه
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“Love you, miss you, see you soon.”
احبكم واشتاق إليكم ساراكم قريبا
[the reflection has the names Kayan and Amaya كيان، امايا]
Regal; My heart, My love 
 ريجال، قلبي، حبيبي
I love you Stephanie/ I love you Tarif
احبك ستيفاني\ احبك تاريف
"What has passed has fled; what you hope is absent; but the present is yours."
يتلاشى ما يتجاوزك ، ولا وجود لما تامل به ولكن الحاضر فهو ملك لك
Beauty [Zein] and Existence [Kayan]
زين، كيان
I speak my heart
أتكلم قلبي
“Goodbyes are for those who love with their eyes, because for those who love with their heart and soul their is no such thing as separation.”
~ Rumi
الوداع هو لمن يعشقون بواسطة عيونهم٠ اما الذين يعشقون بقلبهم و بروحهم فلا يعانون من الفراق٠ {لوكس}
[Persian] Azadeh
“This too shall pass"
 Persian: ‫این نیز بگذرد‬‎, [īn nīz bogzarad]
“This too shall pass"
 Persian: ‫این نیز بگذرد‬‎, [īn nīz bogzarad]
“Still I Rise”
"Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world."
التعليم هو أقوى سلاح لتغير العالم
“I surrender myself to myself.”
اني اسلم نفسي لنفسي
~Amal Jaffar
“Live in the moment”
أعيش في الحاضر
Love her but leave her wild.”
اعشقها و لكن اتركها حرة
“She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.”
سارت والكون على كتفيها و جعلت ذلك يبدو وكان لديها جناحين
“You are not defeated as long as you are resisting.”
لست مهزومًا ما دمت تقاوم
“You’re on your way, keep going.”
 ‎بما انك في اتجاهك الصحيح فما عليك الا ان تستمر
“You’ve seen my descent, now watch my rising.”
~ Rumi
لقد رأيت نزولي فشاهد ارتقائي الان
“You’ve seen my descent, now watch my rising.”
~ Rumi
لقد رأيت نزولي فشاهد ارتقائي الان
I am strong because you are beside me
“From water comes life”
من الماء تجيء الحياة
“Always remember that you are not limited to only one opportunity or a certain future; life is much bigger than holding on to something in fear that it will never repeat itself.”
 ‎تذكر دائما أنك لست محدودآ بفرصة واحدة او مستقبل معين، الحياة أوسع من ان تتمسك بشيء ظنآ منك بأنه قد لا يتكرر
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“Run from what's comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”
Persian: ایمنی بگذار و جای خوف باش بگذر از ناموس و رسوا باش و فاش
“Wherever you stand be the soul of that place.”
اينما تطا بقدميك فكن روح ذلك لمكان
“You are the universe in ecstatic motion / Be fearless with humility.”
انت الكون في حركتها الدائمة
كن جسور بتواضع
“A heart filled with love is like a Phoenix no cage can imprison.”
~ Rumi
 القلب المليء بالعشق كالعنقاء لا يمكن لأي قفص ان يحبسه
"And we love life if we find a way to it."
 وًنحن نحب الحياة اذا ما استطعنا اليها سبيلا
 ~Mahmoud Darwish
"I am from there, I am from here, but I am neither there nor here."
 يقول: أنا من هناك. أنا من هناولستُ هناك, ولستُ هنا
"To sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips."
ان تنام قي قلبك صلاة من اجل الحبيب و على شفتيك أغنية مديح
~Khalil Gibran
"Lovers find secret places in this violent world, where they make transactions with beauty."
في هذا العالم المالي بالعنف يجد العاشقون أماكن خفية حيث يتعايشون مع الجمال
“Travelling; it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller."
 السفر فإنه يترك لك الكلام ثم يتحول لك إلى حكواتي
~Ibn Batutta
(The airplane says "adventure" مغامرة and the compass says "spirit" روح)
Love, my darling, is a beautiful poem
written on the moon.
Love is drawn on
every leaf.
Love is
engraved upon….
the sparrow’s feathers, and drops of rain.
But any woman in my country,
If she loves a man,
She is stoned by fifty

~Nizzar Qabbani
Howling wolf - Nadeen school
Emblem for boat
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(Great Spirit)
I, Me, Myself, I Am
Saudade - ساوداتشي
(A Portuguese word which refers to a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound longing.)
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[al qowa]
Zam Zam (holy water)