Drawing inspiration from old school tattoo flash art, this pendant makes quite a statement!
Measuring 3" across, this is a solidly cast piece (no hollowed out parts), giving it a nice heft.
It features two bales on the back side for a chain. Please note that this is for a pendant only, a chain is not included.
It's finely detailed depicting two bluebirds coming together on either side of a crowned heart.
The crowned heart, inspired by the Irish Claddagh, represents love and loyalty. A bluebird relates, firstly, to sailors. 5,000miles at sea would be represented with one bluebird, then 10,000 with another and so on.. When a bluebird was seen at sea, it would mean that you were close to land. Finally, sailors would believe that if your ship went down, a bluebird would fly over and carry your soul to heaven. Through the years a bluebird has come to relate to luck, and ultimately happiness. Hense, The Bluebird of Happiness. Sailors would tattoo them between the thumb and forefinger, they'd flap the birds wings by moving their thumbs, so all thier worries would "fly away"
The Old School style of tattooing seen in the earlier half of the 20th century used symbols that celebrated patriotism and similar values and were done by electric tattoo machines. OLD SCHOOL, or traditional, tattoos utilize bold, black outlines and incorporate classic "flash" designs, premade designs that could be selected right off the wall at the tattoo parlor. Sailing ships, big-breasted women, American flags, banner hearts with the word "MOM" lettered inside, pin-up girls, Hawaiian beauties, anchors, roses, spiders, sharks, hearts split in two by a raging torpedo with the word "BUSTED!" scrawled in dark ink, jewels, treasure, eagles, playing cards, cobras, crosses and ornamented skulls are all examples of old school ink.
Artist: Maxine Miller ęcelticjackalope.com