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Extreme Point Body Shoppe, LLC
(307) 632-1121
1008 Baldwin Dr
Cheyenne, WY
 
Extreme Point Body Shoppe Llc
(307) 632-1121
1609 Terry Ave
Cheyenne, WY
 
Skibo Ventures Inc
(307) 632-6869
117 W 5Th St
Cheyenne, WY
 
Extreme Point Body Shoppe LLC
307-632-11251
1609 Carey Ave
Cheyenne, WY
 
Needles Ink
(307) 426-4226
417 Randall Ave
Cheyenne, WY
 
Extreme Point Body Shoppe LLC
307-632-11251
1609 Carey Ave
Cheyenne, WY
 
Skibo's Wyoming Tattoo Studio
(307) 632-6869
804 Central Ave
Cheyenne, WY
 
Skibo Ventures Inc
(307) 632-6869
117 W 5th St
Cheyenne, WY
 
Skibo's Wyoming Tattoo Studio
(307) 632-6869
804 Central Ave
Cheyenne, WY
 
Adora Day Spa
(307) 773-8520
123 Western Hills Blvd
Cheyenne, WY
 

Gargoyle tattoos

Gargoyle tattoo designs Gargoyle Tattoo Designs - Gargoyles are increasingly popular as tattoo designs and have been around for thousands of years as the water spouts with the not-so-cuddly faces. You have probably seen them as architectural decoration, usually at the roof line channelling water from the gutters. It became generally believed that these elaborately grotesque characters could keep away evil spirits and protect the buildings and their occupants from harm. The figures are meant to act as amulets and talismans of protection.

Medieval believers claimed that as the rainwater gushed out of the open-mouthed creature, it turned into holy water. These demonic humanoids usually display their talons, tails and horns, and often come with wings and fins. The word 'gargoyle' has its roots in French and Latin for 'throat' and 'swallow'. Think 'gargle', and you'll know what Gargoyles are all about.

Gargoyle pictures

In ancient Egypt gargoyles were used for spouting out the water used for washing ceremonial vessels on the temple roofs. In Greek temples, the marble water spouts often took the shape of lion heads. The gargoyles that we have come to know and love adorned the medieval cathedrals of Europe. Nobody can say for sure what these fantastic carvings depicted, since no definitive historical records exist to enlighten us. They probably served, however, to incite the imagination into fits of storytelling, since this was a pre-literate age.

Not all gargoyles spout water. Some of these stone carvings are purely ornamental, and are more properly referred to as 'chimera'. Chimera are mythical creatures dating back to a number of cultures, including Ancient Greece, Egypt, Persia and China and are creatures combining the features of two or more different animals.

Griffon tattoo designs One of the most famous of the chimera is the Griffon, Griffin, or Gryphon (spelling depending upon culture of origin), the legendary figure with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Sometimes the griffin is depicted with an eagle's talons, or a lion's claws, and occasionally the griffon has elongated ears. Such creatures were often featured in heraldic crests, as the lion and the eagle were both considered to symbolize nobility.

Gargoyle pictures

You can find some impressive modern gargoyles and chimera in New York and Chicago, while on the National Cathedral in Washington, DC., limestone demons are encrusted in the walls. But if you want to see the most spectacular medieval examples of gargoyles wa...

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