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The Pulse - Body Art Studio
(256) 233-4655
24912 Us Highway 72 East
Athens, AL
Hours
Tues-Thurs (1:00-9pm), Fri-Sat (12-11pm) Sun(12-6pm)
Scheduling
Appointments and Walk-Ins

Insane Tattoo & Body Piercing
(251) 943-2300
115 S Alston St
Foley, AL

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Madcat Tattoo Co
(334) 887-9833
3503 Marvyn Pkwy Lot 186
Opelika, AL
 
Artistic Addictions
(256) 240-7075
500 S Quintard Ave
Anniston, AL
 
Devotion Tattoo
(256) 519-3338
3904 Governors Dr Nw
Huntsville, AL
 
The Pulse - Body Art Studio
(256) 233-4655
24912 US Highway 72 East
Athens, AL
Hours
Tues-Thurs (1:00-9pm), Fri-Sat (12-11pm) Sun(12-6pm)
Artists
Andi Johnston, Randy Young, Craig Scott, Matt Traywick (tattoos only), Scratchy McDowell (apprentice)

David's Counter Culture
(251) 948-6117
501 Gulf Shores Pkwy
Gulf Shores, AL

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Tattoos By Spider
(205) 663-9909
P O Box 283
Alabaster, AL
 
Angel Heart Tattoo Studio
(256) 237-5511
1128 S Quintard Ave
Anniston, AL
 
Ink Spot Tattoos
(256) 880-9040
7914 S Memorial Pkwy
Huntsville, AL
 
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Nandi tattoos

NandiNandi Tattoos - In most mythologies, the bull is an embodiment of male potency, strength, virility and power. This does not apply to Nandi, however, the bull of the Hindu god, Shiva . Unlike the charged and rampant bulls associated with many other deities - particularly in the Middle-East and the West - Nandi is the embodiment of surrender to the divine, and is considered one of the main symbols of Shiva.

A humble and respectful powerhouse - such a tattoo motif may be deeply in tune with the changing times we live in.

Nandi the bull, beloved mount of Lord Shiva, was described in legend as becoming too prideful in his role as Shiva's vahara (vehicle). To teach Nandi a lesson in humility, Shiva placed a lock of his own hair on the bull's back. Suddenly too weak to carry the load, Nandi dropped to his knees. Prostrating himself, he asked Lord Shiva's forgiveness. Nandi was subsequently initiated into divine wisdom, and from that day onwards he was not only Shiva's vahara but also his chief disciple.

In the Hindu religion, Nandi became revered as the symbol of the renewal of fertility, correct motivation, and religious aspiration. Only by perpetuating these personal attributes can every aspect of divine law flourish.

Nandi's devotion to his master went all the way - to the point of sacrificing his own life. The myth tells of Shiva ingesting the 'poison of human Karma' as a display of self-sacrifice. Seeing his master prepared to lay down his life, Nandi was willing to do the same. Shiva, realizing that his beloved vahara could not withstand the effects of the poison as he could, Shiva protected Nandi from his fate. After that, Nandi never left Shiva's side, becoming his ever-present guardian and the source of devotion for followers of Shiva.

Lord Shiva, by riding such a powerful symbol of sexual energy and fertility, demonstrates his control over those very forces. Nandi, the constant companion of Lord Shiva, symbolizes the metaphysical ideal in the natural, physical form.

The image of Nandi can be seen in Hindu homes throughout India. Statues of the sacred bull - usually with legs bent beneath him in passive mode, ready to heed the call of Lord Shiva - appears outside temples and shrines where Shiva is revered. The believer asks for Nandi's blessing before passing the threshold to the place of worship. Sometimes Nandi is portrayed as pure white, the colour worn by initiates, although he is often depicted as black, symbolizing the earth. Popular paintings and carvings show him carrying Shiva and his consort, Parvati, on his back.

In long-ago India and Sri Lanka, the bull was a primary god in his own right among farmers and herdsmen. Coins inscribed with the image of Nandi date back more than a thousand years, indicating that the bull was both a sacrificial and sacred animal. Nandi was depicted by those ancients as being bull-faced with a human body. Bull worship was prominent in cultures that made an...

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