Sunday, January 25, 2009

Let's go on a ride...

The first animals to ride in a hot air balloon were a rooster, a duck and a sheep.

I enjoy the symbolism of the hot air balloon. It's a symbol of escape and voyage, but in particular an escape into fantasy and the surreal, of the mind into daydream and the subconscious.

The movement of the balloon across the body is an exploration of the link between the physical body and the psyche. The placement on the foot worked well with that idea, as our feet are representative of our own personal journey.

Images: Rawinsonde weather balloon, Jules Verne, Odilon Redon, my own print and animation.


  1. I too like the symbolism of hot air ballons. Ready to cut the ropes and take off!

  2. Cuuuuuttte! You should tattoo your little balloon now, on the side of your foot! My tattoo will definitely not live up to your expectations! It's nothing as epic as a Mark Ryden backpiece, unfortunately :D But it is very "me."

    As much as I adore tattoos of beautiful artworks, I think to truly love all my tattoos I will have to stand by drawing them myself- then at least I know I will love them forever cos they are my work. Plus I would be SO nervous about someone replicating such an amazing piece..Egads what if they stuffed it!

    But, having said that, check these bad boys out.

  3. Aw I love that- I agree that you should have that tattooed on you now!

  4. Have you seen The White Diamond by Werner Herzog?

  5. no... but it looks great, i'll have to get my hands on a copy.
    cheers :)