When I was in the planning process of the half sleeves I wanted on my upper arms, it was important that everything I put into the overall concept flowed.
I also wanted my tattoos to be original, fresh, and just a hair outside of the expected norm. That is how this winged scarab came to be.
It was important to understand what the scarab symbolized.
“A winged scarab is an ancient Egyptian symbol associated with rebirth or self regeneration.”
The winged scarab is the Egyptian version of the phoenix to some degree. I wanted my scarab to appear strong, powerful, and fearless, hence, the talons and the wide wingspread. There will be more added to this tattoo soon, too.
Again, this theme of tattoos revolving around Egyptian culture, reminds me constantly of how much freedom and peace I found in words that took me to another place and time.