Lord Shiva has been introduced to people mostly through Indian calendar art. A heavy set, blue-colored God, adorning serpents and the crescent moon because calendar artists use this one face.
Shiva is much more.In Hindu mythology he is known by many names and believed to have many forms --Mahadeva - The one and only God, Adiyogi - the first Yogi, Pashupati, Bhairava -the fierce one, Bhole Nath - the uncorrupted and easily pleased, Ardhanareshwar - half Man half woman -Lord Shiva is perhaps the most complex of Hindu God's and arguably the most powerful. He is also Divine Darkness, the destroyer of all - Vinashak !As spiritualists would say - everything comes and goes back into the darkness.
Inspired by the Ardhanareshwar form , this tattoo was conceptualised to depict the calm Shiva who is incomplete without his Shakti - the powerful feminine. The Ardhanarishvara form represents the union of mind and heart and consciousness. The union of male an female - Shiva =nd Shakti The client , a firm believer in Shiva wished to have something that was realistic and contemporary. Therefore this was conceptualised by our artist keeping in mind the true essence of Lord Shiva and a slightly different perspective.