Axe on the face (tattoo)

Tatuajes de hachas

A tattoo of an axe lying on the face, just above the cheek. Definetly a large tattoo for such a place. Work done by the apprentice Philip Yarnell, from Skyn Yard Tattoo studio at Westcliff, South Africa.

Axes are usually symbols of strength and power, althought some people may choose them for their love to their job (lumberjacks) or to medieval stores. A friend recently told me that axes have a dual meaning, on one side they represent destruction (cutting down a tree) but also creation (what is created with the timber afterwards). The crossed axes have a different meaning, and these are associated with viking symbolism.