owl – prelims

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Posted on June 13, 2012 by

I have always loved owls, they have always fascinated me. For some reason I never thought them as a bird, they were always shrouded in mystery. They have been seen as a symbol of wisdom because the owl is capable of seeing even in the dark and of vigilance because the owl is awake at night. They have been associated with wisdom, courage, inspiration, justice, civilization, strength, strategy, and art all of which are virtues I aspire towards.
I feel like owls are a good symbol for what has become a personal motto. Based on some internet research the Kemp family motto is lucem spero parare tenebras which translates to I hope for light i prepare for darkness. My great grandpa on my mom’s side always said hope for the best but be prepared for the worst so I feel very attached to this motto.
this is a preliminary sketch for a tattoo that i am thinking of getting to mark the occasion of my recent graduation from the art institute.

let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.

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