It’s hard to find a tattoo that’s as much of a visual symbol of the world as the constellation Sagittarius, which was famously the constellation tattooed on the back of Apollo 13 astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 1969.
But that’s exactly what a tattoo artist at a tattoo shop in Japan has done with a constellation tattoo of his own.
The tattoo artist, who goes by the name Pisces Star, explains his process in a YouTube video that has gone viral on Japanese social media, with many praising the artist’s craftsmanship and artistic talents.
“I am just one guy who is fascinated by the Sagittarian system, and I wanted to make a piece that would capture the stars, the constellations, the sky, and the whole constellation,” Pisce tells Mashable.
“A tattoo of my own will probably not capture that, but it’s very interesting to me.”
He explains that he chose the constellation, Sagittaria, because he was drawn to the constellation because it’s one of the three constellaries in the same part of the sky as the Sun, and also because it contains the constellation of Orion.
“Sagittaria is the third constellation, and because it is also the third star in the sky in the constellation constellation Orion, it’s also the fifth star in Orion’s belt,” Piscitelli said.
The constellational tattoo is an image of Sagittaras three brightest stars, Pisces, Taurus, and Leo, that form a ring around the constellation.
Piscatelli says the star ring is a metaphor for Sagittarium, and that the constellation’s three brightest star also forms a circle around the ring.
He says the stars of the constellation represent the three branches of the ancient Greek mythological system, the Achelous, the Cepheus, and Lyra, and each star has a different meaning.
“The stars represent the branches of Achelus, Lyra and the Cephres, which are the three major branches of a Tree of Life, the three oldest branches in the cosmos,” he said.
“It’s a beautiful and complex system that has a lot to do with the three main branches of nature, but also the different parts of life.”
Piscinelli says that he created his tattoo using acrylic ink that’s also available in red, blue, green, yellow, and purple.
He also added a “sagitta” tattoo that represents the constellation that contains Sagittarias three bright stars.
Pisci’s tattoo has also inspired a few other tattoo artists to do their own versions of the artwork.
“People are getting creative and are going to have a different approach,” he says.
“One of the artists that did it for me was the young lady I was working with in Tokyo.
She did a great job.
She took the idea of the tattoo and she combined it with the constellation in a really clever way.”
Pisceanis Star’s work has also caught the attention of the Chinese-American artist and filmmaker, Ai Weiwei.
In an interview with Wired, he explained that he was inspired by the tattoo to make the star constellation tattoo.
“We got together and made a sculpture, and when we made it, the artist, he had a vision, and then he made a tattoo of the star.
And that’s what we did,” he told the magazine.
“So I think that’s why he said, ‘What would you do if you had a tattoo?’
And I thought, ‘Well, what if I had a star tattoo?’
I thought about what a star would look like, and what a constellation would look the same way.”
A star tattoo might not be for everyone, however.
The star tattoo isn’t recommended for anyone with a history of violence or mental health issues, according to the tattoo company.
“For those who are going for a more ‘masculine’ tattoo, we suggest you do a smaller star tattoo to the face, but a larger one on the chest,” said the company’s official statement.
The constellation tattoo isn.
“If you have a strong sense of justice and you are a fan of the Star Trek franchise, you might want to try a bigger tattoo on your chest, but we don’t recommend it,” the statement continues.
“This star tattoo is only for men.
If you want to make it a little more masculine, you can do a larger tattoo on the forehead or on your neck.”