This started as an idea for a cover up of my mid 90's black sun on the back of my neck:http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/45486_03Jan10_IMG_2958.jpg
I wanted to get a tree, because I love the way a tree grows and evolves (branching, rings, eternal record of it's history tracable within, etc), and I also love trees as symbols in mythology and contemporary culture.
I began to look at "tree of knowledge" imagery, because I am a teacher, and I think that the quest for knowledge is profound, and what separates humans from animals. I also like Eve's story, and am generally fascinated by female archetypes in mythology. She is usually viewed as the temptress in this scene, but I think she's the hero. Ever heard of the quote "well behaved women rarely make history"?
Adam and Eve also factor heavily into my background in art (drawing and painting major) and art history, as well as my Italian Catholic roots.
I found an etching of Adam and Eve, and altered it a bit.
Anyhow, it's on my back, and it was done by Lizzie Renaud at Speakeasy in Toronto, and I love it. She did an amazing job of bringing by vision to fruition.
Oh fuckin snap I love this tattoo