Who Did Your Ink?: Spiritual energy guides Daniel Rāma's body of art

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      Who Did Your Ink? is the Straight’s weekly feature, where we ask badass Vancouverites about the talented artists, indelible stories, and, at times, questionable antics behind their most treasured tattoos.

      What's your name?  Daniel Rāma.

      What do you do?  I'm an international yoga teacher.

      Who did your ink?  All my work was done by the same guy, Andrew Wheeler

      Why did you choose this artist to do your tattoos?  I chose Wheeler primarily because a number of friends recommended him to me, saying he was the guy to go to for stunningly unique works of art.

      Is there any meaning behind them?  Almost every piece is some type of personal reflection or a way of capturing an important moment in my life.

      One of the more obscene event-derived images you'll find on my body is a ménage a trois of turtles, hidden under my arm, doing some stuff that would make my mother cringe. 

      What's next on your ink list?  Next up is a slightly more serious piece on personal progress.

      The main visuals of the leg-sleeve in-progress are Lord Ganesha, the Hindu elephant god whom is said to be the remover of obstacles; the seven main chakras or energy centres; and three intercepting serpents depicting the main astral channels within the subtle body.

      The general idea is to leave these energy centres unfinished, primarily in relation to their colours, until I've reached a state of being in which those centres are fully awakened. I'd like to colour them in one by one, almost like a chart.