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03 September 2012

The Octopus

Annie Bertram 3Annie Bertram 5
 

The octopus is often found in gothic and steampunk fashion, worn as piece of jewellery or even tattooed on skin.
This brought us to wonder, what's the meaning of the octopus? Here's a little info about it !
 
 


An octopus symbolizes complexity, diversity, mystery, vision, intelligence, illusion, variability and insight.
 


"The complexity of the design, the diversity of the octopus’s persona and
the mystical illusion all add to the tattoos characteristics. These
features are associated with the octopus for several reasons. In ancient
mythology the number 8 is used as a major significance in a lot of
stories, in some cultures it is believed that 8 legged animals such as
spiders and octopus are one of the few survivors of those times. These
stories are were the octopus’s mystical appearance came from
."





"The real octopus tattoo meaning comes from its ability
to grow back limbs. Much like humans octopus adapt to the conditions
they are in. If they are in a tough situation then octopus will use
their brain and respond intelligently much like a human would. The moral
of the story? That much like octopus humans can learn to disengage
things in their life that are not needed anymore. Bad habits and
addictions can all be changed
. "
 
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"The use of the octopus as symbol in steampunk fashion goes back to Jules Verne Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, where his writing was ahead of it's time. Submarines, air travel, advanced mechanical machinery etc... and since he was around during the Victorian era most of the technology he wrote about would fit well within the steampunk world.
 The Octopus it just has a great visual. Looks like it's wearing a helmet, goggles, and the tentacles remind me of the mechanics of gears etc.. "
 



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