Lord Ganesha knits (or crochets? or sews?)

My friend wasabi_poptart recently commissioned this tattoo design.

She wanted a somewhat traditional illustration of the Hindu god Ganesha (or Ganesh), but with a few adjustments to his typical symbols. Since she’s a knitter, the axe (severs attachment to desires) was replaced with scissors, and the rope (pulls the worshiper closer to oneness with god) with yarn. In many of his stories, Ganesha has a sweet tooth, and is often depicted with some kind of sweet, although not usually a rainbow lollipop.

This link does a great job of explaining some of the other traditional symbolism associated with Lord Ganesh.

The black and white linework version is the tattoo design, but I had so much fun working with it that I made a color version too.


This image is available as an 8.5″ x 11″ ($10 + shipping) or 11″ x 17″ ($30 + shipping) signed print, in either black and white or full color. I’m also considering having t-shirts made of the black and white version, if there’s sufficient interest.

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