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On 21, Oct 2013 | In | By Daf

Black Gold Studios

Brand and identity for Rhondda-based tattoo studio, Black Gold. As the studio’s name has connotations to the local coal mining history, I felt it important to also represent something about the founder’s passion for the history and culture of Japan, having lived there for several years, immersing himself in the stories of re-birth and Buddhism, often depicted in Japanese art and tattoos. The result was a geometric roundel, depicting an eight-spoked coal mine wheel, echoing the studio’s name and the local history, while also symbolising the noble eightfold path of Buddhism, all contained within a stylised lotus flower shape – another prominent symbol of Buddhism.