The hurricane lamp is an oil or candle lamp, either with a wick for oil or just a candle. The lamp has a curved globe that covers the wick or candle so the wind will not blow the flame out. In the early 1900’s many hurricane lamps were modified for electricity. The glass shade and illuminated base stayed the same for aesthetic purposes, with electrical components added. The glass shade is hand painted, often times with flowers or filigree. Derek got this tattoo of his mother’s antique electrical hurricane lamp as a tribute to her. Hurricane lamps and lanterns have become a popular theme in tattoos in the past few years, perhaps as a symbol of a guiding light or a beacon of simpler times. Thanks, Derek!
Traditional Tattoos by Minneapolis Tattooer Mimi Wunsch
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