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Here’s my version of Water theme. Like my friend Horse, I took the inspiration from Herbert Hoffmann flash designs as well.
As you can see, the word “Letzte” it’s appearing on both versions. It means “last” in German. So, Horse’s drawing translates as the “Last Trip” (or last deployment, in sailor’s terminology). Mine, as “The last man”.
And I found this flash book from Herbert Hoffmann, notorious Hamburg tattooer and this drawing just was perfect to fill in the other half.
I changed it to a samurai holding a navy flag, commonly mistakenly called (or related to) war flag.
In Japan recently the use and display of this flag it’s been discussed and bringing controversy.
Neighbor countries, China and Korea blame the Japanese that the display of this flag it’s a reminiscent of WW2 imperialist ideology. So, it started from being banned from soccer stadiums (the last preliminary World Cup matches in both respective countries)
I obviously drew it as a relation of this flash theme that is about ships, sea and of course navy (merchant or military)
At the same time, I confess that I drew with feelings of patriotism and pride of my own heritage.
I hope I will not be the last to share these sentiments.
Above is Horse’s version of Wind. Check his blog here and Instagram here