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i surprised myself by coming up with something symbolical, something with a meaning. and what do i get? nobody i asked so far understood the concept even if i explain it so i think it's fair for me to call myself a "misunderstood artist" ;) so there you go, a title that suites the obvious side of the photo.

what i originally thought of was "reproduction". this is how it goes: the wound is a male, and first palm is a female and the 2nd palm is the offspring. i think this really well describes reality. blood was the perfect fluid to represent 'life' as it flows from one to another. the body in the photo is just a tool for me to represent this idea. but, alas, no one seems to get my idea because they get stuck in her body and the wound and what she is doing. altho that's totally besides the point :( *end of rant*

i aimed at a visually pleasing photo and i think i succeeded in that. the wound is made with kryolan's skin wax, and there are 2 kinds of fake bloods ( please read more about them here [link]). i used white liquid make up fluid (Vistique) on the skin to get it white. and i don't support cutting, this has nothing to do with real life cutting or suicide attemps (so keep your advice on how to effectively cut/kill yourself, to yourself :))

she is Ako.
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joshuatree1967 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
vitaminanime Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
It's beautiful, but in real life it's much messier
mscontradiction Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Still a favorite after several years.  It's just such a striking image.
littlefoxling101 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student General Artist
actually i like it. and your right, but to me is shows the continueing of the "blood"line as the line passes on the blood becomes thinner. I know that's probably not what you intend but that's how I interpret this. it really is beautifully done. when I first saw it I thought the cut was real so 'yay's to youI am a dummy! 
deviantbry Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Friggin' SWEET!
funboot Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
i love it.
art is visceral and intensely personal for both the artist and the viewer.
what you see in it as the artist may have no correlation to what others see in it.
this is the artists gift to the viewer - to create the art then let it go and allow others to create their own meaning.
as artists we should be 'misunderstood' - i think we should not have the expectation that viewer will share or understand what we as the artist understand.
supme101 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
you creep me out.
izzyizz303 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I feel ashamed......
cmarples Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
I can see my life leaving in that way...
RoxyPaw Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For some strange reason... You actually bleed more when you cut there... Just saying though. >>;
BorjaPascual Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats! Your amazing work has been featured HERE
Exxpressions13 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I fucking love this.
Yes I was typical and thought something else. I'm also still trying to understand where you were going with it, but I think I got it well enough.
Again, brilliant in many ways
Sadcolour Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Love it!
Kill2Cure Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. I love it.
Photopathica Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011   General Artist
very nice, love it.
it was nice reading your artist comment, since at first i thought this had to with preventing suicide or cutting, since she is trying to "save" the blood, stop it from running away.
mwippa Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
germanyfan Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Beautiful concept. I really love this.
Miotas-Sisceal Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is something very meaningful to me. I very much see blood as one's life energy, and in sharing it, you are sharing a part of yourself. I perfectly understand the metaphor of life :)
cadillacphunque Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this deviation has been featured here: [link]
suzi9mm Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011   Photographer
Sniper-Rin Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
As soon as I saw this picture the word and concept of "life" immediately sprang into my mind.
I felt like the person was dying (like the wound and the flow of the blood is life and time which equals aging and dying) so therefore I thought the person was trying to hold onto their life by trying to cup the blood into their hands to keep it
However when you describe what you wanted to represent it certainly became much more interesting and was a new outlook for me :)
Lol, I guess I'm just too dense and can't read into things too deeply but it's still nice to see other points of views<3
rishiket Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
RaeSmithPhotography Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Very intresting, symbolic, creative, eye-catching, beautiful in some weird twisted way but I totally get what you were doing with this! ...and yet, another awesome idea..came out great!
shadow-creator Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
I understand the 'reproduction' thingy. I say that it's comparing cutting to using the toilet, which means, "cutting is a need", but that's just my view. ;)
blissfulendings Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
I think i sorta understand the meaning you were getting at with the "reproduction" thing... i understand the first thing seeing is just cutting your arm.. but i see what you mean...
SmartGem Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
I understood your explanation..
but honestly, that wasn't the first thought that came to mind when i first saw this piece.

The first thought that came to mind was "Someone, help me.. not now.. but soon.." all in a very calm and collected manner.. l-lol..
I guess maybe it's because I'm not the type to panic much..

Anyway.. here's a little poem that was inspired by this piece~

Be My Drain
I'm hurting right now..
But it's ok..

I'll hold my pain..

But when it comes to the point..
Where I can't hold that pain by myself..
Will you be be there to lend a hand?

Will you let me share this pain?

reniegade Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
I loved your picture. This is deep. Very few will get it. Excellent!
halo1982x Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
To be perfectly honest, I would not have made that correlation without the rant. Well done.
marian-black Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
amazing and disturbing
HOLY-NEEDLE Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
i had saw this piece be4 2,,but didnt knew that its ur art :)
niceeeeee :)
Mari-Viveiros Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
undyingworm Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Student Writer
this is...Great
good job:D
xInumarux Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
O: So this photo belongs to you~

I would start copyrighting your work.
I see this picture alot, people saying its theirs and not giving
Credit to you. . . I really love this pic ; w ;
Iknak Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
That is amazing....
Kind of in a gross way. The wound looks so real.
Neminder Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Kuinka ihmeessä sait tuon veren juoksemaan noin? o.o Olen miettinyt sitä jo pitkän aikaa..
suzi9mm Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010   Photographer
no se on sellasta tahmasta jähmeetä tekoverta, eli olen asetellut sen ihan manuaalisesti... :)
Neminder Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
Hoooo. o___o Näyttää ihan juoksevalta.
Sharaia Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Does it help that I say I understand it?
MadHatter1369 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A very interesting way of expressing reproduction, the concept for this picture is brilliant. I can see how people misunderstand this work, it just lacks something for they view reproduction differently. It is a fantastic photo.
KasonSama Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
for me personally this seems to represent the drain on a artist to draw the next big thing or just put their art up.

for me every picture I make something is taken form me.
MissChokladkaka Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
I love the picture, and the description is fantastic :D
SingUchiha Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
amazing.. i'm speechless
Handy-Candy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
i love the concept, totally got it, amazing :D
NixJix Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
this is really great :D
love your concept there!
Atama--Muhonnin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I get it...Life flows from within the man into the woman; it fills her and flows from her body; and fills the child...
This such a very unique way of symbolizing the transition of life...considering so many myths and such that call it the life blood you'd think more people would understand...Anyways this picture is amzing as is your entire gallery :heart:
YoursSincerely Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
This one I just love!
Casandraelf Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is...a very nice piece. i like the explanation of the symbolism

although i think i like your kitty pictures better ^^;
Limpic-Photographic Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
Hey I was wondering if you would allow me to use this piece in a collage I am making??
suzi9mm Featured By Owner May 27, 2010   Photographer
depends on the collage and where you are publishing it etc. can you give me more information?
Limpic-Photographic Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
its a project for a rhetoric class, but i would like to publish the results on here as well
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