TATTOO DESIGNS & SYMBOLS - PENGUIN TATTOOS
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Penguin Tattoo Meanings - Penguins don't have much experience with humans, so it's not surprising that we don't have much experience with them. The Antarctic, was after all, except for penguins, seals and a few other sea birds, a bitterly cold, utterly inhospitable environment for human habitation. But underneath the ice shelf of the Antarctic is an incredibly rich sea environment teaming with life and extraordinary bio-diversity and a magnet for whales and other marine creatures who are drawn to the rich feeding grounds for krill and other food sources. For this reason, penguins aren't well established in folklore or in the international lexicon of symbols. Other than a few isolated outposts on the extreme end of South Americas and New Zealand, you have to go to all the way to the Antarctic to find penguins. Whatever the penguin means to you, well, that's what it means to you. The penguin is a symbol more open than most to a very personal interpretation.
Opus the Penguin was also the star of the Comic Strip 'Opus', drawn by Berkeley Breathed. Opus was Breathed's fourth strip, following The Academia Waltz, Bloom County and Outland. Opus figurines, stuffed toys and memorabilia were very popular. And who can forget that the Penguin was and is, Batman's most feared rival. As a villain, the Penguin offers a counter-point to the Dark Knight. And is the polar opposite of the public's perception of the penguin's personality in popular culture.
Chilly Willy, the animated cartoon penguin who was always cold, first appeared in 1953 courtesy of Walter Lanz. After a slow start the third film was nominated for an Academy Award. Curiously the character lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, although the species is native only to the southern hemisphere.
The animated film "Happy Feet" played up the myth of Antarctic penguins as soul mates ( they are serial monogamists who mate each season), as did the hugely popular documentary, "March of the Penguins", which became an international phenomenon in many different languages, and which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Film at the 2006 Academy Awards. As a consequence, we have come to love and admire the penguin for their ability to court each other and to recognize their mate's unique range of vocalizations, as well as the cries of their chick. We know about the Emperor Penguins' annual migrations - on foot - to mate and feed their young, as they traverse distances of up to a 100 kilometers (62 miles). The penguins endure temperatures that drop to a bone-chilling -62 degrees Celsius (- 80 degrees Fahrenheit) and winds that can reach a staggering 300 kilometers per hour (190 mph). By the tens of thousands, the penguin hordes embark on a treacherous single-file journey across a barren and dangerous world of ice and snow. Solo, the penguin would perish - en masse they survive. Consequently, the penguin has come to symbolize order, purpose, and the magic of family and the importance of community. We find much to admire in their apparent stoicism and unwavering commitment.
We know from these films that the penguin cannot fly, but that its agility in the water makes it seem like it's flying in its liquid element. In fact, it employs much the same musculature to fly through the water as it would through the air. Did you know that the penguin once could fly, but that its flightlessness most likely arose from eons of living on isolated islands where there existed no threats from land predators. A similar evolutionary regression happened to many birds isolated on the islands of New Zealand. The most famous is the Kiwi, but flightless parrots and the legendary Moa, gave up flight when living in an ecosystem with no land predators.
As a totem animal, the penguin is said to be a reminder of order in times of chaos, of teamwork while hunting under water, of moving in a steady line, inexorably forward on foot through fair weather and foul. The penguin also speaks to the advantages of being able to slip easily from one realm to another. The water realm suggests to dream analysts that those drawn to the penguin are apt to be vivid dreamers.
By getting a penguin tattoo, you are making a statement about your ability to change or adapt to different environments. With a single step - or a belly glide - you can make the leap from hard ground to the constantly shifting seas. Some would say this represents a connection between the physical and the spiritual. At the very least, a penguin attachment reflects an attitude of playfulness. You're saying that there is a time for work and a time for play. And, of course, those with the penguin totem will be a loving spouse and a caring parent. Penguin people perform best when working in a group setting.
The penguin has been described as the 'new canary'. Just as canaries were used to detect gases in a coal mine, today it's the penguin who stands as an indicator of the demise of polar habitats from changes wrought by climate, pollution and commercial fishing. As such, the penguin is also a symbol of environmental consciousness and protection.
The most recognizable penguin in the world is without doubt the one that symbolizes Penguin Books. In 1935, Allen Lane decided that what the world (England) really needed was an affordable paperback sold not just in bookstores, but everywhere. He needed a symbol that was 'dignified but flippant'. His secretary said, 'A penguin.' Penguin's penguin has never looked back.
And while the Penguin book logo may be the world's most
recognizable penguin, at least within literary circles, among
computer cognoscenti and coding aficionados, the Linux logo "Tux" may just
turn out to be the penguin logo of the new millennia.
Open Source is a copyright license genre, (GNU being the major example) that facilitates and in fact enforces the open and free sharing of computer software source code - the human readable text. The concept has been extended to other areas, including house design and lately drug creation and genetic engineering. It embraces a world of open ideas and the sharing of knowledge.
Linux is the epitome of an Open Source project. It has grown from the personal self-education project of Linus Torvalds (who named it, combining his name and the word "Unix" which was the original AT&T operating system it is modeled after) to where it now is synonymous with Open Source software in the minds of most people.
Because Linux is Open Source, people have taken it and made it work on more hardware platforms than any other operating system ever; from single-chip systems the size of a key to the largest and fastest super-computers in the world.
The story behind the Linux Penguin is best told by Linus Torvalds
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