The hourglass represents the concept of “time flies” or the inexorable passing of time. It is also a symbol of polarity and the two triangles that meet in the middle where the sand passes through, are communicating vessels.
Now let us show you how to draw a traditional style hourglass.
In a tattoo polarity can be represented using symbolic images (male and female, life and death, sky and earth or water) drawn in the two halves of the hourglass, contrasting and complementing each other at the same time.
Traditional hourglass design by Morbix, © 3ntini Editore Srl.
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You can find this tutorial also in Idea Tattoo 194.