Chimaera’s Hamsas

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This outfit is heavily inspired by Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, like my previous article, Karou’s wishbone. This is part 2 of the Waterloo photoshoot with Marco Vinagre.

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Remember when I wrote that she had other powers than using wishes?

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Karou has eyes on her palms, but they aren’t tattoos though, they are natural.

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You can see some depictions of Karou in this great fan art by Nan Fe:

Or this picture by Lesya Blackbird:

Since this photo session is more inspiration than cosplay, despite the wishbone which was kindly 3D printed for me by a colleague, I didn’t tattoo or draw eyes on my palms. Instead, you can see them on the sleeves and hood of this very comfy hoodie by Rogue and Wolf.

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They are called Hamsas. Karou has a power that comes from the Hamsas in her hands. She is able to hurt Angels when she directs her palms at them.

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I won’t spoil more of what it means to have Hamsas as, again, I strongly recommend reading this book trilogy by Laini Taylor.

Hamsas have a long history. They are most commonly palm-shaped amulets, some of them sporting an eye, protecting wearers against the evil eye. Apparently, they were is use in Ancient Mesopotamia and Carthage, and are still very common today.

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As another reference the the importance of bones (and teeth) in the trilogy and for Karou, in some pictures I’m wearing my skeleton vegan leather jacket by Killstar, I was eyeing it (haha…) for quite a while and got it on sale.

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By the way, there is a third (and last, for the moment) Karou-inspired outfit from the same session, so stay tuned!

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References

📷 Pictures by @marco_vinagre92 – Marco Vinagre

Model, styling: me @lyraophelia

👗Shaman’s Eye Oversized Jumper by @rogueandwolf

🧥 Morgue Gimme Bones Biker Jacket by @killstarco

Overknee tights by @calzedonia

👟 Tate Collection – William Blake shoes by @drmartensofficial

💍 Custom necklace (gift)
3D printed wishbone by Ben Thomas from Ocado Technology
old rings by @hm

💄 Everlasting liquid lipstick in Woolf and Dagger and Alchemist palette by @katvondbeauty

👁️ Tattoo liner in Trooper,
shade + light eye palette
Alchemist palette and lash liner by @katvondbeauty
Perversion mascara by @urbandecaycosmetics

😊 Lock it foundation, liquid concealer and Alchemist palette by @katvondbeauty

Hair: Bad boy blue from @manicpanicnyc@manicpanic_uk

Labret piercing by @magdapiercing from @nemesistattoo

 

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