This started off as a tattoo design which I created for a girl who had recently been to a funeral. For whatever reason, she had been very fond of the disign of a dove which they used in much of their advertising, and so she asked me to come up with a design for her which was based upon that design, but wih my particular twist upon it. She'd wanted it to be a solid black, and this I did for her. When I was done, though, it occurred to me that I could play around with that outline a bit and create something a bit more striking. The addition of this nimbus of light fills that bill nicely. It seems sort of totemic to me.