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The Biebs took to Instgram on Saturday morning to share a picture and video of the new ink, which appears to feature gargoyles, skeletons, an eagle (?), and archways across his rib case and tummy.
Even his belly button is hard to find among the lions, bears, skeletons, gargoyles, eagles (maybe) and architecture that is now his torso.
Tang Tang is quintessentially pug — bug eyes, flat face, droopy wrinkles — which is to say, Tang Tang looks a little like an old cartoon man, or maybe a gargoyle.
The sale included all the statues, gargoyles, and even arcade games on the property.
On buildings, Jefferson (and other luminaries) stared down at me in gargoyle form.
The new ink includes gargoyles, skeletons and archways across his rib case and stomach area.
One recent Friday afternoon, a sculptor was working on a Trump-faced gargoyle.
Many of its snarling gargoyles are so corroded that they have been whisked out of sight, replaced by PVC pipes.
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In the 12th century, St. Bernard of Clairvaux reportedly complained about the new sculptures in the cloisters where he lived. "Surely," he is quoted as saying, "if we do not blush for such absurdities we should at least regret what we have spent on them." St. Bernard was apparently provoked by the grotesque figures designed to drain rainwater from buildings. By the 13th century, those figures were being called "gargoyles," a name that came to Middle English from the Old French gargoule. The stone beasts may have earned that name because of the water that gargled out of their throats and mouths.
Origin and Etymology of gargoyle
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