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Deus Ex Machina Ouroboros by Tyxerus Deus Ex Machina Ouroboros by Tyxerus
A drawing I did late one night. I was watching Fullmetal Alchemist, & had a Starcream Transformer beside me (from Transformers ROTF), & I was inspired by both Starscream's tattoos & Scar's (from FMA) tattoos. So, I drew this. It's obviously meant to look somewhat mechanical, & the mech-Ouroboros & cross were an obvious nod to the "God" part of "Dues Ex Machina". In all honesty, Ouroboros & the cross were an afterthought. The cross came in handy for covering the hole the compass put in the paper, however (you didn't think i did the big circles freehand, did you?), so I'm pleased with the end result. Tell me what you think!!!

*update* As of November 28th 2010, two people that I'm aware of (they contacted me) have gotten this design done as a tattoo. Just thought I'd post that little tidbit* :)

**UPDATE** here is a link to the more up-to-date version: [link]
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jvgce Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
great design~~keep it up!
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Deathshamen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Would it be cool if i used this as a logo for a product i may or may not produce?
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aristocraticaura Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find it amazingly attractive. Anyway, i'm running for president in my school and I was searching for a symbol to represent me and my mates. I was specifically searching for something of the sort! :D So, if it's alright with you... may I?
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renrek Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
I definitely have this tattooed on my chest. I don't know if you do requests but I would like to come up with a half sleeve to match this tattoo. Every one I talked to commented on how unique this style was and I'm hooked now
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Mechamortal Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
This is a great design, man. I use this as an avatar on some sites. It's awesome, and makes me ashamed I do not have the ability to creat complex work like this, lol! I was thinking of getting a tattoo of this!
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
thank you :D if you do get a tattoo of it, i'd love to see a picture of the final result
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Mechamortal Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Hey, no problem. I've honestly been looking at this design for quite a long time. About a year at least. It's just everything I look for in mechanical designs like this. The balance is great too, nothing strays my eye away from other parts, and can see it as a whole everytime.
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Maxamillion2009 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Student Writer
I know the original meaning of Deus Ex Machina, but is this implying that immortality comes with becoming a living machine?
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
lol no, it was more me having fun with a design. Ouroborous means alot to me, and has alot to do with what i believe. Not immortality, more like the clockwork of the universe. The cross in the center has multiple purposes -1, I like crosses and it helped cover the hole made by the divider XD -2, The cross could be seen as a sun symbol, adding to the clockwork-of-the-universe/solar-system bit. If I were to do the design now it would change a great deal...which I'm not tempted to do, come to think of it lol

I must say, this is one of the more serious questions I've ever had asked about one of my designs :)
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Maxamillion2009 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Writer
When you stop think about things that some people dismiss, you realize that there are a lot of answers to those kinds of questions. Thankfully, most of them are interesting, in my opinion...

Speaking of serious questions, here's another. I've always heard of the generic, "Becoming more than Human." What came to my mind about that was, "Is it really HUMAN to become more than Human?"
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
hmmm...i suppose it wouldn't be. Because then you're outside the definition of "Human"...for example, adding machinery that improved you in some way (for arguments sake, let's keep out artificial hearts etc that simply function as a normal human organ) would be suddenly making you more like a cyborg...albeit with human parts too, but you've still changed beyond "Human" standards
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Maxamillion2009 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Writer
Physical Human standards, or Moral Human standards?
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Physical standards. Morality is more tricky
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Maxamillion2009 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Writer
I'm more focused on the Morality part, however. You could look like the freaking Iron Giant, but the Human heart, mind and soul should always stay intact. Otherwise, what are you but a monster? Also, I've come to think that we seem to be pairing the term "Humanity" with benevolence inappropriately. You don't have to be of the same species to show compassion, or cruelty. To say someone isn't "Human" because they don't look like one is ignorant and foolish... Just putting that out there, though.
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
oh i agree completely. hence why i said the morality was a tricky aspect, because our morals are in constant fluxx. 50 years ago spousal abuse was ok, etc etc.
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SixPaths Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i'm thinking of getting a tattoo of something like this!
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Student General Artist
I've actually had a few people get this as a tattoo XD it's apparently my most popular design
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skasisparadigm Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
I fell in love with this so hard I'm having it tatooed on the balls of my shoulder in conjunction with my FMA Scar tattoo's I can show you the full artwork on my arms and shoulder's when I'm done. Thanks for creating genius, true genius.
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student General Artist
lol thank you, you're too kind XD
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XIIIRN Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
Epic, I draw stuff like this at School everyday, and this is just amazing.
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you! :)
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ideletemymind Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
and btw, is it fine to you if i will use this as a sticker or something similar? like maybe a shirt design? if that's alright with you.
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student General Artist
I've had a few people ask me the same thing, except for a tattoo. I'll tell you the same thing:

Yes, it's alright. As long as any credit for artwork goes to me, and you send me a picture of said sticker/t-shirt. I like seeing the final product XD

if there's any problem with this, let me know
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ideletemymind Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Oh thank you! yeah of course i'll give a credit, if you want when i'm done printing it on a shirt design i'll put your deviantart link below in your work ;)
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student General Artist
thanks :) don't forget to send me a picture of the final design!
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ideletemymind Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Nicely done, I am a fan of FMA and i really like what you did in there. especially the cross thingy at the center, i like it a lot :D
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks! To be honest, the cross was thrown in last-minute to cover the hole where I placed the compass when I drew the circle XD
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ideletemymind Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Haha that's cool though :D
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student General Artist
thanks again XD
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gnear Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Since looks like you don't mind it, getting a tattoo myself XD
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Of this?
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gnear Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Yeah XD
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Student General Artist
Please send me a photo of the finished work, I like to see how it turned out :)
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edwart-exe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kinda like final fantasy
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student General Artist
I guess...does it remind you of something from a specific game?
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edwart-exe Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FF XIII looks like the tatoos of the l'cie ,cool
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student General Artist
I haven't played FF XIII, lol. May I ask what the "l'cie" is?
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edwart-exe Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL. l'cie are humans chosen by a falcie(god) to do a mission every l'cie has a tatoo that marks wich god are they serving and a summuning spirit that IT has give them (all the main characters are l'cies)
oh and by the way : spoilers
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Student General Artist
lol, i'm not particularly worried. alright, sounds cool
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frycu666 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Dude, awsome work! It was my inspiration for a title to my story. It's in polish so you probably won't understand, but thanks to you a new piece was written.
If u want to look I leave a link:
www.photoblog.pl/imcfrycuthelord
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Student General Artist
As you said, I didn't understand, lol. But I'm glad to hear it, it's very flattering, thank you.
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threkvya Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
[link]

how does that look ?
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Student General Artist
Holy crap. I didn't think anyone would actually tattoo my stuff onto their bodies...! It looks epic! :D
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Adam-with-L Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Student General Artist
Nice design. Like some magical spell that summon something. Cool
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Student General Artist
Yeah, I've been working on a few of those. Particularly "Technomancy Circle Prototype" & a few others that'll be posted soon
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demonade Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
can i use your artwork as one of my tattoo?
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Student General Artist
Which artwork? There are some that are verbatim "no's". but it depends
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demonade Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
this one off course
pretty awesome indeed
hope you'll allow me
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Tyxerus Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student General Artist
yeah, sure. post a photo when you get it done, please
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NothingLikeNovak Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
I love your drawings! Wish your where near Montreal so you could draw my next tatoo.
Continue the good job!
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