I figured I'd share this with you guys before it actually gets done.
The Reptile I'm getting is going to be #25. I wanted to get #199, but Tim said it would be at least 2-3 months before I would get it. So I chose #25 instead.
Both numbers have a significant meaning behind them. #199 works just as well as #25 so it all works out.
Ok so here's the story behind the numbers and color scheme I'm choosing for the Reptile. I was recommended by Stephen(Caustic Customs) towards Precision Powder for the color scheme I'd like to have for the Reptile. It will be colored after an absolutely beautiful snake and one of my personal favorites in the reptile category, the Red Brazilian Rainbow Boa. For those of you who don't know what this snake looks like, here's a picture:
I was originally looking for a graphic anodizing company like that of Dye or one of the other big companies in the industry, but there was a possibility that the anodizing would not come out right due to the likelihood of Bob's marker having, "too extreme of angles for the adhesion process." So I took the next best route with the help from Precision Powder. Turns out he has an amazing artist friend of which both of them used to breed the same type of snake I am planning on getting my marker to look like, crazy right? So his artist friend will be doing the scale work and Precision Powder will be doing the iridescent clear coat to resemble the snake's iridescent skin.
Well how do the numbers have any relevance to this? Well I'll tell you. This marker is going to be named Quetzalcoatl, after one of the Mayan gods. Snakes were so revered by the Mayans, that one of the main Mesoamerican deities, Quetzalcoatl, was represented and roughly translated to be a feathered serpent. The literal translation of the name means "beautiful serpent" (From Nahuatl, 'Quetzalli' meaning beautiful and 'coatl' meaning snake or serpent.)
#25 comes from the Yaxchilan lintel #25, a limestone lintel or large limestone tablet, which is one of a series of three panels from Structure 23 at Yaxchilán and was originally set above the central doorway. This tablet was basically an explanation/interpretation of Maya bloodletting rituals, participants would experience visions in which they communicated with the ancestors or gods. These visions took the form of a giant serpent "which served as a gateway to the spirit realm." The ancestor or god who was being contacted was depicted as emerging from the serpent’s mouth. The vision serpent thus came to be the method in which ancestors or Gods manifested themselves to the Maya. Thus for them, the Vision Serpent was a direct link between the spirit realm of the gods and the physical world. One conclusion to how the Mayan's were able to see the Vision Serpent(Quetzalcoatl) is that the massive blood loss from having the throat cut causes the brain to release an abundance of natural endorphins, which are chemically related to opiates. As the body goes into shock, a hallucinatory vision occurs. Once the actual bloodletting was over, the blood soaked ceremonial papers were burned, releasing a column of smoke. The smoke provided the perfect medium for the Vision Serpent to appear. This is one of the reasons why I chose the red rainbow boa as it symbolizes the bloodletting ritual and together with the iridescent clear coat will symbolize Quetzalcoatl in his literal translation as a beautiful snake.
I wanted to go with #199 because the Hauberg Stela from the Maya Lowlands is one of the first dated monuments that depict the Vision Serpent's connection to bloodletting, which was dated to be made in A.D. 199.
Hope you guys liked the backstory of this particular Reptile, I've put quite a bit of thought into it.