Schiffmacher Royal Delft  Blue Tattoo - Plate - Memento Mori

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Schiffmacher Royal Delft Blue Tattoo - Plate - Memento Mori

Schiffmacher Plate - Memento Mori

Memento mori is a Latin phrase traditionally translated as "Remember to die" or "Remember to [have to] die." Freer translations are "Remember that you are mortal" or "Remember your own death day". It is the motto of the Trappist order. The phrase already occurs on silver Roman cups.

The memento mori is common in (tattoo) art and indicates artistic creations, which can differ greatly in appearance and style, but serve the same purpose, which is to remind people they are mortal.

The memento mori is close to the other Latin saying "carpe diem": seize the day. In the Middle Ages people thought more of the memento mori (remember that one day you will die and you will appear before God).

In "secularized" society, people preferred to think of carpe diem; seize the day and have fun!

Delft Blue plates

Ever since Delft Blue was created, plates were decorated with the blue and white decor. Often not intended for eating, the hand-painted plates were hung on the wall in small groups or displayed on the table as a showpiece. Within the current range there are plates with typical Dutch scenes, flora and fauna subjects and now the Royal Blue Tattoo collection.



Tattoo legend Henk Schiffmacher

Henk Schiffmacher is a tattoo artist, painter, writer, collector, world traveller… You can see immediately from this list that it is impossible to briefly summarise either the profession or the activities of this creative and cultural gadfly.


Painter, silk screen printer, window dresser at the Bijenkorf, technical photographer, graphic designer, typographer, fashion and news photographer for publications including the New Revu are some of the professions Henk practised during his turbulent initial years in Amsterdam. This was followed by a period of travel during which he collected an impressive collection of objects related to the history of tattooing. The numerous images on his own skin also bear testimony to his search for the origin of this centuries-old art.


Upon his return to Amsterdam Henk Schiffmacher opened his tattoo shop; a phenomenon was born in the tattoo world.


Nowadays Henk Schiffmacher is primarily a painter, designer and writer. He also gives regular lectures and in his few leisure moments, he is an ambassador for Orange Babies, a Foundation that provides assistance to pregnant women and their babies in Africa, who are most at risk for infection with the HIV virus. But above all Henk is head over heels in love with his life partner and painting buddy Louise van Teylingen.


Cooperation Henk Schiffmacher and Royal Delft

Delft Blue pottery and tattoos may not be the most obvious combination, but they have more in common than thought. Parallels can be found in origin, meaning, craft and mastery.


The Schiffmacher Royal Blue Tattoo collection is a unique collaboration between two traditional crafts from an ancient world. Sea brought here from the east. Rich in culture, tradition and symbolism. Art forms that are applied manually once. With a needle in the skin or with a brush on the biscuit.

Especially for this collaboration, Henk Schiffmacher has designed a number of unique objects with the master painters of Royal Delft, where the two worlds literally touch. The Schiffmacher Royal Blue Tattoo collection consists of both hand-painted items and transferred pieces.


Layered, deeply rooted and with respect, an ode to Delft Blue and the art of tattooing.




  • Shape: round plate
  • Dimensions: 28 cm
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Not microwave safe
  • Screen printing technique


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