Monday, January 18, 2016

Craig's Reminder - Remember Them

At the end of September, across from Federal Hall in lower Manhattan, I ran into Craig, a Scotsman with a very cool and powerful tattoo on his lower left leg:


Craig served seven and a half years with the Highlanders, a Scottish Infantry regiment. His duty took him to Iraq, Afghanistan and "a residential tour of the Falklands, as well."

His tattoo serves "to remember fallen comrades" and was inked by Jim at Owlcat Artist Collective in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Thanks to Craig for his service and for sharing his tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

This entry is ©2016 Tattoosday.

If you are seeing this on another website other than Tattoosday, without attribution, please note that it has been copied without the author's permission and is in violation of copyright laws. Please feel free to visit http://tattoosday.blogspot.com and read our original content. Please let me know if you saw this elsewhere so I contact the webmaster of the offending site and advise them of this violation in their Terms of Use Agreement.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Abby's Code, with a Touch of Whimsy

I met Abby in September 2015 in Bowling Green Park.

She shared this tattoo on her arm:


Abby explained:
"the lettering was the original tattoo and that was [done] by Chris Gasca in Las Vegas [he was at Steadfast Tattoo and is now at Classic Tattoo]…..the majority of it with the girl and the design is by King Ruck at Red Elephant Tattoo in Las Vegas.”
She added: 

“… I lived in Nottingham, England for a year, so the lettering is a postal code of where I lived and originally it was just the lettering and it just ... wasn’t what I wanted it to be, and so there is not necessarily a specific significance to the rest of the design, it’s just that I liked that it’s very whimsical and abstract and very light, which is what I wanted.”
Note that King Ruck was a competitor on Spike TV's Ink Master.

Thanks to Abby for sharing her tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

This entry is ©2016 Tattoosday.

If you are seeing this on another website other than Tattoosday, without attribution, please note that it has been copied without the author's permission and is in violation of copyright laws. Please feel free to visit http://tattoosday.blogspot.com and read our original content. Please let me know if you saw this elsewhere so I contact the webmaster of the offending site and advise them of this violation in their Terms of Use Agreement.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Toby's Tattoo is Fin-Tastic!

Back in October, I met Toby in Bowling Green Park in Lower Manhattan:

He shared this cool tattoo:


Toby hails from Switzerland. "I lived in New York for one year, but I moved back in February," he told me.

Toby's hobbies include scuba diving and music, so he incorporated both into his body art.

He described this as "a whale shark fin, as imagined by the artist."


He elaborated, telling me it is a "Maori, Polynesian, tribal-style whale shark fin, ending in a [musical] note key … because I’m a musician, as well … combination of both hobbies.”

He credited the work to Edwin at Royal Flush Tattoo in Thun, Switzerland.

Thanks to Toby for sharing this great tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

This entry is ©2016 Tattoosday.

If you are seeing this on another website other than Tattoosday, without attribution, please note that it has been copied without the author's permission and is in violation of copyright laws. Please feel free to visit http://tattoosday.blogspot.com and read our original content. Please let me know if you saw this elsewhere so I contact the webmaster of the offending site and advise them of this violation in their Terms of Use Agreement.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Julianna, Snow White, and Temptation

One of the last tattoos I spotted in 2015 was this Snow White piece on Julianna, who I met on the steps of Federal Hall:


Julianna explained what compelled her to get this Snow White tattoo:
"It’s the story behind it, about how it’s the story of temptation,  how ... Snow White’s known as the most beautiful [and]  how eating the poison apple [represents] temptation; it’s like Yin and Yang but like a different kind of story towards it.”

She credited Jay at Lucky Van's Tattoo in San Francisco with tattooing this work.

Thanks to Juliana for sharing this cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

This entry is ©2016 Tattoosday.

If you are seeing this on another website other than Tattoosday, without attribution, please note that it has been copied without the author's permission and is in violation of copyright laws. Please feel free to visit http://tattoosday.blogspot.com and read our original content. Please let me know if you saw this elsewhere so I contact the webmaster of the offending site and advise them of this violation in their Terms of Use Agreement.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

"If I Am Not For Myself" ... Simon's Tattoo

I met Simon a few months back in Bowling Green Park, after I spotted this inscription on his right forearm:


This quote reads, "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, who am I?"

A great inscription, for sure. When I asked Simon to whom it is attributed, he said Hillel, a great Jewish religious leader and thinker who lived over 2000 years ago.

The quote has a third line, ”And if not now, when?" 

This, Simon told me, he "couldn’t fit on there," so his wife has it tattooed on her back.

Hillel the Elder is considered one of the great Jewish scholars and is oft-cited when studying meaning and explanation of religious readings in the Torah.

Having never seen a Hillel tattoo before, I asked Simon if he had any particular reason for getting this tattooed on him, and in such a visible place. Simply, he replied, “It’s a great quote to live by.”


Fair enough.

He had the tattoo done at Addicted to Ink in White Plains, New York.

Thanks to Simon for sharing this cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

This entry is ©2015 Tattoosday.

If you are seeing this on another website other than Tattoosday, without attribution, please note that it has been copied without the author's permission and is in violation of copyright laws. Please feel free to visit http://tattoosday.blogspot.com and read our original content. Please let me know if you saw this elsewhere so I contact the webmaster of the offending site and advise them of this violation in their Terms of Use Agreement.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Annika's Lucky Cat

Back in September, as summer was coming to a close, I met Annika near Federal Hall on Wall Street.
She had a bunch of tattoos, and shared this, her Lucky Cat:


This is a version of the traditional Japanese maneki-neko cat.

Annika explained, "I studied economics and, in Asia, everybody has [the maneki-neko cat] in their shops for business prosperity." She added, "for me it’s just like having a career and being lucky at what I do and loving my job."

When I asked why the cat is holding a sign that says "No Pain No gain," Annika replied, "because sometimes you just have to work hard to earn what you deserve ."

Annika hails from Germany and I asked why she had the phrase in English. She modestly replied, "Because it doesn’t sound that good in German … I used to live in England and California, so I really like English … I have [tattoos in] English and French and hardly any German lettering."

This cool cat was tattooed by Andrik at Farbenpracht Tattoo in Munich, Germany.

Thanks to Annika for sharing her maneki-neko with us on Tattoosday!

This entry is ©2015 Tattoosday.

If you are seeing this on another website other than Tattoosday, without attribution, please note that it has been copied without the author's permission and is in violation of copyright laws. Please feel free to visit http://tattoosday.blogspot.com and read our original content. Please let me know if you saw this elsewhere so I contact the webmaster of the offending site and advise them of this violation in their Terms of Use Agreement.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Gene's Tattoo Commemorates His Service to Our Country

Back in September, I met Gene on Broadway, just outside of Bowling Green Park.

I've been saving his tattoo for today, Veteran's Day, as it seemed most appropriate:


Gene told me a guy named Michael did this tattoo "about seven or eight years ago" and that the artist lives in Florida now.

"Believe it or not," Gene told me, "this is lie, the sixth tattoo he ever did."

This image of three soldiers, two holding up the one in the center, is an iconic one. Gene told me he served  twenty-three years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve.

Thanks to Gene for sharing his tattoo with us on Tattoosday. And a big thank you to Gene and all his fellow veterans for their service to our country!

This entry is ©2015 Tattoosday.

If you are seeing this on another website other than Tattoosday, without attribution, please note that it has been copied without the author's permission and is in violation of copyright laws. Please feel free to visit http://tattoosday.blogspot.com and read our original content. Please let me know if you saw this elsewhere so I contact the webmaster of the offending site and advise them of this violation in their Terms of Use Agreement.