Sunday, March 17, 2019

Repost: Steve's Phenomenal Celtic Cross

This post appeared originally back in May, 2011, but is worth revisiting on Tattoosday today!

I spotted this at the now-defunct NYC Tattoo Convention at the sadly-departed Roseland Ballroom.

Happy St. Patrick's Day all!

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Among the many amazing tattoos I saw last Saturday, this cross belonging to Steve was among my favorites:



There's really not much to it, other than amazing colors and craftsmanship.

Steve explained that the design is a nod to his Irish heritage, inspired by the Book of Kells, as exemplified by the Celtic knot in the center of the piece. He estimated that the half-sleeve, which circles the whole arm, represents about 30 hours of work.

He praised the work of Agent at Screamin' Ink Tattoos in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. For those familiar with our annual NYC Tattoo Convention recaps, Screamin' Ink was the shop that featured my favorite tattoo from last year (revisit it here).

Thanks to Steve for sharing his work with us here on Tattoosday!



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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Natalie, Fire, Lotus

I met Natalie last summer at the Cortlandt Street subway station. I noticed she had these cool little tattoos on the backs of her legs:


The fire on the left leg is credited to artist Sarah Gaugler (@sarahgaugler) from Snow Tattoo in Manhattan and the lotus on the right is by Hugo Andres (@xallitic_tattoos) from  Xallitic Tattoos in Bushwick.

Natalie explained that her tattoos are grounded in yogic philosophies:
"[The lotus] is all about the attachment to negativity and staying grounded ... the lotus flower is at the bottom of the water and when they come up every morning out of the water, they break free of all the dirt and often live in very swampy areas ... [The fire represents] a light that's burning inside ... in the yogic philosophy ... you pay attention to your light and do things and move in a way that brightens your light ... it's a reminder to focus on my light and meditate more ... also, passion, the fire inside, heat, essentially."
Thanks to Natalie for sharing these awesome tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Avii's Tattoo, Driving Out Judgments

Last July, I met Avii (@john_wayne_racy) on the Broad Street subway platform in lower Manhattan. She shared this cool tattoo on her arm:


Avii credited tattoo artist Seth (@paralysis.or.death) from Kartel Studio in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
She said he had posted this flash and told me "I'm game for whatever, as long as I like what I see." She noted that this design is based on 15th century art, depicting the Holy Trinity - the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost "as one person, driving out judgments."

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

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Sandra's Platform Bloom

Last summer, I met Sandra on a subway platform in south Brooklyn. She shared this colorful flower:


We only spoke briefly, but Sandra explained that she wanted a flower that was somewhat "non-traditional," adding that it reminded her a little of a Rose of Sharon, which makes sense, as a rose of Sharon is often attributed to different flowers, and this one recalls several types.

She credited the work to Jon Jon (@jonjontattoo) from Triple Diamond Tattoo (@triplediamondtattoo) in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn.

A peek at Jon Jon's Instagram shows that this was the first part of a floral half-sleeve that he recently added to:

Via @JonJonTattoo Instagram 
Thanks to Sandra for sharing this lovely flower with us here on Tattoosday!


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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Amy's Lucky Little Tattoo

I spotted this tattoo on Amy while passing through the Brookfield Place/World Financial Center last summer:


Amy, who is from the United Kingdom, explained that she got this on her 21st birthday, along with her sister. "When we were younger," she explained, "we used to horse ride." They got the matching horseshoe tattoos "for good luck for both of us," she noted.

The lucky little tattoo was tattooed at Kids Love Ink (@kidsloveink_london) in the Deptford district of southeast London.

Thanks to Amy for sharing her lucky horseshoe with us here on Tattoosday!

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Nick's Memorial for a Lost Friend

I met Nick, a tattoo artist from Virginia, on a warm fall day back in 2017. He shared this poem on his torso:


Nick explained:
"This is a memorial piece for somebody who I loved very greatly in my life. I don't usually talk to a lot of people about it. Even my closest friends don't know who this is for. We had a really long deep friendship and then at one point it was a mistake that was made and we never really got to fix it up and then she moved away and then she overdosed in North Carolina and I mean I didn't get this tattoo for like six years afterwards because I couldn't deal with it but it helps."
He composed the poem and the bird represents the albatross from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Thanks to Nick for sharing this with us here on Tattoosday!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Swim When It Hurts

I met Marcy on a subway platform in lower Manhattan back in September 2017. She had a lot of work on her arm and indulged me as I took quite a few photos.


This building is part of the Oceanic Hotel on Star Island in Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire, where she used to vacation when she was younger.


Below this image is the phrase "swim when it hurts," which reminds Marcy about overcoming things that are difficult:


These tattoos, part of a whole nautical sleeve, help her "center herself."


This Cape Cod-style lighthouse helps her find her way in life.




Marcy credited her work to Becca Genné-Bacon, who tattooed her when she was at Hand of Glory Tattoo (@handofglorytattoo)in Brooklyn. Becca has since moved on to Kings Avenue Tattoo (@kingsavetattoo) in Manhattan. I love Becca's work, and follow her on Instagram at @beccagennebacon.

Thanks to Marcy for sharing her awesome work with us here on Tattoosday!


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