Thursday, July 2, 2015

Dale's Legs (at the NYC Tattoo Convention)

Last month at the NYC Tattoo Convention, I met Dale, whose colorful calves jumped out across the room:

That Day of the Dead sugar skull is pretty darn spectacular. And the Day of the Dead art on the back of the left calf is equally awesome:


Dale said she loves olorful work and just happened to be in the company of her daughter, Mandy Fabrizi, the artist "who did most of [the work]." Mandy works out of Clockwork Tattoo in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.

Thanks to Dale for sharing her cool tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Merette's Sleeve Stuns With Its Beauty

On the last day of May, I met Merette, walking on 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

I'll be honest, I spotted her fifty yards away and stopped dead in my tracks, because I knew she had an incredible tattoo sleeve. Some work you know is great, even before you can see the details.

Thankfully, she let me take pictures of her amazing black and gray sleeve. Here's hoping these shots do justice to the work:




Merette credited artist Soner Turan, formerly of Citizen Ink Tattoo in Brooklyn, and now at Bang Bang Tattoos in Manhattan.

This beautiful work features roses, sunflowers, and a half-skull, half-face with a pop of color in the one green eye.

Thanks to Merette for sharing her stunning ink with us here on Tattoosday!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Clinton's Colorful Chest Piece (at the NYC Tattoo Convention)

At the NYC Tattoo Convention earlier this month, one of my favorite pieces belonged to Clinton, who was kind enough to remove his shirt and share his work:


This was done by Jen Carmean from Monarch Tattoo in Newfoundland, New Jersey.

Clinton explained how this piece came to fruition:
"...The black part of my shoulders, I got ten years ago and then, about a year and a half ago, we did just the shoulder, expanded off of it, and then, in the past two months we did the whole chest part ... the shoulders were three sittings, about ten or twelve hours and then I think the middle came out to about another twelve hours ... it kinda represents my art ... people are always like, oh get your own art tattooed on you, but I pick my art apart and I couldn't do that, so it's kinda like what I'm into artwise but [Jen's] vision of it. I said 'Jen, I like patterns and eyes and wings' ... this was her interpretation of what I wanted."
You can check out Clinton's instagram here.

Thanks to Clinton for sharing his chest piece with us here on Tattoosday!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Annie Rocks a Cowgirl Tattoo, with a Vegan Twist

Last week on Wall Street, I passed a woman with several tattoos and I stopped to ask her about them.

She introduced herself as Annie and was kind enough to share this spectacular thigh tattoo:


This is the work of Amanda Wachob, who at the time, about four years ago, was still working out of DareDevil Tattoo in Manhattan.

Annie explained that "this is actually a Gil Elvgren pin-up. I've changed it up a little bit. She was like on this barrel-horse thing... and the rooster was not there, so I just had [Amanda] put her on a fence and put the chicken in"


Why the added chicken? Annie elaborated:
"I was raised in Texas, and I used to raise chickens ... slaughtering them and everything and I've since become a vegan and ... it's sort of like, this is the person who I was, and I'm still this person ...a coming around full circle thing. I used to always hang out with chickens, but exploit them, slaughter them, eat them. Now I like to hang out with chickens and let them live their lives as individuals [with] freedom, and it looks the same ... I got this as I was transitioning into veganism, coming to terms with my past of slaughtering [chickens] and feeling pretty badly about it now and looking at it from a different perspective, being an animal rights activist." 
Annie does vegan education, "trying to make the world better," and is affiliated with Evolve for Animals. Check out their website here if you would like more information.

Thanks so much to Annie for sharing her work with us on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Shakespeare in the Park with Mark

Earlier this month, I was at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park to see The Tempest.

Before the show, I ran into Mark, who had some phenomenal work, like this, on his right arm:


Mark is from San Diego and he got this work about eight years ago, and it's held up quite nicely.
The structure at the bottom of the tattoo is the Ocean Beach Pier.

He didn't remember the artist's name, but recalled he was visiting the US from Darklite Tattoo, located in Albany, Western Australia.

Mark also has this incredible mermaid tattoo, on his left arm, inked by the great Chris O'Donnell:


Thanks to Mark for sharing his awesome tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ella's Ink Represents Life and Death

Earlier this month, I met Ella Caution at the NYC Tattoo Convention. She shared this tattoo from her arm:


This Day of the Dead-inspired design was tattooed by Josh Damaso from NYC Kulture on St. Mark's Place in Manhattan.

Ella gave me a brief explanation of the symbolism in the tattoo, saying it has representations of time, life, and death. Past and present are inherent in the piece, and the tentacles in the crown are symbolic of evolution.

Ella is a designer and model. Check out her Etsy site here.

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

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Shauna Osborn's First Tattoo (The Tattooed Poets Project)

Our next Tattooed Poet of the Week is Shauna Osborn, who sent us this image:


Now, I know readers have been spoiled of late with some exceptional work, but this one has an interesting origin, as Shauna explains:
"This tat may not look like much, but it has a great back story. I’d wanted a tattoo since I was a little kid—I envied my grandpa’s large Navy tats he’d gotten while in the service. Most of my family was square against it, especially since I was female, so I figured it’d be a while after I moved out before I’d get the chance to ink up. I turned eighteen in the spring of ’98, moved out, and started college. 
One Saturday a couple months into my first semester, my dad came by the dorms unexpectedly and told me we were going on a road trip. He didn’t tell me what we were doing, or why, just said it was a surprise. 
We drove south several hours toward Texas until we hit Wichita Falls. Dad pulled up to Altered Images and said he was getting us both our first tattoos. Tattoo shops were still illegal in Oklahoma at that time, so he’d brought us to the closest shop he’d heard good things about from some coworkers. 
He got a bicep tat of the Chevy logo with American flag detailing. Because I wasn't prepared with the designs I'd drawn up I had to go with a piece of flash. I chose this one as an representation of my past and hopes for the future. Allie, an apprenticing female artist, fixed me up with this one and gave my baby sister a temporary tattoo of Timon, Nathan Lane’s character in the Lion King."
Shauna sent us the following poem, which first appeared in Poesis Review #6:

Doppelgänger


My nocturnal self has left--
lost her somewhere in Oakland
to the blacktop covered roads.

She feared the desert heat
after the coldness of the city.
Feared it’d melt her resolution,
drown out her loudest screech--
replace the hard, coal-pressed hate
that serves as her grounding center
with a dripping puddle of snot.

While I wander the white & painted sand,
she frolics through asphalt & smog,
roams among drag queens & junkies 
that ride the waves of Puget Sound--
making love to dreadlocked poet beggars 
stealing rides on cable cars &
                        slicing the leash off every dog she sees
                                    with her dad’s rusty pocketknife.

Scott saw her late last week, flagged her down
from alternate subway platforms, screaming & jumping
like someone slain in the spirit
            but the only response he received was a dramatic
            turn, her long braided dreads brushing the subway
floor, as she bent in full curtsey
& then a slow-blown kiss
            as she walked away.

~ ~ ~

Shauna Osborn is an artist, wordsmith, and community organizer. Recently, she became Artist in Residence for the 2015 A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Writing Retreat. She is working on a series of indigenous comic books and a book length choreopoem. Her creative work is included in As/Us, Adrienne, Cultural Weekly, Hueso Loco, Poets’ Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Spiral Orb, Mas Tequila Review, Yellow Medicine Review, and Upstreet. You can find her online at shaunamosborn.wordpress.com.

Thanks to Shauna for her contribution to the Tattooed Poets Project on Tattoosday!

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