Monday, June 18, 2018

Terri Shares Two Great Tattoos (at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade)

This past weekend, I attended another wonderful Coney Island Mermaid Parade in south Brooklyn. I met a lot of great people, including Terri (@ivyleagueink), who shared some amazing work, including this amazing owl covering her stomach:


She credited Peeko (@peekotattoos) from Pyramid Ink Tattoo (@pyramidink) in Brooklyn with this piece.

The quote, "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how," is by Friedrich Nietzsche, and pre-dates the owl. It was done at True Blue Tattoo in Maspeth, New York.

She also has this amazing portrait of the Bride of Frankenstein on her thigh:


Please pardon the shadow in the upper right part of the tattoo. That phenomenal piece was done by Shane O'Neill (@shaneoneilltattooist), who won Ink Master, Season One, and tattoos out of  Infamous Tattoo in Delaware.

Thanks to Terri for sharing her amazing work with us here on Tattoosday! Great meeting you, Terri!


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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Matt's Signs Point the Way

My friend Matt moved to Baltimore a couple years ago and shared this tattoo with me after he got it last summer:


This piece recalls the stack of signs that was often seen in episodes of the TV series M*A*S*H.


Matt wanted to pay homage to the show - not only was it a staple for a lot of us growing up, but it was one of those shows that aired in reruns constantly, back before streaming and binge-watching television was a thing. Without going into too much detail, Matt was laid up for a spell in the early 2000s M*A*S*H helped him through a difficult time - it was "all I ever watched on TV" then, he told me.

He credited the artist Rudy, from Skull N Bones Tattoo, in Toledo, Ohio, with the work. He loves what he did with shading. The Boston sign from the original has been removed and replaced with Matt's new home, Baltimore.

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

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Diana Shares Some Cool Tattoos on Her Birthday

I want to wish Diana a happy birthday today! I met Diana last month while walking in lower Manhattan. She had, at the time, "about 13" tattoos, and she was kind enough to share them with us.

Her newest piece at the time was this cool one on her forearm:


This was inked by Zoe Bean (@zoebeantattoo) from Eight of Swords Tattoo (@8ofswordstattoo) in Brooklyn. Diana explained:
"It's just supposed to be a graceful representation of Lilith ... kind of a feminist symbol ... [Zoe] is a wonderful artist to do this. I love her dotwork style but also, we were talking as I was getting the tattoo, she used to be a professor and she kind of made her way as a tattoo artist. She just had an amazing story ... male-dominated field, moving up in her career, it was great of her to do this and to make this feminist symbol on my arm ... It means a lot for me because ... we looked into the story behind Lilith and we have a couple of the flowers that represent her and then the snake, of course... it was really great to go on this journey with Zoe to like get it right."
Diana also has this cool pair of tattoos on her upper arm:


Diana elaborated about the moth:
"I volunteer at a butterfly conservatory at the Museum of Natural History ... I thought this would be a really nice touch I got this because for that reason but also because 8 of Swords was doing a charity benefit for an LGBTQ homeless center in Arkansas [Lucie's Place in Little Rock] ... they raised over 10 thousand dollars in that event and this was one of the designs. Stella [Vlad] (@stellamayvlad) ... made this and did a really great job."
Stella was one of the visiting artists who joined Eight of Swords for the fundraiser. She works at Speakeasy Tattoo (@nyspeakeasytattoo) in Peekskill, New York.

Diana also told me about the woman's head below the moth:
"I got this from Ashley (@ol_ash), she used to work at Magic Cobra Tattoo Society (@magiccobratattoo) [in Brooklyn] ... I'm a Gemini, so there's two different faces in the woman's eyes, so one is kinda happy and the other one is ... kind of sad looking, so it's like the different personalities."
The artist, Ashley Strout, now works at Electric Anvil Tattoo (@electricanviltattoo) in Brooklyn.

And last, but not least, Diana shared this amazing tattoo on her thigh:


Diana explains this wonderful tattoo of the goddess Athena:
"I got this in San Francisco ... on my last day [there] and it took hours to do ... I sat for one very long session... The artist I went to, he does really good portrait tattoos ... my mother loved mythology and she passed away when I was a teenager, so I was like oh this would be a really really cool tattoo." 
The artist is Brian Jones (@brianjonestattoos), who did this at One Shot Tattoo (@one_shot_tattoo), but he is now based out of Gold Stripe Tattoo (@goldstripetattoo) in San Diego.

Thanks to Diana for sharing all of these cool tattoos with us here on Tattoosday! It was great meeting you and happy birthday!

Photo by Diana
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Aaron's Family in a Zodiac Sleeve

I met one of my neighbors, Aaron, over the weekend and he shared his incredible sleeve, which is devoted to the animals of the Chinese zodiac, as they relate to his family. Check it out:


His wife, Rebecca, was born in the year of the rooster, Aaron was born in the year of the dragon, his older son is born in the year of the tiger, and his youngest was born in the year of the goat:


Another view gives us a larger view of the arm:


Aaron credited Max Brown (@maxwellquesterbrown) out of Brown Brothers Tattoo (@brownbrotherstattoo) in Chicago with this fantastic sleeve.

Thanks to Aaron for sharing his awesome Chinese zodiac sleeves with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Victor's First is the Golden Mean

This is a long over due post about Victor, who I met last July at Three Kings Tattoo (@threekingstattoo) in the East Village, when I was getting my latest from Alex McWatt (@alexthreekings).

Victor was totally excited to be getting, on his 72nd birthday, his first tattoo! This seemed a bit like kismet as I was getting one for my fiftieth and my first piece was inked way back on my 36th.

Victor got a tattoo representing the Golden Mean



The Golden Mean, or the Golden Ratio, is a mathematical concept that many believe pervades all of life. From Wikipedia:
"Some twentieth-century artists and architects, including Le Corbusier and Dalí, have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio—especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio—believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing. The golden ratio appears in some patterns in nature, including the spiral arrangement of leaves and other plant parts."
Victor was pleased as punch, telling me afterwards, "It was a great experience and am happy with the design, It's just about healed and think it looks good. I would advise anyone wishing to get one!"

The tattoo was done by Caz Williamson at the shop.

Thanks to Victor for sharing his first tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

Victor at Three Kings after getting inked at the ripe young age of 72
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Belle and Dan from Birmingham

Back in February, on an unseasonably warm winter afternoon, I met Belle and Dan outside of Grand Central Station. They were visiting from Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and they shared some of their amazing black and gray work:


Belle's patterns were complimented by this Beauty and the Beast tattoo:


Dan shared this skull/wolf combination:


Belle credited her and Dan's work to Jay Price at Inkskin Tattoo Studio in Tipton, just northeast of Birmingham.

Thanks to Belle and Dan for sharing their work with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

John and Sharon Share Some Cool Tattoos

I met John and Sharon last September in lower Manhattan, near Bowling Green.

Sharon had this cool face inked on her leg:


Both Sharon and John hailed from the Czech Republic, and Sharon credited this tattoo to an artist in Prague named Richard.

John had this mythical creature tattooed on him:


My noted indicate this was from the Gummi Bears animation.

He also likes Germanic and Norse mythologies, and pagan symbolism, which was evident in these other tattoos:




Thanks to John and Sharon for sharing their tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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