Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Joseph's Flash Hands

Back on Independence Day I posted a chest piece on Joseph (here) that I took a photo of last June on the Whitehall subway platform. I had been meaning to post Joseph's hands, as well, so here they are:


The pocket watch, swallows and bell were all tattooed by Matt Huff (@matthufftattoo) at Brooklyn Ink (@originalbrooklynink) in Bay Ridge. Joseph told me the work is based on the flash of the legendary Dan Higgs.

Thanks to Joseph for sharing his ink with us here on Tattoosday!

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Getting the Work Done - Samuel's Latin Leg

Last summer, I spotted a man walking down Broad Street and I had to ask him about his tattoo, I had never quite seen words done like this before:


The tattoo reads, in Latin:
"Amen, amen
dico vobis,
nisi granum
frumenti
cadens in
terram,
mortuum
fuerit, ipsum
solum manet:
si autum
mortuum
fuerit,
multum
frustum
affert"
Samuel, who had this tattoo on his leg, translated this as "Truly, truly, I say unto you, unless a seed falls into the earth and dies, it does alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit."

This is from the Latin Vulgate, the late 4th Century translation of the gospels that became the was the Catholic Church's official text for centuries. The passage hails from the Book of John, Chapter 12, Verse 24. 

Samuel said he interprets this to also mean, "Kill your desires, get the work done and you'll prosper," noting that the sentiment is "as Buddhist as it is Christian."

The font used is a customized version meant to recall Gothic lettering and told me this was inked at Spike-O-Matic Tattoo (@spikeomatictattoo) in Madison, Wisconsin.

Thanks to Samuel for sharing his cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Lori's Siamese Twins With a Somber Memorial

Back in June, I met Lori at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. She shared this tattoo on her arm:


This cool tattoo of Siamese Twins has tattoos of its own, including the "10/30" visible on the chest.

Lori explained that this refers to today, October 30, which she referred to as the "happiest and saddest day," noting that it was the day she married her husband, but it was also the day he died, one year later, on their first anniversary.

She credited the work to Mike at Read Street Tattoo Parlour in Baltimore.

Thanks to Lori for sharing this lovely, yet haunting, tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Angelina and Her Chakras

Going back into my unpublished archives, I remembered I never posted this shot from the 2017 Coney Island Mermaid Parade:


This is Angie (@angelina_monalisa) who had these chakra tattoos inked by Matt Huff (@matthufftattoo) at Brooklyn Ink (@originalbrooklynink).

Angie explained the chakras to me, telling me that "they are basically the different portals of energy that connect the body to the physical and spiritual world, as well as the top chakra, which is your connection to all of the energy and knowledge of the universe (essentially, the Third Eye)."

From top to bottom, the chakras are crown, third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, sacral and root. She noted that "the root is technically located at the foot but, ya know, artist liberties."

Read more about chakras here.

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

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Kayla's Cool Tattoos (Tattoosday Walks Into a Bar)

Sometimes tattoo posts don't always work out the way I'd like them to. Case in point, back in May I was in Virginia for some training and a couple of colleagues and I went out to the Crafthouse, in Reston.

One of the servers, Kayla, had some great work. She let me take some photos and I handed her my card. However, she never followed up with me, so I can't provide much in terms of details. I wish I could credit her artist(s), but I never got that information.

Check it out:



She also shared this on her arm, a really nicely-done script:


This is Dutch, and means "Rest softly, dear father."

As best as I can recall, her work was, in part, dedicated to the memory of her father.

Maybe one day, Kayla will find my card in an old pocket, and think to email me back so I can update this post.

Nevertheless, thanks to Kayla for sharing this with us here on Tattoosday!

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Liz's Resilient Palm

Back in June, at a doctor's appointment, I met Liz, who shared her really cool palm tree tattoo:


She got this because she loves "the resilience of palm trees," alluding, in part, to how they are able to withstand the worst storms when other trees splinter and blow away.

She credited the work to Baris Yesilbas (@barisyesilbas), who works out of Gristle Tattoo (@gristletattoo) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Liz showed me her palm tree after I commented on the Roman numerals on the outside of her arm, which she got to commemorate the year (2017) when she got married:


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

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Space on the Z Train (The Alphabet Game Concludes)

This is the final post of The 2018 Alphabet Game. Last year, I only made it through the R, but this year, if you've been following along (the full recap post is here), you will know I took a detour after the W train and knocked out the 1, 2 and 3, because I was so efficient, and had to wait for the rush-hour Z train to start running.

So here, we go....

Already done above and beyond what I had hoped, except for the mighty Z train, Debating whether to go back for the 4/5/6/7. I'm beat. FitBit says 12,787 steps. There's little chance I can get those four done and the Z, when the Z runs only for an hour.

Most amazing is that I approached 20 people and only 1 declined.

I just stayed on the 3 and passed Fulton, so I will just take a break and chill at Broad, grab the first Z and hope and pray.

4:32 Back at Broad. Such a different approach from last year. The Z is now the prize and I have a small window to snag t. I have to get the first one and hope I get something right quick, or I will be plying for a miracle. The countdown clock now says 20 minutes for a Z. My worry is that it will be all business-folks, but I am going to try and get it before we leave Manhattan so I can make it back at a reasonable time.

Success! I get on the Z and meet Josh, who shares his space sleeve:




Josh got this work done in three sessions from Dustin Horan (@dustinhoran) at The Dead President's Lounge (@thedeadpresidentslounge)in Albany, New York.

And we're done!

Thanks to Josh for sharing his cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

And this concludes the 2018 Alphabet Game. This was my route over 9 hours: j-A-A-A-B-C-C-D-E-F-G-G-f-J-4-L-M-d-N-Q-Q-R-R-w-S-W-j-1-2-3-3-3-Z. My best estimate places the journey at 33 separate trains, including the 16 lettered trains and 3 of the numbered trains.

Looking forward to upping the challenge again in 2019! Thanks to everyone who participated and shared their tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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