Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Rochelle Hurt on the Tattooed Poets Project

Our next tattooed poet is Rochelle Hurt, who offered up these tattoos:


Rochelle explains:
"The girls in the tattoos are from Dorothea Tanning's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.
Tanning is one of my favorite visual artists. She was a surrealist who made incredibly strange and moving paintings, sculptures, and poems. She once wrote that this painting in particular was about confrontation and depicted the ways in which our fear of the unknown is 'a projection of our own imaginations: our own private nightmares.' In it, one of the girls looks wild as she contends with a giant sunflower, while the other seems to have already struggled with it. In my mind they were always the same girl on either side of her private nightmare. Both states seemed important, necessary to the whole. That's why I had to get them tattooed together. (Only later did I read that one of the girls is perhaps a doll, which opens a whole new world of thought on the private nightmare.) The tattoo was done by an amazing artist named Kaitlyn Anne (@kaitlynxanne).
Rochelle also sent us this poem, which was first published in Grist:

Prayer for Exposure
O my hallowed CAT-scan, my X-ray of hope,
my moral microscope, my consecrated blood draw,
my pious pee test, my forensic father almighty,
my soul-seeking sleuth, my perpetual black light,
my sublime radar, my most private eye of eyes,
my silent paparazzo, my righteous nanny cam,
my reverse peephole, my sudden curtain pull,
my MagLite in the back alley of bedtime prayers,
my spiritual lock-pick, my sacred search warrant
my heavenly two-way mirror, my holy wiretap,
my giant ear to the wall of this profane heart,
my magnificent magnifying glass, my magic decoder:
look quick while I write all my sins on my skin
with the disappearing ink of your forgiveness.

~ ~ ~

Rochelle Hurt the author of two books of poems: In Which I Play the Runaway (Barrow Street, 2016), which won the Barrow Street Poetry Prize, and The Rusted City: A Novel in Poems (White Pine, 2014). Her work has been included in the Best New Poets anthology and she's been awarded prizes and fellowships from Crab Orchard Review, Arts & Letters, Hunger Mountain, Poetry International, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel, and Yaddo. She lives in Orlando, where she teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida and runs the review site The Bind.



Thanks to Rochelle for her contribution to the 2020 Tattooed Poets Project on Tattoosday!

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Gabriela Garcia's Cuba Tattoo (The Tattooed Poets Project 2020)

Today's tattooed poet is Gabriela Garcia, who shared this little palm tree:


Gabriela tells us:
"This is a very rough tattoo but perhaps my favorite because of its connection to my favorite places and people. It’s a stick-and-poke I got in a living room in Cuba. Nowadays, there are lots of privately owned tattoo shops popping up all over the Havana, but in the early days, it was more of an underground affair. This was done by a neighbor of a family member as we drank beers and chilled on the couch and watched the world bustle by through the open door."
Gabriela also sent us the following poem, which originally appeared in The Cincinnati Review and the Best American Poetry 2019:

GUANTANAMERA

Nothing lingers on the lips like a death song,
my mother says, while shredding cassava

and invoking the spirits—
    Celia Cruz    José Martí—

or singing blood verse, a church lady
working the line, refugee intake.

Celia rolling pride through a gap
in her teeth, a cry that is palm tree split

middle-of-night lightning, 
and my mother, hands full of seashell witchcraft,

hands full of rooster feather prayer, 
says the ocean tastes different

once we’ve drunk it all, once we’ve bongo beat
to water bumping on a home-baked raft: we

pilgrims who sway and dip to the sky because
how close to almost-death is our trombone shriek

and even if we deny it—our blackness
our fufú plátano quimbombó-ness, 

we end up riding the rhythm
on the right pause, roaring lineage on our hips

and in our swings when
we are dancing across the oceans like gods. 

~ ~ ~

Gabriela Garcia is the author of the novel Of Women and Salt, forthcoming from Flatiron/Macmillan. Her fiction and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Tin House, Zyzzyva, Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University, and has an MFA in fiction from Purdue University, where she also taught creative writing.

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

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Francesco Levato on the 2020 Tattooed Poets Project

Welcome, friends, to the twelfth annual celebration of tattooed poets on Tattoosday! Here's hoping everyone is well and looking forward to enjoying a month of poetry and tattoos!

Francesco Levato is our first tattooed poet, who actually sent this to me back in June 2018. He got lost in the shuffle last year, so I wanted to have him lead the way in 2020 with the following tattoo:


Francesco tells us that this tattoo is from the cover of his chapbook jettison/collapse (AngelHousePress, 2015). He notes that "the graphic is meant to be evocative of redaction." He credits Garett (@gj619nca) at Vivid Tattoo (@vividtattoo) in San Diego as the tattoo artist.

Francesco also sent us the following poem, from jettison/collapse:

[Sidenote] The practical activity of externalization.

I sing myself, divine and unbleached, free of external determinant, of the bondage of ambiguity. I am bone and blood. In the maelstrom of affect I am concrete. I speak, and through me speaks the lexical. I name: white bull, vulture, suture, stone, ribcage, flame, smoke, sword. And in turn I am constructed: not stone, but susceptible to, not ribcage, but assembled in part, missing part, not sword, but one capable of wielding. If I say I took up sword against my brother, you can be sure “I” signifies the concept of my physicality, “sword” the material form of the sign, the action, though not illustrated, can be heard, felt, tasted. You can be sure “I” did.

~ ~ ~

Francesco Levato is a poet, a literary translator, and a new media artist. Recent books include Arsenal/Sin Documentos; Endless, Beautiful, Exact; Elegy for Dead Languages; War Rug; Creaturing (as translator); and the chapbooks A Continuum of Force and jettison/collapse. He has collaborated and performed with various composers, including Philip Glass, and his cinépoetry has been exhibited in galleries and featured at film festivals in Berlin, Chicago, New York, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Poetry, a PhD in English Studies, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Literature & Writing Studies at California State University San Marcos.

Thanks to Francesco for helping us launch the 2020 Tattooed Poets Project on Tattoosday!

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Kristen's Blue-Ringed Octopus

I met Kristen at the New York Empire State Tattoo Expo (@nyempirestatetattooexpo) back in 2018 and she kindly allowed me to snap a couple of shots of the blue-ringed octopus gracing her left arm:



This stunning tattoo was inked by Miryam Lumpini (@miryamlumpini), who is based in Los Angeles.

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

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Two Incredible Thigh Tattoos

Working through our archives, I stumbled across the following two tattoos, on Lindsay, spotted at the 2018 United Ink (@united_ink) Summer Vibe Tattoo Convention on Long Island:


This woman and wolf tattoo on Lindsay's right thigh was done by Igor Puente (@theredcrownmagic), formerly of 10 Thousand Foxes Tattoo (@10thousandfoxestattoonyc) in New York City. Igor currently works out of Dark Mark Tattoo (@darkmarktattoo) in Keene, New Hampshire. 

Lindsay also had this incredible geisha tattoo on her left thigh:


This incredible work was done by Samantha Frederick (@sami_lynne) out of Depiction Tattoo Gallery (@depictiontattoos) in Arlington, Texas.

Thanks to Lindsay for sharing these awesome tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Jess and E.T. (2018 Coney Island Mermaid Parade)

Going through our archives, I stumbled upon this previously unpublished tattoo from the 2018 Coney Island Mermaid Parade (@mermaidparade):


Of course, this is E.T., gracing the leg of Jess. She explained that she got this done in tribute to her best friend. The work was done by Michael Patrick (@michaelpatricktattooist) from Milestone Tattoo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

She also shared this cool design on her arm:


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

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

James Shares His Sleeve By Travis Vagner (2018 NY Empire State Tattoo Expo)

I met James at the New York Empire State Tattoo Expo (@nyempirestatetattooexpo) back in 2018 and recent news events made me want to revisit this sleeve I spotted during the tattoo contest:


 The two pieces on his arm represented, at the time, about 19.5 hours of work by artist Travis Vagner (@travisvagnerart), who hails from Canada.

The work is based on the art from video games Fallout:


and Counter-Strike:


Thanks to James for sharing these awesome tattoos with us here in Tattoosday!

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