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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Monday, February 18, 2019

Blakely's Verse

Back in the summer, I met Blakely on Wall Street and asked if I could snap a photo of her tattoo.

Initially, I just saw words, and then realized it was a Biblical verse. I'm not Christian, but I appreciate the overall sentiment and Blakely's commitment to filling an entire forearm with words:


The verse is "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

The citation is Philippians 4: 6-7, New International Version.

Blakely told me it is her favorite verse, as she suffers from anxiety, and this passage helps her cope with it.

There's an article in Huffington Post here about this specific verse and its meaningfulness in today's world.

She did not remember the name of the artist who did the work, but did note it was inked at Rose Tattoo Parlour (@rosetattooparlour) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Thanks to Blakely for sharing her verse with us here on Tattoosday!

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Sleeves of Annie and Griffin

Back in September, I met a couple, Annie and Griffin, walking in lower Manhattan. They were fully-sleeved and, although I don't often feature sleeves because they are hard to truly capture in a two-dimension setting, their work was remarkable.

First up is Annie, whose work was done by Kahlil Rintye (@kahlilrintye) at Ed Hardy's Tattoo City (@tattoo_city) in San Francisco.

Annie told me she has a Japanese aesthetic and that she just told Kahlil what she wanted and he designed it:





That rooster and colorful sleeve are really quite beautiful!

Annie's travelling companion Griffin, on the other hand, had a sleeve in black and gray, inspired by the work of HR Giger (@giger_art).



He referred to the figure above as his guardian angel.


Griffin's work was by Dustin Burt (@dustinburtart) at Sugar City Tattoo (@sugarcitytattoo) in Crockett, California.

Thanks to Annie and Griffin for sharing their sleeves with us here on Tattoosday!

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Ona's Heron

This past summer, I met Ona near my office on Exchange Place in lower Manhattan. I spotted this bird on her leg and had to ask her about it.

Ona explained to me that this is a heron:


She credited the work to an artist named Darren "Hubba Hubba" Floughton (@weirdartofhubbahubba), from the venerable Seattle Tattoo Emporium (@seattletattooemporium). Hubba Hubba has been tattooing at the shop since 1990, which has been open since 1941!

I know this tattoo is a little worn, but Ona got it back in December 1993, so I'd say it has held up pretty well!

She explained that she had been thinking of getting a sad fairy from the Big Book of Fairies, but the night before she was supposed to get the tattoo, she found this heron in a volume that she picked up at Tower Books.

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

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

A Palm Tree in Waikīkī

Back in September, I met Sarah on William Street in the Financial District and had to ask her about this tattoo, which depicts the world-famous view of Diamond Head from Waikīkī Beach in Honolulu.


Sarah told me she had gone to Bound for Glory Tattoo (@boundforglory_nyc) in Staten Island and asked the artist Dave Borjes (@daveborjes_bfg) for a palm tree. He gave her that and a whole lot more with this super cool tattoo.


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

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Tattoosday Walks Into a Bar: Southern Prohibition Brewing

On a trip to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, back in November, I popped into Southern Prohibition Brewing Company (@soprobrewco) for some local brews.

While enjoying the cool venue and tasty beverages, I started talking to bartender Liz about her tattoos. She was kind enough to share this one, a tribute to David Bowie (@davidbowie)


This lightning bolt is a nod to this iconic image:


If you ever find yourself in Hattiesburg, I recommend popping in to the tap room, which always has a healthy selection of locally-crafted beer.


I enjoyed a flight of the Sea Lord, the Maenad, the DDH Paradise Lost and the Betty:


Thanks to Liz and Southern Prohibition Brewing for sharing the tattoos and beer!

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Total Eclipse of the Art

Back on August 21, 2017, I met Michelle near Bowling Green in lower Manhattan. Everyone was out experiencing the solar eclipse, and I started talking to her about her cool tattoos.

An artist she only identified as Alex from the Bronx, was responsible for this work on her arm:





She also credited Giovanny from Rebel Ink Tattoos (@rebel_ink_tattoo) in Queens with the following work on her leg:






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

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