Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Natalee Sports Two of One Hundred Horses

Late last summer, on a journey to Washington, D.C., I met Natalee at the National Portrait Gallery and asked her about the tattoos on her arms:




Natalee explained that these amazing tattoos (look at the detail) were done by Richard Warnock (@warnocktattoo), a New Zealand artist who works out of Two Hands Tattoo (@twohandstattoo) in Auckland.

The art is inspired by the work of Lining Shang, who was born, Giuseppe Castiglione, namely his One Hundred Horses, which she had seen in a museum in Taipei, Taiwan. The scroll, considered one of the masterpieces of Chinese art, dates back to 1728m and features, as the name would imply, one hundred horses in various states.

Natalee elected two images from the work to adorn her arms, telling me that she her grandmother, who had suffered a stroke, was part of the inspiration behind these tattoos. They were done in tribute to her.

Thanks to Natalee for sharing these amazing tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Destiny's Death Cupid

Back at the end of May, I was strolling through Battery Park on my lunch break, when I spotted Destiny, who shared this cool tattoo with us:


Destiny got this tattoo on a trip to Panama. She wandered into Rock Spot Tattoo & Gallery (@therockspot) in Panama City and was looking at some designs. She told me that she gravitated to this design, which she referred to as a sort of "Death Cupid."

The piece, Destiny told me, represented to her a "juxtaposition of love and death" and is on her "dark arm," the arm where she has some more of the darker images tattooed on her. She also noted that this piece, located on her left arm with the arrow aimed curving around the back of her biceps, has Death Cupid targeting her heart, biologically speaking.

Based on what she told me, I believe this to be the work of Damiani (@damiani_tattoo) at the Rock Spot.

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

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Jenna's Ship, Anchor and All

Last month in Brooklyn, I was enjoying some amazing beer at Other Half Brewing, when I spotted a woman with a really cool tattoo on the back of her leg:


Jenna explained that she was looking to get a tattoo and was researching on the web and googled the expression "A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are built for." One of the top image hits was this:


The rest, as they say, is history. She took the design to a shop in Washington D.C., and sailed away with the tattoo on her leg.

It's a cool concept and a great tattoo!

Thanks to Jenna for sharing her ship with us here on Tattoosday!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A Triple Shot of Kings Avenue Greatness

When I run into a tattoo artist in public, it's always a treat. Last week I spotted a gentleman with his baby outside of Federal Hall in lower Manhattan and lo, and behold, it was someone I knew.

I didn't recognize him, at first, but when I asked first if he was a tattoo artist and second, where he worked, I knew that when he said Kings Avenue Tattoo (@kingsavetattoo) on Bowery, that I probably already knew him.

I had run into Jason June (@jasonjunetattoos), whose work I have been familiar with ever since he first inscribed a "13" on my wife Melanie on a cold Friday the 13th back in 2009 at Daredevil Tattoo (@daredeviltattoo). 

I have since featured a lot of work by Jason on Tattoosday, most recently this amazing lobster.

The tables were turned and I asked if he wouldn't mind sharing some of the work others had inked on him. He was more than happy to oblige and I pointed out this piece which had jumped out at me:


This stunning koi was inked by Will Lollie (@williamlollie) at the Kings Ave shop.

He also offered up these two pieces behind his knees, in the "ditches," as they say:


The piece on the left was done my the heart behind Kings Avenue, shop founder Mike Rubendall (@mikerubendall). The piece on the right was tattooed by the insanely talented Chris O'Donnell (@codonnell_nyc).

It is rare that I get such a veritable treat of outstanding work outside of a convention, so I was truly thankful that Jason was kind enough to share this work with me.

The amazing thing is that Kings Ave is PACKED with insanely talented artists. If you're unfamiliar with the shop, please check them out and follow them on all media social. You can also click here to see all of the work from the studio that has appeared on Tattoosday over the years.

Thanks again, Jason, for taking the time to share the amazing work with us here on Tattoosday!

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Thanks Jason!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Alina's Tarot Card on the High Line

Just last month, I visited The High Line (@highlinenyc) for the very first time, and I spotted this cool tattoo on Alina:


Alina explained that she got this tattoo, located on the back of her thigh, along with a friend, who got the same one. They are both Geminis, so the twin nature of this tarot card spoke to them.

She credited the work to Scott at Stiehl's Body Modification Station (@stiehlsbodymod) in Ithaca, New York.

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

UPDATE:
Alina's friend Katerina sent along her matching tattoo.....



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Monday, July 1, 2019

Jessyca's Awesome Family Tree

A couple of summers ago, I met Jessyca near the New York Stock Exchange, and she shared this amazing tree on the back of her leg:


She called this her "family tree," as it is inhabited by creatures representing members of her family. The raccoon peering out from the center of the tree symbolizes her father.


The cardinal is one of her brothers and the fox represents her mother.


The husky at the bottom of the tree represents another brother, the heron is her sister, and she is the iguana.

She credited the work to an artist named Stephanie, who did this at Brass Anchor Tattoo Lounge (@brassanchortattoolounge) in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Thanks to Jessyca for sharing her awesome family tree with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Repost: Blaise's Sugar Skulll

I wanted to post something appropriate for this, the last day of June, as several million people are anticipated to be celebrating Pride in Manhattan.

This tattoo was spotted back in 2012, and was done by our "family" artist, Alex McWatt (@alexthreekings) , out of Three Kings Tattoo (@threekingstattoo) in Manhattan.

Behold:

I met Blaise on a sunny spring day [in 2012] near the corner of 8th Avenue and 33rd Street.

He has a lot of ink, the majority of which was tattooed by Alex McWatt of Three Kings Tattoo in Brooklyn.

Blaise pointed out the sugar skull in the center of his arm:


This is a sugar skull with a twist - note the rainbow spilling forth from the jaw and, in case you can't tell from the photo, that's a shark riding the rainbow wave.

Blaise singled this out because the tattoo was conceived in partnership with his little sister. It refers to a project they had done together.

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

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