Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mara's Stickman

Mara, an acquaintance of my wife Melanie, struck up a conversation with her in the fall and, when it came to one of her tattoos, Melanie encouraged Mara to send me the following photo:


Music fans may or may not recognize the "Stickman," but Pearl Jam fans know it well. An icon of the band it its early days, the symbol is still recognized as a universal figure in the band's canon.

Mara told me, "My stickman looks like he’s singing Black (I know he’s technically from Alive, but I love Black too)." 


She added that, "The notes are the melody to the line: Tattooed all I see, all I am, all I’ll be..."



Thanks to Mara for sharing her cool tattoo with us on Tattoosday!

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Stephanie's Lovely Half-Sleeve

Yesterday, I posted some stunning work (here) on Nicole, a woman I met from Brazil when passing through Battery Park. She and her sister Stephanie were standing in line for the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and they both had amazing work.

Stephanie also had some great tattoos, including this half-sleeve, punctuated with cherry blossoms:



Stephanie told me that several artists worked on her sleeve, but she credits Lucas Andrade (@lucasandradetattoo) in São Paulo with making the tattoo how it appears today. Lucas also did her sister's work and really did an amazing job. I love how the color on the blossoms really jumps off the skin. This is such a beautiful half-sleeve!

Many thanks to Stephanie (and Nicole) for sharing their lovely tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Nicole's Stunning Tattoos

Last summer, while strolling in Battery Park during a lunch break, I met Nicole, from São Paulo, Brazil. She was kind enough to let me take photos of the beautiful tattoo work she has running from her arm up to her neck: 


The black and gray floral work seems to be growing out of a face:



I didn't get much detail from her, but did find out her artist is Lucas Andrade (@lucasandradetattoo) in São Paulo.

Muito obrigado to Nicole for sharing her lovely tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Soraya's Amazing Tattoos Honor Her Family History

Last summer, down by the New York Stock Exchange, I met Soraya, who was visiting the city from Porto Allegre, Brazil. She shared some amazing work dedicated to her family, starting with this stunning black and gray portrait of her mother:


The compass is part of the overall theme of her sleeve, honoring her family's rich tradition as explorers. Thus, she has this amazing ship:


And this lighthouse:


As well as this chart and compass rose:


Soraya credited the artist Verani Fontana (@veranifontanatattoo) at Verani Tattoo (@veranitattoo) in Porto Allegre.

Thanks to Soraya for sharing this amazing work with us here on Tattoosday!

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

May the 4th Beer With You (Repost)

The following is a repost from late last summer. IT seems appropriate to re-share today.

Last week, on our way back from Washington, D.C., we pulled into the John Fenwick Service Plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike for a quick bathroom break. As we were leaving the building, my wife Melanie exclaimed, "Bill, did you see that guy's tattoo?" She was referring to a gentleman who had just walked in as we were walking out. "Go," she told me, "you have to talk to him!"

And talk to him I did. His name was Bryan and he was happy to share this pure awesomeness:


As someone with a nod to Pabst Blue Ribbon in my own ink, this mash-up of a PBR can and R2-D2 from Star Wars ranks up there as one of my favorite tattoos. It's just plain fun.

Bryan credited an artist named Bryan Merck (@bmerck_ink) who works out of Evolution Tattoo in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bryan had previously worked at the now-defunct Deep Six Tattoo in Philadelphia.

Bryan also shared this new tattoo he got over the summer:


For those unfamiliar with National Bohemian, that one-eyed chap is "Natty Boh," who graces labels of the regional mid-Atlantic beer.
Thanks to Bryan for sharing his awesome tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!


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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Wrapping Up National Poetry Month with Josh Medsker (The Tattooed Poets Project)

Our last tattooed poet for National Poetry Month, 2019, is Josh Medsker, who sent along this photo:


Josh recounted how this tattoo came to be:
"This tattoo was done at Supernova Tattoo in Astoria, Queens, New York. It’s the logo for Social Distortion, one of my and my wife’s favorite bands. We went to see them at Stubb's in Austin as our first date (the date on the top banner). I got this tattoo for our 5th wedding anniversary in 2009. Leigh got a shamrock with my initials."
Josh also shared this poem:

“Drag”

I.

The Sunday after Starbucks girl’s party
my head is pounding

and my shame complete.

It didn’t work out… let’s just say
whiskey and vomiting was involved

and never speak of it again.

I squint and groan my way down Nueces
to the drag, to Barnes and Noble.

While browsing Poe
Chris, the assistant manager,
tells me I got the job--

Starts tomorrow.

I spend five dollars on a
celebratory Mocha Chip Frappucino

and catch the bus back to Cameron Road
through scary-ass East Austin… where
a dude hovers by the ATM
like the cicadas that are covering it.

I quickly tuck my rent money into my pocket
and get the fuck outta there--

back to my mattress on the floor
and my fire-ant infested cardboard box
that’s acting as my laundry hamper.

II.

My first week at the bookstore
is the first week of my life.

When you smile at me
at the cashwrap

and Hultberg invites us over
after work. 

My clothes still covered
in stray cherry blossoms.

My frame slowly filling out again
after more than a year
of fish and seaweed.

We three debate
punk records over
Lone Stars and steaks,
and I feel myself

weaving into you. 

~ ~ ~

Josh Medsker is a New Jersey poet, originally from Alaska. His work has appeared in many publications, including: The Brooklyn Rail, Haiku Journal, Dissident Voice, and Contemporary American Voices. (www.joshmedsker.com)

Thank to Josh and all of our other contributors this month, who shared their tattoos and poetry this month on the Tattooed Poets Project on Tattoosday!

The list of poets who appeared this April, and in years past, can be found at www.tattooedpoets.com.



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Monday, April 29, 2019

Daniela Olszewska and Emily's Hatbox (The Tattooed Poets Project)

Our next tattooed poet is Daniela Olszewska, who sent the following photo of one of her tattoos:


Daniela related the story behind getting this, her first tattoo:
The first tattoo I ever got was a hatbox with the words 'As Syllable from Sound--' written on a ribbon wrapped around the box.
This tattoo happened in or near Amherst, Massachusetts about ten years ago. I don’t remember the name of the shop or the woman who gave me the tattoo, but she said something afterwards about that being her first week on the job.

The words are the last line of my favorite poem by my favorite poet (strikethrough text) writer, Emily Dickinson.

My school had given me a small travel grant to fly from Alabama to spend a couple of days in Amherst visiting the Dickinson museum and the libraries housing archives related to her life and work.

I remember that I saw Emily Dickinson’s hatbox in the museum, but I was not allowed to take a photo of it unless I applied for official permission from someone. I was told that I could sketch the hatbox. I am not good at drawing.

In my small travel grant proposal, I proposed using the research I gathered during this trip to write a play about visiting Amherst in the 21st century. I believe I used the term 'queering of the ghost story' in the proposal.

I remember that I wanted to buy a beer to take back to my hotel after I got the tattoo, but the liquor store owner wouldn’t except my (real, legitimate) ID. He pulled out this big book of what each state’s ID is supposed to look like to prove to me that my ID was a fake. In his defense the Alabama ID in his book was different from my Alabama ID, but I had received my Alabama ID from the (real, legitimate) Alabama government, and no one else ever questioned it, so I think it was probably an issue with his book.

The text on the tattoo ribbon is difficult to read (if your tattoo artist says your tattoo needs to be bigger, you should listen to her…).
This tattoo is on my upper back. I do not spend a lot of time looking at it. In summer, if I am wearing a sundress, strangers in the checkout line at Target or on the El will sometimes ask me what my tattoo says and I get taken aback.

I love my tattoo and the poem it comes from and Emily Dickinson. However, I don’t always feel like getting into the whole poem and Dickinson’s views on the nature of god and my views on the nature of god, so I sometimes just tell the strangers that my tattoo is a Bible verse or a memorial tattoo.
Daniela also sent the following poem:

C. Title: FOUR MACHINES


PRAXIS MACHINE


Actually, well, a man helpfully
pried my fists open and explained

that The Department of Defense
had no use for these.

A set of tulips kept in a tower.

Rendered in Indianapolis,
I apologized internally.
I apologized infernally.

There is no ethical gender presentation under capitalism.

It’s tax season again.
Index, so death-math.
Tone is important.
How the brain interprets
                sounds signals shrillness, signals.



ACADEMY MACHINE


I don’t want to give the impression that I’m completely
anti-PhD. It’s just that I am suspicious of some

literary movements where the explanation
can be accused of being more interesting

than the writing itself.
            Interesting is a matter
of individual perspective, though.

Also, individual mood,
energy, economics, mercury.

This is an oversimplification.


I am thinking of jazz.
We’re on Easter Break. Thank God for Jesus.



MEDICATION MACHINE

I am heightened.
It is friendly.

Peddle this lemon.

    Indirectly, a perjure.

    Binge watche my twenties and thirties away.

Thicket. Cover.  
Okay, I’m ready.

What’s a symptom and what’s a mood.
Okay, I’m ready.

Please call instead of knocking.  


…………………………….


APPLICATION MACHINE


Skip Intro.

Blue tail.

Laced birds.

Windower.

Red charger.

Of weekend.

Linen for delivery.

War Hair.

Court lonely.

Droplet. Dropet.

Exclamation tarot.

Reply all.

Spring fire and spirits.

Broken tower.

Love Statue.  

With fault.

~ ~ ~

Daniela Olszewska is the author of several books of poetry and short prose. Her physical self lives in Chicago, and her website lives at http://www.danielaolszewska.com.

Thanks to Daniela for sharing her tattoo and poem with us here on the Tattooed Poets Project on Tattoosday!







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