Friday, May 27, 2016

Two Circles, Symbolizing Anything

I met Daniel last summer on Governor's Island at the 2015 NYC Poetry Festival.

He shared these tattoos:


So what do these mean?

What do you want them to mean.

My recording of Daniel's interview was lost to technological issues, so I will do my best to recall what we discussed.

Their meaning is fluid.

You can interpret these as complimentary new moon/full moon tattoos, but that really wasn't the intent. They were tattooed for the sake of being tattooed, and their meaning has as much to do with the discussion of meaning.

Daniel, thank you for sharing these with us here on Tattoosday!

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

NERDS!

I met Emily last August in front of Federal Hall.

She has a lot of tattoos, but shared this one with us:


This tattoo on Emily's upper arm is tiny, maybe a little larger than a quarter, but it packs a punch!

This is "Ogre," portrayed by actor Donald Gibb, from the film series Revenge of the Nerds.


Emily explained that this was something she used to say back and forth to her friend Vinny Romanelli (@vinnyromanelli), the talented artist from Red Rocket Tattoo in NYC, that did this mini-portrait on her arm. Vinny is no stranger to Tattoosday, as his work has appeared previously here and here.

Thanks to Emily for sharing this fun tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Adam Shares a Trio of Tattoos

I met Adam on the steps of Federal Hall last week and he shared several tattoos, starting with this gypsy on his upper right arm:


He got this because his grandmother used to call him "My little gypsy" because, as he told me, "I would always be travelling around  and staying out and [be] constantly on the move." This was done by Matty Monaghan (@monzuki) at Skin Deep Tattoo (@SkinDeepTattooNY) on Long Island.

Monaghan also inked the "Mom" tattoo below it, which Adam explained "Me and my mom live so many miles apart and I have it to remind me of her every day."

Adam has a lot of tattoos, but we both really liked the juxtaposition of these two, when he rested his right arm over his knee:


The skull in the rose on the knee was done by Richard Smith (@RichardSmithTattoo) at Three Kings Tattoo (@ThreeKingsEastVillage) in Manhattan. The woman with owl headdress was done at a tattoo convention on Long Island several years back. The artist was Jason Voss (@VossTattoo) who is currently working out of Absolute BodyArt (@AbsoluteBodyArt) in Duluth, Minnesota.

Thanks to Adam for sharing his tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Andrew's Phenomenal Front and Back Pieces

I met Andrew last week on Wall Street. His arms were covered in cool tattoos, but he revealed some insane art on his chest for me. I always wonder what everyone walking around us must be thinking when this happens. Likely, it is "Wow!"


I don't know who did the naked lady in the hammock on the lower abdomen with the banner "Rise & Shine," but the majority of the chest, that insane dragon, was inked by Aaron Coleman (@Clam13) at Immaculate Tattoo (@ImmacultaeTattoo) in Mesa, Arizona.

Andrew told me, "I just wanted a dragon," so he gave the artist free reign to lay it down. Even more remarkable was that he got this in one sitting in six and a half hours ("hurt like a motherfucker").

And if that tattoo isn't awesome enough, check out his back piece:


This amazing Grim Reaper was done by Josh Palmer (@JoshuaPalmer) at The Aloha Monkey Tattoo (@TheAlohaMonkey) in Burnsville, Minnesota. This piece took"four or five sittings ... about fifteen hours"

Andrew estimates he has about 70-75% of his body covered.

He chooses artists that he likes and gives them free reign, obviously with spectacular results. "I think [when] you give the artist a lot more creativity .... toward the tattoo then I think it makes the acquisition of that tattoo that much more exciting when they get to do what they want."

On top of being a collector of great tattoo art, Andrew is also a great photographer. Check out his work on his website here.

Thanks to Andrew for sharing his amazing work with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mackenzie's Elephant

Late Friday I met Mackenzie on Wall Street.

She shared this really cool elephant tattoo on her forearm:


Mackenzie told me she loves elephants, and her mom does too. Mom has an elephant tattoo, as well.

Our encounter was brief, she told me the artist was Eric Panas who tattoos in Wisconsin. I was unable to find a link for him on the web, so if Mackenzie sees this, I hope she can correct me so I can properly attribute the artist.

Either way, it's a cool tattoo, and I thank Mackenzie for sharing it with us here on Tattoosday!

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Natasha's Geisha

Last July, I met Natasha, who shared the work on both upper arms, including this stunning geisha:


The detail in this is amazing, including the back side of the arm:


Her other arm sports a lotus blossom and a koi:



Unfortunately, I lost the name of the artist responsible for this beautiful black and gray work.

Thanks to Natasha for sharing this amazing work with us here in Tattoosday!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

The Tattoos That Time Forgot

This post is dedicated to the folks who shared, told me about their tattoos, but the recordings were lost before I could transcribe them. Perhaps they'll come looking for their posts and fill in the blanks some day in the future.

First up is this compass rose from Eli, who I met in August 2015 in Owl's Head Park in Brooklyn:


Eli's friend Noah shared this pillar:


A couple weeks later, in Times Square, I met Doug, who shared this trio of tattoos:


Doug has traveled the world and has gotten inked in numerous cities. I remember the six red lines were done in Thailand on November 11, 2011, or 11/11/11. No more info on the crown or the chili pepper.

The same day I met Doug, I also met Barry and Anthony, two guys visiting from Ireland. They shared these skin-rip bio-mech tattoos which were healing. They had received the work from Mark at Groove Tattoo in Brooklyn:


That's Anthony's, and this is Barry's:


Barry also shared this phoenix, which was tattooed elsewhere:


So, there, with one fell swoop, I've cleaned out some of my lingering images from 2015.

Thanks to Eli, Noah, Doug, Barry and Anthony for sharing their work. Apologies, dudes, for the recordings being lost to the ether!

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