Welcome to another installment of the Tattooed Poets Project!

This will be our sixth April celebrating National Poetry Month with a month full of tattooed poets’ work – both written and corporeal. Every day this month at 3:00 AM EDT, we will post a tattoo (or two) belonging to a poet, along with a sample of their work. Because interest has been unprecedented this
year, most days we will post TWO poets, with the second one appearing at 3:00 PM EDT. If you are a published poet interested in contributing, we will be featuring additional tattooed poets weekly, starting in May, or you can volunteer now for 2015. Please email tattoosday@gmail.com for details. And please, everyone, enjoy April on Tattoosday and thank you for visiting!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Great Balls of Yarn!

A week ago, I met Hobart, who has 14 tattoos. He offered up this interesting piece for Tattoosday readers:

Seems like your everyday run-of-the-mill pentagram tattoo. But it's not.

Hobart is a knitter and he and his friends often attended "Stitch 'n Bitch" sessions where a group of knitters would get together and practice their craft. Hobart said they grew tired of the "normal middle-age ladies" sitting around talking about sex, so he and his friends formed a group that challenged the image of the group of conservative knitters.

They developed the logo above, made it "as gangland as possible" and called themselves "Satani-stitch".

The pentagram is comprised of knitting needles arranged in the star formation, just below the "gang" name and two balls of yarn, which are engulfed in flames, for effect. Below the pentagram are the Roman numerals V I VI, representing the 516 area code of Nassau County, Long Island.

This creative tattoo was inked at Lone Wolf Tattoo in Bellmore, Long Island. Work from that shop has appeared previously on Tattoosday here.

For another cool yarn-based piece, check out this previous Tattoosday post, featuring my friend Eryn.

Hobart also shared his knuckle tattoos with me, to be seen at a future date over on KnuckleTattoos.com.

Thanks to Hobart for sharing his knitting-themed tattoo!


SweaterMeat said...

Hobart needs to be my friend so we can craft a new planet.

Aesox said...

Excellent pics! I love reading about the not-so-average knitter!