A week ago, I was fresh off of my experience at the New York City Tattoo Convention, and everything I saw on the street was uninteresting. Until I passed by Mike and did a double-take.
This is the tattoo on Mike's inner right forearm:
Mike explained that, as a United States Marine, he was choosing to honor the corps by building a sleeve of iconic military photographs.
If you think this is an impressive tattoo (which it is), seeing the source material further magnifies how phenomenal a replica the artist has created on Mike's flesh:
A page on About.com explains this image further:
"While units of the U.S. Far East Air Forces Combat Cargo Command made an all-out effort to aid embattled units of the First Marine Division and Seventh Infantry Division, the men fighting in Korea were trying desperately to link up in their battle for survival. This marine is shown just as he reached the crest of the ridge at the link-up point. Wet, stinging snow and ice made the operation the most difficult sort, as unleashed hordes of communist troops charge again and again into the United Nations forces. (circa December 1950) "In addition to this tattoo, Mike has a Vietnam-era photo of a Marine sniper inked on his right biceps.
This astonishing tattoo was created by Randy Prause at Permanent Buzz Tattoo, in Denville, New Jersey.
A hearty thanks to Mike for sharing this tattoo with us here on Memorial Day. More importantly, Tattoosday expresses even more gratitude to Mike and all his fellow soldiers and who have so bravely served our country to ensure the freedoms we enjoy each day.
Have a safe and pleasant Memorial Day!