What seems at first like an odd juxtaposition of figures makes more sense when it is explained.
The piece is a memorial based on a photograph of his father,
After searching for a while, I emailed Chris and asked if he could send me the photo. He generously obliged:
Seeing the source material on which this piece is based makes it cooler. The photograph appears in the book, and was taken
And the back of the arm features a quote from Chris's dad, a statement he would often make, which seems genuinely appropriate from someone so deeply immersed in the culture of the 1960s:
Chris had his tattoos inked by Nick Caruso at Fly-Rite Studio in Brooklyn. Work from Fly-Rite has appeared previously on Tattoosday here.
Thanks to Chris for sharing his work here on Tattoosday!