Sometimes I see tattoos before I see people.
Back in July, for example, I approached a guy on the West 4th Street subway platform to ask him about this tattoo on his right forearm:
It was only after I said hello to him that I realized he was someone named Alex who lives in my neighborhood in Brooklyn.
In fact, Alex had a tattoo featured here back in 2009, after I stopped him in the laundromat.
This floral tattoo is a representation of how a flower overcomes obstacles and pain to lay down roots, rises up, and blooms.
He draws the comparison to life, as nothing comes without hard work and bypassing obstacles.
The tattoo was created by Shon Lindauer at Thicker Than Water in Manhattan. Shon is the same artist that did the tiger on my calf. Other work from Thicker Than Water has appeared previously on Tattoosday here.
Thanks to Alex for once again sharing his work with us here on Tattoosday!