I spotted Gary standing at the top of some escalators in Penn Station. As I passed him, I noticed he had knuckle tattoos so I stopped to ask him about them:
Gary explained that they are Korean characters
that translate to "Soo Bahk Do," or "The Way of the Striking Hand".
Soo Bahk Do is a form of martial arts that originated in Korea.
This unassuming gentleman has studied the form for seventeen years and is a third degree black belt. Gary studied at East Winds Karate in Port St. John, Florida.
The tattoo was inked at a shop on Eight Avenue in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Thanks to Gary for sharing his "striking" tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details. And please, everyone, enjoy April on Tattoosday and thank you for visiting!