Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Gypsy on the Downtown Train

Back in August, I met Kaitlin on a downtown R train. She had a great sleeve of cool traditional work, including this hot air balloon:


And this lovely gypsy:


Mixed in with these pieces was a meandering snake:




Kaitlin told me the snake was hand-drawn and tattooed by Andy Perez (@andyjperez) at Allied Tattoo (@allied_tattoo) in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The other pieces were done by Kristin Close (@kristenclosetattoos) at Authentic Tattoo Company (@authentictattoocompany) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Thanks to Kaitlin for sharing her amazing tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Some Belgian Ink in Manhattan

Back in September, I met a couple on the steps of Federal Hall in lower Manhattan. They were visiting from Belgium and, between them, had quite a few tattoos. Kenny and Ineke were kind enough to share their work.

First up is this shot of Ineke's head:


Ineke credited the patterns on her scalp to Erik El Santo (@erik_el_santo) at Dagger Moon Tattoo (@daggermoontattoo) in Hasselt, Belgium.

Kenny shared this amazing work on his chest:


The skull and cobra were done by Don Porto (@tattoodonporto), from Inkhouse in Geel, Belgium.

Thanks to Kenny and Ineke for sharing their amazing tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Blossoms on Blossom

At the beginning of October, I met Blossom on Broadway. This lovely tattoo on her foot caught my eye:


Blossom, who was visiting New York from England, was kind enough to pull her foot out of her shoe to let me fully appreciate her cherry blossoms,

She credited the work to Jay at Portsmouth Ink in Portsmouth, UK.

Thanks to Blossom for sharing her lovely foot tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Amber Shares Two Cool Tattoos

I met Amber a couple months back on Wall Street. Some of her stand-out work caught my eye, especially this super interesting piece:


Turns out, Amber is a make-up artist. Check out her Instagram @amberblanchardmua.

She credited her work to Ben Towers (@bentowers_tattoo) at Bella Arte Tattoo (@bellaartetattoo) in Fairfield, New Jersey.

Ben also did this piece on her upper arm, as well:


I love tattoos with tattoos! That takes an extra level of skill to pull off successfully.

Thanks to Amber for sharing her cool tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Rebekah Crossing the Bridge

I met Rebekah back in June at Bowling Green in lower Manhattan. I spotted this interesting tattoo on her arm and she was kind enough to share it with us:


Rebekah credits the super-talented Sue Jeiven (@sweetsuetattoo) from East River Tattoo (@eastrivertattoo) with the work here. Rebekah designed and sketched it and Sue "improved and put her artistic spin" on the drawing.

She told me that the piece depicts her and her partner on a bridge, which one crosses to "find your truer self." They are symbolically crossing the bridge together and he is sporting antlers because the deer is his spirit animal.

Thanks to Rebekah for sharing this cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Vanessa's Lion

About a month after seeing Ben's lion, I spotted another lion at the City Hall subway station:


This lion is on the side of the leg of Vanessa, in a spot where you don't normally see a tattoo.

She told me that this was tattooed by Oba (@omoori) at Push Tattoo Studio (@pushtattoos) in Wilmington, Delaware.

Vanessa explained that this was part of a set of matching tattoos she got with her best friend. As she tells it, the lion matched her friend's personality, and this leonine friend designed the art.

I asked Vanessa what her friend got. She explained that her nickname was Goldfish, so that's what her friend got to compliment her lion.

Thanks to Vanessa for sharing her cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Ben's Lion from Bang Saen

At the end of September, I met Ben on Wall Street. He was visiting form England and was kind enough to take a moment out of sightseeing and share this cool tattoo:



Ben told me he got this cool lion tattoo in Bang Saen, Thailand.

Thanks to Ben for sharing his awesome lion tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Jess and Josh Share Some Ink

Back in June, I met a couple from Great Britain on the steps of Federal Hall in lower Manhattan.

There names were Jess and Josh, and they both were kind enough to share some of their tattoos with us.

Check out this really funky witch on Jess' arm:

 

Jess credited this to Marie Cox (@lady_fts) at Folklore Tattoo Studio (@fts_tattoo) in Tamworth, Staffordshire, which is near Birmingham, England.

John shared this piece on his leg:


This work was also done at Folklore, but by Adam McDermott (@admcde).

Thanks to Jess and Josh for sharing their tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Wes and the Queen

I met Wes last month across from Federal Hall in the Financial District. He shared this lovely tattoo with us:


Wes told me that he got this for his 18-month old daughter, Audrey. As a father of girls myself, I can relate to the sentiment that a daughter is like a queen in the realm.

He credited this excellent work to Zach Nelligan (@zachnelligan) from Mainstay Tattoo (@mainstaytattoo) in Austin, Texas.

Thanks to Wes for sharing this awesome tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Jennifer's Sculpted Arm

Back in September, I met Jennifer, whose stunning tattoo stopped me in my tracks. Fortunately, she generously shared her work:


Jennifer told me this was inspired by a sculpture from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This is the artwork that provided the basis for the tattoo:


The work in question, Latona and Her Children, Apollo and Diana is a work by American sculptor William Henry Rinehart, and features a mother looking down lovingly on her two children. The work spoke to Jennifer, who was inspired to use this as a basis for her tattoo that reminds her of her own love of her two sons.

This artwork was translated into a tattoo by Ronen Bichado (@ronentat) from Inkstop Tattoo (@inkstoptattoonyc) in Manhattan.

Here's another perspective from the artist's Instagram:

via @ronentat
Thanks to Jennifer for sharing her beautiful tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Oscar and Tavárez, by Gian Karle

Back in September, I met Oscar at the local coffee shop in the lobby of my building at 30 Broad Street in lower Manhattan.

He had this cool tattoo on his hand:


Oscar told me that this is a portrait of Manuel Gregorio Tavárez, who is considered the "father of classical Puerto Rican dance."

This was tattooed by Gian Karle (@giancarle) from 1711 Tattoo Studio (@1711tattoostudio) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

People may recognize Gian Karle as one of the finalists from Ink Master's 8th season (@spikeinkmaster).

Thanks to Oscar for sharing his awesome tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Helen's Reminder for One Wild and Precious Life

Earlier this year, I spotted a new tattoo on my friend Helen's Facebook feed. She was kind enough to share it with us:


The phrase "one wild and precious life" are the final five words in Mary Oliver's poem "The Summer Day":

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
~~~
from New and Selected Poems, 1992
Beacon Press, Boston, MA
Copyright 1992 by Mary Oliver.
All rights reserved
Poetry speaks to everyone differently, so I asked Helen why she chose to inscribe these words on her body. She replied:
"I really wanted to remind myself – to have a permanent reminder readily in view – to be present, to be grateful, to be living in the moment. These are things that I regularly do anyway, but I’ve ended up in a number of quite challenging circumstances recently and was VERY depressed and really losing perspective...and it just came to me one afternoon that having this on me, in that type of font, right in the place where my pulse is taken, would be the perfect thing. Also, I had it done right before the Spring Equinox – I wanted to start new, like spring, like growth, like hope, like guess what everything comes back around and it’s all there even when you can’t see it, like seeds buried beneath the snow and the frozen ground... everything is not dead, there’s still hope, and time is fleeting and you better effing rise up and live again."
The font used is Courier and the words were inked by Berger (@tattooingbyberger) at Artful Dodger Tattoo and Comics (@adtcseattle) in Seattle.

You can hear Mary Oliver read in the recording below:



Thanks to Helen for sharing her awesome literary tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Michael's Space Odyssey

I met Michael at a deli down near the New York Stock Exchange at the beginning of the summer.
He had this cool tattoo that he was nice enough to share:



He wanted a space theme on his arm and this is the first part of it. He says it will merge with a time theme on his other arm.

He credits this great work to Jon Mesa (@jonmesa) at No Idols Tattoo (@noidolsnyc) in Manhattan.

Thanks to Michael for sharing this cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Alyssa Helps Us Celebrate Día de Muertos

The annual Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, holiday has begun and what better way to mark the occasion on Tattoosday than with a sugar skull?


This beauty belongs to Alyssa, who I met near Bowling Green in lower Manhattan back in September.

Alyssa told me she got this tattoo to mark the ten-year anniversary of her mother's passing.

The tattoo was done by Eddy Ospina (@eddyospina) at the former Wooster Street Social Club. Eddy is currently calling Scharf & Sons Tattoo home, in Merrick, Long Island.

Thanks to Alyssa for sharing her awesome sugar skull with us here on Tattoosday!


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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Alex's Scary Elbow Spider

I met Alex a couple weeks ago at the Union Square farmer's market and he shared this tattoo, which seems appropriate for Halloween:


Alex credited this to Joe Chatt (@joe_chatt), who did the tattoo last summer while guesting at a NYC shop, but has since moved to Rose Tattoo Parlour (@RoseTattooParlour) in Brooklyn.

Alex explained:
"I just really wanted to get my elbow done ... normally people get like spider webs, or roses, mandalas, like round things ... I knew I really needed to get something round ... [Joe] was trying to push for a spider web, but  I was going through his book and I was like, maybe something else. And he really wanted to do this design and he was like, oh that would fit well, with the claws and stuff..."
The rest, as they say, is history.

Thanks to Alex for sharing his spooky cool spider with us here on Tattoosday!

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Calla's Astonishing Floral Half-Sleeve

Last month on Wall Street, I stopped a woman named Calla to ask about her tattoo. It was truly breath-taking:


Calla was on her way to a job interview, so we didn't talk long. She did tell me the flower above the sunflower is a protea.

Unfortunately, she did not have any information regarding the artist, other than that they were from Cape Town in South Africa.

Nonetheless, it's spectacular work and I thank Calla for sharing her beautiful half-sleeve with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Blair Shares Some Amazing Art (at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade)

On this rainy Sunday, we're heading back to the summer and looking for a little sunshine. It seems appropriate to share some work from the Coney Island Mermaid Parade (@mermaidparade), from a participant named Blair, who had some phenomenal tattoos, including this on her thigh:


Blair told me this is a Bert Grimm design called "Sundance" that was tattooed by Becca Genné-Bacon (@beccagennebacon) from Kings Avenue Tattoo (@kingsavetattoo) on the Bowery.

Here's the Bert Grimm artwork that is an iconic piece of tattoo history:



She also shared this piece called "Prisoner of Love," which was done by Benjamin Haft (@benjaminhaft) from Allied Tattoo (@allied_tattoo) in Brooklyn:



I also snapped a photo of this tattoo, of a stunning gypsy with her hair in rollers:


All amazing tattoos!

Thanks to Blair for sharing her awesome work with us here on Tattoosday!


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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Molly's Tattoo Rocks (Tattoosday Goes to Baltimore)

Earlier this month I met Molly at a thrift shop in Baltimore County.

She shared this rocking tattoo on the back of her arm:



That's a skeleton hand throwing the "sign of the horns" that has come to symbolize rock and roll, in general.

Molly credited Jen at Ink Wizard Tattoo in California, Maryland.

This seemed like an appropriate tattoo to post as we celebrate Halloween over the next few days.

Thanks to Molly for sharing her cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Kristine's Roses on the Platform

I recently met Kristine on a subway platform in Brooklyn. She shared this tattoo on her arm:


Kristine told me she loves roses and that she just liked the artwork for this tattoo.

She credited the work to Amy Shapiro (@amy_shapiro) from Three Kings Tattoo (@threekingstattoo) in Brooklyn. Amy is currently working at Lifetime Tattoo (@lifetimetattoodeniver) in Denver. We currently featured work by Amy back in 2015 here.

Thanks to Kristine for sharing this cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Elusive Union Square Lobster by Jason June

Last Friday, I met a woman at the Union Square farmer's market who was in a hurry. I stopped her because she had an amazingly vibrant tattoo that I just had to ask about. She told me her name and I thought I wrote it down, but I can't find it anywhere. I never got the story, but I did get the photo. Behold:


I remembered the artist's name, however. This forearm lobster is by Jason June (@JasonJuneTattoos). I first met Jason years ago when he tattooed my wife, Melanie, at a Friday the 13th event. He is now working at Kings Avenue Tattoo (@KingsAveTattoo) on the Bowery.

The photo really doesn't do the piece justice - I normally avoid tattoos that wrap around limbs like this, but I was so impressed I just couldn't help myself. Here's a collage of the tattoo that I found on Jason's instagram before the piece was fully completed:
Via @JasnonJuneTattoos on Instagram
Thanks to the host of this lobster (sorry I lost your name) for sharing this incredible tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

UPDATE: This tattoo is gracing the arm of Jenn. Apologies for forgetting and thanks to Jason June for filling in the gap in my brain!

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Jennie's Pear Tree Blossom

Over the summer, when my older daughter and her friends were back home from college, they occasionally joined us for our weekly trivia nights at the local beer garden. Two of them got new tattoos recently and Jennie shared this lovely piece on her inner arm:


Jennie explained that this is a pear tree blossom, noting that when her parents moved into the house where she grew up, they planted a pear tree in the back yard. When she left for her first year of school in Chicago, the tree fell down. She wanted to commemorate the pear tree, which entered and exited her life at very significant points in her journey.

She credited this beautiful tattoo to Jason Hoodrich (@JasonHoodrich) at Family Tattoo (@FamilyTattoo) in Chicago.

Thanks to Jennie for sharing her awesome tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

A New York Cate of Mind

I met Cate by Bowling Green park over the summer and she shared this cool tattoo:


Cate explained that she was born and raised in western New York and that she wanted a scene that was a tribute to the Empire State. Thus, we have a tattoo with a variety of species found in the state.

The animal is a red fox, standing with birch treesred clover and purple oxalis, or purple woodsorrel

Cate credited the work to Brian Faulk at Hand of Glory Tattoo (@handofglorytattoo) in Brooklyn. I'm familiar with Brian, as he has tattooed me as well (recounted here and here).

Thanks to Cate for sharing her cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Nigel's Lighthouse, Shining Steadfast

Late last month, I met Nigel, who was visiting from New Zealand, across from the New York Stock Exchange on Broad Street.

He shared this cool tattoo on the back of his calf:


I love the artistic take on this structure, almost as if it is half-hidden by fog. A really cool concept.

Nigel credited Craigy Lee (@Craigy_Lee) at Union Tattoo (@Union.Tattoo) in Wellington, New Zealand for the work.

"A lighthouse doesn't go around saving boats," Nigel told me, "it just stands there shining steadfast."

Indeed, it does.

Thanks to Nigel for sharing this great tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

James and the Joker (Tattoosday Goes to Towson)

Earlier this month, while visiting Maryland, I ran into James at a store in Towson. He had this cool tattoo of the Joker on his forearm:


He credited the work to Allison at Gemini Tattoo in Odenton, Maryland.

Thanks to James for sharing this fun tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Veronique And Miranda and Jasmine

I discovered a whole host of tattooed Occidental alumni this week, so we're spilling over into the new week.

Veronique's new ink appeared in a thread on Darin's social media post, so I reached out and asked if she minded sharing.


You are not seeing double, there are two tattoos. Veronique and her daughter, Miranda, got matching ink, Veronique on her back and her daughter on her hip.

She elaborated:
"My daughter Miranda designed it to remind her of home when she goes back to school. Those jasmine flowers are in our yard ... It was the first tattoo for both of us, so it was definitely a mother-daughter bonding experience. And if I’m going to put something permanent on my body, what better than one of my daughter’s designs? And for her, it’s hard for her to be so far away from home all year, so it was her way of staying connected to home and family."
The tattoos were done by Justin Brophy (@finkface) at Empire Tattoo in Upland, California.

The flowers, Veronique told me, are "pink jasmine to remind [Miranda] of home." She is studying in Seattle and "designed the tattoo, then Justin brought it to life with the detail color and shading."

Thanks to Veronique and Miranda for sharing their tattoos with us here on Tattoosday's Occidental Week!

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Darin and Max, Together Forever

Our next Occidental tattooed alumnus is Darren, who was a senior in Pauley Hall when I entered as a freshman in 1985. Darren and I reconnected on Facebook and when he recently posted this tattoo, I quickly asked him for permission to share:


Darin got this cool piece from Brian (@bolder_brian_tattoo) at Bolder Ink (@BolderInk) in Boulder, Colorado.

Darin explained:
"Brian did a fantastic job capturing Max's character. The idea came from my friend Volkan Soylu whom I met in Mexico in August, and Max provided the inspiration. This is something I feel good about wearing for life."
This is Max, who is an Akita (and the reference for the tattoo):


When I asked Darin if Max was still around, he explained:
"Max is still with us, but it is a memorial in a sense, just the same. Divorce after 17 years - we lost the house and I was not able to provide a good home for him. So it's a very transitional time, hence that duality of the two sides of his face, and a memorial to him in the sense that he represents loss of my previous life. That being said, I'm on to bigger and better things now and couldn't be happier. Except of course for the fact that I don't have Max, but I do have visiting rights and that's good."
This is Darin checking out the stencil after Brian put it on:


And the finished product:


Note how much it lightened up after it healed.

Thanks so much to Darin for sharing his cool tattoo with us this week on Tattoosday's Occidental week!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Repost: Jennifer's Seashell, In Memory of Her Father

We're celebrating Occidental alumni this week in honor of homecoming, and I wanted to revisit this post from 2015:

I have known Jennifer for almost thirty years and was intrigued when, earlier this year, she shared a picture of a new tattoo on social media.

Of course, I had to ask what this tattoo was all about:


Jennifer explained that she got this tattoo on March 15, 2015, on the first anniversary of her father's death:
"I got this tattoo for my Dad, who passed away a year ago. It's not my first, but it is my first in a readily visible spot, on the inside of my left ankle. Dad was left handed, but when he was a kid, they didn't teach kids how to write left handed, so he had to work with his right. I thought it fitting for him to be on the left. He loved the beach and the ocean and scuba diving and had an extensive shell collection. With this conch shell, in blue ink, which was his favorite color, I can have a bit of the beach with me wherever I am. We scattered his ashes at sea, per his wishes. The ocean will always make me think of him."
She added, "amongst his things was the poem 'Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep' by Mary Elizabeth Frye:"


Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.


She got the seashell  in Black Heart Tattoo (@BlackHeartTattoo) in San Francisco from artist Heather Bailey (@CathedralofTears).

Thanks to Jennifer for sharing her lovely and poignant tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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