Monday, August 7, 2017

Jose's Tattoo Honors His Puerto Rican Heritage

I met Jose last week in the vestibule of a bank in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

He had a really vivid image of a lizard peeking our from under his sleeve, so I couldn't resist asking about it. He was kind enough to roll up his shirt to reveal the entire piece on his arm:


Jose's half-sleeve is a tribute to his Puerto Rican heritage. He says he wanted "something different" and his artist combined several elements that are part of Puerto Rican life that represented his culture.

The flag flies at the top of the tattoo and the hibiscus blossoms give the tattoo its floral pop. The iguana sits regally at the bottom of the tattoo and, if you look closely, on the inner part of the tattoo is Puerto Rico's coquí frog which is another symbol of the island commonwealth.

Jose's artist was Tazz (@tazz_tatts) from Aztec Ink Tattooing & Piercing Studio (@aztecinkbrooklyn) in Brooklyn.

Here is what the tattoo looked like when it was first completed, courtesy of Tazz's Instagram:

Courtesy of @tazz_tatts on Instagram
We've featured Tazz's work at least once before on Tattoosday and it's always good to see new work from old friends!

Thanks to Jose for sharing his cool tattoo honoring his Puerto Rican heritage with us here on Tattoosday!


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Monday, July 31, 2017

We Are TEN!


Ten years ago today, Tattoosday was born out of BillyBlog.

A decade and 2078 posts later, we are approaching 4 million page views and still puttering along.

Alex McWatt at Three Kings helped me ring in my 50th year on earth, and 10th year of Tattoosday with this custom-designed eagle with a New York City theme.

Stay tuned as we celebrate our tenth year with lots of fun stuff, including visits from some old friends.

Thanks to you, our loyal readers and contributors, who have been so kind to us over the last decade!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Florian and His Three Wise Skulls

Earlier this summer, I met Florian across from the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan.
He was visiting from Austria, and he was kind enough to share some amazing black and gray work on his forearm:



Each of these three skulls has something unique about them - one had headphones, one has a blindfold, and one has a sealed-over mouth.

Florian explained that this was a different take on the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" maxim of the three wise monkeys. Obviously, these are human skulls, but I love the way the artist transformed the concept into a breath-taking tattoo.

The work was done by Roz from Pin Up Tattoo in Vienna, Austria.

Thanks to Florian for sharing this amazing tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Brianna's Sleeve of Shapes

I met Brianna earlier this month across from Federal Hall in the Financial District. I generally don't like to take pictures of sleeves, because it's hard to do them full justice, but sometimes they are so interesting, I can't resist.



I love the design of this tattoo. Brianna explained that she has always been fascinated by shapes and geometry, and the hexagram in the top photo features a segment of spine, which is a nod to the fact that she has dealt with spinal issues since she was a child.

She credited this work to Lacey Burnett at Twisted Anchor Tattoo (@twistedanchortattoo) in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Thanks to Brianna for sharing her cool sleeve with us here on Tattoosday!


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Gabriella's Homage to Amy Winehouse

Six years ago today, Amy Winehouse passed away. I recently received an email from a reader who wanted to share her tribute to the late great singer, and today seemed liked the most fitting day to honor her memory with the post. Meet Gabriella:


In addition to the striking resemblance, the tattoo is pretty amazing, too:


Gabriella credited her work to Olivier Desrochers (@olirockstattoo) from Imperial Tattoo Connexion (@imperialtattooconexion) in Montreal, Canada.

Thanks to Gabriella for helping us honor the memory of Amy Winehouse here on Tattoosday!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sierra's Seaworthy Tattoos at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Last month, at the 35th annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade, I met Sierra, who was kind enough to share her appropriately-themed tattoos on her sides.

First, this octopus:


She credited this work to Siege (@siegeart) from Revival Art Collective (@revivalartcollective) in Phoenix, Arizona.

On the other side of her torso, she has this tattoo:


This one she credited to Moeh Haywood (@Moehskee) who tattoos out of Crimson Hilt Tattoo (@crimsonhiltattoo) in Denver.

Sierra told me the jellyfish and octopus tattoos are a nod to the fact that she studied marine biology.

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

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Sandy and Her Sea Leg

Back in May, I spotted Sandy on Broad Street in lower Manhattan. The bright burst of color on her left leg is spectacular and I was thrilled when she agreed to let me take a picture:


From the starfish on her foot, to the sea turtle and jellyfish on her thigh, the color and detail are truly remarkable:


Sandy told me, "I'm actually doing a foot-to-shoulder piece. I'm gonna do water, then land and sky and it's basically things that I'd done with my husband who passed away, so it's kinda like a tribute."

This work was done by Frankie Oneshot (@frankieoneshot) at Bullseye Tattoos (@bullseyetattooshop)  in Staten Island.

We're hoping that we'll be privy to more of Sandy's work in the future.

Thanks to Sandy for sharing her awesome sea leg with us here on Tattoosday!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Emory Shares Two Cool Tattoos

I met Emory last month at the 35th Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade (@mermaidparade). She shared this cool tattoo:


For those of you unfamiliar with the Kentile Floors sign, this was a highly visible landmark perched high over the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.


Louie Ozomek (@louiescustomtattooing) at Hand of Glory Tattoo (@handofglorytattoo) in Brooklyn did a nice job replicating the sign on Emory' biceps.


The sign was dismantled in 2014, but Emory wanted to "preserve its memory" on her arm as a tribute to the familiar symbol that stood in Brooklyn for sixty-five years.

Emory also shared this piece on the back of her other arm:


She got this at Magic Cobra Tattoo Society (@magiccobratattoo) in Brooklyn, as part of a fundraiser called Party to Protect, in support of Planned Parenthood (@plannedparenthood).

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

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Justin's Pokémon Go Tattoos

It was about a year ago when the Pokémon Go! game took to the streets, and everywhere you looked, people were walking around looking at their smartphones trying to catch a Snorlax.
Earlier this month, among the mermaids and pirates, I met Justin, who wears his passion for Pokémon Go for all to see:

Yes, those are Pokémon creatures tattooed on his arm, from top to bottom you can see a Golbat, and Exeggutor, a Weezing and a Koffing,
Here's a closer look at the Golbat:


Justin got these tattooed at Addiction NYC (@addictionnyc) in New York City.

Thanks to Justin for sharing his Pokémon tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Wildflowers on Ameris

Earlier this month, I met Ameris on Broad Street in lower Manhattan. She was kind enough to share this lovely tattoo:


She credited this beautiful tattoo of wildflowers to Guy Ursitti (@tattoosbyguyursitti) of Eight of Swords Tattoo (@8ofswordstattoo) in Brooklyn.

She chose wildflowers because, aside from their beauty, they represent a theme of freedom.

Thanks to Ameris for sharing this stunning tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

The Eyes of Heidi's Owl

Yesterday I met Heidi on Broadway in Lower Manhattan. She shared this cool owl tattoo:


Heidi explained that she was in recovery, and that one day she was out walking and there was a moment where she saw an owl, and there was a connection. "I looked into the eyes of the owl," she explained, and the experience remained with her.

She credited the artist Zim from Vancouver Tattoo Company in Vancouver, Washington.

Thanks to Heidi for sharing her owl tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jill's Mermaid (35th Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade)

This past Saturday, I went out to Coney Island to catch the 35th Annual Mermaid Parade (@medmaidparade). This annual tradition has been ideal for Tattoosday inkspotting and this year was a banner year, having interviewed a dozen or so folks with cool tattoos, which we'll be sharing in the weeks to come.

Our first contributor is Jill. who shared this theme-related piece:


Jill's daughter had a bit to do with this tattoo, especially the top section. "Make me a mermaid," she said, and Jill went to her artist, Timmy Cronin (@TimmyTattooCronin) from Timmy Tattoo in Huntington, New York.

"I like his style," Jill told me, and I have to agree. I actually met Timmy at a supermarket in Brooklyn seven years ago (recounted here) and have featured work from his shop a few times over the years.

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

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Danielle Celebrates Her Father, "King Jack"

I met Danielle last week on Broad Street in Manhattan. She has abunch of tattoos, but I asked if she wouldn't mind sharing this one:


Danielle explained that this crown tattoo is dedicated to her father, Jack, who is "the king" in her world, adding that Jack doesn't like tattoos, but when she showed this one to him, he started to cry.

It seemed a tattoo worthy to share on Father's Day.

The tattoo was done by the amazing Myles Karr (@myleskarr) when he was at Three Kings Tattoo. He now runs Escapist Tattoo in Brooklyn.

Thanks to Danielle for sharing this cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday! Happy Father's Day to all, especially to King Jack!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

POW! Jes Has a Super Heroic Tattoo

In the last week, we lost the great Adam West, who originated the role of Batman on television.

Anyone who has seen an episode of the series that ran during the 1960's would be reminded of the show if they saw this tattoo:


I saw this yesterday on Broad Street in lower Manhattan, on the arm of Jes, and she told me she got it because it was an expression she and a friend of hers would say to one another all the time. It was done at True Blue Tattoo (@TrueBlueTattooNYC) in Queens, several years ago.

Jes shared a bunch of other tattoos, as well, but I'm saving them for another post.

I just didn't want to wait to post this one, which reminded me of the passing of the Adam West, who many of us regard as the "original" Batman.

Thanks to Jes for sharing this with us here on Tattoosday!


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jessi's Musical Bird

I met Jessi at the beginning of the month, while walking up 8th Avenue.

She shared this really cool tattoo on her forearm:


Yes, it's a bird, but it is a design created entirely out of musical notations and dynamic markings. The sharp symbol (hashtag/pound sign) represent the feet. The forte marking (the f) is the wing. The crescendo (the < shape) is the beak. The head and eye are created by the symbol for fermata, or pause. Finally,  the slur, which forms the underbelly, is represented by an arc.

"I'm not a music major, I'm just a music fan," Jessi explained, adding that she saw the design online and "stole" the idea for her own tattoo.

Jessi had this done at Neptune Tattooville (@neptunetattoo), but does not recall which artist did the work.

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

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Nico's Tribute to Kiel

On Friday, I met Nico, another visitor from Germany, at the corner of Broad and Wall Streets in lower Manhattan. I saw the bottom of his tattoo and was interested in seeing what it was. Check it out:

The tattoo is a tribute to his home, the city of Kiel, Germany.

The figure in the middle of the tattoo is Kiel's coat of arms:


The tattoo was done by Eddie from East Coast Tattoo in Preetz, Germany.

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

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Melanie's Jacaranda-monium

Anyone familiar with the jacaranda tree knows how beautiful they can be. It is this time of year in Southern California, in the months of May and June, when they explode into bursts of purple blossoms that are simply breathtaking.

It only seemed fitting that my wife Melanie, who loves jacarandas, feature them in her next tattoo, and this was the end result:


Here's a closer look:


Melanie elaborated a little more on what inspired her to fill her arm with jacarandas:
"First of all, I love purple. And when I got the purple flower tattooed on my ankle, I realized purple looks really good on my skin.
Also, they remind me of our time in California where we met, the college campus where I met my husband, and so many of my friends, and Pasadena, the only place I really liked living in California.
It was on my list, there were two or three other ideas I really wanted. I knew I wanted this one.
Since I've gotten this, talking to people who were familiar with jacarandas from South Africa, which we only discovered was a place they grew while researching them. This makes me want to go there and visit."
One of the sources for inspiration was this street in Pasadena, Del Mar Boulevard:


This lovely tattoo was done by the incomparable Alex McWatt (@alexthreekings) at Three Kings Tattoo (@threekingstattoo) in Manhattan.


He met with Melanie to discuss the concept and just ran with it, turning this:


into the explosion of purple on Melanie's arm, with the finest attention to details:


Thanks to Alex at Three Kings for another great tattoo, and to Melanie for sharing her jacarandas with us here on Tattoosday!

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Marius Shares a Sugar Skull from Germany

I met Marius, a tourist from Germany, outside of Federal Hall, after spotting his tattoo:


He told me that this tattoo is five years old, and the colors are still bright and vibrant, so he is very happy with it.  It is a very interesting and creative take on a sugar skull.

He credited the work to Hennes Wasserme (@HennesTrueLove), an artist at True Love Tattoo (@TrueLoveTattooDuesseldorf) in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Marius told me he likes Hennes' work because he does "good, old-fashioned tattoos," as opposed to the newer art brut style of tattoo that many European artists have embraced.

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

Correction: An earlier version of this post credited the work to Olaf Lobe (@OlafTrueLove). It has been updated to reflect Hennes Wasserme as the artist.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Reposting Mike's Marine in Honor of Memorial Day

The following post is from 2009. I reposted it in 2013 and, here we are, four years later, so it seems appropriate to post yet again. This was originally shared to commemorate Memorial Day, and seems well worth sharing again:

It only seemed fitting that, on this Memorial Day, we feature a tattoo that honors our men and women in uniform.

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!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kris and Her Lovely Leg Tattoos

I met Kris last week while walking on Broadway in lower Manhattan. She had two great tattoos on her legs that she was kind enough to share:


This cool gypsy tattoo represents luck and was inked by Eddie Peralta (@angryeddie) at Powerhouse Tattoo (@powerhousetattoo) in Montclair, New Jersey.

On her right leg, Kris has this beautiful flapper:


"I love the Twenties," Kris explained, adding that this was done by Anna Waychoff (@annawaychoff), also from Powerhouse Tattoo.

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

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Brewsday Tuesday: Left Hand Edition

Last summer we launched our Brewsday Tuesday on Tattoosday feature, and we're back with more great tattoos and beer (and a super prize giveaway) from the good folks at Left Hand Brewing (@lefthandbrewing) in Colorado!

Left Hand was founded in 1993 in Longmont, about 30 miles outside of Denver, and they have been an award-winning brewery ever since, racking up medals and awards and, most importantly, producing great beer.

I recently had a chat with Ryan Call, Left Hand's Western Regional Manager, and we talked beer and tattoos. First let's look at some of his tattoos:


That's a pretty cool koi swimming up Ryan's arm...


There are some great elements in this half sleeve.


Ryan told me that he had been a fan of traditional Japanese tattoo art, but he had been working for a distributor in Kansas that didn't allow tattoos. When he landed the gig at Left Hand, there were no such restrictions, so he celebrated and "went big" with this beautiful tattoo.

He credited Ron Miller (@miller.tattoo) at Ichiban Tattoo in Lawrence, Kansas . Ron has since opened his own shop, called Miller Tattoo, also in Lawrence.

Ryan also has another tattoo, as spotted in this photo:


That is a pocket watch on his wrist with a banner that says ...


"Live for Today."

Ryan told me that this watch in the tattoo is a family heirloom, that was handed down to him when his grandfather passed away. The watch has been in his family since 1888 and, since it's locked away in a safe deposit box, this way he gets to see it every day.

He got this as a walk-in at Mercy Seat Tattoo (@mercyseattattoo) in Kansas City, Missouri.

Thanks to Ryan for sharing his tattoos, photographed by Kearby Milliner at Left Hand.

Now, let's talk about the beer. Left Hand has a slew of brands and, as familiar as I am with some, I got a nice sample for this post:


I had a lot of fun drinking this beer, I can honestly say. I've been a fan of Left Hand's Milk Stout (far right) and, although I tend to favor darker beers, I found the lighter ones, like the Travelin' Light kolsch and the Polestar pilsner, to be crisp and flavorful. The Extrovert IPA is a solid brand with a great hoppiness that stands among the best IPAs out there. The shining gem in this family portrait, for me, however, was their Fade to Black (pictured second from left). This seasonal "foreign stout" is a palate-buster for me, with licorice notes that really made drinking this beer a treat.

Ryan told me his favorite brand is the Black Jack porter, which is one of their perennial brews that rocks a great espresso and dark chocolate flavor.

Left Hand has a solid lineup and it was a pleasure and honor to partner with them in this celebration of tattoos and brews!

They are also very generous, in that they have offered up a super "Ready to Rock" prize package for Tattoosday readers:


This includes, a Nitro Sherpa Hoodie, a Pour Hard Knuckles t-shirt, a Red Pour Hard Nitro t-shirt, a Colorado Trucker Hat, a 64 oz Ecovessel, a Left Hand cooler bag and belt pack! WHAT?! All apparel is size M.

Readers who comment below or on social media will be entered automatically into a random drawing and the winner will get this box of awesomeness shipped to their doorstep. Commenting with your favorite brand from Left Hand will double your chances, as I will count your entry twice.

Thanks to all the great people at Left Hand Brewing Company for making this an awesome Brewsday Tuesday! Special thanks to Sarah Watson for coordinating this with me, and to Ryan Call, for sharing his tattoos with us, as well as all the others on the Left Hand team that helped make this post possible.
Cheers!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Reconnecting With Amber

Over the years, I've passed out a lot of cards, hoping to open a dialogue with people about their tattoos, but often never hearing from them again. That's just the way it goes. Occasionally, I will run into them by chance, and we'll be able to connect and put something together.

Such is the case with Amber, who I had met and talked to a couple of times a year or two ago at my favorite local beer garden, where she had worked for a very short period of time.

Imagine my surprise when, last week, I sat down on the subway next to her and was able to capture one of her spectacular tattoos:


Amber credited this great black and gray thigh piece to Nico Negron (@niconegron) from Tattoo Afterlife (@afterlife) in Huntington, New York.

She told me it was based on several references and took about seven hours to complete.

Thanks to Amber for sharing her amazing tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Two Tattoos from Lucy

Last week on Wall Street, I met Lucy, who was visiting from England, and she was kind enough to share a couple of her tattoos.

First is this tattoo on her upper arm that is so fresh, it almost looks like a sticker:


Lucy explained that this image is from Princess Mononoke, a 1997 Japanese anime classic. The tattoo is the mask worn by San, otherwise known as Princess Mononoke, who was raised by wolves.

This was tattooed by Matt Daniels (@stickypop) from Studio IX in  Salford, located in Manchester, England.

Lucy also shared this piece on her back:


This was also done at Studio IX, but by artist Emma Louise Dunphy (@emm.dots).

Thanks to Lucy for sharing a couple of her tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Two Spooky Tattoos from Alexis

I met Alexis earlier this week on the J train in Lower Manhattan. She has several tattoos on both arms, and she offered up these two pieces on her right arm, which she called her "spookier arm":


Alexis explained that the "Tomb Sweet Tomb" piece is a nod to a feature in The Haunted Mansion attraction at Disney's Magic Kingdom in Orlando. It's her favorite ride and this was inked by Chris Fernandez (@chrisfernandeztattooing) at Kings Avenue Tattoo (@kingsavetattoo) in Manhattan.

The heart-shaped piece below it is actually a planchette from a ouija board. This was a Friday the 13th flash tattoo that Alexis got at Grit N Glory Tattoo (@gritnglory) in Manhattan.

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

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