Saturday, August 9, 2008

Jay's Incredible Chest Pieces

Last Friday, I met Jay on the 59th Street platform in Brooklyn. He had well-inked arms and he clearly had other ink peeking out from the edges of his shirt.

We chatted for a while on the platform and on the R train after it arrived. Jay was game for contributing to the blog, but wanted to offer up his chest pieces, of which he is most proud. Since taking off his shirt was not an option, he agreed to send me a photo later. That's what you see above.

Needless to say, Jay was right. His chest work is phenomenal. The artist is Eddie Carrero, who works out of Inkstop Tattoo NYC in Manhattan. It's all custom-designed and original art by Eddie. Let's take a closer look:

Not only does Eddie use phenomenal coloring on the koi and the dragon, but his shading work in the background is extremely cool as well.

Thanks to Jay for sharing his chest pieces here on Tattoosday!

1 comment: said...

Koi Tattoo
Probably surprising to many Westerners is the large amount of myth surrounding this beautiful FISH. It is known outside Japan as the brightly colored white, golden, orange, and even calico fish that fascinates private collectors but that can also be found in public ponds. The Japanese carp or koi is one of the more popular and beautiful of Japanese tattoo symbols
a beauty that belies its symbolic meaning. Although Chinese in origin, the carp is celebrated for its manly qualities in Japan. It is said to climb waterfalls bravely, and, if caught, it lies upon the cutting board awaiting the knife without a quiver, not unlike a SAMURAI facing a SWORD. This theme dates back to ancient China, where a legend tells of how any koi that succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate (on the Yellow River) would be transformed into a dragon. Thus the fish became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement. Eventually, the stoic fish came to be associated with so many masculine and positive qualities that it was appropriated for the annual Boys' Day festival in Japan, when colorful, streaming koi FLAGS are traditionally displayed for each son in the family. In tattoo imagery, especially in combination with flowing WATER, it symbolizes much the same—courage, the ability to attain high goals, and overcoming life's difficulties.