Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Sound of a Daughter's Heartbeat, in Ink

I met Graham last month on Broad Street in Manhattan last month. I met him in the lobby of the building where I worked and I asked him about the tattoos on his inner forearm:

I guessed correctly when I asked him if the fuzzy line was a sound wave. "Yeah," he replied, "it's actually my daughter's heartbeat." How cool is that? I asked him to elaborate:
"I actually went to school for music and I had originally planned on getting a sine wave on my arm. And then, when I went for my daughter's first sonogram, they checked her heart and the sine wave came up on a screen and I just asked them if they could print it, and they said yes, and two weeks later I had it tattooed on my arm."
This was tattooed by Graham's friend Cheo, who is an independent tattoo artist.

The hand above/next to the sound wave was tattooed by someone else, about nine years ago, when Graham was twenty-one, at a small tattoo parlor on Merrick Avenue in White Plains. He explained:
"It's actually called the Reiki healer's hand ... Reiki is a holistic energy practice...my mother's a Reiki master, and so am I, and that's basically why I got the Reiki healer;'s hand, because it has to do with the master and working on a patient. So it was a way for my mom not to yell at me about getting a tattoo."
Thanks to Graham for sharing his cool tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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