Saturday, 30 June 2012

Serenity from Anthony


I spotted Anthony's ink while biking along the Belt Parkway promenade at the end of May.

Always a fan of word tattoos, I stopped him while he was jogging and he was kind enough to stop and allow me to snap the photo above.

It was only after I got a chance to see it that I recognized the top verse as what is commonly called the Serenity Prayer:

God Grant me
the serenity to accept
the things I cannot change
courage to change
the things I can
and wisdom to
know the difference.

When I asked why he chose the Serenity Prayer as a tattoo, he said, "I think it's a good way to look at life, every day, with a positive attitude."

I am not as familiar with the passage below it

Living one day at a time
Enjoying one moment at a time
Accepting hardships as
the pathway to peace

It turns out that those four lines are the next in the sequence of the verse composed by Reinhold Niebuhr, from which the Serenity Prayer was adopted.

He credited an artist named Omar at a shop on Christopher Street in Manhattan with these tattoos. It likely could have been Tattoo Heaven.

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

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Friday, 29 June 2012

Dave's Unusual Skull

Just a quick post for Friday.

Earlier this week, I met Dave on the West 4th Street platform and took a picture of this tattoo on his leg:


I like this skull because it's so unusual. It has the feel of a sugar skull, but it's not quite, It's certainly not your typical piece, and the neon colors really make it jump off the skin.

He got this about three years ago at a shop in Atlanta called the Ink Spot.

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


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Thursday, 28 June 2012

Laici's Astrological Cluster

I met Laici last month outside of Penn Station, near the corner of 33rd Street and 8th Avenue. I was intrigued by this design on her upper right arm:


This design consists of several symbols from the Zodiac.

Laici explained, "My dad's a Cancer, my mom's an Aries, my sister and I are Scorpios, and my brother is a Sagittarius."


She designed this piece herself by combining the four symbols into a cohesive design:



The four elements combined on her arm to represent her family unit. It's a neat concept and it is executed rather nicely. I especially like how she combined the last two parts, Scorpio and Sagittarius, to form one fluid symbol that encapsulates her and her siblings together.

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


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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Sierra's Mayflower in June

Last month, I found myself at the corner of 86th Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan, waiting for the crosstown bus.

I looked over to my right and saw a tattoo with incredible line work:


This tattoo belongs to Sierra, who was kind enough to send me a photo of the tattoo later that evening. She also told me a little more about the piece:
"My tattoo is of the Mayflower. My parents took me to Plymouth a lot as a child and it fostered a great love of American History. I wanted something to commemorate that. I chose this scale drawing because I wanted something 'antique-ish' and not to 'pirate-y'."
Sierra credits the talented Mark Harada at East Side Ink with this amazingly well-lined work. "I love [his] work," she wrote me, "and do plan to have him do another for me in the future."

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

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Anna's Ship, With a Nod to a Favorite Song

Yesterday I posted Bjorn's Michael Jackson Thriller tattoo. When I met him, walking on the Coney Island Boardwalk, he was accompanied by Anna, who also had quite a few tattoos. She offered up this one on her left thigh:


The banner around this classic ship tattoo reads "Yo no soy marinero soy el capitán."

This is a refrain from the Richie Valens song "La Bamba," and is translated as "I am not a sailor, I am a captain." This was Anna's favorite song when she was a kid.

She credited this cool tattoo to Nick Caruso, when he was at Flyrite Tattoo in Brooklyn. Nick has since left Flyrite and opened up Bound for Glory Tattoo in Staten Island.

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


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Monday, 25 June 2012

Remembering the King of Pop, Three Years Later


It's hard to believe that it has been three years since Michael Jackson's tragic passing. It only seems fitting that we pay our respects by sharing this tattoo, which illustrates the King of Pop in one of his most famous incarnations: a zombie in Michael Jackson's Thriller.

This piece belongs to Bjorn, who I met earlier this month, out on the Coney Island boardwalk.

The tattoo is inked by Alex McWatt at Three Kings Tattoo in Brooklyn. It was part of one of their Friday the 13th tattoo extravaganzas.

Thanks to Bjorn for sharing this timely tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

And just because it is such a timeless video, here is Michael Jackson's Thriller:

 

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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Update from the Mermaid Parade, 2012

Yesterday I attended the 30th Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. It was my first excursion to Coney Island for this specific occasion and, let me say, it is sensory overload, especially if you are interested in tattoos.

Fueled by Coney Island lager, I managed to meet a few people, take photos, and even get some ink stories for future enjoyment. What you'll see here today are pictures of people and tattoos of folks who I have no information on. I gave them cards and fliers, so I'm hoping seeing their photos here will prompt them to reach out to me so I can give their tattoos proper Tattoosday treatments.

First I want to share my favorite pic of the day:


That would be a sailor kissing a mermaid. But I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the cool New York City tattoo, with the Chrysler Building prominently displayed.

Here's a random shot from the parade on Surf Avenue:


I snapped this tattoo on the Boardwalk:


After taking this picture, I turned on my voice recorded and said, "Bailey Robinson, um, out on the Boardwalk. I have no idea what I just took a picture of. It was really cool and there's tattoos everywhere. Bye."

A day later, I can clarify this. It's obviously a circus lady sitting on an elephant. Bailey Hunter Robinson is a Brooklyn-based tattoo artist, and he actually posted this piece on his website when he first outlined it here.

From the Boardwalk I headed to the Tattoo Shot Lounge to cool off and regroup.

Hanging out there, I met a lot of people, two of whom shared their tattoos. The place was loud and I have no information on these tattoos:



I did find out that "Attempting to discover where to begin" were song lyrics and a little research reveals that the words are from the song "Waiting" by an artist named City and Colour.

Perhaps I'll hear from these inked women who can give me a little more info about their tattoos.

I also met Katy, who got this tattoo in Arizona:


And from the inside of her arm:


Stay tuned in the weeks ahead to see more tattoos spotted at the parade.


Thanks to all of the participants in the Coney Island Mermaid Parade who allowed me to photograph them, and who spoke to me about their tattoos!

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Friday, 22 June 2012

Coney Island on My Mind

Earlier this month I met Jamie outside of Macy*s on 34th Street. She has eight tattoos and shared this fantastic piece on her inner right arm:


Jamie got this because she is from Brooklyn and, like most Brooklynites, Coney Island has a special place in her heart. The piece is a collage of all the Coney Island icons, from the Cyclone, to the Wonder Wheel, the Parachute Jump, with the Boardwalk and the famous grinning face of Tillie, which has become an image synonymous with the location.

She credited freelance artist, Jack Jerz, with this tattoo.

Thanks to Jamie for sharing her slice of Coney Island with us here on Tattoosday!

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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Nicky Shares a Famous Mermaid

With mermaids on the mind, how about this tattoo from Nicky?


I spotted Ariel, aka The Little Mermaid, on Nicky's arm while walking through Penn Station last month.

When I asked him why he got this tattoo, he replied that she was "my favorite since I was little - she's awesome." He credited an artist named Dan at Cliff's Tattoo in Long Island.

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

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Lindsay's Mermaid Kicks off Summer

Well, it's officially summer and we are expecting a scorcher here today in New York City.

I wanted to share a tattoo that would fit the theme, but I've been looking ahead to this Saturday's Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.

A couple weeks ago I rode my bike out to the boardwalk and was rewarded with a lot of sharing tattooed people. So, with the parade on the horizon and summer in the air, let's meet Lindsay and one of her tattoos:


Lindsay explained that she went to Black Cat Tattoos in Pittsburgh and consulted with the artist, Jason Lambert:
"I went to him and  ... told him my idea ... I wanted to go with the siren/mermaid theme, with like drunken sailors, luring them out to sea, and he drew it up and it went from there ... so this is original artwork."

Thanks to Lindsay for sharing this wonderful work with us here on Tattoosday!

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Alfredo Shares a Sugar Skull with a Family Twist

I ran into Alfredo last month in Penn Station and he shared this tattoo:


He credited this to an artist named Sy at Sunset Park Tattoo.

Alfredo, who has "over 23" tattoos, told me that this traditional sugar skull is embellished with a hairstyle modeled after the way his mother wore her hair on her wedding day. The rose at the edge of the tattoo is in tribute to his grandmother.

Thanks to Alfredo for sharing his ink with us here on Tattoosday!

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Monday, 18 June 2012

Spiro Shares a Cool John Lennon Tattoo


Being that today is Paul McCartney's birthday, I thought I would share this tattoo of John Lennon, since he and Paul are considered one of the greatest songwriting duos in popular music.

This tattoo was spotted in Penn Station earlier this month, on the back of an arm belonging to Spiro.

He got this piece done by Dave Lopez at Ron & Dave's Tattooing in Staten Island. Spiro explained that he went in with a basic idea and that Dave drew up the design and had a stencil ready in no time. It should be noted that the musical notes seen above wrap around the upper arm.

Spiro told me, "I'm a huge Beatles fan ... more John Lennon and what he stood for and his message ... so I kinda try to live by that." He added, "I'm like a little hippie born in the wrong generation."

According to Spiro, the artist Dave's mother is a huge John Lennon fan, so he was super passionate about the design of the tattoo. It always helps when your artist shares your enthusiasm for a tattoo idea!

Thanks to Spiro for sharing this cool John Lennon tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Happy Father's Day from Tattoosday!

In honor of the day, I am re-posting a piece I featured on Father's Day in 2009:

Last week, I posted about a trio of friends that had recently moved from San Francisco to New York, all of them inked.

Jake was the first of the three to share his tattoo with us, and it is such a good piece, I saved it for a special occasion, Father's Day:



This is, of course, a portrait of the great comedian Redd Foxx. People of my generation (X) remember him as the bristling curmudgeon in the sitcom "Sandford and Son".


For those who are unfamiliar with the series, the show is about a widower, Fred Sanford (Foxx), raising his adult son Lamont (played by Desmond Wilson), and their junkyard business. It was a breakthrough show that was one of the first on network television to feature a minority cast.

The father-son dynamic is an ongoing theme, and Jake recalls watching the show with his dad and it being a bonding experience.

His father passed away about four years ago this month from cancer. The tattoo is not only a tribute to the great comedian, but a reminder of the times Jake spent watching "Sandford and Son" with his dad. Jake added, "I'm pretty sure if [my dad] was still around, he would get a kick out of seeing Redd Foxx on my calf."

This amazing portrait was tattooed on the back of Jake's right calf by Greg Rojas at Everlasting Tattoo in San Francisco.

As we celebrate Father's Day today, I thank Jake for sharing this awesome tattoo with us here, and invite everyone to revisit the host of tattoos previously posted on Tattoosday that pay tribute to dads. Click here to see the lot.

And, as a special treat, in the spirit of the day, I present the following clip:



Happy Father's Day from Tattoosday!

If you want more dad-related ink, check out this link which will show you all of Tattoosday's posts with a "father" tag.

Have a great day, all!

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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Blaise & A Unique Sugar Skull

I met Blaise on a sunny spring day near the corner of 8th Avenue and 33rd Street.

He has a lot of ink, the majority of which was tattooed by Alex McWatt of Three Kings Tattoo in Brooklyn.


Blaise pointed out the sugar skull in the center of his arm:


This is a sugar skull with a twist - note the rainbow  spilling forth from the jaw and, in case you can't tell from the photo, that's a shark riding the rainbow wave.

Blaise singled this out because the tattoo was conceived in partnership with his little sister. It refers to a project they had done together.

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

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Friday, 15 June 2012

An Anonymous Half-Sleeve from the Subway

This is an orphan post - I ran into the subject on the West 4th Street subway platform back in April. She consented to my photographing her half-sleeve but, before I could get any info, including her name, her train rolled in and she left me in the station with only a few photos.

I asked her to e-mail me with details, but two months later, I still have not heard from her, so I figured I'd just share what I have, which are the photos:


If anyone knows this tattoo and can get the host to e-mail me so, at the very least, I can credit the artist, please send her my way.


The combination of skulls and flowers, including the cherry blossoms, makes this quite a lovely piece.


Thanks to the young lady who shared her ink, wherever she may be. Her anonymous contribution to Tattoosday is greatly appreciated!

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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Be Still


I love tattoos comprised of words. When done well, they are fascinating.

The phrase "be still" on the inner left forearm of Tara, above, has a simple and beautiful meaning.

She explained that she understands the phrase as the only expression that is common to the Bible, the Koran, and ancient Hindu proverbs.

The tattoo artist used the font Dear Joe 4 and this was done at Stingray Body Art in Allston, Massachusetts near Boston.

Thanks to Tara for sharing her words with us here on Tattoosday!

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Karen's Order of the Elephant

Coming home from the New York City Tattoo Convention last month, I ran into Karen on the R train in Brooklyn. She had this unusual tattoo on her left arm:


Karen got this on a trip to Denmark from Anders Wester at Bright Side Tattoo in Copenhagen.

It is inspired by the Order of the Elephant, the highest honor bestowed by the King of Denmark on its citizens.

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

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Erica Wears Her Heart on Her Sleeve

The concept of wearing your heart on your sleeve isn't completely original, but when I met Erica in the grocery store last month, I was impressed with this interpretation:


Erica said she got this, one of twelve tattoos she has, to remind herself "not to toughen up ... you go through some shit and you kinda want to be mean and nasty and callous and it's kind of a reminder to be cool and stay neutral and be nice, no matter what."

She credited John Poverty at Thicker Than Water in the East Villlage with this tattoo. Work form John has previously appeared on Tattoosday here. He now tattoos out of Goose Tattoo in Brooklyn.

Thanks to Erica for sharing her softer side with us here on Tattoosday!

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Monday, 11 June 2012

Sarah's Romance Owl

Sarah passed me as I was leaving from work one afternoon back in March, at the corner of 31st Street and Seventh Avenue. Of course I had to stop her and she kindly let me take a photo of this colorful owl tattoo on her left arm:


Sarah explained how she went to Robert Ryan at Electric Tattoo in Bradley Beach, New Jersey:
"I kinda told him I wanted a romance owl. I’m very unlucky in love. I wanted something to bring me some luck."
She sang Rob's praises ("he's awesome") and also credited him for creating the "cosmic flower" on which the owl is perched.

Sarah is in charge of sales at Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Thanks to Sarah for sharing this awesome owl with us here on Tattoosday!

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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Madison Shares a Coming-of-Age Tattoo

I posted Friday about meeting Lex in Penn Station here. Her friend Madison was sitting nearby, and she shared a tattoo, as well:


This tattoo is located on the side of Madison's left thigh. For those who may not be familiar with the word bildungsroman, Madison explained, "it means ‘a coming of age story’ … and my best friend and I got it ‘cause we were in Europe together traveling...”.

I think it's pretty cool to get a tattoo that alludes to a coming-of-age story when getting inked, for many, is part of that growing process.

She credited an artist named "Joe" (or Giuseppe) at Hardcore Tattoo in Rome, Italy.

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

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Friday, 8 June 2012

Lex and The Little Prince

I met Lex in Penn Station a couple months back and started talking to her about her tattoos. She has five and offered up this piece, which was her first:


“It’s from The Little Prince [by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry]," Lex explained, "I read it when I was a kid, it’s one of my favorite books. It means a lot to me.”

She had this done on her left arm in Seattle, by a visiting artist whose name she could not recall, at Deep Roots Tattoo.

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

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Kenevin's Vikings Honor His Heritage

I met Kenevin outside of Strabucks on the corner of 31st Street and Seventh Avenue a couple months ago.

He estimates he has had about seventy hours of work done on his body and he shared an amazing tattoo anchored by this hammer of Thor in the middle of his calf:


But it was the whole piece that was truly impressive:


Kenevin, who was visiting from his home in Montreal, explained, "I was born in Norway … so these are my Vikings … they just go back to my origins in Scandinavia …". He has been in North America for about twenty years and had this done by Gil Crocker at Jolly Rogers Tattoo in Montreal.

Thanks to Kenevin for sharing this amazing work with us here on Tattoosday!

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Avery's Spider-Man View of the City

Yesterday we met Cat and her tattoos (here, in case you missed it). But you may recall I mentioned that she was not alone. Her friend Avery was standing by and she, too, had ink to share. Of the eight tattoos she possessed at the time, she offered up this piece, from the inside of her upper left arm:


Avery explained that the panels of the tattoo depict "different parts of the city from Spider-Man comics."


She got this tattoo as an 18th birthday present and it was inked by Joey at Asylum Tattoo Studio in Brooklyn.

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

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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Cat's Eyes and More!

Back in March, on a particularly warm end-of-winter day, I ran into two young ladies in Penn Station, one of whom was named Cat. I spotted three of her tattoos almost immediately, and we had a nice discussion about her ink.


Cat explains:
"the eyes were my first [tattoos] ... on my eighteenth birthday ... I thought it would be cool to base it on my best friend's cat ... I got it just because, I'm Cat ... get cat eyes on my back, why not? It was a birthday present..."


And the name of her friend's cat? Sushi. You know I just had to ask.

The next tattoo she got was this piece on her left arm:


This is based on the art by Kurt Halsey. Cat elaborates:

"It's just always been a favorite of mine. I saw [Halsey] down in Philly and that one was my favorite print." Of course, it helps that the girl in the illustration is holding a cat.

On her opposite arm is this tattoo:


This is based on the work of Garance Doré, a fashion photographer. She's just a huige fan and loves this illustration in particular.


All of the tattoos were done by Nick Trammel at Transcend Tattoo in Branford, Connecticut


Of course, when I was looking back at the photos I took of Cat's tattoos, I noticed in the Kurt Halsey-illustrated piece that the word "saying" was inked on her ribs. It was peeking out from under her top. Of course, I had to ask and Cat obliged by sending me a photo of the whole tattoo:



I'll let Cat explain in her own words:
"The one on my ribs is from the Christopher Isherwood book A Single Man. The quote is 'waking up begins with saying am and now.' It's my favorite book and for me it's just a reminder to live in the moment and not get caught up with the little things. It sounds cheesy but when I got the tattoo I was in a weird place so I like having the reminder close to me."
Thanks to Cat for sharing all of these tattoos with us on Tattoosday!


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Sunday, 3 June 2012

Laura Brooks Shares Her Parents Names and Her Toe Knuckles

I met Laura Brooks outside of Macy*s on 34th Street last month. She has a lot of tattoos (she estimates 60% of her canvas is covered), so I deferred to her, asking which she wanted to share with us here on Tattoosday.

She offered up her wrists:


These are her parents names, Davis and Blythe, and they were designed by a friend of hers whose graffiti moniker is "Gamble". She credited the actual tattooing to an artist named Joe from Beelistic's Blood Money Tattoo in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Laura Brooks also informed me that she had tattoos on her toes, but she was wearing shoes when I met her. Later that day, she held to her word and sent me a photo of her toe knuckle tattoos which read "Dirty South":


She added:
"The artist was Brent Hale at No Regrets Tattoo Emporium in Memphis, TN. It was actually his idea. I wanted to get toe knuckle tattoos & couldn't decide what I wanted it to say. He came up with it while we were working on a different piece ... The significance is kind of obvious. Hometown pride. (:
One thing about toe tattoos: by far the most painful spot. And you have to get them touched up about half a dozen times before they look right. I should probably go get them done one more time but I'm procrastinating because of the pain."
Thanks to Laura Brooks for sharing her tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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