Back in July, I met a woman in Penn Station named Mandy. She has a lot of ink, estimating between 16 and 17, but surprised me when she revealed this cool mermaid on her back:
Mandy explained that the original artist of this piece was the late Jason Guilbault, who worked at Addiction NYC, Their friend Eric finished the piece, adding the color and Guilbault's name at the bottom of the piece. Jason's MySpace is still active here, where you can see some of his work and see messages left in memory of him.
"Why the mermaid?" I asked.
"I've always wanted to be a mermaid," Mandy told me, "and now I'm going to be a professional mermaid." I asked if she was going to Florida to live out this dream, but she said she is going to stay in New York, since there are no professional mermaids in New York City.
Thanks to Mandy for sharing her mermaid with us here on Tattoosday, and helping us keep the memory of Jason Guilbault alive!
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