Friday, December 31, 2010
Back in July, I met a guy named John on the D train. He had tattooed arms and we chatted a bit. He said he'd send me photos and he did a few weeks later.
I never posted the photos because the resolution was low, and when I tried to increase the size, they blurred. I was going to include these in the Christmas housecleaning post, but the work is just too good.
So hear you have them, small photos, but recognizably amazing:
I mean, what is there to say? This work is quite excellent. The koi, the tiger, the sailing ship, sugar skull, nautical stars - it's all quite a body of work!
The artist is Nacho, who appeared once before on the blog here. You can check out Nacho's work here. in New York, he tattoos out of Studio Enigma on Avenue U.
Thanks to John for sharing these amazing tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!
And thanks to all of our fans and contributors for making 2010 a successful year of inkspotting!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
I got my first tattoo when i was 16 in some crappy shop in Vegas and its of the milky way. A lot of people ask why i got it and i tell them basically when i was little one big nightly thing me and my dad would do was watch the stars and he'd always point out the milky way to me and id get so excited n say yup that's my favorite so i guess my first tattoo reminds me of my dad who plays a huge role in my life and were really close but my sleeve is a collaboration of Dr. Sues stories cat in the hat, Horton hears a who, green eggs and ham, and a few more. i just loved the books when i was little! apparently enough to tattoo them on me forever hahah
The last person whose work I photographed was Megan, who I found upstairs at the Penn Plaza Borders store.
Megan has seventeen tattoos, but it was this one that caught my eye:
This is a phoenix, of course, but fewer people may recognize it as Fawkes, the phoenix of Professor Albus Dumbledore, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
The artwork is based on the illustration by Jason Cockcroft on the cover of the UK edition of the aforementioned book.
The tattooist Jamie Nichols at Gargoyle Tattoo in Aberdeen, Washington, completed this piece in about eight hours over two sittings.
Megan also has this pinup on her upper left arm:
The use of negative space for the bombs is pretty cool.
Marcus was the artist at Gargoyle that Megan credited for creating this piece..
Thanks to Megan for taking the time to speak to me about her cool tattoos!