Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The first part of this tattoo is the dark heart on the inner part of the forearm. Renae attributes this to Rob at the Orlando branch of Hart and Huntington. In over three years of inkspotting, this is the first piece on Tattoosday that has been credited to one of their shops.
Renae, who has "no idea" how many tattoos she has (which is synonymous for "too many to count"), wanted to add to her arm, so she headed to Brooklyn Ink in Bay Ridge.
Alex Franklin was given free reign, according to Renae. Her exact quote was "use your imagination and run," which must be music to many a tattooists ears.
Alex did the flourishes around the original tattoo, along with the phrase "gutta cavat lapidem," a Latin phrase by Ovid which translates to "dripping water hollows out a stone," which is a shortened version of the line "Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence." This quote is known to many New Yorkers who have seen it inscribed underground here (with a broader description here).
And he tattooed the piece on the other side of the arm:
Work from Brooklyn Ink (and a lot by Alex) has appeared previously on Tattoosday here.
Thanks to Renae for sharing her tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!
Monday, August 30, 2010
I had been admiring his sleeve on the train, but didn't have the opportunity to speak to him about it until after he got off the subway.
He referred to these creatures as "Root People":
It's an abstract collaboration with the artist, Rickett, at The Ruby Lantern in Carson City, Nevada.
They started working together in January of this year, and they're not yet finished with the whole sleeve. As you can tell, it's very unusual and has a very unique approach.
These designs are all on John's right arm, and I am particular to the female tree person above on his inner forearm.
Thanks to John for sharing his Root People here with us on Tattoosday!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Alas, like so many folks to whom I give fliers, I didn't receive any emails or photos. But a month passed and one day I was pleasantly surprised to see an email from Gina, with the following photos of her phoenix tattoo:
I'll let her explain the rest:
"... I had completely forgotten [about sending in the photo] until I found the picture I took for you on my camera... This was done by Junii at the Diamond Club in San Francisco. [Bill Salmon, Junii's husband, is the studio owner]. She does amazing line work. She's also incredibly conscientious about design and her clients. For both my tattoos, she spend a lot of time talking with me, looking at the 20 pictures I had brought in of bits or aspects of what I wanted, then went off and did her own research, always coming back with exactly the right drawing.
This one - I got it after a really, really difficult year. So, obviously, not the deepest symbolism - just wanted to remind myself of the possibility of renewal."
Thanks to Gina for sharing her tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Back in July, for example, I approached a guy on the West 4th Street subway platform to ask him about this tattoo on his right forearm:
It was only after I said hello to him that I realized he was someone named Alex who lives in my neighborhood in Brooklyn.
In fact, Alex had a tattoo featured here back in 2009, after I stopped him in the laundromat.
This floral tattoo is a representation of how a flower overcomes obstacles and pain to lay down roots, rises up, and blooms.
He draws the comparison to life, as nothing comes without hard work and bypassing obstacles.
The tattoo was created by Shon Lindauer at Thicker Than Water in Manhattan. Shon is the same artist that did the tiger on my calf. Other work from Thicker Than Water has appeared previously on Tattoosday here.
Thanks to Alex for once again sharing his work with us here on Tattoosday!
All that changed about twenty years ago when tattooing became more socially acceptable, largely due to the many celebrities who publicly sported tattoos. Some of these were women, and so the female tattoo became more common and acceptable. Nowadays most people find female tattoos sexy and attractive, they certainly aren't offensive anymore.
That having been said it’s still true that more men than women get tattoos and it’s even true that there is a little element of social rebellion inherent in a woman’s decision to get a tattoo, although this is less and less the case, tattoos are more like a fashion item these days.
However, female ink is no longer shocking, and we no longer jump to conclusions about a woman’s moral character based on whether or not she has a few tattoos!
Friday, August 27, 2010
He explained that he enrolled in school not knowing for sure what he wanted to do. He was on a path for a career in finance, but also has a keen interest in art and graphic design.
He says that the tattoo is a reminder that, although gravity is all around us, and pulling us toward the status quo, he should stay true to himself and never give up his interest in art.
He had this done by Betty Rose at Red Rocket Tattoo in Manhattan. Work from Red Rocket has appeared previously on Tattoosday here.
Thanks to Kevin for sharing his Gravity with us here on Tattoosday!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
But there are always exceptions.
Take, for example, Travis, who I met on Monday near the corner of 32nd and 8th Avenue waiting for a bus.
Under normal circumstances, you'd have seen Travis's tattoo in September but, the next day, I got the following mysterious tweet: "@Tattoosday post pictures of that guys tattoos- you were talking to him yesterday outside MSG plzz! *stalker*".
Well, a little bit of digging, and I discovered that the source of the message was Hannah, who appeared last month on Tattoosday here. And since I'm a sucker for my fans, I'll gladly oblige and share Travis's tattoo with us here today. Here it is:
Travis's tattoo depicts the Hindu deity Ganesh. However, unlike this Ganesh tattoo, this one has a twist.
Travis explained that one of the common beliefs is that Ganesh was born with a human head, but that he was beheaded as a boy, and his head was replaced with that of an elephant. He obtained a third eye so that he could make sure he was never betrayed again.
Travis says that he often feels "too aware" of others, to the point that it detracts from his enjoyment of life. Thus, his tattoo of Ganesh has him literally slicing off the third eye, wielding a sword with his trunk, which metaphorically translates to Travis "cooling out" and being less aware so that he can enjoy life more.
The "F.I.A." on the banner stand for "Fuck It All".
Travis has eight tattoos, which includes a full sleeve, all by artist Brad Stevens at Dare Devil Tattoo in New York City.
Thanks to Travis for sharing this interesting interpretation of Ganesh with us here on Tattoosday!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Clover tattoos, often with four leafs and called shamrocks are perhaps the most internationally well known symbol of good luck and overall prosperity.
Probably the single most popular Celtic tattoo in the book, clover tattoos are sometimes combined with other lucky objects such as dice, horseshoes, playing cards and the number 13, which is also considered to be an unlucky number by many.
The gentleman asked who the artist was and mentioned his son was an artist as well. "Who?" I asked, and he told me, Mike Perfetto, aka Designs by Michael Angelo in Brooklyn. I gave him a flier and he introduced himself as Ralph Perfetto, our Democratic District Leader here in Bay Ridge.
I know you're likely thinking, "Nice story, Bill, but is it really that much of a small world coincidence?" Actually, yes, because my backlog had brought me to posting a couple of tattoos on Peter, who I had last seen at the Matty No Times benefit back on July 17. One of those tattoos, you guessed it, is by Mike Perfetto.
Let's take a look:
Pete also shared a tattoo on his leg by legendary Brooklyn artist Tony Polito. As you can see, Pete has quite a collection of ink, and he takes pride in the work he has from "old school" New York artists tattooing in the American Traditional style.
Pete explained that "Old Calcutta" was a nickname for Tony's shop from the early '80s to the mid '90s because of the high intensity atmosphere of the shop and the people who were there.
Thanks to Peter for sharing his tattoos with us here on Tattoosday (again and again). Peter has been working hard at New York Hardcore Tattoo on Stanton Street. They have recently remodeled the shop and are working hard on producing quality art on the denizens of New York City. Be sure to stop in and meet their crew.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Flower tattoo designs
POPULAR TATTOO DESIGNS-FLOWER TATTOO DESIGNS
Flower tattoo designs are a hit amongst majority of the women. It is due to the fact, that there are various kinds of flowers that can be made as tattoo. Also, the flower tattoos are a great symbol of showing femininity. Particularly, if a female has strapping facial features and small hair for matching, flower tattoo designs would really look good and make individuals notice the softer side of a woman.
There is an assortment of flower design tattoos to pick from and few a times; selecting one becomes difficult and confusing. One high in demand flower design, which is inked, is rose. Along with its popularity, rose is the first flower to be utilized as tattoo. The best part about this flower is that it can be formed in any tattoo design shape or even, can be fusioned with any other symbol or pattern to make it more attractive. Cherry blossom, lily, lotus, are some other tattoo designs that are liked by many tattoo lovers, which stands for.
Flower tattoo designs
Flower tattoo designs
Apart from the choice of picking flower tattoo design, also you can choose the color of your tattoo. As tattoos are capable of including multitude of colors, individuals who want to have flower tattoo on their body can get inked preferred colors or simply go for the traditional colors.
While choosing the color of flower tattoo designs always keep in mind that every individual color denotes meaning. For instance red color signifies love and passion, pink means grace, admiration, and white depicts peace. Another worth noticing aspect about flower tattoo designs is that you can decide the stage of the flower. As all stages of flowers have distinctive symbolization, choosing the stage with care is important.
Flower tattoo designs
Flower tattoo designs
I love seeing ink that is new and original, and I had never seen a line of anything run up the length of a leg like this.
Anna explained that this was a line of poetry that reads "My apologies to time for all the world I overlook each second" that she heard on a trip to Cambodia. Her group leader, Jan, had shared the poem, "Under One Small Star" by Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska, and the verse meant a lot to her during her trip there. This one specific line really resounded with her, so she first "paid a Khmer translation site and then had a friend [she] made in Cambodia, Ponheary, check the translation just to make sure it was correct".
I love the international flavor of this tattoo - a poem originally in Polish, translated to English, then re-translated to Khmer, transcribed in flesh in America!
The line runs from top to bottom and was inked by Jason at Powerhouse Tattoo Company in Montclair, New Jersey.
The poem is reprinted in its entirety at the end of this post.
Since it is Tat-Tuesday, let's look at a second tattoo from Anna, this one on the back side of her right arm:
This is Joan of Arc, "a hero of mine," says Anna, who admires her from the feminist perspective and finds her an "unbelievably inspirational" historical figure.
This piece was tattooed by the wonderful Stephanie Tamez at New York Adorned. Stephanie's work has appeared previously on Tattoosday here.
Thanks again to Anna for sharing these two of her seven tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!
Under One Small Star
My apologies to chance for calling it necessity.
My apologies to necessity if I'm mistaken, after all.
Please, don't be angry, happiness, that I take you as my due.
May my dead be patient with the way my memories fade.
My apologies to time for all the world I overlook each second.
My apologies to past loves for thinking that the latest is the first.
Forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home.
Forgive me, open wounds, for pricking my finger.
I apologize for my record of minuets to those who cry from the depths.
I apologize to those who wait in railway stations for being asleep
today at five a.m.
Pardon me, hounded hope, for laughing from time to time.
Pardon me, deserts, that I don't rush to you bearing a spoonful of water.
And you, falcon, unchanging year after year, always in the same cage,
your gaze always fixed on the same point in space,
forgive me, even if it turns out you were stuffed.
My apologies to the felled tree for the table's four legs.
My apologies to great questions for small answers.
Truth, please don't pay me much attention.
Dignity, please be magnanimous.
Bear with me, O mystery of existence, as I pluck the occasional thread
from your train.
Soul, don't take offense that I've only got you now and then.
My apologies to everything that I can't be everywhere at once.
My apologies to everyone that I can't be each woman and each man.
I know I won't be justified as long as I live,
since I myself stand in my own way.
Don't bear me ill will, speech, that I borrow weighty words,
then labor heavily so that they may seem light.