Monday, August 7, 2017

Jose's Tattoo Honors His Puerto Rican Heritage

I met Jose last week in the vestibule of a bank in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

He had a really vivid image of a lizard peeking our from under his sleeve, so I couldn't resist asking about it. He was kind enough to roll up his shirt to reveal the entire piece on his arm:


Jose's half-sleeve is a tribute to his Puerto Rican heritage. He says he wanted "something different" and his artist combined several elements that are part of Puerto Rican life that represented his culture.

The flag flies at the top of the tattoo and the hibiscus blossoms give the tattoo its floral pop. The iguana sits regally at the bottom of the tattoo and, if you look closely, on the inner part of the tattoo is Puerto Rico's coquí frog which is another symbol of the island commonwealth.

Jose's artist was Tazz (@tazz_tatts) from Aztec Ink Tattooing & Piercing Studio (@aztecinkbrooklyn) in Brooklyn.

Here is what the tattoo looked like when it was first completed, courtesy of Tazz's Instagram:

Courtesy of @tazz_tatts on Instagram
We've featured Tazz's work at least once before on Tattoosday and it's always good to see new work from old friends!

Thanks to Jose for sharing his cool tattoo honoring his Puerto Rican heritage with us here on Tattoosday!


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Monday, July 31, 2017

We Are TEN!


Ten years ago today, Tattoosday was born out of BillyBlog.

A decade and 2078 posts later, we are approaching 4 million page views and still puttering along.

Alex McWatt at Three Kings helped me ring in my 50th year on earth, and 10th year of Tattoosday with this custom-designed eagle with a New York City theme.

Stay tuned as we celebrate our tenth year with lots of fun stuff, including visits from some old friends.

Thanks to you, our loyal readers and contributors, who have been so kind to us over the last decade!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Florian and His Three Wise Skulls

Earlier this summer, I met Florian across from the New York Stock Exchange in lower Manhattan.
He was visiting from Austria, and he was kind enough to share some amazing black and gray work on his forearm:



Each of these three skulls has something unique about them - one had headphones, one has a blindfold, and one has a sealed-over mouth.

Florian explained that this was a different take on the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" maxim of the three wise monkeys. Obviously, these are human skulls, but I love the way the artist transformed the concept into a breath-taking tattoo.

The work was done by Roz from Pin Up Tattoo in Vienna, Austria.

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

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Brianna's Sleeve of Shapes

I met Brianna earlier this month across from Federal Hall in the Financial District. I generally don't like to take pictures of sleeves, because it's hard to do them full justice, but sometimes they are so interesting, I can't resist.



I love the design of this tattoo. Brianna explained that she has always been fascinated by shapes and geometry, and the hexagram in the top photo features a segment of spine, which is a nod to the fact that she has dealt with spinal issues since she was a child.

She credited this work to Lacey Burnett at Twisted Anchor Tattoo (@twistedanchortattoo) in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Thanks to Brianna for sharing her cool sleeve with us here on Tattoosday!


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Gabriella's Homage to Amy Winehouse

Six years ago today, Amy Winehouse passed away. I recently received an email from a reader who wanted to share her tribute to the late great singer, and today seemed liked the most fitting day to honor her memory with the post. Meet Gabriella:


In addition to the striking resemblance, the tattoo is pretty amazing, too:


Gabriella credited her work to Olivier Desrochers (@olirockstattoo) from Imperial Tattoo Connexion (@imperialtattooconexion) in Montreal, Canada.

Thanks to Gabriella for helping us honor the memory of Amy Winehouse here on Tattoosday!

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sierra's Seaworthy Tattoos at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Last month, at the 35th annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade, I met Sierra, who was kind enough to share her appropriately-themed tattoos on her sides.

First, this octopus:


She credited this work to Siege (@siegeart) from Revival Art Collective (@revivalartcollective) in Phoenix, Arizona.

On the other side of her torso, she has this tattoo:


This one she credited to Moeh Haywood (@Moehskee) who tattoos out of Crimson Hilt Tattoo (@crimsonhiltattoo) in Denver.

Sierra told me the jellyfish and octopus tattoos are a nod to the fact that she studied marine biology.

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

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Sandy and Her Sea Leg

Back in May, I spotted Sandy on Broad Street in lower Manhattan. The bright burst of color on her left leg is spectacular and I was thrilled when she agreed to let me take a picture:


From the starfish on her foot, to the sea turtle and jellyfish on her thigh, the color and detail are truly remarkable:


Sandy told me, "I'm actually doing a foot-to-shoulder piece. I'm gonna do water, then land and sky and it's basically things that I'd done with my husband who passed away, so it's kinda like a tribute."

This work was done by Frankie Oneshot (@frankieoneshot) at Bullseye Tattoos (@bullseyetattooshop)  in Staten Island.

We're hoping that we'll be privy to more of Sandy's work in the future.

Thanks to Sandy for sharing her awesome sea leg with us here on Tattoosday!

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