Friday, July 31, 2015

Griff's Gryphon

Last week on Wall Street, I met Griff, whose collection of tattoos covers his body. When I asked him how many he had, he wasn't sure, but estimated it is somewhere between twenty and thirty. How to choose? We decided on this one, from the back of his left calf, which was his very first tattoo:


Griff dates this back to April 2007, just over eight years ago. Coincidentally, today is Tattoosday's eighth anniversary, so celebrating with a tattoo inked the same year that the site was born seems appropriate.

Griff credits this to an artist named Don Sellers at 702 Tattoo in Richmond, Virginia.

He explained his full name is Griffin so he decided on a tattoo of a gryphon, the legendary creature with the head, talons and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. You'll notice that's not quite what he got. "I didn't like the eagle face, so I gave it a lion face," he told me. So, ultimately, it's a customized gryphon for Griffin. "Nobody else will ever [have one like] it," he added.

Thanks to Griff for sharing his first tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Melissa Wows Us with a Sarah Miller Tattoo

Last month at the NYC Urban Tattoo Convention, I met Melissa, who was kind enough to let me take a photo of this astoundingly beautiful thigh piece:


This veritable stunner of a tattoo was inked by Sarah Miller, who is co-owner of Wyld Chyld Tattoo in Pittsburgh. Many may remember from her appearance on season two of Ink Master. Sarah was runner-up that year and produced stellar work throughout the series.

Melissa told me that Sarah finished this amazing tattoo in six sittings and Miller took her original artwork that she adapted to fit onto Melissa's leg.

This vibrant and colorful tattoo was one of the high points of the convention for me.

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

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Buddha on Wall Street

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Cyrus, a visitor from Olso, Norway. He had this magnificent tattoo to share with us:


Cyrus got this at 1969 Tattoo, in Oslo, from a Thai artist working there named Noi Siamese III.

"I like the art, first of all," Cyrus told me, "and I think Buddhism is inspiring."

The quality of this work is astounding, from the beauty of the lotus at the bottom, to the distinct pop of the green leaves at the top, both serving to frame the great black and gray face of Buddha. It really was a pleasure to stumble upon a tattoo as lovely as this.

Thanks to Cyrus for sharing his inspiring tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Robert's Lion Roars to Life

On Saturday, my travels found me in a Trader Joe's in Chelsea, and I spotted this spectacular tattoo:


This is on the arm of Robert who credited Rafael Marte from Studio 28 in Manhattan for this great lion tattoo.

"My dad got a lion, a lion cub with my birth date on it," Robert old me, "so it's more of a maturation kind of a piece."

It's a really impressive tattoo and perfect for all the Leos out there celebrating their birthdays this time of year!

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

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Angeline's Thigh Tattoo

Yesterday we met Leila who shared her floral tattoo. Today we're checking out this thigh tattoo from her friend Angeline:


Angeline credits this to Douglas Grady at Magic Cobra Tattoo Society in Willliamsburg, Brooklyn.

She told me, "t was something that he'd drawn up and I'd seen it and said 'I want it," because it was gorgeous."

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

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Flowers for a Friday: Leila's Pansies

I met Leila last month in Coney Island as the Mermaid Parade was winding down. She shared these beautiful flowers on her arm:


These pansies were inked by Bryan Register, who currently works out of Ms. Deborah's Fountain of Youth Tattoo in St. Augustine, Florida.

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

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jay, Josephine Baker, and More!

I met Jay at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade last month and she shared this cool Jospehine Baker tattoo on her right arm:


This was done by Cynthia Rudzis, owner and curator at Cirque du Rouge in Washington D.C.

In addition to this photo I took, Jay sent me photos of some additional work she has from Rudzis, on her back:


Jay tells us this:
"... is a tribute to my dad's Japanese Buddhist roots, [and] is actually a stylized version of one of the old Sherlock Holmes drawings that accompanied the original stories. The kanji [lower right] reads, 'every day is a good day'- my family's favorite Buddhist saying. Several of my family members also have it tattooed elsewhere on themselves.
The color piece at the top was taken from a 1930's wallpaper pattern and [is] used to connect the colors in my various pieces."
I was also delighted to see another photo that Jay sent me, considering I had recently been emblazoned with a crab myself:


Jay explained that this was done by Joey at Citizen Ink in Brooklyn  and that "it's representative of my home state of Maryland, with a blue crab and the state motto, 'fatti maschii parole femine' or 'manly deeds, womanly words.' "

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

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