The Tattooed Poets Project: Vicki Iorio

    We're kicking off this year's Tattooed Poets Project with a tattoo that seems, ahem, apropos-etic:


    This poetic foot belongs to Vicki Iorio, a New York poet. She explains the tattoo:

    "My group of Long Island poets have the pleasure of reading at the Wyld Chyld Cafe and Tattoo Parlor in Merrick, NY. I watched Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, the poet laureate of Suffolk County get "poet" tattooed across her shoulder blades. [Tammy will be appearing on the site later this month.] She recited poetry while her back was bleeding, I knew at that moment I would have to get one!
    It was a cold January night, Sixx tattooed my right foot with a beautiful scripted "poet." It was a beautiful moment and I love my tat and all it signifies. A slew of woman poets have been tattooed by Sixx. A tattooed sisterhood, indeed."
    Here is a poem from Vicki:

    Tattoo 56
     
    I will get a tattoo next birthday
    no one will care
    it won't be like birthday 13
    when I dyed my hair purple on a shoplift heist
    shaved off eyebrows
    pierced frozen ears with a needle
    hacked off bushy black fur under stockings

    I will find an illustrated man
    his head bald and shiny
    eyes so blue I will see straight through
    to his good heart, diamond stud in one ear
    massive arms shocking to the touch.

    My spider will go willingly to his fly.
    I will tell him what I want
    where I want it.

    After validating plastic worth,
    my pirate will lead me to his table
    gift me with little hurts
    celebrate me electrically
    wrap me in gauze
    sing the praises of Bacitracin
    wish me a happy birthday.

    ~

    Vicki Iorio is a Long Island poet who hangs around tattoo parlors. Her poems have been published in various publications including hell strung and crooked. She is saving up for another tattoo!

    Thanks to Vicki for sharing her poetic tattoo and tattoo poem with us here on Tattoosday!

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Uncle Allan for Japan

    Alright, they're finally here, the Uncle Allan prints we've been talking about for almost three weeks (well, mostly on twitter, but we have been talking about them!)
    The prints are limited to 100 signed and numbered A3 sized prints on 300 gram fancy card stock, and we're hoping to sell them all.
    All the money will go to the Red Cross' relief efforts in Japan, a country we love so, so much, and that was devastated by an earthquake and following tsunami on March 11th 2011.

    If you scroll down to the end of this post there's a button that'll take you to our paypal.
    Please pick the country you wish to get it shipped to in the dropdown menu, we will ship anywhere.
    If you have questions, please write us before purchasing!
    The prints are, of course, also for sale at the shop, just remember to call or write before coming by!

    If you are interested in purchasing any of Uncle Allan's other prints, check them out here and please send us an email at conspiracyinctattoo@gmail.com before buying, and let us know which other prints you are interested in purchasing, so we can give you a separate shipping quote for the whole thing.
    For this occasion only, we will offer a discount on all prints and flash (except the collaboration set with Hunter Spanks) and all the money from those prints will of course be donated as well.

    We will ship once a week until the prints are (hopefully!) sold out and the first shipment will go out a week from today.

    Please let us know if you have any questions, and thanks for your support!


    Uncle Allan for Red Cross, 2011
    (Watermark obviously not included)

    All signed and ready to go






    Print including shipping





    Please visit these links for other ways to support japan: All for Japan, Yellowblaze Webshop (proceeds from prints and t-shirts will go to relief efforts), I Stand with Japan, Tattooers for Japan, and our buddies at Progression Tattoo in Adelaide, Aus. who are having a walk-in day for japan on April 16th.
    The TAM blog has links too, so visit them as well.

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Tattoos I Know: Beth's Ink Ushers in the New Baseball Season

    Well, folks, it's March 31, which means several things, First and foremost, after a long, cold winter, and a rough start to spring, baseball season starts today. And although, the last time I checked, there was a 70% chance of rain for the New York Yankees home opener against the Detroit Tigers today, baseball fans everywhere are just a tad excited that their team's 162 game-long drama is about to begin.

    So, it seemed fitting that we share this tattoo, belonging to our cousin Beth:

    Photo by Melanie Cohen

    Beth is a diehard Yankees fan and she got this inked on September 16, 2005. For the record, the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays north of the border that day 11-10 thanks, in part, to two Robinson Cano home runs and Mariano Rivera's 40th save of the year.

    This is one of Beth's three tattoos, a fact not lost on me, as I have been wanting to post her ink on the site ever since we started back in 2007. However, we just never got around to it and this photo was shot last June in New Jersey by my wife, Melanie, at another cousin's baby shower. I thought, at the time, that we would save this picture for the day the Yankees won the World Series, but last year that ambition fell short in the ALCS. So we saved it for Opening Day, instead.

    The tattoo was done by Thomi Hawk at K & B Tattooing & Piercing in Hightstown, New Jersey.

    I should also add that, back in August 2007, I was sitting in my seat at PNC Bank Arts Center, between sets, when I noticed a very similar tattoo several rows ahead of me. I thought, "Man, that tattoo looks just like Beth's, and in the same spot [on her upper right back] too!" Of course, it was Beth, and we were both unaware that we were attending the show. And to think I spotted her in all that humanity by noticing her tattoo!

    I mentioned at the top of the post that it being March 31, meant several things. Aside from Opening Day, it's also opening day for the inkspotting season, as far as I'm concerned. Posts have been few and far between over the past few months and that's about to change. Tomorrow begins National Poetry Month, and we will be embarking on our third annual Tattooed Poets Project: 30 days of tattoos from poets across the country. And, I will assume, that I'll be having regular Tattoosday encounters, which will reappear in May, throughout the month.

    Play ball!

    Thanks again to Beth for sharing her cool patriotic Yankees tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Home is Where the Star Is

    Yesterday in Penn Station, I met Jonathan, whose one tattoo caught my eye when I passed him in the Amtrak waiting area.

    Except, sometimes, a fragment of a tattoo doesn't necessarily reveal the whole piece. As in Jonathan's case, I saw the back of his arm, and this segment, which resembled (to me, at the time), a crude figure with the beginning of a speech bubble emanating from its mouth:


    I felt rather silly, however, when Jonathan agreed to participate and showed me the full tattoo:


    The figure I imagined, of course, is really Long Island, and the balloon was the southern tip of the state of New York.

    Jonathan explained that he is from Rochester, marked on the tattoo with a star, and that he lived in the same house growing up there for eighteen years. It's a New York state of mind, indeed.

    The tattoo was done at Big Joe & Sons Tattooing in White Plains, New York.

    Thanks to Jonathan for sharing his stately tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!


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All booked up!

    Just a quick little post to let you all know that Eckel is booked up for April, May and June.
    That means we have closed for bookings for now.
    So, what does that mean to you if you're a person wanting to get tattooed by him asap?
    It means that you'll need to write us from June 1st. to book appointments in July, August and September.
    As usual, we ask you to include your ideas for the design, size and placement, any relevant pictures of yourself or design reference, as well as a list of dates in July, August or September where you'd like to get tattooed.
    And as usual, if you live in the area, we will ask you to come by for a consultation prior to your tattoo appointment.
    If you are interested in an appointment later in the fall, do not write us yet.
    In June we will only be booking for those three months.

    That's all, we look forward to hearing from you in a couple of months, and remember, if you'd like to know more about booking, read the tabs named Eckel and client info.





    Og så på Dansk:
    Eckel er fuldt booket de næste tre måneder, og vi har nu derfor lukket for booking.
    Det betyder, at hvis du gerne vil tatoveres af Eckel, skal du sende os en mail i starten af Juni for at booke en tid i enten Juli, August eller September.
    Som sædvanligt vil vi bede dig om at inkludere alle dine idéer til design, placering og størrelse i mailen, eventuelle billeder, samt en liste over dage i de følgende tre måneder hvor det vil passe dig godt at blive tatoveret.
    Og som sædvanligt vil vi bede dig om at kigge forbi til en konsultation inden din tatoverings-aftale hvis du bor i nærheden.
    Hvis du ønsker en tid senere på efteråret skal du ikke skrive til os endnu.
    Vi booker kun de tre måneder ad gangen, så hvis du vil have en tid senere, må du vente.

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The Tattoosday Book Review: Tattooed by the Family Business

    I’ll cut right to the chase: if you’re going to buy one tattoo book this spring, make sure it’s Tattooed by The Family Business, a feast for the eyes and a new standard by which all tattoo photography books should be judged.

    Simply stated, this book is gorgeous, heavy on high-quality photography, focusing on the wonderful body art created by Mo Coppoletta and his crew of talented tattooists at The Family Business Tattoo Shop, a London-based establishment that has been producing breath-taking work since 2003.

    If you're not familiar with Copoletta, or his studio, the book gives readers a peek inside the world of the Family Business. But aside from a one page foreword, and a couple pages of introduction, this lovely book is light on text, and heavy on images from photographers Fredi Marcarini and Chris Terry.

    Image copyright: Fredi Marcarini and Chris Terry
    Taken from Tattooed by the Family Business (Pavilion)

    The two hundred plus pages are filled with lush images of life in the shop and, more importantly, the high quality work created by the artists. Divided up into five sections, titled "The Family," "The Business," "The Art," "The Work," and "The Patrons," this is not just about Coppoletta and his own work. The reader is also introduced to the whole family: Kanae, Mie Satou, Dominique Holmes, Diego Brandini, and Diego Azaldegui.

    Some may draw comparisons to the books the American tattoo artist Kat Von D, which I have favorably reviewed in the past on this site. Tattooed by the Family Business is in a different league. It is as you would expect, Von D's books are busy and filled with words and images; whereas Coppoletta's book exudes a classiness to which other artists can only aspire.

    In fact, an online review hardly does it justice. Photography dominates and, whereas the tattoo, or the process of tattooing is always at hand, the beauty of the book also lies in its images. Ultimately, I believe, it's what most serious artists want to see in a tattoo book. Although some may criticize that, in some of the photos, the details of the tattoos themselves are lost in the framing of the photograph, I would argue that these images are just as compelling as the close-ups, as one sees the way the tattoos are placed, and how they flow along the lines of the human form.


    Image copyright: Fredi Marcarini and Chris Terry
    Taken from Tattooed by the Family Business (Pavilion)

    Image copyright: Fredi Marcarini and Chris Terry
    Taken from Tattooed by the Family Business (Pavilion)

    One of the neat features within this volume are several sketches on pages designed to resemble transparencies, where are laid over images of the tattoos themselves. The reader is treated to the full-page two-dimension image from which the artist drew his inspiration, and then can compare it to the end result.

    Here on Tattoosday, where most of the tattoos we see are from New York-based artists, I have, in several years, only had the pleasure of encountering Coppoletta's work once, documented here. Therefore, getting to see a more expansive look at his work, as well as that of other artists in The Family Business, is a real pleasure.

    Tattooed by the Family Business is a veritable feast. I keep returning to it, marveling at the craftsmanship and beauty of the tattoos. I highly recommend it to artists and aficionados alike. The book is a work of art in and of itself, and the fact that it so beautifully and simply celebrates the art makes it a must-read, a must-relish, and a must-have for every tattoo library.

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OPIN DA DO!!

Recent events

    In case you were wondering, we're still a little bummed about not going to Japan this spring, and a little bit in denial too.
    I'm sure it'll hit me around the 29th, but for now i feel ok.
    Honestly, i was a little worried about leaving our pretty shop home alone for so long anyway.
    What if it wouldn't recognize us when we came back?
    That would be bad.

    We're missing so much by not going, but hopefully we'll be able to go to some birthdays, concerts and events that we'd otherwise have missed. So there's that.
    There's actually a convention going on in Copenhagen in the beginning of April, the first one in years, and i think we might drop by.
    We're not working there by the way, even though there has been some speculation about that. Ahem. But we were never meant to.
    But i think it could be fun to check it out because, really, how often do we get to go to a convention and NOT work and NOT stay at some crappy hotel afterwards? It's even close to our place, and we do know some people working there and it'd be nice to say hi.

    Chriss Dettmer was here visiting us this past weekend, and with the earthquake happening, i totally forgot to blog about that.
    I didn't announce his mini guest spot on the blog either, and i am sorry for that, but he was here for such a short time, and we wanted to have some hangout time too.
    He did do a couple of tattoos, but i promise that we'll get him to stay longer next time, so you guys get the chance too.
    Anyway, it was wonderful to have him here. He's such a good friend and an easy house guest, both at home and at the shop.

    Like i wrote in the last post (by the way, sorry that this post is all over the place, but it's Friday and it's late and i'm in no mood to write anything coherent right now, so you'll just have to bear with me) we're working on making some prints to sell for Japan and that's still happening for sure. We got some test prints today, so hopefully we'll have the finished product sometime next week.
    They'll be limited, as usual, and we'll sell them alone and with other prints/flash at reduced prices.
    More about that when i actually have a product!
    I already started raising a bit of money for Japan, so if you like hats and animals, and hats with animals on them, check out my etsy shop. If you don't, just ignore that last sentence and scroll down for some tattoo pictures!
    Pictures! Yes! More of those and less of... me ranting.


    The orchid in the office came back from the dead, maybe thinking it's spring? Poor, dumb bastard...
    Anne got another session on her backpiece, this time in color
    Clients from Geneva brought us delicious chocolate
    Young brought us cake
    So did Tom and Ellie (the A is for Amalie, there was one for Allan and Eckel too)
    Eckel and Lucifer plotting world domination, as usual
    Chriss finished this one that he started a while back
    I cleaned up the back rooms for god knows what time, so the dark room is just waiting for our carpenters now

    Today on the way to work i rode my bike through the old hood.
    We needed Dettol and the grocery store that i usually buy it at has closed down. So i went by Nansensgade cause i knew they had it there, and boy, did that street blossom since we left!
    I mean, really, when we were there all the cool stores were always closing down and in their place hair salons and coaching cults or new age-y massage places would open. You know, boring shit.
    But now, i spotted a bunch of new shops and at least two new café's.
    One of them was even called "Amalie's Kaffebar" so it's obviously a coffee shop for people named Amalie.
    And it opens right after we move out? Oh, the irony.
    Anyway, it was weird to see the street looking alive again, and it made me wonder; did we kill it?
    I hope not.
    At least there are no shops to kill here in Schleppegrellsgade!
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Thinking of home

    Today we canceled our trip to Japan.
    The government here finally started advising against non-essential travel, and so we decided to call off our trip.
    It was a hard decision to make, one we've been struggling with since Fridays earthquake and tsunami, but in the end it didn't seem worth the risk.
    We had friends and family here at home worried sick, and going started to seem both unnecessarily risky and a little selfish too.
    We're not exactly the praying kind, but rest assured, Japan is on our minds all the time.
    We've been in contact with our friends in Japan who are all unharmed, but due to the continuing problems at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, we still worry about their safety.
    According to Hata from Inkrat, the power is out on and off, there's no water in the super markets, shops and restaurants are closed down and Tokyo is basically a ghost town.
    We're feeling pretty helpless, or useless even, over here, doing nothing, so we decided to do something.
    Last night i asked Allan if he had some painting or other lying around that we could possibly make prints of and maybe sell to help out, and it turns out he did. So we talked to our printer guy and it's happening, and hopefully soon too. They'll be limited and they'll be awesome and we'll donate all the money to an emergency relief organization, probably Red Cross since they seem to be the ones who get in there and do the most good the fastest.
    So stay tuned for updates!
    And until then, please donate if you can, and if you're in Tokyo, go get tattooed and support the tattoo artists over there who, like everyone, are in for some rough times.

    Sweet Kōenji

    I don't know exactly when we'll be back in Tokyo, but hopefully things will get better there soon, and we can get back over there.
    And when we do i hope we'll be able to reschedule the clients who had already booked in with Allan.
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Four from Christine

    I met Christine at the Trader Joe's on the Upper West Side yesterday evening and she shared these four tattoos:


    Moving clockwise from the upper left in the photo above, we start with an outline of Brooklyn, in honor of the borough in which Christine was born and raised.

    At the top of the other forearm is an om symbol, which captures her focus and has occasionally "helped with panic attacks."

    The two butterflies on opposite arms were inked in honor of her nieces, who both love these colorful insects. The shade of each represents their favorite colors.

    The Brooklyn piece was inked at Asylum Studios in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. The om and the butterflies were done by artists at Three Kings Tattoo. Both shops are in Brooklyn and have had work appear on Tattoosday previously here (Asylum) and here (Three Kings).

    Thanks to Christine for sharing these four of her eleven (!) tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!


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Chris's Cherry Blossoms Grace His Forearm

    On Friday afternoon, I ran into Chris near the 34th Street subway station near the Manhattan Mall.

    He had this wonderful tattoo on his left forearm:



    Chris explained that this tree resembles a cherry blossom tree that he played on with his cousin when he was a kid. His cousin has passed, so this is, in essence, a memorial, "without being over the top".

    I found it interesting and quite poignant that I spotted this piece on the day of the earthquake in Japan, when the plight of the residents in the northern part of that country was on so many minds. The cherry blossom, as many know, is often associated with the temporary, fleeting nature of life.

    I particularly like the shadowy effect in the background of the tattoo:


    Chris credited Ryan at ArtCore Tattoos in Naples, Florida with this tattoo.

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

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See Emily's Foot Tattoo

    I met Emily in Penn Station and asked her about this, one of her three tattoos:


    The phrase "Be not afraid, only believe" is from the Bible, more specifically, the Book of Mark, Chapter 5, Verse 36, King James version.

    What does this mean to Emily? "No matter what," she said, "always remember what's mean to be will happen...".

    A nice sentiment indeed. This tattoo was done by "Petey" at Immortal Ink in Clinton, New Jersey.

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


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Ria's birds

Repost: Whole Lotta Rosary

    This post originally appeared here, three years ago on March 6, 2008:

    So it was another Saturday night in Bay Ridge and we had just got home from a friend's house. The kids were getting ready for bed. My youngest, Shayna, was having a birthday party the next day. We were pretty much set on the party planning, but needed gift bags for party favors.

    I headed off to the 24-hour Duane Reade, six blocks away. By the time I arrived, there were already a half-dozen things added to my list. I grabbed a cart (although in Brooklyn they refer to it as a wagon) and was somewhere in the haircare section (shampoo for kids) when two young ladies walked by.

    I had brought, as always, my Tattoosday folder with fliers in it, along with my camera, despite the fact that it was cold and in the thirties. But one can never be too prepared. These women were dressed for the clubs, coatless, bare-armed, and high-heeled. I spotted a tattoo on one of the women's feet.

    I thought about asking her then and there about it, but I balked. These were two attractive young women in a drugstore late at night and I wasn't up for the challenge of being scrutinized as a creep.

    Besides, I reasoned, it's only a rosary tattoo. Nothing extraordinary about that. Let me just leave them alone, I thought, they're obviously headed to some club.

    But I ran into them/passed them a couple more times and, each time, I cursed myself more for being too cowardly to ask. So what if its just a rosary? Here at Tattoosday, it's not just about the ink, but about the story behind the ink.

    I was at the front part of the store, trying to decide which individually-wrapped candies would be the least damaging to my children's teeth (for the party bags), when they headed my way, on their way out of the store. I figured, "what the heck?" and asked the young lady about her tattoo.



    This was not the first tattoo I took a picture of. Before I knew it, woman said "Wanna see a sick tattoo?" And she turned around and lifted the back of her shirt up to reveal, indeed, this very sick tattoo:



    Wow. Sweet. Which just goes to show, Tattoosday Rule #1: Don't dismiss the "ordinary" tattoo. There may be extraordinary ones just out of sight!

    Her name is Layla and she was very cool. I snapped the above shot and then asked if I could take the rosary one as well, since that's what caused me to stop and talk to her.

    Both were inked by her friend Vito at King's County Tattoo Co.. She got the rosary modeled after Nicole Richie's tattoo. The awesome lower back piece she inked when she was 19. She was young and rebelling against her parents, she said, and she didn't want a small lower back tattoo like everyone else had, she wanted something big and bold. Check out this detail:


    It's beautiful work.

    I noticed that she also had a cross on her left forearm and I gave my standard Tattoosday patter: check out the blog in a few days, and feel free, if you like what you see, to email me if she wants to share more of her ink with the world.

    I turned to her friend, , and said, naively, and when you get a tattoo, let me know, and I'll put yours on too. She proudly replied, "I have seven already." Silly me, and then I noticed the rosary on her right foot.



    Like Layla, Lisa's rosary tattoo is inspired by Nicole Richie's. In fact, Lisa said, hers is an exact replica of Nicole Richie's (below):


    I extended the same offer: if you like what you see on the blog, let me know, we can always have you come back as a recurring tattoo feature.

    I thanked both ladies and they headed out while I went back to searching for the elusive gift bags.

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Tattoosday Weekend Recap, March 4, 2011

    Mixing it up here on Tattoosday as I anxiously look toward spring and the third annual Tattooed Poets Project.

    ~

    One of the things I've taken to doing from time to time is googling "tattoo" and watching the "real time" feed, mostly tweets that appear and get swept up by the google logarithms.

    How else would I have found about DMBTattoo.com, billed as "A Dave Matthews Band Tattoo Collection Site"? This reminds me, of course of Tattooed Everything, a site dedicated to Pearl Jam tattoos, which seems to have vanished.

    Of course, this parlays into my Tattoosday scenario of a semi-regular feature, yet to be launched, called Garden Ink, which will be posts that stem from my close proximity, Monday through Friday, to Madison Square Garden.

    Rather than spotting ink, the idea is to seek it out, on days that there are events at the Garden, the world's most famous arena. This means approaching people who are not necessarily visibly inked and asking them if they have tattoos specific to whoever is at the Garden that night. I did  this once, successfully, here, with a Green Day fan. The idea recently resurfaced when the 'hood was besieged by Little Monsters waiting to see Lady Gaga.

    ~

    And finally, just when I thought I'd seen it all with Ed Hardy lighters, earlier this week I found, wait for it, Ed Hardy Hand Sanitizer! It actually smells not half bad.

    ~
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Tattoos I Know: A Medley from Maida

    It's safe to say that Maida has been a fan of Tattoosday from its earliest days.

    Over the last three years, a day generally doesn't go by without our discussing ink. As a co-worker, and a friend, she's a regular visitor to the site.

    Which is why one might wonder why her tattoos have taken this long to appear on Tattoosday. I even recall discussing with her potential designs as she researched new ideas.

    We always talked about me taking pictures, but it never came to fruition.

    However, yesterday the stars aligned and we got our collective acts together. Let's take a look, shall we?

    I'm starting with my favorite pair of the three she is sharing (out of four, in all):


    These two are pretty cool, and the top one. a triquetra, I remember her spending a lot of time thinking about.
    She feels that it also acts as protection, warding off the evil eye:


    Below that is a butterfly that is not your standard design. The wings' patterns resemble skulls:


    Maida says this dual image, the softness of the butterfly and the roughness of the skulls, represents the two sides of life, and is a double-edged sword. The kanji represent the symbols for power (top) and strength (bottom).

    Maida also shared this tattoo on the outside of her right calf, above the ankle:


    Maida got this, along with her friend Kathy, as a testament to "the strong bond and love between two best friends". They each have it on the same spot, although Kathy's butterfly has lavender wings, whereas Maida's are turquoise.

    All of Maida's tattoos above were inked by an artist named JStar, whose website is here. The site includes photos of more of her work and is well worth a look.

    Thanks to Maida for sharing her tattoos with us here, finally, on Tattoosday! We look forward to seeing more in the future!Source URL: http://quotidianoirreversivel.blogspot.com/2011/03/
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Happy birthday to us!!

    Yes, you read that right, it's our birthday!
    Today it's been exactly a year since the big move from Nansensgade to Schleppegrellsgade.
    I would have liked to do a huge month-by-month post documenting the last year and all the progress we've made, but, as usual, i don't really have the time.

    One year ago i would have laughed if anyone had told me that we still wouldn't be completely finished with working on the shop on our first birthday, but at that time none of us knew how many things could possibly go wrong.
    And considering the amount of crap we've been through, i actually think the shops current condition (which is "almost done" and "totally awesome") is pretty impressive.
    I don't even mind waiting a few more months with the opening party!

    Like we have for the past year, we're still going to flea markets all the time, this is one of our latest finds
    And this is what it looks like in our amazing new work room

     And just so ya'll have something pretty to look at, here's the worlds most giant armpit tattoo, by Eckel

    Alright, i'm gonna go celebrate our big day by scrubbing some tubes...
    Yay?
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Erika's Ink: Something Old and Something New

    On Sunday, spring-like temperatures made being outside enticing. I was heading home when I spotted, from a good fifty yards away, a young lady approaching. Even from that distance, I noticed her bare calves and the discernable mark of a tattoo above her left ankle.

    So, as she approached, I slowed down to talk to her. When I asked her about the tattoo, she indicated that I had stopped her before, which puzzled me, as I didn't recognize the ink. She then clarified that her right arm hosted a honeycomb sleeve, with bees. Since it was covered, I didn't recognize her.

    I first met Erika in July 2009 and stopped her after she walked by me on the street. At the time, she said that the sleeve was a work in progress, and she'd rather not have it posted. I asked if I could take a picture anyway, and promised it wouldn't go live until she was done with the art.

    I believe I ran into her (or maybe just saw her on the subway) last summer, and the sleeve still amazed me.

    So here, on the last Sunday in February, she was again. Since her arm was covered, I asked if I could take a picture of the tattoo I had spotted on her ankle. She agreed, although she qualified it as one of her oldest tattoos:

    Erika said this piece is about 15 years old and called it an omkara or aumkara. That would be an om symbol floating above a lotus flower.

    She also said that she had not had any more work done on the sleeve and she didn't mind sharing it at this stage of the game. The artist is in Portland, Maine, so it's not easy to just go and get it periodically updated.

    Here's the sleeve covering the upper two thirds of Erika's arm:


    Definitely worth taking a closer look at the details:


    The artist of this honeycomb and her "killer bees" is Chris Dingwell of Sanctuary Tattoo.

    Thanks to Erika for sharing one of her older tattoos, as well as this phenomenal sleeve-in-progress!Source URL: http://quotidianoirreversivel.blogspot.com/2011/03/
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