Done by Jen Mayer at Club Tattoo in Tempe, AZ, United States
This is my first tattoo; I got it on my side/rib cage. It’s the artist’s take on a picture that I actually drew myself when I was younger. It hurt like a mother, but I am so incredibly happy with the outcome. Jen is extremely talented, and I would recommend her to anyone in the Phoenix/Tempe area.
A tribute to a very significant and positive change in my life that has been long overdue, a symbol of thanks to everyone who has stood by me regardless of my mistakes, but most importantly, a reminder to myself that I can have it all, because I am worth it!
By Mike Wilson at Marks of Art in San Jose, CA.
ee cummings. It’s my sister’s handwriting on the left and my brother’s on the right. Someday I’ll have my husband’s handwriting finish the poem. “i carry it in my heart”
complete; artwork & inked by Steve Lemak of Quillian Tattoo (Allentown, Pennsylvania).
I wanted a tattoo that would embrace my love for astronomy and consciousness of being. I remember years ago realizing the fact that we were made of star stuff when I was watching an episode of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” series. Since then, my entire outlook on life has changed. Our ability to experience is so cherishable. I am not one of religion, but the feelings that I experience when I think about our origins, are not unlike spirituality.
“We are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts… is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact… many people feel small, cause they’re small and the universe is big, but I feel big! Because, my atoms came from those stars.” - Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Rick Moody has one of the coolest tattoos possible (in our opinion), because it’s part of Shelley Jackson’s Skin project, a 2095-word story published exclusively in tattoos, one word each on as many willing volunteers, so it can never be read in its proper order, but just exists, pulsing, out in the world at all times. Photo via NY Press.
Oh my, this is wonderful.
Wow, talk about being an essential part of something bigger than yourself. What a great allegory for humanity, and learning to love what fate deals you, and stuff. I wish I could be in on this, for that feeling alone… Oh well
“Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements — the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution and for life — weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”
― Lawrence M. Krauss
Tyler at Til Death Tattoo in Portland, ME; 10/18/2012
This was done in Santa Cruz at the True Artist Tattoo/Piercing shop, by the Artist Bonnie.
This one is for my Dad. He got me into Lord of the Rings which opened a totally different world to me. The words are in elvish and it’s a lullaby he would always sing to me. The song is called “The Prayer”, performed by Celine Dion. This tattoo means the world to me and I’ll always have it on my back to remind me when I’m going through hardships and long adventures.
Done by Billy at Tattoo Paradise in Adams Morgan, D.C.
Lyrics from Skinny Love by one of my favorite bands Bon Iver!