I’ve had sleeves sketched out for years but have luckily never had the money to actually get them embedded into my skin… Some of my ideas were far from timeless and went with the current trends back then. But some things that have always been on my sketch pad waiting for skin have been both a lighthouse and a victorious looking old school ship.
Last September I finally committed. I found a legit artist in Denver. Fish at Th’Ink Tank Tattoo in Denver Colorado. Awesome artist and really good guy, he also has a sick clothing company called ELC Mens. I started with the lighthouse coming up my forearm with an olive tree taking up the backside of my forearm. The lighthouse holds a lot of meaning to me. First off I grew up outside of Boston and some of my fondest memories were coastal trips where lighthouses were scattered. The other part of it comes from my spiritual faith and how God is light. In the darkest times it may be hard to see but its there if you’re looking and on those sunny days, its right there, easy to see. The olive tree signifies not only my daughter, Olive, but creation in general, there is a flock of birds flying out of the top of the tree – which will continue into some awesomeness up my arm – I’ll have another post about that later. Anyways… the birds also signifying creation and how we are sent out into this physical world but remain spiritual beings. This isn’t 100% finished yet, I just got a piece on the inside of this bicep last week which I’ll post on here soon, just letting it heal up to take pictures of it.
After going through a few appointments to get this up and running I realized that when you do start getting tattoos, your ideas will spring to life and you want more. I wanted more for sure and wanted to get my family tattoos on me next. So I went with a time piece. A pocket watch for my wife with the words ” Tess, my love forever”. This one will eventually get some color later this year but I will be having some other pieces added to this arm in black shading first.
Then I went on to get this piece for my son Boston. Its based off the first tattoo my dad ever got, it was two roses and my name. So forming a tradition… here it is. It’ll be colored in later this year. I think.
So, tattoos in general have definitely become a part of my life. I love the art, the culture, the history. Just touching the surface recently and mentioning that my great-great grandfather was a tattoo artist to some guys at Think Tank I really found out how amazing all this is. They flipped out about how amazing that was and really encouraged me to do some research, which I have and I’ve got some big plans in the works on archiving all my grandfathers art work and such. Its gonna be an awesome journey through tattoo history for sure.
All of these are by Fish at Think Tank, all the artists at that shop are jaw dropping good. I’ve also got a piece by Shawn Deegan from Perfection Tattoo in San Antonio, he’s been working on my brothers skin for about a year now, amazing work!