Soul Vice.

I’m 19 years old and I joined the navy right out of high school. The main reason I did it, despite the cliche, was to get away from a lifestyle that would’ve gotten way worse if I stayed. So i started off by getting the tear drop, to remind myself of where I was, and that’s as close to it as I ever want to get again. Then I heard the song “Soul Vice” by a band called Trapped Under Ice, and one of the lyric says “Live with the vice” and it hit me, that everyone, whether they admit it or not, has a vice in their life that either holds them back or will never go away. This was MY way of acknowledging MY vice.

Gonzalo Mendez, USN. TUITILLIDIE


Alahna Cruz sends us these knuckles and the story behind ’em:

White ink – hence the b&w. ‘absorber’. In the last 3 years the 3 most important people in my life told me that I was born broken and with holes in me that I couldn’t fix. Also in the last 3 years, I have gotten out of a rocky relationship, got disowned by a good portion of my life & have learned how to support myself & stay healthy and responsible. This is a reminder to myself that I will find what I’m looking for & that I only need myself (and the big guy).


Sean Bardwell is all about barbecue:

Here’s a pic of my BARBEQUE knuckles. They were done by Rick Meggison at Marked4life.
I started cooking BBQ about 7 years ago. About 3 or 4 years ago I decided BBQ was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I started practicing more, writing recipes and created my own brand and logo. Check out my website and you can also follow me on twitter @SBbarbeQue (shameless plug, I know). I have recently taken some more steps towards making my BBQ my living. Rick is my friend and a member of our cooking team @TattoosNQue (I know, another shameless plug). We were hanging out the night before Zombie Jesus day or most commonly known as Easter. I had planned on getting this tattoo a little bit down the road. He convinced me to get it by using the zombie jesus metaphor and calling it my BBQ resurrection…and here we are!


Jessie sends us these knuckle tattoos and the story behind them:

I’m a Sequential Artist/Illustrator attending SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). I got knuckles tattooed as inspiration to keep myself drawing. Which word is on which hand was panned as well because I’m left handed so “draw” is on the left hand..heh heh, so punny. Literally got them done two days ago and everyone keeps fist pumping me ’cause no one can tell they’re new, it sucks, but they are so awesome people just can’t help it.


Hello, my name is Ian and I’ve been following your site for a while, now I have a tattoo to submit.
‘such’ on my left knuckles, just got it 2 days ago.  Oddly I needed to argue my case to all the employees who worked there, and only reluctantly agreed to accept my money.
It’s my 3rd tattoo, but the first I’ve been immediately proud of.
The notion behind it, or what it means to me is the idea of the natural state of things, an acceptance of them based on the idea that ‘everything is necessary’.  Not in any eastern way, but in that perfection is the past, because it is static and unchangeable