STAY DOWN

My name is Mel. Here’s my picture, and my story.
I got these done for the first time in 2008 I think, by a good friend in Australia.
I always wanted something across my knuckles.
Stay Down, because at the time I was doing Muay Thai, and I found that amusing to have it under the gloves. It’s also a fair warning for trouble makers.
But mostly, because I wanted to remind myself that I wasn’t the one supposed to stay down in my life. Bullshit had to stay down. Eventually I’ll get CALM tattooed on my left hand, inside, so when I open my left hand and close the right one, one can read Stay Calm, because I need to remind myself of that too.
Photo by Francis Beddok.

SEJA VOCÊ

My name is Antonia Ciminera. I’m 23 years old from Los Angeles, California. My knuckles say ” Seja Você ” which is Portuguese for “Be You” . I got this tattoo because I used to worry a lot about what others would think of me or how they would judge me and I came to realize that no matter what I will always just be me and I’m okay with that not being accepted by everyone, and I encourage other people to be who they are.

GOLDFISH

Jeanine sends us her knuckle tattoos:

I got these done almost 4 years ago by Zack Woods at The Missing Piece in Spokane, WA. The “o” is a fish bowl and the “F” is a fishing hook. This tattoo has a lot of meanings for me. For the most part it is a comic book referance and this is what I tell people. Whenever I think of Lenore the cute little dead girl saying “fishies go pook pook pook” I think of goldfish. But I am also a fish out of water. This has more than one meaning for me. I have always been an oddball and as a female with tons of tattoo work I get a ton of odd looks. I also love to swim. I am an Aquarius… so it all just fits me perfectly. Not to mention I love the goldfish snack food crackers. White cheddar for the win baby. ~ J

LOVE MORE

My name is Lindey! I’m from Massachusetts; I got LOVE MORE on my knuckles as a representation that I truly believe people need to love more. I grew up being a very loving child and I’ve always had a big heart. I’ve been thinking about this tattoo for a few years, and the placement felt perfect to me. I think if society really showed love to the people they really care about it would make a big difference in their lives and the person(s) they love! I’ve seen a lot of love and a lot of heart break and I have it burned into my brain that people will get by easier and live life better if they just love more. No matter who you are, love is the greatest feeling to be felt. I got this done from DOUG as Eternal Images in Milford, MA