MID WEST

MID WEST

Natalie S. sends these knuckles in, with this story:

Chad Koeplinger did this tattoo for me, he’s a Michigan native and totally related to my love, as an Illinois native and Chicago resident, for the mid west. My husband and I talked a lot about ideas for mid west tattoos, he ended up with a logo from his favorite skate shop in Flint, his hometown and I decided an ear of corn on my finger would be the idea tribute. I’ve been all over, and liked a lot of places on the east coast I visited, but nothing compares to being back home where every one’s fat, the politicians are all corrupt and the football’s always great.

LAST CALL

LAST CALL

Sarah convinced her boyfriend to send these in. The story is as follows:

Spyder got his knuckles done in Saint Louis, MO about a year ago after being a bouncer at various bars and clubs in Boston and in Los Angeles throughout the years. I found it only appropriate to set the shot up with the king of beers.

STRENGTH

STRENGTH

Lisa S. of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada sends us these beauties and a great story to match:

I went through a really rough time in my life. I had basically lost everything and anyone that I cared about. I didn’t have anyone to help me get through it, but myself, and I didn’t think I would make it. I had to find the strength to do it all by myself. After finding a way out of the mess I was in, I got the word STRENGTH tattood on my knuckles as a constant reminder. It tells me that I’m strong, and no matter what happens, I can get through it.

FAUX PAUX

FAUX PAUX

I acutally met Summer here a long ways back. We sat down and chatted about knuckle tattoos and how society treats heavily tattooed people. Our conversation made me think a lot about this project and how it was originally about the tattoos. Now I am much more interested in the people and the stories of how they decided on getting the knuckle tattoos and what the tattoos mean to them.

So, enough about me, this is what Summer has to say about why she got FAUX PAUX:

faux pas: [foh pahz; Fr. foh pah] a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.

i decided to get my knuckle tattoos after the corporate world does what they do best: fuck you. my knuckles are my reminder that i never want to be some suit and ties fucking gopher ever again. being that im a woman, and an androgenous one at that, people look at me and automatically pigeonhole me as some gay tattooed gutter loser who cant spell. little do they know, i probably make just as much money as they do without selling my soul, and i maintain my personal moral ethic. so, i decided to just mispell it out for people who look at me and assume they know. if you dont want to do business with me because im a woman with knuckle tattoos, then fuck you. there’s enough tattooed freaks out there who cant spell to do business with.