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HOPE

Jonathan Nadeau send us this fresh meat and his story:

This is a picture of my left hand that I just finished tattooing myself. I once was a tattoo artist but I quit tattooing for more than 15 years so I have some practice to do to get back on track ! My left hand was available and willing to play the guinea pig. I will need help for the right hand though.

ZWANGLOS

hey i’m pete from germany,
my story about my knuckles becomes a bit obvious if you translate it from german.
‘zwanglos’ simply means ‘without bondage’ or ‘fetterless’, but you normally wouldn’t cut the word into the syllables ‘zwan’ and ‘glos’, which emphasizes the idea of it all, because it doesn’t make any sense, unless i want to.
in addition ‘zwanglosigkeit’ in german is somehow associated with serenity and after all my knuckles will forever remind me that there’s no authority but myself.
Done at Santa Sangre, Cologne

dirt life

Hello, my name is Jeff, I’m a 31 year old Taurus living in Seattle, WA.
 I knew I wanted a 4×4 that was both a phrase straight across and a polarity, a black/white, night/day binary.  -dirt life- is my working class pride tattoo.  My buddy, who has -wrkn clas- on his knuckles, and I were discussing working class issues and our true enjoyment of being working class, free from the pressures of social mobility. He said to me “man, the way I look at it, I came from dirt, I’m always gonna be dirt, and I’m gonna die in the dirt.” It was like a beautiful brick hit my stomach. I sat on it for 24 hours and asked for his consent in making that idea my knuckle tattoo.
I truly spent my life in the dirt because my mother was a gardener, I mostly played in the woods and in ditches and in the dirty Mississippi River, I work in coffee now which comes from dirt and coffee on your skin and clothes looks like dirt.  It’s just me. I also like that it mocks the morality around poorness, such as the phrase “dirt poor” common in my home state of Louisiana. I have taken that morality and claimed it as my own, with honor. I have also been listening to Tupac a lot and it’s a tongue-in-cheek nod to his phrase THUG LIFE. Taurus is an Earth sign-more dirt. The polarity of -dirt- and -life- is very dynamic and very interesting to me on many levels. It, along with my Taurus glyph on my neck, is my favorite tattoo. It’s my way of recontextualizing something that is normally negative and derogatory.

HARD WORK

This is Jonny C. and Sam Riot. They are best friends and welders here in Austin, TX.

Jonny got his knuckles done first and say they are a reminder of what life is for him. His knuckle tattoos were the first tattoos he got and now he is fill his arms on up.

Sam loved the idea of HARD WORK and asked Jonny if he minded getting matching knuckles. Jonny was on board, and now the two are working class heroes until they die.

Sam also got the double decker done with AMERICAN: