Travis Bennett sends us these knuckle tattoos:

I got these tattoos because I am a Chef and that is what I will always strive for no matter were I work or who I cook for: GOOD FOOD!! I got the egg and pig because of old childhood memories of eggs and bacon in the morning, plus those are my 2 fav things to work with.

Mail Box….

Hey y’all!

I get email every once in a while, and I thought I’d take a moment to share a recent exchange:

Hey Nathan.

I’m a huge supporter of the knuckle project. I check in every day to see new ones. The tats are so cool and the stories are even more legendary. Ive been wanting knuckle tats for a long time now but I’m only 16. I can’t wait to send in mine when I’m 18. I’m stuck on SDMF 1994. Can’t wait!


I responded with:

Hey Brendan,

Thanks for supporting the project. It is definitely a labor of love. I have to say, though, please don’t get your knuckles done. I’ve talked to a lot of people about their knuckles and what they mean to them. While a lot of people love and cherish their knuckles, plenty of people also regret having had them done. There is still a lot of hate dropped on people with their knuckles done, which is bullshit. But it still happens.

I’m 38 and I’ve been working on this project for 5 years now. I still don’t have my knuckles done. Your knuckles are the final frontier. You have plenty of time to get them tattooed. Hopefully you will pick something more meaningful to your life as a whole instead of the year you were born and a band you liked in high school. If I had done that, I’d have 1972 and TMBG across my knuckles.

Trust me, friend, wait as long as possible to get your hands done. You are going to go through a lot more shit soon. Something epic will happen. Commemorate that instead.

Thanks for writing in,

Nathan Black
All knuckle tattoos, all the time.


Just got these fresh digits in from John S.:

Here is my generic tattoo. Ha actually has some meaning to me though, got it the day my old lady said she wanted me back in her life, this is her last call. I’ll send pictures if the lower knuckles soon as I get a picture.


A lady known only (to me) as “plasticisfantastic” sends her knuckles and this story:

Got the words “Baby Doll” on my knuckles a couple of days ago! I got this tattoo because everyone tells me I look so innocent all the time and I look just like a baby doll! So the nickname just eventually caught on to me.


I met Devin of The Salesmen and Knife Party! Mobile Sharpening last night at the Shangri La, and today I already have his knuckles in my inbox! Thanks dude! Here is what Devin has to say about his knuckles:

It’s in my handwriting — it’s a reminder that people are animals too. Also, I recently wrote a song called “Four Legs” in honor of the charity Jail Guitar Doors. The song is about being free like an animal, and here is a link to the song (you may have to scroll down eventually as we post new things.)

Hope Dies

Ry sends us these knuckles:

These are my knuckles, saying “Hope Dies”. It’s not as pessimistic as you’d think. I believe hope does die, but we must fight to keep it alive. We must fight to keep our hope(s) and dreams alive in our lives, and that would explain the placement for you. As for the style: I didn’t want something ordinary. Knuckles are already an odd location for tattoos, but I wanted to push it further than that and have the words in cursive rather than the plain block lettering. I wanted them crossing fingers and going in the webbing in between — which hurt like hell.