I’ll let Vash tell the story:

My Name is Vash and I live in Portland, Oregon. When I turned 35, I realized that I am settled into my career (Kitchen Manager/Head Cook) and comfortable with my place (both philosophically and geographically) in the world. Since tattoos don’t negatively affect my earning potential, I decided it was time to cross both the northern (Neck) and southern (below the wrists) “Carney Lines”. So in February of 2010 I strolled into Anatomy Tattoo (my regular shop) here in Portland to have Adam Jelinski (my regular artist) put the only thing I’ve ever been able to envision putting on my knuckles: GOOD LUCK

I chose good luck for a few reasons:

1) It’s a positive statement and a well wish.
2) It can also be read sarcastically as a bit of a threat, which is fun.
3) I’ve almost NEVER seen those words on someones knuckles.

HARD LUCK just doesn’t suit me, but as a second generation Irish American, GOOD LUCK sure has.

-Vash (rhymes with cash)


Seb sends us these fresh knuckle tattoos and the following story:

I finally got my knuckle tattoo 2 days ago and I had to submit it to your site, since your site was a good inspiration for mine!
After about a month and a half of thinking about what I wanted to get done on my knuckle I still couldn’t decide.. so I just abandonned the project.
I wanted something that represented my authenticity, my strangeness, my way of embracing ridicule and fucking opinions. Finally 3 days after losing all hope
for the tattoo I saw this word and I knew that it was what I wanted!

As for the semi double decker I have below, I got the 4 card types and inversed the colors. It means that not everything in life is always the way it should be, but different isn’t bad :)


My name is Dave Bireley & I’m 48. I had wanted knuckle tattoos for quite awhile but as with any other tattoo I’ve ever gotten I’d know when the time was right & the phrase would be appropriate for me. I chose LIV4 2DAY as an inspirational reminder to make the most of each day I have. We never know which day will be our last. Over the years & very suddenly I’ve lost quite a few loved ones that were close to me. A Brother, best friend, dogs etcetera. The other reason I went with this phrase is to remind me that during good or tough times I need to remain thankful for each day.


I met John Man at the hardware store the other day. He is a recent Austin transplant from Alaska. He says that he decided to get his knuckles tattooed at age 20 while climbing mountains in Alaska. He realized that he was living the life he wanted and that not every one really does.


Ian sends these knuckles in:

I decided to get homesick tattooed on my knuckles simply because I had a really hard time growing up and never hard your stereotypical “HOME” life.
It has NOTHING to do with the album of the same name by the band A DAY TO REMEMBER even though I do love that band haha.