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.

STAY DOWN

David Bowen sends us these beautifully gnarly knuckles:

I got this tattoo a few months ago, primarily as a large step to dedicating my life to MMA and becoming a professional fighter. Touch – up/improvement to come next time I get some work done.

BEAT DOWN

My names Cory Schneider and I have BEAT-DOWN tattooed on my knuckles.  I got it when I joined a body-suspension team that was calling themselves BEAT (we came up with quite a few meanings for the anagram, none of which are repeatable in polite company).  I got DOWN on the other hand because I have OCD and would have hated to be unbalanced.  I always have to explain to people that it has nothing to do with fighting and all to do with my love for body modification.  I had the skeletal structure of my hands tattooed around the knuckle tattoos.

STAY DOWN

8 Ball here is the real deal. A one man wrecking crew. If you see STAY DOWN coming at you, there is a good chance you shouldn’t have been up in the first place. He is one of the legendary bouncers in Austin, and the stories are every where. Heart of gold and hands of iron.

STAY DOWN


STAY DOWN has always been one of my favorite knuckle tattoo ideas. And here it is on the hands of Turk V. Dayton, Ohio:

This is my knuckle tattoo. They need to be touched up since they are a few years old but they are mine and I love them. The story is that I was a bouncer/head of security for multiple clubs and bars for 13 years. Fighting has always been a part of my life and now I am training to fight MMA.