4x4 Knuckle Tattoos


Hello, my name is Chad. I am 24 from pittsburgh pa. My knuckles say WYNN LUCK.

I know Carry Hart has the same concept. I have always been very close to my grandparents. Every time something bad or unfortunate happens in our family we always say, well thats the Wynn luck. I’ve wanted my knuckles done for years, and one night while visiting my grandparents we were talking about their string of bad luck and the Wynn luck was mentioned. At that moment I decided I was gunna get Wynn luck tattooed on my knuckles. I stepped outside and called my artist who said he could fit me in that night. I asked my grandparents if they were going to be up for a while and they told me, yeah why? I told them i was going to get Wynn luck tattooed on my knuckles.  They both laughed thinking I was joking.  Sure enough three hours later I returned with it done. This tattoo means the most to me out of all of mine because it will always remind me of my grandparents. Ive been through alot of stuff through out my life with them and it will always bring back all the great memories. I consider my grandfather my best friend. He was just the best man in my wedding this past october. I moved 40 miles away from them to be with my wife and it’s nice to see the tattoo everyday and know they will always be with me.


Thanks for reading my story behind my knuckles.


Chad Wynn

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G’day the names LJ. I am in the Royal Australian Navy and a motorcycle enthusiast. I love riding bikes for the freedom felt when on the open road, so RIDE FREE is the only logical tattoo for my knuckles. I got it done in 2011 in Sihanoukville Cambodia.


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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.
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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: 

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1971 20 ? – DOVETAIL

I spotted Brian at a party at a friend’s house. You can figure out the rest.

He and his wife also have DOVETAIL down the second sets, because it describes the perfect joint.

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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.
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5040 7920

My name is Andy Jacko (

I have had quite a few tattoos from my mate David “Pengerzz” Jenkins and I am from Manchester, UK.

My tattoo is the numbers “5040” & “7920” and they are very important numbers in mathematics. They are also connected to crop circles and aliens, which I am into… and ultimately the reason I got the tattoo.

I think Wikipedia can explain the mathematics side much better than I could:

But, I am a programmer and kinda a mathematics geek…

Basically crop circles are made up mostly of geometrical shapes and mostly circles with outer circles around them which usually end up squaring a circle (which is actually impossible because of the value pi) and 5040/7920 are the ratios you need to do this most accurately…there is some pretty advanced geometry and mathematics displayed in the crop circles, and some are so advanced we have had to learn new mathematics to even comprehend them…which then brings me to aliens, which I am a big believer…and I believe that because of the complexity of some of the formations that there has to be some kind of intelligence that we are not aware of, and I believe that our planet has been visited NTI’s in the past and have helped structure our society and helped us evolve by teahing us certain things…the crop formations are still teaching us new forms of mathematics…

This is why the numbers mean something to me because they connect 3 things that I enjoy studying: mathematics, crop circles and aliens…also I am from the UK and this is where most crop circles are found…

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I’ve known Cullen for years. He is one of the head bartenders at Elysium in down town Austin. I spotted his knuckle tattoos recently and asked about them. He said that they were his first tattoos and he got them when he was drunk.

When I asked what they meant to him I got a lecture on the history of the Dies Irae, which as it turns out is one of the four hymns kept by the Catholic church during the reformation. It is immensely influential in all of classical music and beyond. It is quoted in pieces by Mozart, Stravinsky and many others.

So I asked him again, “But why did you choose to get DIES IRAE?” and he replied, “Because people make assumptions about the character of a person with knuckle tattoos. I like to highlight the dichotomy between high culture and presumed low culture. If the DIES IRAE was good enough for Mozart, it’s good enough for me.”

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I met Wes outside of Beerland. He said that he was just a country boy. He was visiting his mom out on the ranch, staring down that old dirt road to his house when he realized that was a core part of who he was.

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Pretty basic dude, luck flows over me, through me, near me. Always seems to find others to attach itself to. Maybe I should be a better person. Pretty sure they are originals. Artist, Curtis Gordon, Sinkin’Ink Hamilton Canada.