I photographed these beauties way back at the Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival. I’m pretty far behind still. They were on the hands of Kindel U., who is married to a tattoo artist. In explanation she just said “I’m a silly girl.”
I acutally met Summer here a long ways back. We sat down and chatted about knuckle tattoos and how society treats heavily tattooed people. Our conversation made me think a lot about this project and how it was originally about the tattoos. Now I am much more interested in the people and the stories of how they decided on getting the knuckle tattoos and what the tattoos mean to them.
So, enough about me, this is what Summer has to say about why she got FAUX PAUX:
faux pas: [foh pahz; Fr. foh pah] a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.
i decided to get my knuckle tattoos after the corporate world does what they do best: fuck you. my knuckles are my reminder that i never want to be some suit and ties fucking gopher ever again. being that im a woman, and an androgenous one at that, people look at me and automatically pigeonhole me as some gay tattooed gutter loser who cant spell. little do they know, i probably make just as much money as they do without selling my soul, and i maintain my personal moral ethic. so, i decided to just mispell it out for people who look at me and assume they know. if you dont want to do business with me because im a woman with knuckle tattoos, then fuck you. there’s enough tattooed freaks out there who cant spell to do business with.
These beauties belong to Cheryl a tattooist at Custom Tattoos from the Soul here in Austin, TX. She went through a bad break up and was originally going to get FUCK LOVE but decided at the last that she still loved the cock. The artist apparently took a lot of convincing to do this tattoo. He is currently her boyfriend.
Sunshine in Brooklyn, NY sends us this lovely cupcake. Her story:
i got my first knuckle tat as a gift for myself when i got hired for my first ‘head baker’ job. since then i’ve worked for 2 of THE best pastry chefs in the country and i am working on my own company called cakes4rockstars. when i took on a partner she got her first knuckle tattoo to commemorate it. we both plan on getting new knuckle tattoos every few months in the theme of candy and confections. we’ll keep you updated.
Thanks Sunshine, we are all looking forward to seeing your next one!
The picture above was recently featured on BoingBoing.org and I knew I had to catch up with the lady pictured. According to her MySpace, she is the first lady of nerdcore. It makes me shiver with geek pride to be able to add her to this this project. Here is what she has to say about her knuckles:
i uh got geek life on my knucks because im proud of being and living the geek life that i do.
and what society looks down on, i hold on a pedastal so its basically an imagery tattoo of my geek pride and a peep into my life.
And in case you were curious here is an example of her work:
These knuckles come to us all the way from Kari in Germany:
Maybe a little overdone, I know, but I’m seriously a lucky girl! It’s my way of remembering how blessed I am to have such wonderful people in my life and to have the opportunities to live and love that I’ve encountered. <3