“These are some photos of my friend Mozza’s knuckle tattoo’s. His thumbs read ‘Dr’ and his digits read ‘Feelgood’
The story behind them is that he’s a huge Motley Crue fan, and ‘Dr. Feelgood. is his favourite song of theirs.”
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.
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)
These knuckles come straight out of my hometown, Austin, TX on the hands of Adam H. Here is the reason behind them:
I picked good and evil, because i consider myself a little bit of both, i didn’t want my wedding ring to be on my evil hand, but i decided fuck it, its just a tattoo right?
I also discovered i could make “god” and “devil” out of the letters, and i thought that was badass too.
They were applied by Mike Iacono from the Pirate Galley Tattoo Shop in sunny Round Rock, TX.
Wendi W. sends us these knuckles as a warning:
I’ve realized the best way to explain why I got this on my knuckles is to present a simple piece of writing by Dorothy Parker which reads:
Once, when I was young and true,
Someone left me sad-
Broke my brittle heart in two;
And that is very bad.
Love is for unlucky folk,
Love is but a curse.
Once there was a heart I broke;
And that, I think, is worse.
As much as I have loved each very much, I always “trade up”. This is what you do throughout the course of life, I just end up doing it back to back. The result being many broken hearts. As soon as I win a heart, I break it. It is a line from one of my favorite songs and I felt like it should be added to my collection of “warning” tattoos. Then, when I leave the next one, I can say, “I warned you” and maybe feel a little less guilty.
Tattooed by Doug Curtis at Diablo Rojo who also tattooed her other warnings: A giant “Poison” girl on my chest and a line down my arm:”The sweeter the apple, the blacker the core.”
Ray from Austin tells us that he reversed the traditional GOOD and EVIL because “You always fuck up and have to kiss up later.” He also told me about getting them done. He worked at a restaurant as a cook and was told no tattoos visible at work. He eventually was made manager and went to get these knuckle tattoos done that day. He worked there until they had to close the Austin location.
My camera is stuffed with amazing knuckles that’ll be posting over the next few days – but I thought I would start with the hands of a master craftsman. I caught up with Chris Trevino at the Star of Texas Tattoo Art Revival yesterday. He tattoos out of Perfection Tattoo in Austin, TX. You can see examples of his work on his website. Also if you were at the event you also saw his amazing mural paintings around the sides of the event.
Hayley here got GOOD GIRL done because:
i got my knucles tattooed to let the world know that just because i drink, and smoke and cuss like a sailor doesnt mean that im not a goodgirl.