Well where to kick off really, the relevance of HOLD FAST as a tattoo originally came about to prove a sailors worth on board, a rite of passage as such, you had to earn it and was therefore a privilege to have, it was originally tattooed on the knuckles to prove you were an able seaman, insignia on the hands showed what experience you had to captains commissioning crew. As a tattoo it allows me to remember what I’ve achieved on a professional level and the respect I earned amongst my ship mates.Now, I have only had the tattoos a year but it has been a phrase I have used in my personal life for lots of years due to personal struggles caused both by myself and third parties and a long battle with a drug and alcohol addiction, HOLD FAST because sometimes you just have to lock it down, hold on and wait for the fucking storm to clear.My torso is extensively tattooed but was never allowed anything visible due to my career, after many years of wanting the tattoo and many hours pondering it I felt established enough within myself, family and friends to go for it without judgement (not that I really give a fuck what anyone thinks anyway) but it definitely made the decision easier.Also, I just wanted to give a msg to anyone thinking about getting their fingers done:Please please make sure this is something you want done, give it many many years of thought and don’t allow it to be a spur of the moment decision, although there is a massive tolerance to ink today your knuckles are a huge statement and people will judge, make sure it has a significant meaning to you because if somebody has the bollocks to ask you what they mean you should give them the respect of a dignified answer, not just “because it looked cool man” because they will think you and the rest of us are dicks…Cheers,Harvey Rodgers,Southampton, England
Rob sends us these knuckles:
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Got on May 21, 2011 by Mr. E at Cherry Blossom Studios in Fayetteville, NC.
Jesse Bink is a bad ass mofo. His knuckles and his reasons:
hey man, im Jesse Bink, i’m a tattoo’er from NYC, and my HOLD TRUE knuckle tattoo’s are based on a feeling i have that you should hold true to your convictions whatever they may be, mine being Straight-Edge… the small staggered knuckle set was a dare by a good friend of mine after calling me out on a “i will get paramore knuckle tattoo’s i love that band so much.”…. so i cant back out of a “you wont” challenge… hence, paramore knuckles… i DO love me some paramore though… dont like it? fight me.
After the set I talked to Petey Damnit from the band and got these pictures of his knuckles. If you get a chance to catch this band live, don’t miss out.
Don’t miss ’em, you will thank me.
UPDATE: Here are my pictures from the show:
These come courtesy of tattoo artist Erik Kipperman, owner of Swallowtail Tattoo in San Diego, CA.
this is a knuckle tattoo on a customer of mine named brett….he is in the navy; a deck seamen, and he is out to sea. this is a traditional navy tattoo. “Tattooing HOLD, on the knuckles of one hand and FAST, on the other is said to help the seaman hold on to the riggings better.”
in submitting this photo, i am hoping that the tattoo will help him get home safely, so that i can tattoo him some more…
Erik, we are all hoping for the safe return of your friend and all the rest of our troops. To all our pals in the armed forces, be careful out there.
These rockers come straight out of Brussels Belgium, courtesy of Saint Empire.