Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tattoo You


One of my favorite things about living in Philadelphia is the history. Unlike when I lived in San Jose, a city with what felt like no soul, Philadelphia can't escape its roots. Despite all the new restaurants and renovated townhouses that pop up, all you need to do is walk around the crowded South Philly neighborhoods to see evidence of 400 years of generations. Case in point, this tiny cemetery I stumbled on a few blocks from my apartment. It barely takes up half a small city block, but the weathered gravestones date back as far as the 1800s.

I was a bit hesitant to take pictures here, out of fear of trying to appear morbid and out of respect. I'm glad we went though because this was one of the most serene places I've found in my neighborhood. Ray and I were the only ones there and all the chaos of the outside world seemed to cease. Gone were the sounds of people screaming at each other and the incessant honking of horns or blaring of bad rap music. Instead, the trees offered welcome protection from the unrelenting sun and all we could hear were birds chirping away.

Shirt: Heritage 1981
Shorts: Abercrombie & Fitch DIY cutoffs
Belt: Old Navy
Boots: Nature Breeze
Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange (Philadelphia, PA) 
Lately, I've had a lot of questions about my tattoos, so here are some clear pictures/descriptions:

Left forearm: Mom peony (April 2008) , Right forearm: Dad sunflower (June 2008)
by Hudge at FU Tattoo- Santa Cruz, CA

Left under arm: Right Japanese sugar skull (May 2009)
by Kate Collins at Universal Mind Design- Cheltenham, PA
Needs color touched up
Right lower arm: "Berfdays was da Worst Days" cupcake (September 2009)
by Josh Baker at Hot Rod Tattoo- Atlantic City, NJ

Right elbow: Laurel with Juniper berries (November 2009) 
by Josh Baker at Hot Rod Tattoo- Atlantic City, NJ

Right upper arm- Squid (May 2007)
by Steve Tiberi at Olde City Tattoo- Philadelphia, PA

Right shoulder: Thomas Tew pirate flag design (July 2006)
artist/shop unknown- Hamtramck, MI

Stomach- Pistols (October 2006)
by Steve Tiberi at Olde City Tattoo- Philadelphia, PA

Lower Lip: Silly Girl (December 2006) by Doug at High Rollers Tattoo Studio- West Chester, PA
Right forearm: Kenny Kramer autograph (January 2010) by The Gus at Olde City Tattoo- Philadelphia, PA

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