Posts Tagged ‘Tattoos

08
Apr
15

glamour inked…..

Marilyn and Audrey

another time and life now

beauty inked, in charge

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By James Danger Harvey (Sacramento, California)

17
Oct
13

Life: My Trout Has Wrinkles……………

When things are taut and toned, that inclination comes about for ink. A design, a reminder of something important is etched, burned, cut, blitzed into your mind and flesh. Ah, so wonderful, so edgy, so you.

But then you gets dehydrated, or hell you start shrinking and losing muscle and suddenly that work of art has ‘wrinkles’? My Trout has wrinkles?!?

Retrieve SB BThe other day, I asked my wife to take a photo of me doing a figure 8 retrieve. I figured I would write something about presentation and various retrievals of flies. My wife said, “turn your arm a little bit…make your arm tighter…hmmm?….your arm is wrinkled…you aren’t going to like this…flex your arm somehow”. What?!!!!

My Trout Tattoo had wrinkles…I had wrinkles. Vanity spare me the cruel self reflections. Enough already with this downward slide into atrophy and age spots.

Tat and Fish SB B

“When you’re 50 you start thinking about things you haven’t thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity – but actually it’s about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.” (Eugene O’Neill)

Vanity, calculations to impress or self satisfy. I imagined all Last Winter and Spring, posing a beautiful Trout in line with my Trout Tattoo. I imagined the colors, the contrast of the real against the imagined. The time came, but my Trout  had wrinkles. No matter! Trout caught/released.

04
Jun
12

Peacock & Peafowl (Tattoos & Fly Fishing)

There is a fascination with Peacock feathers in fly tying and fly fishing. It is a beautiful bird, a male bird. Did you know that the actual bird is a Peafowl? The male is the Peacock and the female is the Peahen. The Peafowl is the national bird of India. And, the Peacock’s plumage is the subject of many tattoo designs, particularly for women.

Even this old peacock piece was tucked away in my deceased uncle’s shop, up on a shelf amidst his tools, reloading dies and cigar boxes. He was a fly fisher and this was apparently symbolic to him.

Peafowl are omnivorous and roost in trees when not foraging for reptiles, amphibians and plant parts. (learn more here about Peafowl/Peacocks)

12
Oct
11

Feather Tattoo Design & Meaning

SwittersB & Fly Fishing receives a lot of daily enquiries re feather tattoo design. I have read various comments re the visitors’ perceptions of what the tattoo (displayed or someday acquired means to them) means.

Flight, freedom, part of a greater whole, nature, Native American heritage, natural colors, pretty in a sexy spot. Bottom line, the tattoo you acquire should, must have a meaning beyond some fanciful, momentary impulse. Feathers are a perfect, soft and bold statement. You decide what the meaning is for you. It doesn’t require an explanation, other than if someone sincerely asks. Otherwise, let them compliment and say thanks. Now, of course, some tattoo locations will not be seen by everyone.

Tickle, Tickle

 

24
Jan
10

Feather Tattoo’s (Peacock In the Right Spots)

Peacock by amollambe

"Tramp Stamp"?

Tramp Stamp tattoos. Hmm, well I like them. Showed the peacock tattoos because I seem to get many enquiries each day for peacock tattoos, given my past feather tattoos and fly fishing-trout tattoos.

The tat on the upper back has very nice detail…quite realistic by the photo.

The peacock feather most often adorns a female’s back, calf or, as above, quite nicely on a foot. I like peacock for fly tying and I approve of these tattoos too..location and design.

18
Dec
09

Fishing Tattoo: SwittersB’s…Balance Restored By Guiding Hands

SwittersB's New Tattoo

Well, the imbalance is corrected. I resisted the gradual insertion into my psyche that one tattoo on a particular side creates a sense of imbalance. I did not rush to do just anything. My original intent was to wait until something really made sense. Nothing did. I flirted with a female form, curvaceous, but also nymphal in form (no, actually like a nymph)…something I had seen on the back of a fly fishing book years ago. But, that evaporated in time. Gradually, a simpler concept and commitment emerged in my mind, my imagination and finally my heart.

First, I envisioned a our family motto of Semper Paratus (yes, the Coast Guard’s as well) for the Always Prepared~Ready. That is how I was raised and evolved through a long public service career….seems natural, relaxed and right. Always Prepared. Also, a spiritual progression of the Triquetra. My original Father, Son, Holy Ghost…but to me a force of right, of power, of spiritual balance. I saw the Triquetra as ancient, forever, carved in stone, worn but not broken.

This force, to me, reaches beyond the individual and down toward its’ Ops Manager, Mother Nature. A force to guide, maintain, protect the species…and as you can see, the trout (pick your fish). To hold it erect, to over see it. The hands reversed to suggest, not cradling the fish or lifting out to display, but rather to show the placing of the fish into its’ rightful place in this world, my mind, my passion. I know, a whole lot of interpretation going on; I am not that imaginative….but, it resonated, it lasted. It was stenciled on and the ink was applied.

Simple, self satisfying and the balance thing resolved. Family, spiritual, the stewardship of nature and mi amor. (Tat Work Courtesy of Joe Bass, 1928 Tattoo, Portland, Oregon)

16
Feb
09

Nose Art and Tattoo’s Merge History

I have posted before about WWII Nose Art, the adornment of bombers with either provocative hot babes or fearsome images…this practice advanced up to present times, but has diminished through PC Idiocy, surely not through a lack of artists or new technology. I was researching area ink artists when I came across this work by Jason Leisge at Oddball Studios, Portland, Oregon. It reminded me of the WWII artists, who sketched and then painted sexy babes on the sides of bombers and fighters destined to deliver young men into combat. The ink artists of today are often extraordinary artists. The ink art can betray the details one sees in their pencil drawn templates or sketches of concepts they have milling around in their heads. Now, I wouldn’t personally opt for the sleeve, but the wearer of the art has an interest in WWII history equal to the Nose Art aficionado, for sure. 

WWI Sleeve by Jason Leisge

WWII Sleeve by Jason Leisge

http://www.tattoosinflight.com/index.php 

http://www.oddballstudios.com/artists/

 

pacific-princess

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There are some fine sites out there re Nose Art and Wartime Tattoo’s; I need to keep looking for what my next fly fishing tat might be and who will do it…  

10
Jul
08

Trout Tattoo Art 2 (Bold & Amazing)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.fishingfury.com/ 

This is an extensive and interesting site about all manner of fishing. These tattoos are part of several displayed by different visitors to that site. The site encompasses many species of fishing and the tradional methods to include flyfishing. A diverse site.

Below is some heavy duty tat work: Mayfly by Tim Kern of Tribulation Tattoo of NYC, affiliated with Scott Duncan of Sugar Shack Tattoo, Kincardine, Ontario, Canada. I have included these because of their boldness..whoa!

https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/hushfishingcom-a-theme-a-drumbeat-evolution/




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