I met a trio of friends hanging out in Penn Station in early October, waiting for their train back to Rhode Island.
I spotted Darius first, which was understandable, as he has seventeen tattoos. Kenny and Katie, his friends, each boasted a modest three tattoos apiece, and offered up theirs as well.
Let's start with Darius, who has this traditional Mom and Sparrow tattoo on his forearm:
He said that he and two other friends got the same tattoo.
This was done by Jae Audette at Mcinnis Tattoo Company in Providence, Rhode Island. Work from the shop appeared previously on the site here.
The other tattoo, on his bicep, is this set of brass knuckles that says "Knuckle Up":
This was done by Forrest Curl at Altered Images Tattoo Studio in Cumberland, Rhode Island.
Also from Altered Images is this still-in-progress rib piece on Kenny:
This is a depiction of The Crimson King from Stephen King's Dark Tower Series. As you would imagine, Kenny is a huge fan.
Rob Young is the artist who is working on this piece.
Katie then generously offered to show me her tattoo, which runs down her spine:
When I asked if she wouldn't mind sending me another photo, since the tattoo was partially obscured by her bra strap, she didn't hesitate to unhook it so I could photograph the whole tattoo, unobscured:
Katie explained that her heritage is Armenian, and that the letters down her spine spell the word for "family".
She added that two of her cousins have the same tattoo, but inked on their arms.
She also noted that the infinity symbol at the base of her neck speaks to the Armenian text and symbolizes, for her, "family forever".
She did not recall the name of the shop where she had this done, but recalled it was on Long Island, New York, and that the artist was "Joey D".
Thanks to Darius, Kenny and Katie for sharing their tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!