Go Hammer and Pirate Ink

When I started I didn’t have any plan to be sleeved; if I had, I would have done my whole arms as one piece each…. My left arm is done, full, apart from a little space around the wrist and of course the hand.

So tomorrow I go get the inside of my right arm tattooed. One of those spots I’ve long neglected.

When I started I didn’t have any plan to be sleeved; if I had, I would have done my whole arms as one piece each. I didn’t, so now am working around what’s there. My left arm is done, full, apart from a little space around the wrist and of course the hand. My right arm though, feels naked.

It’s funny, looking at old photos for my prior WDW trip I ran across this photo:
Naked Arms

The thing that strikes me isn’t so much I had hair or Wow, no beard, but Oh my god, my arms look naked.

So my right arm may not look naked to most people now, but it feels pretty naked to me.

So tomorrow I start fixing that. I get a polynesian hammerhead design, sorta like this:
Htchamerhead Copyright

(Yeah I know, that’s tiny, I don’t wanna put it up large since it’s Tricia’s design and I don’t want it stolen)

The tail is going up near the armpit, the head in a the crook of the elbow. This should be fun. Pictures, of course, when it’s done.

And while we’re on tattoos, we can talk about my current tattoo obsession. Pirate tattoos.

The pirates thing isn’t a new development. Certainly not part of the recent huge resurgence in popularity pirates have had since the Pirates of the Caribbean film came out, though obviously that film can’t help but make us all wanna turn to piracy. But I was calling myself Calico Jack long before the movie came out, and have always loved the jolly roger. Pirates was always my favorite ride at Disneyland.

But just recently I’ve started to add pirate tattoos to my ‘to get’ list. The wenches one I’ve planned forever, Mary Reed and Anne Bonny, old Jack Rackham’s ladies. But I recently ran across a great banner of jolly roger images that would make a fabulous arm, leg or wrist band. That one won’t get outta my head. And I’ve also been seeing one based on this with a Dead Men Tell No Tales banner. I’m thinking all monochrome, and I’m thinking Jack Rudy might be the guy to do it, though that’s an open question.

There are others. A vague idea of a pirate ship, though I think I don’t have a good place for it, and some other jolly roger ideas. As usual, more ideas than skin, and then there’s the question of expense, so this will need to percolate a bit. But you know, one of these ideas is almost certain to wind up on me before long.

4 thoughts on “Go Hammer and Pirate Ink”

  1. The first thing that struck me was “Oh no! Karl’s been captured by the mullet police!”

    Nice design.

    What you need to do is document all of your ink and put it up on Flickr.

  2. Yo Ho! Yo Ho! The Pirate’s life for me . . .

    A nice Cutty on your back, if not already populated by ink, would be good.

    And be sure to get Cutty Sark to fund it!

    D

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