Many museum folks have a love for tattoos—their cultural significance, their artistic quality, their documentation of the natural world, and some, just for their own personal meaning. For years, we have talked about tattoos, the ones we want, the design, the stories behind them, and the artists who create them. So, lets post our tats and our stories!
Friday, August 29, 2014
Jolly Roger and Family Crest
tattoos were done by Josh Garcia of Anchor's End. The first one (with the
dragon and masks) is an original design from me, drawn by a friend and modified
by Josh. It's supposed to be my own Jolly Roger. Beginning in high school, I
became obsessed with pirates (about the same time I became obsessed with
studying history) and like any good pirate, I wanted a Jolly Roger that
represented me. The masks replace the traditional skull and show my love of
acting. The crossed katana and long sword replace the traditional crossed
sabers and show my interest in swords, as well as an interest in history of
many cultures. The rose represents the importance of love to me. The dragon
represents my love of dragons and mythology in general and crest as a whole
represents my interest in pirates and symbolism.
second tattoo comes from "The House of Names" and is what I believe
to be my family crest. It shows the pride I have in my family name, as well as
my interest in history as well. My paternal side did not keep any records so I
took it upon myself to research that side. At first this research was to only
find the crest (again, because of pride for my name). In doing so, I've been
able to compile a broad family history and understand and share my heritage.
Getting this tattoo done wasn't only an accomplishment because I'd wanted it
the longest but because I had to work to find my family's background.
Want to share your own story and tattoo? Email Beth: beth (at) redmond-jones (dot) com
or Paul: info (at) orselli (dot) net.