Bike messengers are daily presences in Manhattan and, in the summer, if you are lucky enough to spot one that is not whizzing by on the street, you can see some pretty interesting ink. In almost four years of Tattoosday's existence, I don't think I've ever featured a tattoo on a bike messenger, as they tend to be at work and/or in motion whenever I feel inclined to stop one.
However, last month, I was fortunate enough to catch Lindsay in the lobby of my office building and she shared this tattoo on the outside of her right calf:
This is one of nine tattoos that Lindsay has, and it seemed most appropriate to share, under the circumstances.
She says that this is a complete piece, despite many people mistakenly thinking it's not finished. She found the art on which it is based in an issue of Dirt Rag magazine. She explained that she worked with her friend Shawn Ramsey, who helped her take the original image and convert it into a tattoo:
"I worked in a printing shop at the time, so I printed this on a 8 by 10 to scale it so you could see how it fit in a magazine ... then [Shawn] finished it and it became a full color piece ... I really liked the sketch."Lindsay also wanted to give a shout-out to Kenny Brown at Jack Brown's Tattoo Revival in Fredericksburg, Virginia, who she called her "favorite artist ever".Work from that shop has appeared once before on Tattoosday, here. Check it out, it's an awesome tattoo.
Thanks to Lindsay for sharing her cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!