Sam-A Permanent Vacation Memory

July 11, 2008 at 9:17 pm 1 comment

I’ve now got a reminder of this vacation that will last forever…or at least unless it’s surgically removed.  I got another tattoo…more ink…body art…whatever you may call it.

For a while now I’ve wanted to add to my fleur de lis with yet another homage to my birthplace.  I’ve had my eye on some kinda use of NOLA and the street tiles used in New Orleans.

Now if you’ve never seen the street tiles, just Google “New Orleans Street Tiles” or check this link http://bingoman.wordpress.com/2007/06/26/new-orleans-street-tiles .  Street corners Uptown, in the Garden District, Old Algiers and other older parts of the city all had these imbedded in the concrete…making you look down for the street name as opposed to the current system of overhead street signs.

Over the years many of the tiles have been lost or broken or chipped away and never replaced.  As you can read on that link above, the company that made the tiles in a special process called encausting went out of business in 1935.

Anyway, I wanted the NOLA tiles as a new tattoo, with the white tile/blue letter look and all.  I was convinced by others that artistically, the white tiles may not look too good on my body.  So I settled for just the blue lettering.  Once the lettering heals I’m going to return to have it antiqued or distressed to look like the real cracked tiles.  Plus I’ve talked with the artist about adding more fleur de lis art in the same area.  So we shall see what develops.

I took the pic myself and it wasn’t the easiest thing to do as I am not a contortionist.  In twisting my body for the pic it makes the NOLA look crooked and all outta whack.  Trust me it’s not…looks perfect and in time will fade to match the fleur above it.

Just a word about this tattoo parlor.  Great guys, but they wanted to listen to Rod Stewart’s greatest hits during my inking.  Usually it’s a bit more edgy and cooler than that.  At least it wasn’t Air Supply.

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  • 1. bingoman  |  July 12, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Sam:
    The TAT looks great. Unique way to keep NOLA close.
    Bingoman

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