Introducing...Dirtbird!

Occasionally in my wanderings, I will meet not just tattooed people, but tattoo practitioners, and often those visiting from outside of New York City.

So it was no surprise, when I approached a gentleman across the street from where I work, at 31st and 7th, to learn that I was talking to an artist.

Working out of Punkteur Tattoos & Piercing in Joplin, Missouri, Derek "Dirtbird" Wieberg estimates he has 130-150 hours of work inked on his personal canvas.

With so much to choose from, he offered up this piece, on the right side of his neck:


It seemed fitting, considering his name.

Dirtbird praised the artist, Rick Pierceall at Karma Tattoo in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who has done all of his throat work.

Considering it is Two-for-Tattoosday, I'll share this photo as well:


That's not Dirtbird, but it's his handiwork! The owner of this tattoo is Shawn, who had the good fortune to be inked by Dirtbird. They collaborated on the design together.

Thanks to Dirt Bird and Shawn for sharing their tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

Tune in tomorrow to see a tattoo from Katie, aka Mrs. Dirtbird!

Old School Cool...

A really good friend of mine had me tattoo this wicked badass traditional reaper on his forearm. I love this tattoo, and the more I look at it, it becomes one of my favorite tattoos I've ever done. Thanks for getting this buddy, I think I might like it more than you!

St. Michael Tattoo...

Mike, who's a really nice kid, came in for his second tattoo by me. He recently joined the Army, and his first tattoo was a skull wearing a beret with crossed M4s. He was being shipped off to war in a few days, and decided to get St. Michael, the Angel of Protection, inked on his forearm. He was very happy with the finished piece as was I. By the time of this post, he would of been sent to the war all ready. So, God be with you, good luck, and keep your head down bro!

"Live, Laugh, Love" Tattoo...

This girl came in for a variation of a popular tattoo on her side. She wanted her favorite flowers to be mixed in with her favorite quote, and she wanted it BIG! I had all ready done one small tattoo on her, so this was a huge step up in size and pain factor! She sat great, and the final product reflects what happens when you combine a good idea, with talent, and someone who is willing to endure a good bit of pain for something they really desire.
And this woman wanted to reproduce an image from a Christmas greeting card she was fond of. Its of a hound hunting a stuffed animal, and is one of the more un-ordinary tattoos that I've done in a while!

Fighter Tattoos...

I recently had some fellas come in the shop who like to fight. The kid above is a mixed martial arts fighter, and wanted the seven deadly sins tattooed down his back. We did it in one sitting, which is a testament to his pain tolerance, because the only other tattoo he had was a relatively small one on his arm. It's always fun getting the opportunity to tattoo someone who has a really interesting job or hobby, and I enjoyed hearing fight stories for most of the session. He was a really, really nice kid too!
My man pictured above is training to be a boxer, and came in for his second tattoo from me. The first was a tribute to the city of Philadelphia. Also a really great guy, and I always enjoy talking to him. If I were to become a boxer, I'd want to do it in Philly too...home of Rocky, right?!

Color Tattoos

A custom Kelatbau

Color Tattoos

Customized tatto

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Inspired from Toraja tribal

Color Tattoos

Yudhistira

Black & grey Tatto

Green leaf

Color Tattoos

Hum phat

Color Tattoos

Squid in the perform of javanese wayang

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Custom batik tatto

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Peace and chaos

Color Tattoos

A women in fire tribal

Color Tattoos

Customized hour glass

Color Tattoos

Cello goddess

Color Tattoos

Ardhnarishwara

Color Tattoos

Resi Bisma

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Butterfly tatto

Color Tattoos

A custom lamb

Color Tattoos

Werkudoro

Attempted murder this week in Moscow

This week in Moscow, a wave of assassination attempts. On Monday, November 22, 2010 in the East of Moscow was shot with assault rifles Mazda6. As a result of shooting two passengers of Mazda6 were killed. According to some reports the two killed were members of the Dagestan OPG.

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A little later on Thursday, November 25 again in Moscow, was shot in Mercedes with assault rifle owner of car dealership called "Avtoritet". The businessman is alive, is now in hospital.

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And immediately the next day, November 26 all in the same Moscow there was one more attempt on the owner of the car dealership. He also remained alive and at the moment with injuries of varying severity in hospital. Photo and video material of this news I have none.

Ride the Cyclone!

In college we had a game room at the Student Union.

I claimed to be a master at Arkanoid, but would occasionally play pinball. Earthshaker was fun, but there was another, carnival-themed game that would often beckon, "Ride the Cyclone!" It was, naturally, called The Cyclone.

Fast forward ten years and I would be residing in Brooklyn, home to Coney Island and the original Cyclone.

Despite having been in close proximity a number of times, I've never gone for a ride.

I was reminded of this back in September when I met Matt at the top of the escalator at the Penn Plaza Borders store.

He shared this amazing tattoo:


This is, of course, the Cyclone.


Matt is working on a Coney Island/"Carnie" theme, having lived in Brooklyn most of his adult life. Thus, the Astroland tower behind the Cyclone in the tattoo. Next up: the Wonder Wheel and the Parachute Jump, other Coney Island attractions.

He sent along a photo of the tattoo when it was initially finished:


Matt credits this tattoo to Ping at Village Rock Tattoo in Manhattan.

Thanks to Matt for sharing this great tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

Something Girly This Way Comes

I met Nadya one afternoon in the beginning of October in Borders on Penn Plaza.

She shared this tattoo, which covered up a date she had initially inscribed on her arm:


Nadya told me that she wanted something "girly".

What I found most interesting about this tattoo is that when I asked her who the artist was, she told me it was her father. I can't imagine tattooing my own daughter. I would be too nervous!

Thanks to Nadya for sharing this tattoo with us here on Tattoosday.

small body tipe tatto

small body tipe tatto

sidrathari (2 names of the children)

sidrathari (2 names of the children)

Japanese blue demon masks in water torso

Japanese blue demon masks in water torso tattoo

japanese devil mask chest tattoo

japanese devil mask chest tattoo

Gerry Carnelly Octopus Tattoo

a green bio-mech snake torso tattoo

a tattoo of a green dragon wrapping around the bicep with bursts of fire

a tattoo of a green dragon wrapping around the bicep with bursts of fire

devil and pinup girl

devil and pinup girl

england tattoo

england tattoo

gypsy skull

gypsy skull

blonde woman in thigh highs leg tattoo

a blonde woman in thigh highs leg tattoo

Theresa Gordon Wade Racing Flag Pin Up

a girl holding a racing flag shoulder tattoo

Theresa Gordon Wade Pirate Girl Pin Up 2

a pirate girl and her monkey arm tattoo side view

Theresa-Gordon-Wade-Cowgirl-Pin-Up-Old-School

a cartoon cowgirl pin up with a lasso leg tattoo

Theresa-Gordon-Wade-Cowgirl-Pin-Up-Old-School

a cartoon cowgirl pin up with a lasso leg tattoo

Tem ship Tatto

a sailing ship arm tattoo

tem anchor tatto

an anchor wrapped in rope arm tattoo

Rose diamond

a diamond and banner in front of roses arm tattoo