CHS Ink | Ingrid’s back

We found Ingrid while in the sun at Plymouth Pillars Park at the base of Capitol Hill. Ingrid, an apprentice at Damask Tattoo, decided to show Ink her back piece that she “gave free rein to the artist” to create. This isn’t Ingrid’s first work by Honest John at Slave to the Needle in Ballard. “HJ is one of my good friends and I look up to him a lot as a tattooer,” Ingrid said, “so I wanted to give him a big area as somebody that I trust. That in itself means a lot to me that he would take on that big of a project and it is my favorite tattoo because I actually planned it out. It’s nice to have something that’s so large and pieced together.” Continue reading

CHS Ink | Stephen’s sleeve

Stephen Brenden, bartender at Liberty: “I got the piano keys, curtain, treble clef, back when I was 18 at Artful Dodger. Kellie Delaney did all the work on my arm. I played a lot of music at the time, then I got the phonograph on the back. The idea is that you’re the puppeteer of your music. I got the oak tree after that as a reminder to keep working. I got the hook on my hand to signify digging deeper.” Continue reading

CHS Ink | Dan’s map

Dan Jacklin, a bartender at Bill’s Off Broadway, shows us his sleeve. Created by Jesse Roberts from Lucky Devil — now known as Dark Age — in 2013. Jacklin handed him a stack of maps and said go nuts. “They weren’t supposed to represent anywhere specific, I just like traveling, road trips in particular,” Jacklin told us.

CHS Ink | Kelly’s arm

We met up with Kelly Verschueren, a University of Washington nursing student, near Seattle Central on Broadway. She chose to show us her “Keep Abortion Legal” tattoo that was done by Jeremy Decory at The Aorta Art Collective, above 11th Ave. Kelly says she chose the tattoo “in response to a breakup” while she was working at Planned Parenthood. “I had a boyfriend who asked if I could go a day without talking about abortion. I was like, ‘hmmm, no.’ Two weeks after we broke up, I got it, I’d been thinking about it anyway… It’s really important to me.” Kelly says the ink has brought positive response. “People maybe don’t want to fuck with someone who is ballsy enough to put the word abortion on their arm.”

CHS Ink | Elizabeth and Talia’s hands

Just outside of Kaladi Brothers on E Pike, we caught up with Elizabeth Moore Symmeson and Talia Antone who got friendship tattoos from Sara Purr at Rabid Hands in Ballard. With both working with women and children, the decision to get tattooed at a fundraiser donating money to a women’s domestic violence center was an easy one to make. After they got back from Standing Rock, they wanted to get tattoos of hands because Elizabeth slipped out of her zip-ties while on the bus to jail and helped to “scratch itches and move all the hair out of their face” of those who were still tied up. Continue reading

CHS Ink | Chris’s shin

Name: Chris
Location: E Pike
Artist: “My buddy Pete”

Chris Mead is the kitchen manager at Big Mario’s on Capitol Hill and we found him covered in tattoos on a rainy, cold Monday. His favorite tattoo is the green nasty fella from the comic book The Green Goblin’s Last Stand. The scene represents the front cover of the comic. “My buddy Pete was working at Super Genius (he doesn’t work there anymore, this was years ago) and I had him do it and he did it exactly from the page. It’s my favorite one. I think it looks amazing”.

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CHS Ink | Eric’s hands

Name: Eric Eye
Location: Dark Age Tattoo
Artist: “A very good friend did both at different times. I put them on my hands so that they’re always staring at me and sort of keeping me in line. The right hand keeps me striving to be better and the left hand keeps me staying in the moment. Some tattoos I get just for style or because they’re cool. Also, my name’s Eric Eye.”

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CHS Ink | A special edition with Hugh, a Broadway regular

(Image: Tiffany Fetters)

Frequent CHS Flickr Pool contributor Tiffany Fetters shared some details of a recent Capitol Hill tattoo session that makes for a very “special edition” of CHS Ink. Meet Hugh, a Broadway regular who recently got his first tattoo after decades on Capitol Hill. Continue reading

CHS Ink | Miki’s arm

Name: Miki Sodos, owner at Cafe Pettirosso
Location: 11th Ave
Tattoo artist: David Choe at Laughing Buddha donated his time, equipment, and space for a fundraiser to help out Yuki Sodos’s husband Shawn Kock after he was in a motorcycle crash and broke both hands, a wrist, his elbow, a leg, and six ribs. A dozen people got the Broken Stick Man tattoos — including Miki.

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