Big Jim, “That Old Guy”, takes the tattoo cake this month with this outrageous forearm tattoo inspired by the sideshow banners of the old carnival days, and by the freaks, geeks, and oddities that were depicted on them. I was excited to turn this into a traditional pin up girl tattoo with traditional tattoo lettering, and a traditional rose tattoo to the mix as well. As a Dallas tattoo artist, I was really happy with the fact that even though this was a very creative, different design, it still had its roots in, and was entirely made up out of, traditional American tattooing. Traditional Tattoos From a Bygone Era This tattoo is reminiscent of the halcyon American days of yesteryear that gave birth to the sideshow banner, one of the coolest art forms in the world, and gave voice, or at least a paycheck, to many strange individuals who had been born a little different than the rest of us. Those were the days where tattooed men and women had begun to cover their bodies in full-body traditional tattoos, when sword swallowers, carnies, animals, and all of the rest would share the big tent, in your town, for a week […]Read More
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