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GREEK TATTOO AND HEAVY METAL SHOW SATURDAY
This Saturday, March 21st, in Astoria, NYC, I'll be at Metal Mayhem hard rock and tattoo show at the Stathakion Center -- a place normally reserved for clergy visits, dinner dances and any type of event designed to matchmake nice Greek girls with nice Greek boys. Which is what makes this event so freakin fantastic as there will many in attendance and none of us would ever be considered "nice" by the community standard.
Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
Despite the great tattoo work coming out of Greece -- like this piece by Greek Tattoo Hellenic Stixis who specializes in Hellenic motifs -- acceptance of any type of body art remains largely taboo, especially outside the big cities like Athens or Thessaloniki. So much so, that when I visit my family every summer, I wear long sleeved tees to the beach covering up my arms, back and torso work.
I do this outta respect for my family, but also because those stares are heavy, and often not pleasant. [In any case, covering my tattoos in the sun has kept them looking fresh.]
There is an unbearable heaviness of being Greek and tattooed for reasons that echo back to ancient times when tattooing was used to mark slaves and criminals, considered barbaric and against the perfect body and mind ideal.
But times are changing and tattoo studios there are popping up exponentially. It's also anticipated that the Third Annual Athens Tattoo Convention will attract even more people this May.
Back in the US, though, the anti-tattoo mentality remains strong among the Greek diaspora, many of whom retain their values and beliefs from the year they immigrated here, which is why this event is pretty bold and pretty awesome: Greeks and Greek Americans coming outta the closet together undressed and showing off tattooed skin. Can I get an Opa?!
In case things start to go a little awry this evening at Needles & Sins, please be patient; these are your tax dollars at work (actually, scratch that - apparently our tax dollars are only there to bail out people who were supposed to be managing money in the first place).
So while Marisa is off enjoying the sweet stylings of Stevie Nicks & Co., most of my evening will be spent tinkering with code on the couch alongside my beer-throwing fridge as the Haitian Sensation retouches photos of naked boys and Nina The Cat decides to sharpen her teeth on any exposed and/or tattooed inch of skin in the apartment. Oddly enough, I see this as a far better forecast than having to hear "Go Your Own Way" at the Garden.
More authors, new design elements and more functionality is on the way. Bait your breath and wait, my little love-onions...
In my next tattoo book, I won't just be featuring champion tattoo artists but also a number of exciting photographers. With this image featuring one of Americana's finest, Myke Chambers, photographed by Jaime Ibarra, it's a perfect union of the two.
Both Myke and Jaime have pasts that read like a novel co-written by Hemingway and Bukowski: Jaime surviving three military plane crashes, Myke hopping freight trains as a homeless 15 year old...their stories are as compelling as their art. Read Myke's on his site and Jaime's on his Deviant Art page.
While Myke introduced me formally to Jaime's work, I've seen his photographs of the tattooed online, everywhere from Flickr to Tumblr to Facebook, but sadly without attribution, so when this connection was made, I had an Aha-moment and had to share it with y'all.
The more popular tattoo image is the one below of his tattoo artist Hayley Lakeman and her husband. See another beautiful portrait of the couple here.