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U.S. Swimmers Go for Gold, and a Tattoo
The swimmer Missy Franklin is a 17-year-old sunbeam who daydreams about getting a tattoo, calling it one of her “big motivations” for making the 2012 United States Olympic swimming team in seven events.
Franklin spent months considering where to put the five interlocking Olympic rings that are her sport’s most visible — or sometimes not — symbol of success, finally deciding on her hip.
Although the iconic Olympic logo is popular body art for athletes from other countries and other sports, it is a particular mark of prestige among American swimmers because of the fierce competition for Olympic berths — only two qualify in most events. Never mind the top 1 percent; the 49 members of the 2012 team represent close to the top one-tenth of a percent of the nation’s registered swimmers.
“It’s like being a member of the Army Special Forces,” said Mike Bruner, who won two gold medals at the 1976 Olympics and was a member of the team that boycotted the 1980 Summer Games.
What better badge of honor to identify membership in such an elite patriotic force? Elizabeth Beisel, who was 16 when she sat for her Olympic body art after competing in the 2008 Beijing Games, said, “It’s the one tattoo that parents will let you get.”
Anthony Ervin, who sports tattoo sleeves on his arms, had the rings tattooed in Australia, shortly after tying for the gold in the 50-meter freestyle in the 2000 Sydney Games.
“It was the first willing stain I made to my body,” said Ervin, who will also compete in the 50-meter freestyle in London.
In 24 hours, Brian and I will head to Edinburgh, Scotland for some fun and then Cork, Ireland for even more fun this weekend at the Traditional Tattoo and World Culture Fest. [Looking forward to seeing Colin Dale, Xed Le head, and the fabulous Pat Fish, Queen of Celt, among so many other wonderful artists.] Will have a convention review and photos when we're back next week.
Meanwhile, I wanted to leave you with a few events from NYC to Liverpool (Sydney, Australia) to supplement our list of favorite upcoming conventions through October.
In that list, I mentioned the one-night-only-must-see exhibit: Pint Size Paintings at NYC's Sacred Gallery this Friday, July 9th. [I wrote about the book here, and have a couple photos of the exhibit from my Hell City gallery here.] So, I'm offering this quick reminder because I really recommend the show.
Also in NYC, P.J.S. Exhibitions presents Metanoia, a group exhibit featuring the fine art of top New York-based tattooists Chris O'Donnell, Stephanie Tamez, and Thomas Hooper of New York Adorned; Josh Egnew of Three Kings; Jason June of Daredevil Tattoo; as well as a hand crafted motorcycle by Ryan Bonilla of Bellum Concepts. Bevin Robinson and Patrick Sullivan will be co-curating the show, which runs July 15th through August 29th. A preview of the artwork is shown above.
Finally, for my Aussies, Liverpool's Casula Powerhouse Art Centre presents Body Pacifica, a show focusing on Samoan, Maori, Tongan, and Niuean tattooing and ceremony. For me, one of the more interesting features of the show is Leo Tanoi's exhibition, which looks at the history and change of islander attitudes towards Samoan tattooing, and "explores stories of copyright and change, and the uncertain future of tattoo designs from a traditional perspective." The show runs until August 29th .