Here's to You, Joe DiMaggio...

Living in New York City, a metropolis known for its die-hard sports fans, it is not unusual to see tattoos honoring and celebrating the rich athletic tradition that exists here.

On Friday, during my lunch hour, I spotted a New York City Fire Department truck parked at the corner of 40th Street and 7th Avenue. Standing along side it was Johnny, one of New York's bravest, enjoying the warm weather, in shorts, and baring this incredible leg tattoo:

This is, of course, Marilyn Monroe, but with a twist. She is sporting the New York Yankees jersey of one of the franchise's greatest players, Joe DiMaggio, to whom she was married for less than a year.

Johnny is a huge Yankee fan, and also loves Marilyn Monroe, one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, and among the most popular celebrities tattooed. I have featured Marilyn tattoos previously here and here.

The image is based on a lithograph that Johnny purchased at a FanFest in 1996. After having it tattooed on his right calf, he felt something was missing.

He contacted the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and purchased an archival photograph of the original Yankee Stadium, circa 1923. This was then used as the source material to create the recognizable backdrop for Marilyn.

Johnny has a ton of tattoos, approximately 15 pieces in all. This one, along with others he has, was created by Cort Bengston at Cort's Royal Ink Tattoo Studio in Patchogue, New York.

Thanks to Johnny for sharing this amazing tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

Stephen's Tailored Tribute to His Father

I met Stephen while walking through Herald Square on an unseasonably warm Friday afternoon.

He had his sleeves rolled up and I noticed the set of circles on the outside of his right forearm. He was more than happy to share the story behind them.

Stephen was raised in New Jersey and he remembers his father commuting daily into Manhattan, where he was a Vice President at AT & T. His father was extremely dapper, and always wore a "crisp" suit to work, dressing impeccably for the job.

He vividly recalls his father taking him for his first suit, and how his father imparted all of his knowledge onto Stephen; how the suit was the uniform of a true gentleman, and all about the cut, the style, the fabric, etc.

When Stephen decided to get his first tattoo, he wanted to pay tribute to his father and wanted something above and beyond a normal tribute tattoo.

With a tip of the hat to nostalgia, and the acknowledgment that his father's influence guided him toward a career in the fashion industry, Stephen had the circles tattooed on both outer forearms:

Seen together, and knowing his background, it is all the more apparent that Stephen has tattoos representing two sets of buttons on the suit sleeves of childhood memories.

When I asked him what his father thought when he saw this tribute, he replied, "He wasn't super pumped about it, but it grew on him. The first thing he said after I explained it to him was, 'Couldn't you've just gotten DAD tattooed...?' ."

Stephen now has 10 tattoos, most of which were inked at Electric Lotus Tattoo and Piercing in Boonton, New Jersey. His friend Don Perdue was the artist responsible for these honorary buttons.

Thanks to Stephen for sharing these cool tattoos honoring his father!

Footprints Over the Heart: Anthony Celebrates the Continuing Tradition of a Name

Mary-Lee appeared in my doorway at the end of the work day with Anthony standing next to her.

Mary-Lee's tattoo was featured here in December. I had never met Anthony before, but Mary-Lee had mentioned his tattoo to me, and she had told him about Tattoosday. He works for one of the vendors our company utilizes for a mailing process.

Anthony, whose birth name is Antonio, is a second generation Italian-American, and the son of Antonio, Sr. He is 100% Sicilian, and last year, on July 29, experienced the joy of having a first child, a son, also named Antonio.

Antonio III.

Aside from memorial tattoos, ink honoring one's offspring is equal to, or possibly greater, in popularity. As a parent myself, I'm partial to tattoos that pay tribute to one's kids. Both of my tattoos were inked in honor of my daughters, so parental tattoos have a special place in my heart.

To so honor little Anthony III, Anthony Jr. inked his son's birth name over his heart and, just below it, had his baby footprints added.

He wears with honor the legacy of his father's name, and bears the mark of tradition, as it carries from generation to generation.

A closer look also shows that the footprints are done lighter than the print of the name, which I think is a nice effect:

A footprint isn't generally a "permanent" fixture, and fades with time. Although the tattoo is permanent, the lighter ink lends more authenticity to the temporary nature of this snapshot in little Anthony's first moments in the world. It captures the moment of his birth, a pinnacle of joy in every father's life.

For a comparison, and I pass no judgment here, check out this earlier footprint post. There's a stark difference in the two tattoos, and I will say that this example is a nicer representation of the style of tattoo.

This is Anthony's third tattoo, but clearly the most important one. He had this inked at Tattoo Lou's in Selden, New York. Work from one of Tattoo Lou's other locations has appeared previously here.

Thanks to Anthony for sharing his meaningful tribute to his son, and his family tradition, here on Tattoosday!
"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

On the Bookshelves: A Late February Update

Despite some miraculous google algorithm that has doubled my traffic in the last week, regular readers may have noticed we have been light on content, in this shortest of the winter months.

And so it goes. I can only blog about what I see (generally speaking), and the ink has been a-hidin'.

But fret not, a calendar informed me that Spring is less than a month away, and April (just you wait) will have these pages overflowing with a cross-blog project that will certainly entertain and educate.

So, in the mean time, I've spotted the following titles on my local Borders bookshelves:


Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art by Carol Clerk.


Tattoo by Dale Rio and Eva




And this one has nothing to do with tattooing, per se, but it still looks cool:

by Rantz A. Hoseley (Editor), Tori Amos (Editor)

Bob and Studio A

Bob and Studio A, originally uploaded by hch3.

Hank's band Hour of the Wolf recording today, from Hank's flickr account.


good morning!

i found one of hank's old shirts in one of our dressers here, it's a suns shirt from 1992 when they won the conference. awesome! i just got back from taking hank to the studio and i am going to go on a long run. i put tons of new stuff on my ipod so the seven miles should go by quickly- it's seriously all about the music. i run so much that distance isn't the problem- boredom is. it's also a great thing to be able to throw on a pair of running shorts without leggings underneath. i almost don't want to go back up to prescott!

after i get back i'll be spending the day with my dad/grandma until erin gets off work from the shop late tonight. then i will seeing the sweet phoenix ladies i love so much.

hello weekend, hello morning!

a little belated valentine from my dad

hank and i are spending the night at my parents' house tonight, and it's so nice to be here and just relax. i have felt so run down lately, and like my life is going way too fast. i wake up, workout, go to work, come home, try to get everything done and be a good wife and cook and bake and clean...then go to bed and do it all again! don't get me wrong, i love it all, but i have felt an overwhelming exhaustion lately that i am just sick of having hang over me. it's always like a mini-vacation here. my parents eat super, super healthy with the kitchen stocked with veggie, organic yummy stuff from trader joe's and whole foods and i spend every morning at the country club's gym with my mom working out and running/walking outside. i love it here, and i feel lucky to have grown up in such a beautiful area. so it's nice to just slow it down while we are here and really enjoy having no responsibilities except to enjoy ourselves! hank has to leave in a bit to start recording, and will be spending the weekend in the studio. tomorrow i'll be spending the day with my dad, and then at night hopefully spending time with my phx girls.

my crazy baby

my crazy baby, originally uploaded by daniellehampton.

one more post to show this crazy photo of madeline, she looks insane. I LOVE HER! i took this photo the other day when i got back from my target run for the orla kiely goodies. and now...bedtime.

pretty little thing

pretty little thing, originally uploaded by daniellehampton.

there's my adorable d necklace to go with my h necklace, i love it. the photos don't really do it justice but it's super cute. was a strange day, i'm glad it's over and i got to end it snuggled up to my hubby. we just finished watching last night's lost episode- talk about crazy! i love it. it's half past twelve right now and i should be asleep but i am only teaching three classes tomorrow and hank and i are heading to phoenix. he is recording with hotw at bob's studio. i can't wait to see my dad doing better and the rest of my family, and i am looking forward to seeing some of my girlfriends sat night, and maybe meeting up with another wonderful gal sat afternoon!

we will be going to california soon too, and i am seriously counting down the minutes. i thought autumn's new house wasn't going to be ready yet so we planned on staying in a hotel, but they will be all done and ready for houseguests. so, hank and i will be staying with the loops. we have so many things to do and people to see. kaws is putting on a show the week we are there (it actually spans a few months) so hank is pumped about that. we'll also be doing disneyland as a belated valentine's celebration because hank had the flu and i really can't wait! we haven't been since we spent that insane week there a couple of years ago. so it's definitely something to look forward to. okay, it's almost one now i should probably get some sleep. xo and goodnight.

Tattoorism: A Sparrow Drops in from North of the Border

February is the Dead of Winter, and after the 60-degree day from last Wednesday, I have seen very few blogworthy tattoos in the Big Apple.

Fear not, dear readers, warmer weather is around the corner. I can feel it. So, in the mean time, I am relying on the kindness of readers.

Behold, Jenna's bird:

Jenna wrote: "I just stumbled across your blog one day and I'm always up for sharing my favourite tat! Here's a picture right after it was finished... only picture I've got :( Looks much nicer now that it's finally healed!".

Fresh ink isn't always the prettiest, but we here at Tattoosday like the occasional unsolicited submission, especially when we've been in such significant ink withdrawal.

That was all she wrote, however, so I asked Jenna for some more info on this avian neck tattoo.

Jenna hails from Toronto, and had this inked by Phil at Adrenaline Tattoo there.

She explains the meaning behind this piece:

"...My best friend passed away from cancer in December 2007, and I was really, really torn up about it. When my friend, Corey (who was only 17) was alive, he would see a psychic and never shared any information with her. One day out of the blue last year, the psychic called Corey's family and spoke to his sister. All the psychic said was 'Do you have a friend named Jenna?' and the sister said 'Yes, she was really close to Corey as well". After speaking for a little while, the psychic declared that Corey wanted me to know that he is always going to be there for me and if I feel anything warm on the back of my neck, that's him guiding me in the right way... So, that's why this beautiful bird is on the back of my neck. For Corey."
Thanks to Jenna for sharing this emotional piece with us. We'll update the post with a cleaner, fresher photo when she gets one for us.

evening ritual

evening ritual, originally uploaded by daniellehampton.

today started out as a really weird day. i try not to automatically assign my day as shitty if it starts out poorly, but it really did. it snowed last night and we definitely should have had a two-hour delay- even the colleges did! so i woke up expecting to have another two hours to sleep, and didn't. i tripped about three times over random things, woke up my sweet darling from his nyquil induced sleep, and didn't have enough time to do much of anything. my car was frozen solid and took forever to heat up, and by the time i finally got to school i realized i forgot my camelbak bottle and lunch. AHHH. but. i tried not to dwell on all of this. i typically have the best mornings, i get up with plenty of time to get fully ready, curl my hair, pick out my outfit, make breakfast, play with madeline, and snuggle with hank before i leave. i'm a total morning person. not today though. but, when i got to school my mood totally lifted. my kids are so sweet and loving, and i adore almost all of them. in my four years of teaching i have been lucky enough to get great kids every year. it's almost impossible to stay in a sad or bad mood. so, the day turned out pretty great. i went with jenn after work to look a house she is interested in, and came home to hank cooking us dinner- quinoa and fresh tomato sauce with onions/garlic. so good. we watched this weird dateline program on teenage sex slaves in america (disturbing and made us scared to have kids) and then hank went to practice and i headed to the gym. now i am ready for bed and excited to get a full eight hours. tomorrow, like every wednesday, is a half day and i get out at 1pm. we have a birthday dinner to go to, and then i'll be doing my hard plyrometrics. i can't wait, i'm so weird. hahaha. but for now, goodnight dear friends! i hope every one of you has a lovely day tomorrow.

spring sweater

spring sweater, originally uploaded by daniellehampton.

i wore a touch of spring today. i am really getting sick of the snow and wearing my winter coats over everything, so i thought i would lighten it up a bit. counting down the days 'til warmth returns.


hank started feeling flu-like last night after he played the show and was sick all day at work. he is currently asleep and i'm sure not feeling well at all, i feel so bad for him because he really wanted to make tonight special...even though it definitely was. anytime i spend with him is wonderful, and i really didn't care that none of our plans for dinner and a movie happened. instead we ate hugo's and curled up on the couch watching our catch up episodes of top chef on the dvr. it was totally romantic and wonderful. we're going to do a valentine's raincheck for when hank is feeling better, and i am excited for that too. this morning i spend a good portion of the day at the antique shops downtown, i found a couple great things for our house. when i got home from that long walk i ended up cleaning all day and just continuing to organize the new place. i don't have to work until tuesday so i was considering an impromptu shopping trip but i will most likely stay in prescott if hank is still feeling ill. right now it's almost midnight and i should be getting to sleep. i hope all of you had a beautiful valentine's day. xoxo

good morning valentine

love in the kitchen!
love in the kitchen

our cute salt and pepper shakers
salt, pepper

our beautiful baby
ms. madeline hampton

sweet avenue

this song is still one of my all time favorite songs, and perhaps one of the most romantic songs i can think of. it takes me back to high school and 1998, but reminds me most of hank because i would listen to this album on many of the drives up to prescott over the course of our one year long distance courtship. five years have almost gone by now.

tasting you in rain I walk down to the train
try not to look down
this day could some day be an anniversary
everything is light and sound
facing forwards going slowly wait for you to show me
where this train wants to go
living by the hour I stop for every flower
everything is soft and slow
now all these tastes improve through the view that comes with you
like they handed me my life
for the first time it felt right
thank you for making me see there's a life in me
it was dying to get out
holding you we make two spoons beneath an April moon
everything is soft and sweet
this cigarette it could seduce
a nation with its smoke
crawling down my tired throat
scratches part of me that's purring
softly stirring
I'm a captain of industry smoking famously
feet up on the windowsill
look at all these trees I feel affinity with
everything so soft and still
budding at my fingertips
touching you I start to bloom
alive with trains and passing ships
soft and sweet along your lips now
I go "oh wow"
thank you for taking me from my monastery
I was dying to get out
with tears of gratitude
I like my latitude
cross town train to you
now all these tastes improve
through the view that comes with you
like they handed me my life for the first time it felt worth it
like I deserved it.

happy valentine's day!

i love you!, originally uploaded by daniellehampton.

it's officially valentine's day. it's about 1:20am and we just got back from the hour of the wolf show at sundances. robyn went with me and it was a good time. i am going to head to sleep in a minute, it's so late for me. but i do have to say how excited i am for tomorrow. i am doing some vintage shopping in the morning and then we'll be celebrating our first valentine's as a married couple! awesome.

Happy Valentine's from Tattoosday!

Lacking any new material for this holiday o' love, I'm re-posting an old favorite that seems to be in the theme. Well, at least there's a heart in it.

I just love the way, in this photo, that Cait's hand is positioned as she is pulling her blouse back to reveal the whole tattoo...
"I asked her if she'd be willing to share, and she did. She peeled back a little of her top to reveal this beautiful piece on the top left side of her chest:

Cait and her friend Michelle have birthdays two days apart. When they turned 18, they took a design that Michelle had crafted to Da Vinci Tattoo Studio in Wantagh, New York. The artist she remembered as "Yoshi" inked matching pieces for the two.

Cait says the heart that encases the colorful stars represents their friendship, and serves to remind them of the bond. In the event that life ever separates them, the tattoos will link them, no matter where they are.

Work from Da Vinci Tattoo Studio has appeared on Tattoosday before here.

Thanks to Cait for sharing her ink with us here at Tattoosday!
The original post is here.

Here's hoping the day is everything you expect it to be!

Tattoorism: Sean's Leg Piece Represents His Transformation from Child to Adult

This installment of Tattoorism comes from Sean, a reader who offered up his leg piece for our viewing pleasure. The detail above is my favorite aspect of the tattoo, which wraps around Sean's entire left leg.

In Sean's words:

"...Even though this was done in about 4 or 5 sessions, I could not describe this in any other way except as one big tattoo. Each piece works together with each other.

I consider this my growth-themed tattoo. I started the tattoo, at the age of 18, right before I graduated from high school and finished it right before entering my first year of college, a period of immense growth in my opinion. As long as I can remember, I have been drawn to Asian artwork, so at an extremely basic level this tattoo is just extremely aesthetically pleasing to me, but there is also deeper meaning.

From the Japanese folklore I have heard, koi fish are said to grow into dragons.

That was the basic premise of my tattoo, maturing from childhood to adulthood. I decided to have the koi swimming upwards to portray the different struggles experienced in this growth. The dragon has always been such a powerful image to me and a great symbol of courage and strength, two qualities I constantly strive to achieve and portray myself.

There are also two other major images in this tattoo, the pagoda and the lotus flower.

The lotus is another symbol of "growth." I always loved the idea that a lotus begins its life in murky, dark, ugly waters, but eventually grows to become a beautiful flower despite its surroundings. It's a reminder that no matter how hard things get in life, I can make it through those times and blossom as a better person.
Finally, the personal symbolism I hold for the pagoda is a house of knowledge and discipline. I hoped to achieve, and believe I have, a great amount of knowledge and discipline through my years in college and during the growth from childhood to adulthood in general.
The tattoo was done by Mike Schweigert @ Electric Tattoo in Bradley Beach, NJ.
Thanks to Sean for sharing this amazing leg piece with us here on Tattoosday!

Sean recognized that our "
posts kind of drop off, completely understandably, during the colder months." Not only did he help us with content on an ink-less day, regular readers will recognize that I generally don't run sleeves, or wrap-around tattoos, on the blog, as their characteristics make them very difficult to adequately display in their full glory. It's tough to capture them fully when on the street. So a double thanks to Sean for not only sending us an elaborate leg piece, but providing a well-written synopsis of the personal meaning behind the elements in the design!

Lizz's Tattoo Anchors Her to Her Brother

One of the things that I love most about writing Tattoosday is the way New York City plays a significant role in the narrative. It may not be a blog about New York, but it would be a much different one without this city I call my home.

This is one of those posts that is tied to the fabric of New York.

This evening, I was taking advantage of a free ticket to see a revival of Guys and Dolls at the Nederlander Theater, which is still in preview and opens March 1st.

I was standing in line outside, about twenty minutes before curtains. The theater, on the south side of West 41st Street, faces the back of the New Amsterdam Theater to the north.

There were assorted people milling about across the street, folks I assumed were crew from Mary Poppins, outside having their last cigarettes before their show started.

I spotted a woman who had exited the theater and saw, from across the street, that she had a tattoo on her right forearm. I was doing nothing but standing in line anyway, so I crossed over 41st Street to say hello.

Lizz, who works as a dresser, was more than happy to share her tattoo:

What's remarkable about this traditional-style anchor tattoo is that she had it done at the same time, on the same spot, and with the same design as her younger brother.

For Lizz, this was her most recent, her nineteenth tattoo. For her brother, five years her junior, it was his first.

The piece is based on the state flag of Rhode Island, where Lizz grew up:

Tattoos in general have significant meaning for their bearers. When the same design in shared, and the act of being tattooed is similarly experienced, the emotional charge instilled in the work is compounded.

Another example of siblings sharing a tattoo can be seen here.

Lizz told me that she doesn't rely on one artist, but that her ink has come from different shops all over the country.

This tattoo was created at Cherry Bomb Tattoo (now known as East River Tattoo)in Brooklyn by the artist Duke Riley. Work from Cherry Bomb has appeared here previously.

Thanks so much to Lizz for sharing her ink with us here on Tattoosday!

the end of one of my all-time favorite films

ah, the inspiration i find in this movie...

snow snow

we had a snow day, which was wonderful. i do love my job, but i think anyone enjoys a day off. i just got done with a super hard workout and i am trying to cool down but also stay warm in our freezing house. i don't know if that makes sense, but i am sweating yet freezing. probably not the best combination, but oh well. we also already had a half day for tomorrow, and now they've added a two hour delay (making classes 12 min each!) which is another bonus. and off on monday! yay! hank and i just planned our valentine's evening as well, i am so so very excited. lately i feel so happy about everything, more than usual even, and i am excited for these next few months. big things on the horizon. i just need to stay focused on the now, which is something i struggle with from time to time. i always want what's on the horizon, the upgrade, moving on to bigger and better things, etc. i need to just really enjoy the here and now of everything. and i feel i usually do, but there are times i catch myself looking too much to the future rather than the present. but eek, enough serious talk for one night. right now i am in the middle of a book called "confessions of a carb queen," by susan blech. now if you know me you know i am a total sucker for any type of memoir, and i really wanted to love this one. it's in the same vein as one of my favorite books- "she's come undone" by wally lamb. it's about an obese woman's struggles, triumphs, etc. the book is OKAY so far, and i'm on page 160. the author is completely honest and talks about every single issue you could think of- she really lays it all out on the table...everything from "fat sex" (as she calls it) to her stream of consciousness take on her binging. the content is fabulous. i just feel like the writing could be so much better that i am distracted a lot by it, wishing i could go back and rewrite it. but alas, i will finish it, because i can't start a book and just put it down. i hope it picks up, and i will keep an open mind. next on my shelf is jenny mccarthys "belly laughs" - her in-your-face look at pregnancy. and no...i'm not pregnant. haha. so right now it is 10:23 and i should be heading to bed but i put off my workout until waay too late and now i am super wound up. i have phonecalls to return, and emails to respond to anyway, so perhaps i could use my energy there. hmmm...either way, i'm signing offline. goodnight my dear friends!

at 12am

hank and i thought we would take a midnight stroll through our quiet streets. it was so beautiful outside, not a soul around and incredibly silent. i love prescott.

hank in the snow


of course



Tattoorism 101: Jenny's Unforgettable Memorial to Her Mother and Grandmother

Despite unseasonably warm temperatures this weekend, I didn't see any tattoos, shattering my expectations. However, all was not lost. I received a lovely e-mail from a reader named Jenny who brightened my day with an amazing tattoo. She must have been reading my mind when she said, "Since it's winter and most of us have our ink covered by turtlenecks and wool sweaters, I would let one of my tattoos out and share it with you."

And what Jenny sent me was a breathtaking floral tattoo that is simply beautiful:

I'll let Jenny explain this piece in her own words:

"My grandmother and mother are two very special people in my life, and both have passed away. When I was 21, I got my first tattoo. It was a small piece, but it meant a lot to me. My mom was so excited for me - she told me that she wished that she had the money to get a tattoo herself! My mom died without ever getting a tattoo, but blue was her favorite color.

My grandmother passed away a few years after my mom, and I decided that I would get a tattoo for them. The tattoo did not start out as planned. I went in to the shop thinking that I'd get myself a small lilac on one shoulder that had a green ribbon wrapped around it (Grandma in the Green House had lilac trees). I was also toying around with the idea of some sort of blue tattoo for my mom, but I had no idea what to do.

When I talked to the tattoo artist, she was designing a lovely lilac tattoo, and I asked her to put some Forget-me-nots with it for my mom. She created two separate sprigs, and the forget-me-nots were perfect. I went in to plan for a lilac tattoo, but I left with a shoulder of forget me nots (my largest tattoo, and I had it done in one sitting - it was intense, but I am so glad that I did it in one sitting). A sprig of lilacs will go on the left shoulder once I have some more money and the design is "right" (it's good but not ready, yet). For now, I have my mother's forget-me-nots intertwined with my grandma's green ribbon."

A closer look shows how well the two elements of the forget-me-nots and the green ribbon are woven together, just as Jenny's mother and grandmother are permanently sewn into the fabric of her life:

This simple and poignant memorial tattoo was inked by Kira at Sleepy Hollow Studios in Potsdam, New York (40 minutes from the Canadian border).

Much thanks to Jenny for being a loyal reader and from infusing a drab weekend with color by visiting us here at Tattoosday and sharing her tattoo!


madeline was very crabby all day because it was freezing. but we got a few space heaters and insulators for the drapery so she is doing better now.
she is not pleased with this cold weather!

and you have to just love her funny little tongue.
madeline is funny