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Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene

Marilyn Moore's sleeve tattoos
Marilyn Moore's sleeve tattoos
All photos by Roderick Pullum

See also: The Tattoos of Dallas Nightlife Slideshow

Photographer Roderick Pullum has been out chronicling nightlife for the Observer for a while now. For the purposes of this post, however, we got him to capture the tattoos imbued in Dallas' nightlife scene, and the stories that go with them.

Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene
All photos by Roderick Pullum

Jeff Thornton Artist Jeff Thornton got his first ink at the age of 23. He now has 22 tattoos. The two most meaningful in his collection of ink are his son's initials, A.R.T., and commemorative tattoo for his close friend Erica Soto, who passed away last year.

Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene
Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene

Madalyn Coon Madalyn chose the "Tree Of Life & Death" as her primary piece. It's an amazing piece of art that stretches from her shoulder blade to her upper thigh. She says it's still in progress. She also has portraits of her father, brother and her mother's name in her collection of ink.

Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene
Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene

Samantha Lutz Samantha's first tattoo was done when she was 15 years old in Okinawa, Japan. She got "Sammy" on her lower back, and now has gone under the needle 17 times. She said all of her tattoos are important because they represent someone or something in her life that has had significant meaning. Her favorite, however, is the chessboard on her neck because the game represents life.  

Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene

Kevin Chitwood All of Kevin's body art comes courtesy of Luise at the Love & Hate tattoo shop in Lewisville. He has 11 total, and his favorite is a portrait his daughter drew of the two of them together. Kevin didn't play it safe or conservative on his first tattoo - he got his first on the back of his head at age 18.

Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene
Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene
Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene

Ilene Rene Ilene's colorful sleeve of roses is a tribute to her Aunt Rose. There are angel wings and script within the design that reads, "No One Ever Really Dies." She says Pharell (of the Neptunes) is her favorite musician, so she chose to include that as an homage to his rock group N.E.R.D.

Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene

George Rose George also chose roses for his tattoos. He has a sleeve of 10 to represent important women in his life like his mother, grandmothers and aunts. George now has four tattoos total and got his first one done at a shop in the haven for ink, Deep Ellum, when he was 18.


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