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gash tattoo's

I sat in Pinkies a couple of times watching a mess mate having his gash uk tats covered with a Geisha on one arm and a peacock on the other. Pinky did a quality job but I was never tempted despite my two run ashore oppo’s urging.
 
Got just one tat, and dont remember getting that! 1965 in Honky Fid...........I hope somewhere there is an American with a white ensign tat on his arm, 'cos thanks to Anglo-American relationships, I have a Confederate Flag on my arm !
 
Singapore 1971. In a moment of madness, during my rebellious period! I decided that you DON'T have to be bladdered to get a tat! SO! Down to Ne-soon, tattooist' name has been lost in the fog of time!! Road runner then adorned my right forearm!!!
A few weeks later, (bladdered), pottered down to Ne-Soon again. This time I fell into Shakey Joes!! I now know why he was named!! This time, Top Cat on my left forearm!! My god it is the worst tat I have ever seen!!! A permanent reminder of what drink did for me!!!!
Still - it is what is.
 
Pinky in Wanchai looking at my mates Brit Tats proclaimed something like “‘ ah shit tattoo you want me fix it” which he duly did. Pinky was an artist a phrase often used in the trade but he was head and shoulders above the competition. Even I who had no intention of getting one admired his work.
 
Never had any ink done when I was in the mob , however , my first mental breakdown in 95 they came thick and fast , ten so far....the last one in 2013 at age 61. :)
 
The only tat I had in the mob was the Rolling Stones lips and tongue on my right arse cheek done when I was stone cold sober at Taffs on Queen Street in Pompey in the morning after completing a 48 on watchkeeping duty in the SCC on Invincible It was done as a bet with the killick of the watch LMEM George Robson ( a carrier legend in the ME world) he had the same on his left cheek, The tattooist wasn't overly impressed at seeing 2 arses just after opening.
My next tattoos on each upper arm were done in my 50s one is tribute to my parents after they passed away in 2012 and the other is a RN themed remembrance tattoo
I also have a tattoo on each calf the first one is the Tiny Rebel beer company emblem- a result of being at a veterans biker rally -8 of us all got the same for a laugh all ex SRs and SNCOs. I have a Tigger on my other calf- because I could!!
 
Singapore 1971. In a moment of madness, during my rebellious period! I decided that you DON'T have to be bladdered to get a tat! SO! Down to Ne-soon, tattooist' name has been lost in the fog of time!! Road runner then adorned my right forearm!!!
A few weeks later, (bladdered), pottered down to Ne-Soon again. This time I fell into Shakey Joes!! I now know why he was named!! This time, Top Cat on my left forearm!! My god it is the worst tat I have ever seen!!! A permanent reminder of what drink did for me!!!!
Still - it is what is.
Got a rampant stallion on my upper right arm from - possibly - the same place in Nee Soon in1970 - my others - forearms and calf all done in Pompey and Guzz and stone cold sober every time - which is just as well cos having one on my forearm at the place under the arches just before the Hard - can’t remember the name but last time I walked past it was still a tat studio - anyway half through getting the homage to my home city he suddenly says “how do you spell Sheffield again “ luckily he’d only got to the first F
 
Got a rampant stallion on my upper right arm from - possibly - the same place in Nee Soon in1970 - my others - forearms and calf all done in Pompey and Guzz and stone cold sober every time - which is just as well cos having one on my forearm at the place under the arches just before the Hard - can’t remember the name but last time I walked past it was still a tat studio - anyway half through getting the homage to my home city he suddenly says “how do you spell Sheffield again “ luckily he’d only got to the first F
Doc Price?

And I don't have any tats!
 
Pinky in Wanchai looking at my mates Brit Tats proclaimed something like “‘ ah shit tattoo you want me fix it” which he duly did. Pinky was an artist a phrase often used in the trade but he was head and shoulders above the competition. Even I who had no intention of getting one admired his work.
I wonder if even Pinky could have "fixed" the tattoo of the very senior submarine officer from the Isle of Man who was never known to indulge in sunbathing, despite his later surface command going to some very sunny places.

Why not? Because towards the end of a very alcoholic run ashore in Japan as a midshipman many years earlier he, along with the rest of his chums, visited a tattoo parlour. The difference was that, whilst they all had tiny tattoos discreetly tucked away in less routinely obvious parts of the anatomy, he had a king-sized replica of the Isle of Man three-legged emblem tattooed right across the width of his shoulders.

Nothing wrong with that for a very proud Manxman you may say but, bearing in mind the inebriated state in which he had drawn the emblem for the benefit of the tattoo artist, instead of all three legs going the same way as shown in the flag below, his pride and joy ended up with two legs going one way and one the other!:eek:

Jack
 
Got a rampant stallion on my upper right arm from - possibly - the same place in Nee Soon in1970 - my others - forearms and calf all done in Pompey and Guzz and stone cold sober every time - which is just as well cos having one on my forearm at the place under the arches just before the Hard - can’t remember the name but last time I walked past it was still a tat studio - anyway half through getting the homage to my home city he suddenly says “how do you spell Sheffield again “ luckily he’d only got to the first F
Stoker on the Fife was very proud of his home town Gloucester and had a tat 'Made in Gloucester'
on his upper arm , he should have wrote it down for the tat artist cos what he ended up with was
'Made in Glousleicester ' . Same bloke the love of his life was Kay , above his left nipple a rose with the words ' I Love Kay ' surrounding the rose. Got a Dear John when we were on med patrol and first day back in pompey he went to the arches and had the ay of Kay blotted out and replaced with P nuts. :)
 
A greenie I was on a boat with wanted his wifes name tattooed on his forearm, the name on a ribbon. We were in Liverpool on a boats visit and after a DTS off he went, unfortunately being bladdered he couldn't say her name correctly. When we got back to Guzz he had his arm bandaged, telling his Mrs it was due to a burn from a steam pipe, eventually the bandage had to come off and there was the name, as he had pronounced it. INEGID, his wife, Ingrid, was not a happy bunny evidently (she didn't like tattoos at the best of times, it transpired) but he was forever known as Inegid after that.
 
The LMA on our tour of the far flung was a keen amateur photographer, during one of his stints in Haslar he took photographs for a surgeon who specialised in removing tats. No lasers in them days so the the method was basically a progression of cut and shuts. This involved pinching the flesh and slicing it out and stitching it back together, this was done several times until the tat was removed leaving a scar. His photo album was quite interesting especially the ones which showed the tattoo half removed. From what I remember the only areas of the body worked on were those that couldn’t be covered by clothing. Mainly the backs of hands, the docs album was probably what put me off tats for life.
 

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