Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene

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All photos by Roderick Pullum
Marilyn Moore's sleeve tattoos

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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22 comments
lee
lee

These idiots need to wake up, tattoo's are for morons now. In fact if you have a tat your pretty much marked as an idiot with a IQ around 90, So good luck, and now go out and do something stupid and get another one.

James
James

Just like you will?

James
James

Can I just say that I don't have any tattoos, but don't mind people that do have them - and you fucking self-righteous fucks that are calling these people losers are the real people that we should all hate. Fucks that have nothing better to do with their time than to put people down to make themselves feel better. Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean you should show your ass in a public forum and anonymously talk a bunch of shit. God I wish you people would just fucking die. 

mrk
mrk

Just once, I wish a young woman would get a sun (like the Raisin Bran logo) tatooed around their belly button.  But what would be really intriguing would be time lapsed photography of the tatoo from early pregnancy through the child's early years.... So ladies, if you're adventerous - please post on Youtube - I bet you get a bajillion views.

Dawn
Dawn

Underground cultural ubiquity. They are unique, just like their servers and bartenders. Are lottery winners finally climbing their way out of the trailer park and up the social ladder?

www.thegaywhisperer.com
www.thegaywhisperer.com

That's probably the most tattoos in all of Dallas....try coming to hollywood there's more girls with tattoos than not

You St"ink" Again
You St"ink" Again

$7.85/hr is not "good money" honey.  Holler back in 10 years.  Your dragon and cat will probably look as old as you do...

Bill
Bill

I would rather get a tranny off craigslist with a tramp stamp on lower back then these fakes

Gat2keeponmovin
Gat2keeponmovin

Articles like these should include IQ test results for us to laugh at too.

yeahright
yeahright

Sorry, but if most of your upper back is covered with tats, you're a loser, too. But hey, go ahead and comfort yourself with the delusion that anyone who points that out must be a Republican.

You St"ink"
You St"ink"

This whole tattoo/piercing phase is just moronic.  You idiots that think it's cool, everyone is laughing at you.  Trust me.  The girl in the top picture is probably attractive with a good personality and has totally destroyed any class she may or may not have had by that atrocious "sleeve".  Oh well.  I guess if you don't want to be taken seriously and wipe out 85% of possible job opportunities go "git yew sum".  Bunch of dildos.

Masane Artist
Masane Artist

I have 3 may get another. But I will never get a full sleeve or gigantic back piece. It has to be tastefully done. Everyone is different.

Jd
Jd

good luck with that

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall

Not opposed to tattoos but there is a point at which they become silly.   Went tubing on guadalupe river some time a ago with my then teenage daughter.  Pointed out to her a heavily tattooed woman who looked to be in her fifties.  Cured my daughter of her fascination with tattoos.

Zizi JeanMer
Zizi JeanMer

By the time they're fifty, these women will have liver spots, stretch marks, and vericose veins. Picture it.

big tats, small brains
big tats, small brains

Please do a followup article in 10 years where you interview the same people and ask them if they're glad they're still wearing the same artwork they got when they were 22. Ask a woman if she'd commit to having one hair style, or set of clothes, for the rest of her life, and she'll probably look at you like you're insane.  But psychedelic flowers tattooed across her ass is something that she wants there forever?  It's their bodies to decorate as they like, but I don't get it.

Freak
Freak

What a bunch of losers

ignorance is bliss.
ignorance is bliss.

I'm (very) heavily tattooed, own my own company, and make 6-figures. The people in these photos are club rat morons that are in no way indicative of the culture. In short, fuck yourself.

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