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