An Art Student and Graffiti Artist Shows Off His Many Tattoos (Photos)
In Ink Spot, Amy Price stops strangers in Dallas to shoot, and learn about, their body art.
Photos by Amy Price
Chances are you've seen 31 year-old Jonathan Nicolini's graffiti art around Dallas, but have you seen his body art? This Art Institute of Dallas student and part time low-key graffiti artist is addicted to tagging walls as well as his body. On his left arm is a bright and colorful combination of graffiti and art.
Nicolini's forearm sports a tat that reads "slave to art." "It is suppose to be a postal sticker, like the ones that everyone tags and slaps around town."
Below, there's a skull wearing a gas mask, tattooed as if it were ripped off the side of a building. It's displayed alongside a dripping wet paint roller and a short and stubby pencil. Along the outer forearm tattooed in traditional graffiti wild style are the words, "before crime."
"I love graffiti. I've been doing [graffiti] for about 12 years now just off and on, here and there."
On the other arm he has dedicated the artwork to his prior Navy life. He was a jet engine mechanic for four years. His traditional Sailor Jerry-style "Love Thy Neighbor" tattoo features brass knuckles, a billy club and a straight razor with the words "hate 'em shave 'em CO." Below is a paperclip.
"It stands for people against people ever re-enlisting civilian life incentive program," he says. The paperclip traditionally stands for people who, near the end of their enlistment, advocate for civilian life over the military. Next to the paperclip is the number 14 that he says he got because he missed out on the Friday the 13th deal and figured why the hell not just get a 14.