Family means a lot to Samantha Marie Safchinsky. At 20 years old, she has three tattoos and counting. However, if Samantha gets any more tattoos right now her mother has threatened not to pay for her college tuition anymore. Needless to say she is taking a little break from permanent ink on her body. This week she wanted to share with me (and with the rest of the world) her one of a kind tattoos about her heritage and dedication tattoos to her family members. These photos are courtesy of her Facebook page.
My friend Vinny passed away almost three months ago now and things haven’t really been the same since he left. I miss him more than words can describe, but I know that he is in a better place now and hope he is happy wherever he is. Every time I saw him it seemed that he got a new tattoo somewhere on his body; he was truly an addict for ink.
I posted a dedication post to him to show how much his life meant to me and to other people who had the honor to meet him and get to know him, but some how that wasn’t enough for me. A lot of people got dedication tattoos for him and I am now one of those people.
Everyone’s tattoos regardless of the subject matter are in some way, shape, or form are different from other people’s tattoos. A decent amount of people got tattoos of stitches in Vinny’s memory because that was his nickname for a long time before he prefered being called Vinny or Little Vinny. I did not want stitches because “Stitch” was not what I saw when I was around him. I saw Vinny.
So Vinny’s name became permanently attached to me. In black, cursive letters his name was placed at the bottom of the back of my neck with his birth and death date on each side and a green bandana underneath of his name. To me the bandana represents family and Vinny almost always wore a bandana going into the mosh pit at Club Shampoo on Wednesday nights. It just so happens the last bandana I saw him wear was a green one and that was the one I wanted to go under his name.
The tattoo itself lasted a little more than an hour but there was more detail in it than in my first tattoo on my lower back. I was more relaxed during my second tattoo because I had already been through that experience and once I had relaxed it didn’t really hurt until tattoo artist William Trask got to my neck. But hey, artwork like beauty is pain and I love my tattoo so much.
This week I explored more work done by Tattoo Artist William Trask owner of Premiere Tattoo, but more so dedication tattoos to the loved ones who are no longer with us today. My dear friend Vince Pellegrino committed suicide exactly one month today, but his memory lives on with us in our hearts and for some people in their artwork.
This dedication tattoo was done on Jennifer O’Neill Trask’s inner ankle in honor of Vince Pelligrino. There is an RIP over tattooed stitches because Stitch was Vinny’s nickname for a long time. A lot of people didn’t know his actual name because they were so used to hearing Stich instead of Vinny or Little Vinny. The photo is courtesy of William Trask’s Facebook page.
This tattoo of stitches was done on William Trask’s left hand in loving memory of Vinny. It is one thing to do dedication tattoos, but it is something else completely when you are tattooing dedication tattoos for a best friend that you lost. This photo was courtesy of William Trask’s Facebook page.
This photo is of two dedication tattoos done on Steven Wallenburg‘s left leg. The tattoo with the skull in the crown above the rose was a dedication tattoo to our friend Gabe who was murdered in 2006 and who is missed very much. The tattoo below it is of stitches for Vinny with green blood instead of red because it was one of Vinny’s favorite colors. This photo was courtesy of Steven Wallenburg’s Facebook page.