Why That Tat?

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Morbid Anatomy’s Day of the Dead Revelers Showed Us Their Tats

For this ghoulish installment of Why That Tat, we crashed an early Day of the Dead party at the Morbid Anatomy Museum.
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This is a pair conjoined skeleton siamese twins, each holding snakes. They are battling each other. It’s my Day of the Dead 2009 souvenir! I have always been interested in medical history and anatomy. When I was attending university in Paris, I use to take my lunch breaks in this old anatomy museum that had medical specimens like two headed babies and fetuses. The specimens had this bizarre connection to the history of health and, I don’t know, there’s something really special about them. Some people collect them, and I can’t afford them. And since I have been traveling a lot, I can’t take a lot with me, but tattoos I can take with me everywhere I go.
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We Asked 15 Rockaway Sunbathers to Show Us Their Tats

(Photos: Amy Lombard)

(Photos: Amy Lombard)

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Tell me a little bit about the tattoo on your back and on your leg. When did you get it and why did you get it?
I had went through a situation about two years ago, and so I actually had to restart P.A. school. I just really liked the phoenix because it’s the only creature who sort of self-destructs and is reborn again from its ashes. I felt like getting back into P.A. school and being able to complete my dream symbolizes the phoenix.
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Will Fussell Of Mood Rings Settled For This Tattoo Instead Of an Iggy Pop One

Welcome to Why That Tat?, in which we bring you the origin stories of the best/strangest/most hilarious/bizarre tattoos we encounter.

Will Fussell's mantra

Will Fussell’s mantra. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

When we last chatted with Will Fussell, the charming frontman of the band Mood Rings, we discovered he lives on a futon in his manager’s apartment and enjoys wearing turtlenecks. What we did not discover is that he has this totally awesome tattoo on his wrist. Yesterday evening, shortly before Will dug into a quinoa bowl at Dimes in LES, we asked our favorite eccentric weirdo, “Why that tat?”
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Michael Ian Cummings of SKATERS Loves Pizza, and Has the Tattoo to Prove It

Welcome to the first installment of Why That Tat?, in which we bring you the origin stories of the best/strangest/most hilarious/bizarre tattoos we encounter.

Michael Ian Cummings shows off his arm at a Whigs concert at Brooklyn Bowl. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Michael Ian Cummings shows off his arm at a Whigs concert at Brooklyn Bowl. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

This week’s tattoo lives on all three members of beloved New York-based band SKATERS. It depicts two things we are very fond of: laid-back vibes and pizza! We asked SKATERS’ frontman Michael Ian Cummings, an East Village fixture, for some background:

It’s always funny to me how much people respond to this tattoo. I only did it because the rest of the band was getting them. Not trying to prove I like pizza more than you or anything (but I probably do). Lele from 8BallZines gave them to us while we were trying to finish the last song on the record at Electric Lady Studios. It was more distracting than I thought, but no problemo man.

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