Knuckle tattoo blog

200803281600 Nathan Black says: "I collect pictures of people's knuckle tattoos and the stories behind them. I've got about 170 or so sets up and I've been collecting them for about a year and a half." Link

Previously on Boing Boing:
Subcutaneous brass knuckle implants
Brass-knuckle purse said to land wearer in airport security hell
LOVE / HATE knuckle tat gloves
HOWTO knit gloves with "knuckle tattoos"
Wooden brass knuckles


  1. I read this McSweeney’s list awhile ago and never really suspected people actually had some of these. One person’s short humorous list is another’s daily life. Rad.

  2. Ah, little lad, you’re staring at my fingers. Would you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand/left-hand? The story of good and evil? H-A-T-E! It was with this left hand that old brother Cain struck the blow that laid his brother low. L-O-V-E! You see these fingers, dear hearts? These fingers has veins that run straight to the soul of man. The right hand, friends, the hand of love. Now watch, and I’ll show you the story of life. Those fingers, dear hearts, is always a-warring and a-tugging, one agin t’other. Now watch ’em! Old brother left hand, left hand he’s a fighting, and it looks like love’s a goner. But wait a minute! Hot dog, love’s a winning! Yessirree! It’s love that’s won, and old left hand hate is down for the count!

  3. what I enjoyed most from this was the drug free tats and the can of beer in his hand…

  4. Ah, how wonderfully tacky.

    Strange how many of those knuckles are wet. Also how many aren’t inked very straight. And again, how many are messages to remind the wearer of some truth or part of their life, yet the letters are positioned so the wearer can only read them properly with great difficulty. Otherwise they look like this: ǝʌoן=poƃ

  5. Tak, are you a PKD fan?
    If you’ve read “The Galactic Pot Healer” you may remember “The Game” that the hero engages in with his various associates around the world..

    You take a famous phrase or title and translate it into another language, then you take the translated text and translate it back (many times maybe) between the languages until you get a cryptic reworded version of the original.. The game is deducing what the original text is..

    I googled an example because I don’t have my copy here:

    So I would pose to you: The male offspring in addition gets out of bed
    To which the correct answer would be: The sun also rises

    There are some better examples in the book, but I always thought it sounded fun.

    I’ll try to find a good one :)

  6. one is not a “fan” of Horselover Fat. One is permitted, if lucky and granted incredible favour under Heaven, to be allowed to know of his Great Works – and if inutterably fortunate, to actually pass ones unworthy eyes over the Sacred Pages.

    Yeah,I like his stuff. Pot Healers around here somewhere, moldering in the paperback midden.

    Game on!

    Re: Herr Saure Gurke, whydya guys scare him like that? I was going to gently introduce him to a pickle – or vice versa.

  7. TAK (an easily guessed, but slightly non-linear one)

    An older violin more consonant of the caramel.

  8. hmm.. I suspect PKD used some poetic license and a thesarus, rathen than multiple translation.

    We can bend the rules if you like, or keep it country.

  9. I thought those WERE the rules! (of course I drew a complete blank as soon as your entry came up)

  10. Well, it just seems if you use babel fish et al, when concocting the puzzle, you get quite a messy sentence, where as if you manually change each word in your start-sentence, you get some clever double meaning stuff, like the son/sun above.. (which a machine translator wouldn’t do)

    So the rules may be either:
    1. use a translator to get authentic trans-garbage (as many passes and languages as you like)
    2. Use a thesaurus and your creativity to make a poetically (or not) cryptic conundrum.

    The answer to the one above:
    An older violin more consonant of the caramel


    The older the fiddle the sweeter the tune.
    (multi pass, spanish and portuguese)

  11. I prefer #2 (more like doing cryptic crosswords)

    (and like James Gardner at the roulette wheel in that old western: Spin it!)

  12. here’s one using rule2

    the entire collection of pedestals that you own, is the property of america..

  13. yep :)

    yours are far tougher looking, I never do the cryptic crossword tho, I could be battling a master :(

    damn, it’s like hairy.. torn.. court..

  14. ha! i was trying to unpuzzle, “theme is titles” unntil ur next comment popped up

    what a dick (hoho)

  15. haha, same thing i’m just about to do, funnily enough.. It might be inpinging on my ability to problem solve though.

  16. all i have on this one is.. a million little fibres, which it isn’t

    towlie + “fuzz of the ripped …”

    I’m losing my game :(

  17. Well, while I’m losing, I’ll pose one to you. Easy, same theme:

    Authority figure: “commence saline seepage”

  18. Flow my Tears, The Policeman said

    The_____ _____ _____ (towlie’s forte) ________

    first two words clue in YOUR last one (60’s slang)

  19. Takuan, don’t try to entice me with your cheap Ferris Beuller references. Ben Stein is dead to me now. Besides it’s bed time.

  20. Oh man, my dad just passed away a few months ago and one of his greatest trademarks was his tatoos. And his knuckles said F*** You! All the more amazing as he ultimately became a Christian. Also of note, his nipples were labled sweet and sour.

  21. Sorry Tak, I fell asleep (i’m on UK time)

    I still have no clue what PKD title that could be tho..

    I’ll have a go at the next one, but I’m off to Oxford in a minute.

  22. Wait.. is it “The man in the high castle?”

    god damn, if it is.. it’s one of my favourite books ever, dunno if it goes with “fuzz of the ripped bailey” tho.. i certainly tried and rejected it in the beginning with the bailey – courtyard – castle connection and the high – towelie connection.. but “fuzz of the ripped..”

    The second one is really nice though:

    “are the reveries of skinjobs referrent to powered Bushites?”

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

    Very nice use of skinjob and bushite, I tried gaming that same title last night, but all my attempts were way too obvious :)

  23. OK,
    fuzz = “the man”
    ripped = “high”
    bailey = “castle”


    here’s a quick two for you while I’m gone.. slighly more cryptic on my part, but you’ll get them in no time:

    º Everywhere, contracted

    ° Golf-club~ing on the subject of a miniature domain

  24. Cl. =”fnd” rt. tts, < hrf="">ddls stmps, ‘phn crds, bjcts tht lk lk stff (ptts tht lk lk Mthr Thrs) nd th lk mk grt cntnt fr blgs

    Disemvowelled as spam. –TNH

  25. hehe! nope :)
    Puttering… was right though, well done.
    “everywhere, contracted” is a little tricky actually, here’s a clue that should easify it a bit:

    one word

  26. You know, I did a background check on his philosophy, and some of his ideas seem quite plausible:

    Maybe he has a newsletter or something.. need we subscribe?

  27. Oh-h can I join? Not too sure about this attempt, but have a go: “An Universal American Stock Invention”

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