Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tattoo Tuesday V.61

Name: Bryan Huber

Age: 30

Occupation: Owner and involuntary janitor of Icon Screen Printing

Age of first tattoo: 18

Favorite tattoo: So hard to choose, it's a toss up between my memorial tattoo for my father on my ribs, or the diamond behind my ear for my wife, and the Ian Curtis portrait on my thigh.

Featured tattoo/location: Right thigh

Artist/shop/location of feature tattoo: Dan Smith at High Voltage tattoo in Los Angeles

1) Tell us about your featured tattoo- is there a background story or special meaning? Why did you choose this particular piece of art?

I have a portrait of a very famous picture of Ian Curtis, the singer of the band joy division on my right thigh. I have been a huge joy division fan for quite some time and I had always wanted to get this picture tattooed on me.  I ended up meeting Dan Smith through a business contact and decided to ask him to do it since he is an incredible artists and a fellow joy division fanatic.  He loves the picture as well so needless to say he jumped at the chance.  I chose to put it on my thigh because, sadly, that's really the only spot I have left for a smaller tattoo.  It's an amazing tattoo, and I wish I still had room on my forearm or bicep for it so it would be easier to show to people.  Dropping your pants is often not appropriate (so my wife says).

2) Do you have any other tattoos?  If so, what do you have and where?

Yes...I'll start at the top....

behind right ear: lighting bolt with "TCB". Elvis was the man.
behind left ear: Diamond with a script "M". M for Melissa. And diamonds are beautiful, like her (and expensive, like her)
back of my neck: a cemetery scene with script that says "they keep calling me", it's another joy division tattoo

chest: script that reads "forever true"

left ribs: attack duck with script that says "heroes never die". A memorial tattoo for my father.

left and right arms: A bunch of stuff ranging from pretty cool and meaningful to down right stupid and silly...mom and dad tattoos, straight edge tattoos, some dice, the virgin mary dressed like a school girl, an "77" ball, a ship, TNT, skulls, a clown, a coffin with a heart in it (this is what happens when you are 18 and get free tattoos.)

Knuckles: "INVICTUS" (the poem by William Ernest Henley, not the Matt Damon movie...thanks.)

right leg: A portrait of Ian Curtis from Joy Division. A team America world police tattoo (it's a bald eagle wearing a fanny pack).  A collage of Jason Voorhees, Leatherface and Ash from evil dead.  An integrity skull.  A picture of Jimmy Bower portrayed as jesus which reads "the Bower and the Glory".  The words "built for brutality"

Left leg: A bulldog smoking a cigar with text that reads "here to stay".  A sacred heart that says "young 'til I die". A sugar skull.  An angel and an devil each one with one of my sisters names on them.  A dagger that says "pain" and a skull with a screen printing squeegee stuck in it with text that reads “blood sweat & ink” (at this point though, I think it might be more appropriate for it to say blood sweat & tears, cause there has been lots of tears.)

ps.  I actually had to look at various parts of my body to remember all of this.

3) Do you plan on getting more? 

Yes, lots more.  I ran out of all of the really cool, meaningful ideas, so now I have just moved into silly stuff.  I plan on getting a sacred burrito and a Popeye's Chicken logo.

4) How do your family and friends feel about your tattoo(s)?  Have you run into any adversity or negativity because of them? Do you have a significant other? Does he/she have tattoos?

I actually don't think I have one single friend that doesn't have at least one tattoo.  Most of them have quite a bit of coverage and my two best friends have almost full body suits at this point.  My wife (the ever so lovely Melissa of The Loveliest Day) has quite a  few as you have seen(editor's note: I love Melissa (and Bryan too!) so be sure to stop by her blog- it's one of my daily reads and all-time favorites). My family wasn't very into the idea at first, but they have never really been outright against them.  I got my first one when I was in the army and my mom always said "I'm just glad he came back with all of his arms and legs still intact to get tattooed" when ever she was questioned by friends or aquaintences about her thoughts on my tattoos.  It's a pretty good come back, really.  As far as negativity, yes, there has definitely been some.  I usually don't let it get to me, I know how I look the average soccer mom so stares of disgust and nervousness don't really bother me too much.  There hasn't been very much outright vocal confrontation or comment on them of great note. Just the standard occasional middle aged person who places great value on their opinions of other people and asks the ever so well thought out question of "Why did you get THAT?" or "Do you know how that will look when you're old?"  But the reality is that about 90% of the interaction I have with random people because of my tattoos is they want to see them, touch them or compliment on them.

5) Any advice for those interested in getting tattooed but haven't gotten one yet?

Yes, you only live once, so do it!  Who cares what it will look like in 50 years.  You'll be 70 or 80, probably very out of shape and half blind anyhow. 


  1. Fantastic- they look so sweet together! I can't waittt to get my next tattoo! Artist is drawing it up at present and I'm dying to see what he comes up with.

  2. Best answer ever for when they say what will it be like when you are old!
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  3. My husband says the same thing about the whole "how will that look when you're 50?" comment - your skin is going to be saggy anyway, who cares if it has pretty pictures on it?! I've also heard "Why should I spend the rest of my life worrying about the last 20 years of my life?" Your tattoos are awesome and so is Tattoo Tuesday! <3


  4. Awesome tattoos!
    I wish there were more pics... Bummer! I really loved his advice, perfect...
    I love this feature!!! When I get the rest of my tattoos done I will apply for sure! ^^


  5. His last answer so so encouraging. I get so much negativity for having 3 tattoos. THREE! You can't even see them for most of the winter because it's cold and I'm all covered up. So every spring I have the same people asking me "when did you get that? Why would you do that?" because they honestly forgot I have any... and yet still I get so much crap from people.

    Thank you so much for doing Tattoo Tuesday. I grew up with an uncle who has over 31 tattoos and a bunch of piercings so they've never been "weird" or "bad" to me. But I seem to only know people who hate them or want one when they turn 18 to be "cool" and then cry about needing it removed.

    I feel like all I deal with is negativity about my tattoos and piercings and it's ridiculous because I don't even have that many! I'm afraid to get more because I have to justify myself to everyone.

    I read your post and I wish I have the guts everyone else has. I cave when everyone tells me: "That's just not your personality." "You can't be pretty with tattoos and piercings." I need a backbone and stat.

  6. "involuntary janitor" hahaha

    I say the same thing about getting old...who has "nice skin" when they're 70? At least I have a choice in how mine is going to look! I like this guy's attitude. I want a sacred coffee mug. :)

  7. Lynn, your comment made me sad! There are tons of people with tons of tattoos everywhere. Get some new friends! :)

  8. BEST advice line yet! It's the same thing I say to my friends when they ask me about my tattoos and the advice I have for them. You only live once! Get the tattoos you love and don't regret it later!

  9. I LOVE the screen printing squeegee one. I can definitely relate having just spent three days straight in the printmaking lab for one print. I want to know more about his business and see even more tattoo pics. Does he do screen prints as well? I hope he isn't just tied up with cleaning up other people's messes. I'll also be checking out the wifey's blog.

    As always, love Tattoo Tuesdays!

  10. My goodness, his memorial tattoo must have been so painful! I'm dreading the day i get my ribs done...

    This was a fun one, it's always awesome to see the guys out there!

  11. I've stumbled on this lovely blog. I love this features! Every one's tattoos are so awesome.

  12. hope the bulldog is a sheer terror tattoo! i have one :)

  13. That Ian Curtis ink on his leg came out so well. That rocks. As a fellow Joy Division fan, I just had to comment.

    Cool dude with nice tats.

  14. This was an awesome interview. Encouraging, inspiring, liberating. Also, that dude is funny and has some amazing ink!

    *just got me really excited for my April appointment!!

  15. I think is one of my favorite TT's ever. So many awesome tattoos. Have more guys Dani!

  16. Hahaha I LOVE the answer to the last question. So much!

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