Uchujin's back tattoo-design by John Storey, Tattoo by Abdullah Taqy

Finally my tattoo back piece is finished!

It’s been a long (over a year! due to me and my Tattooist never having the same days off) and painful process, but it’s done and it looks f*&king great!

The design is an illustration by my father based on the ancient symbol of the green man.
I’ve always loved the design and hope it is a fitting tribute to a great man who I have nothing but respect and love for. So Dad, this post and the tattoo are dedicated to you (even thought I know you are not a huge fan of tattoos ;-) and to Taqy a great tattoist who translated the picture from a drawing to the living work on my back.

Thank you.

Below is a short (way too short, wish I’d shot more but my battery was running out!) iPhone timelapse of part of the final session a few weeks ago.

The music in the video is “Don’t Blink” by Decipher (which is my old music making moniker – i.e. I wrote and produced it)


The only question that remains now is……what and where will my next piece be?

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6 comments for “Tattoo

  1. April 23, 2011 at 12:48 pm


    Love the Arabic scrawl and the big-boobed mannequin in the b/g.

  2. April 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Beautiful tattoo. I love the Green Man.

  3. eiichiscart
    April 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm


  4. Brother in Islam
    May 19, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Are Tatoos not haram, don’t get me wrong, I’m not here to judge. But please read the hadiths that state Tatoos are haram, however, because I admire your work I will try to give you 70 excuses :D

    Maybe you are using a Henna dye? :-)


  5. May 19, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Dear “Brother in Islam” thank you for your comment.
    I personally am not a Muslim so whilst I appreciate your advice and respect your right to believe whatever you choose, I feel that it does not apply to me.

    Abdullah has been a tattooist for 20 years, long before he converted to Islam and it is his job.
    I’m sure he is well aware of the hadiths you mention.

    Thanks again for your comment.

  6. June 5, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Nice one Brother! How many times have I asked you to take off your shirt (well, it doesn’t take much arm-twisting now does it?) to show a bar full of salarymen and young ladies the lovely tree growing in ever so slowly on your backside (speaking of which, maybe showing a little more backside would be good for the site traffic…just a suggestion)? Oh, those were the days, but these days we must be careful to whom we expose ourselves (especially here in the USofA).

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