Of all the tattoo blogs that have sprung up on the Internet, this is a personal favorite. Tattoosday features different tattoos found around the New York City area. The premise is very simple: the blog’s writer accosts interesting people with tattoos, photographs their ink, and tells their stories on his blog. The sheer number of tattoos and the wide variety of stories make the site a fun read and one that I keep coming back to.
The blogger, Bill Cohen, estimates that only about one in seven people that he approaches about his blog actually participates. When you see the huge number of tattoos featured on his blog, you have to appreciate just how much work Cohen has done on this project. The blog has an archive that you can get lost in for a few very enjoyable hours and then look forward to the next post.
Cohen has a particular rule for finding tattoos to photograph: “I won’t go to shops to take pictures. That’s just too easy. Like shooting fish in a barrel.” Cohen puts himself out “in the wild,” approaching people as he spots their ink.
What is the appeal of Tattoosday? Its simplicity is genuine. The tattoos featured in the blog range from amazing to average, and the stories behind them reflect a wealth of backgrounds, experiences, and influences. The blog isn’t a showcase of the most beautiful ink on the planet – although there are certainly some amazing and beautiful tattoos on that blog. Rather, the blog is a snapshot of everyday tattoos on everyday people. aThe tattoos featured in the blog could belong to any of us.