Tattooed Humans of Dublin’s North-Inner City is Owen’s photoblog series.
It combines Owen’s interest in photography and tattoos with the photo-blogging style of Humans of New York (www.humansofnewyork.com)
I started getting tattooed when I was 21, My first tattoo was a big tribal on my upper arm. I had always wanted tattoos since I was young, they always interested and amazed me. At first I remember thinking I’ll only get tattoos that I can hide for 2 reasons. 1 because some people would judge me and the other because my mother would kill me! I think people realise that it’s not the tattoos that
Em I got it done in blackpool its called a sugar skull an em I picked all the colours. I wanted it on me leg there because I have one on me right leg and theres loads of different names of sugar skulls you can get but I liked
tattoo I got was my dad was killed in a road accident and he left behind 6 girls and 1 boy. So we all thought it would be good to have part of his name tattooed on our left-hand wrist as he was a left-hand writer himself. Starting from the oldest we all got a
And ehm it’s an acacia thorntree. And I got it because I was in Africa that summer and the acacia thorntrees are really resilient, they’ll survive in deserts eh, with very little water or anything. And then I was in Palestine that same year and on the separation wall in Palestine they have a thing that’s graffiti on it and it says ‘to exist is to resist’, so the fact that the Palestinians have survived and are still there in spite of everything that has been done to them, and their land taken away and forced to live in refugee camps they’re still surviving and they’re still fighting. And so I got that done in Irish, with the tree above it, just to represent how people can survive and overcome anything in their lives.
It’s dedicated to, eh, me sister. It was a still birth. And eh, I really wanted to get a tattoo for a memorial of her. And it’s on me right wrist. Me forearm. The reason I got the tattoo is to keep her memory alive and that there’s always a part of her with me. I have a