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Pete carley



Pete Carley

 Name: Pete Carley


Age: 44

Location: Philadelphia

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Q1. Where did you get your first tattoo and do you know by who?

A. I got my first tattoo, a small rose on the inside of my lower calf, at Body Art Graphics in the Pennsauken Mart, Pennsauken, NJ. A guy named Heavy did my first three tattoos.

Q2. What was going through your mind when you got your first tattoo?

A. I was thinking about how much it hurt and hoping nobody I knew would see me.

Q3. Is there a meaning behind your first tattoo and what is it if you care to share?

A. I really didnít get into meanings for tattoos until much later.

Q4. What is your favorite tattoo, where is it and why?

A. My favorite is on my left shoulder. It was done by Steve Tiberi at Olde City Tattoo in Philadelphia, and it shows a Tibetan hand gesture, or mudra, with flames leaping out of it. Flames are an expression of wrath in Tibetan iconography, but I didnít know that at the time. I like it because itís beautiful and because it is the first tattoo drawn specifically for me.

Q5. What advice can you give people who are looking to get ink for the first time?

A. First, look for a clean shop. If the shop or the artistsí technique donít look clean/sterile, it doesnít matter how cool the art is. Second, ask to see the artistís portfolio or workbook. The flash on the wall doesnít tell you that much about the artist. Ask if thereís one particular artist at the shop that specializes in designs like the one you want. Third, talk to the artist about the work at least once before you sit down to get your tattoo.

Q6. Any Additional Comments

A. I probably will never go back to flash off the walls.

Q7. also tell us about your experiences with body art....

A. John Durante did a strike branding on my back in 2003 at Infinite Body Piercing in Philadelphia. I brought him a simple design, he cut and bent three strike pieces, and had a transfer made to apply the design to my back. I laid down on a table, James the counter guy pulled the skin of my back straight and taut, and Jon Weir the shop manager held a butane torch. John Durante did the branding in about 15 strikes. Each strike hurt for about a second or two and then ceased to hurt.

John Durante came back to Philadelphia in 2004, and I had him to a scarification on me. I had a handprint placed on my hip as a symbol of spiritual challenge.

Genesis 32
22 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." 27 The man asked him, "What is your name?" "Jacob," he answered. 28 Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, [5] because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."

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