I am a very patriotic person, having seen the country and the world I have a great appreciation to where I come from.
Scotians are scattered all over the world, I even met one in Australia on my travels. We knew the same people. It was Awesome!
So in my musical profession, DJing for Sony recording artist Classified, we used to bring a flag with us on tour no matter where we went, some nights I would forget to bring it out of my bag, so I decided what better way to fix it than to tattoo the flag on my arm!
Kyle Leblanc from Sin on Skin and I bumped heads on the idea and the result is what you see in the picture. —-Brian “DJIV” Pelrine
On a return visit to NS, I decided on a new tattoo, and choose the griffin crest graphic found on the back of the old NS driver's licenses. And just for shits and giggles, made it as big as I could.
When I returned back to work after the vacation, we had a fundraising BBQ, and were asked to wear company logo t-shirts, which gave my new tattoo a glorious debut.
Not sure why but I never heard about the second tattoo, but I gathered that the size of it was enough of a "Please fuck off" message that my boss heard loud and clear. —-Geoff Kennedy
She [friend Erin Lewis] got it to keep memory of home before she moved to Vancouver in February. It's on her wrist. The ink was done by Greg when he still worked at Adept. —-Krystina Colicchio
For me, this was my fourth tattoo, but also, the most special to me. I got it just after my first year away at university.
I attend Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Every time I go home to Cape Breton, coming back to Waterloo is very difficult. It's hard to leave my friends and family behind. My parents are both very supporting of me and always tell me how proud they are of me for going away to a school that is so far away from home.
I got this tattoo to remind me of all the love and support I have back home. It reminds me that Cape Breton will always be my home and that no matter what I'll always be welcome there with open arms.
The words on the tattoo read "my island" because Cape Breton will always be where I'm from. I'm a true Caper at heart! —-RikkiRene Greene
I spent my twenties travelling and living around the world, and my anchor tattoo (freehand by Scott Duncan in Kincardine, ON) symbolizes that I'll always come home and that my roots will always run deep in Nova Scotian soil. Some day when I can justify staying off my feet for a few days (foot tattoos really hinder your ability to walk comfortably), I'll get another nautical tattoo symbolizing my never ending wanderlust.
Continuing with my nautical theme the start of a sleeve came next. My clipper ship was done by my longtime friend Johann Florendo in New York. There's a quote at the bottom of the ship that says, "The journey is my home" by Muriel Rukeyser who was a feminist and equality political activist and poet. The piece is about travelling and how I am at my most comfortable while exploring, but also to live in the moment. I do not sail but ships are another good symbol of Nova Scotia and our heritage. —-Gillian Hyde