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    hello,
    i'm a new member and long time cafe user, i've always wondered if anyone had a mandolin related tattoo??
    i saw a bill monroe leg tattoo somewhere on the internet and was curious??if so, post pic??
    charles wayne mitchell

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    I have often dreamed of a Flowerpot tattoo.

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    As Jeff Foxworthy would say, "If you have a mandolin tatoo...you may be a redneck!"

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    Boy, I'd have to opt for an A-style if I were to get one. Carving the scroll on an F would hurt!

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    I bet there is a market for a temporary tattoo. I'd love to have one just for a couple of festivals to get a reaction out of some folks.

    Would that make me a temporary redneck?




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    I've thought about getting a Fern tattoo on a shoulder as I sport a few tats already but then I think what if I get angry with Gibson like Big Mon did I can't scratch it out or walk around with a piece of tape on my arm!

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    Just carve the part of your neck that says "Gibson" and you should be allright. With a little heating, some mustard and a good bun the arm piece may feed you also! .
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    Actually, if you went w/ a flowerpot tattoo, Gibson would sue you and force you to remove it.

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    come on Jim...not again
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    I actually have a F-5 shape headstock tattoo on my right sholder and a guitar headstock on my left sholder. The mando was my first ever tattoo and since then I have gathered several more. The guitar was added when I had my intire back done to balance everything out.

    A lot of people see me and all the tattoos and say i would have never guessed you for a bluegrasser. But you can't judge a book.....

    I will try to find some pics and post them maybe in a day or so.

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    I'd like to see pics.

    There was a similar thread at the fiddle forum a while back and someone posted a shot of F holes on the lower back.

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    The king of bluegrass/mandolin tattoo's has got to be famed luthier and maker of the best mandolin Adam Steffy ever played Sim Daley. I can't post a link but there used to be a shot of him on his website that shows the word "bluegrass" across the entire of the back of his right hand. Not afraid to put it out there for all to see.
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    From my friend Rod who I honestly don't know where he is these days. Military guy.


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    And a shot I took of store owner Jim Curly from Kansas City. He favors the Weber logo on his arm.


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    There was a guy at Mandofest with a mandolin on his leg and I had a photo, but I don't think I have it anymore.

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    Check out Sadie Compton's tatoo of the decoration of her hardanger fiddle on her back about 1/3 the way down the page.

    If I were to get one maybe I would get the circle of fifths on my left forearm so I could double check during a jam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (Big Joe @ Sep. 22 2005, 16:12)
    #With a little heating, some mustard and a good bun the arm piece may feed you also! # .
    Huh? Big Joe you been working too hard!

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    Does the dragon on my foot come close enough?
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    Sorry, but some ultra-closups of tattoos gross me out. Too much informations, most times. Except in Ms. Sadie's case.
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    I got a temporary Henna one of an F-style at the local fair this Summer. It's gone now. And I'm too wimpy to get a real one.
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    I'm going to try this picture thing one more time. Please be patient with me. Here's this tattoo pic again.
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    Ouch !!! Lp
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    I now have a pic of my tatoo but I'm having trouble getting it to post. #I try to attach the file and everything seems to work but the post is not showing up.




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    trying again. The mandolin headstock is on the uper right shoulder. Not very good pic but you get the idea.
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    This tatoo took 96 hours to complete. The line work took 11 hours and the outer space area took 10 hours. I wnt every 7 days for 8 hour session minimum. The artist spent 40 hours on the drawing and design. i told him what i wanted and took some things of mine for him to draw and we worked out the outlay and he went to work. He is a truly amazing artist who went to Jullard and majored in painting and sculpting but all he has ever done is custom tatoo work. The mandolin headstock was actualy already their and was my first tatoo. We added the rest and tried to make it balance out the best we could. i think it turned out ok. i have won several tatoo show contest with this one.

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