Chevy Tattoos Revisited. Making a Statement!

Previously we published some of the best and worst Chevy tattoos we found on the internet. This lead us to wonder about the phenomenon of showing your hobby in body art.

This version of a 1957 Chevy is the work of artist Brooke Cook of North Little Rock, Arkansas. Photo from www.galleryoftattoosnow.com

British sailors brought the art back with them after seeing the body art on Samoan tribesmen. By the late 1800s, 90% of those serving in the British royal navy were tattooed. It was a matter of being practical for the times and the chosen profession. Sailor’s tattoos often indicated feats like crossing the equator but more often than not, tattoos were often of a specific ship or symbol that would help identify drowned sailors.

According to the tattoo bearer, "This is my favorite Chevy truck ever made. I own two of them and this is a tattoo of one." Photo from www.tao-of-tattoos.com

Tattoos used to be associated to those in a lower social class – criminals, sailors, prostitutes, perverts and the like. Times have changed however, and there has been an explosion of inking. 

These days, you have to wonder what people are hiding under their clothes. Photo from 2.bp.blogspot.com

These walking art galleries may say more about the creator than the person that actually displays the ink. Furthermore, the meaning of a tattoo may only be created after the person bearing the tattoo keeps getting asked, “What does that mean?”

A version of the Chevy "Bowtie" logo. Photo from www.tatoogathering.com

With Chevy tattoos, one never needs to ask what that means. Chevy colors run deep and are often sported in public. They generally symbolize the bearer’s love of a particular model or make. Or… they just might say that you wanted a really cool tattoo.

Custom Chevy tattoo. Photo from www.tattooset.com

Writer Aviva Yael is author of “NO REGRETS: The Best, Worst, Most Ridiculous Tattoos Ever.” Yael’s take on tattoos is simple, “Outside of having kids, getting tattooed is one of the worst mistakes a person can make, yet somehow (much like having kids) millions of people do it every year.” 

Making a clear statement. Photo from farm3.static.flickr.com

Before getting caught up in the romanticism of sporting some ink and going to the local ink shop, remember that Miley Cyrus has over 14 tattoos. Do you really want to have that in common? 

About the author

Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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