Goodbye to you my trusted friend

I saw this tattoo submitted by April_Eileen and knew I had to post it.  While I’m certain this is a memorial tattoo it seemed fitting since my best friend moved away yesterday.  I’ve been feeling pretty sad and this tattoo summed up how I feel quite well.  Luckily, my best friend is only a 3 hour drive away so I will see her, just nowhere near as often.  I can certainly relate to the sentiment of permanent goodbyes as well.  The tattoo was inked by AJ Pell in Fredericksburg, VA.

I have to say, the lettering on this tattoo is fabulous.  I love the soft colour and the watery look of it.  Perfect choice.

23 thoughts on “Goodbye to you my trusted friend

  1. Beautiful, its moving, and i can totally understand the emotions behind it.
    all the best =]
    Paul x

  2. Nice idea, but that lettering won’t hold up to the test of time. And the bird are very blah.

  3. i think the lettering looks kinda ghetto in comparison to the rest of it. some parts look darker than the rest. i would make it more bold. but that’s just me.

  4. I hate to be cynical of other people’s bodies, But purely aesthetically, the mole throws this whole piece off for me.

  5. @6 – same here. I feel like the placement of the tattoo should’ve been different because of that

    I think the lettering would’ve been better had the lines been darker, like the lining on the birds.

  6. is it just me or does the lettering look like it was done before?
    the birds are the only part that look irritated

  7. Sloppy lettering. Compare the weight of the lines in the “y” to any of the others letters. Did the “artiste” decide to design a font as he went along? Look at the four “o”(s), all different.

  8. @JD: I don’t think it’s a font, I think it’s copied from handwriting.

    Anybody have any idea if the pink-outlined stars on the shoulder are actually pink/red ink, or is that blood (e.g. from being tattooed with a fluorescent ink that’s not visible in daylight)?

  9. It’s probably a Sparklehorse/Mark Linkous memorial.
    Mark Linkous, the frontman, songwriter and multi-instrumnetalist of the band, killed himself 3.5 months ago.
    Sich of Goodbyes is a song off their “Good Morning, Spider” album.

  10. I kind of want to hear the song now.

    The pink around the stars is tattooed that way, a pink shade, at least that’s what it looks like to me.

    I also don’t think the lettering is that colour because it’s faded, I think it was intended to look like it was watery. I could be wrong but it looks to me like it was intended to look like watered down brush strokes. It reminds me of some of the Japanese calligraphy fonts I have on my computer.

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