49 Inked
49 Inked
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, Comments Off on 49 Inked



Sure, Seattle may be surrounded by water, but tattoos aren’t just for sailors anymore. From knuckle tats to sleeves, and even 206 pride, inked-up body mods are an indelible mark on Emerald City culture. And it’s now turned into an art-form, with street-front plush ink parlours and not some seedy backstreet operation where you run the risk of leaving with more than just a tattoo that can require a needle of another variety from a doctor.


And as most folks will readily admit, tattoos can be downright addictive – some even going as far as Rod Steiger’s character from The Illustrated Man, the movie adaptation of the celebrated sci-fi novel by Ray Bradbury that explores the nature of mankind, through a collection of “Don’t Dare Stare” startling visions that unfold across a canvass of decorated skin as depicted by the tattooist’s needle and as colourful as the inks that indelibly stain his body.


Once such was the interesting inked character I met recently on the 49 Metro – always an experience travelling this bus route to the heart of Seattle’s bohemian locale – going to Capital Hill. His hands – and most other parts of his body – were full of letters and numbers like something out of an episode of Sesame Street, that I half expected Big Bird and The Count to be making an appearance.


Leica M6 Classic & 50mm Summilux V2
Ilford FP4+(@100)
HC-110 (Dil.H – 1:63 @ 10 minutes)
Plustek 7600i & Vuescan