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Show Us Your Tats – Issue 30

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RECOIL is starting a new column dedicated to those who've emblazoned their flesh with firearms-related ink. This issue we kick it off with three that belong to our Social Media Editor David Merrill. All were originally done at Port City Tattoo in Wilmington, North Carolina, in 2006. Listed are the artists' current locations.

Soldier's Grave
Artist: Matt Beckerich
Kings Avenue Tattoo, NYC
Though not strictly a “gun tattoo” it certainly has a rifle as part of the centerpiece. After getting back from a tour overseas, initially I wanted a memorial tattoo specific to some of my good friends who passed. After some consideration on the fact that far more than just my individual friends gave the ultimate sacrifice, I decided on a modern interpretation of the Soldier's Grave to commemorate them all. It's located on my left forearm so I see it every single day.

Artist: Axel Mercier
Love Hate Social Club, NYC
I got this one done for my grandfather. He only ever had positive things to say about the Thompson and his experience with them during his time in WWII. It seemed fitting.

Artist: Matt Beckerich
Kings Avenue Tattoo, NYC
I've always been a fan of the AK, even if it isn't my absolute favorite rifle. Delving into the history and development of the rifle was my first great leap into gunnerdery, and I'll always have a special affinity toward them.

Got a gun tattoo you'd like to share? Please send some well-lit, high-resolution photos to [email protected] with the subject line: Show Us Your Tats. Please also list your name, the tattoo artist's name, the studio name and city in which it was done, and 50 to 70 words on what the tattoo is of and why you got it. All submissions become the property of TEN: The Enthusiast Network.

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