Not Your Everday Tat

I’d like to thank those of you who left kind comments and sent me private emails and texts. It was really comforting to read them in such a sad time. The woman who passed away was like a second mom to me and I knew her from the age of two. She was a truly remarkable person and I will write about her one day.


I had to fly through Dallas, and when I got on my connecting flight, I glanced up and saw this:


At first I thought it was an interesting hat. Then I looked a little more closely and realized it was the guy’s head. And it was covered in one of the most intricate tattoos I’ve ever seen. Actually, I’ve never seen a tattoo that big on anyone’s head. It took me a minute, but then I recognized the subject: Chief Sitting Bull.

I found this photo on Wikipedia to be sure:

Wikipedia photo

Wikipedia photo

Sitting Bull was the Native American leader who helped defeat George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, better known as Custer’s Last Stand.

The guy was traveling with his wife and young daughter and they were Native American.

Now I’m wondering how the tattoo will last, since he has to shave his head regularly. Won’t it eventually come off like wood that’s been sanded?

Hope your week’s going well so far.


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8 Responses to Not Your Everday Tat

  1. Hi Carole,

    I, too, am sorry to hear about your loss. Sending you hugs.

    (I can’t resist commenting on that tattoo, which I thought was an engraving on a block of wood. And I’m thinking the exact same thing about shaving his head).

  2. Caroline says:

    I’d be so interested to read about her. I’m sure she was a remarklable woman and I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Regarding the tattoo—That’s some dedication to a cause. 🙂 Never seen anything like it.

  3. My condolences, Carole. I hope you do write about her one day.

    I have to say I was thinking the same thing about that tattoo. How painful! There’s not much flesh there. Yowza. I would have thrown in the towel after the first eyelash.

  4. Thanks, Jackie. I hope I can do her justice.

    I think blood vessels are closer to the surface on your head so you bleed more too. Yikes.

  5. Thank you for sharing your pain of loosing such an important soul in your live. I can feel the pain within you. I have an aunt, who is turning 103 years next week, who means the world to me , as she has been such a soft and excepting woman as I always wanted my mother to be. All I can say, that we are lucky to have those wonderful souls in our lives.

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