Archive for ‘Tattoo’

May 25, 2018

Howlin’ Wolf

Of Ink & Skin – in the vein of a Sailor Jerry Tattoo this graphic has a rosy cheeked brunette surrounded by classic ink symbolism. Piercing daggers and forkéd tongue serpents represent the Roman god Mercury for transportation or trickery. The red rose promises new hopeful beginnings. Safe travel is borne by the wings of a bird. And Lydia, for she IS the tattooed lady, has the German Kriegsmarine cap emblazoned with the Triumph motorcycle logo for winning effect.

April 6, 2018


Tat’s a nice motorbike- late sixties Bonnie laid up outside an Inking establishment. Lifetime Tattoo is a parlor located in Denver so our Coloradan ‘Lydia’ enjoys mile high biking of the British kind.

“Lydia, oh! Lydia, say have you met Lydia

Oh! Lydia, the tattooed lady

She has eyes that folks adore so

And a torso even more so

Lydia, oh! Lydia, that “Encyclopedia”

Oh! Lydia, the Queen of tattoo

On her back is the Battle of Waterloo

Beside it the Wreck of the Hesperus too

And proudly above the waves

The Red, White and Blue

You can learn a lot from Lydia…”

Attorney J. Cheever Loophole

February 7, 2018

Painted by Hand

ROAR! Midweek Cat on a tank! Seen at last years Motoblot bike show, hipster fun on two wheels. It’s like some WW2 warbird nose art.

November 5, 2017

Show a bit of leg

Quad Bike – Tattoo of a Triumph devotee. Inked in detail and wrapped around the thigh.

October 17, 2016

Ink ‘n’ Wheels

Moto Tattoo – a dedicated rider has adorned in permanent ink his upper arm with the front view of some standard motorcycle. Wonder if the other arm shoes the rear?

June 1, 2016


Former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl thrashes a mean beat and growls a roaring vocal. Grunge fashion takes on white Johnson Motors t-shirt with a hint of Triumph. Good driving music. Can’t believe the seminal Nevermind album is 25. Sheesh where’d the time go?

April 26, 2016

Johnny’s Ink

Inked Skin: a Brando by any other name. The Triumph Thunderbird. “What are you rebelling against?”

October 7, 2015


Beck’s is all Highland cool now with his own designer label whisky which glugs from an oversized azure aftershave bottle being slugged by a bevy of oh-so pretty rich Mac-yuppies.

The Guy Richie directed mini-film shows off the lochs, glens and castles to beautiful effect and our lad David has a nimble little Triumph to cavort over the heather. 

“William Wallace whur are ye!”

September 6, 2015

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Keeping the cat theme going: this time tiger power for workshop duties. 


July 3, 2015

The Bike with the Dragon Tattoo

The coiled serpent twisting its scaly body around the tank of this Big Zed fuels its embodiment of strength from the liter powerhouse.

Fire breather! Roaring Worm!

May 10, 2015

Happy Mothers Day


We all have a mother and, for the greater part, owe our upbringing to become the sensible (!) people we are. They made sure we didn’t waver from our path ahead: holding our hands when it was rocky, listening when it looked daunting, and an encouraging nudge when it seemed foggy. Most importantly they are the first love of our lives, unconditionally!

“Ma! I’m getting a tattoo!”

September 4, 2013

An Army of One


You gotta be dedicated to the marque with this one… A strong arm of Triumph. Good detailing and logo definition though. Skulls and roses with flame give it a fiery show. Me I’ll keep the logo on the jacket.

June 29, 2013

Over ‘ere son; on the ‘ead!

Trying to look like some latter day McQueen here’s football star David Beckham taking to the streets, dirt and studio on a variety of two-wheeled motos. First off a classic pose with a knobbly tired Husky, ready for a day in the desert? Needs a bit more grime under the nails I think…


The black and white imagery is nevertheless timeless.


Another ride in the Hollywood Hills with half face lid stylin’ on a Norton. A clean example with open primary case.


Finally, and appropriately for this blog, more of a photoshoot, he’s atop a vintage Triumph. I don’t know if its jeans, boots or even hair product, he’s promoting, but the bike sure looks splendid. Ready for a vintage track meet.



Posh on pillion? Nah, don’t think so!

May 24, 2013

Hokusai Armies

Reaching out for the ‘bar. A finely tattoo’d arm adorned with curly far eastern print graphics. Seems appropriate with the lines of a sweet looking ride. The Scrambler Triumph has a few special mods to enhance an off road appeal – well, rough lanes, not true dirt, but dusty paths nonetheless.


Hope she covers up for action at speed. Care canny lass!

February 24, 2013

Street Tracker Euro Style

Sunday evening moto fare: as tasty as a Sunday roast, accompanied by mashed tatties, veggies with Yorkshire pudding lashed with dark gravy; here is a street going Triumph tracker ready to show off up and down the main drag. Flat soles Redwings, turnips, and an open face lid complete the leather-clad owners appearance.

A race numberplate and big Triumph tank logo adds to a racing legend.

The photo appears to be taken in Sweden, possibly Stockholm.