This leg sleeve is on one of the best people I know, Billy (Seasick Pirate) Matiernan. This great man and his great wife Alicia watched our dog Lola while Jess and I were on our year long trip around the world. They went far and beyond for us and watched over our beloved Lola for 258 days. I owed this guy a hell of a lot more than just a tattoo, but it’s the best I could do for now.
This leg sleeve was dedicated to North Carolina and all of it’s awesomeness. North Carolina is known for being the Graveyard of the Atlantic, pirates such as Edward Teach a.k.a. Blackbeard, Red Tail Hawks, monarch butterflies, and many more things. We added a few items that represented good things that happened for Billy in NC, like meeting his wife Alicia. There is a thimble in this tattoo, a replication of the one that Alicia gave to him on his wedding day. There is a small label on the rum bottle that Blackbeard is drinking from and it is Ol # 258 in honor of the amount of days he stood by Lola’s side and comforted her.
I was really proud of this piece. More than anything I was happy to be able to put forth as much thoughtfulness towards the tattoo as he did towards Lola. My dear Lola passed on December 11th 2010 in the Matiernan home with Jessica, Alicia, Billy, and myself , along with (Cody and Mae Mae the Matiernan Great Pyranees) surrounded by her love ones. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Alicia and Billy Matiernan for all your love and support.
In memory of Lola “Wrinkle Monster” VanNess