Tattooed Professionals

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Tattooed Professionals: J.R. Hasty

Posted by | November 12, 2012 | Tattooed Professionals

Profession: Account representative, wholesale fuel business.

Artist: Various; Dan McGrew, Skin and Soul.

A story of sports: From the number he wore as a member of Bellevue High School football team, and later a scholarship athlete at the University of Washington, Hasty’s tattoos reflect growing up in Bellevue and Seattle and being an athlete. The waves of the Puget Sound and different sayings such as “Fortune favors the brave,” are inked on his upper body.

Misconceptions: While tattoos are more acceptable among jocks, Hasty says he’s still gotten negative comments about his tattoos from family friends. “People think you’re up to no good or you don’t have a good upbringing,” he says.


(Source: The Bellevue Scene)

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Tattooed Professionals: Leah Maxwell-Schwab

Posted by | October 29, 2012 | Tattooed Professionals

Profession:Paralegal in downtown Bellevue, more than 20 years of experience.

Artist: Various; Dale Nester, Skin and Soul.

A positive addiction: When asked how many tattoos she has, Maxwell-Schwab has to count to remember. Is it 10 or 11? There’s four on her back, one on her wrist, a design encircling her thigh like a garter belt as well as tattoos on her big toe, ankle and lower abdomen. “Oh yeah, it’s 11,” she says.

Her first one: She was 22. It was the ‘90s and grunge was in. “I was obsessed with Orca whales at the time.”  What started off as a single Orca on her ankle became a whole anklet design.

Tattoo sisters: Maxwell-Schwab and one of her closest girlfriends got tattooed together when they went on vacation to Australia, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Cancun.  She says her tattoos capture moments she wants to remember.  

A portrait of the last 20 years: “My tattoos are my artistic expression and my individuality. They make me different.”

Carrying peace with her: “Three years ago, I was going through a really tough time, I wanted to feel like I had peace around me. I have the word serenity on one shoulder blade and peace and eternal love on the other. I carry the two things with me now.”

Law office: Maxwell-Schwab’s 74-year-old boss loves her tattoos. “When he introduces me, he says, ‘This is my paralegal, Leah. She’s got a lot of tattoos.’ He thinks it’s pretty cool.”

Identity: “My work isn’t who I am, my tattoos are who I am,” she says.


(source: The Scene)

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Tattooed Professionals: Maegan Nielsen

Posted by | October 22, 2012 | Tattooed Professionals

Profession: Nielsen has witheld her position and the name of the corporation she works for in Bellevue at the request of her employer.

Corporate culture: “Some corporate industries just tolerate tattoos while others really get it,” Nielsen says. “As the baby boomers continue to retire and the up-and-coming workforce moves in, employers will be hiring from a younger crowd where it’s becoming increasingly more acceptable to be tattooed.”

Inspiration: In addition to her children’s astrological signs (she says she won’t get her husband’s until their 40th anniversary), Nielsen’s back tattoos are symbols that remind her of her own perseverance and resilience through the hardship she’s endured, including the word “strength” in Chinese and a phoenix design that will eventually take up her entire back (“It rises from literally nothing to become a beautiful, powerful bird.”)

Phoenix artist: Hooe at Easy Choppers. Nielsen says he wants to take the phoenix tail down to her thigh, but “I think I’ll stop him right here,” Nielsen says gesturing to her lower back.

Stereotypes about tattoos: “They’re only for people in prison or with an artistic lifestyle,” says Nielsen, who works with senior members of her company and never tries to hide the tattoos on her back that peak out from the top of her shirt.

Bellevue’s transformation: “Seattle is so forgiving, so creative and Bellevue is becoming that way, too,” Nielsen says. “There’s a cultural shift happening where tattoos are becoming more OK.”

Getting inked: She asked her artist, Hooe, why he didn’t go to Seattle, a more alternative city, for work. He told her that Bellevue is an untapped market. She agreed. “People say, ‘I’m not going to Bellevue to get tattooed, it’s snooty and pretentious. That’s just ignorance.”


(source: The Scene)

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Tattooed Professionals: Katie-Jo Glover

Posted by | October 15, 2012 | Tattooed Professionals

Job: Veterinarian assistant at the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine, which treats reptiles, small mammals, birds and other critters. “We basically don’t see cats and dogs,” she said.

Tattoos: The skull of a coyote on the underside of her forearm; a woman holding a burrowing owl on her thigh; a sparrow being stabbed by an antique hairpin on the other side of the forearm.

The skull on Glover’s left arm isn’t just any coyote: it’s Snix, one of the first ones she tracked while doing wildlife research on Cape Cod. The job entailed raising coyote puppies, monitoring them, even showering, sleeping and eating with them, part of an affection for the critters she developed growing up on a farm in Massachusetts.

By the time she started working as a vet for exotic animals, she decided to get another piece: a sparrow being stabbed by an antique hairpin, to symbolize the breadth of odd maladies she sees.

“You would not believe the things that people will come in and say happened to their pets,” she said. “I wanted something that looked bleeding, that looked like an accident.”

The office — where the current slate of patients includes a chameleon, an albino hedgehog and a chinchilla — attracts a certain breed of person who is more likely to be tattooed, she said.

“There’s a little bit of a subversive culture there,” she said. “The applications you get from reptile people who want to work there; they’ve got split tongues and things.”



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Tattood Professionals: Steve Cook

Posted by | October 8, 2012 | Tattooed Professionals

Profession: Software test engineer.

Artist: Sage Oswald, Easy Choppers.

Design: Cook, who formerly worked at Microsoft, has leg tattoos that are a celebration of his family-his wife and teenage son and daughter. On his left leg, each member of his family got to pick the color of their Japanese koi fish, (“In my tattoo, the females have longer, daintier fins and the males have longer whiskers,” Cook says.) The design, currently stopping at his calf, will eventually go up to his thigh.

Why he wanted his ink: “Part of it is a mid-life crisis,” Cook says. “I was very quiet and withdrawn for so much of my life and now I’m celebrating coming into myself.”

Microsoft: “It’s a real mixed bag, you have everyone from people in traditional Indian garb to very [Christian] Caucasian people,” says Cook, who enjoyed people’s reaction and attention to his legs as he continued to get them worked on. “Shorts and a T-shirt is not uncommon attire at Microsoft, especially for people who don’t work in sales.”

Reactions: Only positive. Most people ask Cook where he got his work done (Easy Choppers and Tattoos) or tell him they like his ink.

Defining who gets tattooed: “Some people seem like they’re the uptight type, but then you find out they’re hiding a tattoo,” he says.

Legs: While Cook chose his legs because they were less visible and easy to cover up with dress shoes and slacks in the office, he says he’s wanting visible tattoos more and more. “I want to be more out of the closet as a tattooed person,” Cook says. “It’s a conversation starter and I really enjoy talking to people.”

Conversation: “The other day I was talking with a cashier, a high-school age black girl who had a tattoo on her arm. She noticed my neck tattoo (a Vietnamese, double kanji design) and we had a very nice conversation for two minutes. We were of two age and social groups who wouldn’t have normally have spoken to one another.”

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Tattooed Professionals: Dr. Matt Lodder

Posted by | October 1, 2012 | Tattooed Professionals

Being a Doctor is not all about medicine and cutting people open.  There are many kinds that don’t even have anything to do with the medical field.  Take for example, Dr. Matt Lodder.  I’ll let him speak for himself.

I am a heavily tattooed academic art historian, based in London. My work is concerned with the history of tattooing, and artistic status of body art and body modification practices, including tattooing, body piercing and cosmetic surgery. I apply art-theoretical and art-historical methodologies to the study of the modified body specifically as an art object rather than a site for psychological, psychiatric, anthropological or ethnographic interest.

I am currently working on a book entitled “Tattoo Art History” for I.B. Tauris, to be published in 2014.

I have taught and lectured at undergraduate and postgraduate level on a number of topics, including but not limited to: body modification practices, tattoos and tattooing; contemporary performance art; lowbrow and outsider art; pop surrealism; digital and internet art; Walter Sickert; Stelarc; the Vienna Aktionists; Francis Bacon; art & science; Deleuze and Deleuzean approaches to art.

I peer-review for the journal ‘Body & Society’, and have acted as a contributor and expert consultant for various radio and television projects on body art and body modification, including BBC’s ‘Coast’ and National Geographic’s ‘Tabboo’, on BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio Sheffield, on Channel 4 and on Australia’s Triple J.



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Tattooed Professionals: Dr. David Ores

Posted by | September 24, 2012 | Tattooed Professionals

Since 1995, when Beatrice Tosti and Julio Pena opened Il Bagatto on E. Second St. east of Avenue A — one of the first new restaurants in that lower part of Alphabet City — Dr. David Ores has always helped out their workers.

“If someone was sick at the restaurant, I would pay a little, and he wouldn’t charge so much,” Tosti said of Ores in a phone interview. “Or somebody would cut their hand in the middle of the night, he would come to fix them and then come later to check on them. He is an extremely excellent human being and compassionate person,” she declared.

In May, Dr. Dave, as he is known to his patients on the Lower East Side, formalized his care for workers in the restaurant industry by founding the Restaurant Workers’ Health Care Cooperative. The cooperative will provide routine, low-cost, healthcare directly to uninsured restaurant workers in the 10002 and 10009 zip codes in collaboration with restaurant owners.

“This program will keep them out of the emergency room and cause much less stress on the city’s system,” he said. “They will miss fewer days of work — which is vital for the working poor — and they won’t get the customers sick by coughing on the food all day. Also, they won’t get a hospital bill for $3,000, go into debt, and all they had was a cold.”

Restaurant owners will kick in a monthly fee based on the number of “tops,” that is, seating capacity. Every time a worker uses Ores’s services, which are free, Ores will take money out of the communal fund account. He and a board of directors, made up of participating restaurateurs and other interested persons, will review what the workers need and what they can and can’t offer and adjust fees accordingly. Typical offerings will include flu shots, tuberculosis tests and Department of Health tests, in addition to basic healthcare.

The healthcare cooperative is “an informal handshake” between the doctor and the participating restaurants, currently numbering five, including Il Bagatto, at 192 E. Second St.; WD50, 50 Clinton St.; Stanton Street Social, 99 Stanton St.; Seymour Burton Restaurant, 511 E. Fifth St.; and EU, 235 E. Fourth St.

“This is a wonderful concept,” said Tosti. “He is what neighborhood doctors used to be a long time ago, people who gave care, not just wanted money. He is not pushing the latest medicine that the pharmaceutical industry wants him to push. He really wants you to be healthy.”

Ores, 50, is bald, with dark piercing eyes, a solid build — he was on his college’s judo team — and has a clipped, no-nonsense way of talking. He’s festooned with tattoos, including a wild array on his arms, plus a giant “M.D.” inked on his back, and rides a motorcycle. He lives on Avenue B between Houston and Second Sts., just minutes away from his office at 15 Clinton St. near E. Houston St. He rents both spaces from the nonprofit Lower East Side People’s Mutual Housing Association. He acknowledges that without affordable housing, he couldn’t live and work here.

“Because of them, I can do what I do,” he said of L.E.S.P.M.H.A. “They are central to me being able to provide low-cost healthcare to the working poor and uninsured in the area, including the existence of the R.W.H.C.C.”

Most of Ores’s patients are “tweeners,” he explained, people who don’t have Medicaid but can’t afford insurance. He doesn’t believe in or take medical insurance, which he views as “a complete scam, and the concept is corrupt.” His fee is $350 for the first visit and $250 for follow-ups. However, if patients can’t afford that, they can pay whatever they can.

“I’m not under any obligation to collect the rest,” he stated. “Sixty dollars is worth hundreds of insurance dollars. I would have to hire someone to do the insurance thing and pay them eighty grand.

“I try to help them and worry about their finances later,” he continued. “It should be secondary. If you can figure out what’s wrong with them in five minutes, what’s the big deal? Why not tell them? If they don’t have the money, who cares,” he shrugged.

In the fall, his office is moving to 189 E. Second St. between Avenues A and B, into a newly purchased L.E.S.P.M.H.A. building, which he will name “The L.E.S.P.M.H.A. Medical Office” in recognition of their support. Ores will have a whole floor and three examination rooms, instead of his current one. He hopes to get a mental health practitioner or a pediatrician to work with him.

His Web site,, describes R.W.H.C.C.’s mission. While at the moment he is the sole provider of services to restaurant workers, he hopes not only that other doctors will participate but also that other cities across the nation will copy the idea.

“I don’t know if it’s going to work,” he acknowledged. “It’s a great social experiment and one local response to the absence of a national healthcare system.”

Dr. David J. Ores, 15 Clinton St. Office phone: 212-353-3020. Cell phone: 917-723-4206. Web site: Office hours: 10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., five days a week, occasional Saturdays.


(source: The Villager)

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Tattooed Professionals: Stephen Luczo

Posted by | September 17, 2012 | Tattooed Professionals

If you work int he IT world like I do, there is one company that will stand out when you hear it.  Seagate.  Most people are probably reading this confused as to who Seagate is, but they are one of the top manufacturers of Hard drives in the world.  I personally have a Seagate hard drive I purchased back in 2004, and the thing is still chugging along with no problems, no bad sectors (dead spots on the drive), nothing.  I even remember an old teacher in college joking about how you could shoot a Seagate hard drive point blank with a .22 pistol, and it would still work.  But we are not here to talk about hard drives, we are here to talk about tattoos.  So what does Seagate have to do with this?  Stephen Luczo.

Stephen Luczo is the CEO and President of Seagate.  He is also on the Board of Directors of several other big technology firms.  And guess what?  He has a tattoo.  In an interview with Forbes, he spoke about his tattoo.  Not on his arm, not on this chest, or back.  But on his hand.  His finger to be more pierces.

It was as follows:

Q: And then, you have a tattoo on your left ring finger. What’s with that?

A: It’s my wife’s name. I got it because I don’t like things on my hands. Her name’s Agatha. She’s Croatian, and her real name’s Agata, without the H, and my hand’s so small that that’s all they could get on here anyhow. So it worked out really well.

Seems simple and mundane, but for a top level executive to have a tattoo on his hands, that is a big deal.


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Tattooed Professionals: Micah Baldwin

Posted by | September 10, 2012 | Tattooed Professionals

Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do.  Sometimes you just might not be able to find the job that you want, or maybe you can’t get it for one reason another.  Other times, you just get tired of working for someone, so what do you do?  START A BUSINESS!  Micah Baldwin is the founder of, an online comic book company where up and coming, or independent comic book writers can publish their work.  Basically, a start up helping other people work for themselves.  Honestly, a kick ass idea if you ask me.

Starting a company is not easy though.  You will fail a lot, I know this lesson personally, but the main thing you need to be successful is positivity, like Micah.  Learn from your failures and keep moving forward.  As stated by TechCrunch – “Micah wears his story on his sleeves, almost literally. I was immediately fascinated by his tattoos, because it is something that maybe some entrepreneurs have, but they must hide them under long sleeve shirts, because I rarely see them. All of Micah’s tats are really great, but two of the tattoos, a bag of money and a MRI scan really hit a chord in my heart.

Watch their interview with him, talking about his business, making start ups, and his art work!


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Tattooed Professionals: Theodore Roosevelt

Posted by | August 27, 2012 | Tattooed Professionals

The myth, the man, the legend.  Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the original Rough Rider himself was tattooed!  And not the least bit shy about it.  I was unable to find a photograph of the tattoo in question (and not all to surprising.  When he was President, the first “family” camera, the Kodak Brownie, had just been introduced, and was not really the best camera in the world).  The tattoo was of his family crest, located on his chest.  According to record, he was not shy about showing it off when he could.


The turn of the century is often seen as a very conservative time.  But that did not stop Teddy from becoming the greatest bad ass of all time.  50 cent get’s shot, and still complains about it.  Teddy got shot during a speech….AND FINISHES IT before going to the doctor.  He was a war veteran, and political cartoons of the era, trying to bad mouth him, depicted him as a knife wield, gun toting, cowboy from New York who would not back down from any fight.  “Walk softly and carry a big stick,” was his motto.

If anyone is proof that you can be a successful bad ass, and be proud of your tattoos, this man is.  So today, let’s remember our 26th President.  He was, no doubt, the Chuck Norris of his time!


And a little bit of humor for you all today!