by Todd Bynon
(Redondo Beach, CA, USA)
I was serving in the Air Force in Okinawa during 9/11.
Afterwards, I was caught up in the spirit of patriotism, as were most Americans at the time.
I was always a little nervous about getting a tattoo because I wanted to get something that truly meant something to me.
I saw a sew-on patch in a biker bar of the American flag in the outline of the U.S. I knew as soon as I saw it that it was wanted I wanted my first tattoo to be.
I don't remember the name of the tattoo shop or the guy that didn't it, but it was a dingy little place outside of Kadena Air Base's gate#2.
I got the tattoo on my right arm.
It took about an hour to do, and I don't remember it hurting all that much.
I like your tattoo its very simple. Many time tattoo designs dont have to be complicated to be nice.
American tattoo artists have designed numerous layouts of their flag; representing it as if it's flying for instance, or rendering it so that it seems to be just like the patch from a military uniform.
Often you will see layered American flags combining subjects such as eagles and crosses.
Certain immigrants who have moved to the U.S.A. from Asia or Europe take great pride in wearing American flag tats.