The lion on my chest has a few meanings… First, it’s my NYC tribute tattoo. I am born + raised in Manhattan, as a kid I remember coming over the Manhattan bridge from Brooklyn into Manhattan. I would always notice the big lion with his paw on top of the world on the archway that welcomes you into Manhattan. This is a “Welcome to Manhattan” piece, and it reminds me of my city, where I came from, and who I am.
The significance of the lion on my chest is that I value heart!!! Heart is what I have, falll down... get back up.... fall down.... get the fucK up! have the heart of a lion. Loyalty, following through on commitments, showing up for the people in your life and yourself, bravery → these are all traits that I value. I’ve got a permanent + constant reminder of those values.
ARTIST: Regino Gonzalez @
STUDIO: Invisible Ink @