Dan S

Homemade and Jailhouse Tattoos

64 posts in this topic

Thought it would be interesting to see and hear about "homemade", you know, the needle-wrapped-in-thread and ink variety tattoos, and about "jailhouse" work, be it single needle dipped in ink, guitar-string in a BIC pen barrel with a tape-player motor, or any other variant.

I still have a few that haven't been covered, and I've seen many, many really nice pieces come out of various joints. I will post some pics as soon as I can scrounge a better camera, and get permission form some of my Brothers to post pix of their work.

Anyone else have an interest in this? If not, Admins, please feel free to delete this!

slayer9019, gougetheeyes and KYboy like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i like seeing prison tattoos. lots of times even when it's not anything great, there's still some cool stuff to be gleaned from them. whenever someone i'm coming in tells me that they got something in prison and show it to me, i'll ask if they have more and to show me. sometimes you get to see some tough looking tattoos and get ideas from them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i have a shitty one from when i was 15, my gf was trying to poke her initials in me with a sewing needle and india ink, but she went too deep and got queasy when i started bleeding. haha. it's 3/4 of a K. Sooooooo lame. hahhaha

MadeIndelible likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the Wu-Tang logo, back when I was 15 :P Some kinda needle/s was melted in a piece of plastic and the ink was the ink from a ballpoint pen. I got it in a group home, sitting in my bed while other boy tapped it in. Cant remember how long it took. 1 hour?

I just realised its almost all worn out. Cant even see it. Had to look for it. Its "covered" with a bad cover up that didn't even cover it. Hate that fucking tattoo.

Funny, the tattoo artist asked me "what the fuck is this? A puzzle piece?" I said yeah, yeah... I was too nervous to explain him that is a Wu-Tang logo, and what the fuck the Wu-Tang even is while Jimi Hendrix was blasting from the speakers :D

Dan S, Duffa, MadeIndelible and 4 others like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have/had 5 guitar string type tattoos. All have been covered but now that my laser sessions are breaking up you can see the old stuff coming back. this was like 91-92

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had my knuckles tattooed when I was in reform school. Love and Hate.

They were tattooed at night, in between the patrols. Done with a single neeedle and some indian ink.

After I came out I had them surgically removed. So I've just got some faint scars.

If you want to see some incredible prison tattoos the Russian Criminal Tattoo books are a good read. The film The Mark of Cain is also well worth a watch, if you're into prison tattoos.

Kev, JAllen and Duffa like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Did Megan give anymore info about that one? It just doesnt look like prison work at all.

No, and I agree.

slayer9019 likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
No, and I agree.

Third that motion. Prison work, well, the technique could be, I've seen blackwork come out of Statesville looks better than anything I've seen in a "legit" parlor, but I've never seen anyone get hit with kanji and all the other oriental type work that boy is wearinng.

I have Brothers that are sleeved, that have full back pieces, that have their legs covered, but it's all "street" themed, if ya catch my drift.

.02

hogg, Petri Aspvik and gougetheeyes like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Got and gave some good ol fashion stick and pokes when some friends and I were younger, the only up side was we had our hands on some talons. Hey some of them look like if hooper went to prison hahah just less accurate.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i just got one this week for my mom for mothers day i couldnt get a card or gift so i got her a tattoo i got it done for free. done with india ink and needle on a pencil.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is not directed at any one member of this forum BUT , c'mon guys lets do our homework ! Don't post about supposed hard to find shit that is one click away on Amazon ,re-read old threads etc .When I first joined this forum I was so cautious to post in case I fucked up ,theres no shame in having humility and respect for other members or even being scared to speak/post .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now

  • Recent Posts

    • Yeah you're probably right. I think Ill just  go with a portrait to begin  with. I like her portraits alot, and as of now that is the main priority. A rose would  look killer beside it I think, and Im a sucker for some script too.. oh fuckin hell  Edit : about refrence Im looking at female portraits several times a day. I think ill give her a bit of artistical freedom on that one though.
    • Hi I'm new here. I just got my first tattoo done and I have a question c: are little white flakes and bleeding normal for a tattoo outline?I just got the outline done on the top half of my soon-to-be sleeve a few days ago and was wondering if I'm doing something wrong or if my tattoo is ruined or what :c   Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk    
    • Could you not just add on around the panther  to make a full back piece? That would work really nicely.  Bloody love a good panther. 
  • Last Sparrow Tattoo Sponsors

  • Instagram #LastSparrow

  • Recent Topics