Octopus Tattoo

December 24, 2013

Today is Christmas Eve day so we did what any normal family would do and got some . Technically mine was started last night, but we did all of the shading today.

Our artist, Roberto Galbiani, an Italian architect-turned-tattoo-genius, was introduced to us by friends that run our favorite cafe (Pablo). If you remember back to the post about my Marquesan Tattoo, you might recall that I wasn’t sure that I would ever get another one. This opportunity made for too good of a story to pass up, and I was at a moment where I had something that I wanted to record in skin, so I enthusiastically pursued it.

We met several times over the course of a week to discuss possible design options and out the intricacies of a design that, at first, I thought was too difficult to undertake. Robbie loved the idea though and wouldn’t let go of it until he had a gorgeous pencil drawing worked out.

When I saw the final drawing, I wanted to start right away. So we did, in my office in New Farm, after everyone left for the day. We set up a little studio, turned on some music, and Robbie got to work.

It took all night (5 hours) to do the , and another afternoon (5 more hours) to do the shading, but the result is magnificent. In addition to recording a part of my life in beautiful and complex detail, I also made a new friend. Ain’t life grand?


(music: Starlit, by Erin McKeown, used without permission but I to split all the money with her)




  1. Comment by svceolmor

    svceolmor December 24, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Oh very cool! I am bummed you have not yet included still shot. It looks like it is going to be beautiful and I want to see!!

    • Comment by Tucker Bradford

      Tucker Bradford December 24, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      stills added. Sorry about that!

  2. Comment by Elizabeth

    Elizabeth December 24, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    AWESOME. And Erin talked about her tattoos when I saw her in Berkeley last spring. 🙂

  3. Comment by Charity

    Charity December 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    That is an incredible tattoo!

  4. Comment by roberto

    roberto January 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    It Is one of the best things i ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Amazing day, amazing people and this amazing memories!!!!!!!!!!!

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