Jersey For Life: Check out these N.J.-themed tattoos
Tattoo by Beth Mundorff. Photo courtesy of the tattoo-ee, Brandon Spencer.
by Rebecca Everett | For NJ.com
We’re the state everyone else loves to hate.
Tell someone you’re from New Jersey and you get the inevitable, “Joisy!” exclamation, followed by cracks about Snookie and how we’re all mobsters with spray tans.
And yet, many of us are almost obnoxiously proud to be from the Garden State — or in my case, to have it as a second, adopted home state. Our food, our beaches, even our scandals are the best.
Some people have taken that love for Jersey to another, more visible and extremely permanent — level. Yes, I mean getting it tattooed on them.
For National Tattoo Day In July, NJ.com put out a call on social media for your best Jersey-themed work, and you didn’t disappoint. One lady has five, count ‘em, five Jersey tattoos. And then there was the guy with a Bruce Springsteen and Asbury Park tribute that stretched from hip to toe. And there were dozens of other tattoos ranging from simple state outlines to iconic landmarks and scenes.
Here, we’re bringing you some of the most Jersey pieces that you shared. Some of those inked have really personal stories about why they got them, and for others it’s just a sign of home. Others got their area code tattooed as a tribute to their part of the state or just in case they forgot it (OK I’m just kidding on that one).
Take a look, tell us which are your favorite and show your Jersey love in ink form in the comments.
Jersey Devil by Shawn Berhman. Courtesy Shawn Berhman.
“It’s my favorite place in the world. I love it,” said Shawn Berhman, proud owner of a Jersey tattoo and a Rockaway tattoo shop, North Jersey Tattoo.
He said he is known for doing a lot of Jersey tattoos — especially Jersey Devils like the one pictured above — and does one Jersey-themed tattoo a week on average.
Berhman said that there are definitely some residents who moan about the state — high taxes and corruption comes to mind — but others take the good with the bad and want to show their pride.
“It’s like a badge of honor,” he said. “If you can make it in Jersey, you gotta memorialize that.”
Courtesy of Brian Esposito
What’s Jersey without Wawa
Brian Esposito’s forearm is a map of the state from South Jersey farmland to the boardwalk, a classic Jersey Diner and North Jersey mountains. And, of course, Wawa.
Tattoo by AJ Chionchio at Broadway Tattoo Lounge. Video courtesy Peggy and John Dowd.
John Dowd of Sayreville is walking around on one of the most impressive tributes to Bruce Springsteen and Asbury Park we’ve ever seen.
The full leg tattoo has the Boss and sax player Clarence Clemons, plus things you’ll recognize from Springsteen songs and Asbury Park like the Stone Pony, Tillie and Madam Marie’s.
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