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Tattoo Number 4

After a break of almost two years, I got my fourth tattoo on November 22, 2002.  It, as my previous ones, was done by Jason Hobbie of Absolute Art Tattoo.  The concept was one that I had been thinking about for some time.  I wanted a tattoo to commemorate the life and death of Father Mychal Judge, the New York Fire Department Chaplain who died while helping people during the World Trade Center collaspe on September 11, 2001.

The photo below is the design I came up with.  It incorporated a number of elements which are explained beneath it.

Tattoo 4 rough drawing

Maltese Cross (the red one) = fire department cross
FDNY = Fire Department New York
M J = Mychal Judge; Fire Department Chaplain, Catholic Franciscan Priest
9 11 = September 11, 2001
Tau Cross (the yellow one) with Crossed Arms = Franciscan logo; arm & hand of Christ and arm & hand of St. Francis Assisi, both with the nail wound in the hand
Pink Triangle = Father Judge was a gay man

Father Judge's death certificate listed him as victim No. 00001 --- the first official fatality of the WTC attack.

The two photos below are of the actual tattoo, which is on my left leg.  Jason did an outstanding job of bringing my idea to life!

Tattoo 4


Tattoo 4



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