“This on my arm is from an anime Full Metal Alchemist – it’s about deconstruction and the reconstruction of matter, and how important our hands are in creation. Before I started climbing I was in a lot of ‘scenes’ – clubs, bars, parties… but I couldn’t find reliable people. The community of climbers is unlike anywhere else. You know that they’d respond immediately if you fell, even if you were a stranger.”
Tattoos are intimately personal, and stereotypical of Brooklynites. Walking through Brooklyn Boulders, it’s more often than not you’ll see some adorned bodies climbing our walls. Each inked piece tells a story, whether it’s silly, inspirational, nostalgic, funny or just a fond memory.
BKB Tattoo Stories showcase various tattoos around our space, and the stories behind them. Get to know your community of climbers a little more than skin-deep. All photos by Koji Ishibashi.
If you have a particular story you’d like to share – get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org