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Introducing BKB Tattoo Stories

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. Meet BKB member Mike and find out his tattoo story.

First up in our BKB Tattoo Stories series – BKB climber Mike. He has multiple tattoos, but the one that stuck out in particular was his tattoo of Batman with a cartoon caption.

mike trainer
Photograph by Koji Ishibashi

“I started climbing a couple of weeks ago, at least methodically. I was born in Russia but grew up in Brooklyn. This Batman tattoo represents my friend that passed away – his nickname was Batman because he was a super genius, an astrophysicist, and my mentor. “We are going to do big things…” was the last text message I ever got from him. I keep it as a constant reminder that we all have the ability to do superhuman things, and as a promise that I’m going to keep to him”

mike we are going to do big things
Photograph by Koji Ishibashi

Stay tuned for more tattoo stories. Photographs by Koji Ishibashi. If you have a particular story you’d like to share – get in touch with us:

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