Friends – like tattoos – can last a lifetime!

For the past four years I’ve wanted to get a tribute tattoo in honour of a good friend of mine – Daniel MacMaster.  Tragically Danny passed suddenly, quite young and just as he was starting to fully enjoy his life again.  The tattoo is very important to me because watching him and his life taught me a great deal about myself.

Dan’s younger brother Jody (Juse) has a striking resemblance to his older sibling and Jody just happens to be one of my best friends so tattooing a picture of Danny’s face on my body seemed far too creepy and possibly homoerotic.  “Not that there is anything wrong with that.” (Seinfeld)  Instead I chose one of his album covers from the early 90s. It was designed by an incredible painter – Mark Ryden – who has created covers for dozens of bands including Jeff Beck, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

– Mad Hatter – Bonham Album Cover

His album cover is incredibly detailed and I knew that it would be a challenge for any tattoo artist to bring to life on skin. The artist I trust the most gave me my first tattoo five years ago.  He actually lives in Switzerland, but is an occasional resident of San Juan del Sur. With my recent move I was hoping to connect with him again for this piece.

Luck must be on my side because a couple of weeks ago when I was at a surf competition at Maderas Beach Salomon appeared out of nowhere.  He approached me not because he remembered me, but because he spotted his work – the octopus tattoo on my left arm.

– My first tattoo by Saloman

Salomon and I talked for a bit and set up a time to get started.  I had been waiting for this tattoo forever, so I was super excited that it was actually going to happen.

Jungle Tattoo Session

Saloman is only in town sporadically and therefore no longer has a shop in town. Instead he works out of a small studio in his home that is hidden away in the jungle near Majagual Beach. Getting tattooed while listening to howler monkeys was definitely a cool experience.

Now that I have seen the shape and shading on my skin I am even more anxious and excited to see the final full color master piece that will be completed in November when Saloman returns to San Juan. Salomon is an amazing artist. I am so happy that I waited for him to tattoo this very important piece.

Cheers Danny – we all miss you, buddy!

– Finished in black & grey

– I can’t wait to see it with colour!

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We're Gordon and Elisha. A Canadian couple living a relaxed life in the colorful beach town of San Juan del Sur. If you're looking for information on life & travel in Nicaragua you've come to the right place!

Posted on August 26, 2012, in Sights & Activities and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Gord!  He is truly amazing!  I know a bit about tattooing since I had befriended one of the best at one time, Lyle Tuttle in San Francisco.  He started the Tattoo Museum up there and did all the work in the old movie, Tattoo.  Just copying one of the common tatt’s one sees is one thing, but this is a work of art . . .with you forever!  Good for you!Joe

  2. Amazing work, and one hell of a tribute to a lost friend.

  3. He was a pretty neat guy…the last time we saw him he brought us over a cd, on it was a song he had written for his son….. think i may just have to listen to it now….. Good thing your arm is an awesome canvas for such spectacular artwork! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a beautiful memorial!

  5. Gord You have been the best friend ever to all three of my Sons. This tribute you have
    chosen in The Memory of Daniel is amazing. Good friends are such a gift.
    Thankyou for always being there for my Sons…….love you guy!!!

  6. Just found this posting the other day, wondering if you have any color photos of the finished art.


  7. Amazing work and a hell of a tribute for a fallen friend! Hope you are both well !

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