In this highly contentious presidential election year, it’s understandable that people may be experiencing a healthy dose of political fatigue. With hotly debated issues and polarizing candidates, advocates for both parties find themselves thinking back to what they consider to be better times. Let’s take a break from the current crop of presidential wannabes and revisit some greats and not-so-greats of the past. Love ’em or hate ’em, someone thought each of these gents was worth immortalizing in a tattoo.
Whoever said first is best will likely approve of this wearer’s choice of George Washington – admittedly, this amazingly well-done portrait, combined with a soaring eagle, makes for a pretty badass sleeve.
Another admirable choice is Thomas Jefferson, the third President, one of the Founding Fathers, and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.
Honest Abe, the Great Emancipator – call him what you will, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President and the signer of the Emancipation Proclamation, is universally remembered as one of the greats.
From his Camelot romance with Jackie O to his untimely death, no other politician has reached such mythological status as the 35th President, John F. Kennedy. This tattoo portrait showcases an amazing amount of skill with a needle and is unnervingly lifelike.
This color portrait of Richard M. Nixon does a great job of capturing the essence of the 37th President.
More cartoonish than lifelike, this sleeve of Bill Clinton, the nation’s 42nd President, is full of vibrant color.
Judging by the question marks and the expression on George W. Bush’s face, I would guess that this wearer was not a fan the 43rd President. While it seems questionable to get a permanent likeness of something you hate, the detail of the portrait itself is impressive.
This colorful portrait captures the playful side of the 44th and current President, Barack Obama. A year from now it will be time to add to this list – but you might want to wait until all the votes are tallied and certified before taking any permanent action.
Published on February 18, 2016 by Stephanie W