I got this in memory of my dad. He died the day before my birthday in 2008. He had a small German beer stein collection so we buried his ashes in one that had a lid. I found this drawing in little army issue travel book in a box of my dad’s belonging and started planning my design.
The original stein that he was buried in had the quote “Das ist mein freund, mein grosste freund” on it so I knew I wanted to add that. I found a paper my dad wrote talking about the stein. Apparently it had been in the family for years. We didn’t know when we chose it. So anyway, the quote is actually my dad’s writing.
The crisscrossed lines on the lid are doodles from my dad and his signature is in the base.
Chris Valkov at Historic Tattoo Society in Portland, OR did it and added some extra lines to help it sit on my sleeve better.
I got it on my left arm because it’s the heart attack arm. That’s how my dad died. Massive heart attack. I think of it as wearing my heart on my sleeve. I planned it for about a year and a half and wanted to make sure everything was perfect and that I found an artist that fit.
I randomly found Chris, saw his stuff, loved that he refers to himself as an image engineer (my dad was a civil engineer, so lines and points are fitting) and was like well… he’s perfect. He did an amazing job and made fun sound effects in the process.
It’s the little details that make everything awesome.