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Amber – left shoulder blade
Cory Ballew – outside of right forearm
Cory Ballew – right forearm
Artist: Czer Valverde, Blue Jay Tattoo, Rio Rancho, NM
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Dylan Boswell – arm
I first had this done by a hack at Adrenaline Tattoo in Tucson (and
hated it), but I got it re-done and beautifully colored at the Black
Rose tattoo shop, in Tucson, AZ. And then I had it retouched (more
white ink added) by the same artist, Jim Quinn, in his new place,
Istari Studios, also in Tucson. Now, I love it and couldn’t recommend
Jim’s work highly enough.
It’s a white rose on my left forearm, in honor of Hans and Sophie
Scholl and all their friends in the White Rose Society, pamphleteering
and otherwise acting non-violently in opposition to Hitler’s tyranny.
It reminds me of their bravery and conviction in the face of what must
have seemed like an all-powerful state. They were courageous and
steadfast even unto death, which is more than could be said for their
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Michael Cannon – forearm
Nemo Me Impune Lacesset = No one provokes me with impunity. Got this down in Austin, TX.
Marcus Cimino – right upper sleeve
This upper sleeve is called “the Empire”, and it was done by Diego Okami out of Graceland Tattoos in Wappingers New York. It is modeled after an All Shall Perish album and it is supposed to represent our over extended empire and our exporting of violence and weapons to the world.
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Pretty basic Anarchy tattoo on my left forearm.
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Jeff Cronin – left arm
Anarchy flag. Done by Art & Soul in Kalamazoo MI.
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Daniel D’Amico – right calf
Free Market Anarchist
Daniel D’Amico – left forearm
Jane Doe (chose to remain anonymous) – side
Anti-federalist quote by Luther Martin – “Happiness is preferable to the splendors of a national government.”
Jonathan Dressler – left forearm
The overall concept isn’t specifically liberty oriented, but the compass is. The tat is about the first major life decision I made for myself, and not because others wanted me to (moving from Tallahassee, Fl to Atlanta to pursue a career as a musician, rather than stay in state college like I was “supposed to”. So I guess this is related to personal liberty, but not political liberty.
The compass holds a train track “switch” or light with the green light on in the center as my guide. A reference to Atlas Shrugged. On Ayn Rand’s original cover for the book, there was an image of the same switch with the red light on, as a supporting metaphor to the strike of the men of the mind, and the stopping of the motor of the world. I chose green because I’m not on strike yet. If I ever do have to, I’ll edit it to show the red light.
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Pete Eyre – left calf
As an voluntaryist, I believe in the non-aggression principle and the right to self-defense. Inspiration for this tattoo came from the book Enemies Foreign & Domestic. Done at Tattoo Paradise in Washington, D.C.
Pete Eyre – upper back
After the first meetup when on the road with the Motorhome Diaries my friend and fellow lover-of-liberty Leah tattooed the word “sovereign” on my upper-back. Hopefully no explanation is needed for my rationale. Here’s the related post with some pics. Done in NJ.
Pete Eyre – stomach
My first liberty-related tattoo, a quote often (wrongly) attributed to Thomas Jefferson: “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Done at Tattoo Blue in Macomb, IL.
Pete Eyre – left forearm
A quote often attributed to Barry Goldwater (it was used in speech when accepting the 1964 Republican Presidential nomination) but written by Karl Hess who supposedly gleaned it from Cicero: “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice.” The second part of the quote is almost as good: “And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” One of two tattoos (the other being the amagi on my right wrist) I got during a break at the Free State Project’s 2007 Liberty Forum. Done at Gothic Tattoo in Concord, NH.
Pete Eyre – left forearm
The Tank Man – the iconic image captured at Tiananmen Square on June 5th, 1989 that shows one individual standing up against Statism, despite seeming overwhelming odds. Perhaps the most-recognizable picture that communicates the power of ideas. The idea for this tattoo came from Radley Balko. Done by Leah Patrick at Shenanigans Tattoo Parlor in Auburn, AL.
Pete Eyre – left arm
Anarchy. No masters. This tattoo is actually a cover-up of the second tat I got when I was 18 at a time when I was at a different place – the flag of the U.S. government surrounded by the text “Love it or leave it.” Though I had initially likened the tat to the ideas that people associate with “the American dream” – individual freedom, private property rights etc. – a few years later my college libertarian adviser (the great Adam Chacksfield) pointed out that the flag on my arm represented the tyrannical government that engaged in so many rights-violating actions under false pretenses. Needless to say, since getting that ink I’ve come a LONG way in my own views. The fact that the flag of the U.S. government is still visible will likely serve as a way to broach conversations with people – to walk them through my personal progression to one that advocates self-government. Hopefully they’ll be able to identify with me at some point in my journey and then be more open to consider such views that support complete liberty – individual freedom coupled with responsibility. I could go on at length about this but instead, look for an Evolutionaries video of my own soon. I got this tattoo in February of 2010 from Scott at Tattoo Paradise in Washington, D.C.
Pete Eyre – right wrist
An amagi – one of two tattoos (the other being a quote on my left forearm) I got during a break at the Free State Project’s 2007 Liberty Forum. Months before the conference I researched tattoo shops in the area and had scheduled my session. The amagi appealed to me as the oldest written word/symbol for liberty as it shows these ideas are universal and that rights are not contigent on where one happens to be born but inherent in each individual. Done at Gothic Tattoo in Concord, NH.
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Xaq Fixx – left arm
My tattoo, the Amagi, by Leah Patrick at Porc Fest 2009.
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Allison Gibbs – neck
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Aaron Gomez – left forearm
This is a typical AnCap flag: Yellow symbolizing capitalism, black symbolizing the “anti-flag” or anarchy. I’ve personalized the flag a bit, with green cutting across the middle of the flag symbolizing classical liberalism, and the symbol in the upper corner being that of a decorated empty set from set theory (a foundational branch of mathematics). The empty set is meant to symbolize both logic/rationalism and atheism. Its relationship to logic is obvious in its mathematical context. Its relationship to atheism is that god–like the empty set–is merely a concept, a “bag with nothing in it, although the bag itself exists.”
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Jimmy Hobbs – left wrist
Jimmy Hobbs – right shoulder
Christian Anarcho-Capitalist is on my right shoulder.
Josh Holmes – left shoulder
Naomi Jeys – upper back
This tattoo says “Liberty or Death” in Latin. Leah Patrick did it at Porcfest this year , and I really love her work!
Clyde Joyce – left arm
Done at Earth’s Edge in Winston-Salem, NC.
Clyde Joyce – left shoulder
James Keyser – right calf
Amagi. I got this done on my right calf at Ironhorse Tattoo in LV,NV by Matt.
We had a nice discussion of libertarian/A-C theory during the session.
James Keyser – left forearm
This tattoo [molon labe] was done by Anthony Guido of The Mighty Horseman in Terrytown NY.
It was inspired by my 2nd Amendment activism.
James Keyser – right forearm
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Justin Lee – upper-right back
Amagi. My motivation was my personal pursuit of freedom.
Justin Longo – inner-arm left bicep
I got this tattoo about 2 years ago because I am an economics fanatic. I’ve immersed myself in economics for the better part of a decade and always wanted a supply and demand graph on me somewhere. I decided on the words in the middle of the night a few days after I first got the supply and demand graph inked. It just came to me: “These laws cannot be broken.” Many people wish to believe that they can overcome the laws of supply and demand, but alas, it is as likely as overcoming the law of gravity. Finally, the words are inked in a font called “liberty script.” I thought that was very appropriate. The tattoo was done at Brave New World Custom Tattoo in Denver, CO.
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Jacob Lovell – upper-back
I’ve wanted an ama-gi tat for a long time, knowing the meaning behind it and how many fellow liberty lovers have it on themselves. I always thought that my back, just below the collar line, would be a great place for it.
While it was nowhere near Leah’s first ama-gi, it was her first outside of the ones she’s done at PorcFest. Leah did an excellent job and, two weeks later, the tat still looks as good as new.
MA – lower back
This Tattoo represents freedom and having the strength to live your life as the wind of the flying birds. Created by Yoso (aka Horitama ??) at Yoso Tattoo
Dennis Morin – forearm
My reason for the choice of phrase is that (to me) it means liberty is up to me to defend and fight for. The location, well, its always in plain sight, reminding myself and others what I stand for. This tattoo was done by Leah.
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Elizabeth Morin – right arm
Adam Mueller – forearms
I was inspired to get the quote “Do not give into evil but proceed more boldly against it” tattooed on my forearms after visiting the Ludwig Von Mises Institute. After which, I became more familiar with and appreciative of Mises’ writings. I feel its our responsibility to act on those ‘evil doers’ therefore, this was fitting for me. I choose to not give in to tyrants, to fight ever more boldly against oppressions of mankind. What will you do?
Adam Mueller – right shoulder
What had previously been a lone cross now shows many of the “vices” the State claims the authority to regulate – actions that Adam says will help lead to its demise.
Josiah Neff – right arm
Josiah Neff – right arm
Josiah Neff – right wrist
I have somewhat of a liberty theme that I’m running with on this arm. I started with Don’t Tread On Me, which I started ironically enough on election day in ’08. I decided to use a cobra instead of a rattlesnake because I thought it would look meaner and the artist is known for his distinct look in snakes. A few months later I got the eagle holding the banner reading “Liberty or Death” which I can’t really get a good picture of because of the placement in my armpit. Then when I went in to touch up the eagle I got the amagi on my wrist. All 3 pieces were done by Eric Thrice at Liberty Tattoo in Atlanta. I’m sure I’ll post more when I come up with more solid ideas. And maybe when I really don’t care about ruining my life I’ll go ahead and just get the Liberty Bell on my hand.
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Justin Oliver – forearm
The tattoo states “I am. I think. I will.” from Ayn Rand’s Anthem. The book depicts a dystopia future in which man has fully embraced economic and cultural collectivism. The concept of the individual has been systematically eliminated when the book’s protagonist finally rediscovered the word “I.”
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Danny Panzella – right forearm
Thomas Jefferson quote by Cesar Arroyo of BullseyeTattoos.com
Michael Parag – upper chest
My liberty or death tattoo was inspired by the revolutionary war militia, the culpeper minutemen. They were a few hundred men from Culpeper County, VA who formed part of Colonel Patrick Henry’s First Virginia Regiment of 1775. In October-November 1775, three hundred such minutemen, led by Colonel Stevens, assembled at Culpeper Court House and marched for Williamsburg. Their unusual dress alarmed the people as they marched through the country. The words “Liberty or Death” were in large white letters on the breast of their hunting shirts. They had bucks’ tails in their hats and in their belts, tomahawks and scalping knives. Leah did this tattoo in NJ.
Michael Parag – right shoulder
I got the anarcho-capitalist/voluntaryist flag because I wanted something that expressed my anarchism/voluntaryism. Leah (a great artist) did this tattoo at the 2009 Porcupine Freedom Festival and this picture was taken immediately after it had been inked.
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Daniel Patrick – left forearm
“Come and Take It” pistol on left forearm. Note the anarcho-capitalist flag and Gadsden snake in the gun detail.
Daniel Patrick – inside elbow
“Peace Bomb” on left ditch because bombing for peace is like fucking for virginity.
Daniel Patrick – inner left bicep
“No Masters” black rose. The black rose is an old anarchist symbol.
Daniel Patrick – inner left forearm
“Sic Semper Tyrannis.”
John Payne – upper back
Nothing specific motivated me to get this tattoo except a general love of liberty and the fact that I was at Mardi Gras and pretty drunk. The tattoo was done at Aart Accent in New Orleans.
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William F. Pearson – upper back
Ama-gi is the Sumerian word for freedom. It is the oldest known written form of the word. It’s context was a release from bondage and relates to the concept of Jubilee found in the Old Testament. To me, it means that I live as a free man, in a state of anarchy, only bound by the laws of nature and the universe.
Briana Peil – neck
I got the Voluntaryism symbol done on the back of my neck at Tomah Tattoo in Tomah, WI. I wanted something meaningful, and not much else could mean more to me than liberty, free from coercion and force.
John Pekar – right forearm
Our first state flag. “Old Cannon”, or the Come and Take it Flag flown at the battle of Gonzalez in 1835. Done by Philip Corbin at No Regret Tattoo in Austin, TX.
Darryl Perry – right arm
The Gadsden Flag design represents not only my independent attitude, but also to honor all of my military ancestors. The Peace Symbol and “Born To Kill”, represent not only the “duality of man”, but also honors my second cousin Gus “Private Joker” Hasford (author of The Short Timers and co-writer of the screenplay for Full Metal Jacket). This tattoo was done at Pitbull Tattoo Parlor in Myrtle Beach, SC
Darryl Perry – upper left arm
The Ama-Gi symbol is the first written form of the concept of freedom; to me it symbolizes that I am a free man, a sovereign. This tattoo was done by Leah Patrick.
I’ve decided to start working on a short sleeve of liberty-themed tattoos. “Atlas Shrugged” helped shape my personal philosophy, so this is my own personal tribute.
Andrew Quinn – inside right arm
The ama-gi on my right forearm. It symbolizes my commitment to spread the idea of liberty to anyone willing to discuss it with me, and also to not allow the daily grind of life to crush my ideals.
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Pasha Roberts – left forearm
This tattoo is the logo Pasha and his crew developed for their movie Silver Circle, for which they write:
At the center of corruption is the Federal Reserve who has gained enormous amounts of control over America’s economy, with disastrous effects beginning to show. Standing opposite, is the band of Rebels who have vowed to take back the freedom they once knew…and they won’t go down without a fight. Monetary mayhem. Explosions. Romance. Silver Circle plans to take liberty filmmaking to a whole other level.
Check out SilverCircleMovie.com for more information.
Sean Sawyer – forearm
A couple of months ago I got 2 tats and (A3 and a Black Flag). The A3 is Anarchy, Agora, Action for any non-voilent action that is forbidden by the state. The Black Flag is the Anarchist Flag, which is the radical concept the I have no rights over anyone but myself. These tats gave me the idea for an Agora Sleeve and a Liberty Activism Sleeve to promote the ideas of liberty wherever I go. In the past few months I came up with these designs and am saving the money to get them done.
Check out 11 of Sean’s awesome drawings of tattoos he’s planning on getting to get his Agora Sleeve and Liberty Activism Sleeve.
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Mike Seidel – right inner-arm
Jeff Sexton – left shoulder
This is one I call “Freedom: Laws Redefined”. It shows the basis of my belief in Liberty the Cross and the 8. Obviously, the cross represents my belief in Jesus Christ as God’s Only Son and more importantly, God the Father’s Ultimate Sacrifice not in sending Christ, but in granting us Free Will to choose for ourselves to accept Him or not. I won’t get preachy here though, just explaining what it means to me. The “8” is also made of nails and is a reference to The Postman, my other early influence towards Liberty-oriented thinking. In that movie, the Laws of 8 are extremely dictatorial until they are redefined through the course of the movie to become a much more liberty oriented society. I now wear both the cross and the 8 on my shield arm, which to me is very appropriate.
Stephen Sheftall – right shoulder
I got my Oath Keepers tat done in June of 2009 at No Surrender Studios in San Marcos, TX. My artist was a really cool dude named Tye. I chose the OK logo because in May of 2003 I had taken the oath upon enlisting in the Texas Army National Guard. I broke my leg in two places just weeks after that moment, so I missed my ship date to Fort Knox for basic, and would later be given a general discharge. However the oath didn’t have an expiration date or any other modifiers attached, so until we evolve into agorist/anarchist living, I have a duty to protect the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic, and at a minimum never violate anyone else’s rights.
Radim Smetka – left forearm
Tu ne cede malis (do not give into evil). Radim is the vicechairman/viceleader for The Free Citizens Party, Czech rep.
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Jason Walker – right inner arm
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Dan Wilk – left ribcage
This tattoo combines two of my loves – liberty (the Gadsden Flag) and music (an image from Lamb of God’s ‘Ashes of the Wake’ album). Done at Tattoo Paradise in Washington, D.C.
Avant Garland – upper back
Don’t Tread on Me tat.
Andrew Wiegand – right wrist
It’s an engineering symbol such as one might see on an electrical schematic. It means “resistor.” I live in Ashuelot, NH.
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Ileana Zayas – lower back
This particular tattoo probably seems a little cliché by now, but I swear, I got it before it became cool! ;-) Additionally, I designed it myself and personalized it so that it wouldn’t look exactly like the 3485702 other Gadsden Flag tattoos that there are out there. I got this tattoo to serve as a reminder to myself of my commitment to the cause of liberty and how I won’t stop fighting for freedom until tyrannical government is a thing of the past. For me, the permanence of a tattoo is symbolic for the fidelity that I have for the pursuit of liberty. The reason why I chose the phrase “Don’t Tread On Me” and the rattlesnake is because 1) I love snakes, and 2) I think the Gadsden Flag is an icon of standing up to oppressive government. I got this tattoo in March 2009 at Cat’s Meow Tattoo in Kennesaw, GA.