Grendel was just tiny, a 6-pound puppy, when she met Mark Lansing Jr. in 1999. Grendel would rest her paws on Lansing’s chest. And while Grendel is gone now, Lansing has reminders of the ritual — he has tattoos of Grendel’s paws inked on his skin. People don’t need flaming skulls or bleeding hearts in reds and yellows if they have stories behind their colors. Lansing, and a small sampling of others in the Capital Region, can explain why designer reds, greens and blues are perfect fits for their bodies.
Mark Lansing Jr. of Niskayuna remembers his Rottweiler Grendel with two paw mark tattoos — the spots where his departed pet used to jump up on his chest in greeting.
One of Ann Palmer’s most personal tattoos is an elephant. “My mom used to collect elephants,” Palmer said of Lorraine Mahoney, who passed away in 2009. “She believed they were good luck, but only if the trunk was up.”
Ann Palmer, owner of Hypnotic Ink in Schenectady, has an elephant — with its trunk up for good luck — tattoo on her arm in honor of her mother, who passed away in 2009.
Laura Herrin of Clifton Park has an elaborate tattoo that covers her back to remember friends and family. The flower on her shoulder is for her mother’s best friend, who died of cancer.
Laura Herrin of Clifton Park has an elaborate tattoo on her back as a tribute to friends and family.
Robert “Mark” Renson II couldn’t get Cyndi Lauper to sign his arm, so he did the next best thing. He transferred Lauper’s autograph to his right biceps. (photo: Jeff Wilkin/Gazette Reporter)
Joe Hasan, head instructor of Pil Sung Taekwondo in Guilderland, shows off the “certain victory” tattoo on his left foot at the Guilderland YMCA
Anthony Banewicz of Sche-nectady honors his Italian family’s traditions with his tattoo.
“The cat’s cradle represents my son, just as a reminder to spend as much time with him as I can,” said Anthony Banewicz, a member of the Army National Guard. “The grapes are a representation for my grandfather. He was from Italy, and we always used to make wine. And in conjunction with that, we would have our spaghetti and meatball dinner with my grandmother every Sunday afternoon. The wooden spoon is a representation for my mother, because she always cooked with a wooden spoon and disciplined me with a wooden spoon.”