Just how much do you love the saxophone? Do you love it enough to get a saxophone tattoo?
I don’t imagine there’s a sax player who reads my site regularly who doesn’t love playing the most popular wind instrument in the world. However, just how committed are you to this hunk of brass you hang around your neck regularly? Would you go through the pain of having an artist ink a saxophone on a body part of yours?
Getting a saxophone tattoo is taking the love of our instrument to a whole different level
If you said “yes” to the previous question, then you have something in common with this fellow who Jonny Rees-Williams photographed getting a saxophone tattoo. Rees-Williams got the before and after pics of the ink work in progress…
So two things immediately jump out at me: 1. Why is there blood draining from the bow and lower bell key? OK, I get it that it’s for artistic reasons, but it reminds me a bit of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde, and the saxophone that was supposed to have been in their death car. It’s like Clyde’s saxophone is bleeding for its dead owner, gunned down in its presence.
A little to Stephan King-like for you? Nah, King’s version would have the sax take possession of each new owner, and then every one of them would go on a new killing spree with their significant other in tow. Have a same-sex couple in the mix as well to bring it into the 21st century, and that would be beginnings of a new horror novel. But I digress…
The second thing that jumps out at me about this saxophone tattoo are the key guards. These key guards look exactly, and I do mean exactly, like they were modelled after those of a Dörfler & Jörka.
To my knowledge, D&J was the only company that used mother of pearl or plastic—depending on the ordering company’s wishes—for big buttons in the middle of the key guards shaped exactly like this. Although very striking, the disadvantage for this build is that the key heights are not adjustable like they are on those saxes that utilize felts and screws in the design like Keilwerths and Selmers.
In conclusion then
If you really truly love the saxophone, and you want to advertise it to the world, perhaps a tat is the way to do that. Hey, your body, your choice.
Me, I’m a subtle kind of gal. I’ve had a sax pendant that I’ve worn forever that my mom gave me back in the day. I wear that together with the Saint Christopher pendant that I also got from my mom on one of my trips to or from Germany. These necklaces almost never leave my neck, and are almost never seen.
If you come across any saxophone tats—or you have one—please leave a comment with a link or picture here. I’m curious to see what kind of ink people are getting.