Except, sometimes, a fragment of a tattoo doesn't necessarily reveal the whole piece. As in Jonathan's case, I saw the back of his arm, and this segment, which resembled (to me, at the time), a crude figure with the beginning of a speech bubble emanating from its mouth:
I felt rather silly, however, when Jonathan agreed to participate and showed me the full tattoo:
The figure I imagined, of course, is really Long Island, and the balloon was the southern tip of the state of New York.
Jonathan explained that he is from Rochester, marked on the tattoo with a star, and that he lived in the same house growing up there for eighteen years. It's a New York state of mind, indeed.
The tattoo was done at Big Joe & Sons Tattooing in White Plains, New York.
Thanks to Jonathan for sharing his stately tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!