Skydivers get tattoos for different reasons. Some because they want to express themselves, some because it’s what you do when you are a bad-ass, some to commemorate an event.
1Lt Hunter “Thud” Davis falls squarely in the “event” category. The “no shit, there I was, thought I was going to die” kind of event, following what can only be described as ‘landing a horseshoe malfunction’ on August 11th, 2012. Now that it has just been a year since the accident, we thought it was fitting to choose Hunter’s tattoo of Icarus burning in for this episode of Ink of the week.
Attached is a photo of a tattoo I recently had done to help me remember just how lucky I am. Last year, on August 11th, I survived massive traumatic injuries following a near terminal velocity impact (which was considered a “miracle” survival by those who saw me burn in that day.) Long story short, I was not only able to recover from my injuries, but I was able to get a medical waiver to return to my career as a pilot for the Air Force.
You can read the full story of events as published on Point of Vue (online publication) here. It’s written for whuffos, but the author does a pretty decent job.
Now Hunter’s tattoo is relatively simple in structure, but according to the experts, its meaning is deeper than the oceans of Jupiter’s moon Europa. You read that right.
Arancione di Velluto: Falling Icarus. Is it an ironic reminder that the higher we fly the farther we fall?
Does it represent the dangers of our sport? Either way, I like the flame-like composition and design. Icarus is an ever-present icon in skydiving, from myth to company names to, um, tattoos.
SkyGod: Yes, SkyGod loves skimpy red lingerie. Add Panther tattoos to the mix and it’s a mix no minion can handle. Then make it the infamous Bettie Page, and SkyGod didn’t even notice the minion standing in the way or give a damn why he’s even in the photo. Why are you in the photo puny minion?? SkyGod also noticed the Virgin Mary in the mirror behind said puny minion. Bettie Page and the Virgin Marry in the same room!? SkyGod would love to hear the conversation between Ms. Page, the Virgin Mary and the Pink Floyd poster when no one is around. It probably goes like this…