My World Tattoo



While sitting in the Pirate Bar in Utila Honduras waiting for the World Cup to begin, I quickly noticed a girl, Jules, who I had met earlier in Antigua. After speaking for a moment she quickly turned around to speak to someone else and that is when I noticed it, a tattoo outline of the world. I, along with many other backpackers, quickly told her how awesome it looked. She also said that she planned putting a red dot on all the places she has traveled. While sitting at the table looking almost hypnotically looking at her tattoo every time her back was facing me, I realized that I had finally gotten the inspiration for the "travel" tattoo that I had been thinking about since my trip to Thailand. She told me that she had gotten the tattoo from Mike at Tattoo Antigua in Antigua, Guatemala. I realized that if I was going to do that it would have to be a tattoo of the entire World including the specific countries. I also knew that I would like to color in each of the countries that I had traveled to. I went back to Antigua and got the outline of the world done by Mike and then got the countries colored in by Natural Mystic Tattoo in Pineville, Louisiana. The following pictures are of my initial tattoo and the progression of coloring in the countries. 70 counties so far with hopefully many more to follow.















36 comments:

Fat Tony said...

Just found this while searching Google for world map tattoos... So sick man! As a fellow world traveler I've had the same idea for a while, but have never pulled the trigger on getting any ink. Keep exploring my friend!

Rose Ingebrigtsen said...

Awesome tattoo! Also found your page while looking for a world map tattoo. Curious about the cost though?

Barbara said...

Wow, that is truly awesome! Go get your back fully colored, the world is waiting! :-)

Doctor Pancake said...

This is amazing. Hope you can continue to add to it.

marcos said...

Russia it's going to hurt

Kate said...

I love it, but where's Antarctica?

Stephanie Matthews said...

You forgot to color in Alaska....lol...if you are coloring them in by Countries, Alaska is a part of the USA. :P

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This is truly amazing! One day everything will be coloured, imagine that :-D

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Emma B said...

This is amazing! Great idea!

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dalby said...

awesome, do you count airports :D

Any an said...

wwooooww!! Me encanta ese tatoo! tambien me gusta viajar.

Bill Passman said...

No.

Bill Passman said...

gracias.

Bill Passman said...

Thank you.

Bill Passman said...

Colored it in later. See newer pics.

Bill Passman said...

Thanks

Bill Passman said...

Had outline done in Antigua, Guatemala for about $200 US and costs about $50-$75 hr for coloring. Probably have $800 invested.

Bill Passman said...

AT the bottom in blue, only did the area which I traveled in January 2011.

Bill Passman said...

Hopefully. Thanks.

Bill Passman said...

Yes it did and they messed up the color and made too dark so had to go over it again. Several hours non stop pain.

Bill Passman said...

Thanks, did not think of all the pain I would endure when I began but most of the large countries are completed and will finish India, Vietnam and Indonesia starting Jan. 2013

Bill Passman said...

As long as there are more countries to visit and can find a way to get there. Thanks

Max Downing said...

I cannot think of a more fitting and proper, not to mention meaningful, tat for you, Bill. Let me congratulate you for permanently inking something very symbolic of you, which is what it's all about anyway.

Bill Passman said...

Thanks.

LilyMonster said...

back when I was backpacking I planned to do this same tattoo on my leg! that was over ten years ago. good to see people besides myself doing the same.

Bill Passman said...

Thanks.

Kurnia said...

Thoroughly enjoyed the blog. Great pics also...Japan would be an amazing place for tattoos...even heard of the bar where they handcuff you on a travel DVD. dapatkan berbagai macam model tato di sini

Kesava Mallela said...

Great tattoo. I only wish you got a Gall-Peters equal area projection map instead of a regular mercator projection.

db said...

Where is Antarctic Continent?

dantistus said...

Dude, after the WW3 ends and the dust settles, if you are still alive, your map won't be worth a shit. Because all the continents will sink and we will leave on barges and rafts and eat mutant fish.

Bill Passman said...

Antarctica is on 1st page and most recent pic. Had too add it because did not intend on going there, it just happened. Do to size constraints only put the area visited by me.

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jez morrissey said...

Nice but I think Africa should be pictured much larger.... immappacy?

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Tim said...

I think Africa should be pictured much larger.

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lusia sari said...

Wowww awesome tatto... come to jakarta.. i want to hv pic with ur tatto... :d