Motorcyclists share tattoo tales at Gettysburg Bike Week

Motorcyclists share tattoo tales at Gettysburg Bike Week

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Motorcyclists share tattoo tales at Gettysburg Bike Week

Each one tells a story, motorcycle rally MC says

His tattoos are his roadmap.

A microphone with brass knuckles is inscribed on his left bicep, a reminder of his company, Smiles Across the Miles. The silver motor of his 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead is visible on his right arm, and his left forearm shows his deceased father, surrounded by clouds, being welcomed into heaven.

The master of ceremonies for countless motorcycle rallies across the country, who goes by Jack Schit, might know better than anyone that motorcycles and tattoos just seem to go together. And while the tattoos’ themes change over the years, one thing always stays the same: Each one tells a story.

Al Griffith, of Abbottstown, submits his body art for judging during the tattoo contest of Gettysburg Bike Week at Granite Hill Camping Resort on July 11.

Al Griffith, of Abbottstown, submits his body art for judging during the tattoo contest of Gettysburg Bike Week at Granite Hill Camping Resort on July 11. (Jeff Lautenberger — For The Evening Sun)

Motorcycle enthusiasts shared their tattoos and stories July 11 during a tattoo contest at Gettysburg Bike Week. About 20 contestants showed off their unique pieces of artwork for a chance to win a $100 prize.

Hope Beaghan of Gardners won the prize for best tattoo on a female with an intricate autism awareness ribbon on her back, detailed with a rainbow of puzzle pieces. Black and gray angels surround the ribbon, looking down on her children — two of whom have autism.

Rob Maus, of Tattoos by Nate in Waynesboro, spent six months perfecting the full-back piece. It’s one of many personal stories he has told with ink."These days, tattoos are more custom," he said.Other Bike Week visitors also had their life stories inscribed on their bodies.John Lancaster, for example, said his wife always wanted him to get her name tattooed on him. After three decades of marriage, his wife brought the idea up again while he was […]