share–general Greek BMXer Panos Manaras shows off his ink After falling madly in love with BMX at the age of 16, Greek rider Panos Manaras decided to get his first tattoo to celebrate his sport. Now the 26-year-old rider is adorned with ink – each one celebrates the journeys and moments important to his life. Read our interview with him below as he shares the stories behind his tattoos.
“Tattoos are an art form, and a very serious one despite the fact that in Greece they are sometimes misunderstood,” he says. “Some people see a tattoo and immediately think you are a punk. Fortunately, though, in 2016, this type of criticism has been overcome and you can see more and more tattooed people every day. Even my neighbour has a tattoo." Tattoos are a very important form of art for me and I like them a lot. I like to imprint a very powerful moment of my life on my body. That’s why I get tattoos. They’re a very strong and positive experience from a journey becomes a design of something unique that I lived through. Artist: Dask saketattoocrew – 2009 or 2010
What does this one mean to you? This is the design that I asked Dask to draw for me, before he even got involved with tattoos. We used to hang out and as a very talented graffiti artist at the time, I asked him to draw a shield with the riding element and BMX spare parts, because then, parts used to be very fragile and broke really easily. Catfish chasing birds
Artist: John Akrido – 2012
What does this one mean to you? I got the birds done because they are chased by the catfish as I mention below. The catfish is our famous friend Zack Yankush’s nickname. We have gone on many trips together, riding and partying together. He came to Greece in 2012 for the first time as a […]