The Tattooed Poets Project: David Jonathan Newman

    Today's tattooed poet is David Jonathan Newman, who sent along this photo:

    Dave explains:
    "The tattoo is fairly literal; the state of Florida is burning, with the words "Til The Bitter End" aside it.  I moved to Miami for 4 years to pursue a relationship, and saw it out to its unfortunate conclusion.  The tattoo is born out of that experience, and I got it to help me put a finishing stamp on what happened there and what brought me back to Long Island.  None of us are perfect, but we can become stronger people if we have reminders of our mistakes and put them to good use to make sure they don't happen again.  This piece, along with most of the work on my body, was done by Chris Koutsis of Da Vinci Tattoo Studio in Wantagh NY.  I told him exactly what I had in mind, and between my ideas and his talents I was very happy with the outcome."
    The following is my favorite of the several poems David sent me to choose from:

    hello, atmosphere.

    I keep the eyes of a rapist in a jar by my bed
    walk lightly
    for that part of the room is glass
    modern-day sorcerer, am I
    blueprints and otherworldly photographs in my drawers
    beakers and tubes filled with dust
    the cold makes it feel like home
    and when the mirror talks to me, it only says
    "I will wrap you in a sheet before this night is done."
    well so says you, my sweet, but look what you've become
    all my furniture, ghosts
    rooms rife with other lives
    no doors
    my paintings are stolen from churches and are hanging backwards and are numbered one to infinity.

    ~ ~ ~

    David Jonathan Newman has been a poet and vocalist/lyricist in bands, both on Long Island, NY and in Miami, FL.  He currently is working on a collection of poetry, writes music as a solo artist and has a blog ( where he posts both his solid works and stream of consciousness ideas.  He's been winning poetry contests since 6th grade, and the poem above, "Hello, Atmosphere" won a writing contest at the SUNY College Of Old Westbury which was featured in Harmonia, their on-campus writing publication.

    Thanks to David for sharing his tattoo and poem with us here on Tattoosday!

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