Under the Gun

by Michael Persico
and Alli Katz


Kelly St. Smith
Body Graphics, 908 Arch St. 215.922.1313

“You know how people like to say they’re not your grandfather’s tattooer? I want to be your grandfather’s tattooer. Old tattoos may not always be pretty, but nine times out of 10 you can tell what they were 50 years later. I’ve done a lot of black and pink nautical stars as a benefit for my wife. She has stage-four inflammatory breast cancer. She calls it the punk-rock pink ribbon. I even put pink stars on the cuffs of a claddagh for my pastor. One of our friends didn’t want to get the star but wanted to show support, so he got a tattoo of a set of breasts that look like they’re cut off the body with a knife going through the cleavage. And a wing. When it’s slow I try to do as many small paintings as I can—we’re having a tattoo art auction and Girls Punk Rock Carnival at the Barbary for my wife. All sorts of people have come out to help. The tattoo community in Philly is incredible.”

Kelly was interviewed in the Philly Weekly. We could not be more pleased. What a great picture and story. I had to publish it. My husband works most Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Arch Street Body Graphics. He has also worked a few shifts at South Street and 4th Street as well. If you would like to reach him try 215-806-9540. He takes appointments for weekends as well. I know a few of you have been interested in getting some work done ( Lindsay, Jes, others) Feel free to call him. Now is a great time of year to get tattooed. Business is slower and he has more time. And it supports our family . So since the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit…go ahead and decorate yours. Praise God. I love you all.


3 Responses to “Under the Gun”

  1. leah says:

    after my trip i’m thinking of getting another one : )
    i also want to get 2 ribbons one for my sister and one for my son, who better to do it than Kelly!
    i will be in touch about this in Feb/March

  2. joshua says:

    whoo hoooo!
    this is the best season to get some ink. but i guess i don’t like walking around with flakey oozing new tattoos, better to let them heal under some layers.

  3. WhyMommy says:

    This is so cool. So totally, utterly out of my league. But I can still appreciate that it’s cool.

    Nice writeup!