Shark Tattoos

If you have a shark tattoo and would like to share it on this web page we encourage you to send us a clear close-up image of the tattoo along with a head shot of yourself and a short bio. You can add whatever you wish to the bio. Tell us where you had your ink applied, the reason you decided to get the tattoo and what it means to you.

Please send us images that will show well at 8 inches wide or high.

Ryan Wilson:

Ryan is currently working as a dive-master aboard the Belle Amie for the White Shark season.  My Shark Tattoo: After a few years of diving and almost being 18 years old I had many ideas of what i wanted my shark tattoo to be. I got the idea for my tattoo from my 1st ocean dive trip when I was 12 years old. We went to the Turks & Caicos Islands, I was so excited and ready to get in the water, around 7am our DM jumps in the water 1st to set the lines. After about a minute he comes up yelling for us to get in the water was a shark by the line. With just my mask and fins I jump in! I was so excited to see a shark on my 1st dive in the ocean after my certification I was hooked! After the dive my dad hits me in the head saying he waited to see a shark after years of diving, I  got one on my 1st ever! My Brother and I are the artist and was recolored in 2014.

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Deb Dwyer:

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Deb was on the Aug 16-20, 2016 Great White Shark expedition aboard the Belle Amie. She was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona.

“Ever since I can remember I have been in awe of the ocean and all it beautiful creatures. I learned to scuba dive when I was 25, getting my certification in San Carlos, Mexico. I have several tattoos-all ocean and fish related. My love for sharks, the Great White, in particular was a thought that came to me when I was about 40. I got the tattoo in Tucson at Old Towne tattoo by owner and artist Tony Edwards. I’m grateful I got the tattoo because I get compliments all the time about the realism of it. Now with my recent dives at Guadalupe Island it means even more to me.”

 

 

Shannon “Chum Girl” Walker: 

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Shannon worked as a Shark Wrangler for two seasons with us during that time she earned the moniker of “Chum Girl”.. She was an endless source of entertainment on the boat and actually did a pretty good job of handling the passengers and wrangling the sharks. She is a killer poker player so don’t challenge her unless you want to lose your shirt! She’s now off outfitting her own sailing vessel preparing for an around the world adventure filming episodes of the expedition with her boyfriend. She placed the shark tatoo ion her forearm in 2008 so she could easily see it to remind her of the fun she had as a shark diving diva. We wish her well on her globe- trotting adventures.

Chris Dillman: 

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A Wisconsin native got the tribal shark tat as a conversation starter so he could educate non-divers about the importance of sharks in the marine environment. Kudos to Chris for making the commitment to shark conservation.

Blair Ranford:

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An engaging Aussie from the Western Australia city of Perth. He often does volunteer work with white shark researchers in South Africa. Blair got his tat 15 yrs. ago. The tattoo has faded some over time so he wants to get it touched up with more detail on the next application.

Dave Embry:

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Dave Embry is a 53 y.o. Greenville, IL resident who owns 5 McDonald’s restaurants in Southern Illinois.He started diving in 2002 and is married and has 4 daughters. Dave was on the Nov 4-9 2012 trip.

“I’ve always loved sharks and decided to get a tattoo of one after I started diving. I got this tattoo from a friend of mine in Edwardsville, IL.  I told him I wanted a shark that looked like it was coming around a coral head when I had on a tank top shirt. His name is Travis and he’s known in our area as one of the best tattoo artist.  He came up with this tattoo design so a few years later I had him add some divers to the tattoo.  My wife and I enjoy traveling the world, diving, and meeting new friends and seeing sharks. ”

Neil Clayton:

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Neil was the manager of the Waidroka Resort on the island of Viti Levu, Fiji, he is now in South Africa.. He got the tat as a sign of his commitment to conservation of sharks in Fiji and throughtout the Pacific. It is a representation of the Fijian shark-god Dakuwaqa ( spoken as Dakuanga). Dakuwaqa was greatly respected by fishermen because he protected them from any danger at sea. He gave the people everything they needed from the sea, but he also punished those who did not respect his gifts and wasted his resources.

Patrick Masse:

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Patrick is a french diver who was aboard a charter to Guadalupe in 2011. He got his tattoo on the island of Huahini in French Polynesia. He told me that the tatoo artist required him to sit for two 3-hour interviews before he came up with the design. The artist had one side of his body completely covered in tribal tatoos and the other half without any ink. To the artist it signified that he had one foot in the tribal culture and the other in modern Polynesia. Patrick’s tatoo was laid down using the “old style” without use of a mechanical needle. If you click on the right image to enlarge it the large star represents water and the stylized bird above the shark represents air. The three smaller stars are Patrick’s three daughters. The shark has a diety’s spirit inside.

Shane Taylor:

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Shane’s family owns the oldest dive shop in Denver, Colorado. He is the shop’s general manager. Shane got the large Hammerhead Shark tattoo on his torso because hammers are his favorite species of shark. He actually had the tattoo applied at a Denver ink parlor before he had seen his first Hammerhead. He later then got a mechanical shark tattoo applied to his left forearm. I met Shane aboard the Sea Escape during a White Shark trip to Guadalupe Island in August of 2009.

Fernando Aguilar Jr:

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Fernando’s father owns the Club Cantamar and the Sea Escape dive liveaboard.
Hammerheads have been his favorite shark since he first saw them at El Bajo, a seamount off La Paz in Baja, Mexico. The tattoo was done at shop in La Paz.

Lawarence Wahba:

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Lawrence is a Brazilian underwater filmmaker who has traveled the world and documents stories on sharks. He has hosted his own program on Globo TV broadcasted in Brazil and South America.

Isao Karino:

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Is a deaf diver from Japan who flew into Mexico to join one of the White Shark trips. He and another Japanese deaf diver had a great time.
Jim Partington:

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Is an engaging Brit who has traveled extensively around the world seeking shark diving adventures and has written a manuscript of “Shark Dives of the World”. He just recently worked as a divemaster aboard the San Diego based Islander coordinating shark diving operations while the Islander was at Guadalupe Island during the 2010-2012 seasons. He is originally from the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel. His tatoo was done on Jersey but was a design used by a Fijian shark diving company.