“The old 97” was a mail train that was known for always being on time. On September 27, 1903 It was running an hour behind and the conductor was instructed to make up the time by any means necessary. At the Stillhouse Trestle, near Danville, Virginia, the train derailed and fell 45 feet, killing 11 of the 18 crew members. It was immortalized in a song that has been covered by some of the greats, including Hank Snow and Johnny Cash. My favorite alt-country band is also named The Old 97s.
@eerieeric444 has been a friend of mine for a long time. Before our friendship, we still knew of each other because I was in bands and worked at a local record label/record store, while he drew fliers and designed album artwork. At some point, he started tattooing and me, being a fan of his art, have let him doodle on me for hours ever since. He’s been featured in international tattoo magazines, as well as publications and documentaries on #cryptozoology for his work as the self proclaimed #bobrossofbigfoot. All around he’s just an awesome dude and I’m thankful to have him in my life and proud of everything he’s accomplished.
This tattoo, aside from the history, is a reminder to slow down every once in a while, and I’ve been trying to remember to reach out to the stationary friends when I’m home... I’ve never been very good at reaching out in general. So be patient with me... #slowdown #tattoos #old97