My name is Niels and I’m from the small but proud country of Denmark! I’m 22 years old and I got my first tattoo when I was 18. I have always loved tattoos and always been fascinated by them. I now have seven tattoos and plans for many more!

The rolling pin tattoo was my sixth tattoo. Most of my tattoos have been thought very thoroughly, whereas this started as a joke when one of my friends got a tattoo for himself. The joke planted a seed in my brain and the more I thought of it the better the idea seemed to be. To specify why it’s a great idea, I explain that I’m a baker and have been working as one for about four years. I love the work so I, (well, my friends) decided that I should get this.

At first, I wanted it in etching style but the artist had me convinced that dotwork-styled tattoo would be nicer and I couldn’t agree more. The flowers are kind of her signature and they are both made freehand.


The puffin and the anchor has a very special meaning to me. I was born in the Faroe Islands but moved away very young. My father was half Faroese. He died in my fourth year on the globe, I have never known him, but I have always felt a strong connection to my Faroese roots.

The puffin is the national bird of Faroe Island and the artist who made it, posted this flash on Facebook asking if anyone wanted it. Before I saw it I had never thought of getting a puffin as a dedication to my father, but as soon as I saw it I knew that was it!

The idea for the anchor came from a book I once read about a family of a sailor. When my father was young he was a sailor, as were many of his cousins and their Faroese ancestors as well. It’s about 4 years since I read the book, but I got the tattoo this year. When I came with the idea to the artist, who is the one who made the puffin, she drew me this. I got it just in time for my own adventures.

The reason why I am here (in Santo Domingo) is because I’m going to follow my roots and sail across the Atlantic in a two-masted schooner. From Boca Chica to Amsterdam. I’m going to be a trainee on the boat and learn how to be a sailor!


Niels tattoos:

Rolling Pin and The Bear: avasamii (Instagram)

Puffin and Anchor: aygultattoo (Instagram)

Book he mentioned:
We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen

Text: Niels
Photos: Pinja