San Diego Shark Diving Expeditions is proud to feature Shark Tattoos sported by our guests and friends.
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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.
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Shannon "Chum Girl" Walker:
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-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
Blair Ranford-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 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 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 is a french diver who was aboard a charter to Guaddalupe in 2011.
He got his tatoo 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’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:
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.
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 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 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.