The photography for our tough-looking Bare Knuckle leather bicycle grips feature an unusual model: a friend of ours with "Hold Fast" tattooed on his knuckles. We've always thought his colorful tattoos were beautiful, but only recently did we learn the nautical history behind his iconic tattoo, which we're sharing with you today.
From the earliest days of maritime tattooing, sailors have covered themselves in images that symbolize their lives at sea. Designs represent faraway loved ones, everyday duties, personal triumphs and the many superstitions that dictate life on board...
"Hold Fast" written across the knuckles indicate a sailor's career as a deckhand. It's said that having "Hold Fast" on each of a deckhand's fingers would give them the grip they needed to work with the ship's lines and rigging.-Julia Triezenberg, Columbia River Maritime Museum
Julia's article goes into much of the history behind maritime tattoos, with more examples and pictures. It's a fascinating and short read - enjoy!
Bare Knuckle Grips
A modern twist on our classic leather grips, the Bare Knuckle Grips feature modern cut-outs for both tactile finger holds and submarine windows to the chrome of your handlebars below.