Blackbird Rising: SR-71 Forearm Tattoo

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird U.S. Air Force USAF Jet Spy Skunk Works Aircraft Forearm Tattoo - Brendan Mudd - Tattoos In Flight Aviation Tattoo BlogThe Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was one of the most famous aircraft to emerge from the famous Lockheed ADP (Advanced Development Projects) division nicknamed “The Skunk Works” under the leadership of Clarence “Kelly” Johnson.  The Skunk Works team were responsible for some of the most advanced and secretive aircraft in the air.  The U-2 Spyplane, the F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter, and the F-104 Starfighter were just some of the designs that came into the public eye — many others may never be known!

This tattoo is a forearm piece illustrating the top view of the SR-71 Blackbird.  The Mach 3 capable, high altitude spyplane is one of the most unique and recognizable aircraft designs of the jet era.  The choice to use black and gray shading for the tattoo is fitting as the plane most always was seen in public in its stealthy black paint.

Artist Brendan Mudd of Inkfish Tattoo in Maidstone, Kent UK created this unique piece.

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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird U.S. Air Force USAF Jet Spy Skunk Works Aircraft Forearm Tattoo - Brendan Mudd - Tattoos In Flight Aviation Tattoo Blog

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Comments

  1. I spent many years at Beale AFB…watching that bird coming in just after sunset was awesome.

    When I was 14, my father let me sit in the cockpit. This was technically a no-no, but who says no to a little girl? I can still remember all those dials. It’s amazing…50s technology…and they still don’t have anything that surpasses the SR.

  2. Erwin says:

    My grandpa helped build the sr-71. He worked on the skin of the plane. I inherited some of his tools that he used in building it. Amazing stuff. I’ll be getting a back piece to commemorate him soon.

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