While visiting the forums on the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) website, I found a post by a passionate pilot from Southern California about aviation tattoos containing this photo of his latest addition: a North American P-51 Mustang tattoo on the right side of his upper back.
We have featured the famous fighter from World War II here at Tattoos In Flight before… in fact it remains the single most popular aviation tattoo design we’ve featured. There is something about the timeless design of the “Cadillac of the Sky” that inspires people… and certainly it’s superstar status in pop culture as one of the icons of WWII helps too!
If you’d like to read about the history of the P-51 Mustang, we encourage you to read some of the previous posts we’ve made on the famous fighter… check them out here.
Today, we’d like to talk a bit about the story behind this particular tattoo. Our subject learned how to fly at a back patio flight school at the famous Van Nuys Airport in the Los Angeles area. The airport, featured in the 2005 documentary One Six Right, remains the World’s busiest General Aviation airport and has been home to many aircraft, including many P-51 Mustangs over its history.
During his training, our subject became friends with a fellow student pilot at the club, a Russian native who also happened to be a talented tattoo artist from Hollywood. His name is Konstantin Nossatchev.
Since both were obviously aviation fans, they talked about a deal to create an elaborate piece for our subject. As both knew and loved the P-51 Mustang, the design was a perfect fit. Also incorporated into the design was the tail-number of the Cessna 172 he first soloed in, his lucky number as the squadron number on the fuselage and his last name as the nose art. The entire piece took Konstantin three sessions to complete.
And being a true artist, Konstantin even found the perfect light and background for this photo for his portfolio… within one of the hangars at Van Nuys Airport.
If you are interested in a great piece of work from a fellow pilot and artist, Konstantin can be reached through his website at Noskos.com for private appointments in the area.
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