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rossmacrae
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People call me with all kinds of questions ... maybe you can help answer this one.

Woman calls me about a friend who will be getting a tattoo. Friend worked carnivals on the West Coast many years ago. She vaguely remembers a design many people wore to express the idea "Carny Power", including three tools, but she can't remember the design and she can't remember which 3 toold (a hammer and...?)

I used to have a "Carny Power" patch in my inventory, and I now have a "Carny Power" T-shirt in my Zazzle store, but neither design draws much from tradition. Best I could find in my files was a round logo with a hammer and a wrench, crossed, and am outline of a Ferris wheel.

Can anyone remember seeing somewhat more standardized "Carny Power" designs? Can you describe them?

She's looking to do this soon-ish, but hesitant to do the "wrong" thing.

Thanks!
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I see a lot of R keys...
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I might have it ... finally googled a few images of crossed hammer and wrench over a dollar sign ... comments?
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If you are gonna get a tattoo, and have to ask around for what the proper symbol is for what you want it to represent...you probably shouldn't get that tattoo. If you don't know what it is off the top of your head, you probably shouldn't get it permanently marked on your body.
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I Book with 7 or more Carnivals a year and "Carny Power" is no where to be found...Regardless, Bubbles has the best advice...
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Jim Hand
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Bubbles has a very good point....BUT if you really NEED a tattoo to show your love of carnival life an "R key " tattoo is just as good.
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A "carny" tattoo seems like a bad idea.
It won't impress real show people and it might just get you run out of town.
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On 2012-05-24 11:45, Cholly, by golly! wrote:
A "carny" tattoo seems like a bad idea.
It won't impress real show people and it might just get you run out of town.


That's why I suggested an R key. Very simple. A carny would reconize it for what it is and towners would think it was a weird looking " R "
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It's nice to have goals in life, fortunately, mine don't involve tattoos.
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Mine involve girls with tattoos. But now that I'm 63, that's either VERY unlikely, or else I'd see girls with tattoos that sag way down to the ground.
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On 2012-05-25 06:52, rossmacrae wrote:
Mine involve girls with tattoos. But now that I'm 63, that's either VERY unlikely, or else I'd see girls with tattoos that sag way down to the ground.


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The traditional "Carny Power" logo was a crossed hammer and monkey wrench behind a green dollar sign. No wheel.
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My question is...The last Town Job I had was when I was 16 at King Kahler's Chicken Emporium...How come Years later I have no sentimental feelings and have no desire to get a Chicken Leg tattooed on my Forehead?...just curious...
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Not on your forehead? Where?
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On 2012-05-25 18:34, ringmaster wrote:
The traditional "Carny Power" logo was a crossed hammer and monkey wrench behind a green dollar sign. No wheel.


Thank you - couldn't remember this for love nor money yesterday (but then, I have enough money and nobody has been offering me the other thing) - thanks for your help, I'll tell the questioner.
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On 2012-05-25 19:28, Harley Newman wrote:
Not on your forehead? Where?


Forearm, meant Forearm...
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I have two chicken tattoos. One is of a rooster hanging by a noose on my calf (old bar bet. Cock hangs lower than my knee) and one of a hand choking a chicken (thats just for laughs). But yeah, if you have to do research on a symbol that "means something" to you, maybe give it a miss.
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On 2012-05-27 09:20, Zagam wrote:
I have two chicken tattoos. One is of a rooster hanging by a noose on my calf (old bar bet. Cock hangs lower than my knee) and one of a hand choking a chicken (thats just for laughs). But yeah, if you have to do research on a symbol that "means something" to you, maybe give it a miss.


Hey, it's for a lady who was on the lot a long time ago. And I don't know her age, but I can tell you that at age 63 I have trouble bringing to mind a lot of important things that I really shouldn't need help remembering.

And regarding your ink, I wouldn't consider the gallery complete until you had a picture of you flogging a dolphin or dancing with a one-eyed sailor.
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But I can tell you that at age 63 I have trouble bringing to mind a lot of important things that I really shouldn't need help remembering.
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Hey don't worry....It gets better.....Pretty soon you will be like me.... Now I don't remember I'm forgetting things.
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