An eight-and-a-half-year employee at Pizza Luce, Ali Shockency might be among the least tattooed of her coworkers, but the two she showed me when I stopped in for a late lunch at the Roseville restaurant recently are worthy of some Industry Ink attention. The first, on her right arm, depicts a figurine belonging to her grandmother that Ali has loved since she was young. “It was so gorgeous, I would sit and stare at it,” she recalls. The intricate flowers—Lily of the Valley, lilacs and a sunset rose—represent the maternal side of her family. Her grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s, is present in that sunset rose, says Ali, “because we would sing ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and it would bring her back to us.” A local artist helped created the tattoo and then Katie at Jackalope Tattoo in Minneapolis did the honors.
The tattoo on Ali’s left arm tells a different story: “It’s a severed hand,” inspired by the copper statue atop the Brabo Fountain in Antwerp, which Ali saw while traveling with her best friend in Belgium. The legend goes that a giant would cut off the hand of any ship captain who refused to pay a toll and throw it in the river. But then Brabo, captain of the Roman army, defeated the giant, cutting off its hand. “It’s such a cool fable, so that’s why I got that tattoo,” says Ali.