Welcome to Tattered Glass. Tattoo inspired stained glass.

Stained glass panels and light boxes inspired by traditional and non-traditional tattoo designs.

Old school tattoos might well be called ‘traditional’ tattoos. These are the tattoo images that are immediately recognizable as such and that we would expect to see adorning the arm of an aging marine or biker for example. Swallows, daggers, anchors, and panthers are the types of images considered “old school” that I enjoy doing the most in stained glass.
In the early years of tattoo art, tattoos were frowned upon by society. Luckily this has changed; tattooing became much more widespread among all walks of life. Old school tattoos never quite disappeared from view, but a few decades ago they did sort of fade into the background. Other types of tattoos – like tribal or Celtic tattoos – were the ones we saw a lot more of. Unfortunately, you will NOT see any of those styles of work on this site done in stained glass.
The last couple of years, old school tattoos have been gaining popularity again, up to a point where we can call them “trendy.” The old school tattoo designs are being adopted by a younger crowd. Grim reaper tattoos and old English tattoo letters are no longer the sole property of a certain element of subculture, like they used to be.
There is a difference, though – the old school tattoos might be the same, but the feeling around them is different. Nowadays, these older tattoo designs are worn with a sense of irony. The old school tattoos are appreciated for their timeless appeal. But the tattoo images themselves are worn in a slightly campy way, and valued for their vintage appeal. This is what I would like to accomplish in my stained glass art. I feel this is a way to keep this art alive and be displayed in a traditional way. Please enjoy and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.