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article imageWorld map back tattoo records man's travels

By Megan Morreale     Feb 6, 2014 in Travel
A backpacking enthusiast tattooed the map of the world on his back and has been filling it in with color blocks as he travels.
Bill Passman, a travel blogger, takes traveling very seriously, and decided to a put a twist on his tattoo artist's idea to help him memorialize his travels.
She told me that she had gotten the tattoo from Mike at Tattoo Antigua in Antigua, Guatemala. I realized that if I was going to do that it would have to be a tattoo of the entire World including the specific countries. I also knew that I would like to color in each of the countries that I had traveled to. I went back to Antigua and got the outline of the world done by Mike and then got the countries colored in by Jake of Natural Mystic Tattoo in Pineville, Louisiana.
The tattoo originated from an idea including putting small marks or symbols on his back for each place he visited. He chose to color in each country on his travels, personalizing the idea and making it his own.
As you can see below, Passman has traveled to:
Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dem. Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Loas, Malaysia, Mediterranean Sea, Mexico, Mozambique, Namibia, Napal,New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Phillipines, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA (including Alaska), Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The original story about how he came upon his tattoo was originally posted on his blog:
While sitting in the Pirate Bar in Utila Honduras waiting for the World Cup to begin, I quickly noticed a girl, Jules, who I had met earlier in Antigua. After speaking for a moment she quickly turned around to speak to someone else and that is when I noticed it, a tattoo outline of the world. I, along with many other backpackers, quickly told her how awesome it looked. She also said that she planned putting a red dot on all the places she has traveled. While sitting at the table looking almost hypnotically looking at her tattoo every time her back was facing me, I realized that I had finally gotten the inspiration for the "travel" tattoo that I had been thinking about since my trip to Thailand. She told me that she had gotten the tattoo from Mike at Tattoo Antigua in Antigua, Guatemala. I realized that if I was going to do that it would have to be a tattoo of the entire World including the specific countries. I also knew that I would like to color in each of the countries that I had traveled to.
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