I'm Uncle Sam, That's Who I Am

Been hiding out in a rock n roll band!











Here's an excellent U.S. Blues Encore from 4-12-1978


Words by Robert Hunter; music by Jerry Garcia
Copyright Ice Nine Publishing; copied from The Annotated GD - go check em out!
Red and white/blue suede shoes
I'm Uncle Sam /how do you do?
Gimme five/I'm still alive
Ain't no luck/I learned to duck
Check my pulse/it don't change
Stay seventy two/come shine or rain
Wave the flag/pop the bag
Rock the boat/skin the goat

Wave that flag
Wave it wide and high
Summertime
Done come and gone
My oh my

I'm Uncle Sam /that's who I am
Been hidin' out/in a rock and roll band
Shake the hand that shook the hand
Of P.T. Barnum/and Charlie Chan

Shine your shoes/light your fuse
Can you use/them ol' U.S. Blues?
I'll drink your health/share your wealth
Run your life/steal your wife

Wave that flag
Wave it wide and high
Summertime done
Come and gone
My oh my

Back to back/chicken shack
Son of a gun/better change your act
We're all confused/what's to lose?
You can call this song/the United States Blues

Wave that flag
Wave it wide and high
Summertime done come and gone
My oh My
Summertime done come and gone
My oh My

Take it a little FURTHUR?

Not the best sound, but it has FIREWORKS!




GD Tattoo #121 Gigi's Painted Dancing Bear


Gigi sent us this beautiful Painted Dancing Bear Tattoo . She had it done By Chris at Headlight Tattoo II in Deptford, NJ. It's a cool dancing bear, but then again I've never met a dancing bear I didn't like... Listen to this. Full screen. Turn it up a notch. Thanks Gigi !!

List of Tattoo Artists and Shops

The following is a list of tattoo artists and shops as of (11/24/2010) that have their work displayed on gratefuldeadtattoos.com. People use these links to find artists in their area to do their Grateful Dead tattoos. The site is averaging over 100 unique visitors a day from all corners of the world.

If you would like to send your Grateful Dead tattoos to gratefuldeadtattoos@gmail.com, I will post a link to your shop as well.

I am also putting together another tattoo blog for general interest tattoos, so send those as well, if you are so inclined. http://www.tattooblogguy.com/

Have a Grateful Day!


GD Tattoo #120 Grateful Dead Pin Up Girl


Deadhead Johnny shared a couple of his tattoos with us. This one was inspired by Bobby's Ace album cover, and is the first Grateful Dead pin up girl I've seen. This one was also done by James Marlowe at Marlowe Ink in Fairfax, Virginia.

GD Tattoo #119 Eyes of the World

Deadhead Johnny shared some of his tattoos with us. Here's a great Jerry's Eyes over glasses. This one was also inked by James Marlowe from Marlowe Ink in Fairfax, Virginia.

GD Tattoo #117 Let There Be Songs to Fill the Air



This Dancing Bear was done by Joe at Brooklyn Ink in, well, Brooklyn.

Dancing Bears, as legend has it, are inspired by Owsley Stanley, AKA Bear. According to Wikipedia, Bear manufactured an estimated 5 MILLION hits of LSD.

Dancing Bears are probably the most common Grateful Dead tattoo, and they always bring a smile. Check out The Other Ones, (Dancing Bear tattoos I mean) ; )

I'm curious as to which there are more of, people with Dancing Bear Tattoos, or hits of Owsley Acid.

And here's a good Ripple video for you all


No man, I mean this one!!

Grateful Dead Tattoos> Spotlight> Ernie


Okay folks, we're in for a treat. I was first contacted by Ernie back in May of this year (2010), and he sent in his Maxell ad inspired (lot sticker inspired) forearm piece, which was posted as:

So Ernie says to me, (and I paraphrase...) hey dude... I have 12 Grateful Dead related tattoos, would you like to see more of them?

I figure, sure why not, right? I mean, this is a Grateful Dead Tattoo blog.

So, lets spotlight Ernie's tattoos...

First of all, we need to know that ALL of these tattoos were done by Dez Moon (Desmond Mooney) from White Lotus Tattoo and Fine Art Gallery in Toms River NJ

Secondly, we need to know that Ernie digs Morning Dew maybe a bit more that the average Dancing Bear. So I'm going to do a few things here...


And some youtube...


pretty good stealth video from 1986, very good Dew. Let some of that play while you take a few minutes to check these out.

Here's a nice Blues For Allah. I've always thought this image made for a very nice tattoo. Grateful Dead Tattoos has posted two other Blues For Allah tattoos that can be seen here, or by hitting the tags on the right.


I hear that Furthur brought back Blues for Allah this year. Crazy man, crazy. That's a link to the live rendition of the original album.

I'm Uncle Sam - that's who I am... I've posted 5 Uncle Sam related tattoos, and I have to say, they kick ass.


If Uncle Sam above had a dog, I'd imagine it would look like this...


This dog reminds me of Bobby's Yellow Dog story...

or this gem...


Here's a series of Jesters. I've posted a handful of Jester tattoos before. As far as GD tattoos go, I think the Jester, or Bard, or mandolin player, or whatever you want to call them makes a damn good one.




This tattoo I call Reddy Kilowatt because I don't know what else to call it. (suggestions appreciated). The real Reddy Kilowatt has a long history, and can be seen here...

Phil Lesh was known as Reddy Kilowatt on the Grateful Dead's first, and self titled album.


One More Saturday Night makes for a good tribute to New Years as well as the band.

Did you know that Deadheads Al Frankin and Tom Davis wrote and starred in a movie called "One More Saturday Night"?


Bertha is a classic Grateful Dead image, as easily recognized as the Steal Your Face.

Dark Star Palace has a great post about the Skull Fuck album art and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Playing cards are a great Grateful Dead tattoo, as gambling and cards come up quite a bit in Grateful Dead song lyrics. Here's another, a King of Roses.




"Like a surfer riding on a tidal wave" This one is still in the works, but looks pretty fun.


So, I'd like to thank Ernie for sharing his tattoos with us all. He's sporting some very original work, and hopefully you find some inspiration for your next tattoo.

Grateful Dead Tattoo #105 Wharf Rat


Mo sent in this Narcotics Anonymous and Wharf Rat inspired Steal Your Face.

I came across your blog in the weeks leading up to me getting this ink. It is a SYF with a diamond in the skull. A diamond with a circle around it is the symbol of the fellowship of Narcotics Anonymous, which has saved my life (and my face). The yellow in the bolt is a nod to the yellow balloons used by the wharf rats during shows to let recovering heads know where to go for support. Hope you like it!

Thanks for sharing Mo!

Here's a Wharf Rat from 81...