Amie Williams
Associate Online Editor
October 3, 2013

When people decide on a tattoo they usually find a piece of art that is meaningful and sentimental that likely gives them a tremendous amount of pride. When regular folks see a Ford Mustang tattoo, they probably ask themselves why someone would get a car inked on their body for the rest of their lives. Here’s the thing, the Ford Mustang isn’t just a car to most enthusiasts – it’s a way of life.

With a car that has been around for about fifty continuous years, there are fond memories attached with the running pony, memories that can go way back to the mid-60s. Friendships have been made, relationships have been formed, and Ford Mustang enthusiasts have a passion like no other. Not only that, but the car is an all-American icon that resonates freedom, passion and independence.

Fans like Kent Knox, 35, follow the popular page Ford and Mustang Tattoos to proudly show off ink dedicated to their favorite pony car. The page has jumped from 400 followers to 1,600 since 2010. It’s a welcoming group of folks who share the same interest, Mustangs, tattoos, and Mustang tattoos.

“What better way to show your love for Mustang than a tattoo,” said Knox. “I love Mustangs and wanted to show everyone. Plus, it’s a pretty sweet tattoo.”

Wanting to get a tattoo that was meaningful to him, Knox decided on the words Mustang 5.0 with a pony on his right arm, which was inspired by his favorite car of all time, a 1987 Ford Mustang 5.0 convertible.

It is a lifestyle and personality...

Growing up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada, Knox’s Mustang gave him that sense of freedom and excitement, and with the ink on his arm he is constantly reminded of those good feelings.

Meet Johnny Mariotti, 36, another Mustang enthusiast who wanted a meaningful tattoo that reminded him of his childhood. Growing up in Chicago, Mariotti was an avid reader of Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords magazine and he fell in love with the American car. On top of that, Mariotti became a huge fan of Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. Besides the modern cars that JR uses in the FD series, Mariotti became a huge fan of JR’s sinister, custom 1969 Ford Mustang RTR-X with livery designed by Andy Blackmore. Just recently, Mariotti got a tattoo of the Ford Mustang RTR-X on his left forearm.

For both Knox and Mariotti, childhood experiences have turned this passion into a permanent work of art.

“It is a lifestyle and personality,” said Mariotti. “There is a camaraderie that separates us from import car enthusiasts or Chevy, for example. We are a humble group, because we represent the car for the everyday guy.”

Knox hopes that the whole family will follow suit in a passion for Mustangs, and there’s no better time than now by joyriding around with his young sons Landon and Mason.

“I’m passing on my love for Mustang to my two boys,” he said. “One day, I hope to have a Mustang project car that we can restore together. That would be my dream come true.”

Thank you to Kent Knox and Johnny Mariotti for sharing the photos.