It’s astounding the ways in which our daily lives are facilitated by incredible feats of engineering – feats we sometimes never give more than a second thought to. Every single day, an average of 5.7 million rides are taken on the NYC subway system. Countless masses are delivered from point A to point B all over this sprawling metropolis via this insanely intricate system of rail cars. Many people give no thought to the remarkable transportation system as they go about their lives, but some of us do. Some of us love the subway. In fact, some people love it enough to get New York City subway tattoos.
We really wish we could have seen the days when riding the subway was super dangerous. In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, New York was a much different place. Riding the subway back then was a real crap shoot, with nearly 250 felonies committed daily on the subway by the end of 1979. Things got so bad that a group of volunteer crime-prevention vigilantes was formed.
Normally at the end of something like this we’d say, “Don’t these tattoos just make you want to go out and ride the subway?” But you probably already have to, so that seems cruel. Or maybe you don’t even live in the New York City area, which also seems cruel in a way.