Hometown pride goes more than skin deep with QUEANBEYAN tattoo

Michael Weaver 3 May 2021 52
Man with Queanbeyan tattooed across his back

Scott Jeffery’s homage to his adopted hometown of Queanbeyan. Photo: Deep Image Tattooing (in Queanbeyan, of course).

Three hours into getting his beloved town tattooed across his back, Scott Jeffery said the pain overtook the pleasure of having QUEANBEYAN emblazoned across his back.

The proud owner of the now-famous tattoo wasn’t even born in Queanbeyan, but after living there on and off for about 25 years, he says his love for the town is more than skin deep.

“I’m a pretty patriotic kind of bloke,” Scott tells Region Media. “I wanted this tattoo to be big because Queanbeyan is my blood and now it’s on my back.

“I just love Queanbeyan, and the people I’ve grown up with here is what resonates most with me. It’s a close-knit community and we’ve had some pretty big parties over the years,” said Scott, who turned 39 this week.

His children were also born in Queanbeyan, so the tattoo holds sentimental value, too.

But after the marathon four-hour sitting, Scott said his mates were waiting for him at the pub to see his latest tattoo, and their reaction was well worth it.

“I had the boys at the Royal Hotel asking where I was, and after about three hours, it was starting to hurt, so I was asking Mikey (the tattooist from Deep Image Tattooing) how many letters he had left.

“I would never have heard the end of it if I hadn’t had it done in one sitting, and obviously, we needed to get this one right.

“Their reaction was priceless. Some were giving me a bit of stick about it, but they’re mainly the Canberra boys, but the others were loving it and having a good laugh,” he says.


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Scott says that after the tattoo image was shared in a few public forums, he noticed the comments were beginning to blow up.

“Some of the comments were pretty negative, but you’ve got to expect that. At the end of the day, it’s all for a bit of fun,” he said.

Scott said he wanted to show his Queanbeyan pride in more ways than just having the town’s postcode of 2620 tattooed on his hand. Tattooist Mikey Keyes, who owns Deep Image Tattooing in the town, said he’s had plenty of people show their pride with the postcode tattoo, but “this was next level. It’s pretty out there,” Mikey said.

Scott’s pride also extends to having large tattoos of Australian icons such as notorious criminal Mark ‘Chopper’ Read, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Steve Irwin.

“I’ve got one of Chopper Read on my leg and Steve Irwin holding a crocodile. There’s one of Hawkey with a schooner glass, and I’ve also Marilyn Monroe and Madonna there too.”

But Scott, the owner of scaffolding business Straight Up Scaffolding, is still a mum’s boy at heart and said his mother’s reaction didn’t surprise him.

“I showed my mum and said, ‘what do you reckon?’ She just shook her head and said, ‘son, it’s your body but not in a million years did I think you’d get that done’.

“Nothing surprises my mum anymore,” he says.

Scott said he even had a tattooist from Tuggeranong tell him he’d created a bit of cross-town tattoo rivalry.

“This guy said he’d probably have to get Tuggeranong tattooed on his forehead to try and outdo me,” he laughs.

But Scott said he’s not done yet and has plans and space on his body for at least another two tattoos dedicated to a couple of iconic Queanbeyan buildings.

“Next year, I’m going to get the Top Pub and the Royal Hotel tattooed on me,” he says.

“You think that having Queanbeyan on your back is commitment, wait until you see what I do next.”


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52 Responses to Hometown pride goes more than skin deep with QUEANBEYAN tattoo
Sean Harrison Sean Harrison 11:01 pm 03 May 21

Dave Harrison

Struggletown classic.

    Kevin Small Kevin Small 9:53 am 04 May 21

    Sean Harrison Obviously it's fake mate - a real one would have spelling mistakes!!!

Darren Bailey Darren Bailey 5:56 pm 03 May 21

2620 pride

Ji Hoon Cho Ji Hoon Cho 5:55 pm 03 May 21

Anna Lee you should get this 😛

    Anna Lee Anna Lee 7:26 pm 03 May 21

    Ji Hoon Cho only if you get Braddon on your back

Joanne Mitchell Joanne Mitchell 1:10 pm 03 May 21

Ouch - tattoo that size would have hurt !

Peter Hennessy Peter Hennessy 11:41 am 03 May 21

Blair Dormer something for you to consider.....

    Blair Dormer Blair Dormer 12:11 pm 03 May 21

    Peter Hennessy I am just forming a committee as we speak to make analyse the percentage probability of this happening. Whilst I understand Queanbeyan is the second best town in the world, it doesn't fill me with desire to have it tattoed across my back (call me old fashioned)

    Kay Elbourne Kay Elbourne 5:35 pm 06 May 21

    Blair Dormer what is the first best town in the world, Papakura?

    Blair Dormer Blair Dormer 8:14 pm 06 May 21

    Kay Elbourne well it does start with P.....

    Kay Elbourne Kay Elbourne 8:15 pm 06 May 21

    Blair Dormer I knew it!😉

    Blair Dormer Blair Dormer 8:16 pm 06 May 21

    Kay Elbourne the best town that is

Sierra Le Gallais Sierra Le Gallais 10:07 am 03 May 21

Stephanie surely this makes you miss the place lmao

Jon Brut Jon Brut 9:51 am 03 May 21

Now i'd like to see one hero going with JERRABOMBERRA

Alan Whitfield Alan Whitfield 9:47 am 03 May 21

Awesome work Scott Jeffery love it👍

Alan Whitfield Alan Whitfield 9:45 am 03 May 21

Bill Whitfield see who it is👍

Amanda Lee Amanda Lee 9:08 am 03 May 21

Emma keen to get this?

Mathew Griffin Mathew Griffin 7:21 am 03 May 21

Scotty Jeffery what a legend... 2620❤️

Craig Berelle Craig Berelle 7:20 am 03 May 21

There's a whole standalone exhibition on tattooing, including local ones, known as 'Ink In The Lines' currently on show at the Australian War Memorial.

Mark Walker Mark Walker 7:08 am 03 May 21

Rachael Wade shouldn't it say Struggle town 🤔

Mark Rebetzke Mark Rebetzke 7:02 am 03 May 21

Nic Davis your back isn't big enough to fit it!

Sarah Rebetzke 🤣

Sarah McConchie Sarah McConchie 5:58 am 03 May 21

Di Smith represent 🤘😂🤣

Tim James Tim James 3:33 am 03 May 21

Kristy Griffin get into it mate!

    Kristy Griffin Kristy Griffin 7:17 am 03 May 21

    Tim James you are the bloody 4th person to tag me in this 😂😂😂😂😂

Luke Reeves Luke Reeves 10:53 pm 02 May 21

Still has to get a good mullet, a faded ACDC shirt, flannelette of choice but never buttoned up, cheap synthetic ugg boots, a bottle of port in a paper bag, and a pack of White Ox.

Seelan Nerio Seelan Nerio 10:50 pm 02 May 21

Ryan McManus doing it for the 2620!

Sophie Galvin Sophie Galvin 10:27 pm 02 May 21

Dez Hasler this is why I never went that far

Carrie Gibson Carrie Gibson 10:17 pm 02 May 21

Aye Funnybone up your game 🤣🤣🤣

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