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Friday, August 3, 2007



I first met Jime Litwalk on the tattoo convention circuit in Florida about four years ago. I was impressed with his animated style and his overall attitude towards his art. I had been to his shop, Electric Superstition, in Detroit, Mich. Then while on a trip to Las Vegas, Nev. I got to hang out at his new spot at Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company, and I sat down with him to do this interview.

Where are you from?

Southwest Detroit.

How old were you when you got into the tattoo business and why?

I first started hanging out at shops in my teens. At the time, I was drawing and airbrushing. The guys at the shop asked me to draw tattoos for their customers and charged them extra because they were "custom." I just thought it was funny to see my art on other people. That was when I first started thinking about actually tattooing. I officially started working when I was 21, after a year and a half apprenticeship.

What was the first shop you worked in?

Color Master, and I apprenticed under the owner, Chuck Groulx. He was the one who suggested that I start tattooing.

How did you and Chuck Groulx meet?

At first, Chuck and I didn’t get along. I went over to Chuck's one night because my friend Jason wanted to get a tattoo from him. We all ended up partying while Jason was being tattooed. A couple of bottles later, I woke up with my name tattooed on my arm, misspelled. After that, Chuck and I were friends.

When did your tattooing start to head in its current direction?

I didn't really hear about custom tattooing until about two years in. Chuck and I went over to Eternal one day for Chuck to get an Octopus by Scotty S. Scott. Scott took Chuck’s arm and drew a circle on his elbow and some squiggly lines down his arm.After Chuck agreed to it, they got to work.Two hours later and I’m looking at a really cool ocotpus. At that moment, my eyes were open to greater possibilities to what could be done in tattooing.

Who were some of the artists that have inspired you?

Some of the first artists that inspired me were Bernie Luther, Mario Barth, Eddie Deutsch, and Little Vinnie. I really like Jeff Zuck's earlier work, Gunnar, Frank Lee's earlier stuff, Sparky from Calif., Randy Muller, Joe Capobianco, Eric Merrill, Dave Fox, and my hero, Josh Ford.

How is it working at Hart and Huntington?

It's really not that much different from any other shop I’ve worked at. On television you see the drama and the story lines for the public, but when there are no cameras, the situations are pretty much the same as any other tattoo shop. My attitude has also changed concerning shop owners who don’t do any tattooing themselves. I used to have the opinion that if you didn’t tattoo, you didn’t need to own a shop. Now, I see that the owner provides a clean shop with the interest of the public and the employees in mind. I know a lot of tattoo artists that don’t deserve to have their own shops. I like it out here and so does my family. I make a good living so that I can take care of them and that’s all that matters to me at this point.

What’s your favorite pastime outside of work?
My work is my life. I have my family at home and my work family, who I only get to see when I travel, but I wouldn’t trade my home life for anything. I owe everything to them.


Paul Rodney has come a long way since making tattoo machines out of cassette players and guitar strings. He's moved on to a life of custom artwork, published flash, and a stocked trophy shelf. Along this journey he's also made Crystal a part of his life, as much as he is a part of hers. Crystal Rodney is now the poster girl for Blazin Colors Tattoo in Wilmington, N.C. and Rodney's wife. You can find the couple on the convention circuit, one of the venues where Crystal likes to express herself in a way that lets other girls know that "it is sexy as hell to have ink." But Crystal also enjoys the simple things like hanging out at the beach (with some SPF60), collecting seashells, and relaxing with her family and her Pomeranians.

Where are you originally from, and when were you first introduced to tattoos?

I'm originally from New Jersey. I was first introduced to tattoos when I found out my younger sister got one on her back. I thought it looked so pretty and I wanted one immediately, so I dragged my best friend to the tattoo shop with me one night.

When did you meet Paul, and how has your life changed since then?

I met Paul when he did my first tattoo. I find out later that he didn't do it all in one sitting so he could see me again. I think he may just have liked starring at my underwear. Meeting Paul has made it ok for me to be me, and opened me up to my new hobby of obtaining a more erotic look.

How do you decide what you want tattooed on you?

I get tattoos of things that I have always loved in my life that inspire me, things that are beautiful to me. I get things that signify there is still beauty and hope in this crazy cold world. Paul has done all of my tattoos, and is capable of anything he puts his mind to.

What do you like about tattoo conventions?

Tattoo conventions are a lot of fun. You get to see a lot of great art work, and meet lots of interesting people. And the best part is you get to see all sorts of crazy tattoos. It's a place where anything and everything goes. I think sometimes people express themselves through the artwork they wear, or it may just be a moment in time where they said, "Hey, I want that."

What are your plans for your future tattoos?

I just started a new piece on the side of my left thigh, and it's my largest one yet. It's a sea horse with water and flowers. It goes from my hip, down the side of my leg, to my knee. It's amazing, and I can't wait until it is done, because it has been painful as hell.

How did you end up modeling for David Bollt?

I had been dying to do a photo shoot, and a visit with David Bollt is just what the doctor ordered. He is so professional, and made me feel comfortable. It took a few hours, but it could have gone on all night. Almost every position he puts you in is a new pose. It was tiring, but the pictures came out great, and it was well worth it. I can't wait to do it again!

Has that turned into anything yet? Are you excited that you might see yourself as a Bollt painting?

I am completely flattered that such a great artists might be inspired by a picture of me, and make something out of it. It is really exciting just to know that it was a thought, and I am very thankful to David. If you like what you see check out more pictures of me and some great tattoos at

by Chuck B.
From the August 2007 issue of PRICK Magazine.

Getting to go to the first annual Icelandic Tattoo and Rock Festival last year was an out of the blue, random act of God's grace. Going to the second annual Icelandic Tattoo and Rock Festival was a deeply anticipated, dream come true. The first time I experienced Iceland it was a whirlwind trip that only lasted a few days. Of those days, too many were wasted on flight delays and the actual travel time. This trip I decided to take more time and explore all that is Iceland.

Ossur and his wife Linda along with Dave Greninger once again put on an event that was nothing but first class. Shortly after getting acclimated to the time in Reykjavik, on the Thursday before the fest kicked off, I met up with the American artists that were working the show. Ossur set us up in a very well appointed apartment and left us like excited kids in a candy store to explore a bit before a very busy Friday.

We set off to the waterfront to soak in the majesty of Iceland.The huge mountains and dark blue water is a perfect backdrop to a city that looks and feels more like a resort or perfectly planned community. There are only 300,000 people on the entire island of Iceland and for the most part these islanders are smart, good-looking, and cool. Iceland is one of the most expensive places to live on the planet.Why? Because it’s worth it! Reykjavik has the best aspects of the US and Europe combined, with its pristine and utterly pure environment. The ancient Viking spirit and blood line remains untainted among the people, and they are proud of it. We made our way back into the heart of the city and visited a couple of shops including Svirrir's House of Pain Tattoo, and made plans to explore some of the countryside Friday Morning.

Friday morning (after some "light" partying Thursday night) we drove off with quite possibly the craziest couple in all of Iceland, Svirrir and Dillah.We went across the narrow winding roads of rural Iceland to the continental divide and original House of Parliament meeting place. It was an amazing sight. It was sort of a mini Grand Canyon but more Lord of the Rings looking.After a few minutes of gazing we raced off like criminals on the run back to the city to set up for the show.

The festival kicked off and the artists settled into their booths.Tattoo enthusiasts and the general public began to file in at a good pace.The day grew more intense after a few live radio interviews with the artists hit the airwaves on the local rock station 97X.The buzz in the room grew louder by the moment.The enthusiasm of the tattoo collectors in Iceland is like none I have ever seen before.There seems to be a sort of cultural renaissance taking place in Reykjavik. The whole Icelandic hip scene is very arts driven, so people are getting large pieces and letting the artists be artists. Friday, the tattoo artists produced a ton of killer work, and everyone seemed pleased with the turnout.The fest closed at midnight and it was time to cut loose a little more.The nightlife in Reykjavik is world class and the locals take the party very seriously. Since it doesn't get dark in the summer the good times come to an end in the extremely A.M. hours.

Making it to the fest on time Saturday proved to be a bit more difficult than I expected and the day was even busier than I expected. The machines never stopped running and the appointments never stopped booking up. All the Icelandic artists in attendance were creating masterpiece after masterpiece, and they worked together as if they were in an art guild workshop. There were several Icelandic pride types of tattoos done by the local artists as well as a few from the Americans. Saturday ended with a bunch of aching wrists and backs. The tattooing never stopped, the awesome Icelandic hospitality never subsided and the party kept rolling throughout the entire weekend at Bar 11, the best and only real rock 'n' roll bar of Reykjavik. Sunday the artists were so booked up they had to keep tattooing after the show was over for a few days out of the local tattoo studios.

As if the amazing tattoo festival was not enough to blow my mind, I took a few more days to explore the coastline. My crazy cousins from N.C. came along for the party this year as well, so after a game of midnight golf on the tip of Reykjavik we set out on our cross country journey. The sights and landscapes of Iceland are breathtaking and extreme: beautiful waterfalls hundreds of feet tall, massive white water rivers, and glacier runoffs. Ancient lava fields from the world's largest lava flow ever recorded stretch as far as the eye can see up to massive rock cliffs and peaks. We saw black sand beaches, lava rock beaches, salt pillars and caves straight out of a movie.

The final leg of our road trip took us to the Glacier itself where we watched school bus size, crystal blue icebergs break off and slide into the ocean. On the way back to Reykjavik we stopped by a geyser the likes of Old Faithful and drove through miles of rolling hills and farms filled with sheep and horses. It was truly Zen-like.Then it was back to the uber-sheik city of Reykjavik for one last party. It was a truly amazing adventure. I can’t even put into words how awesome everyone is that was involved in putting this festival together. I can't wait until next year's fest. It is already lining up to be even bigger and better.

Monday, July 23, 2007


The Yakuza is the name given to organized criminal gangs from Japan. The Yakuza is not a single organization but rather a collection of separate gangs or clans akin to the American Mafia. These violent criminals have left their fingerprints on many aspects of Japanese life, from lowly gambling and prostitution rackets to the halls of high-level political and financial power.

The various gangs that make up the Yakuza have different origins, and the gangs' versions of these origins can be quite different from the historical record. In their own vision of themselves, Yakuza descend from honorable, Robin-Hood-like characters who defended their villages from roving bandits. Some even claim to trace the Yakuza's lineage to Ronin, samurai warriors who found themselves without masters following a period of political upheaval in 17th century Japan [source: Crime Library].

Others claim that Yakuza instead originated with the kabuki-mono, "the crazy ones." These were wildly-dressed hoodlums who carried very long swords, intimidated entire villages and sometimes executed civilians for no particular reason [source: Kaplan]. The truth is likely a blend of the two stories. Left without a military hierarchy to give their lives focus, many samurai turned to crime. Others moved into merchant trades or shadier businesses such as gambling houses and brothels [source: Seymour]. These criminals, master-less warriors and newcomers to the Japanese market system had one thing in common: they were all outsiders.

The name "Yakuza" reflects this outsider status. It comes from a Japanese card game called Oicho-Kabu. This game is similar to baccarat in that the point value of a hand is based on the final digit of the hand's score. A hand of eight, nine and three equals 20, which is worth zero points - the worst possible hand in the game. The Japanese words for eight, nine and three (ya, ku and za) became the word "Yakuza," meaning worthless or pointless. Check out this page on oicho-kabu to learn more about the game.­ ­­

The word "Yakuza" originally referred to a person who was a gang member, but today it also refers to Japanese organized crime as a whole. Boryokudan, another word for Yakuza, is considered an insult. It refers to degenerate, violent gangsters with no sense of tradition or honor. This i­s how the Japanese police refer to the Yakuza.­
The Yakuza's most direct ancestors are groups of quasi-legal businessmen from the 18th century who gambled or peddled goods on the streets of large cities. Known as bakuto and tekiya, respectively, these gamblers and peddlers still lend their names to some Yakuza clans today [source: Kaplan]. These groups gradually organized themselves into gangs known as families or clans, which had formal hierarchies and rules.

In the late 19th century, the Yakuza became associated with nationalist, militaristic ideologies and politics. Gangs cultivated alliances with politicians, and politicians used them to assassinate opponents, strong-arm trade groups or even fight in nearby nations like China [source: Kaplan]. The disorder of post-World-War-II Japan may also have given the Yakuza an even stronger foothold in Japanese economics and politics.

Yakuza ActivitiesYakuza are criminal gangs. They participate in many of the same money-making activities as all criminal gangs. Illegal gambling and prostitution are Yakuza hallmarks, while the smuggling of banned goods such as drugs, firearms and pornography is also profitable. The age-old protection racket, in which Yakuza threaten business owners and other citizens with violence unless they pay a tribute, is a common Yakuza tactic as well.

Japanese gangsters also operate legal businesses using the profits from the illegal ones. Real estate, construction and entertainment are all industries in which Yakuza have become involved [sources: Japan Times and Asahi]. Japan's professional wrestling leagues and venues are particularly known for Yakuza involvement.

Higher-level Yakuza often play the Japanese stock market, sometimes legally. They may also find or invent incriminating information about a company and use this information to blackmail its board of directors. After buying shares of the company's stock, a clan sends some of its members to board meetings, where they threaten company officials with the release of the evidence. Yakuza can exert a great deal of control over businesses this way or simply demand payoffs [source: Crime Library].

Many Yakuza extortion and blackmail schemes are carefully designed to maintain the Japanese tradition of politeness. Yakuza may ask corporations to attend golf tournaments, give to fake charities or purchase certain items, all at ridiculously inflated prices. The corporations' leaders know that there is an implied threat with such requests, so they often go along even though the Yakuza never make a direct threat or demand


Friday, July 20, 2007

Friday, July 6, 2007

In a tiny town an hour and a half north of Philadelphia lives one of Pennsylvania's hottest custom motorcycle shops, Death Row Motorcycles. This is a company that's proud to offer American crafted products, and PRICK had a chance the check out these monsters first hand. The Corvette Red "Vendetta" model is a long sleek rigid chopper with right side drive, and a Fat Bastard front end. Also sporting left side pipes and ghostly white flames, this is a bike that can turn every head on the street. The Greed is Good "Lethal Injection" softail model has a bit shorter look and a high bulbous tank. Covered with impressive paint by Mike Lavallee, the tank is decorated with a reaper surrounded by money, and there is also reaper detail in the frame right behind the triple tree. Death Row also has other models and schemes available on their Web site, or you can go check them out in Sugarloaf, Penn. With a company who offers motorcycles "fit to your proportions and taste, built from the ground up", you're guaranteed to get the perfect chopper.SEE THERE WORK HERE


So who is Dan Martin? He has a name that rings a familiar tune to people who know tattoos. He has been a longstanding presence at Scorpion Studios in Houston, Tex. as both artist and owner. He also travels to conventions while maintaining his position at home as a father. Taking all of this into consideration, it is amazing that he has any time at all for interviews or anything else for that matter. I've known Dan for many years now, and it is evident what kind of a dedicated artist he is. So, without further ado, here he is:

Thidemann: So, how long have you been tattooing?

Martin: It'll be thirteen years coming up in July.

Have you been in Houston the whole time or did you move around? Where did you get your start?
I got my start here in Houston, and Scorpion Studios is the third shop that I've been employed by. I've been here nine years, and before I bought the shop I had only been tattooing for four years.

Did you travel around? Did you get an apprenticeship? How did you get into it?Matt, the owner of Scorpion at the time, wasn't the original owner. Richard Stell started Scorpion Studios and his apprentice was Matt Wojciechowski. Matt was going to take me on as an apprentice. At the same time, he also took on another apprentice, and I guess he was just waiting to see who would pan out.The other kid was pretty much a trust fund baby and didn't really have a job or anything. He would spend every waking moment up there and I had to make ends meet by working at Whole Foods. After a while he let me go, because I had a little conflict with one of his artists. I basically went down the street and started another apprenticeship. This guy showed me the basic basics, you know, how to put the needle in the tube kind of thing. It was very, very self-taught.

All the basics, the rudimentary stuff?
Yeah, he was using plastic tubes and stuff like that. All I had for making needles was a piece of pipe with holes drilled into it. When you ran out of threes you would start using fives even if you needed a tight line, you know, stuff like that. Ultimately, that's how I got fired. I sent somebody somewhere else because I didn't have anything to work with.They wanted this little, five-line eagle and all I had was an eight round.There was no way I could do it.

How did you end up back at Scorpion Studios?
Following my second apprenticeship, I worked at Fine Line Tattoo for a year and then Matt looked me up again and said, "Hey, are you still tattooing? I've seen your stuff around and it looks good. Come back and work for me." By that point I had gotten my foot in the door.

And then Matt sold the shop to you after a couple years?
Yeah, it was really unexpected. He just called me out of the blue one day and said, "Wanna buy the shop?" He wasn't coming around; he was missing appointments and had some personal business to tend to.

Did you have any formal art training?Yeah, I came to Houston to go to the Art Institute. I wanted to be an illustrator and they said, "You don't draw well enough. You should go into computers.” So I did graphic design for six years, took a couple community college art classes, and still graduated from the Art Institute with a degree in graphic design.

Who are some of your influences?
In the past, I was really influenced by Marcus Pacheco. I liked the way he worked with figures; he's such an innovator. I've got a half sleeve by him and I'm very proud to look at it. I'm still blown away by his stuff. Because of him I went more towards the new school type stuff. Now, I'm kind of into Japanese a little bit. I’m getting away from multiple light sources and learning how to flatten stuff out. I've always been a big fan of Timothy Hoyer as well.

You're a family man now. How does that relate to being a tattoo artist?
I turned 30, bought a shop, and had a baby all in the same year. Everything was basically okay. My family fuels my desire to be good at what I do. The more I can push myself, the more it is going to affect them positively in the long run. Without them, I don't think I would have been nearly as motivated. I would have been out partying and doing a bunch of that stuff.When you have a family, you tell yourself, "Oh, the kids are in bed. What am I going to do now?" I'm going to draw and try to get better.

What are your plans for the future? Staying in Houston for a while?Yeah. I've got family here, extended as well as immediate. Right now I'm working with the most talented people I've ever worked with and I've got a really good crew; they all inspire me so much. It's like they light a fire under my ass. I see stuff they're doing daily and I think, "Oh man, I better get back to the drawing table." As long as that's going on, I have no desire to go anywhere else. Maybe someday I'd like to have another shop, but that might be too much homework and it would be more like big business and that's not really what I want. I like everything being somewhat small; it affords me the ability to focus on the art, which is what it's really all about for me.

Do you want to throw down some final comments?

I just try to keep my nose to the grindstone. It's my main thing.

Dan Martin
Scorpion Studios
1401 Westheimer
Houston,Texas 77006
(713) 528-7904

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She may go by the name Kreepy Lourdes Quintana, but there's nothing creepy about this 20-year-old hot mama. Born in Maracay Venezuela, Lourdes is half Venezuelan and half Cuban. At the tender age of six, she was brought to Miami, Fla., the city that she has called her home for the last fourteen years.

Pinup model, painter, and aspiring tattoo artist, Lourdes wants it all. As a child, she was a self-described "glamour girl" and enjoyed playing with old-time fashion accessories. She recalls the first time that she saw a pin-up girl on an old Coca-Cola ad – the hourglass figure instantly had her searching for the curvy women that she could relate to.

Lourdes' influences came from such all time greats as Sophia Loren, the unforgettable Rita Hayworth, Constance Bennett, and Esther Williams. Embracing her body and its natural curves, Lourdes has been encouraged to get in front of the camera. As she began her collection of tattoos, she also developed a unique and distinctive look of beauty and art all rolled up into one. This is what has made the working pin-up model she is today.

Lourdes has been featured in Viva Las Vegas DVDs, Miami Ink, and numerous other Miami fashion shows. She has modeled for, EF-FECT Clothing, Quis Es Tu, Curl up and Dye Pinups and Burlesque, along with many, many more.Art has always been a huge influence on her, too – from her tattoos, to paintings, and even occasionally tattooing others. This is the fuel that inspires her to create art in photographs, art on her body, and art through painting.Today, Lourdes is working hard to earn a tattoo apprenticeship and maybe, if the Tiki gods allow, this dream may materialize.

Friday, June 29, 2007


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Ask anyone who has had a tattoo why they did it and they will tell you two things. One, they were making a very personal statement, usually spiritually oriented, and two, after their first tattoo they were hooked.
Tattoo is not just a method of body art; it is a very spiritual custom that dates back hundreds to thousands of years in many cultures. While there are many beautiful and breathtaking designs, most people use these tattoos as a basis or template for their own personal expression.

The majority of the time, if a client does not come in with their own personal design, they will show the artist a particular design and follow up with, "but I want to make a few changes." So, when you are designing your own tattoo, such as with a Superman tattoo pic, there are a few tips to consider. Location, Location, Location!

Think about where you want to put the tattoo. For instance, you wouldn't want to put a large, flying Superman tattoo pic on your ankle. That type of tattoo is too detailed and would be rather large so it would not be appropriate for that area.

A Superman tattoo pic like that would likely be better suited on the upper arm, hip, back or even forearm. When you think about your tattoo and what type of tattoo you want(such as a Superman tattoo pic), consider where you want it to be placed.

Size Matters
Yes, when you are looking to get a tattoo, size does matter. You really can not just choose a random design or a Superman tattoo pic with no forethought because you do need to consider the size of the tatt as well as the location. Sometimes the location will even dictate the size.

A Superman tattoo pic that is, perhaps, the big S symbol that is always shown on the front of his uniform, then you can usually size that up or down according to the location.
What are Your Colors?

Choose colors that are appropriate for the tatt, but also appropriate for you. This is generally a permanent venture, so you want something that you like and will enjoy seeing on your body for the rest of your life. A Superman tattoo pic would be blue, red and yellow.

What colors are your spirit? If you are commemorating an event, what are its colors? If you are honoring someone, what colors do you associate with them? Let your color scheme work with YOU. Or choose a standard tattoo like a Superman tattoo pic and go with it.

Choose a Design that Fits Your SpiritChoose a design or template that fits your personal spirit. The design should speak to you. If you want a Superman tattoo pic, go for it. You may wish to combine several designs to create your own. Add elements, or if you are an artist, draw your own design.

You can find many different designs and select one that suits you. You may want to bring a friend along for input, but don't allow them to influence you too much. After all, you will be the one walking around with the tattoo, or the Superman tattoo pic, not them.

Think Twice about Adding a NameYou may have heard this many times, but it always stands to be said again. When designing your own tattoo, you may want to think twice about putting someone's name on it. There are a few celebrities that we can look to who can attest to this. Many people put people's names on their tatts and wind up covering the name later.

If you want to honor the love of your life by putting their name under your Superman tattoo pic, do yourself a favor and do it some other way. A tattoo is forever unless you get it covered or lasered. Save yourself the trouble.
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Are you having trouble choosing a Superman tattoo? The standard Superman logo graphics with the bold S is pretty cool and who WOULDN'T know what it stands for? Even if you never watched any of the Superman movies or picked up any of the Super Heroes comic books, the Superman logo is almost as recognizable as the American Flag!

Whether you're into sporting around town in a pair of tights and a Superman cape or you wear a designer suit to work there's a Superman tattoo that will be just well, SUPER for you!

Superman tattoo pics are in almost every tattoo gallery on the web, but if you don't find a design that suits you there are other options! There's no reason to copy somebody else's Superman tattoo designs. Here's an idea, go through some of your vintage Superman comic books and check out all the cool pics and artwork! Take a look at the pics of this guy getting a Superman tattoo! The video is a little dark, but you can make out the design.

There are all those great pics of Superman and his pals ready to adapt for the use of your favorite tattoo artist! If you don't like the colors used in the comic book for your design, change the pics up. You will want to leave the original colors of Superman's suit, cape and logo intact, but you can play with the rest of the picture.

Here are some ideas on how to take tattoo pics and change them around so that they will become your own unique Superman designs!
Change the features of Superman to your own or those of your girlfriend or boyfriend!
Tattoo an authentic looking Superman pic with the chick of your choice by his side
If you're a biker have your artist ink a Superman tattoo on YOUR motorcycle! Be sure to take pics of your bike to the tattoo parlor so that the artist can get it right!
Take your Superman tattoo pics and have a similar or coordinating custom paint job done on your Harley!

There are lots of reasons for an adult wanting a tattoo with Superman as the featured character. Superman and his other superhero friends are representatives of good in the fight against evil. They beat the bad guys and put the freaky villains out of business! We need more of those comic strip heroes around! Why not ink a few on the forearm or convince the chick in your life to tattoo a Superman emblem or symbol on her lower back for the two of you to enjoy?

The contents of this article and website are for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice from a doctor or professional. You should always make your own choices on the advice of your chosen professional in matters concerning your baby's safety.




What is Body Etching?
Body Etching is a brand new, fascinating, unique and exotic form of Body Art
It is a mark inscribed upon the skin that is all you! Unlike a Tattoo, there is no ink in an Etching. Unlike Body Piercing, there is no jewelry. Unlike a Brand, the mark is precise, distinct and clear; the results are more controllable and predictable. Etching is a safe, modern, esthetic version of the ancient art form of scarification.

A Body Etching is essentially a scar, in many cases ultimately raised and light or “white” in color. An Etching, once thoroughly healed, may somewhat resemble a white tattoo. Unlike a white tattoo, it will not tend to become yellow or gray over time. On some skin, the Etching may be a deeper or darker shade than the un-etched surface.

Part of the fascination of an Etching is that it is undoubtedly your own, very personal artwork. The Etching design you receive will be exclusive and distinctive. The same design etched on another person would not duplicate yours.

Also, an Etching has texture. The amount and type of texture, again, depends on your skin, and also on your treatment of the Etching during healing.

This revolutionary art form lends itself to simple bold, graphic designs, symbols, “tribal” designs, and emblems.
You may bring in your own design idea or source material, view our design books, or have us create a custom Etching for you. You must rely on the skill and experience of our experts to guide you in selecting a suitable work of art (complexity of design, image size, line thickness, etc.) to inscribe on your body.

Etching can stand alone or be used to accentuate and highlight an existing tattoo, brand or body piercing.

The permanence and visibleness of your Etching will depend on several factors. The most provocative variable is your own exclusive epidermis: your skin. Each person's skin texture and healing pattern is truly individual. The way you may have scarred in the past can be some indication of the final coloration of your Etching. Results will vary, and that is part of the mystery and beauty of this intriguing art form.

For maximum permanence and the most discernible, visible Etching we suggest several sessions and advise you to “Rouse” and “Husk” your Etching during healing (read on for details). If you desire a more subtle mark, a single session may suffice. You don't even need to decide that right away! You can have one session and see how you heal and how you feel about your mark. If you would like your Etching to "stand out" more, return for another session. In general, a minimum of two visits is suggested for a visible, permanent mark.

Body Etching: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

How is a Body Etching performed?Body Etching is done using a tattoo machine WITHOUT INK! Therefore, by definition, it is not a tattoo. Our artists are the world's foremost authorities on Etching and employ certain exclusive techniques during the process to create an unsurpassed custom artwork just for you.
Once the design is selected it is applied to cleaned, prepped skin via a stencil and/or drawing directly on the skin. The Etching is inscribed into the outer layers of skin creating what is essentially a deep scratch, ultimately resulting in the most precise, beautiful and ornamental scar you will ever have.

What will it look like at first, and how will it look after healing?
Your Etching will initially look red or brownish red, like a scab (which is what it is) for several days to a week or so. The scab will come off (or be removed by you for a more visible mark--see the “How do I care for an Etching” section for details).

On lighter skin tones, once the scab is gone, most Etchings have a pinkish coloration for weeks to several months or longer. They tend to lighten up over time. Once you are fully healed and settled it is likely that your Etching will eventually look something like a white, raised tattoo. Though, it could remain pinkish, purplish, or brownish, depending on skin type and color. On darker skin tones, once the scab is gone, the Etching is often a darker shade, but may turn out lighter than the surrounding area.

Expect your special scar to change at least several times over the ensuing months and even years! Your Etching may also change color and appearance as a result of alterations in temperature, altitude, barometric pressure and exposure to the sun or tanning. This is all part of the fascination, mystery and excitement of Etching.
Depending on your skin type, if it is performed a single time, your Etching may ultimately fade to a barely visible thin line. We suggest a minimum of two sessions for a visible, permanent mark.

How do I prepare for an Etching?Eat a good meal an hour or two before coming in, and take no drugs or alcohol. It is advisable to avoid large quantities of alcohol, aspirin, or caffeine for 24-48 hours before your session to avoid excess bleeding.

You may wish to make use of our on-site massage service (when available) prior to your appointment to relax your body, calm your nerves, and soothe your spirit.
Be sure to bring your valid, photo ID (Driver's License, State Issued Photo Identification Card, Military ID or Passport) proving you are 18 years of age or older. Under no circumstances, even with parental consent, will minors be etched. You MUST be 18 years of age or older.
Arrive positive, enthusiastic, and ready to embark on your own experience of the newest, most exciting form of Body Art available!

Does it hurt?An Etching is a break in the skin. Those familiar with tattooing will find that it is similar in duration and intensity to receiving the outline portion of a tattoo. It may not take as long to perform as a tattoo of the same size, because there is no coloring-in and no shading in an Etching.
If the “Does it hurt?” aspect of Etching is the foremost notion in your mind, then you need to give it some more consideration. The thought that should occupy your mind is, “This is so amazing! I want my own Etching, and I can't wait to get it ” Then you are ready. The way it feels to get it is brief, temporary, and ultimately beside the point. It isn't all that bad.

You will, of course, feel some sensations during an Etching. It may feel akin to a cat scratch or a burning sensation. You may enjoy it (some people do) or you may merely tolerate it. But you will definitely get through it, you will be fine, and you will have an Etching!
During the first week or so after an Etching, it will feel like a healing cut or deep scratch. It will be tender or slightly sore, but not intensely painful. It may itch, and unlike with a tattoo, you are allowed to scratch it! Use freshly scrubbed hands or gloved hands only to prevent infection.

What are the risks of Etching?
There is realistically less risk involved than when getting a tattoo! There is absolutely no chance of negative reactions to inks or pigments. There is no risk of inks, ink cups or other such items being reused since none of these things are even needed in the procedure for doing an Etching!

During the process you will be handled by a skilled professional wearing new disposable gloves and the gloves will be changed often during the process. Your skin will be cleaned and prepped before beginning. Sterile, disposable (single-use) instruments are used to make the mark. Each set-up is individually packaged and autoclaved (sterilized) on the premises prior to use, and then carefully discarded. Your artist will follow Universal Precautions. Every possible safeguard is taken to ensure your health and well being. Rings of Desire is inspected and approved by the Louisiana Department of Health, and we are internationally respected for our consistent, stringent, unsurpassed hygienic standards.

The Etching does not penetrate far enough to result in the possibility of serious bleeding. It is essentially a deep scratch. The main risk is in failing to care for it according to instructions, thus causing yourself an infection. Do not touch your healing Etching with dirty hands.
The other issue of "risk"regards your expectations. The Etching may end up having a different appearance than you imagine (for example, it may end up light when you thought it would be dark, or vice versa). Therefore, it is important to keep an open mind about your unique results.

Will it bleed?Again, an Etching IS a break in the skin. During the procedure there will be some bleeding, much like with a tattoo outline. Ordinarily it has mostly stopped by the time you are bandaged and ready to leave. Most Etchings do not bleed other than just some seeping for a few hours afterwards, unless struck or handled very roughly. If you have ingested much alcohol, caffeine, or certain medications during preceding days, there may be a little more bleeding.

Do I need to Bandage my Etching?When you leave with your special artwork you will be bandaged with a protective, absorbent dressing. Your Etching may bleed a little or seep for several hours when it is brand new. You may need to bandage it again after cleaning, “Rousing” or “Husking” to avoid getting any blood on your clothing or home furnishings.

Bleeding, bruising, discoloration and/or swelling is not uncommon. Any break in the skin, including a new Etching can bleed off and on for a few days, or swell, or bruise. These are not indications of any complication. You may bandage with gauze as needed. Bleeding, bruising, discoloration and/or swelling is not uncommon.

Otherwise, during the healing time, bandaging is only necessary to protect your Etching if you will be in a dirty environment and are concerned about contracting an infection from your surroundings. A sterile gauze pad applied with surgical cloth tape is usually best for Etchings on limbs. A tee shirt or other such loose, breathable cotton clothing will work for most other areas.
If your clothing or bandage sticks to your healing Etching, you can soak it off with warm water or just pull slowly and turn it into a “Husking” episode.

How soon/how often can I repeat an Etching session to enhance/maximize my mark?We suggest waiting approximately three months minimum after completed healing, (not after the date of your session) between additional Etching sessions. After three cycles, we would suggest waiting one year for your artwork to settle before considering additional sessions. If you are satisfied with how it looks after a single session, you do not need to return. Do remember that your Etching is likely to change in appearance over time, for a prolonged period of time. Your initial fee includes a second session within a one year period.

What about swimming, tanning and exercise?Tanning during initial healing may alter the final color of your Etching. Be cautious and do apply strong sunscreen when tanning after healing as this can result in a burn to the new tissue. It will take a fairly long time for your Etching to become seasoned to the sun again.

Avoid submerging your Etchings in water such as pools, lakes, jacuzzis, etc. unless you feel confident that the water is clean enough for you and an open wound (which is what your Etching is while it is healing). Most bodies of water harbor large amounts of bacteria. If there is sea life, motor oil or children in the water it is not clean enough!

If you are going to be in water (or other environments) of questionable cleanliness use a breathable, non water-permeable wound sealant such as Tegaderm or Clean Seals (available at drugstores and pharmacies) before you go in, to protect yourself and prevent dirty water from getting inside your open wound. Cleaning afterwards is not likely to be effective in preventing infection.

Within the bounds of being clean and hygienic to avoid infection, it is not necessary to “baby” your new Etching. Engaging in normal activities, including exercise, is fine, just “listen” to your body. Initially, try to avoid activities that put too much unreasonable stress on the area.

How do I care for an Etching?The care for a healing Etching is to simply wash once or twice (maximum) daily as directed using a mild liquid antimicrobial/germicidal medicated soap such as Provon or Satin, and water.
Before cleanings wash hands thoroughly with liquid antibacterial soap or your cleaning solution, and hot water. Scrub under your nails too! If you wish, you may wear disposable latex or vinyl gloves and/or also use a hand sanitizing gel. Never, never touch a healing Etching (or any open wound) with dirty hands. This is vital for avoiding infections.

Wet the area and apply a small handful of cleaning solution with your clean hand. Cleanse thoroughly and vigorously. Allow the solution to remain there for a minute or so. You may bathe normally and use soap, shampoo and other such products as usual.
Rinse the Etching thoroughly under running water, to completely remove all cleanser from the area.
Pat dry with disposable paper products such as gauze or tissues, because cloth towels can harbor bacteria.
Note that each body is unique, and healing times can vary. If your Etching still has a scab you should continue with the cleaning and care regimen.

There are a few extra measures you can take to maximize your Etching and produce the most conspicuous, permanent, visible mark. On the evening of the Etching and for the next several days of healing, you can “Rouse” your Etching which will result in a more noticeable artwork.

Wash and/or glove your hands as in step one of the Cleaning Instructions.
Apply a copious quantity of 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol to a sterile gauze pad and scrub vigorously on your Etching until you feel it burn. This can be done the evening of the Etching, and after daily cleaning(s) while you are still in the scab phase of healing. You may wish to have some help with this, because it will burn. Some people enjoy this sensation and others do not.
The other way to enhance the final effect of your artwork during the initial healing time is to "Husk" your Etching. This is that favorite childhood pastime: picking your scab. We do not mince words about it, but want to be sure that you follow appropriate procedures as outlined below:

Wash and/or glove your hands as in step one of the Cleaning Instructions. This is vital!

Apply a hot, wet compress (a clean towel soaked in hot water) for at least 5 minutes or longer, or soak in a clean tub until the scab is softened. With the wet towel or a Buf-Puf pad (for optimal scouring power) scrub vigorously to loosen and remove some of the scab.
Use clean fingers or a tweezer or hemostat to pull out the remaining scab. This will result in some rehealing, which is the point. Be sure to use clean tools and/or fingers!

You should Rouse after Husking. These steps will help your Etching to become more visible, have more texture, and to ensure its permanency. There may be some bleeding after your first few cleanings, and after Rousing or Husking your Etching and this is perfectly normal.

What else do I need to know?
Ointment and other "healing agents" should NOT be used on your new Etching. You should exaggerate and extend the healing process to enhance your special scar if you want the final product to be prominent. For best results, avoid products designed to facilitate healing.
Avoid oral contact, and others' bodily fluids on or near your Etching during healing. Your own sweat and bodily fluids are not harmful to your Etching, provided you clean daily as directed.

Make sure your bedding is clean and freshly changed when you come home with a new Etching. If there are pets such as cats or dogs that get into your bed, sleep with the area covered (see the “Do I need to Bandage an Etching?” section).
Showering is safer than taking a bath, as bath tubs tend to harbor bacteria. To bathe safely, clean your tub with a bleach product before each bath, and rinse the tub before you fill it. Also, be sure to do a running water rinse on your Etching when you are done in the tub.

You may rinse your healing Etching in running water any time you feel a need to freshen up, but don't overuse the cleanser.
Some swelling, tenderness or discomfort in the area of a new Etching is not unusual. You may feel stinging, burning, aching or other unpleasant sensations off and on for several days or longer. A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) can help minimize swelling and reduce discomfort.
Secretion of a fluid which contains blood plasma, lymph and dead cells is perfectly normal. It is fairly liquid and forms a scab that is pinkish, reddish, or brownish in color. This indicates that your Etching is still in the healing stages and must be continue to be cleaned daily.

In the event that the Etching drains a thick pus discharge instead of the normal liquid secretion, you may wish to see a physician for evaluation and possible antibiotic treatment.
Cost: Your artist will provide an estimate once a design is selected. The expense is similar to that of a tattoo. The price does include a second Etching session, available during a one year period from your initial Etching. You are not required to attend a second session, but it is offered to you.

Disclaimer These guidelines are based on a combination of professional experience, common sense, research, and clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. Be aware, however, that many doctors have no specific training or experience regarding Body Art and/or Etchings.




I've always wanted to get a temporary tattoo. Most people think of a temporary tattoo as a decal that is put on with water and stays for a few days or maybe even a week (depending on hygiene). Yup, that is a temporary tattoo but that misses too much of the tattoo experience for my taste. With a decal tattoo, all you experience is the art and (to a lesser degree as people learn that temporary tattoos exist) the identification with those who really have tattoos (a very changing group, it used to mean you were a sailor, carny, or biker, but it's starting to mean you're a kid who goes to a mall).

You also miss all the decision making and self examination (for those who are sober) that goes with making a lifelong decision and you don't experience the pain (again, for those who are sober). You have to make the decision to have a needle stuck into you skin about an 1/8th of an inch deep many many times. An 1/8th of an inch isn't very deep but it's deep enough to get those pain receptors saying "howdy." On new tattoos, the swelling and blood of the repeatedly pierced skin overwhelms the inks that are used. I've always thought that the tattoos shown in the flash books (the loose leafed notebooks at tattoo parlors with plastic pages of snapshots that you browse through looking for sexy body parts while you're checking out the work) were wonderful. The skin looks really beat up, it doesn't look like the proud owner is displaying art, it looks like forensics shots of an art attack victim.

So, there are at least two questions that people with decals haven't addressed:1. How did you decide to modify your body permanently? They can be removed but unless you're as rich as Johnny Depp (or if Billary has tax payers pick up the tab), you're probably going to have to just cover up "Winona" with a black iron cross tat or a lot of Band-aids.

2. How much did it hurt?
I've wrestled with question #1 and I can't make a decision. I like the commitment, I like saying to the world that my body is mine and doesn't belong to nature, a god or a government (tattooing is still illegal in places). But I don't trust fashion. What would happen if I went out and got the perfect tattoo on my arm and three years later Jon Bonjovi and Joe Piscapo had a copy of it on their arm? There have been many bandwagons that I was riding happily until the wrong people boarded.

Even if the wrong people didn't cop my art, maybe I wouldn't like the art in a while -- maybe I would become morally opposed to the art - - hey, I've been wrong before (I didn't REALLY believe Clinton could be worse than Bush). Those are the real reasons but I have a cop out reason as well, I'm in show-biz and maybe some day I'll want to act (I had parts before, but it didn't seem I wanted to act). I wouldn't want to have to cover up a tattoo with makeup every day (wow, is that a lame reason, I should have just stuck with the Bonjovi/Piscapo reason).

Question #2 really interests me. I like the idea of deciding something is going to hurt and doing it to find out how much. I don't like accidents much and I hate illness but I enjoyed having a tiny amount of dental work done to see what it was like without Novocain. It was nice to know a little of the real deal. I always think being in pain for glory is a fun thing. Pain without injury fascinates me. Pain without fear is just another sensation. I could go on, but you already know too much about me.

June 6th, I was covering the 90th anniversary party for Harley Davidson in Milwaukee for ShowTime. Bobcat Goldthwait, Paul Provenza, Richard Belzer, Stephanie Hodge, Judy Tenuda and I were walking around the grounds with camera crews making fun of bikers while making sure that it was very clear to the bikers that we weren't making fun of them. I told Jerry, the producer, that I should get a tattoo on camera but I didn't want anything permanent. Paul had worn a fake nose-ring for one shot and the crew were all wearing decals and that wasn't what I wanted. I told him I wanted a tattoo done with needle but without ink. All the pain of a tattoo but nothing to show for it. Jerry liked the idea. He went to a tattoo trailer to set it up. He came back and said it was a done deal, they would do the tattoo with blood red ink but no needle, it would look like I was being tattooed but I wouldn't be. With no needle, the red ink would wipe right off.

"That's not what I want, Jerry. I want a NEEDLE and no INK, that'll work too won't it?" Jerry checked and the guy said that a "dry needle" would hurt a bit more than a regular tattoo but it wouldn't leave a mark for more than several weeks. I heal quickly, (that's one of my best character traits) so I was ready. We got a few cameras and I went over to talk to the tattoo artist, Bubba. I talked to him before we went on camera and then asked him the same questions on camera: Yes, he used clean needles. Yes, it would hurt more without the ink to lubricate. After a couple genital jokes, he told me the chest hurts the most. I didn't want to show my chest (hey, maybe if I get on a pain and body modification roll, I'll get implants, and then I'll show them to everyone - but right now, no), he said the forearm also hurt really bad. I have a attractive forearm so I decided to use my forearm. I told him I wanted it all freehand, no stencil. I didn't want the stencil ink to get into the wound and give me an accidental half-assed tattoo.

A crowd was gathering and the cameras were rolling. He brought the needle out of the little sealed packet and Bubba (did I mention his name was Bubba?) got to work. He asked me what I wanted. I said it didn't matter. He asked me if I liked skulls. Who doesn't like skulls? It would be a freehand skull. Bobcat stood behind him as he brought down the needle and gave a Bobcat scream to startle him at the moment of contact. Bobcat had to make jokes, I was just staring at the needle. The needle went in, it went in many times. The bikers were impressed, not that I was taking the pain, but that I was taking the pain for no reason. They got it. I asked Bubba if it would hurt less if I loosened up my muscle and he said yes. I couldn't loosen the muscle, it hurt too much. The blood was really flowing. It was art being made of my blood. I watched and I liked it. The crowd was yelling that I was crazy. Having that collection of pots call me black was one of the prouder moments in this kettle's life.

How much did it hurt? That's the question I wanted to answer. It hurt about as much as putting a couple cigarettes out on my skin (don't ask). It was a burn. But it was pain without injury, pain without fear. It was a good hurt. It didn't take long, a line drawn skull about the size of a quarter. It looked like it was drawn in red ink but it was my blood. It was running down my arm and doing a nice job for the camera. The bit should have been over but Bobcat thought I should have crossbones. He also thought I should have the full skeletal system, a Harley and a road going up over my shoulders with lush scenery but I drew the line after crossbones. It wasn't Bubba's best work. Another artist said it was "strictly jailhouse" but Bubba was working without a stencil and there was the pressure of a crowd and TV. I wouldn't let him put a bandage on it. I wanted the opportunity to show it off and talk about it. I have to put Neo Sporin on it for about a week and they say it'll be gone in about 5 weeks. It's been about 7 hours and it still hurts a bit but not badly at all. The blood has started to change color and the head of the skull is now the color of flesh around day-old stitches. I'm kind of hoping there's a little bit of a scar there to remind me of the needle. I'm about to reinvent the tattoo. SEE OUR # 1 BLOG AT FREETATTOODESIGNPICS.BLOGSPOT.COM Visit Our website AT WWW.DREAMANDINTERPRETATION.COM

Fluorescent Tattoos Glow In The Dark

ARE THERE GLOW-IN-THE-DARK INKS OR FLUORESCENT INKS?Fluorescent ink is not the same as glow-in-the-dark ink. Fluorescent
inks glow under ultraviolet light. Phosphorescents glow after being
exposed to light, and glow-in-the-dark things that glow without any
outside stimulus are almost unknown.

There are *no* glow-in-the dark inks.

There are *no* phosphorescent inks.
For a brief time around 1991, some tattoo artists experimented with
fluorescent inks that glow under UV light. At the time, it was
thought that these could be used to make tattoos that would only be
visible under UV light. As it turned out, these inks did not perform
as expected. They were not invisible under normal light, and in some
cases turned brown. At the same time, many people reported skin
irritation problems. As a result, we are not currently aware of any
tattoo artists still using these inks.

WHAT COLORS ARE AVAILABLE?There are a lot more colors available now than just "Popeye green and
red." Just about every color imaginable can be obtained for your design.
If your artist does not have a pre-mixed color, s/he will mix the colors
on the spot for you. It is not an exaggeration to say that you could
specify your design by Pantone color, especially since many artists have
fine arts degrees and are familiar with the various Pantone shades
[Pantone shades are used by professional artists and are standard
numbered colored].

While there are some metallic inks available, these are very rare and a
general answer to this question is a simple "no." If you have a design
that needs to look metallic, a good artist can use other colors to make
it look metallic without actually using gold or silver ink.

My understanding is that artists shy away from metallic colors because
of their toxic properties under the skin.

CAN I GET A WHITE INK TATTOO?Most artists use white ink to highlight certain parts of your tattoo
design. However, white ink is a special color that requires your artist
to work closely with you. The effect of white ink differs greatly among
clients, and its visibility and retention on the skin has much to do
with the natural coloration of your skin.

White ink seems to work best on very light-skinned people.
Unfortunately, this means people with dark skin would not able to get a
white ink tattoo on their skin to have a "photo negative effect" that
looks like a negative of a dark colored tattoo on light skin. This is
because the ink sits under your skin, and the layer of skin over the ink
is tinted with your natural skin color. So if you have very dark skin,
the white will be overwhelmed with your natural melanin.

Those who have very light skin however, may use white ink exclusively to
get tattoo designs that are very difficult to discern at first glance.
This might be an interesting option for ankle or wrist tattoos, or other
areas where a regular non-white tattoo would show up too easily and
possibly cause problems for the wearer.


Celebrity Tattoos and Tattoo DesignsTattoos aren’t just for sailors, “outcasts” and outlaws anymore. They’ve superceded bikers and gangsters, gone beyond heavy metal and punk rock bands. Royalty, rock stars, movie stars, sports icons, supermodels and heads of state have all adorned themselves with various types and kinds of body art. And, because of celebrities’ constant media exposure and sheer popularity, members of the masses are transforming and emulating their favorite celebrity tattoo designs.

Movie StarsTattoos have become accepted (and perhaps somewhat expected) on the big silver screen. Hollywood is all about scandal, so what was ever “taboo” is now in high demand. So it goes with tattoos, and other forms of body modification. No longer is it just the bad boys and bad girls brandishing body art, but also the wholesome family stars and supporting actors and actresses. All kinds of celebrities are wearing tattoos.

Julia Roberts. This star of Pretty Woman, Dying Young, Something to Talk About, and Erin Brokovich has a few tattoos. One is a Chinese kanji character surrounding a heart that she wears on her shoulder and a butterfly tattoo on her lower back.
Sandra Bullock has a tribal tattoo design below her navel.
Gillian Anderson (Scully on The X-Files) is also decorated. She has a turtle shell tattoo on her ankle and the Sanskrit script for “Everyday” is on her wrist.
Drew Barrymore is quite notoriously tattooed with her own personal gallery of body art, and just a few of her designs include a cross, a butterfly, and angel tattoos. She also wears a blue moon smiling, and a bouquet of sweet peas on various areas of her body.
Christina Ricci (Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Casper) wears a lion tattoo on her shoulder and a bat tattoo on her bikini line.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series, Scooby Doo, Scooby Doo II) bears a Chinese kanji symbol on her hip, and has a beautiful pair of purple dragonfly tattoos on her lower back.
Jennifer Aniston. This Friends star has a small heart tattoo on her stomach.
Christina Applegate. This star of Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead and the sitcom Married With Children has an apple tattoo design and a climbing vine tattoo.
Pamela Anderson of Bay Watch has a few tattoos, including a barbed wire armband and a tribal design on her lower back.
Alyssa Milano (Charmed) has a tattoo of a chain with a cross, fairies, the Sacred Heart and angels in her designs.
Angelina Jolie. Famous for her roles as Lara Croft in The Tomb Raider, Angelina has several tattoos, her most recent design being an authentic Thai tattoo of a tiger on her lower back.
Ben Afflek also bears a few tattoos of his own, including the incredibly popular barbed wire armband.
Nicholas Cage (Face Off, National Treasure) has an incredibly unique tattoo design of a monitor lizard wearing a top hat on his upper back.
Robert Deniro. Despite the number of tattoos he was shown with in the thriller Cape Fear, Mr. Deniro only has one real tattoo, a panther design.
Jeff Corwin, the Animal Planet hit, bears a snake tattoo design on his upper left shoulder.
The nine actors who made up the “Fellowship” in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (except possibly Rhy-Davies who played Gimli, and is rumored to have sent a stunt double) all got an Elvish tattoo meaning “The Nine” on their ankles.

However, in this case, there is one top movie star that doesn’t belong in the ranks of the tattooed…Vin Diesel. Despite being bedecked in XXX and other films, in truth Vin is un-inked.

Pop, Rock and Other Music StarsMusicians have been sporting tattoos and body art for ages! Before most people had overcome their fear of the taboo, rock stars, heavy metal musicians and punk bands were braving it out. Now, musicians in nearly every genre sport ink of some sort or another.

Jon Bon Jovi (80’s rock idol) is tattooed with the Superman insignia, a dragon tattoo and a longhorn skull.
Jonathan Davis of KORN (and the other members too) bears many tattoos. His ink includes the letters HIV, the KORN logo, and a tattoo of a bishop ripping away his skin to reveal Jesus underneath.
Dave Grohl, who has had the pleasure of playing with bands like Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and Nine Inch Nails, has a chain tattoo design on his upper right arm and the letters FF on his back.
Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit has several different tattoo images including an angel, a flower, a spiral design and a ring.
Bill Idol, among other ink, has a tattoo design of a Russian comic book character.
Eminem, a.k.a. Slim Shady, also wears quite a few tats. He has a dog tag tattoo design, a mushroom, and his children’s names tattooed on him, just to name a few.
Lenny Kravitz boasts at least two tattoos, one of a dragon and another of a cross.
Henry Rollins bears the image of the words “Search & Destroy” emblazoned across his back above a tribal sun, among other body art.
Aaliyah. This late actress and singer was decorated with a dove on her lower back, an initial & star on her hand, and a music symbol tattoo on her ankle.
Beyonce has a praying angle adorning her upper left thigh.
Avril Lavigne bears a small star on the inside of her wrist (the left one). The other tattoo that you may believe she has is, in fact, a fake and was a temporary tattoo placed (on the top of her butt) for a music award ceremony performance.
And, drum roll please…Brittany Spears. Perhaps not as fortunate as her other tattooed pop-stars, Brittany recently suffered the misfortune of not only one tattoo mistake, but actually two. Learn from her example to be very careful when choosing tattoos in a language you can neither read nor write.
These are hardly all of the tattooed musicians – the list goes on and on, to include N Sync, the Backstreet Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rancid, P.O.D., and even the Dixie Chicks. These country star divas all have matching tiny chick footprints on one foot.

Sports Icons and Supermodels
Perhaps not discussed as much (but certainly still drooled at) are the sports stars and supermodels. Still very much tattooed celebrities in the lime-light, stars in these industries are often able to enjoy a little bit more privacy than those who regularly appear on the silver screen, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t influenced popular tattoo designs.

Some well known sports celebrities with tattoos include:

Dennis Rodman. This rowdy, rambunctious, attention loving basketball player was covered with tattoos and body jewelry. Some of the pictures in his body art gallery included a Harley Davidson tattoo, a picture of his daughter, a shark, and a cross – among other things.
British soccer star David Beckham proudly wears at least nine different tattoo designs!
Laila Ali, boxer and daughter of Muhammad Ali, has tattoos that include her name and a teddy bear design.
Stone Cold Steve Austin. This wrestler has a tattoo of the state of Texas and a longhorn on his left calf, as well as a crystal ball on his left ankle.
Kobe Bryant. This famous basketball star has many tattoos, one of which is a large tribute to his wife that he wears on his upper right arm.
Tennis star Anna Kournikova has a large star tattoo design on her lower back.
But, by far, the mostly highly inked group of athletes (if you’d go as far as to call them that) would be the various branches of the wrestling world, where a great many of the characters, man or woman, good or bad, are heavily inked.

There are also quite a few models and supermodels which bear body art. Rosie Ciavolino has a small tattoo just below her bikini line. Ehrinn Cummings has a frog on her check along with 2 elephants on her lower back. Nicky Hilton has a heart with wings on the inside of her right wrist and the word “Hilton” written in gothic font in the small of her back. She also has a small cross on the back of her neck. Her sister, Paris Hilton, used to have Nick Carter’s name inked on the right side of her backside, but has since hat it removed with laser surgery. And, 90’s Calvin Klein spokes-model Kate Moss has a tiny heart on the back of her left and a small crown on her left shoulder.

Royalty and Heads of StateDespite the past’s unkind view of tattooing and body modification, some of the names that appear on the following list may be a little surprising, especially when you consider how far back the history goes.

Winston Churchill, famous World War II figure of England, had a tattoo of an anchor on his arm.
Franklin D. Roosevelt proudly bore a tattoo image of his family crest.
Thomas Alva Edison, genius inventor, was tattooed with five dots on his left forearm that were arranged in the fashion of a “5” dice.
King Alexander of Yugoslavia was inked with a large eagle tattoo design on his chest.
King Alfonso of Spain was also tattooed.
King Edward VII of England bore a tattoo of the Jerusalem Cross.
King Frederik IX of Denmark was tattooed with a dragon and his family crest.
King George II of Greece bore tattoo designs.
King George V was decorated with a dragon design.
King Harold II of England was the first documented royal to wear a tattoo. He lived from 1022 to 1066.
King Henry IV was also among the ranks of royalty boasting body art.
Other famous royalty bearing tattoos include Prince Charles, Prince Rudolph, Prince Frederik, Prince Waldermar, and Richard the Lion Hearted, King of England (1189-99 A.D.) who was also branded with the Jerusalem Cross.

You’ll find them almost anywhere, on almost anyone now-a-days. In Hollywood and New York, but also St. Joseph, Missouri and Lexington, Kentucky. It’s a tradition sponsored and carried on by many of our nation and world. Tattoos show up in churches on ministers and hidden behind the suits of Wall Street professionals.

Thanks in part to celebrities who’s tattoos are seen by the world, there are no longer any social boundaries, or status quos to stop us. We have taken tattoo into another realm, one shared by all of humanity, rich and poor, ordinary and famous.

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Tribal art tattoos generally refer to those designs coming from the Pacific Islands and parts of Africa. The look of a tribal art tattoo is instantly recognizable with its sharp aggressive black lines and is meant to convey a feeling rather than represent a specific physical object. Today by fusing ancient designs with modern techniques, tribal art tattoos are some of the most popular tattoos available.

Tribal tattoo art reached its apex in Polynesia and its surrounding environs and has been practiced on willing volunteers for the last 2000 years. Here tribal art tattoos are not simply decorative but often a necessary representation of adulthood. In Samoa, a full body-suit of tribal art tattoos are a necessary rite of manhood, while in Borneo tribal art tattoos help warriors identify each other---and their enemies.

Perhaps no culture has had a bigger influence on tribal tattoo art than the Maori of New Zealand. Their “Moko” style incorporated the sharp lines of the tribal tattoo body suit and emphasized facial tribal tattoos—with which spirits could identify them in the afterlife.

For many years tribal art tattoos were the province of traveling sailors and fringe circus performers. This was due mostly to the fact that the procedure was so painful—an important spiritual component for tribal tattoo cultures. But with the invention of the tattoo gun in 1891, and a proclivity for Western sailors to acquire a tattoo for each of their stops, tribal tattoo art began to spread.

But it wasn’t until LA Tattoo artist Leo Zuleta borrowed his friend’s book of tribal art tattoos that the style exploded into a phenomenon in the early 90’s. By creating a fusion of styles, sometimes called neo-tribal or pseudo-tribal, and inking his rock star friends, tribal tattoo art became one of the most popular forms of body art in the world.

Some lament that while the aesthetic of tribal art tattoos may remain, much of their symbolism has been lost. Still tribal art tattoos are remarkably resilient for their ability to mean many things at once, (or nothing at all) ---depending on the person who is wearing them.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Tattoos Causing Blood Diseases

Tattooing and ear/body piercing are increasingly popular among Canadians. These procedures, however, may increase the risk of contracting a number of serious blood-borne diseases. Background

Tattoos and ear/body piercings are very popular, especially among those aged 18 to 22. Between 73 and 83 percent of women in the U.S. have had their ears pierced. An American university survey in 2001 found that 51 percent of students had piercings and 23 percent had tattoos. U.S. studies show that the number of women with tattoos quadrupled between 1960 and 1980. The number of tattooing and piercing shops in Canada has increased dramatically in the last few years.

Health Risks of Tattooing and Ear/Body Piercing

Skin and mucous membranes in the mouth and nose protect you from many infections. Both tattooing and ear/body piercing procedures involve piercing the skin or mucous membrane with a needle or other sharp instrument.

Unless the needles are new, sterilized for each treatment and properly handled by the practitioner, instruments can be contaminated with the infected blood or bodily fluids of another person.

You may also have bacteria or viruses present on your skin that can enter your body and cause infection when your skin is pierced. Practitioners who do the tattooing and piercing are also at risk of becoming infected through accidental cuts and punctures.

It is possible to transmit viral infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and herpes through tattooing and piercing, as well as bacterial skin infections such as Streptococcus and Staphylococcus.

Minimizing your Risk

The best protection against disease and infection is to carefully choose where you obtain your tattoo or piercing. Here is a list of conditions on which to base your decision:

-- The work area is clean and brightly lit.

-- The shop uses instruments that are easily cleaned and sterilized, such as stainless steel.

-- Tattooing is done with sterile needles in a tattoo machine that has been wiped with alcohol after each use and covered with new disposable plastic.

-- Ear piercing is done with a sterile needle or a gun that has a disposable sterile cartridge to holds the studs.

-- Tattoo and piercing needles are new and sterile for each treatment. They should never be reused.

-- Those performing the procedure have clean working habits, including washing their hands before and after procedures, after handling contaminated items, before opening and handling sterile supplies, and before putting on and after removing their gloves.

-- Practitioners wear medical gloves during the procedures.

-- The shop has a "clean zone" and a "dirty zone." The procedure should be done in the clean zone where only sterilized packages and clean equipment are kept and used. The dirty zone is the contaminated area where there is a washing sink and holding basin for disinfecting implements.

-- Work surfaces are made of smooth and non-porous materials.

-- All surfaces are cleaned with a solution of bleach and water.

-- The shop has a sterilizing machine, preferably a steam sterilizer, and test strips are used to indicate whether the machine is operating correctly.

-- Waste is disposed of properly, with blood-contaminated waste placed in plastic bags and tied before being added to the regular waste.

-- Sharp implements used to pierce the skin are put into puncture-resistant containers.

-- Oral and written instructions are given to clients for personal care after the procedure.

You can minimize your own risk of infection by taking these precautions:

-- Choose a good professional practitioner who has been trained.

-- Ask the practitioner if she or he follows the Infection Control Guidelines for tattooing and ear/body piercing.

-- Never tattoo or pierce skin that has a cut or break, pimples, warts, or other abnormalities.

-- Make sure the practitioner disinfects the skin area using a skin antiseptic before the procedure.

-- Wash your hands thoroughly before you apply lotions or ointments to the tattooed or pierced area after the procedure or when rotating the jewelry, as directed by the practitioner. If you are concerned that the tattoo or piercing is infected, contact your doctor or local health unit.

-- Hepatitis B vaccine will help protect you from hepatitis B, but there is no vaccine for hepatitis C or HIV.

Health Canada's Role

Working in partnership with the provincial and territorial governments, Health Canada has created Infection Control Guidelines for tattooing and ear/body piercing. These guidelines were developed for practitioners of tattooing and ear/body piercing by representatives from industry, health services, and Health Canada's Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control.

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Superman Designs Tattoo Pics

Ask anyone who has had a tattoo why they did it and they will tell you two things. One, they were making a very personal statement, usually spiritually oriented, and two, after their first tattoo they were hooked.

Tattoo is not just a method of body art; it is a very spiritual custom that dates back hundreds to thousands of years in many cultures. While there are many beautiful and breathtaking designs, most people use these tattoos as a basis or template for their own personal expression.

The majority of the time, if a client does not come in with their own personal design, they will show the artist a particular design and follow up with, "but I want to make a few changes." So, when you are designing your own tattoo, such as with a Superman tattoo pic, there are a few tips to consider. Location, Location, Location!

Think about where you want to put the tattoo. For instance, you wouldn't want to put a large, flying Superman tattoo pic on your ankle. That type of tattoo is too detailed and would be rather large so it would not be appropriate for that area.

A Superman tattoo pic like that would likely be better suited on the upper arm, hip, back or even forearm. When you think about your tattoo and what type of tattoo you want(such as a Superman tattoo pic), consider where you want it to be placed.

Size Matters

Yes, when you are looking to get a tattoo, size does matter. You really can not just choose a random design or a Superman tattoo pic with no forethought because you do need to consider the size of the tatt as well as the location. Sometimes the location will even dictate the size.

A Superman tattoo pic that is, perhaps, the big S symbol that is always shown on the front of his uniform, then you can usually size that up or down according to the location.

What are Your Colors?

Choose colors that are appropriate for the tatt, but also appropriate for you. This is generally a permanent venture, so you want something that you like and will enjoy seeing on your body for the rest of your life. A Superman tattoo pic would be blue, red and yellow.

What colors are your spirit? If you are commemorating an event, what are its colors? If you are honoring someone, what colors do you associate with them? Let your color scheme work with YOU. Or choose a standard tattoo like a Superman tattoo pic and go with it.

Choose a Design that Fits Your Spirit

Choose a design or template that fits your personal spirit. The design should speak to you. If you want a Superman tattoo pic, go for it. You may wish to combine several designs to create your own. Add elements, or if you are an artist, draw your own design.

You can find many different designs and select one that suits you. You may want to bring a friend along for input, but don't allow them to influence you too much. After all, you will be the one walking around with the tattoo, or the Superman tattoo pic, not them.

Think Twice about Adding a Name

You may have heard this many times, but it always stands to be said again. When designing your own tattoo, you may want to think twice about putting someone's name on it. There are a few celebrities that we can look to who can attest to this. Many people put people's names on their tatts and wind up covering the name later.

If you want to honor the love of your life by putting their name under your Superman tattoo pic, do yourself a favor and do it some other way. A tattoo is forever unless you get it covered or lasered. Save yourself the trouble.

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Hawaiian Armband Tattoo's

One of the biggest and hottest growing trends in the art of tattoo design is Hawaiian arm or leg band tattoos. As this trend goes a lot of people think to themselves, well of course." At least that is what I said to myself at first. You can hardly drive more then 10 minutes on the freeway in southern California where I am from and not see a big SUV like a Lincoln Navigator or a Cadillac Escalade and not see a Hawaiian sticker. Things with flowers designs, or turtles, dolphins. Ya see it started off with the sticker and then the car seat covers with hibiscus flowers everywhere and it just grew from there.

This trend of Hawaiian design has then met it's match with the whole tribal tattoo movement. Tribal tattoos have been the hottest thing in the tattoo world since sliced bread or the old school WWII era Hula dancer. You see these influences have been all around us for a long time my grandpa even has one of those Hula Girls tattoos still. Granted it is a little saggy and faded now but he still has one on his forearm nonetheless.

So the whole tribal tattoo and the growth in interest for Hawaiian designs have combined to make a hot and growing market for Hawaiian tattoos. This is really an up and coming thing and it not huge yet. However many tattoo artists are spotting the trend and jumping on it already.

Of course there is a lot of controversy on this subject also like anything. If you look on the internet there is a controversy about getting Kanji and Japanese Tattoos also. Anytime you try and take the designs of a culture and do not depict them accurately it creates a sense of bastardization or what I call the "Disney Effect" towards the culture. I mean how would you feel if you were in China and someone said, oh you should try this hot new restaurant out it serves this great food that is really American. They have fried chicken and apple pie that is the best." Well, at first you would be excited right? Sure it would be nice for a good home cooked meal if you have been out of the US for a long time. However once you get there you see the place has really tacky and awful reproductions of 50's art and the all the food tastes kind of strange. It would probably bee kind of close or resemble what you were thinking of but it would be missing something or a few key ingredients. I bet this would leave you feeling a little sad and like your culture was not totally understood.

Well, I can not speak for you and maybe you will feel different but I was pretty sad when after staying in Japan for 3 months I was invited to a 1950's classic hamburger joint. When we got there it was Elvis with a funny accent playing on the jukebox and when my hamburger came it had a fried egg on top of it with teriyaki sauce. WOW what a surprise that was for me. I kind of felt weird about being in the place that had tried to recreate something from my own culture.

So, the same controversy rolls on in the world of tattoos. Anytime you get a tattoo design from another culture just make sure you go with a professional. Do not have your friend trace out some Kanji in a book for a tattoo and don't go and rip some design of the internet because it states that it is Hawaiian. Go to a real custom tattoo designer and have them do the research and come up with some designs. After all this is going to be on your body for the rest of your life and since Hawaiian arm band tattoos and leg tattoos are typically big it will be a significant investment in pain, time and money to get the thing done. So you should consult with a professional and get top notch work done.