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Proposal Changes to allow Tattoo Parlors in Battle Creek, MI

Friday, April 29th, 2011

I found an article from dailypress.com titled  City looks at allowing tattoo parlors downtown. The first thing that ran through my head was “Nice” they are finally looking at Tattoo Parlors as being a legitimate business. A way to bring income into the city and not just as some thorn in the cities side where the unwanted go to brand themselves. Then I started thinking about how more and more people are getting tattoos and that tattoos are more accepted in society today then in the past.  But putting that aside it is nice that it is now being recognized as a way to bring in more revenue in for the city.

What got me really questioning the motive behind the sudden interest  is that Cheryl Beard, director of commercial development for Battle Creek Unlimited,  was not aware of the restrictions until someone was interested in opening a shop downtown.  That is when my head started spinning with questions, like who is this individual that wanted to open the parlor and was it someone Cheryl knew? Is that the reason behind the sudden interest? I kind of get a little on edge when it is an official of the city who suddenly has taken an interest in this once forbidden topic. I don’t know about you folks but I would like to know just who the person is that wants to open a shop in  down town Battle Creek, MI .  But like always you take the good with the bad, and chalk it up a win, win situation.

Now the comments got to me though and you to review them and let me know  your thoughts and even to comment on the article itself. Look at the comments being made on the website itself about this article. One person goes as far as to put a Tattoo parlor in the same class as a strip club or adult book store(nothing wrong with ether of them). No one in the Tattoo parlor is lap dancing for money. This one-sided thinking is not only humorous but also makes me ask, where is this person coming from?  It is strange how people don’t want to be judged or mocked for their personal beliefs and choices but turn around and make such outrageous statements. I don’t know people what are your thoughts? Let me know!

Getting ready for photo shoots.

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Hey everyone not sure if you know but I am working on getting some Inkspirationalwords muchandise out on the street. So I have been meeting with people and I will tell you this, I am excited. Let me tell you about the couple I met with yesterday.

I met up with Matt and Jessica Black yesterday. Man was so excited after meeting with them. I will be doing a photo shoot with both in Hell Michigan and using it for my site and other interesting stuff. They are both really cool people and I am so Excited to work with them. The energy they both give off is outstanding and their look is one that just has to be captured. Both Matt and Jessica are going to be fun to work with and I look forward to sharing the finished product with everyone.

First set of Photos

Friday, March 25th, 2011

I did my first set of photos with my new Camera and it wasn’t to shaby. I will be doing more soon and will post some photos but for now none of them really feature any Tattoos. Don’t forget if you would like a write-up on yourself contact me. I will be happy to do a write-up and have your tattoos featured here.

A Hi-tone with Diverse style

Friday, January 14th, 2011

DSC_0486 (Medium)DSC_0469 (1) The road for Tony “Hi-Tone” Valenzuela hasn’t been an easy one but is has been a most diverse one. He was born in Covina, California to Andrea and Tony Valenzuela, Sr. He is a very respectable man who appreciates any opportunity or person who will help him reach his goals and achieve his dream. Many times during our encounter Hi-Tone never once hesitated to end each letter with “Thanks again for this opportunity”. This made working with him on this feature blog post that much more enjoyable. I like helping people who appreciate what you do for them and you can tell right from the beginning that Hi-Tone is that type of person.



His earliest memories are from his father very abusively keeping him out practicing baseball all day. Instead of a smile on his face with a warm, “That’s ok son”; Tony would get a harsh tone from his father. The whole time they would be out his father would spend the time drinking and criticizing Tony. This usually would cause tension between Tony’s mother and father as his mom would try to be the mediator telling his father “Tony has practiced enough”. Tony had a strong love for the game but this was overshadowed by his father’s excessive abuse and constant need to live vicariously through his son.

All this changed when Tony’s Mother decided enough was enough. His mother divorced his father in after years of marriage. Tony remembers his mother coming back to the house to pick up Tony and Mia to live in a new apartment. This was a turning point in Tony’s life. Tony remembers being outside when his father grabbed him by both his arms and said “You can either stay with me and I can teach you how to become a man or you can get in that car with your mother and never tell anyone who your dad is”. But this was the opportunity for Tony to live! Looking at his mother through the window, he hoped into the car and never looked back.
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This opportunity meant a new life for Tony; finally, he could be a kid. A new start with a new school and new friends, This was the first time Tony felt free and was able to do other things besides just baseball. Tony began to take up skateboarding and listen to the type of music he wanted to. He even picked up the game of baseball not because he had to but because this is something he wanted to do. Not having a father means you have to learn how to be one on your own. And not living under someone’s thumb can also bring responsibilities most young men should are not prepared to deal with. Tony had gotten kicked out of school, and was faced with many tough choices. Like most young men, the influences and experiences lead you to the road where the decisions you make can determine your future. Not every decision is the right one but at the time it might seem like it’s your only choice. Tony saw how his mom had struggled to put food on the table and take care of her family. Tony began to experiment with and deal drugs; dealing drugs was his way to help his mother, it provided an income for him to purchase his own shoes and clothing taking the burden off his mother’s shoulders.

Lucky for the tattoo and rap industry dealing drugs didn’t become his passion. Instead he gave up baseball and started writing poems, and his poems turned into raps. Something about putting pen to paper and getting it all out reached a depth in Tony’s soul that nothing else could. It led him to a place that gave him an outlook on life no other outlet has ever giving him before. So at 15 he decided to put that skill to use and recorded his first track, he was hooked! This was it – Tony put his nose to the grindstone and focused on the positive in his life. He began to work on his music and helped other artists by writing verses for them as well. Now everything Hi-Tone did, he threw himself into. From his clothes to his shoes, his personal style, his music and his art. His art comes together in many forms but for Tony his style and music led him right to his fist tattoo at 17.

The more Tattoos Tony got, the more he wanted the words “Everything I do or pick up, I have to be the best at.” Tony was very fortunate to have well known artists in the tattoo industry only a phone call away, as his closest friends and family are all in the business. “I strive very hard for my dreams and never give up.” Tattooing and music go hand and hand for Tony. “I get to be creative every day for the rest of my life.” “I still have lots to learn in both aspects [music and tattooing] but I will never give up until I’m the best” Tony just picked up the art of tattooing and has been into music for going on since he has been 13. Hi-Tone will be invading everyone’s homes on the air waves all across the globe so be on the lookout for him. His creativity, style and drive will get your attention before you can say “SUCCESS”

Tony also admits that his first Tattoo wasn’t the best choice. A word to the wise for anyone who runs out to get a tattoo with no thought process, it tends to come back to haunt you.

Tony: “I did get my 1st tattoo at 17 and it was tribal artwork that wrapped aroundmy back, sides, and stomach. I don’t regret getting the tattoo but I do wishI choose something else because I’m into completely different artwork now. Butbelieve it or not tribal was in back then. To be honest I got the idea from a movie called “Baby Boy”. It’s called being young and dumb and now I have to pay the consequences by lasing the tattoo, so I can get something different over it”

You can check out Hi-Tone at http://www.hitone101.com

Just in time for Halloween a Tattooed Frankenstien

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
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When and it led me to a very interesting and awesome person. We had some things to work out but like any thing in life, good things happen when you wait. Now I have the pleasure of releasing this story around Halloween and, how fitting, her name is Dani Frankenstein. But if your going to build a Frankenstein you couldn’t build one more beautiful then Dani. Looking at her Facebook you can tell right away that she is defiantly a talented individual, much like Miss Martini, so I requested some information and she was happy to let me know about selfportrait2Dani. Dani and Cherry are not just friends that work together but also live together. And both are outstanding girls, take the time get to know them and you’ll say the same thing. gothica1

Dani lived in the Ghetto of Santiago de Chile, in a place so dangerous her uncle was stabbed to death right around the corner from his house, all because he wouldn’t give a guy a cigarette. Her dad knowing that he had to give his family a good life, he picked the family up and moved them to Australia. This was a culture shock to Dani, she was surprised her school had toilet paper and people didn’t resort to stealing it. Even though it now seemed that she was movingup to the good life her dad still managed to cheat on her mother, and beat up Dani. Dani’s dad even went as far as alienating her from her mother and brothers. Not letting that stop her she rose up to the challenge of creating a bond with her other family members despite the wall her dadwas trying to build between them. Now not only does Dani and her brothers have a bond that is stronger than ever, but her mother has left her father and is re-doing their lives.

 

Now you can find Dani spending her life as a student doing Design as well as Printing and Graphic Arts. She has also started her own plushies called Frankenbunees that she creates and designs herself. These are small cuddly plushies that look very cute yet sinister.
As well as these plushies she has her own hair accessories for pretty dames. Apart from her creations you can find Dani modelling as a pin-up model in her spare time.
And her next goal? To open her own line of T Shirts.You can find Dani and all her designs at www.facebook.com/MissDaniFrankenstein

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Steven : What made you want to get your first Tattoo?

Dani : When I was 8 years old, I saw my uncle get his first tattoo when he was 17. His friend had built a home made machine with a ballpoint pen body, sewing needles and a sewing machine peddle. I thought it was the coolest thing! And that was the moment I decided I wanted to be covered! It hasn’t quite happened yet…just give it time!

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Steven: Do you think your up bringing had any influence on you getting tattoos, or any specific tattoos?

Dani: Most of my tattoos are anime characters. I was introduced to the world of Japanese animation at a very young age and its the one thing I will never get bored of! I think I’ll be one cool 80 year old grandma watching anime with my grankiddies. I bet they’ll love showing my ink off to their fellow anime geeks!

Steven: When working as a Pin up model, what is your favorite settings? or even photos?

Dani: I love vintage settings. Not just the typical 50s diner or mechanic shops but the Renaissance era too! The beautifully decorated walls, gold vintage frames, plush seats, corsets and big dresses! Think Marie Antoinette!

Steven: Amongst your tattoos what one tattoo stands out the most for you that you said, “I really want that tattoo”?

photobylarryvarley photobyattitudechickDani: I have two favourites at the moment my Sailor Moon with Tuxedo Mask from (you guessed it) Sailor Moon and my “SEXY” Doctor Frank Stein from Soul Eater. As aforementioned, I am a really big fan of anime and these are my favourite characters which I had to get tattooed on me! But my ink is

always a work in progress as I’m always watching something new and falling in love with new characters.

Steven: What does your family think about all your tattoos?

Dani: My mum was fine until the pastor of our church approached us and read us this verse Leviticus 19: 28 “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” Although my beliefs prevent me from “tattooing” I at least am not committing adultery! Nor stealing nor Killing someone! So although mum no longer approves of my tattoos she knows she can’t do anything about it and is learning to live with them.

An Australian Martini

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

CherryM (22)Born in Melbourne, Australia but spending most of her child hood in Rotorua New Zealand this beautiful Comic con loving Pin up girl has accomplished and seen a lot in her 24 years.cherrym Not only does she do Pin Up modeling she also has a line of clothing and her art work is amazing. Well looking through her Facebook page you can find a lot of her art work, photos and clothing.

When interviewing Miss Martini I found several interesting facts about her life and lifestyle.  Dropping out of school she decided to adventure into the body modification field of Tattooing and Piercings. It probably helped that she has a heck of a creative side. You can tell this in her drawing and T shirts she creates. Everything she seems to do she does with extreme passion.

After living in Rotorua, New Zealand for most of her teenage years she returned home in 2005 to Australia only to find that it didn’t work out. Kicked out of her home due to conflict with her mother she vowed never to return home again. Complication with her mother was a normal thing and Cherry spent most of her teenage years in and out of foster homes, but that didn’t stop her from achieving all that she has today.

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With the help of her Old Step Dad and his new partner she got her life started again. Picking herself up Cherry enrolled herself into school graduating with a diploma in Arts and Illustration. From there Cherry became a freelance Illustrator. She has also done a bit of traveling.CherryM (11)

Steven: What was your  first Tattoo and if any what was the meaning behind it

Cherry Martini:  “My 1st Tattoo was a Tiger, Just a small one on back shoulder and i had my birth father in mind when i got it as he is Indian. I also wanted a tattoo more than anything in the world and would have gotten a pig riding a donkey if that were my only choice lol. I was 16”

Steven: It seems that you traveled a lot judging from your Facebook page, where was your favorite place/time in your travels?

Cherry Martini: “I love to Travel, I have been across from Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia then to Uganda, north Africa where with some friends I met on the way, we built a house for Orphans, got our van chased by a Gorilla Solider with a gun, Had our vehicle Flipped on a dirt road in the Middle of the jungle where baboons stared at us from only meters away! Got bitten by a shit load of Blood sucking flies and had one of our boys catch Malaria from them. Give lollies to villagers where we were swarmed by children who had never laid eyes on a white person before, let alone one with tattoos and bright red hair lol. Got held at gun point for just wanting to post some postcards And came up to a meter away from a wild Bull elephant with out knowing it till we were right in front of him! And survived with photos to boot! One hell of a adventure, oh might i add with only a hundred dollars in my pocket!! Lol”

I’ve also traveled around New Zealand, Australia and to the Philippines where I brought a shit load of anime stuff .”

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Steven: What type of hobbies do you have?

Cherry Martini: “OMG I’m a Nerd lol My hobbies are: Tattoos, Alternative Clothing and shoes, Console Games!!!!! Final fantasy!!!!! Anime!!! Manga!! Fantasy novels. Cartoons that aint Anime lol. Pets. And well obviously, painting and photography etc”

Steven: So you like Comic Con, would you happen to have any Comic  Tattoos?

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Cherry Martini: “Yes i’m a big nerd! lol. Gamer, movies, comics, anime and manga!”

“I have J.Scott Campbell’s ‘Danger Girl’ comic, Abbey chase tattooed on my arm!! I have Jami Hewletts, Gorillaz’s Band member 2D on my forearm and am currently getting Kakashi from Naruto tattooed on my leg!”

Steven: “I noticed your butterfly tattoos on each of your wrist, do they have any meaning? If yes what, if no what CherryM (23)made you get them?”

Cherry Martini: “The Butterflies have faces of a girl in them and they are designs by Artist Martin F Emond and i got them on my wrists after he sadly took his own life. He was a inspiration to me deeply as a teenager and i got them over my wrists as i used to cut myself and with this stamp i promised never to do anything foolish again!”

Steven: Other then modeling what do you like to do for fun?

Cherry Martini: “Other than modeling and designing, I love to relax lol Hang out with my friends, go to house parties CherryM (1)or dinner. Also being a mum and taking my boy out shopping and stuff lol.”

Steven: What made you try out for the Miss Inked 2010?

Cherry Martini: “I tried out for Miss Inked because it looked like fun, plus you never have anything to lose lol. Upon seeing i have made it into the last 8 girls, im all excited and am really hoping i win now!!! lol So yes Please vote for me.”

You can find her pages here.

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Facebook:www.facebook.com/misscherrymartinifanpage

Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/misscherrymartini

DeviantArt: http://miss-cherry-martini.deviantart.com/

Also if you have a Facebook account please go to http://www.facebook.com/misscherrymartini?v=wall&story_fbid=111357275587726&ref=notif&notif_t=share_reply#!/album.php?aid=200568&id=360547924233&ref=mf and vote for her for Cherry Martini to become the next Miss Inked.

Want more of this Cherry Martini you can find her here. Brutalitees, Pop Rock City, Dead Beat Magazine, Attitude Chick Photography, Visual Distortions, Larry Varly, Black Sunshine Clothing, Lizard Designs, Miss Skull and Bones, Miss Siege Art sales and Promotions, Start Struck Dezines.

She is … Jeselyn … Model and Overall Awesome Chick!

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Jeselyn is a heavily tattooed alternative, fetish and pinup model that has been seen on Model Mayhem, Zivity and on her very own website www.jeselynonline.com.  This self proclaimed Dance of Death has got over 200 hours under the needle and I’m sure hundreds more hours in front of the camera!

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I have personally admired Jeselyn’s work for a long time and it was an honor to be able to feature her on Inkspirational Words!!

When did you start modeling and what first interested you about it?

I started modeling about 3 years ago. I had always been on the other side of the camera… and never thought about modeling myself. I moved down to Rhode Island and totally reinvented myself. I was then approached a few times and finally gave in. Thinking it was just a great ego boost and just a little hobby. Now look where it’s got me!

What is your favorite thing to shoot?

I go through phases. I was in a huge pin-up phase for a while, now I’m onto more fetish work. I’ll never stop any of it.  I just find something new and try to master it, then move on to a new style. But I always jump around quite frequently.

You recently started a website .. tell me a bit about it.  What makes you stand out from the rest?

I started my fetish/erotica website in the end of January. It has taken a few turns and grown and continues to grow. It’s lots of fun. I had always envied those who had their own site and finally took it upon myself to make it happen. I can’t thank my fiancé enough for all the support.

I’ve got a few projects started that will definitely make me stand out from the rest. Not only do I do artsy erotica or fetish work, I also have fun with it. The latest shoot I can’t wait to post – was me and another model, Sahra, wrestling the clothes off each other in Luchador masks. It was epic! I’ve also got another super secret project that in underway and should be released next month I hope!

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Is there a group of photographers that you prefer to work with?

I, of course, always have my “go-to” guys; the ones that have had my back from the beginning; Greg Easton (www.gregeaston.com) and Dastardly Dave (www.dastardlydave.com). They both see the potential and give it their all to help me make the shoots what I want them to be. I always enjoy working with Tiffany Ann (www.tiffany-annphoto.com) and Dustin Genereux (www.dustingenphoto.com) too.

Do you think that tattoos have helped or hindered your career and how?

I have only been turned down a handful of times because of my tattoos. Most of the time I am highly sought out because of them.

Tell me about your tattoos overall, what they mean to you, are they just for fun, inspiration, etc?

Let’s face it; the only reason why people get tattooed is because it looks cool. Some may say that theirs has this huge meaning… yea it might, but overall, it’s because it looks cool and makes you feel cool/sexy.

My tattoos are for the fun of it. I enjoy either shocking the heck out of people with them or making them giggle.

I have pretty much every conceivable “owie spot” there is tattooed.

And I have a smilie face tattooed on my thumb for when I give you the thumbs up and then I also have “boob bats” flying around my busty portrait of the Bride of Frankenstein… why? Because they make me giggle.

Do you have a favorite?  Or a least favorite?

My least favorite is covered, thank god. Young and stupid, we’ll keep it at that.

My favorite at the moment is my Bride of Frankenstein portrait and her surrounding Boob Bats. But it’s always a tie with my Cthulhu (as Ms. Behavin’).

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Do you have an artist that you work with regularly or do you like to sample more than one artist/shop?

I have a set artist at the moment, my fiancé who owns and operates Marco’s Tattoo in southern Rhode Island.  I have been tattooed by others and there are some I would love to have a piece by of course. I still would love a piece done by Dug Landry at Hallowed Ground in Portland, ME.

Do you have any more artwork planned?

Always. Most of the time I have no idea what it will be. Most of my pieces are ones that my fiancé draws up for me that I fall in love with. I have only asked for 4 of them straight up. My bird on my forearm was actually for a client, and they turned it down for a more old school swallow… I snatched that one right up.

What’s your next big plan for model-land?

Well, New York seems to be calling pretty heavily at the moment. So does Philly. One of these days I’ll get to travel. But having 3 businesses and a family can make it tough. I’ll make it work one way or another.

Just gonna keep pluggin’ along. Doin’ my thing.

What is one thing that people would NEVER guess about you just by looking at you?

I am a jump rope champion.

What do you want people to know about models with tattoos or even women with tattoos?

I’m (we’re) still a lady. And you better treat me (us) like one.

>Links Jeselyn shared!


www.jeselynonline.com

www.gregeaston.com

www.dastardlydave.com

www.tiffany-annphoto.com

www.dustingenphoto.com

www.dawnamatrix.com

www.johnnikolai.com

And most of all Aaron Marco at Marco’s Tattoo in Rhode Island for being my support and my partner through it all.

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The Longest Journey Begins With a Single Step

Thursday, May 13th, 2010
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Aaron Lewis. Husband, son, brother, friend .. musician, photographer. There are many facets to a man that likes to think he’s just “a guy”.

In the beginning of 2004, he was going through major life changes. He was laid off from his first investigative job after the company developed financial problems. At the same time, he decided to branch out and explore different musical styles and he left his first touring band. Expected changes, perhaps but nonetheless a real jolt to have them happen at the same time.

Aaron started spending 8 hours a day at home applying for jobs. He was willing to take anything as long as he could make some cash. His girl, Cherilynne, was supportive beyond expectations. She would encourage him, assure him that it would be okay and reminded him that it was okay to relax and enjoy his down time. While he heard the words, he didn’t understand how he could “relax”. He felt he needed a job in order to be the husband she deserved and a good person in general.

Remembering how much Aaron liked taking pictures, Cherilynne convinced him to buy a cheap camera film camera and take some photography classes at the local town recreation department. At the same time, she was suggesting that he really think about what type of work he always wanted to do and to work toward making that happen. No matter how unreal it would seem. He spent the next 6 months or so driving around Connecticut taking pictures of everything he could, applying to every private investigative firm on the east coast and working to put a new band together that played the music he had always wanted to play. At the end of those 6 months and almost the end of his unemployment benefits his luck changed for the better. He had found 2 jobs working for some smaller private investigative firms, started the writing and recording process with a new band, “When the Deadbolt Breaks”, and had 4 huge photo albums full of the photos that he had taken.

Aaron’s photography became known under “Lounge SevenZeroEight” and his recording studio was “Room SevenZeroEight”. Since both avenues were so closely intertwined and meaningful, he wanted to run with a mutual theme.

It’s now 2010.

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Aaron is still taking photos. His style while some may consider it dark and somber is really reflective and thought provoking. He experiments with textures, lighting and concepts. He follows his feelings for that moment and rolls with it. Whether it’s shooting still life, models or live bands, he always puts his own spin on it. He even has 2 calendars in the works to showcase some of his newest projects.

He’s still playing music. “When the Deadbolt Breaks” has just released their 3rd record through FuzzTown Records and the 4th, is wrapping up. He’s also working on a new rock ‘n roll project called “ThunderHoof”, which will be recording at “Room SevenZeroEight”.

It’s hard to believe that all of the last 6 years could be summed up in one tattoo, but it most certainly can. Aaron has been a tattoo enthusiast for years. He’s commemorated many of his life’s events with ink. Some happy, like the signing of his first record deal. Some devastating, like the date he lost a dear friend. Most recently he’s added a chest piece to his collection and it’s the most meaningful yet.

Aaron’s SevenZeroEight tattoo represents this whole venture. It’s a script SevenZeroEight bookended by two sparrows. The SevenZeroEight is his birthday, July 8. The sparrows hold some of the most significance. It’s been written that sailors would get sparrow tattoos after they crossed the equator the first time, or that the sparrows represent sailing their first 5,000 miles. Since 2004, he has traveled a great distance from where he was to where he his now. He’s got his wife, his music, his photography, his family, his friends and his tattoo art. Now he has a killer new piece that he can see in the mirror everyday and remember his journey. He finally feels that this place, this feeling, this moment is where he finally should be.

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Zach’s First Tattoo

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

 Recently a Co Worker/Friend of mine mentioned he was getting his first Tattoo. I ask if it was Ok if I tagged along, my initial intentions was to document the tattoo on video and put it on my blog for everyone. He talked with Benjamin Eliasz the Tattoo artist and he agreed to let me come in and document it. Well I didn’t get to my camera guy in time so I just ended up getting a few photos and a write-up.

The Tattoo Artist giving Zach his 1st Tattoo is Benjamin Eliasz from Eternal Tattoos on 14 mile in Clawson Michigan. He was in a Punk Band and was listening to some of their old stuff when we arrived at the parlor. We got into the discussion of liking the feel of a tattoos and he said “It’s funny because I love tattoos but hate getting them”. So before I start with Zach I interview Ben with a few short questions.

Steven Boucher: How Long have you been doing Tattoos

Benjamin Eliasz: Since July 2006

Steven Boucher: Do you remember the first Tattoo you ever given to someone.

Benjamin Eliasz: “Yes, It was a skull and cross-bones I gave to my mentor when I was still in my apprenticeship. He ask me to start drawing a skull and cross-bones then told me to go ahead and give him the tattoo. As an apprentice I was drawing all the time, it seemed like that’s all I would do everyday”

I then ask Zach to give me a little information about what went in to deciding to get this Tattoo and what it means to him.

Zach:

“This time four years ago, I felt very trapped in my life. There were a number of situations I was in, both personal and professional that kept my life in the same rut year after year. I’d just figured it was the hand I’d been dealt and the idea that I would ever get to leave the country on my salary or in my situation was just silly.”

“Through 2007 and 2008, a number of things happened in very quick succession, some more tragic than others. A number of situations in my life that I felt trapped in ended and through these events, I learned that the only reason I couldn’t see the world (or do just about anything I wanted to) was because I was telling myself I couldn’t. The only thing trapping myself was my own mind.”

I decided soon after to take a week’s vacation in Guatemala. It was affordable, warm, and had something really interesting, ancient Mayan ruins. I went in April 2009, but decided before going that I would be on the lookout for a symbol that really spoke to me and looked interesting enough that I might be willing to have it on my body for the rest of my life to remind me of my first trip out of the country (if Canada doesn’t count). The image I rested on was Chaac, the Mayan god of rain. chaacRaingod

“Aside from the fact that I love rainstorms, I found the location of this visage very interesting. The Mayans would build pyramids over the old ones. In order to find this face, archaeologists in Tikal had to take out part of the wall of the structure built over him to reveal this face. The rest of the wall is still in place and a roof of leaves was built over this hole to protect the stone face from (ironically enough) the rain.”

“I hadn’t chosen Ben specifically, but Eternal Tattoos was recommended to me by a friend who has 5 tattoos of her own. Ben was the first person who approached me. He looked at my picture and shook his head, telling me that if he did the tattoo exactly like that picture, it could come out blurry and wouldn’t age well. I came back the next day with additional pictures and from that, he did a sketch that replaced a lot of the detail in the statue that the original had lost over time. In total, we met 3 times before the actual inking took place. He gained my confidence by his unwillingness to just take what I’d shown him and put me in the chair and his ability to describe the shading and detail he’d be adding before he actually did it. “

And there you have it, a wise and well thought out first Tattoo. Don’t get me wrong not every tattoo has to have meaning behind it. You do have to like what you get though and I think for his first bit of ink Zach did a pretty good job at picking a tattoo out.

The Tattoo Artist giving Zach his 1st Tattoo is Benjamin Eliasz from Eternal Tattoos on 14 mile in Clawson Michigan. He was in a Punk Band and was listening to some of their old stuff when we arrived at the parlor. We got into the discussion of liking the feel of a tattoos and he said “Its funny because I love tattoos but hate getting them”. So before I start with Zach I interview Ben with a few short questions.

Steven Boucher: How Long have you been doing Tattoos

Benjamin Eliasz: Since July 2006

Steven Boucher: Do you remember the first Tattoo you ever given to someone.

Benjamin Eliasz: “Yes, It was a scull and cross bones I gave to my mentor when I was still in my apprenticeship. He ask me to start drawing a skull and cross bones then told me to go ahead and give him the tattoo. As an apprentice I was drawing all the time, it seemed like that’s all I would do everyday”

I then ask Zach to give me a little information about what went in to deciding to get this Tattoo and what it means to him.

Zach:

“This time four years ago, I felt very trapped in my life. There were a number of situations I was in, both personal and professional that kept my life in the same rut year after year. I’d just figured it was the hand I’d been dealt and the idea that I would ever get to leave the country on my salary or in my situation was just silly.”

“Through 2007 and 2008, a number of things happened in very quick succession, some more tragic than others. A number of situations in my life that I felt trapped in ended and through these events, I learned that the only reason I couldn’t see the world (or do just about anything I wanted to) was because I was telling myself I couldn’t. The only thing trapping myself was my own mind.”

I decided soon after to take a week’s vacation in Guatemala. It was affordable, warm, and had something really interesting, ancient Mayan ruins. I went in April 2009, but decided before going that I would be on the lookout for a symbol that really spoke to me and looked interesting enough that I might be willing to have it on my body for the rest of my life to remind me of my first trip out of the country (if Canada doesn’t count). The image I rested on was Chaac, the Mayan god of rain.[SinglePic not found]

“Aside from the fact that I love rainstorms, I found the location of this visage very interesting. The Mayans would build pyramids over the old ones. In order to find this face, archaeologists in Tikal had to take out part of the wall of the structure built over him to reveal this face. The rest of the wall is still in place and a roof of leaves was built over this hole to protect the stone face from (ironically enough) the rain.”

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“I hadn’t chosen Ben specifically, but Eternal Tattoos was recommended to me by a friend who has 5 tattoos of her own. Ben was the first person who approached me. He looked at my picture and shook his head, telling me that if he did the tattoo exactly like that picture, it could come out blurry and wouldn’t age well. I came back the next day with additional pictures and from that, he did a sketch that replaced a lot of the detail in the statue that the original had lost over time. In total, we met 3 times before the actual inking took place. He gained my confidence by his unwillingness to just take what I’d shown him and put me in the chair and his ability to describe the shading and detail he’d be adding before he actually did it. “

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And there you have it, a wise and well thought out first Tattoo. Don’t get me wrong not every tattoo has to have meaning behind it. You do have to like what you get though and I think for his first bit of ink Zach did a pretty good job at picking a tattoo out.

Haylee’s Up for being a WRIF Girl

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

So as if this lovely woman wasn’t busy enough she is now trying out as a WRIF Girl. I would consider it a Personal favor if anyone who reads my blog or is my friend could go and support her this Thursday From 6-10 PM at Malarkeys of Westland 35750 Warren Rd Westland, MI 48185 (734) 421-0746. Anyone in the Tattoo community should really be showing this girl some love and please throw all the support you can her way.

Thanks,
Steven P. Boucher