Posts Tagged ‘First Tattoo’

Some good advice for people new to Tattoos.

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Sort video for people new to Tattoos.

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Friday, April 23rd, 2010

OK I added an upload page. Contest are as follows InkspirationalWords.com Girl of the month, Artist of the Month and Tattoo of the Month You can also have your Tattoo displayed in two different categories if you don’t want to be in a contest, the categories are first Tattoo and Tattoos. So if you want to show off your tattoos Click here and upload your photo today. Please be sure to put your name in the Description. Thanks. If you want your Tattoo/photo in a contest please put your name/contest in the description. (example Steven B./Tattoo of the month. or for categories Steven B./First Tattoo)

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 Detroit The Tattoo Gypsy Queen!

Friday, March 19th, 2010

I recently have had the honor of meeting Haylee Detroit . I met Haylee Through a great Tattoo Artist Tim (Tiny Tim) Patton, who is well knowing in Detroit for his Art. One thing I immediately liked about her is that she helps by promoting positive images of women with Ink. Here are several ways she does this, one she is the Marketing assistant for the Gypsy Queens promotional team and Second she is involved in beauty pageants for ladies with Ink. If all that wasn’t enough she works at Pure Salon & Day spa and recently started a Cosmetology Apprenticeship. Haylee is now the proud employee of Club Via734 that is opening early April that is located at 8663 North Lilley, Canton, MI 48187. T o say she is one busy woman would be an understatement. You can also view both Facebook fan pages at Pure Salon and VIA734. I would love to be at the club opening to get some photos of both the club and Haylee. Haylee recently got a spot as a bodypaint model at a large event held at theMotor City Casino on Sat April 10th and also just recieved the second lead role in a hip hop music video shooting on Sun April 18th. Music video by Small Dog Films for the song Dream Girl by DJ X-Change Feat. Lewd Socitey & M-Rey. if you look closely you can see her twice on the audition video.   

The Gypsy Queens

The Gypsy Queens are run entirely by female members and there is no Nudity involved. You can visit them on their My Space page http://www.myspace.com/gqmichapter. The Gypsy Queens show up at a lot of events such as Rock Shows, Record Release Parties, Art Galleries, Clubs not to mention two of my personal favorite Tattoo and Biker Events. I hope to do a write-up on more of the Gypsy Queens in the future. 

   

 

 Interview With Haylee

Steven:How many Tattoo’s do you have?   

Haylee: ” I have 10 tattoos: “Beauty Queen” Chest plate by” Jared “Bull” Ammons owner of Liquid Chaos Tattoos in Brownstown, Mi, Detroit (It included shears, blowdryers, lipsticks, makeup brushes, and bobby pins because I have always been a little obsessed with hair). The Detroit  D along with the skyline shoulder cap by Bull because I have moved alot in my life but Michigan is the one place that I keep coming back to, girly skull on fore arm that my husband drew up for me but Bull tattooed on me, Free Spirit Ambigram on forearm by unknown, 13 on neck by unknown to turn my luck around 13 has always been my lucky number and I got a matching one with my husband on Friday the 13th, mother and child symbol with my children’s names on upper back by Bull, mother and child fairy on lower back by Bull after my son was born I wanted to get something to commemorate my love for my new son, tribal on lower back for my 1st tattoo and tribal hips by Victor Locke who I believe is in Dallas, TX now.”   

   

Steven: What made you get your first Tattoo?   

Haylee: “I got my first tat when I was 16. I think back then it was more about rebellion than anything.”   

Steven: Tell us a little about what type of Night Club Via 734 is and the type of events that will take place there?   

Haylee:  “The 734 Nightclub will feature various genres of music throughout the week including but not limited to salsa, regge, hip hop, but mainly top 40. We will have many events at the club, our 1st big event will be a Hair/Fashion show that will be held on ladies night(Thursday). If you bring 8 or more ladies on ladies night you will receive a complimentary bottle service. and we’ll also have dollar drafts for the fellas. (just for an example)”   

Steven:  How did you get involved with the Gypsy Queens?   

Haylee: “I got involved with the GQ’s about a year and a half ago. found them on myspace and asked if I could help out because it was refreshing to hear of an alternative modeling group that believed in “tats not tits”! they ended up making me the president of the Michigan chapter, and I have moved up in the company since then.”   

Steven:  Out of all the Shows and events that you have done what is your most memorable experience?   

Haylee: “My most memorable experience(so far) was the Mario Barth Vegas Tattoo Convention last October(2009). I went with the Gypsy Queens(we had a booth). We were in charge of the tattoo contests and the beauty pageant. and boy was it crazy! lol! I am definitely going back this year!”   

Steven: Have you ever been featured in any of the tattoo magazines. If yes what one and how did it happen?   

Haylee: “I was recently featured in the March 2010 issue of Tattoo Magazine, pages 48 & 49. I did a photo shoot with Billey Tinney from Low Rider & Tattoo Magazinewhile in Vegas for the convention. They called me a month or so later and asked if they could feature me and do an article and of course I said YES!!!”   

   

  

  Steven: Out of  all your tattoos what is your favorite one and why?   

Haylee: “hmmmm.l..that’s a hard question. I think out of all my tattoos I like my Detroit D skyline shoulder cap the best. It’s very original and artistically speaking, I think it is phenomenal! I always get stopped and asked about it, even by older folks. It’s always something like “I don’t really care for tattoos but that one is very tasteful”. lol! the older generation cracks me up, but I always get a kick out of explaining why I choose to get tattooed and the long in-depth conversations I end up having with complete strangers!”   

Please be sure to show your support for Haylee as she is a contestant in the Miss Ink America Contest. This is a contest that will be held in September at Atlantic City. This of course is a representation of a beauty pageant for women with art look up MissInk America Contest on Facebook to become a fan! Also Check out Bull and Liquid Chaos Tattoos in two locations one in Dearborn Hights 313-299-3435 and Brownstown 734-479-2420, both are located on Telegraph Road.   

   

   

 

How to take care of your Ink, even if this is not your first Tattoo.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

If it is your first Tattoo an artist tells you the care that your Tattoo should be getting. Remember this is to some extent an open sore until it heals. So I figured I would cover her questions because I feel this is something you should ask your Artist every time you get a Tattoo. Why you ask, well things change. Not only do we find new advances in the Tattoo world but almost too often we forget the basics. Another reason is if you’re not going to the same artist you might get different ways to protect your tattoo. Always remember to ask the following basic questions if your Tattoo artist fails to inform you of the care for your new investment.

Should we re-wrap it every time we shower or go in the pool, etc, to keep it protected or are showers a good way to keep it rinsed and clean?

Remember I am not an expert but these questions and more are answered on my “Caring for a new tattoo” page. Be sure to ask your Tattoo Artist first before following any other advice.

This blog post will be followed up with a photo and short video of Eve Batelle’s Tattoo.

Parents Tattoo Kids with home made needle.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

 Ha this is a good one. The mother sees nothing wrong with this. WOW, really first lets just go with the fact the kids are all underage have no idea what they really want and what the do want. Second you used the same “Home Made” Tattoo gun on the kids. This is crazy.

Here is my rant on this.

You take kids that are under age, and look to you for guidance and care and give them all Tattoos. Instead of telling your kids I think you should wait on something like this so you get something meaningful and worth getting she lets them get one. Second she don’t take them to a professional, she gives them the tattoo with a home-made gun. Both parties are at fault here. From the Video itself, it is unclear if the man is married to the woman or not,but I am not sure why they didn’t focus on the boyfriend. It could be because the female did the tattoos herself. The mother of the man in question reported them and I applaud her. Remember anyone can have a baby, but responsible people are called parents.

The kids range from 10 -17. Although a 17-year-old might be able to decide on a design, you should still take them to a professional. Personally I would still tell a 17-year-old to wait, check out some designs and then go to a professional. The lines on the lady’s Tattoos in my opinion are really not done all that well. Most people would see this type of flaw and really want to take a look at a true tattoo artist.

Now lets look at the health concerns. Looking at the video the set up looks pretty nasty to me. But on top of that she uses the same needle on all three kids. When done did you even bother to tell your kids how to take care of the new tattoo itself? Questions like this should be ask during the trial of both the man and woman.

So that is my rant, What do you think. My favorite part is when she said “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal” like getting a tattoo is an everyday thing.

A Guardian Angel (Maria’s Behind the Ink Story)

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Last week I was pretty excited to get a message from Maria telling me she wanted to tell her story on my page. Not only is this my first “Behind the Ink” tale, but she’s also a friend of mine on Twitter. http://twitter.com/PartyGurle

 Maria’s inspiration for her tattoo has not only meaning behind it but a story that she enjoys telling. Although the Inspiration to her tattoo has many points that could be made, I want to focus mainly on the tattoo. Since Maria is such a great writer, I’ll be using her write-up for this part of the blog.

 “I was working at JC Penney’s at the time of Princess Diana’s death. I remember a coworker of mine buying up a bunch of the little Guardian Angel birthstone pins from the jewelry department and going around giving them to us. She gave me an Emerald one for May. Ever since that day, I’ve had that guardian hanging from my rear view mirror.”

Angel

“But even then, it wasn’t until 2000, when I lost my 3rd friend in 2 years, that I seriously made a point of religiously wearing my seatbelt.”

“In June 2007, I was involved in a fatal car accident. Of the three involved, I was the luckiest with the least physical injuries coming away with only a right broken foot and a severely sprained left ankle leaving both legs splinted for at least 6-8 weeks among several cuts and bruises and severe whiplash that lasted two days. When my mother collected whatever of my belongings were still salvageable from my car a few days later, there was the necklace my sister had given me for Christmas one year, with my Guardian Angel still pinned to it. When I got a new car, the first thing I put in it was that Guardian Angel pin.”

“Having recently returned to my faith, I strongly believe in Guardian Angels and firmly believe that mine never left me, no matter how far or how long I strayed.”

“It was in October 2007, four months after the accident, that I came to the firm decision on a new tattoo – a Guardian Angel, to signify my ordeal from that fatal accident, which was a life-changing event for me.”

“So I got a recommendation on a parlor here in town. I thought long and hard about it being that the state (SC) just recently started allowing tattooing. Used to be we had to drive across the border to get a tattoo and I had gotten my first two in Charlotte, NC. Too bad the shop that my original artist worked at was no longer open because I would have gone back to him. However, this artist here came highly recommended, having a tattoo shop in Japan also. She came to SC specifically to open a shop. She even had a hand in helping pass the laws for tattooing here in SC.”

Tattoo Angel

 “So I went in to see her and told her what I wanted. I explained to her what happened and what I wanted my guardian angel to look like. I wanted her to be kneeling in a way as if she was above looking over the edge of a cloud down at me, watching over me, and I wanted her wings to have a lot of definition with the feathers. ”

Maria had several differences with the original artist and since then has decided to complete the tattoo with a different artist. I will post more on this later but for now Maria has plans to complete the Angel detail with brown hair and clouds surrounding her.

If you would like to tell your story Contact me by using the Contac me Link located on the right side of my blog. Maria’s Blog can be found at http://partygurle.blogspot.com/

14 year old Illegally Inked.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

So here I am at home watching the news, and they air a story of a kid who is 14 years old. Think about what I am about to write, there is many things wrong with this scenario


First the kid notices that the tattoo shop is doing tattoos for ten-dollars(Red Light). Most shops around here have a minimum pricing of forty-five to fifty-dollars. So here is where it gets interesting. Knowing he is not of the legal age to get a tattoo he went out and found a friend’s sister that was twenty-one to take him and get the tattoo done.  According to the article at Mlive and My Fox 2 Detroit the Tattoo shop agreed to let the boy get inked after the twenty-one year old said she was his sister and that the shop had her consent to give him the tattoo. Mind you Michigan law states that a minor must have writing consent from a parent or legal guardian. If the ten-dollar tattoos didn’t put this tattoo parlor under the radar, then not having proper consent sure should have. Read more it get interesting.

 Let’s look at both sides and see what went wrong here. Let’s start with the Kid himself and how things went wrong with the situation. Even when I was a kid a ten-dollar tattoo would have sounded strange to me so right away a red flag should have went off. Even if the fourteen year old didn’t catch this then the twenty-one year old female should have. Second of all the kid didn’t even check the spelling of his sister’s name before getting the tattoo. People please always use spell check. Make sure what you’re getting has the correct symbols or spelling before any needle touches the skin. Rookie mistake by a foolish kid and a great 20 or 21-year-old supposed guardian. Of course you also have the mother to factor in, why didn’t she know where her kid was and what he was up to. For punishment she took the kids Christmas toys away. I laugh at that, in my day my mom and dad would have sent me to my grandmother’s farm to work off the money it would take to get the tattoo removed. Grant it not all our families have relatives with a farm but you get what I am trying to say here.

 Now let’s go over what is wrong with the tattoo parlor. Normally I would side with the tattoo parlor but only if and that is if they follow the law. Something is defiantly shady if you’re getting a 10 dollar tattoo. One thing I think of right from the start is the needle. Most places make sure they cover the cost of the needle this assures they use a fresh one each time, or they make sure to clean and sterilize the equipment. Second no writing permission was giving by a parent or legal guardian. The 21-year-old female provided no proof she was his sister or that she had the right to give her consent.

 People this is a perfect example of why I say to not only pick the right tattoo but also pick the right tattoo artist. Anyone can throw down some ink but a good artist will create a work of art. A good parlor would never have a poor artist work for them and a good tattoo artist would never work for a low-budget shop. Most artist take their art serious and realize that their work is a representation of themselves. It also is what brings customers in and or back.

 I hope to do a follow-up to this story but for now send me your comments. Let me know who you think is at fault, who was in the wrong and what concerns you would have if this was your child!. I told my daughter if you ever want a tattoo you come talk to your dad first. We will make sure you get it done right. This is a growing problem among teens, and I think a little education is in order. They don’t understand the risk evolved in getting tattoos. It just isn’t that it’s on you for life it’s also that you can get hepatitis or even HIV from someone who don’t use the proper precautions.

 Both Articles and resources can be found at the following links.
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/12/illegally_inked_mom_files_repo.html

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/Mom_Says_Son,_14,_Was_Illegally_Inked

Also read http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11663932

Picking the right Tattoo Design and Tattoo Artist.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

            In no way am I a professional at this so take it as my opinion but I feel most will agree. Picking a tattoo should not be something taken lightly. It is after all going to be on your body for life. At least that is the idea behind getting a tattoo. A lot of people go into a tattoo parlor and look at getting a tattoo without any thought behind the process. This often is done by young, inexperienced people who have no idea what comes with getting a tattoo. I mean after all don’t you want a custom tattoo that is just for you, not one from a book that anyone could have?

            This brings me to this point; too many people will go into a tattoo parlor look at the boards, find something that looks cute or trendy and then make a bad decision. With no thought or meaning behind the tattoo. This is usually so they can go show it off to their friends or upset a parent. This leads to regret later in life and most of the time, tattoo removal. I choose my first tattoo this way but luckily mine did have a little meaning to it. It was pretty much a nick name I had in the Army that was given to me because I was small but scrappy. It was a tattoo of the small Henry Hawk on my right shoulder. That was the only thought, and if I could do it all over again I would have had a tattoo design with a little more thought. Removal of a tattoo is not at all as expensive or invasive as it use to be but it still is money spent, you would have been better off not getting one at all. At basic training there was a kid who wanted to show off his dragon tattoo. He was sadly disappointed when we all looked at it and laughed. We called it the crayola dragon because it had no shading or lines and looked like his younger brother drew it on him with a crayola crayon.

            This brings me to my second tattoo; this one had more meaning to it and was a little more thought out. The fist thing to do was find meaning behind why I was getting one. I ask myself, what is significant in my life? What will be constant no matter what happens? The answer was my daughter. The second thing was to go out and find an artist. Not just anyone will do. My friend who showed me some of his work in his tattoo gallery drew me a few tattoo ideas. You might have to provide information on what you want but you shouldn’t have to always show up with a photo or tattoo designs. That is the difference between a tattoo artist and a person who just gives tattoos. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you will have to provide a photo or design but it shouldn’t be a constant. That brings me to the last part of the puzzle. Look at the work of the artist, ask questions. Most good artist has the answers and photos available for you. If you really want to know how it’s done watch LA Ink. Most of the people who are coming in already have tattoos and are looking to get more. The person usually comes in with an Idea, Concept, photo, or drawing and the tattoo artist will develop the best tattoo from there.

            Remember getting a tattoo should be something you’re going to want for a long time. It should reflect you, some one you know or a very special event in your life. If no one else likes it but you then that is really all that matters. Last but not least there are several different Laser Removal surgeries’ you can have done. This ranges from Laser, Exision and Dermabrasion because we all make some mistakes.

            If you have any thing you would like to see covered in my blog, or know of any Artist you would like featured send me some information and I will see about getting something written up for you.