Posts Tagged ‘New Tattoo’

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.

Some good advice for people new to Tattoos.

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Sort video for people new to Tattoos.

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.

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.

A Journey to a Traditional Tattoo (Sak Yant Part 2)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

So I promised the follow-up to the Sak Yant, and here it is. This journey is pretty interesting to me and is what I am looking for when I say meaning behind a Tattoo. The difference is that this not only has meaning and a well thought out reason it also has a journey that goes along with it. The following is the story of Marianne told in her own words.

“I began getting tattoos when I was about 21 years old but had always been interested in traditional methods, such as Tebori (Japanese) and other tap methods such as used in Thailand for the Sak Yant.  Although there are artists in The States who offer clients tap method (without ceremony), I wanted to travel overseas for my own and truly experience traditional tattooing.”

“In early 2007 I finally was able to do just that. I was traveling to Asia for a charity education project and was going to be in Bangkok, Thailand as a central point while traveling in-between Myanmar and Cambodia.  I was staying at a popular hotel and had asked the front desk where the best traditional tattoo parlor was and if they felt I would be accepted for a tattoo. The hotel manager contacted Ajarn Noo Kanpai’s Samnak to see if they had any room for me and if Arjan (sometimes called Ajarn) Noo Kanpai himself would be able to tattoo me. Since he is no longer a monk, he is allowed to touch/tattoo women so this was very fortunate for me. I was accepted and told to come to the Samnak the very next morning with my translator.”

“Upon arrival at the Samnak (Samnak Ajarn Noo: 95/5 MOO.1 Tumbol Bangkayang Ampur Muang Patumtani Thailand 12000 Tel.0-2975-2799 Mobile.0-1363-1252 , 0-9144-9456 Website: www.arjannoo.com) it was very quiet. The Samnak looked like a large house with a slightly winding outer staircase up to the tattooing area. I removed my shoes at the bottom of the stairs and began to climb to enter the Samnak. There were about 30 Thais all waiting to get tattooed by the various artists. I was the only Farang (Westerner or Foreigner of European descent) in the Samnak. I took this time to pay homage to Buddha with a flower lei I had bought just for the occasion and some Thai Baht ($). I was told that Arjan Noo was in meditation and that he would see me when I was finished I was going to be first!  I was relieved because of two reasons, I felt it was special to be the first after meditation and also for some reason, although their practices are very safe and hygienic and I was not accustomed to their method, I still had some safety concerns.”

“When Arjan Noo was finished, I spoke to my translator about the correct way to approach him.  It wasn’t so much the respect for Arjan Noo I had to worry about, but the Budhas all behind and around him.   So I approached Arjan Noo as I would approach any temple by kneeling as soon as I was on the rug in front of altar. I was sure to keep my head always lower than Buddha’s, and never pointing my feet at Buddha, always facing the temple until I was well off the rug and still kept my head down.”

“I was asked what I did for a living, what I did for leisure and where I felt I was lacking. My translator and Arjan Noo as well as Arjan Noo’s accountant negotiated a price for a tattoo what he felt I would benefit from. He decided on a Sak Yant on the left shoulder (the left because the left arm is the receiving arm) and it would be a yantra for protection from death and injury as well as for prosperity and inner peace. This was exactly what I needed. However I was apprehensive because I knew that Angelina Jolie had gotten a Sak Yant by Arjan Noo (I do not know what hers is for, as I am sure it was very personal). He had suggested a tiger at first and I was very reluctant to get something so large; I also didn’t want a tiger tattoo. That was when he asked me about my life and chose the Sak Yant.”

“After the exchange of the appropriate funds, about 2-3 times the amount for a tattoo in the US this size and time, we began. Arjan Noo began cleaning my back and then drew on the design, and then the tattoo began…”

“I must say I was surprised at the sensation. It didn’t feel anything like a Western tattoo machine. There was no stinging, burning or that vibration that feels like electricity going through you. It felt like being punched and it bled more than the usual tattoos I had gotten. Although it didn’t really hurt incredibly much, it was not comfortable. I began meditating to soak up the experience and get everything out what I had traveled so far to do. Meditation made it much better.  When I had finished, I opened my eyes and many of the other customers had been staring at me. I almost think they were wondering if I was going to pass out. They had not seen that I already had tattoos so I am not sure what they thought.  There were two other girls waiting to get a Sak Yant when I was there, the rest were young men. The other art around the room was truly amazing, some men must have taken years to accumulate the amount of ink that they had. All in the traditional method as well.

“About 25 minutes later he had finished,  After cleaning with alcohol and then oils I was then bandaged and waited my turn to be blessed. Then the ceremony began. This was the best part. I wasn’t aware this would happen and I felt privileged. Arjan Noo blesses you and this is integral for the “magic” to work. He began by placing a piece of paper above my head as I drew my hands together at the heart. He then began splashing water from a split bamboo wand and then he placed the paper between his closed hands and prayed. He then blew on it and then he gave me the paper. During the ceremony I had lost track of time. I honestly do not even know how long it took to this day. I just know I felt honored to have gone through it. If you would like to see a video of Arjan Noo performing a tattoo and blessing ritual: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGWI_6meq1I (this is not me obviously).”

 

“I was told that in order for the magic of the Sak Yant to work I must abstain from Drinking, Smoking, Drugs and Sex. Although I could abstain from two of them, I couldn’t find myself not having the occasional glass of wine. However, part of me really feels as though it does work because I engage in many dangerous sports and have never been really hurt. Who knows, maybe it is simply luck or coincidence but whatever the case, I wouldn’t change a thing. Anyway, he gave me one of his books and told me to come back and help the Thai people (referring to the charity project I was there for to begin with.) I said I would send a photo and return and thanked him and bid him Sawadika and left.”

“Healing was not the usual experience I was accustomed to. My shoulder blade had bruised in a few areas. The strangest? There was no scabbing or lifting of the ink.  It had healed in about 3 days and I think that was what surprised me the most, Even the bruises were gone in about 4 days! “

“I do plan on going back to Arjan Noo’s and getting another tattoo again. But am also looking into the Tebori method very soon. I was unable to get my tattoo done while I was in Japan, but will return.”

Now that is getting a tattoo with some meaning behind it. If you find this interesting let me know I can write up more about the Sak Yant and other traditional tattoos. Or if you would like to have your tattoo story featured on my blog contact me.

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.”

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“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.”

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 “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/

Tattoo for Discount

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Do you like Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Do you like them enough to get a tattoo of one. Well a restaurant in Ohio is offering a 25% discount for if you order a grilled cheese but you must have one already tattooed on you body. This is a life time discount. Apparently it can be of anything but the grilled cheese has to be incorporated in the tattoo. According to MY Fox 8 in Ohio a tattoo artist gave one person a tattoo of Popeye holding a grilled cheese sandwich.

I guess anything to save a buck in today’s economy?

 
Information from: WJW-TV, http://www.fox8cleveland.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

Tax Payers pay the bill for tattoo cover-up

Friday, December 11th, 2009

            A friend of mine sent me this article to read and I just had to comment on it. This is the following article. 

http://freep.com/article/20091210/NEWS07/912100490/1322/Florida-to-foot-bill-for-tattoo-cover-up

            Basically the article is about John Allen Ditullio and his crime. Well if John Allen Ditullio would have picked his Tattoo designs a little wiser then the tax payers of Florida wouldn’t have to pay for his mistakes. For $150 a day tax payers pay to have this mans tattoos covered so the Jury won’t prejudge him. According to John’s lawyer, his six inch Swastika is going to keep him from getting a fair trial. So now are we going to start paying to have gang tattoos removed? Well, John should have thought of that before he got it. John didn’t get the tattoo until after he was arrested on criminal charges, this is what I mean about making sure you pick the right tattoo design and the right tattoo artist.

This story is also on CNN. Let me know what you think Should the Tax Payers pay for someone elses mistakes? I know what I think.

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