Posts Tagged ‘Tattoo Artist’

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.

Ruthless and Amy

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Check it out straight from Bizarre Magazine Ruthless and Amy.

Sponsors wanted for a Tattoo Beauty

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Haylee is such a nice lady and so I have to help out in any way I can. She is Now searching for a Businesses/individuals interested in sponsoring her to compete for the Miss Ink America Pageant in Atlantic City in Sept! To contact Haylee please contact her on Facebook under Haylee Detroit.   

Thanks,
Steven B.

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.   

   

   

 

Brian Grover’s Creative vision

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Here is a nice quick write up about Brian Grover. He creates a pretty unique and different environment for his Tattoo Parlor. Click her to check it out! Also check out their web site. Autonomy Tattoo $ Body Piercing

The 15th Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Title: The 15th Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo
Location: Detroit Marriott/ Renassance Center Detroit Michigan

Description: Eternal Tattoos Inc. “est. 1980″ & Route 66 Tattoos welcomes you to the 15th Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo. Once again we have the biggest and best named tattoo artists attending and working the convention. You can see and view most of the attending artists work from our link of guest artist. If you would like to be tattooed at the convention by any of the attending artists please contact them from our guest artist list. Also know that all the artists are not booked for the weekend and most will be tattooing on a first come first served so please keep that in mind. If your new to the tattoo scene take your time and walk around and check out all the great work being done and note that all the artists have portfolios for you to view there work.

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Start Date: 2010-02-26
End Date: 2010-02-28

Sak Yant Wanted

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

A lot of people have been asking me if there is a way to get a Sak Yant done with out traveling to Thailand, but still keep it traditional. The first place I would point them in is a Buddhist Temple.  Try there first, If anyone can help me and my readers out I would appreciate it. Please contact me with any information about anyone who actually can give the Traditional Sak Yant Tattoo. Also please make sure it is traditional, it don’t matter what City, State or Country the person lives in as I have gotten this question from people all over the world.  I will post all locations on a page. Also if you know of a shop that just deserves recognition let me know, I would love to post it on my blog.

Eve Batelle of SoCalsAngels Bonding Ink with her sister.

Friday, February 5th, 2010

A good friend of mine, Eve Batelle of SoCalsAngels, wrote me a couple days ago. After getting a new tattoo she brought up a great point. 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. This was covered in Part one of the story.  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. So with that I promised the rest of her story and here it is.

First the Meaning behind the Tattoo

“So, my sister, Ace, and I, have been talking about getting matching tattoos forever. I’ve always said that the only time it is acceptable to get someone’s name or matching tattoos is when it’s a family member or someone who has passed away as they will never leave you. Blood is blood and those who have passed away need remembering. Husbands, boyfriends, music artists, they all come and go, so why put yourself through the pain of having to remember that break up every single time you look at it?”

Then there is the Time it takes to make sure your getting what you want and getting that perfect tattoo created.

“So, back to us, we’ve been talking about it for years. We know we’re not getting rid of each other in this life time or any other so we wanted something to connect us even more so than us just sharing a brain. While we have talked about it for years, we never had any idea what on earth we wanted or even where it would go.”

“Sitting down at a diner at home she started doodling on her paper placemat. No real intent of anything, just drawing while we were talking. When I looked down, I noticed that she was drawing our initials together in some very interesting ways. We have nicknames for each other that we use in public to avoid the crazies who want to pretend they know us or, if they do know us, we don’t want them recognizing us lol. I told her to keep going with the initials as I was liking where it was going. We had two months until her birthday and I wanted to make sure we had something good so that I could give her that gift of eternal bonding.”
“Slowly it morphed into an interesting design. While they are our nicknames’ initials, they didn’t look like letters, they didn’t look like simple initials, it was our talisman, our connection. When she raised her place mat for me to look at it, I said THAT’S IT, took a picture and that was that.”
And then for the Artist and Tattoo Parlor. Notice she went back to a trusted source.

“We walked into the tattoo shop that I get absolutely everything done at, 1st Amendment in Temecula, CA, and put down our drawing and, as we are craptastic artists, asked him what he could do to make that something that we would be proud to have on our bodies for the rest of our lives. Bert (whom I highly recommend!) went to work and came out with the talisman that was our initials. When he asked where we thought we wanted it we both immediately touched the inside of our left wrists. Laughing we said let’s do it and here they are!”

And then the Finished Product!

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