Posts Tagged ‘Tattoo Design’

Fear of a Gang war.

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/fears-of-gang-war-after-tattoo-parlour-shooting/story-e6frf7l6-1226029093484

I was looking around today and found this article. I thought it was interesting so I just thought I would share it with my Tattoo Community. Let me know your thoughts?

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.

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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Invisible Art

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Ultraviolet or Black light tattoos are tattoos done with a special ink that while virtually invisible to the naked eye, is visible under a black light. They’ve increased in popularity over the years, mostly with club goers since dance clubs usually use black lights.

It can be considered a fad, as with many artistic impressions, but it’s receiving some mixed reviews. Chris Amlie, a tattoo artist from NY and FL (www.c-amlietattooing.com) explained it simply “I haven’t owned a black light in at least 20 years and I doubt I’ll be at a rave anytime soon.”

There are artists that feel that UV tattoos are insulting to the community of tattoo enthusiasts and the artists. Tattoos, in general, are meant to be appreciated and to be appreciated they should be visible to some extent. Their design, their color, their depiction of an important event, whatever the focus of the piece, it’s meant to be worn as a badge of honor of sorts. To have an artist create a design that can only be seen under a special light seems pointless and some find it insulting to the art itself.

On the flip side there are artists that use UV tattoos to build a more diverse portfolio, or as an accent to other visible pieces. Melanie, a model from Massachusetts, got a tribal butterfly done several years ago and had it outlined in the UV ink. Her initial design was fully visible but had an extra punch under a black light. While she enjoyed having it, the ultraviolet ink “glow” did start to fade over time and she hasn’t had it redone stating that if she were still into clubbing she would since it was a fun thing to have.

The ink itself is much like other tattoo inks, but there are some extra concerns to research. The ink is generally invisible to the naked eye and is popular for some people that want to have a tattoo that is hidden from the general public. However, it’s not always invisible. How any ink is accepted by the skin depends on your own personal skin tone and skin in general, however UV ink can contain other carcinogens and chemicals than standard colors. It has been known to be irritating to people with skin allergies. Scaring can also occur. As with any tattoo the tattoo machine can leave permanent marks on the skin. The difference with a UV tattoo vs. a tattoo using a color is that the color tattoo will hide most minor scars or marks after healing. The UV ink can also fade over time and sometimes turn yellow if you do not take proper precautions from the sun and tanning. Overall the concerns for UV tattoos are the same for any tattoo. But if you MUST have something invisible it’s best to test the ink in an area of your body that can be hidden if it turns out it’s not for you.

In order to really find out more first hand information about UV tattoos I interviewed Matthew Kiley currently with Blue Scarab Tattoo (www.tastypain.com).

Are they really invisible to the naked eye unless under a black light?

Most black light tattoos will leave a mild scar, they won’t be truly invisible but blend extremely well into the background color of the skin.

Do they change color over time?

My experience is that they lose some of their luminescence over time but don’t change color. They typically hold their “glow” very well.

Are they popular to everyone or just a certain group of people? Meaning young people who aren’t sure what they want? Partiers/Ravers? Real enthusiasts that want something different? Etc.

The popularity of UV tattoos is constantly growing. The more hardcore tattoo enthusiasts prefer traditional tattoo ink for its constant visibility.

People such as ravers who are under black lights more frequently have a greater propensity to get UV tattoos. I also find that clients with commitment issues like the idea of the having a tattoo with UV that allows them to hide them easier.

How is the UV ink generally used?. Full piece? An outline? Highlight? Hidden message?

From my experience, UV clients commonly prefer to have an additional outline done around a traditional tattoo or prefer smaller designs completely in UV on places like the hand and face where visibility is an issue.

Tell me about the ink itself. Is it the same as colored ink as far as how it absorbs in the skin and how it heals?

The ink is a proprietary blend from the individual manufacturers and varies, there are multiple colors available and all but the white are very pastel in appearance. They tend to take about a month or so to heal as opposed to the standard two week process.

Is the tattoo process the same?

The UV in is tattooed in the same way as traditional ink and initially appears only as a “bloodline” due to its transparency.

Have you known of anyone having a reaction to the UV ink or are the risks generally the same as with colored ink? Any special releases involved?

I haven’t seen any adverse reactions in my use of UV inks but it is my understanding that UV inks in the past were carcinogenic and ran a much greater risk of rejection.

What do you personally think of them?

I enjoy using UV inks, they add another dimension to what I am able to do and can be used in conjunction with healed traditional tattoos to make layered and multidimensional designs.

I’ve heard in passing that some artists find it an insult to the art of tattooing and won’t do them. I’ve also here it’s a fad like anything else? And of course .. money is money so if they want it they can have it.

Tattooing is tattooing. Whether a tattoo artist makes their own ink and uses them or buys commercial grade pigments, it’s the artist who makes the design what it is. UV ink is just another tool for the artist to use to augment his repertoire.

Is there anything you want to make clear to anyone considering a UV tattoo?

UV tattoos are still just tattoos but they do carry added risks, anyone thinking of getting a UV tattoo should research pigment manufacturers and be sure their artist uses only the best quality materials.


It’s evident that it’s really a personal choice, as with any tattoo. Some artists choose to do them, some don’t. Some enthusiasts choose to get them, some don’t. There are many reasons behind ANY tattoo, some personal, some health related. Regardless of the details, the design, the colors, the area of the body, tattoos will always remain a personal decision that vary from one person to the next.

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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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.

Click Here

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

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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