An early history of tattoos, from Paleolithic tattooing instruments and tattooed mummies, to traditional Maori and Japanese traditions.
It is often said that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but when it comes to something as personal as a tattoo, I could not disagree with that sentiment more.
The 3-point stretch. In this article, I will be talking about the various ways to stretch skin while tattooing and useful ways that will help you improve upon that necessary skill set.
If you want to be seen as serious about becoming a tattooist by a potential mentor, you have to show you have the artistic ability and the basic know how on what is involved in designing appropriately-sized and drawn artwork for your friends. Who knows, you may get to tattoo your designs once you land the apprenticeship, so do it right starting right before you start.
There are five steps required to become a professional tattoo artist, and becoming an apprentice is one of them. Learn what the steps are and why they're important.
If you're planning to get tattooed at a convention, it pays to be prepared. Here are 7 things I wish I knew beforehand.
Especially after getting your first tattoo, you'll want to make sure that the healing process is going well. Learn to identify signs of developing scars and how to treat and prevent them.
Want to know how long it takes to get an awesome-looking tattoo? Here are all the things that influence the amount of time a tattoo might take (and how much it will cost). Read on!
Reviews of the best aftercare kits available to assist you through all the stages of your tattoo's healing and protection. Reviews and links.
You got tattoos in your younger days and possibly still get tattooed. You now have grown up kids and they now want tattoos... how do you feel about it?
The artist's goal for each tattoo is to give you your desired result. They can't do it alone! For the perfect tattoo, you have to first do your homework, then communicate your idea to them.
Tattoos are a permanent work of art on your body. Take care in how you design and care for your tattoo. In this article, I answer all the basic questions and share my personal tattooing experience.
There are thousands of shops in the U.S. with tattooist’s performing the ancient old art of tattooing. Each state typically has specific sterilization procedures that need to be adhered to.
How many times have you thought to yourself, "I want another tattoo, but I don't know what?" I've found myself in that predicament many times. I've learned, however, that inspiration can be gleaned from just about anything if you open your eyes to the beauty around you.
Tattoo inks are not regulated by the FDA despite increasing evidence of negative short-term and long-term effects, including skin cancer and auto-immune disorders.
With this particular tattoo lesson, I will discuss the importance of knowing your tattoo machine and its mechanics so you may better understand its operation. Maintenance and repair are two main points of this tattoo lesson.
Learn about the origins, roots, and histories of tattooing in the Egyptian, Japanese, Polynesian, Southeast Asian, and European traditions.
This past weekend I had the honor of taking my best friend to get her first tattoo. I planned on taking her and her girlfriend (who was going to be getting her second tat) to my favorite parlor, "Il Bacio" in Trenton, NJ. I'm not sure if most...
Today it seems like almost everyone has tattoos, but there are still many workplaces that require ink to be covered up. Here, you'll find over 100 career opportunities for people with visible ink.
If you are looking for a tattoo artist in your area, you can start your search by asking local people whom they recommend, connecting with artists via social media, and visiting tattoo parlors.
Is your new tattoo developing scabs? Read this article to learn more about how to deal with them and avoid damaging your new tattoo.
Are you considering a tattoo for yourself? Here are a few reasons why a tattoo can be a great idea for older people.
After much thought, you have finally decided to get a tattoo. There are a plethora of ideas to choose from. I want you to love your first tattoo and have a great experience getting it!
Written by Jaclyn Popola, some common arguments against getting tattooed are "How do you know you're going to want that there forever? Tattoos are permanent. What if it's just a phase? What if you don't like it ten years from now? Read to learn the answers to these questions.
Not that I regret it, just that there are things I know now that would have been very nice to have known ahead of time. Here is a list of the things I wish I'd thought about before I got the tattoo.
Tattoos have been around for a very long time and were part of many ancient cultures. That hasn’t stopped the development of stereotypes of people with tattoos and tattoo culture. Read on to learn about these stereotypes.
It is not right, but it is true that people will judge you by your appearance. You may want to consider this before you get a tattoo. Many companies have a dress code that states that you must cover all tattoos while in the workplace. If...
Aftercare advice varies from place to place. Some people have some really bad ideas. Let's discuss the strange and contradictory tips you've heard and discuss what really works.
So you are wanting to get your very first tattoo? Here are the things that you should expect when getting one done and what happens afterwards.
Want to know if you can get your new tattoo wet? Read on to find out when you can start bathing, showering, soaking, or going swimming with a new tattoo... or just cleaning it.
Should employers allow tattoos to be shown at work? Is there any harm in showing your tattoos? I discuss both sides, but still hope that one day, I can bare my ink at work!
Is your new tattoo developing scabs? Need to know how to deal with them and avoid damaging your new tattoo? Then read this!
Psoriasis sufferers are already self-conscious about their inflamed red skin patches, but how tattoo artists really feel about putting their needles into these affected areas may surprise you.
Have you wanted to get a tattoo, but are on the fence? Having trouble with the desgn or finding an artist? Look no further, this helpful article will talk you through it step by inky step.
I share my tattooing expertise here and offer tips on how a power supply machine works, how to choose one, use it, and tune it like a professional.
Find out how much a new tattoo will hurt and learn what you can do to reduce the pain of getting a tattoo.
Thinking of getting a tattoo? Awesome! But be sure not to make a mistake you will regret. Here are ten pearls of wisdom that will have you saying "hell yes!" instead of "what the hell?"
You've done it! You've finally got a tattoo. So now what? How do you keep it looking awesome? Easy, just follow these simple tips to help your tattoo heal and keep it in tip-top shape.
While tattoos are permanent, the ink pigments that form your art can degrade to look dull and lifeless with time or improper care. Although fading is an inevitable process (just like aging), learn the dos and don'ts to slow the process.
Lots of talented artist become interested in learning how to design tattoos. Read on to learn what you'll need to know beyond how to draw.
Have you got a bad tattoo? Tattoo gone wrong? What can I do about my bad tattoo? How to avoid getting a bad tattoo and what to do when you do.
Having a tattoo shop name that is truly unique and stands out can mean the difference between a customer walking into your doors or passing you up for the next shop!
If you’ve finally decided to join up and be one of the inked, here’s some advice to make sure you do it right from the beginning.
After scouring the internet trying to find an answer to this question when I got my first tattoo, I realized that there really are not a lot of sites out there that bring all the information together. Some sites offer one extreme or another, but...
People can say the stupidest things to people with tattoos! It really isn't that hard to be polite and not sound like an uninformed idiot. Learn some tattoo etiquette.
The healing process for anyone with a new tattoo can be confusing and nerve wracking, especially if it's your first. This is a guide to help you understand and deal with the tattoo healing process.
Your new tattoo doesn't feel right and you're concerned you may have an infection. Learn the symptoms of an infected tattoo and find out how to deal with it.
Do you have a tattoo, and are you proud of it? Why should having body art be so reviled by some people? If you are thinking of having a tattoo, why not look for a design that is a little less ordinary?
The first step in becoming a tattoo artist, even before the apprenticeship, is learning how to draw specifically for the human body . . . and being able to show you know how to do so. This article covers just that.
Preparing for your new tattoo will assist reduce your discomfort and increase your healing speed, minimising potential damage to your new tattoo. Learn what you need to do before, during, and after.
One of the most common questions is, "How much is my tattoo going to cost?" The short answer is: It depends! Here's how to accurately estimate the cost of your tattoo.
In this article, you will find professional advice on how to avoid the most common mistakes and get a great tattoo. You will learn how to create a design, how to find the best artist, how to prepare for a session, and how to take care of your new tattoo.
The Army is re-looking its tattoo policy and the already highly debated topic may become controversial.
Here, I will answer some of the silliest yet most common questions I have been asked about my tattoos over the years.
Learn which products to use, how to care for a new tattoo and what to watch out for. Healing tattoos isn't hard if you know what you're doing and a few simple steps makes all the difference.
Find out what, why, and how to deal with scabs on your new tattoo. Get advice, including information on aftercare, healing, and scab-formation.
Being an inky mama rocks, but do people really need to pull down their pants to show me their Donald Duck tattoo?
Get reviews of the top three aftercare lotions and find out what the best lotion is for you to help your new tattoo heal.
There are many things to consider when getting a tattoo, including the cost, style, artist, location, and, last but not least, time. There are certain situations in which you should never get a tattoo. Learn about what the potential dangers are of tattooing at the wrong time.
Painterly tattoos mix two art forms: tattooing and painting. Choose a favorite work of art and get started.
Tattoo Aftercare instructions to ensure no colour loss. Protect your tattoo throughout its healing with an every day household item!
Not all tattoo artists can do amazing work. Learn how to tell a good artist from a not-so-good one and how to get a great tattoo.
In this article, we will discuss what type of equipment you should have when you are first beginning to tattoo.
Is it possible to get a tattoo on burned, scarred, or grafted skin? The answer is yes. This is my husband's experience.
Taking care of your new tattoo is essential for beautiful skin art for the rest of your life. Learn how to best care for your healing tattoo.
Tattoos are now mainstream. Where did they start and when did they become mainstream? Who has tattoos, just bikers or the little old lady down the street? Movie stars and the girl next door have tattoos too.
There's a ton of products for tattoo aftercare, each boasting about improving color and longevity of your tattoo. But are they all alike? Read on to learn more.
There are plenty of things that go through your mind when considering a tattoo, but sometimes the first things that go through your mind are not the most important.
Before you get inked, it's never a bad idea to investigate your chosen artists' sanitation techniques and safety tools. This protects you and them, so don't hold back!
Planning a sleeve tattoo? This article will guide you through how to build a design, how to pick out a theme, what the process will be like, and what to expect in terms of cost and pain.
Are you just dying to scratch your new, itchy tattoo? Don't do it! Hold out a bit longer and make an informed scratch.
The urge to decorate and adorn our bodies is human nature but for some cultures, their body art is more than just a decoration and for the Maori, their Mokos (tattoos) hold powerful meanings.
Deciding to have a tattoo is a huge decision in itself, not only expensive to have done, but more expensive to remove if you change your mind. So if you feel certain that you do want one, just how do you choose a tattoo?
The dos and don'ts for getting a tattoo. A tattoo is permanent, and you want to get something that you will still love years later.
If you were to look at me, you'd probably never guess that I have a tattoo. You almost certainly wouldn't expect me to have 4! Most people are surprised to learn that a seemingly plain-jane gal like me had the guts to get inked.
Video and photos of Ed Denny, aka "Sailor Eddie," owner of Bonnie & Clyde's Tattoo of Philadelphia, PA. Sailor Eddie has over 42 years of experience in the field of tattoo art.
This article will give you some ideas to make a boring tattoo more interesting. It also lists some of the more common tattoo ideas and tells you how to make them personal.
Are you experiencing swelling and bruising of your new tattoo? Are you concerned that it's not healing correctly? Read this article for information on the body's healing process with your new tattoo.
Whether you are thinking about getting your first piece or you have a few already, here are some bits of advice and wisdom that I've collected about getting tattooed. Some of these are from personal experience, while others are from the experiences of other people or tattoo artists themselves.
An awesome-looking tattoo can unfortunately turn into a big infected mess. Read on to learn the symptoms of infection and how to treat it.
Guys and gals, I am not going to beat around the bush when it comes to your tattoo machine. If the tattoo machine is not set correctly, or the points are not maintained for good connection, then you are going to have a hell of a stressful time if you...
Once comfortable with the aftercare process, I adjusted the routine to fit my needs and the way my body heals. These may not work for everyone. When in doubt, follow the directions from your artist.