Tattooing is one of the earliest visual art forms and has served as a means of self-expression for thousands of years. The process was probably discovered when ash or dirt became embedded in an open wound, leaving an indelible mark when healed. The word tattoo is derived from the Tahitian word ‘tatau’ which means to mark something. The earliest known reference to the word was made by Joseph Banks, a naturalist aboard the Endevour, captained by Cook. Banks notes in his journal, “"I shall now ment
You're either reading this because (1) you've just got a new tattoo or (2) you're thinking about getting a tattoo. Either way you must remember that tattoo aftercare may vary from person to person and artist to artist. Usually, your tattoo artist...
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. While these stereotypes and stigmas are gradually loosening their...
Tattoo inks are not regulated by the FDA, despite increasing evidence of short-term and long-term effects, including skin cancer and auto-immune disorders.
Tattoo advice on how to get a great tattoo and avoid most common mistakes. You will learn how to choose what you like, how to find the best artist, how to prepare for session and how to look after it.
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 see one peeking out from underneath the strap of a sandal or out of the waistband of my...
Video and photos of "Sailor Eddie" Ed Denny, owner of Bonnie & Clyde's Tattoo of Philadelphia,PA. Sailor Eddie has over 42 years of experience in the field of tattoo art.
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.
Tattoo Aftercare instructions to ensure no colour loss. Protect your tattoo throughout its healing with an every day household item!
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.
The do's and don'ts for getting a tattoo. A tattoo is permanent, and you want to get something that you will still love years later.
Tattoos have evolved through the centuries but did you know they are now being used as makeup? Tattooed eyelids, eyebrows, even lipstick...yes I have first-hand knowledge about this, do you?
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?"
Amid new tattoo laws and the creation of a National Data Base of tattooed Australians, the Government says you are a criminal and propagates society to believe you are dysfunctional. What is true?
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?
Here, I will answer some of the silliest yet most common questions I have been asked about my tattoos over the years.
Is your new tattoo developing scabs? Need to know how to deal with them and avoid damaging your new tattoo? Then read this!
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.
An early history of tattoos, from Paleolithic tattooing instruments and tattooed mummies, to traditional Maori and Japanese traditions.
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.
Tattoos are a perfectly valid form of self expression. Just make sure you think very carefully about what you get and why. You may think you're an adult, but I promise you: things will look different in 10 years (both to you and ON you.)
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...
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? What are you...
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.
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...
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.
Follow the steps below (shown on video) to learn how to draw a skull, for a tattoo or other project. Watch a simple sketch develop more detail and then receive its finishing touches in ink.
Painterly tattoos mix two art forms: tattooing and painting. Choose a favorite work of art and get started.
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. The shop also needs to be maintaining proper records of...
The Army is re-looking its tattoo policy and the already highly debated topic may become controversial.
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 hub will talk you through it step by inky step.
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.
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.
There are many things to consider when deciding if you should get a tattoo: cost, design, location, artist, permanence. There are several times when the answer should always be NO. Do not get tattooed when you are sick or drunk. I certainly would never get a tattoo while pregnant. Why? The health risks. These should be considered as part of the decision as much as any other factor.
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.
Thinking about getting a tattoo? Follow these instructions to have a safe, and enjoyable tattoo experience.
Whether you're getting your first or your fifth tattoo, the art that you put on your body should be as original and as unique as you are! Try to steer clear of the shops with posters and flash books lying all around. Pick a flash design and,...
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...
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!
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 since I first started getting tattoos. Everyone who has at least one knows that tattoos are an addiction; even though they are painful, you always want more--even if you don't know what to get!
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.
Reviews of the best tattoo aftercare kits available to assist you through all the stages of your tattoos healing and protection. Reviews and links.
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.
In this lesson we will discuss what type of equipment you should have, and try to explain some of the photograph's I have provided. This is the first tattoo lesson, so if this your first time learning about tattooing, pay attention because it is...
With this particular tattoo lesson I will discuss the importance of knowing your tattoo machine and the mechanics so you may better understand its operation. Maintenance and repair are two main points of this tattoo lesson. Learning how to...
Is your new tattoo developing scabs? Read this article to learn more about how to deal with them and avoid damaging your new tattoo.
Want to know how long it takes to get an awesome looking tattoo? Have your questions on how long it takes to get a tattoo answered. Read on!
These tattoos, made at the 17th Annual North Carolina Tattoo Convention, are big, bold, and colorful. If you're looking for tattoo inspiration, these unique ideas might be just what you're hunting for
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.
There's a ton of products for tattoo aftercare, each boasting about improving color & longevity of your tattoo. But are they all alike? Which ones work & which are a waste of money? We'll take a look at some of the products out there, the pros &...
Not all tattoo artists can do amazing tattoos. Learn how to tell a good tattoo artist from a not so good one and how to get a good tattoo
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.
The world of tattooing and the colorful individudals that implement them are in a league of their own. Tattooing or the "marking" of the body has been around as long as man has been on this planet, and various ways to modify the body have been...
An in-depth look at how to design your own unique tribal designs. Creating your own designs has many advantages....
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.
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.
Tattoo 'shops' (if you can call them that) do exist at some flea markets. Often these tattooist offer great pricing, and it's usually one of those things that is 'too good to be true.' All that I have seen have been indoors (thankfully), but I...
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.
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. People come in different shape and forms, and the skin types...
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 Hub covers just that.
Preparing for your new tattoo will assist with reducing discomfort, and increase the healing rat, minimising potential damage to your new tattoo. Learn what you need to do before, during and after.
Tattoo after care tips and instruction. Read how to look after your new tattoo and perform effective aftercare to avoid infections.
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.
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?
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.
Most tattoos will become infected after you leave the tattoo studio. It is very rarely the artists fault. Infections can be viral or bacterial, but most tend to be bacterial and are easily prevented. Some viral infections you can get from the...
In a recent hub I explained how to go about getting a tattoo for the first time, discussed the decision-making process and reviewed how to be assertive with your ideas. But I only touched briefly on tattoo shop etiquette, and it is certainly a...
Especially after getting your first tattoo, you'll want to make sure that the healing process is going well. Find out about the signs of developing scars and how to treat and prevent them.
Painterly tattoos are a permanent work of art on your body. Take care in how you design and care for your tattoo. All tattoo photos used with photographer's permission.
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.
I'm a big fan of photorealism tattoo work - especially portraits - here are 3 of the most talented tattoo artists you'll find in the business!
If you're planning to get tattooed at a convention, it pays to be prepared. Here are 7 things I wish I knew beforehand.
Want to know if you can get your new tattoo wet? Read on to find out what to do about getting your new tattoo wet, going swimming with a new tattoo or just cleaning your new tattoo.
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 (as the Maori Tattoo Designs are known) hold powerful meanings
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?
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!
How to Bend your Tattoo Machine's Springs is just one of may things you need to know about your tattoo machine and its functions. This lesson offers some of those "Tricks of the Trade of Tattooing".
That's me tattooing. Here's a rundown of some things that we've covered for your basic tattoo machine liner settings: You should have a gap of about a dime’s width between the machine contact screw and front spring. Check all points on your...
Find out how much a new tattoo will hurt and learn what you can do to reduce the pain of getting a tattoo.
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.
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.
Are you considering a tattoo for yourself? Here are a few reasons why a tattoo can be a great idea for older people.
You've done it! You've finally got a tattoo. So now what? How do you keep that tattoo awesome? Easy, just follow these simple tips to help your tattoo heal and keep it in tip, top shape.
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.
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.
Tattoos are painful but it's worth it. What can you do to make a tattoo less painful? Here are some tips on managing tattoo pain and some tips on care.
Although 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...
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.
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!
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.
To wrap or not to wrap? Although controversial, many swear by the use of plastic wrap to protect a new tattoo and help it heal. In this article, I share what I've learned with my tattoos.
Are you just dying to scratch your new, itchy tattoo? Don't do it! Hold out a bit longer and make an informed scratch.
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.
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!
Well, that is exactly what we wanted to know. So I got on line, of course, and started searching google. I tried all kinds of different words & sentences that included, tattoo, burn, scar...you get the idea. Well, there wasn't much info out there,...