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In Nomini Patri, Et Fili, Spiritus Sancti

"In Nomini Patri, Et Fili, Spiritus Sancti"... to every religious person or vigilante out there, these words are instantly recognizable. I'll never forget the first time I saw the Boondock Saints. At the end of the movie, I turned to my friend and said, "DUDE. Can we do this?!" He's been calling me VJ (Vigilante Justice) since then. I'm not (noticeably) Irish or religious, but that phrase, to me, means what all of my tattoos have meant: I DO WHAT I DO. Or specifically, in this case, I am my own father, son and Holy Ghost, and no law is ... read more

Hip/Side/Back feathers

This is the story of my third tattoo, and so far, my biggest. I started off with a pretty big one on my spine,an Arabic design that says "Life is to live & struggle for your beliefs", and my second is an exclamation mark on my hip bones. After each of my previous tattoos I couldn't wait for another and I knew I wanted something big. I had decided on the placement before I decided on the design. It would start on my left hip and go up my stomach and around my back. I can't remember why I chose ... read more

From celtic to water color - first tattoo

I recently got my first tattoo. It currently resides on the outside of my thigh and takes up that entire canvas. The image that I finally settled on with my artist was that of a Japanese cherry blossom tree - black and gray with red blossoms. But getting there was more of a journey than lying on the table and getting the ink set. I thought of the tattoo of a tree of life 4 years ago after numerous friends of mine died. The symbolism of the roots and branches connecting was comforting to me when I was sad that ... read more

Birds of A Feather

Birds of A Feather My infatuation with Body Modification began very early. Seeing as how I'm twenty-two, I would say I was about seven or eight when I first noticed that I liked how these looked on people. The idea of getting a tattoo had always intrigued me but scared my mom a little. My dad only had one tattoo and never got another one. He got his when he was a soldier in the US Army... and drunk. He got a bee with his nickname on his left shoulder. I loved it and always was curious about the process. ... read more

A Really Great Tattoo Experience

I just got my tat covered up, and had was basically amounts to my first tattoo. The original was 'In Ardua Petit,' my family motto, and was just plain text about the size of a couple of quarters. It took twenty minutes, and six months later it looked like crap. The place I got it done was in my hometown, and has since gone out of business (a good thing, I say – the guy was a bad artist and it was my own stupid fault for going there and getting such a bad tat). So now, three years later, ... read more

Ziggy stardust and my new buddha tattoo

I want to tell you a story of my latest tattoo and the peace it has bought me in my day to day life. My love for buddhist images and statues began as early as I can remember. As a child and still to this day I have found a strange peace and calm over come me at the sight of buddha statues, and I surrounded myself with these images and seek them out at every chance. Something about the calmness in their features and postures changed my mood instantly. Early in life I was also drawn to many forms ... read more

The journey of getting my first tattoo

When I was seventeen, I was looking forward to turning eighteen for only one reason: getting tattoos. While others my age were trying to sneak into bars with fake ID's, I was trying to find a way to get a tattoo as soon as possible. Growing up in Tonawanda, NY (a suburb of Buffalo), I always heard stories of people going up to Canada to get tattooed before they were eighteen. Even though I knew my mother would hate it, I made it my goal to get a tattoo in the great white north. Not having a license myself, I ... read more

Rib cage tattoo= P.A.I.N.

So I've been wanting a rib cage tattoo for the longest time. I have done alot of research and came to the conclusion that 99.9% of people say that it hurts like hell. So I was prepared to be a little uncomfortable. (little did I know) I have several tattoos, a big one on my lower back, on my butt, on my foot, and on my hip. I have my nipple pierced (which hurt terribly), home done nose, tounge, rook, and my upper and lower naval. So I've had some painful experiences. After doing some design research I found a ... read more

Pansy!

The idea of my latest tattoos has evolved quite a bit over the last year. I started out wanting some half sleeves but wasn't entirely sure what to get to compliment my personality and body. See, I have very thin and long arms. No matter how much weight I gain or how much I workout, they stay really thin, so I don't have much room to work with on them. My design would have to be small and delicate. I finally settled on the idea of floral sleeves. Yeah they are common but they are very pretty and classic. But ... read more

My first tattoo, better the second time around.

To me my body is a valuable canvas make like the value canvas was given years ago when it was expensive and rare. The only difference is my skin can't recovered and redone. Whatever I chose must stay with me the rest of my life. With this in mind I always wanted to decorate my body with things that had deep meaning for me. It took me years before I figured out in my head what I wanted. I wanted to incorporate stone, arches, flowers and use it to embrace myself. I have no skill at drawing and I really ... read more

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