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Just a Signature

I'll get this out now: my father is dead. He passed away in March of this year due to liver failure complications. I heard a saying once that, "parents will always mess up their children," and I unfortunately have to agree. Growing up with an abusive alcoholic father for twenty years isn't easy, and I'm sure it wasn't my mother's first choice in terms of father figures. However, we managed; I managed. And no one discussed the matter until it was too late for him. As a teenager I became interested in piercings, stretched piercings, and tattoos. When sixteen hit ... read more

First Tattoo

So I had been toying with the idea of getting a tattoo for a while. I had religiously began watching shows such as Miami Ink, and while I admit they played a big part in inspiring me/egging me on, I definitely was definitely set on getting a tattoo even before that. For my first tattoo, i wanted to keep it simple. I wanted to get something that was meaningful to me, but at the same time, something small and uncomplicated to keep my first tat simple. I have been deeply involved with music all my life, and it is definitely ... read more

Egyptian sleeve progress

So I decided to continue on my black and gray Egyptian themed sleeve. My new addition would be an outline type portrait of King Tut. I was really excited to get this tattoo as I already had two nice sized pieces on my arm. This would just add to the overall coverage on my arm and I was pumped as you might be able to imagine. Alright, let's start this story. It was the morning of my appointment and I was as excited as I could be. Having many a tattoo, I have grown accustomed to the process and flow ... read more

Butterfly Neck Tattoo.. Beautiful!

I had been debating for a while whether or not to get a tattoo on the back of my neck, but I'm really glad I did. I eventually decided on a pretty butterfly :) Nothing too fancy or over the top as I figured it's going to be in a place that will be on show most of the time. I took a while to think about how high up I was going to have it as the profession im in, it could be frowned upon. I decided that I could always cover the tattoo with my hair if need ... read more

To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo - That is the Question!

So I decided to get a tattoo towards the end of my senior year of high school... My previous best friend and I (from 9th and 10th grade) were going to get matching hearts done but never did (still to this day!). A little while later I decided to look up tattoos pertaining to music (music notes, symbols, etc.) and tried (forever, it seemed!) to find one that I liked that wasn't too far out there. I found the treble clef star tattoo on google in the images section and decided it was going to be the tattoo for me. ... read more

A Prayer for Life

For several years I'd wanted a tattoo to add to my small but growing display of modifications on my body. The problem had been finding something that would have as much meaning fifty years from now as it did now. I'd hit on something years ago, during some studies of my family, and fiercly into the Rom side, a prayer that was in Slov-Romani. Of course it got shelved with the other ideas, until; four piercing, two new scars and a divorce later, I hit back upon it. I'd decided that I really didn't want to get image tattoos to ... read more

Me tatue con una aguja de coser y tinta china

Hola, ¿que tal? Os voy a contar mi experiencia tatuándome yo mismo y luego siendo tatuado por un tatuador profesional. Me imagino que todos ustedes habreis tenido muchas experiencias con tatuajes, piercing, suspensiones, modificaciones corporales y de toda clase de prácticas relacionada con este mundo... Bueno, mi experiencia ocurrió en Noviembre del año 2007, hacía tiempo que estaba detrás de hacerme un tatuaje, pero con tiempo, no a lo loco, según mi forma de ser y mis gustos tengo que saber que tatuaje hacerme para que valla acorde con mi identidad. Con el tiempo ya decidi que querer hacerme: Una ... read more

A bird on my...thigh?

I actually tried to get this tattoo twice. I saw a girl with a tattoo of a cardinal sitting on a dogwood branch. I thought it was really beautiful and decided I wanted one like it. The first time I had scheduled to get it done, I broke my ankle and the money that was going to pay for the tattoo had to go toward the expenses for my injury. That was back in late April. Last week, the itch for a new tattoo finally got to me. I called up my old studio only to to discover that both ... read more

This, Too, Shall Pass

I thought I'd get my half sleeves finished before I got any new tattoos done. Once I've started something I like to have it finished before moving onto the next project. Maybe because I don't want to be thinking about two things at once, or maybe because I'm a bit of a perfectionist. But mostly, I think, because I don't want to walk round with half finished ink for any longer than I really have to. But when I decided to get my half sleeves started last year I was pretty sure I'd have no more tattoos until they were ... read more

Mein 1. "großes" Tattoo, wie es ablief

Hallo liebe Tattoo-, Piercing- und Bodymodificationanhänger, Ich komme aus Deutschland (genauer gesagt Bayern), bin 19 Jahre alt und schreibe hier nun mal einen kleinen Erfahrungsbericht über mein Eidechsen-Tattoo. Gestochen wurde es im Studio „First-Class-Tattoos" in unserer Hauptstadt Regensburg vom Tattoo-Künstler Jtejan. Das Studio ist in der Oberpfalz schon für seine sehr guten Arbeiten bekannt, deshalb entschloss ich mich, dort mein Tattoo stechen zu lassen. Warum eine Eidechse? Zunächst faszinieren mich diese Tiere, sie überwinden jedes Hindernis, sie sind flink wenn es sein muss, liegen aber auch gerne mal einfach nur in der Sonne und ruhen sich aus...genau mein Ding! Zudem ... read more

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