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My Hawaiian tattoo journey!

Around 9 years ago I read an article in Skin Deep about Keone Nunes, and how he was keeping traditional native Hawaiian tattooing alive. The majority of the photos of his work were of people's lineage. These tattoos run down the outside of your leg, right leg if you are male, left if you are female. I knew immediately that I wanted to get mine done. Flash forward about 7 years, and I finally had the money and time off work to get to Hawai'i. My mother is half-blood, but lost touch with that side of the family when her ... read more

Feist, Death Cab, and Mr. Meloy

When I was ten years old, I was uprooted from my family's comfortable Floridian home with a screened in pool and plunked down straight into the middle of Budapest Hungary. It's safe to say that at the beginning I wasn't very happy with my parents' choice to move, but over time I began to love the Hungarian land, culture, and people. It is now nine years later, and the things that I learned while growing up in Hungary are very much a part of me. It seemed fitting that my first tattoo would be a nod to my heritage and ... read more

My First Tattoo

I always knew what I wanted for a tattoo. It was between a rosary thats, like, all tangled up (inspired by Alyssa Milano, she has the sweetest tattoos) or a Ouroboros (a snake eating its own tail. which means a continuous cycle of life.) I ended up getting the rosary on the right side of my shoulder blade. I set up my appointment at Starlight Tattoo in Belleville, NJ with a girl name Missy. I scheduled it right on my birthday, when I turned 18. When my 18th birthday came it turned out that the bitch got sick and had ... read more

Cupcakes and Conventions, a match made in heaven?

I started getting inked at 18, im now 20. I guess I caught the "bug", like a can of Pringles, "once you pop, you cant stop" and I've been getting ink whenever possible ever since. I didn't really have any ink that had a good, personal meaning, mainly because I wasn't sure what to get. But during the past year I became friends with an artist called Katriona Godward, she specialises in tattoo inspired artwork, using a number of mediums and photography, and therefore is quite popular with tattoo artists and enthusiasts alike. When Katriona was asked to show her ... read more

MY first tattoo at fourteen

I've been wanting a tattoo for maybe a year, although I could have gotten it immediately, I wanted to choose the design carefully and to discuss with the artist. When i have chosen it, i put it up on a visible place in my room so that I could see it everyday and make sure that i won't get bored of it. It was there for maybe 11 months. I had to make sure that is something i want to keep on my skin until the end of my life and longer. After some time when i have decided that ... read more

Chest Script-1st tattoo

All my life I have been fasinated with tattoos, always telling my mum that I would one day get one, she would always tell me that I shouldnt because I will regret it and it will look gross when Im an old man. Which could be true, I could look back at a tattoo later in life and say "I wish i never got this", or I could say "I wish i got that when I was younger". So when I turned 18 and was legally aloud to get a tattoo, I promised myself I would only get tattoos that ... read more

My First Tattoo Experience

Well hello everyone at BME, how is everyone doing? Me? I'm doing so great because I just got my first tattoo on Thursday. (It's Monday today) I shouldn't get ahead of myself, I'll start at the beginning. So I've wanted a tattoo since forever, almost literally. As long as I can remember I've wanted body mods of any type. Tattoo, piercing, just absolutely anything. So a few months back in the span of two weeks I got my tongue, snakebites and my eyebrow done. That satisfied my desire to get a tattoo for a while, but not long enough. So ... read more

A pawprint for all the kitties in my life

I will tell you now, I am indeed a crazy cat lady. Or at least well on my way to getting there. I currently have three lovely kitties. I am actually allergic to them, but take prescription medicine to control the symptoms. A few years ago I decided I wanted to get a tattoo in memory of a specific pet cat of mine, who had passed away. I considered perhaps getting a portrait styled tattoo of him, and researched local realistic and portrait style tattoo artists. As usual, I sat with my idea for some time before taking action on ... read more

Well worth the wait.

My parents had never been the type, my Father at least, to look down on things that would be considered 'taboo' by the general public, especially tattoos. Having a few of his own it had always been a good experience for him and, in a way; he passed that on to me. We used to live in a small town in Pennsylvania, and there was a tattoo shop that my parents would go to and where they knew the owner quite well. It wasn't like tattoo shops now-a-days (even though this wasn't really that long ago) but it was kind ... read more

Shouting Out

I have two works of art of my body. Two butterflies, both with similar meaning, but one with moreso than the other. My second tattoo is a constant reminder of the pain I have suffered and also of the woman who brought me through the pain. Background: Almost all of the way through my senior year of high school, I met an incredible woman. She was a new teacher at my school this year, but due to the fact that she taught underclassmen, I never saw her. Near the end of year, I was asked to tutor seventh graders in ... read more

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