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The knuckle tattoo

It took me a week to decide what I was having tattooed on my fingers, hopeless was my final decision. I looked through galleries online to get ideas, found a list of every single eight letter word, but nothing felt right. I discussed it with friends and on line in chat rooms, but I still couldn't find anything I felt suited me. One night, after catching a movie with a friend, we were discussing possibilities, and went at it for a good twenty minutes, but still nothing felt right(although I was contemplating hefalump, because it was a word we used ... read more

An orangutan on my lap

This is the story of how I came to get an orangutan tattooed onto my thigh. First, a little background about me. I am a zoology student in college. When I graduate, I want to work with orangutans. I have loved these goofy looking creatures for a long long time. For my Leaving Cert art exam, my project was on orangutans. One particular piece turned out very well – a baby orangutan's head, in psychedelic colours. It earned me a grade A in my final exam, and it has decorated my bedroom wall ever since. Almost a year ago, I ... read more

Sweet Treats

Never one to shy away from new levels of geekdom, in October 2006 I was introduced to the world of ARGs (Alternative Reality Games). An alternate reality game is an interactive narrative that uses the real world as a platform, often involving multiple media and game elements, to tell a story that may be affected by participants' ideas or actions. A Rabbithole (also known as a trailhead) marks the first website, contact, or puzzle that starts off the ARG. I was sucked down the "RabbitHole" of a game called Sammeeeees, where I banded together with other players around the country, ... read more

she did it...once again

I had been thinking about getting another tattoo on my upper middle back for a long time and figured since I had the money and more importantly, the time, that this was my next venture. It had been a few years since my last inking and stood in the mirror admiring my back and recalling the burning, scratching feel of the last tattoo I had done...a beautiful rose entwined on a branch with a tribal feel. Very nice. I had already thought about what I had wanted. Just a little tribal thing all in black (would I want a little ... read more

Second Tattoo. Pain is weakness leaving the body.

I have wanted a second tattoo for a while, I just could not figure out what i wanted. I knew that I wanted something that meant something to me, because my first did not. I had gotten a tribal tattoo with a flower in the middle on my lower back, everyone had one, i wanted it too. For valentines Day of this year[2008] my girlfriend got me all the regular stuff, candy, a card stuff like that, but inside the card there was a piece of paper stating that i got to go to a really good local tattoo shop ... read more

One bright morning & an eventful evening

I've been doing professional body piercing and scarification for the last nine years in Canada and Australia. I've always had an inclination to non-permanent aspects of body piercing over tattooing, yet while working as a piercer the opportunity and envelopment into the tattooing world is overwhelming. A Navy sailor myself, I have a fair share of tattoos all over my body; primarily good luck charms or memorials to lost friends and family, but never had I ever thought to attempt to give myself a tattoo; especially since I know of the risks involved as far as blood poisoning, infectious diseases ... read more

My First Tattoo Experience - Sugar Skull.

I've been wanting to sit in "the chair" and get a tattoo for a while, and through the last few years I've been changing my mind about what I wanted. It took a while, but a few weeks ago I finally found a design I really loved and wanted as my first ink. I didn't wanna go to a studio and pick something from the wall, and I didn't really wanna have a freehand tattoo done that was solely the idea of the artist, so I spent a long time figuring out what I wanted. I settled on a Dia ... read more

My experience with DIY tattooing

DISCLAIMER: I don't recommend that anyone goes lightly into DIY tattooing. It is very difficult and at the very least you need a strong understanding of art making and how to prevent cross contamination before you even consider it. It's NOT easy at all and it's certainly not right for everyone. I've been interested in tattoos for a very, very long time. When I was a little kid I can remember drawing all over myself with markers and avoiding washing it off for as long as possible, usually until my mom stepped in and made me scrub down. I never ... read more

Ignorance Isn't Bliss

In my opinion, the concept of God, or any kind of higher power, is the most powerful concept in the world. It gives hope, it starts wars, saves lives, brings peace, punishes, rewards, misleads and guides. It's bothered me for sometime the extent of the influence of God on modern western society. To me, it seems out of place, like people are clinging to that last hope that they have something to live for. I can sympathise. When I was younger, it dawned on me that life might not last forever. This fact scared me more than anything else before. ... read more

foot tattoo

So, me and one of my best friends wanted to get matching tattoos. Well, it just so happened that her boyfriend was a tattoo apprentice, and his work was pretty good. So me and Amber (my friend) decide to get Mome Raths (from Alice in Wonderland) on our right feet. Alice in wonderland is like our favorite movie, and she already had a sleeve started, so we thought they would be cute on our feet. We had the stencil put on so you could still see it when you wore flip flops, and we switched around the colors so they ... read more

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