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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

My First Tattoo - More Ink Please!

If you look at me, you probably wouldn't think that I'm a tattoo kind of girl. I like dresses, glitter, pop music, and the occasional Ugg boot. But I'll tell you a secret--I totally am. If it makes you gag that a girl like me could be a member of your exclusive ink club, I don't really care. You can do your thing and I'll do mine. Judgment free zone. Maybe it's the fact that my parents hated them, my gorgeous big sister whom I've always idolized loved them, or that I'm into the idea of something I chose being ... read more

The Tattoo experience from a self confessed wuss

Alright, so I've always been a wuss. I had an ultra sound on my leg, and one look at the veins on the screen made me hit the floor. When I have blood tests, I almost throw up. When I had the third HPV vaccination, the pain was so bad I swear I almost died. Then, when I got out to reception, I fainted onto the cold marble floor in front of EVERYBODY. I know, I sound like such a loser...but I don't like pain. Ironically, I love piercings. I have fourteen all up at the moment (twelve in my ... read more

The first, and most meaningful

I always knew that I wanted to get a tattoo. From the time I was really little I wanted one, but I just didnt know what the hell to get. Then when I was 5 I got a horse named Gunner. I had that horse until I was 17 years old, and we had to have him put to sleep. He was 37 years old, and for a horse, that is unheard of. Anyway, I told myself for years that once that horse dies, I would get a tattoo for him. Something that would show how much I appreciated him, ... read more


So it was my first trip overseas, and three friends and I had decided to go to Malaysia for a few weeks. I had always wanted a tattoo, and a friend and I had the idea of getting one done over there to commemorate our trip together. After going to a few shops and checking to see if they were sterile etc. we finally chose one store in the middle of a mall in Kuala Lumpur. All we had to do then was choose the design. We looked at all the drawings and photos the tattoo store had to offer, ... read more

The Family Nerd Gets ANOTHER Tattoo

It was July 2007, and I had been feeling for awhile like it was time to get another tattoo. I had my design all picked out (a red and black nautical star), and was going to wait until the end of August to get it done at Dragon FX in Edmonton, when I would be down there for a vacation. However, eventually I decided that I really wanted this tattoo, and just couldn't wait the extra month or so. Looked like it would be back to Scott for me :-). Here's where the fun part came in: my Mom, who ... read more

My first tattoo experience

I got my first tattoo done in March 2007. I had been debating getting a tattoo since I was about 16 years old. I really wanted something religious and something that represented my life experiences, but I was scared to get a permanent mark on my body. My biggest fear was getting something I would regret when I got older. Even though I was 18 at the time, I was still scared to get a tattoo because I knew my parents and grandparents would not approve. Going to Class Act that day in March was a spur of the moment ... read more

Getting Inked Right This Time!

Back when I had just turned 18, I decided to get my first tattoo. I'm an artist, so naturally I wanted my own design tattooed on my body more than anything else. To make a long story short, the tattoo did not turn out as expected. Although I probably am more critical of the result because it is MY design, no one can deny the poor quality of this artist's work. Three years later, I am dissatisfied because of how the lines have bled into one another, blurred, and otherwise degraded as a whole. I blame the artist, though I ... read more

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