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My first tattoo!

These past few years I have been thinking of ideas for my tattoo. I wanted something really meaningful, not just something off the wall. Tattoos were always something I wanted to have, so I wanted my first to be something unique. All these girls at my school are getting almost the same tattoos. A heart with wings... But I'd rather look back in 15 years and say, "Wow I don't regret this at all." I talked to my family about symbols that they thought represented them. I was on the verge of getting a wrist tattoo. Then my mom helped ... read more

My first tattoo

Ever since I could remember being a little tike wanting to get tattooed and eventually end up with a full body suit. I would always bother my mother telling her that I wanted to get one, she always promised me that I could get one on my sixteenth birthday however that never happened. It took two more years for me to eventually get my first tattoo. I had just turned eighteen in July and decided it was time for me to get a tattoo, but I couldn't find the courage to actually go and make an appointment to get it ... read more

My First Tattoo

Oh boy, I was so excited I had always wanted a tattoo but I'm more of a piercing kind of gal. I'm not gone lie yeah I was also a little scared that it would hurt so it took me a while to convince myself to go and get one done. But I finally did it. I got up that courage and walked right up into the place and told the artist what I wanted. I walked in knowing that I wanted, some kind of heart with a big rose going through it. He totally hooked me up and found ... read more

I heart my butterfly

Today i finally got the tattoo that my best friend & I have been planning to get together for months. I designed the tattoo about 6 months ago before taking it to Fallen Angel tattoo studio in Liverpool. I explain to the girl at reception (Julie) that it was meant to be a butterfly whose wing is half of a heart. I would get one side tattoo'ed & my friend would get the other, therefore when they are put together they make a full heart made from two butterfly's wings. Sam (the tattoo artist) drew up the final design within ... read more

Hand Poked Tattoo

Basically, the limited background information is as follows: I have a friend, Spades have a significance to her, And she wanted one tattooed. She wanted to switch it up and get something done a little more primitively because she is a spiritual person and it concurs with her beliefs. Her alternative was for a hand poked tattoo done in the friendly confines of her own "zen" home. I had a theory as to how to reduce the fading/bluing/blurring of hand-poked tattoos, and my experience tattooing her kind of became more of a how-to, because I was discovering. I understand it's ... read more

AWSOME TATTOO AT MIDNIGHT IGUANA

I have many tattoos all over my body, I became a collector at age 21 and have added art work by many talented artists over the years. I am in the military and have lived in many places and have collected body art from most of them. I recently moved to Athens GA and heard about a studio that is apparently the best known shop around here since practically every person who saw my body art asked me if I had it done at Midnight Iguana Tattoo inc. So I decided it was time to collect some "ATHENS INK". I ... read more

Another good reason to be nice to everyone

I started getting tattooed and pierced over a year ago. Since then it has been a wonderful journey. One of the best things about that journey is that I've met some of the most amazing people in Grand Rapids along the way. Most of these people make up the staff of Magnum Tattooing, one of the oldest (if not the oldest) shops in GR. And it's there, within that oh-so-familiar shop, that today's experience takes place. Magnum's piercer, Ryan, is one of my closest friends in the whole world. Due to this, I spend a lot of time at the ... read more

My Handmade Norse Tattoo, Vikings and I.

So there I sat, in full Viking garb, on a deer hide, in a Norwegian forest. About to be tattooed by a German tattoo artist in full Viking costume, using ancient Norse tattooing technique. Stick, thread and needles. No machine. Well, I did say I wanted my next piece to be something old school. I didn't know old school was to mean a thousand years old. It seemed like a good idea at the moment, an since I had just about 1 hour (which I spent hunting down Viking garb really) contemplating the idea after seeing the artist on a ... read more

"Yeah...I suppose I do want a coverup."

I got my first tattoo 5 years ago, when I was 19. It's strange to think it's been so long. I'd wanted a tattoo since I was 15, and every day I thank myself that the design I wanted back then is something I ended up deciding against. The actual tattoo I ended up getting, which was the word 'Truth' in a Native American language on the inside of my left wrist, is something that I put a lot more thought into. The X Files was just coming to an end when I was 19, and it was my absolute ... read more

My full sleeve of heavy black work

As most large tattoo designs start out, my full sleeve of heavy black work started out as a vivid design in my mind. Obviously there would still be areas of the design that would need further inspiration and re-working, but the general principals behind the designs creation had already been formulated in my head. So, one Saturday afternoon, when I didn't have much planned for the day I finally got on with getting the design on to paper. This process is never as easy as you think it will be. Especially if the design is a large one that wraps ... read more

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