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What better place than China to get a tattoo

Well, like most people here, I had been thinking of getting a tattoo for years before I got one. I'm normally in London and there's a hell of a lot of interesting tattoos about (on people, that is) as well as a hell of a lotta nice tattoo shops (Lal Hardy comes to mind as one of the best). I decided I wanted a tattoo as well but I had no idea what I wanted. The main consideration for me was whether a tattoo should mean something or should just look pretty for its own sake. Moving on, 3 years ... read more

The apprentice and the Yellow Submarine

It all started one day at work. My good friend Tia (who I work with) had found out that I had recently started my tattoo apprenticeship under Nathan Chapman at Bzzt! Tattoos. Now Tia is a pretty big fan of The Beatles, and by pretty big I mean extremely huge fan, but I was still skeptical when she told me her idea. "Kelsey" she said "we've been friends for a long time and you are the only person I would be comfortable with doing this tattoo...I want you to tattoo the yellow submarine on my butt." Wow, now there's something ... read more

Thanks for the memories...

About a year ago, I moved halfway across the country for school. This move marked the first time I had ever been away from home (my family) for more than a month. I was excited and scared and everything in between to get on with this new adventure in my life. I knew that I would be lonely (because while a few of my friends were moving to my state...they were still 4 hours away in Houston), so I decided to get a puppy. A friend from Dallas, still 4 hours away, happened to have some miniature dachshund puppies available, ... read more

Ouroboros - My first tattoo.

So, recently I was vacationing in Portugal, it was the 4th year we had visited there, and every time I visit, I get a mod to come home with! The mods that I've got over there in the past have been piercings, but this year, I wanted something totally different. I've been thinking of getting inked for a while, but over here in Britain the legal age requirement is 18, or you can get it done in an unclean, dirty, unprofessional place where they don't give a damn. Lucky for me, the age in portugal is 16! So I decided ... read more

My Very First Tattoo!!

Wow this was a crazy experience. A while back when I turned 21 I wanted a tattoo then, chickened out though. Now I was just waiting for the right moment. I mean money was an issue, and I do have to say I was a little scared about what it would feel like. I've gotten so many different people telling me so many experiences they had, so I didn't know who if anyone of them I should listen to. In the end, I listened to myself, and just went. Yesterday I walked into the tattoo shop and was just asking ... read more

My Back-piece. A tattoo that really means something to me.

There was a time when I weighed 305 pounds. This really wasn't, when put into perspective of how many years I have lived, that long ago.... Just 2 and a half years. I now weigh 160 pounds. Anybody, looking at me now, would never suspect it unless they knew me before. I was miserable at that weight, and terribly unhealthy. I had to do something. So, after a great deal of thought, I decided to go under the knife. I had a Gastric Bypass procedure. This is really not the place to debate the Pros and Cons of this controversial ... read more

Handwriting Tattoo

I'm writing this primarily for people like me, who don't have much experience of tattooing and don't really know how to ask for what they want. Before I had my latest tattoo I spent ages reading through forums and blogs on the internet trying to make sure I wasn't going to make a fool out of myself by asking the wrong thing in a tattoo studio. I'm not sure if anyone else finds it as intimidating as I do? Maybe it's just me, but I'm very conscious of the fact that i look very conservative, and am totally unfamiliar with ... read more

First Tattoo, Ball of Nerves.

Once upon a time, the little girl once known as ME hated the idea of scarring up your body with a tattoo, because then you'd have to live with it for your entire life. As ME grew up, I realized that I really could not wait to get my first tattoo because I became highly interested in tattooing and piercing over the years. I knew a lot of people who got tattoos just because they turned 18 and wanted a symbol of their new legal ability..but this was never the case with me. I genuinely just really wanted some ink ... read more

Because "I Still Love You"

My tattoos are souvenirs, some from places I've been and some from times in my life. Every single one has a meaning, some of which are easy to explain and understand, and others which are deeper, and only truly understandable by me. So when I found out I was going to be traveling to San Francisco to visit my older sister in March, I knew it was time to get tattooed. I chose an artist, Clifton Carter, who works out of Ed Hardy's Tattoo City in the North Beach area of San Francisco. I had browsed probably 20 different portfolios ... read more

Write your soul down, word for word

Take your head around the world See what you get From your mind Write your soul down word for word See who's your friend Who is kind From the age of 9 or so, I've fancied myself somewhat of a poet. Granted, I'm more of a hack and a wannabe than a Sylvia Plath, but I'm still a poet in my mind. Ever since I learned to read, I had been obsessed with writing - and as I got older, that obsession turned to song lyrics. In high school, I was browsing a used CD store and came across Yourself ... read more

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