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Unbelievably Infected Tattoos

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A while back we posted a gallery about infected tattoos that focused on teaching people about the common warning signs and symptoms to look out for while your tattoo is healing. Everyone loved it so much that we’ve decided to bring you another! We don’t really know why you all flock to see the most disgusting, gut wrenching, near vomit-inducing galleries we have to offer, but never let it be said that Tattoo Artist Magazine doesn’t give the people what they want! We’ve also recently expanded the size of all our galleries, meaning the new infected tattoo gallery featured below also comes stocked with even more pictures than before. Remember, if your tattoo starts looking like any of the tattoos featured in this gallery, or starts showing any of the signs or symptoms we talked about in the last infected tattoos post, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Don’t try to take matters into your own hands; that’s how people ruin their tattoos and end up stuck with unattractive splotches for life. Don’t hesitate to see the doctor either. The infection could potentially cost you your life if left untreated. It’s not the tattoo artist’s responsibility to keep your tattoo infection-free. He or she can’t do anything for you outside of recommending a physician, meaning a trip to the tattoo studio will only serve as a massive waste of time. While rare, sometimes tattoos can get infected even when they’re applied and taken care of properly. There are a lot ... Read More »

Totally Sick Space Tattoos

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Take my love, take my land Take me where I cannot stand I don’t care, I’m still free You can’t take the sky from me. Take me out to the black Tell them I ain’t comin’ back Burn the land and boil the sea You can’t take the sky from me.   Can you be a fan of all things space-like and not at least know the theme song to Firefly? If you don’t know about the greatest prematurely cancelled show to ever grace television audiences, look it up. Anyone who loves the space tattoos featured in the following gallery are sure to love Josh Whedon’s Firefly series, and the subsequent feature film called Serenity. The tattoos featured below perfectly capture the wonder and awe that the vast unknown of space represents. The combination of light and dark coupled with the majesty of celestial bodies and wondrous celestial events make the possibility for space tattoos as endless as space itself. You’ll probably never seen the same space tattoo design on two different people even if you were to attend a space tattoo enthusiast convention with a crowd of thousands. Space tattoos also tend to go hand-in-hand with time, like the hourglass tattoo featured towards the latter part of this gallery. Spacetime is an important and popular concept in both real world physics and sci-fi genres, which is why time is often prominently featured in space tattoos. We hope you thoroughly enjoy the space gallery featured below and that it inspires ... Read More »

What are Neo Traditional Tattoos?

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In past galleries we’ve shown off old school and new school styles of tattoos. Today’s gallery is about a special still of tattooing that seeks to blend the best of both worlds: neo traditional tattoos. The best way to differentiate neo traditional tattoos and traditional tattoos is their attempt at realism. The neo style shies away from the cartoonish look of its older counterparts and seeks to add a sense of photo realism to the tattoo design without completely crossing into the realism art style. In Layman’s terms, neo traditional tattoos add a realistic look to unrealistic designs. The artists who specialize in this style use bold lines and various other traditional tattoo techniques to create each design, hence the term neo – aka “new” – traditional. The differences can be so subtle that some people can’t tell the difference between a traditional and neo traditional tattoo, which has led many to proclaim that the latter form doesn’t exists. Luckily for you, we offer specialized galleries than make it easy for you to see side-by-side comparisons of both art styles. Open our old school tattoo gallery in a new window or tab and we’re sure you’ll notice a difference. Some artists and tattoo enthusiasts are naturally inclined towards the neo traditional style. You may even have a few tattoos that showcase the form even though you had no idea it existed. A lot of new tattoo enthusiasts are drawn to the realistic yet expressive, colorful style that neo traditional tattoos ... Read More »

Unbelievably Bizare Body Modifications

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Tattoos can serve a lot of purposes. They can provide unique body art by which someone can express themselves, they can give back someone control of their body by covering up unwanted scars, and they can serve to enhance forms of body modification to give people an entirely new identity. Body modifications, piercing and whatnot, tend to go hand-in-hand with tattoos. People willing to get what others view as “extraneous” forms of body modification often also like to get tattoos to further express themselves. We here at Tattoo Artist Magazine don’t judge. We find unique forms of self-expression fascinating and wonderful, but it’s hard not to see some forms of body modification and not think it to be bizarre. The gallery below is dedicated to the strange, to people who have chosen to get body modification that most others simply can’t wrap their heads around. We have no idea why someone would want to split their tongue in two or have a large hole in the side of their mouth, but, if nothing else, the gallery below shows that such desires do exist. These are modifications you have to see to believe, and they certainly won’t soon be forgotten. Have you been looking for that unique idea that’ll set you apart from your friends and family, showing off your personality and ideals in a single glimpse? Maybe these pictures will ignite the inspiration and determination you need to finally get that somewhat odd modification you’ve always wanted. Why not? The ... Read More »

Six Tattoo Artists That Will Blow You Away

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  Just like clothing and jewelry, tattoos are a collectible outlet for self expression that show off an individuals style. We love celebrating diversity and finding new artists that have that certain something that sets them apart. These artists have truly peaked our interest and we think they will peak yours as well. Sascha Unisex   Read More »

Amazing Skull Tattoos

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Skull tattoos have many meanings, it can mean recognition of death, celebration of life, and just about everything in between. As such, it’s not uncommon nowadays to have fully customized inked versions of the skull at particular parts of the body. Every tattoo artist has got at least one in his portfolio and all convey at least this uniform message: Life is Short, so you need to live each day to the fullest.  There are so many amazing skull tattoos out there but we have gathered a few of our favorites below.   Read More »

The Most Attractive Tattoo Placement For Women

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The female physique is nothing short of perfection and nothing is sexier than a confident woman who enhances her natural beauty with a stunning tattoo.  Check out some of our favorite locations on the woman’s body. Chest & Neck In Europe they call this area the décolletage. The skin is soft, often exposed to sun and for the most part, exposed the majority of the time. To many it is the most feminine part of the body.  A tattoo in this area is a true statement that a woman knows who she is, now and will be for her lifetime. Tattoos on the neck are a very noticeable thing. Here we collect some of most beautiful and attractive neck and chest tattoo designs for women. Cleo Watterstrom The Beautiful Sarah Hayden Tattoo by Roxx Under the Breasts The newest and sexiest trend, right under the breast. Sometimes the designs graces the sensual curves of the cleavage and sometimes the design follows the curves of the underside of the breasts.  These are especially sensual as they are covered more than shown so you know these tattoos have a very deep and personal meaning to the wearer.   Read More »

12 Couples Tattoos That Will Melt Your Heart

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Getting a matching/cooresponding tattoo with your significant other is ever the rage these days. They’re a few urban legends around that tell us this is taboo but, we think it’s pretty awesome. Whether you’re already wearing a token of your undying love in the form of ink for your sweetheart or thinking about partaking in this epic past time, we think you will get a kick out of these 12 awesome couples tattoos. 1. All Love is Equal 2. Soul Mates >> SEE MORE by clicking below: Read More »

14 Sexiest Full Sleeve Tattoos on Gorgeous Women

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The sexiest tattoo sleeves on the hottest women we could find! A sleeve tattoo is a large tattoo, or a collection of smaller tattoos, usually themed in similar manner, that covers most or all of a person’s arm, usually from shoulder to wrist. The term “sleeve” is a reference to the tattoo’s size similarity in coverage to a long shirt sleeve on an article of clothing. Sleeve tattoos are a collaboration between a tattoo artist and customer to demonstrate a personal and unified artistic theme. Other times, a sleeve is created when a person has many smaller tattoos on their arm and later has them connected with background tattooing to form a sleeve. Pre-planned sleeves generally require many long hours of tattooing and can take weeks, months or years to complete. While we do have lot of love for small and well placed tattoos, there is nothing that gets us more excited than when we see a stunning woman with a full sleeve of ink. The rest of their bodies may be covered in ink or perfectly bare, we just really love to see an arm filled with gorgeous art. Check out this gallery of some truly dazzling women with sleeve tattoos. Check Out More Great Tattoo Galleries!     Read More »

Tim Shumate’s Soulful Art Style

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Tim Shumate isn’t a tattoo artist. You won’t find him using someone’s arm as the canvas for his next masterpiece or traveling between tattoo conventions, yet his unique art style clearly has some tattoo roots behind it. Where do these roots come from? Why does his work resonate with the tattoo community as a whole? It all became clear in an interview with teevillain.com. When asked about the origins of the vintage tattoo nature of his work, Time replied, “Well, Sailor Jerry (The Godfather of Traditional Tattoos) has always been in my top 5 favorite artists. He keeps things really simple and bold, which is something I can’t do no matter how hard I try. He is definitely what started my obsession with tattoos. I am also really into restructuring pop art and icons.  Covering your favorite childhood Heroes in ‘hard life’ tattoos is a great way to make them grow along with you. They can stay relatable.” As Tim puts it, the goal of each portrait shown below is to “capture [the] essence” of the character. “Eyes are the first thing I start when I draw,” he explains. “If I didn’t capture the eyes, I would scrap the entire thing and start over. It’s important. The eyes are the window to the soul…” Tim Shumate’s soulful art style has no doubt inspired numerous tattoos, whether those tattoos are replicas of his work as seen in the gallery before or renditions of his unique pin-up girl style. Fans of his artwork ... Read More »

The Art of Watercolor Tattoos

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Have you ever seen a watercolor tattoo in person? You’d certainly known if you had. Watercolor tattoos stand apart from their traditional counterparts in a variety ways, from their vibrant color schemes to the special techniques artists employ to create them. While the term watercolors may cause you to think of the Crayola trays parents give children to paint with in an attempt to limit post painting destruction, they’ve actually been used for centuries to capture the colorful essence of nature. The art style was utilized during the Italian Renaissance by many famous painters and was often used to depict wildlife and landscapes. The art style uses paint in which pigments are suspended within a water-based solution, hence the name. While it can be supported on a wide variety of different materials, it’s most commonly applied to paper that’s either partially or entirely made of cotton in order to reduce the painting’s distortion when wet. Watercolor tattoo artists obtain the same sort of visual effect by lessening the overall ink saturation through subtle shading. They often achieve the brushstroke-esque design by forgoing the typical black outline seen in more traditional tattoos. If you do a bit of research into watercolor tattoos you’ll find a lot of people calling into question the art style’s longevity due to the lack of outline and lessened amounts of ink saturation. It’s true that watercolor tattoos don’t last quite as long as their traditional counterparts and tend to require more touch-ups to maintain, but the ... Read More »

The Eternal Artistry of Holiday Tattoos

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The winter months are considered the happiest time of year for a reason. Loved ones get together and create memories that often last a lifetime. Many people get to see friends and family members they don’t ordinarily get to catch up with while feasting like there’s no tomorrow. It’s no wonder why some of the most timeless stories revolve around the holidays. From How the Grinch Stole Christmas to A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, there are hundreds of memorable holiday stories that capture the essence of what the season means to so many people all over the world. The real question isn’t why should you get a holiday tattoo; it’s why shouldn’t you. Chances are there’s a specific holiday themed story or moment in your life that means more to you than almost any other. It could be the first time you ever spoke to Santa as a wide-eyed young child at your local mall or a moment when you watched The Nightmare Before Christmas with your family and/or friends. The biggest argument against getting a holiday tattoo is that it’s only relevant for a limited amount of time each year, but is that really true? Are your memories or the immense joy you feel during the holidays limited to a small stretch of time? Of course not! Why do you think the whole idea of Christmas in July exists? It actually had nothing to do with seasonal differences. The occasion was first celebrated in 1933 by Camp Keystone, a girl’s ... Read More »

Biker Tattoos: A Historic Example of Meaning

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Those new to tattoos are often cautioned by veterans to get something that represents a strong symbolic message or meaning unique to their personality or life experience. For more than seventy-five years biker tattoos have served as a prime example of the intense meaningfulness of the art. Anyone who’s watched Sons of Anarchy at least has a functioning understanding of how important tattoos are within the biker subculture. Most fans still vividly remember the scene where Kyle gets his tattoo burned off to signify his lack of association with the gang during season one. The history of biker tattoos started back in the 1940s and 50s right alongside the beginning of motorcycle gangs. Many of the first biker gangs consisted of ex-soldiers and served primarily as a means to continue the same sense of brotherhood and companionship many soldiers lost after coming back home from war. Even today many soldiers get tattoos to signify their devotion to their unit and position in the military, so it only made sense that the trend would continue among biker gangs as well. That being said, the historic significance is pretty much where Sons of Anarchy stops paralleling the real world nature of motorcycle gangs and biker tattoos. The outlaw connotations drawn by people outside of biker gangs came from an early assumption that biker tattoos were similar in nature to prison tattoos. While there have been a number of unlawful biker gangs over the decades, the vast majority are actually law abiding organizations ... Read More »

On the Topic of Hip Tattoos

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Even the most basic tattoo can be an incredibly sensual piece of art when strategically placed. The hip is often used as one such location, particularly by women who enjoy showing off their midriffs at the beach and during the warmer times of year. People who exercise to extreme degrees often use tattoos as a way to accentuate and draw attention to particular parts of their body. Men tend to focus on their biceps, hence the popularity of bicep tattoos. Women tend to focus on their core, which is why the fairer sex tend to sport hip tattoos more than their testosterone-fueled counterparts. The hips is also a prime locations for people who work in industries that frown upon the practice. It’s an easy location to cover up, making it simple for people to deny their existence during an interview process if need be. That being said, tattoos are starting to become commonplace and more accepted year after year. This trend has caused many people to feel comfortable getting more extensive and detailed designs, and the hip is the perfect place for these larger pieces of art. As you can see from many of the designs in the gallery below, hip tattoos tend to be quite large in nature, spanning the entire region above and below the waist. If a small picture’s worth a thousand words then a hip tattoo can be likened to a novel; an easy-to-read novel visible without the need of a mirror. Hip tattoos are also ... Read More »

Tattoo Artist Brings Dots And Lines To New Heights In Stunning Geometric Ink Designs

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The Huffington Post  | By Katherine Brooks original article here Imagine this scene: Sharp waves stretch back for as far as you can see, eating up the horizon in a vast display of stunning movement. Like the peaks and troughs of a chaotic line graph, the seas capture jumping fish as they weave in and out of the thrashes. Careful shading separates the animal bodies as they surface, drenched in the bleeding red pigment of a sunset-flooded landscape. The description might sound like a recounting of an ancient Japanese print or a sprawling painted canvas, but the words are actually attached to artwork of a different sort. They tell the story of artist Chaim Machlev and his gorgeous tattoos. Read More »