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The World’s 10 Most Tattooed People

Getting your first piercing or tattoo is a rite of passage for many, but few go as far as these people. The following folk have totally transformed themselves with extreme tattooing, piercing and plastic surgery.From walking animals to real-life jesters, here are the most shocking body alterations EVER.  Best known as The Enigma, Paul Lawrence is a performer, actor and musician, who has covered all his body with a jigsaw-puzzle tattoo, as well as horn implants, various body piercings and has reshaped his ears. Throughout his life, he has had more than 200 tattoo artists work on him. Kala Kawai owns a body modification studio in Hawaii and as it seems is a regular customer himself. As a result, he has only 25% of natural skin on his body, while the rest is covered with tattoos. He has stretched the holes in his earlobes to 4 inches, inserted various silicon implants on his head, can screw metal spikes into the top of his skull and has a split tongue. Also worth bearing in mind is that he split his own tongue using dental floss and did all his own piercings.   Read More »

Totally Rad Saint Patrick’s Day Tattoos

It’s March, which means Spring’s almost upon us. The world is about to get a lot warmer and greener, but before that happens we have to celebrate the greenest day of the year – Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick’s Day takes place on March 17th each year and was the day Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland, died. The day was marked as an official Christian feast day back in the 17th century and is traditionally observed by the Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, Lutheran Church, and Eastern Orthodox Church. However, since its inception centuries ago, Saint Patrick’s Day has taken on a life of its own. The day is seen as a day to celebrate Irish heritage. Today it’s characterized as a major drinking day observed by people all over the world who celebrate by dressing up in green and drinking green colored beer. The tradition of drinking heavily on Saint Patrick’s Day actually comes from religious roots. While the holiday takes place during Lent, a period of fasting observed by various Christian denominations, the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking are lifted for the day. With only 24 hours to down all the food, drink, and alcohol they can before going back to fasting, overindulgence quickly became a staple of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations all over the world. The iconic designs based around Saint Patrick’s Day tattoos tend to feature four-leaf clovers and leprechauns. You’ll see many varieties of both symbols featured in the gallery below, although ... Read More »

12 Couples Tattoos That Will Melt Your Heart

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 »

Special Tattoo Moments

Tattoo design has grown leaps and bounds in the past few years and influences now come from all corners of the globe, ranging from British street art to Pacific Islander tribal patterns and all points in between. While most tattoos are based around the love of a certain piece of art or image, a new trend in tattoos is using the medium to commemorate a specific moment in time, whether it’s an important event, marriage, birth of a child, or something else equally momentous. Here are a few examples of tattoos based on a special moment. Overcoming Life Obstacles  For some, a tattoo commemorates overcoming certain challenges in life or succeeding despite the odds. Take the case of blogger “nonotjulia.” After training for half a year, she entered a local Tough Mudder event. Like a marathon, but filled with obstacles, the Tough Mudder is an extreme challenge. It was created by two Harvard graduates not challenged enough with the already difficult task of running a marathon. Finding an audience, they created a 10-12 mile obstacle course that has been adapted all over the world. The strenuous course requires participants to not only go the distance but also to complete all sorts of obstacles along the way, like the Funky Monkey, a set of monkey bars that have been coated with butter and mud and raised above a cold water pool. Needless to say, the Tough Mudder is a serious challenge. After completing the Tough Mudder event, nonotjulia went to a ... Read More »

Funniest Celebrity Tattoo Fails

Celebrities are people too, and people make mistakes every single day, so it’s no surprise that there are a few celebrities out there sporting some pretty awful tattoo mistakes. These mistakes vary from misspelled ink,  improper use of punctuation to misunderstanding of a foreign language. The following are our picks for the best celebrity tattoo fails of all time. Are there any you have seen that missed our list? Ashley Greene – Missing an apostrophe in Life’s Brittney Spears wanted a Kabbalah Tattoo meaning Strength – instead it reads “strange” Read More »

The Best Nintendo Tattoos

The original Nintendo was released in 1985, and featured these unforgettable game titles: Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, Contra, Donkey Kong, Yoshi and Duck Hunt. Check out these retro Nintendo tattoos that pay homage to the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Read More »

Tattoo Artists Who Also Make Their Living as Painters

Tattooing and drawing, painting or sculpting go hand in hand. Both utilize the same skills, such as a talent for drawing and an eye for color. So, it’s no surprise that many well known tattooers also partake in a second career of choice, as painters.  Sometimes their artwork tends to outshine their body of work in the tattoo realm. Some tattoo artists have been fortunate enough to be successful in both areas and have made a name for themselves in both tattooing and for creating fine art.  We feel that the following artists are in this category and have been acknowledged for their work as serious tattooists and as masters of other artistic mediums. Shawn Barber Painter Shawn Barber’s initial introduction to the world of tattoos was through fine art. Barber’s body of work focuses on painting, portraiture, and documenting contemporary tattoo culture. He is known for his renditions of tattooed individuals, these pieces balance both meticulous brush strokes and loose energy.  Over many years, Barber created paintings of tattooed people in a beautiful, unusual style. His paintings were so celebrated and his art style so appreciated that Sean Barber ultimately decided to take on a new art form – indelibly inking his artwork onto living flesh.   Adrian Dominic Adrian started his career in grafitti in 1994 and begun tattooing in 1999.  He specializes in highly rendered designs, with emphasis on biomechanical work that which depict biological systems via methods of mechanics.   Read More »

Tasty Sugar Skull Tattoos

Sugar skulls, also known as Calaveras, are edible representations of human skulls primarily used in Day of the Dead and All Souls Day celebrations. They’re usually stylized artistic representations of skulls that use all sorts of colorful designs and embellishments to give each skull its own unique look and flavor. The history of sugar skulls go all the way back to the 17th century, when they were created primarily for children or as offerings for Dia de Muertos – which is Spanish for Day of the Dead. These skulls became so popular that they started being depicted in paintings and other works of art as a representation of rebirth or moving on to the next stage of life. Today sugar skulls can be found all over the world, especially during the Day of the Dead celebrations that take place from October 31st to November 2nd. People are naturally drawn to the decorative and festive nature of sugar skulls, which is why they also serve as great tattoo design inspiration. As you can see in the gallery below, sugar skull tattoos aren’t limited in their appearance. Many people choose to get sugar skull tattoos of animal heads or couple their design with other imagery. Take a look at the gallery below and maybe your next design could be, or at least include, a sugar skull too.                    *To see MORE and learn about some of the MOST AMAZING tattoo artists of our age, ... Read More »

The Best Tattoos For Dog Lovers

A dog is man’s best friend, and the most common household pet. The dog is well known for its companionship, loyalty and being a playful mate, which makes it a good pet. For these reasons people have been getting tattoos of their dogs or it’s paw prints as a way of showing love for the animal. People who love dogs like the idea of having dog print tattoos tattooed on their body.  Dog paw tattoos can be composed of various designs. You can have a design whereby you have your dog’s paw together with its name. This makes the tattoo more specific. It demonstrates the love you have towards your dog. Another great design for this tattoo is whereby you include the head of the dog and it’s name. If you like huge tattoos, you can have the image of the whole dog and also it’s name. It is an amazing tattoo that is admired by many. We think these are some of the most unique and best doggie tattoos out there. Which one is your favorite?     Read More »

Tattoos by Halo

 Helios Tattoo is proud to sponsor this TAM Artist Spotlight interview with Halo Jankowski. Easily one of the most recognizable tattoo artists in the world today (following his stint on Spike TV’s long-running Ink Master tv show in season 4), Halo transcends the typical tv-personality status usually associated with artists who have ‘been on tv’ because he’s actually a really GOOD tattooer! And that matters a LOT more than people realize. It’s way more important to get a tattoo from someone who’s good than from someone who’s ‘famous’. Halo Jankowski just happens to be both!  Featured Artist: Halo Jankowski  Follow him here:       We caught up with Halo recently and asked him some questions about his time on Ink Master, how he got into tattooing, his life, career and plans for the future: First off, thanks to Helios for making this interview happen. It’s really refreshing to see this new symbiosis in the tattoo world- there are so many artists out there on social media every day showing support & sharing the companies they believe in, but it’s even more refreshing to find the good, quality companies who are doing the same thing- showcasing and promoting the artists who actually buy and use their products. So, real quick- I know you use their needles and the Helios Rotary Pen tattoo machine; how are these tools affecting your art & would you recommend them to other professionals?  Absolutely! When it comes to needle cartridges, I’ve tried them all, and ... Read More »

9 of the Best Rose Tattoos

Rose Tattoos are very popular in different kinds, sizes and colors. They make the tattoo look more attractive and pretty. If your tattoos are too plain, you can add up some beautiful roses to give it more beauty or depth. Roses are one of the most beautiful things the universe has created and are a woman’s best friend. It is pleasing to the eyes and its beauty has been compared to a lot of beauties in this world. Perhaps that is the reason why men gave roses when courting a woman and when they have done something they need to make up for. The radiant beauty of roses makes us feel better. It is also one of the popular symbols of femininity.  If you thought roses were just for women, you were wrong. Have a look at some of the best roses tattoo artists have created and let us know which is your favorite?     Read More »

For the ladies: Hunky Tattoo Photos

If you’ve been following Tattoo Artist Magazine for a while then you’re probably familiar with our running series of gallery articles. Through these articles we’ve featured hundreds of pictures showcasing various tattoos, many of which we pull from fan Instagram accounts or from direct submissions. While we strive for diversity, we’ve noticed that a lot of our tattoo galleries tend to feature attractive female models and tattoo enthusiasts. To be fair, they’re indicative of the majority. According to recent surveys, women are more likely to have tattoos than men. Coupled with the effective marketing value placed on images with attractive female figures and it only makes sense that many of the pictures sent to use would feature tattoos on bodacious woman. However, we here at Tattoo Artist Magazine try to strive for both variety and equality. It’s not fair for us feature so many attractive women without giving men a shot as well, which is why we’re giving you the gallery featured below – ten images of tatted-up, manly hunks. We hope this helps make up for any gender inequality or unfairness some of you may feel from our past tattoo gallery articles. That being said, we can only work with what we’re given. If the only images people share with us feature tattoos on attractive women, then those are the photos we’re going to work with. We’re dedicated to bringing you pictures of the most unique and high quality tattoos we can find regardless of who they’re placed on. ... Read More »

10 “I’m Proud to be a Redneck” Tattoos

For many people, ‘redneck’ is a pejorative term with all sorts of negative connotations that people who aren’t from the southern region of the United States find offensive. However, as one of our southern born-and-raised colleagues here at Tattoo Artist Magazine can attest to, a lot of people are proud to call themselves ‘rednecks’ because of the family values and interests the term encompasses. The redneck tattoos featured in the gallery below show off many of the hallmarks widely recognized by the redneck stereotype – NASCAR fandom, Confederate flag representation, hunting and fishing interests, and the Dukes of Hazzard 1969 Dodge Charger being chased by police. These are all things instantly recognized by people as being inherently redneck in nature, but sadly many people twist and distort these images and interests in a negative way that isn’t indicative of real redneck culture. NASCAR in-and-of itself isn’t very appealing to most people. On the surface it’s just 32 cars driving around in a circle for hours on end. What non-car enthusiasts don’t see is where the real work and strategy comes into play – the car. Sure wrecks are nice and the occasional neck-and-neck finishes are fun, but real NASCAR fans are generally gear-heads more interested in the cars than the drivers. And that’s not taking into account how NASCAR races bring friends and family together, often after church service, for afternoons of fun and enjoyment. Each redneck interest displayed in the tattoos below have similar backgrounds and explanations. While you ... Read More »

Inspirational Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Tattoos

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday observed on the third Monday in January each year that celebrates and remembers the birthday of America’s most influential nonviolent civil rights activists. Born on January 15th, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. would become a figure head of the Civil Rights Movement and noted as one of the greatest American orators to ever live after delivering his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington D.C. In 1964, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Each year we ask ourselves if his dream has been realized, and each year we come to the conclusion that it hasn’t been. People are still judged by the color of their skin instead of the content of their character, and, as many tattoo enthusiasts know, the color itself doesn’t have to be anything in particular. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s emphasis on content of character struck a chord among the listeners of his speech in 1963 and continues to do so today. Despite most of us universally agreeing with King’s main idea, in practice it’s much more difficult to judge everyone by the content of their character than it seems. Unconscious pre-judgements and jumps to conclusions are natural instincts all ... Read More »

Ten Controversial World Religion Day Tattoos

Some of the most horrifying atrocities the world has ever seen have been brought about by a difference in religious beliefs. It’s a fact atheists are quick to mention whenever the topic is brought up, but it’s also one that doesn’t quite provide the whole story. Religions of all kinds have also brought a message of hope and peace to billions of people around the world, which is what World Religion Day is all about. The holiday was started back in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States. Its purpose is to promote the idea that, at their core, all religions revolve around the messages of peace and harmony, and that they ultimately serve to unify humanity. World Religion Day was quickly recognized by countries the world over. Even in 1950 it was already being celebrated by two cities in Australia. Widespread observance started with radio stations in the 1950s. Today, World Religion Day events are recorded and sometimes televised, with celebrities and highly respected members of society speaking about the importance of the holiday and religious unity. However, despite the occasion, people still wear their religion on their sleeves, making it difficult for anyone to get a religious tattoos without sparking at least a bit of personal controversy. While many people may agree with the general idea of the coexist logo made of various religious symbols, plenty still take offense to it for a variety of reasons. Getting a religious tattoo like the ... Read More »