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10 Beautifully Colorful Mardi Gras Tattoos

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Who’s ready for beads, booze and boobs?! Mardi Gras is almost upon us and it’s time to don Carnival masks and body paint to partake in one of the most festive celebrations of the year. For those who don’t know, Mardi Gras (aka Shove Tuesday, aka Fat Tuesday) is a celebration of a Christian feast day known as the Epiphany (aka Three Kings Day). However, over the years Mardi Gras has taken on a persona all its own, especially in the US city of New Orleans, Louisiana where massive Mardi Gras parades of legendary proportions have taken place since 1837. Each year people flock in droves, selling out hotels and resorts throughout New Orleans often months in advance, in order to be part of the festivities. There are three major iconic pieces of imagery that denote all things Mardi Gras: Carnival masks, beads, and famous New Orleans parade street names like Bourbon St. You’ll see all three featured in the gallery pictures below, and anyone who knows the least bit about Mardi Gras will instantly recognize the meaning behind each tattoo. Mardi Gras acts as a Purge of sorts, giving Christians a day to wholeheartedly indulge in “naughty” behavior before Lent, a six week long period of fasting and atonement for past sins, begins. Flashing for beads is by far the most well-known of naughty Mardi Gras traditions. The purple, gold and green beads represent royalty, power and faith. The tradition of beads started back in 1872, but flashing for ... Read More »

Horrifying Victorian Zombie Tattoos

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies one of the newest comedy horror zombie movies to hit the big screen, following in the footsteps of beloved titles such as Shaun of the Dead and Warm Bodies. The movie is based on a book of the same name that came out in 2009 and is a zombie twist on the 1813 novel entitled Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Jane Austen’s original 1813 tale has been taught in scholastic English literature programs all over the world about as much as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It follows the five unmarried daughters of the Bennet family, primarily Elizabeth Bennet, as they deal with issues of upbringing, morality, education and marriage after Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy move into the neighborhood. The 2009 novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith did just that and now, seven years later, we have a movie adaptation. The reviews are already in for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and it’s not looking good. At the time of writing, it holds a 41% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which isn’t likely going to increase over time. But 93% of 19,940 ratings have said they want to see the movie, so hopefully it’s a fun enough time to warrant the ticket. People love Pride and Prejudice, or at least know about it, and people love zombies. To celebrate both, we’ve decided to show off some Victorian Era zombie tattoos. Maybe the next tattoo you get can integrate some horror elements to your favorite time ... Read More »

10 Timeless Tattoos

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Time is a reality we all have to live with whether we like it or not. It’s always around, speeding up and slowing down as we lose ourselves in our hobbies, work, family and friends. It’s been represented a million different ways over the millennium, from sundials to cellphone displays. While humanity may change from generation to generation, culture to culture, it stays a slave to time like every other living being on Earth and beyond. Most of us spend our lives taking time for granted, even those who are acutely aware of just how short 24 hours is. Then time takes a loved one from us and we come face-to-face with our own mortality, realizing that we can pass at any moment just as easily. But then a couple weeks go by, time moves on, and so do we, forgetting the lesson until it’s taught to us again and the cycle begins anew. Time tattoos help us remember that time is a limited, precious resource. Whether you get on as a memorial to someone who’s passed away or simply as an artistic representation of the most powerful unseen force on Earth makes no difference, time tattoos primarily serve as a reminder of our mortality. On the surface that sounds quite morbid, but think about how powerful that reminder is and how it could impact your life. The ten people featured below with wonderful time tattoos constantly remember to live each day to the fullest – not in a “yolo” ... Read More »

10 Insulting Questions Answered by Tattooed Parents

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Ignorant negative stigmas die harder than Bruce Willis in Nakatomi Plaza. You’d think with the recent rise in tattoo popularity that people would reevaluate their prejudices against people with tattoos, but that doesn’t stop some people from opening their fat mouths when they see something they don’t agree with – like an office worker with tattoos, or that same office worker being out and about with his/her kids. Unfortunately there are still a lot of wanna-be “do-gooders” turning up their noses to people with tattoos, especially tattooed parents. Parents with tattoos, especially those with younger children, are sure to hear some of these gems from holier-than-thou peers. Feel free to use our responses. “You’re setting a bad example for your kids.” I’d rather my children see me with tattoos than hear me spew ignorant, prejudicial garbage from my mouth. “What will your grandkids think?” About what? The grandparent who’s had tattoos since they were born? “I heard it’s better to get them removed sooner rather than later.” Tattoos or children? In your case, I’d have to agree. “Keep your child away from mine.” … (Just stare at them like the moronic excuse for a human being they are until they uncomfortably walk away. Works better than words every time.) “Are you going to let your kids get tattoos?” That’s their decision to make when they’re of legal age. Do you think you’re going to STOP your kids from getting tattoos? (LOL!) “Shouldn’t you have spent the money on your children?” ... Read More »

10 Bangin’ Head & Neck Tattoos

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Holy crap! Those head tattoos must’ve hurt! Yes, head tattoos hurt quite a bit. For most people it’s one of the most painful places to get tattooed and, let’s face it, it’s what most of us were thinking when we first looked at the head tattoo gallery below. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about head tattoos. Head tattoos are the epitome of visible tattoos. They usually go around the head, not just on top, and hats indoors are often considered a bit of a faux pas in professional settings. Only the most hardcore of tattoo enthusiasts should really consider getting a head tattoo, and even then you should still take your career aspirations into consideration. These types of tattoos are also a great way to take control of an uncontrollable situation. Losing hair due to cancer treatment is often a traumatizing event for people, but for tattoo enthusiasts it can become an unexpected boon allowing them to tattoo a part of their body they’d previously never considered. Balding men may get their head tattooed as a sort of fashion statement or as a way to give themselves more of a reason to perform regular scalp maintenance. Getting a head tattoo requires a deep love of tattoos and tattoo culture, possibly along with the inability to grow hair or the determination to shave your head regularly. They’re talking points and ice breakers in-and-of themselves, so be prepared to answer questions from curious bystanders. As you ... Read More »

R.I.P. David Bowie: 20 tribute tattoos

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Not too long ago we talked about all the creative, talented and inspirational people we lost in 2015. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for us to lose more. David Bowie was a singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, painter, and one of the most interesting men of his generation. He’ll be remembered for a variety of accomplishments, from being an innovative musician to appearing in films like Labyrinth and Zoolander. Bowie began his musical career in 1963, eventually achieving national recognition in the UK in 1969 when “Space Oddity” reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. In 1975 he crossed the pond and found success in America with the song “Fame” from his album entitled Young Americans. From then on he continued to stun, amaze, and often confuse his worldwide fan base with both musical and visual experimentation. Perhaps more influential than his music, David Bowie’s willingness to be himself in the face of any adversity made him a role model that many people admired. He openly professed he was gay in 1972 before revealing he was actually bisexual in a Playboy interview in 1976 where he said, “It’s true—I am a bisexual. But I can’t deny that I’ve used that fact very well. I suppose it’s the best thing that ever happened to me.” Throughout his career, Bowie sold over 140 million albums. He received numerous awards and accolades over the decades as a musician and actor. He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Iman Mohamed ... Read More »

Inspirational Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Tattoos

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“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 »

R.I.P. Tattoos honoring fallen heroes of 2015

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Gone but not Forgotten!! – Tattoos are one of the most endearing ways to remember those we’ve lost and those who’ve had the greatest impact on our lives. The beginning of the year, particularly the first few weeks in January, are often used to reflect on the year that just went by. Websites and YouTube channels have done “Top ___ of 2015” lists and videos as a way to acknowledge and remember the good times we all had throughout the year. While it’s important to remember the fun times, it’s also important to remember the people we’ve lost. Not just for the year, but for the rest of our lives. The world lost a lot of good people in 2015, from beloved movie icons to musical legends. Tattoos are one of the most intimate and sincere means we have of memorializing the memories of people who’ve touched our lives over the years, which is why it’s only fitting we remember some of the people we lost in 2015.   LEMMY from Motorhead Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister passed in late December 2015 of cancer. His impact on many in the tattoo culture and community was so great that hundreds of fans shared their Motorhead/Lemmy tattoos with us on our social media, paying tribute to this fallen hero. We collected a bunch of them here- Wes Craven Even people who aren’t fans of horror films likely recognize Wes Craven’s name. He was the creator of Freddy Kruger and a legendary horror film director who ... Read More »

R.I.P. Tattoos to Remember Those Lost in 2015

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Gone but not Forgotten!! – Tattoos are one of the most endearing ways to remember those we’ve lost and those who’ve had the greatest impact on our lives. The beginning of the year, particularly the first few weeks in January, are often used to reflect on the year that just went by. Websites and YouTube channels have done “Top ___ of 2015” lists and videos as a way to acknowledge and remember the good times we all had throughout the year. While it’s important to remember the fun times, it’s also important to remember the people we’ve lost. Not just for the year, but for the rest of our lives. The world lost a lot of good people in 2015, from beloved movie icons to musical legends. Tattoos are one of the most intimate and sincere means we have of memorializing the memories of people who’ve touched our lives over the years, which is why it’s only fitting we remember some of the people we lost in 2015.   LEMMY from Motorhead Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister passed in late December 2015 of cancer. His impact on many in the tattoo culture and community was so great that hundreds of fans shared their Motorhead/Lemmy tattoos with us on our social media, paying tribute to this fallen hero. We collected a bunch of them here- Wes Craven Even people who aren’t fans of horror films likely recognize Wes Craven’s name. He was the creator of Freddy Kruger and a legendary horror film director who ... Read More »

Food Tattoos to Think About

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Most newbies are told to think about getting something that means a lot to them when getting a tattoo, but not many people think about food. It’s a little odd, isn’t it? We need food to survive, over the course of our lifetime we spend more time eating than doing just about anything else, and the type of food we choose to consume can elicit hour long conversations with spouses and loved ones. Food is important in everyone’s life, even if they’re not a foodie or food connoisseur. The importance of food in our lives is clearly understood on a subconscious level. Idioms, phrases, and various other forms of universal truths and sayings have been tied to food over the centuries. Restaurants and food product manufacturers have left us with a plethora of food-based mascots and imagery that has been seared into our brains along with catchy jiggles and slogans. There’s so much inspiration for food-based tattoo designs that it can be overwhelming to pick one that’s right for you. The ten pictures in the gallery below are a nice starting point for anyone looking to get a food tattoo.  You could go with something a bit zany, like the super cheesy pizza slice, or something realistic like the portrait of a perfect burger. Maybe you want to make a statement, like “Death before Decaf”, or have fun with food-based wordplay like “stud muffin.” Food tattoos are an idea that’s gaining popularity, but they also aren’t considered by the majority ... Read More »

Women and Their Ink

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The Huffington Post featured an article last year entitled “The Secret Lives Of Tattooed Women” where Claire Fallon wrote about the societal climate of women with tattoos, how its viewed by the general public and how having tattoos effects women’s lives. It’s an interesting and well written article, but does it accurately represent its subject matter or is it just one person’s experience? One of the main points of the article pertains to the treatment of women with visible tattoos. Fallon cites Beverly Yuen Thompson, stating “transgressive behavior, like visible tattoos, only encourages unwanted touching,” in order to back up here own personal experience of strangers grabbing her arm to ask if her fake arm tattoos – which she put on as an experiment – were real. Was she approached this way because she was a woman or because she was sporting fake tattoos in an attempt to illicit a response from people? The fact of the matter is that tattoos on women – and men for that matter – are more sociably acceptable than ever before. On average, more women have tattoos than men nowadays. Sure, “women tend to stick to the ‘small, cute and hidden’ tattoos”, but is that really a matter of social acceptability? Visible tattoos are still largely considered taboo in the workplace, and even men trend towards getting hidden tattoos for that very reason. Tattoos can accentuate the feminine form in a way most men can only be jealous of. The women featured below look ... Read More »

Travel Tattoos that Take the World with You

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Many of us have adventurous spirits, innate desires to explore as many unique parts of the world as we can. Unfortunately, the financial reality that such travel requires often leaves many of us stuck in place more often than not  – making the few times we actually get to travel significant experiences. Most people choose to use either postcards or souvenirs to remind them of their explorations around the globe, but these reminders are inherently flawed. At best, these items are placed around your home and used as conversation pieces for first time visitors, but before long they become background items your eyes glide over without recognition. At worst, they’re thrown in a box somewhere and forgotten. Travel tattoos are one of the best ways to take your travel experiences with you. Whether it’s a map you use as a checklist – coloring the places you’ve visited as you make your way around Europe or somewhere else – or a postcard-esque rendition of a particular location, a tattoo will last a lot longer and remind you of your times in a faraway place much better than any sort of memorabilia you cart back home. You don’t necessarily have to use travel tattoos for the expressed purpose of remembrance either. Maybe you’re one of the fortunate few living the exploratory life in full and simply want to display your adventurous nature for all to see. Many modern adventurers get tattoos of airplanes and compasses, showing off their preferred method of travel ... Read More »

RIP: Tattoos Honoring Lemmy from Motorhead

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Rock music has played a huge role in the tattoo industry and community, so it’s only fitting we talk about the loss of one of rock’s most influential figureheads – Lemmy Kilmister. Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister was born in England on December 24th, 1945. After being inspired and influenced by The Beatles, he set out to make his way in the rock industry any way he could. He worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, played in various bands – such as the Rockin’ Vickers and Hawkwind, but what he’ll forever be known for is founding and frontmaning the legendary heavy metal band known as Motörhead. Lemmy founded Motörhead in 1975 and peaked in success during 1980 and 1981 with the band’s iconic smash hit “Ace of Spades” from their UK number 1 live album No Sleep Til’ Hammersmith. He stuck with the band through numerous musician changes and for 22 albums until he died on December 28, 2015 at the age of 70. The 2010 rockumentary Lemmy was produced over three years and consists of a wide variety of interviews that showcase the far reaching impact Lemmy had on lives from all walks of life. Ozzy Osborne, Alice Cooper, Slash, Ice-T, and many other highly respected musicians and creative professionals spoke about Lemmy and his impact on their individual lives and careers. Upon hearing the news of his passing, Dave Grohl – the lead singer for The Foo Fighters, who’s also featured in the 2010 rockumentary – got a ... Read More »

What’s Up Your Sleeve?

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Visible tattoos hurt job prospects. That’s not an opinion, it’s a fact – one that is constantly reevaluated by research groups and psychology students year after year. In 2015, a 2700 person survey found that 76% of people felt tattoos hurt a job applicant’s chances of landing a position and 42% of those same people felt visible tattoos were inappropriate in the workplace. Yet over 40% of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo. Tattoos have been on the rise in popularity for quite a few years now, even though the attitude towards visible tattoos in the workplace still hasn’t changed. The reason we bring this up is because sleeve tattoos are the most common tattoo forms people worry about getting because of how it may impact their potential job prospects later in life. Most other forms of tattoos are easily covered up without having to sacrifice comfortability, but the thought of perpetually wearing long-sleeved attire even during sweltering summer weather often turns people away from getting the sleeve tattoos they so desire. Do Sleeve Tattoos Actually Harm Your Job Prospects? The answer is a little more involved than a simple yes or no. The truth is that it entirely depends on the field you’re planning to build a career in. As long as you’re not expected to appear on camera, people with creative careers can wear and sport whatever tattoos they want. Their work and credibility is almost entirely derived from their portfolio ... Read More »

Making First Time Tattoos More Comfortable

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a teen or a senior, always and in every case the first tattoo is essentially a rite of passage. This bold step outside your comfort zone can be very intoxicating. And self expression is addictive. Today, tattoos aren’t just for sailors and bikers anymore; it’s now a way of self-actualization like never before. If you’re a tattoo artist dealing with a first time tattooee, their nervousness quickly becomes apparent. In order to make the newbie more comfortable, walk them through the process. Even if they’ve come prepared, they need to know that their artist understands what they’re going through. Cover the following aspects: Choose Body-Art carefully It’s just a statement of fact: many, many first timers make poor choices when it comes to their first tattoo, and nobody really knows it until years later, in hindsight. It’s important to make the effort implore those new to tattoo to carefully consider the body art they choose as it is going to be a part of them for many years to come, therefore QUALITY is their primary consideration. It doesn’t matter if it’s an epic tattoo or a piece of flash, quality of application is the key to happiness (when it comes to tattoo art;). In addition, a good starting point for the uninitiated is choosing a tattoo that represents something they value deeply, a statement to the world, or simply to show support for a cause. Proper Diet the Night Before When an appointment is set ... Read More »