November 6, 2017
While drinking and inking used to be the commonplace tactic of the sailors and war-torn vets that flocked to the old-school parlors, it really isn’t something you should be doing in today’s more aware society. While it More
November 1, 2017
Tattooing is a massive industry, bringing in $1,650,500,000 annually in just the US alone. It’s a serious business and quite a lucrative one, at that. Tattoos aren’t cheap, especially good ones. And if you want a great More
September 4, 2017
The date of your tattoo appointment is rapidly approaching. You’ve been eagerly awaiting this, having already gone through your consultation, worked out the custom design with your artist, and scheduled up your More
August 1, 2017
Tattooing has only recently become regulated by governmental agencies in the last few decades. For a practice which has been around for over 5,000 years—with some gaps, of course—a few decades seems like a small blip in More
July 28, 2017
The decision to get your first tattoo should not be taken lightly. It’s a big step. Getting your first tattoo is memorable. As the owner of a tattoo shop, I can’t tell you how many times each day I hear about the More
June 5, 2017
You’ve just gotten that fresh piece of ink you’ve been dying for. You’re following all the aftercare instructions to the letter and you’re on track to have a perfectly healed tattoo...but life doesn’t always go as More
May 30, 2017
It’s almost summer—time to throw on the bikini or swim trunks and head to the beach! It’s time to start collecting that brilliant summer tan you’ll be showing off all season... It’s also the perfect opportunity to show More
May 22, 2017
Recently, I was approached by a friend who is currently pregnant and craving some new ink. She wasn’t sure if there were any “rules” against getting tattooed while pregnant. Immediately, my brain screamed—OF COURSE More
May 16, 2017
Tattoo shops seem to be a dime a dozen these days. They’re on just about every corner in every town. Even the smallest counties have a half dozen at any given time. So, you’d think they’re relatively easy to open, right More
May 13, 2017
Tattoos are everywhere... and chances are if you’re reading this, that you’ve got ink yourself. For those of us inked folks who have kids, there are some conversations which might arise that may put you in an odd More
March 22, 2017
Tattooing has long been a subculture of society which has been watched from afar—intriguing members of the general public, but still just precarious enough to keep them from dipping a toe into the muddy waters of the More
March 21, 2017
Everyone has their own personal reasons for getting inked and every tattoo has a specialized meaning to the wearer, even if it is a simple, common design. That band logo tattooed on two different people may mean two More
March 20, 2017
As consumers, we are always out to get a fair price. One of the most worrying issues shoppers face is overpaying for an item or service. This is why there are so many price comparison tools, apps, and websites available More
March 19, 2017
While tattoos have come a long way in gaining acceptance in the United States over the last several decades, there are still some who frown upon a heavy amount of ink. In fact, one of the biggest reasons people don’t More
March 18, 2017
Tattoos are beautiful works of art that adorn your skin for a lifetime. They can be symbolic, memorial—speaking to the thoughts and ideals of the wearer. Ink can be therapeutic and good for one’s self-esteem. Tattoos More
March 16, 2017
You’ve just gotten your first tattoo and it looks great. You’ve been taking care of it, following the directions provided to you by your artist, and it’s all been good.   But wait...   You wake up one morning and take a More
March 13, 2017
For most people, the early few months of the year brings tax season... a time when you have to file your taxes and cross your fingers that you’re going to get a decent refund. These refunds can make or break some people More
March 6, 2017
When discussing my tattoos with people I face several of the same questions, over and over. Obviously, the first one is, “Do they hurt?”—a question I personally hate to answer, as I have a pain tolerance of a rhinoceros More
February 1, 2017
Okay, so we all know tattoos aren’t cheap. They’re not like that old DVD you picked up out of the $3 bargain bin at Wal-Mart—you’re going to want to care for them PROPERLY.   Most respectable artists will go over the More
January 30, 2017
If you’re a fresh canvas, meaning you currently have no tattoos, then I’m betting you’ve got some questions. The industry is complex, with many technical terms and unique style names, and it can be quite confusing to More
January 28, 2017
*/ A lot of people, particularly in the United States of America, have been discussing the possibility of relocating to Canada. Or at least visiting for a long period of time. The current political climate poses More
January 23, 2017
My other half and I are fairly inked. I mean, after all, he’s a tattoo artist and I’m a tattoo blogger. Clearly, we’re in love with the industry. Between us, we have four children—with an age range that spans from 2 More
January 12, 2017
Worn and loved all over the world, Converse, especially the classic Chuck Taylor All Stars, are one of the most recognized shoes out there. They are comfortable, they are sharp, and you can do anything while wearing More
January 2, 2017
First, I would like to preface this article with one very important statement:   I am not a doctor.   While I’m sure that is a no-brainer, as it is probably pretty clear I’m just a writer with an adoration for tattoos, More
December 30, 2016
Tipping... it’s an American standard in many industries. You know when you go to a restaurant that you’re supposed to tip your server. Hell, most establishments even show you a breakdown of tip percentages on the bottom More