Tattooing is a specialized skill. Not every artist can be a tattoo artist. It takes a detailed passion and precision which other forms of art do not require. When creating a piece of art upon someone's skin, there is a More
When inking an image upon your skin, it’s always best to do your research. We’ve all heard that fabled story about someone rushing into a tattoo parlor and requesting the Japanese or Sanskrit symbol for the word “Love” More
This is another article I’m going to preface with the phrase: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I am a writer, a writer with a penchant for the tattoo industry and learning everything there is to learn about the art form... every in More
Women have been visually dominating the tattoo industry as of the last several decades. Tattooed women are appearing in magazines, commercials, and printed advertisements. Female tattoo artists have become the newest More
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
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
For some people, they get a tattoo and that’s it. They stop by a shop, get a small or moderately sized piece, and then they move on. For others, tattooing becomes addictive. They keep going back, filling every inch of More
Have you encountered someone who was living the Straight Edge lifestyle? Are you yourself personifying this way of life? Or are you plain-as-day wondering what the hell I’m talking about? If it’s the latter, let’s break More
So you want to donate blood. That’s cool, go you! It’s quite a noble thing to do, but... you just got that new tattoo a few months ago. Now, you heard—somewhere from someone—that having a fresh tattoo disqualifies you More
Montreal is a beautiful French-speaking city in Quebec that offers class and fine art everywhere you turn. It is the second largest city in Canada by population and is culturally unique from the rest of the country More
If you are looking for a job that will allow you to wear your ink loud and proud, check out these 10 Most Tattoo Friendly Careers.
At number one we have the most obvious "duh" answer, a tattoo More
Denver is quickly becoming a hotbed for millennial relocation due to its thriving arts and entertainment scene, locally owned business, outdoor activities, and legalization of recreational marijuana. With an More
As tattooing is an art form that has been in practice for over 5,000 years, the concept of using an electrical machine to apply tattoos is relatively new. In fact, the original patent for the very first electric tattoo More
Tattoo culture varies from state to state, but in a place like Ft. Lauderdale--where the weather is awesome year-round and there’s always lots of skin on display--it’s especially important to find the right artist for More
One of the first steps in getting a tattoo is discussing the design with the artist. Whether you have an image already or you’re getting a custom image drawn up, the next step will be for the artist to create a stencil More
Making the decision to ink a design onto your skin for the rest of your life is a big step. It’s a serious decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly. But, just as the decision to get the ink should be a long, thought-out More
So you’re going to get your first—or next—tattoo! Woo! You’re all pumped, excited for the event. You’ve told all your friends and family, you’ve posted about it on social media, and that’s great! Your tattoo artist More
Tattoos and body jewelry make for a natural and happy marriage. Each year, the popular body art company specializing in ear gauges, known as Plug Your Holes, embarks on various music tours and appears at major festivals More
One question non-tattooed people always ask the members of the inked community is, “Did it hurt?” As someone with a handful of designs inked upon my body, I can officially say that, yes, I have had to answer this More
The Meow, operated by Lisa Anne Auerbach, is a tiny public art installation space located in Los Angeles, California. The venue recently hosted a temporary secret tattoo shack exhibit with artists from a canyon More
Great, you got that tattoo. You did it! Congratulations.
But, now what?
What do you do once you leave the tattoo shop with your freshly inked piece? The healing process is one of the most important parts of the tattoo More
The Windy City is a strong contender in late night tattooing. Between art school students and Wrigleyville bar hoppers, Chicago is a prime location for a booming tattoo industry available after hours. Here are some of More
Blacklight tattoos, also known as UV tattoos, are tattoos made using specially devised ink that is visible when seen under an ultraviolet light, or blacklight. For someone reluctant to get a traditional tattoo, perhaps More
We've never featured a shop quite like SikInk Studios. Rob McClurg was nice enough to answer a few questions, share his insight about where the industry is headed, impart some advice for newcomers, and reiterates the More
Take a load off and gear up for the holiday season with our weekly video round up. This week, our video round up brings you Mike DeVries and Inkjecta machines, Vanity Fair’s illustrative tattoo history, BBC icon David More