August 28, 2017
Throughout history, tattoos have been an important means of communication for humans. Societies across the globe—through varying times—have utilized tattoos for an assorted collection of purposes.   For early man, More
August 25, 2017
If you do a quick google search for the phrase “Women in tattooing,” you’re going to find yourself staring at search results like A Secret History of Women and Tattoo, 5 Female Artists on Making it in a Male Dominated More
August 3, 2017
One of my favorite things about running a tattoo shop is the observations I’m able to make while at work. As someone who has always been fascinated by the practice, who has reveled in the history of the practice and More
August 2, 2017
The world of tattooing has changed drastically in the last 100 or so years. Once a community of undesirables, soldiers, and sailors, the industry has become flooded with clients of all classes, professions, genders, and 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 31, 2017   Tattooing has been used to portray ideals, morals, beliefs, and more since the early days of human civilization. So, it should come as no surprise that, as tattooing has become more socially acceptable More
July 31, 2017
Recently I wrote an article for a different publication I freelance for in which I discussed the impressive art of posters from 50-100 years ago. During my research, I came across many museums and galleries that 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
July 27, 2017
You’ve experienced a horrible trauma. You’ve been in a car wreck and you’ve been transported to the hospital. As they roll you in on the stretcher, the doctor who will be treating you comes to the bedside to get the More
July 24, 2017
During the early years of tattoo’s rebirth, tattoo shops and parlors were associated with people of an undesirable character—criminals, women of the night, and gang members. Tattoo shops definitely weren’t family- More
July 11, 2017
The late 1800s to the early 1900s was a time of rebirth for the practice of tattooing. Once reserved for servicemen or undesirables, the practice began to shift and waver, becoming something entirely unique from its More
July 5, 2017
Tattoos are a wearable form of artwork; often quite beautiful. But, as the old adage says, “Beauty is pain,” and many people are not ready to suffer the pain of going under the needle.   While tattooing is an industry More
June 30, 2017
As women began to break into the tattooing industry in the mid to late 70s, the industry started to shift. No longer something reserved for the less-desirable factions of society, tattooing took on a more feminine More
June 29, 2017
While the feminist campaigns of the 1960s saw an increase in women tattooing their newly appointed “freedom” upon their skin, the 1970s turned into a period now deemed the revival of tattooing. As women of all walks of More
June 28, 2017
Tattoos have been prevalent in society for as long as written history has documented. Longer, in fact. We know for sure that tattoos were being applied to human skin as far back as 5,000 years ago—long before the first More
June 21, 2017
Gone are the days of mass societal stigmas regarding tattoos. Today, you can’t venture outside of your home without seeing a varied assortment of body art. Tattoos are just about everywhere. In fact, studies say that More
June 20, 2017
A tattoo is an investment and, like most expensive investments, they require a certain level of care after you walk out of the tattoo studio. You wouldn’t purchase a BMW and expect to never wash or maintain it after you 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
June 1, 2017
Tattooing is the process of placing ink below the skin to create an indelible design. It has been used for decorating the body, remembering lost loved ones, and declaring political or religious affiliations. It has 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 25, 2017
Think about it: every waking hour, our skin is exposed to toxins in our food, water, air, direct sunlight, household items, slathering on moisturizer, etc. Your brand new tattoo is a major investment, and although the More
May 25, 2017
Scars show the story of a person’s life... they detail experiences, both good and bad. For some, however, some scars are a page in their life story that they would rather forget—that they just want to color over. But, 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