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Through the years, each section of the military has acquired its own set of own iconic images which often appear in military tattoos: wings or airplanes for those serving in the Air Force, a bulldog for those in the Marines and chickens or pigs for those in the Navy, usually tattooed on the feet. The stories behind these designs create a sense of tradition and camaraderie as the individuals sporting these tattoos join a historical band of brothers with shared experiences.

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The choice of tattoo design can tell you a lot about someone’s beliefs and experiences, where they have served and whether they are a member of the Army, Navy, Marines or Air Force. The chosen image can be a way of showing solidarity and national pride or can be worn as a badge of honor or as a personal memorial to honor a fallen comrade.

Sacred Geometry Tattoo - Decoding The Trend - Page 4

Other individuals choose to merge sacred geometry and tattoos, believing that positioning certain shapes over a particular part of the anatomy will enhance some aspect of their health or spirituality. While the validity of this tactic is debatable, the key element here seems to be the tattoo wearer's belief. There may indeed be a psychological influence, similar to the placebo effect.

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• The octahedron, built from eight triangles, refers to air.

 

• The dodecahedron, composed of 12 pentagons, symbolizes spirit or ether.

 

• The icosahedron, made of 20 triangles, refers to water.

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• The tetrahedron, with triangles on all four sides, symbolizes fire.

 

• The cube or hexahedron, made of six squares, represents earth.

Tattoo Machine: Artist Insights with R.H "Rob" McClurg of SikInk Studios - Page 3

Nice. What about advice for new artists looking to break into the industry?

 

Stay humble, loyalty is key to respect and once you get your foot in the door you need to pay your dues -and don’t give up.

 

Great! What about your machines? What do you use?

 

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Who or what inspired you?

 

Adam West inspired me with his ability to whip an image up with mastery and bold artistic understanding. I apprenticed under Adam in Panama City Beach, FL in 1990. The one and only time I called a Tattoo Machine a "gun", he pulled out a .38, put the barrel to my forehead, and quoted "this is a gun boy, that's a simple machine, know the difference".

 

Tattoo Machine: Artist Insights with R.H "Rob" McClurg of SikInk Studios

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 fact that it’s a machine, not a gun. Sikink Studios Tattoo and Special FX has been open since September 2011.

 

10 Jawdropping Jurassic Park Tattoos - Page 3

Look at the detail of that skin texture!

 

Love the placement of this one.

 

Remember how you felt when that happened? 

 

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Full black and gray Jurassic Park sleeve.

 

This one moves!

 

Sounds like a good plan.

 

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