Sunday, October 31, 2010
This was offered up by Robert, who I met in Borders Penn Plaza last month. And yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, that is Frankenstein driving a Chevy (that's the stick shift he's gripping). Robert credits Adel at Addiction NYC with this tattoo.
Thanks to Robert for helping us celebrate Halloween here on Tattoosday!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
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His final Note :
I am not some psychotic fuck or pathetic loser trying to end my torturous existence. I am not one of those faggots, using suicide as a cry for help. I have a very good reason.
I am not drunk, upset or lonely. I am not doing this to protest against anything. I tried to adapt in this scorched World that is filled with nothing but lies. But, The Demon has come to claim what is his.
I lost my bet with The Devil Himself. I told him I would sacrifice Sinners to fulfill his hunger but I was too late. I failed and I will take it like a champion.
I am at the top of the mountain pissing down on the rest of you. Unfortunately, the days ahead of me will never be as good as tonight. So I have nothing to look forward to.
I have done what I had to in the past and I have no regrets today as I write this note. I will surrender to The Devil and face whatever punishment that will be placed on me, while in Hell.
It is truly the best night that could and will ever be, which is why my life must end tonight. Life can now only get worse. Nothing is left for me here in this horrid World.
P.S. Tell everyone I'm not psychotic.
The tattoo features Snow White at the top of the arm, with the witch's hand proffering an apple, wrapping around the arm:
Ashlee explained that the tattoo is commenting on how superficial the world is and how the idea of Beauty was the downfall of the title character, at least until she was rescued from her poison-induced slumber.
The tattoo is the work of Eric at King Pin Tattoos in Harker Heights, Texas. Work from Kingpin appeared previously in August 2008 on Tattoosday here.
Thanks to Ashlee for sharing her work with us here on Tattoosday!
Friday, October 29, 2010
She has ten tattoos, but the piece on her shin was the first one I spotted:
These Russian nesting dolls represents the friendship Kristin has with her friend Kyle (thus, the merging of their names into "Kryle").
It was tattooed by Bret from Electric Tattoo in Pasadena, Maryland.
Kristin also shared another tattoo, one certainly more appropriate for our current season. Check out this amazing tattoo:
This cool zombie piece was inked by Kike Castillo at Timmy Tattoo in Huntington, New York.
Kristin says that Kike is one of her favorite artists and she is happy for him to provide her with great body art. "He needed someone," she told me, referring to this particular tattoo, and "I'm always game". Tattoo artists love clients that let them do their thing, and you can tell with this great piece of art.
Thanks to Kristin for sharing her cool tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
This is the tattoo she designed:
Amanda was inspired by the "compelling mythology of phoenixes" and had Bobby at Modern Age Tattoo in Nanuet, New York, translate the design into the final product.
The quote, in Latin, "post tenebras lux" means "After darkness, light". This mirrors the life cycle of the mythological phoenix who dies, bound in flame, only to be reborn from the ashes. Clicking here will display the vast array of phoenixes that have appeared on Tattoosday previously.
In other words, even when things appear their darkest, affirmation is just within reach.
Thanks to Amanda for sharing this cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Gary explained that they are Korean characters
that translate to "Soo Bahk Do," or "The Way of the Striking Hand".
Soo Bahk Do is a form of martial arts that originated in Korea.
This unassuming gentleman has studied the form for seventeen years and is a third degree black belt. Gary studied at East Winds Karate in Port St. John, Florida.
The tattoo was inked at a shop on Eight Avenue in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Thanks to Gary for sharing his "striking" tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Like her first book (reviewed last year on Tattoosday here), Kat Von D lets you into her world, with glossy detailed photos of her work and clients. But whereas her first book shows mostly her public persona, the new effort gives us an inside look at the inner thoughts and feelings of someone who is portrayed very much as a "character" on her television show.
It is L.A. Ink that has brought her fame, yet also the scorn and scrutiny of her detractors. The new book lets us peek behind the scenes and, if you didn't realize this already, the Kat Von D you see on the show is not the whole package. Through a diary/journal format, the reader is granted greater access to Kat's true emotions and feelings. We finally get to peek behind the character Kat Von D and meet the person.
It was on Page 44 where I first felt the facade truly come down. She talks about getting booed in the shop by "fans" who resent that she won't drop what she's doing to pose for photos for them, and there is the matter of the stalker who freaked everyone out in the shop. Granted, these are consequences nowadays for success of her order, but you certainly believe that such consequences were not anticipated when she headed down the road to fame.
It is also fascinating to read Kat's frustration with the onset of another season of L.A. Ink. If you're looking for validation that the only thing real on the show is the tattoos, it's here. I was reminded of Charles Bukowski's strong aversion to poetry readings. He despised them, yet they were often necessary as sources of income. The spectacle often outshone the poems. Similarly, L.A. Ink's forced drama often swallows up the tattoos, yet the drama drives ratings, which lets the series continue to showcase tattoos, which is why many of us tune in in the first place.
Whereas I found her journal entries fascinating, as I am sure most readers who are fans of the show will as well, there are still pages and pages of photographs featuring her work (drawings, sketches, and of course, tattoos) that are breath-taking in their beauty.
Viewers of the show know that this book has been in the making for a while and it has found its way into plot points as well. Fans will also note that the author's relationship with Nikki Sixx, bassist for Mötley Crüe, runs throughout the volume (as it has in the reality series). However, 2010 has been a tumultuous year for the couple, having broken up, and then, quite recently, reportedly gotten back together. All that said, it's very interesting to read about the relationship with a future perspective.
Or, it isn't. If you're not interested in Kat's "personal" life, then perhaps you should pass on this book. I can see her detractors poring over the text, looking for evidence that reinforces their negative image of the artist, one that has been honed by the one-dimensional portrayal of her reality show and the tabloids.
For fans however, and the followers of Kat Von D's career, The Tattoo Chronicles, will be a treat, to be savored, an all-access pass to a window of her life, with a stunning visual guidebook to pore over, with evidence enough to back up her on-air claim of being so busy all the time.
My one criticism would be that we don't see enough of her tattoos, which is really what she is all about. I mean, sure it's interesting to see a full-page shot of her stuffed albino squirrels, but is it really necessary? I would have rather seen more art that she created, rather than collected.
However, in the end, I was delighted with the book. It really adds dimensions to one of the more dynamic celebrities in the tattoo industry. I doubt that it will turn detractors into fans, or fans into detractors, but it certainly provides those who admire Kat Von D for her art, a little more validation that she is a talented, complicated individual that can not only create amazing body art, but knows how to wow us with her pen, as well.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Haven't done it in a while...it feels AWESOME.
It feels even better when I do it while watching Bones.
Most things feel better while watching Bones, actually.
The amazing Chris of Chocolate Lemon brought me a FUCKING NINTENDO & games!
Serious, SERIOUS amounts of LOOOOOOVE to him!! (It's okay to be jealous.)
While this fantastic piece of technology will be residing in my shop, you will NOT be allowed
to play while getting tattooed...sorry, you'll have to be happy w/ our movies.
That doesn't mean we can't play when we aren't tattooing, fyi.
ALSO, thanks to Martin for the Stormtrooper lamp. More LOVE!
Here is the latest addition to Hooba's Sleeve. So pretty.
Just WAIT until you see how this all works out w/ the background we have planned....
and her left shoulder hosts this cool image:
And the left arm represents the "N" for her last initial:
Missy got these tattoos in Santa Cruz about ten years ago.
Thanks to Missy for sharing her cool Gorey tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
This was her thought behind this tattoo:
I met Fredrika in Penn Station last month and she was kind enough to share this tattoo on her forearm.
She has a lot of ink, but this is her favorite piece.
Fredrika hails from Hamburg, where she is lead singer for a band called Jaguar of My Dreams.
Thanks to Fredrika for sharing with us here on Tattoosday!
Friday, October 22, 2010
The gentleman had a lot of work done on his legs, so I approached and introduced myself. Rune was kind enough to not only share a tattoo, but to pull up his shorts a bit to reveal this tattoo that ran from his mid-thigh down to his calf:
Thanks to Rune for sharing this cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
As luck would have it, he was a tattoo artist himself, up from Florida, biding his time as he waited for his train to arrive.
As tattooists generally have a lot of work to share, it is always interesting to see what one piece they will offer up, and Shauncey Fury, of Ocala Tattoo & Piercing in Ocala, Florida, shared this whimsical piece: