As years pass by the body modification community always progresses to more and more extreme methods of modification. Today, some of the most intense body modifications involve combining two or more styles together for an extreme new look.
This seems to be an increasing trend over the years, with more people utilizing multiple body modification techniques to get their desired results. To some people these looks may be a bit extreme, but to the individuals breaking new ground, it is a way of life.
Some individuals have chosen to use various body modifications to change their entire appearance.
Some of the more notable people to undergo massive body modification include; “The Lizardman” Erik Sprague, who has tattooed his entire face, chiseled his teeth, split his tongue and placed implants in his face to resemble a lizard and “Cat Man” Dennis Avner has tattooed his face, split his upper lip, undergone extensive facial surgery, filed his teeth and implanted whiskers to resemble a tiger.
This kind of modification doesn’t happen over night. Both of these guys have devoted many years of their life, and continue to devote time, to achieving their ultimate transformation.
Tattoos Go With Everything
Lately there has been an increased trend in accenting tattoos with various other styles of body modification. Some prefer to accent their tattoo and give it a 3D look, while others place a microdermal implant strategically to accent a tattoo.
Not surprisingly, tattoos go with everything. I have seen plenty of combined body modifications centered around a tattoo. Weather it be a 3D tattoo using saline implants or you want or to accent those pretty flowers with a diamond stud microdermal, tattoos just go well with everything.
Do You Want To Break New Ground?
Do you have what it takes to brave new grounds and take the body modification world to the next level? These days, your possibilities are only limited by your own imagination.
Just think, you could forge ahead for the benefit of mankind while your mom wonders what she gave birth to.
Tags: Branding · Piercing · Scarification · Tattoo · Tongue Splitting
February 20th, 2011 · 2 Comments
We all know tattoos are awesome, but sometimes you need to cover your tattoos. Weather it be a job interview, your grandma’s 93rd birthday, or a court appearance. Sometimes you just have to cover your tattoos.
We all know that a long sleeve shirt can work wonders but sometimes your tattoos aren’t so easy to cover.
There are many over the counter tattoo concealer creams on the market. These products work surprisingly well to hide your tattoos, but are also rather costly for the top quality ones. A cheaper and more natural looking way to conceal your tattoos is using average cosmetic products.
How To Cover Your Tattoos Using Makeup
Before you start, you’re going to need supplies. Here’s the list.
Small Makeup Brush
Meduim Makeup Brush
Fluffy Bronzer Brush
Any Red Lipstick
Warm Tone Concealer
Cool Tone Concealer
Start by covering the entire tattoo with a thin layers of red lipstick until the tattoo is no longer visible. Let the lipstick dry completely.
Next, you will take your brush and cover the lipstick with your cool tone concealer. You want to completely cover the red lipstick. At this point the tattoo should not be visible. Let the concealer dry completely.
Now you will need to take your warm tone concealer and add a thin layer to the already covered tattoo. Your warm tone concealer should match your skin tone exactly. The closer your warm tone is to your natural skin tone, the less obvious the cover up will be. Let the concealer dry completely.
Finally, take your fluffy bronzer brush and lightly dab translucent powder on top of the concealer. This will take the shine off the cover up and also help to blend it in to your skin. That’s it. At this point your tattoo should be completely covered up.
If you are covering a large tattoo, it helps to work in sections to achieve a more even blend.
This method of covering your tattoo is much cheaper than buying top of the line tattoo cover up cream. It can also produce a much more natural look if you take the time to select your makeup tones properly.
Tags: Tattoo · Tattoo Care · Tattoo Removal
In a field that is constantly looking for something new and unique, white ink tattoos are becoming increasingly popular. Do you need a tattoo that is not easily noticed, a tattoo that is just for you, or do you just want to be different? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you might want a white ink tattoo.
Exactly What Is A White Ink Tattoo?
White ink tattoos are exactly what you would expect. A tattoo applied using only white ink. These tattoos are less visible than traditional tattoos and depending on body and skin type can appear to be a brand or scarification once healed.
The application process of a white ink tattoo is slightly different than a black and grey, or color piece. White ink tattoos have no solid outline like other tattoos. Care must be taken by the tattoo artist to only apply white ink without bleeding in any of the outline ink placed on the skin. This will cause the bright white color to dull and become even less noticeable.
White ink tattoos require more ink than traditional black and grey or color tattoos. White must be applied stronger than color ink. This requires the tattoo artist to go over the same area three or more times. So a white tattoo may be more painful than a color tattoo due to the added passes required.
The ink used to place a white ink tattoo is not the same white a tattooist uses for changing the pigment of colors. The white used in white ink tattoos is thicker and of higher grade. This ink is specifically made to stand out and remain bright. Be sure to ask your tattooist what type of white ink he will be using. If he just gives you the “all white is the same” speech… run!
Placement Of A White Ink Tattoo
Care must be taken in choosing the location of your white ink tattoo. White is very susceptible to sun damage. White appears to yellow once tanned, and the original bright white color will never return once tanned. This damage can be done in as little as one time tanning or a single sunburn.
Careful consideration must be taken when choosing the location of your white ink tattoo. Hands are not a good spot, as well as the top of your forearm since they are likely to be exposed to the sun regularly. You are best to place your white ink tattoo where it will never see sun. Good placement can be ; under your arm, chest, back, the underside of your wrists, legs (as long as you dont tan them), basically anywhere you can keep out of the sun.
Choose A Tattoo Artist Who Has Pictures Of His White Ink Tattoos
White ink tattoos are not a project for the novice tattooist. Choose your tattoo studio and artist carefully. Ask to see his books and be sure there are examples of white ink tattoos in there. If he doesn’t have examples, he’s probably not very good at applying white ink tattoos, or never even attempted one. Also, ask to see pictures of the tattoos once healed.
If you see his books and like what you see, go for it! But if his white ink tattoo examples don’t look the way you want your tattoo to look, don’t expect him to just start doing things right with your piece.
Tags: Tattoo · Tattoo Styles
Have you ever wondered why just about every tattoo shop you go to is using different tattoo machines?
Shouldn’t tattooing be like being a rockstar? You just pick up a Gibson Les Paul like everyone else and start shredding. Sadly, tattooing isn’t that simple. Let’s look at what makes a tattoo machine and how the minute differences in parts effect its overall function.
Tattoo Power supplies come in many shapes and sizes. Almost any tattoo machine will run on a standard tabletop DC power supply. Power supplies can have quite a range in price, varying between $40-$400.
The exact specifications of the power supply is pretty much up to the tattooist. All you need is an uninterrupted supply of DC voltage. Some of the more expensive power supplies have extra functions like digital readouts that can measure volts, Hz, duty cycle, follow through and more.
When you increase the power on your power supply the needles don’t go up and down any faster, the magnetic field is increased, which draws the needle down harder and allows the skin to be punctured more easily. This is what appears to make the ink go in faster.
Coils create a magnetic field that move the armature bar. Coils are usually rated by the number of wraps or layers of wire around the core. Typically tattoo machines use three different types of coils. 8, 10, and 12 wrap.
The 8 wrap coil is used mostly when doing an outline with a 1,3,4, and a 5 needle outliner. It is not recommend to use an 8 wrap coil outliner machine when doing larger outline work such as when a 8 or 14 needle outline is called for. You would have to increase the voltage by turning the power supply up, which would in effect increase amperage. When you increase amperage more power is being used and an 8 wrap coil is to small to dissipate the heat. This condition would make the tattoo machine run hotter and possibly cause the machine timing to break up, causing an uneven outline.When you are going to use a 8 or 14 needle outliner, I would recommend using a 10 wrap coil tattoo machine.
The aesthetic appearance of a tattoo machine can vary widely. When selecting or building a machine, care must be taken in selecting the proper materials. 99.9% of all tattoo machines have a frame made of solid metal. The metal frame not only provides structural support for the machine, but conducts the electric current needed.
Some tattoo machines use a bulky frame, others a very minimal and light design. The choice is really up to you and your personal style.
Springs hold down the armature bar at both ends to move the needle when the magnetic filed is cycled off. Different spring lengths, size, and weights are all considerations when choosing your springs.
Your spring choice, just like every other aspect of your tattoo machine, will be unique to your situation and design. Changing springs will effect the performance of the armature bar which drives your needles. Finding the perfect springs can be a long process of trial and error.
There is a capacitor placed parallel with the coils. The purpose for the capacitor is to both cut down the spark generated by the magnetic field turning on and off, but to balance the frequency of the circuit. What does that mean and how does it work? I’m not a physics professor so if you want to learn more about the intricacies of a tank circuit, look here.
To keep it simple you must know that changing the capacitor value will change the performance of the tattoo machine. If you are keeping your voltage at a constant, changing the value of the capacitor will cause the tattoo machine to run faster if you decrease the uf value of the capacitor and slower if you increase the uf values of the capacitor.
Needles are the end of the line when it comes to a tattoo machine. A tattoo needle is actually a group of needles soldered to a needle bar, together in a pattern. Round patterns are used for outlining while shaders are usually arranged in straight lines. The exact number and configuration of needles is dependent on what the tattooist is trying to accomplish.
Some tattooist make their own needles while others prefer to buy manufactured needles from tattoo supply companies. The choice is yours.
What’s The Bottom Line?
A good tattoo machine should be well balanced and tuned to the persons need and skill. Each machine will run different than another tattooist machine. With a well balanced machine you should have the tool you need to improve your skills.
Handmade tattoo machines are usually of superior quality than production line machines since the craftsmanship and attention to detail is much better.
February 7th, 2011 · 1 Comment
Who doesn’t like a good joke? Today we’ll delve into the realm of tattoo jokes. I have scoured the internet in search of the best tattoo jokes, shortly after starting this search I realized there really aren’t a lot of tattoo jokes. So, I looked a little harder and found some stand up comedians that touch on the taboo subject of tattoos. The standard jokes are below the videos.
Dennis Rodman Shows Off His Tattoos
A woman is picked up by Dennis Rodman in a bar. They like each other and she goes back with him to his hotel room. He removes his shirt revealing all his tattoos and she sees that on his arm is one which reads, “Reebok.” She thinks that is a bit odd and asks him about it.
Dennis says, “When I play basketball, the cameras pick up the tattoo and Reebok pays me for advertisement.” A bit later, his pants are off and she sees “Puma” tattooed on his leg. He gives the same explanation for the unusual tattoo. Finally, the underwear comes off and she sees the word “AIDS” tattooed on his penis. She jumps back with shock.
“I’m not going to do it with a guy who has AIDS!”
He says, “It’s cool baby. In a minute it’s going to say
Accountant Gets A Tattoo
Tom gets home late one night and his wife, Lisa, says, “Where in the hell have you been?”
Tom replies, “I was out getting a tattoo.”
“A tattoo?” she frowned. “What kind of tattoo did you get?”
“I got a hundred dollar bill on my privates,” he said proudly.
“What the hell were you thinking?” she said, shaking her head in disdain. “Why on earth would an accountant get a hundred Dollar bill tattooed on his privates?”
“Well, one, I like to watch my money grow… Two, once in a while I like to play with my money… Three, I like how money feels in my hand… And, lastly, instead of you going out shopping, you can stay right here at home and blow a hundred bucks anytime you want.”
A soccer mom walked into a tattoo parlor and asked for 2 tattoos. She wanted a Christmas tree on her left thigh and a turkey on the right thigh.
When they were done the artist asked why she wanted these tattoos. She replied ” My husband always complains that there’s nothing to eat between Thanksgiving and Christmas.”
Girl Gets Her Butt Tattooed
There once was a service man who toured the Middle East and married a beautiful little China doll. He brought her back to the States and they were very happy.
He always enjoyed looking at her rear end and telling her what a beautiful butt she had. Every day it was, “Darling I love you and what a beautiful butt you have.” Every night it was, “Darling I love you and what a beautiful butt you have.”
Well his birthday was getting close and she wanted to surprise him with a tattoo on her rear end that said, “Beautiful Butt.”
So she finds a reputable tattoo artist and explains what she wants. Well the artist asks her to turn around and after a brief pause says, “There is no way I can get “Beautiful Butt” on your tiny little beautiful butt.” But I can put a nice “B” on each cheek which will stand for “Beautiful Butt.”
A bit disappointed, she agrees and leaves with her B’s.
Well the big day arrives and after a candle light dinner, gifts, and a sip of brandy, she appears in the bedroom in her birthday suit, turns around and bends over.
Quickly sitting up he exclaims, “Darling I love you, but who is BoB?”
Tattooed Girl Walks Into ER
A nurse from England was on duty in the emergency department, when a punk rocker entered.
This young woman had purple hair styled into a mohawk, a variety of tattoos and strange clothing.
It was determined that the patient had acute appendicitis and was scheduled for immediate surgery.
When she was completely disrobed on the operating table, the staff found that her pubic hair had been dyed green and above it was a tattoo reading: ‘keep off the grass.’
After the prep and the surgery, the surgeon added a small note to the dressing which said: “Sorry, had to mow the lawn.”
Do you have a joke not on the list? Add it to the comments section below so we can all have a good laugh.
Tags: Jokes · Piercing · Tattoo
February 2nd, 2011 · 1 Comment
Today I thought we’d take a look at sexy female celebrity tattoos. I didn’t bother to rank them by hotness or best tattoos, but I think every woman on this list exudes sex appeal and stylish ink. Click on any picture in this article to view the full size photo.
Pink – The sexy singer celebrity Pink is a veteran of tattoos sporting several strategically placed tattoos. She has a large Oriental dragon on her left thigh, several Chinese and Japanese symbols on her ankles and wrist, a guardian angel across her shoulder blade, musical notes, a bar code on the back of her neck, several hearts and who knows what hiding where we don’t get to see. There should be no doubt why pink deserves to be on this list.
Christina Milian – A woman of many talents that include being an accomplished singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress, and model. Christina has managed to keep her tattoos to a minimum but I thought that the less flamboyant tattooed celebrities should be represented as well. Christina is no doubt sexy and the stars on her hip along with the heart and lion in the nape of her back accent her perfect form flawlessly.
Kat Von D – Arguably one of the hottest tattooed celebrities in the world. Not only for her gorgeous frame, but for her outstanding tattoo skills. She has managed to take her love of tattoos and create an empire where she’s the boss. Recently linked to tattoo bad boy Jesse James, Kat is still on top despite being in the spotlight. I could write a list of her tattoos, but I doubt my readers want two pages of notes when you could just look for yourself.
Victoria ‘Posh’ Beckham – Wow, a real live Spice Girl. Victoria Beckham has several tattoos, but she keeps them all classy and well placed. All of her tattoos have reference to either family or love, including the five stars on her lower back representing her, David, and their three sons. Other tattoos include Roman numerals on her wrist signifying a remarkable point in David and her relationship and a Hebrew quote that runs down her back.
Tila Tequila – Tila Nguyen, better known by her stage name Tila Tequila, is a American internet celebrity born in Singapore. To accent her wild personality, Tila has adorned her sexy self with several very visible tattoos including several hearts, a scorpion and Chinese symbols. You can tell that she loves all the attention her outstanding body and flashy body art brings.
Of course this is a small list of sexy celebrity tattoos but a single post can only go so far. Who’s your favorite sexy tattooed celebrity? Comment below and perhaps we’ll feature your favorite beauty in a future article.
Tags: Celebrity Tattoos · Tattoo
It’s been a long time coming but I am finally complete. My alien dissection rib, armpit, quarter sleeve is finished. It’s taken a ton of time to complete this piece and I am very happy with the final product.
I didn’t keep exact notes, but I figure I have about 50 hours into the entire piece and it cost around $3000 total.
This was by far my most painful tattoo experience. The abdomen and armpit are extremely sensitive. Even with the use of EMLA cream, there were times where I just wanted to jump off the table.
There isn’t a lot more I can say about this piece. You can follow the step by step completion on my previous entries.
My Quarter Sleeve Tattoo Step By Step
My New Tattoo – An Extension Really
Alien Dissection Rib And Abdomen Tattoo Step By Step
A Few More Sessions On My Ribs And Armpit Tattoo
It feels so good to complete a tattoo this large and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Click on any of the images in this post to see the full size photo.