11 Memorial Day Tattoos

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In Flanders Fields

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
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We are the dead; short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we liemedical-symbol

In Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe!
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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Teach Yourself Henna Tattoo: Making Mehndi Art with Easy-to-Follow Instructions, Patterns, and Projects

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Teach Yourself Henna Tattoo:

Making Mehndi Art with Easy-to-Follow Instructions,

Patterns, and Projects

By: Brenda Abdoyan

          This book is large, gorgeous, and glossy, full of colorful and inspiring photos. It is, however, a little on the short side, at just over 100 total pages.

           The book begins with some simple instructions for mixing henna, with a good, though basic, introduction to some recipe and application variations and options. In the style of many hobby/craft books, it uses text and photos to teach, step-by-step, techniques for creating some basic designs, moving on to suggest three (one of each) “beginner,” “intermediate,” and “advanced” tattoo projects to get you started. Then it enters into the Gallery, full of very beautiful photos to inspire you. Next is the Design section, a little over 40 pages long, with ~1-2 large images on each page spanning design ideas for hands, feet, back, shoulder, plus some additional flourishes and elements. Afterwards, it gives you a few blank hand/feet/etc Templates to photocopy and use to sketch out and/or record some of your own designs. It ends with an often-overlooked, though brief (10 pages or so), section on using henna as artwork on objects, which was one of the things that attracted me to the book.

           Henna/mehndi artists new and old should be aware that there are many comprehensive and entirely free ebooks by TapDancing Lizard Publications available online, which contain lots of designs and lots of detailed and in-depth information; however, I personally still very much like having books like this one in my library. I was quite delighted with this purchase, and would certainly recommend the book to others, especially to beginners, though I think the designs and photos would keep the interest even of more advanced henna artists.

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Ms Abdoyan covers everything from the history of henna and Mehndi, recipe for paste, basics of henna design and offers a great number of beautiful patterns to work from. As a beginner in the art form I will treasure and refer to this book often. The pages are made of a thick paper that won’t easily stain if you’re working from it and drop some paste on it. I will use this book often as I learn and hopefully excel in this beautiful art form.

Also included in this book is the method for applying henna to objects, the preparation of the medium, application of design and after care to keep the stain vibrant.

 

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This book contains everything you need to know. Not only does it have a great recipe but it also explains the importance of each ingrediant. The aurthor takes the guesswork and frustration out of the process which enables you to focus on the fun stuff. She also includes many great patterns!!

 

About the Author
Brenda Abdoyan is a successful mixed-media artist who fell in love with the beauty of henna tattooing on a trip to the Middle East. Upon returning from her trip, she immediately began to incorporate the curves, twists, and intricate lines of henna tattooing into her own design style leading to the creation of a totally unique form of art that Brenda has coined “Bajidoo.”

High Voltage Tattoo

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High Voltage Tattoo is a graphic perspective on today’s global tattoo culture by Kat Von D, star of The Learning Channel’s L.A. Ink and one of the most talented and popular artists working today. Designed in a style that is reminiscent of a handmade Gothic journal with its red padded cover, ornate typography, and parchmentlike pages, it throws the door wide open to tattooing culture in the way only an insider like Kat can.

 

 


SCAN0002 Voltage Tattoo traces Kat’s career as an artist, from early childhood influences to recent work, along with examples of what inspires her, information about the show and her shop, her sketches, and personal tattoos. The book goes deep into tattoo process and culture: readers can see up close the pigments, the tools, and the making of complex, even collaborative, tattoos.adam_t13

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With a foreword by Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, the book features images and stories about celebrities, rockers, pro skaters, and everyday citizens, including Slayer’s Kerry King, Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Margaret Cho, Jackass’ Bam Margera, David Letterman, and many others. It profiles and showcases the work of artists Kat has selected from all over the world, her interviews with people who have compelling tattoos and stories, and amazing images of extraordinary tattoo work.
high-voltage-tattoo-book--large-msg-123312651391Numerous portfolios throughout the book showcase a range of relevant subjects, from the black and gray portrait work for which Kat is famous to a popular tattoo theme, such as the rose or biblical images. There is a knockout ten-page full-body spread of Kat—clad in a yellow bikini and seven-inch, rhinestone-studded red stilettos—that catalogs in detail all her personal tattoos on her front, back, left, and right sides—even her hands and head.

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Kat Von D is a world-renowned tattoo artist. The owner of High Voltage Tattoo and Wonderland Gallery and the star of The Learning Channel’s hit global show, LA Ink, which ran for five years, she is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, High Voltage Tattoo and The Tattoo Chronicles. She continues to add to her spectrum of passions through numerous creative outlets, including a makeup line with Sephora as well as an eponymous clothing line. She also set the Guinness World Record for doing the most tattoos in a twenty-four period in 2007. Her tattoo shop and art gallery are located in West Hollywood, where she happily resides. 
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Christmas Gift Ideas For Tattoo Lovers

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The Tattoo Goo Aftercare Kit is for the complete aftercare and perpetual care of your tattoos. The kit contains one each: Tattoo Goo Salve 1/3 oz, Tattoo Goo Deep Cleansing Soap for immediate healing, Tattoo Goo Quick Penetrating Lotion for moisturizing and enhancement, Tattoo Goo Color Guard Fade Protection Stick SPF-30 for outdoor and tanning protection. Great for gift giving or for those who want a one stop solution to tattoo aftercare. Complete aftercare instructions included. The kit comes in its own custom zipper carrying case.
Find it here at Amazon.com
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 This trendy Barbie doll comes with over 40 tattoos! Using the enclosed tattoo stamper and stickers, girls can wear the designs or use them to decorate Barbie and her fab fashions. Its hours of temporary tattooing fun! (Ages 5 and up.)Barbie Totally Stylin’ Tattoos Doll is a 2008 Mattel production.
  • Includes: Barbie Doll approx. 11.5″ tall w/blond hair. Doll wears glitter dark blue denim Jeans, w/purple belt w/flower at waist, a shimmery pink Top, pink Bracelets, & Doll comes w/ a Tattoo Stamper approx. 4-1/4″, Sheets of Tattoos (40 Temporary Tattoos), 3 Tops (purple, aqua & pink), a blue denim Skirt, & a pink Hair Brush.
  • There’s Tattoos for YOU, for Barbie & to stamp on Barbie’s Clothes! Great Fun!
  • For Ages 5+ Years. All the provided details are to the best of my ability & may not be exact; colors, styles, sizes & details may vary.
 You can find her here at Amazon.com

High Voltage Tattoo

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 I’m not sure what I was expecting when I ordered Kat’s book. I saw how much work she put into it on LA Ink, so I preordered it. I expected some biography on her, maybe some stories, and some pictures of tattoo artwork.

This book has all of that, but it is so much more! Kat tells her story from her birth in Mexico, childhood and adolescence in California, running away at age 14 to Georgia, to her start in tattooing, going to Miami Ink, and being offered her own show, LA Ink.

She also includes photos of her favorite tattoos she has done and the stories behind them, as well as other tattoo artists and some of their tattoos. She has tattoo myths and etiquette. The artwork in this book is inspiring. Although it is a biography of Kat, it is more like an art book. I read it cover to cover and studied a lot of the tattoo photos closely. 

Silhouette Temporary Tattoo Paper

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 Create Personalized tattoos by printing onto this specially treated film which has passed dermatological tests. This Brand New Product has revolutionized the temporary tattoo industry. This Paper is One Step Process. It is the Only Tattoo Paper that transfers directly from the paper, eliminating the old complicated way using carrier sheet (film)- where you print your artwork & adhesive sheet-to be used later. Simple, Effective non-permanent body art like you always wanted but without pain 

12 Christmas Tattoo Designs

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Christmas is a wonderful time of year! Why not get a tattoo and keep the spirit alive all year with some festive skin art?  These people took Christmas to a whole new level by permanently bonding their body with this magical season. Would you ever consider a holiday tattoo or do you currently have one? Please share your holiday tattoo story in the comments below.Holly-Azzara-Christmas-Pin-Up-Girl-Tattoo-785x576

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Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume I

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Occasionally a book is published that reveals a subculture you never dreamt existed. More rarely, that book goes on to become a phenomenon of its own. The 2004 publication of theRussian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia was such a phenomenon, spawning two further volumes and alerting a fascinated readership worldwide to the extraordinary and hermetic world of Russian criminal tattoos (David Cronenberg, for example, made regular use of theEncyclopaedia during the making of his 2007 movie Eastern Promises). Now, Fuel has reprinted volume one of this bestselling series, whose first edition already fetches considerable sums online.Tattoo_V1_spread_6_jpg_460x383_q95 The photographs, drawings and texts published in this book are part of a collection of more than 3,000 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by a prison attendant named Danzig Baldaev. Tattoos were his gateway into a secret world in which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society. The icons and tribal languages he documented are artful, distasteful, sexually explicit and sometimes just strange, reflecting as they do the lives and traditions of Russian convicts. Skulls, swastikas, harems of naked women, a smiling Al Capone, medieval knights in armor, daggers sheathed in blood, benign images of Christ, sweet-faced mothers and their babies, armies of tanks and a horned Lenin: these are the signs by which the people of this hidden world mark and identify themselves. With a foreword by Danzig Baldaev, and an introduction by Alexei Plutser-Sarno, exploring the symbolism of the Russian criminal tattoo.

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A rare and astonishing book, a glimpse of a deeply secretive world that has taken the author a lifetime to penetrate. It reveals more graphically than any Gulag history the unreformed horror of Russia: the lack of law, the rule of violence, the brutality, anti-Semitism and xenophobia. And yet it is filled with a poignance and a sense of personal tragedy that brought tears to my eyes.

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As the book convincingly reveals, this is a realm of unexpected graphic complexity. The tattoos are not mere decorations and there is nothing arbitrary about any of their elements. They are a form of speech, and every symbol has a meaning that can be understood.
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A history of the republics to parallel the official version. On the skins of thieves and hooligans existed an iconography so rich and impenetrably elaborate that even the KGB supported Baldaev’s work when so many other cultural historians had written themselves into a ticket to Siberia.
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Every now and then a book comes out that illuminates a part of the world that was not only previously hidden but which could not even be imagined. Such a work is the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia. In these photos and drawings, like nothing you have ever seen before, are reflected the horrors of Russia written on the skins of criminals. As strange as the pictures are, they are not so foreign as to eliminate sadness and tragedy; anyone flipping through the images will be enlightened about a very distant world, but also will be distressed and mystified.
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