Christmas Gift Ideas For Tattoo Lovers

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.
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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.
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High Voltage Tattoo


 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


 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 

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume I


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.


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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shige tattoo  Shige’s

vibrantly colorful bodysuits were the big award winners at the London Tattoo Convention in 2005 and 2006, where he was competing against massive names such as Filip Leu, Paul Booth, and Tin Tin. As a result, Shige has earned elite rockstar status in the world’s tattoo pantheon and this big beautiful book of incredible images further testifies to his mastery of the art.


In what could be called a tribute review of a book no longer in print. State of Grace created a book to rule them all, a monster of tattoo art at 328 full color pages. There are only a few of these books on the market, and when there gone, there gone.


After printing and selling 5000 copies of the first ever monograph on the legendary Japanese tattoo artist, Shige, State Of Grace has finally made the PDF available as a download! 320 pages chronicling the life and work of Shige, this is a must have for Japanese tattoo enthusiasts and tattoo artists. In full vibrant color.

tumblr_mn70fnsHlY1qhjkuyo1_500  The best Irezumi there is! May 3, 2011, By Lee,

If you have any interest in Japanese Tattoos and like Shige’s work then this is a must buy the stories are enlightening and the Pictures are awesome, and the price is the best out there.shige_japanese_tattoo_back_piece

Portrait of a Genius August 23, 2010 By Richie Jingles

An absolute sublime treat for the eyes and soul— an visually in depth study of one man’s tattoo journey and we get to go along for the ride. Shige is on par of the great tattoo master Horiyoshi, but has forged his own singular style within Japanese tradition. This kind of magnificent work enriches any one who gazes at it. Let the fine art critics who rhapsodize with great and undeserved verbiage about smeared paint on canvas take a real look at work that shows both great vision and great skill, qualities which the fine art world dismisses these days. “Craft doesn’t matter” is their refrain… Let them gaze on this and despair.

Tattoo World

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Tattoo World

by: Michael B. kaplan, Marisa Kakoulas

Once considered part of the counterculture movement, tattooing is now undoubtedly a mainstream practice. Although the history of   tattooing is rooted in ancient customs and beliefs, it is a constantly evolving art form, as skilled practitioners continually reinterpret traditional motifs and experiment with new ones. With more than 1,000 illustrations from 125 of the most important artists working today, this book is the most comprehensive survey of tattooing ever published. Collected here are designs from around the globe, spanning a broad range of styles, including Japanese and East Asian iconography, classic Americana, and photorealism, among others. Featuring the work of tattoo legends alongside pieces by pioneering artists pushing the limits of the medium, this visually arresting survey is the essential reference work for anyone interested in this exploding art form

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William Clemo, gave Tattoo World 5/5 stars, and wrote.

“This book is a great end table book that shows pretty much all styles and gives a brief bio of artists who specialize in that style. Wonderful pictures and a the price fits into everyone’s range for great books. I have books that I’ve paid more for that aren’t as nice as this.”

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Ashley give 5/5 stars and says,

“Best coffee table tattoo book I’ve ever read. Completely filled with beautiful pictures of various types of styles, explaining what they are and mini bios on the top artists specializing in those styles. Definitely worth the read.”

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Oleg Turyanskiy an artist featured in Tattoo world writers about it on his site,

Tattoo World Book by Marisa Kakoulas and Michael Kaplan, which was released a few month ago, features some of my black and gray animal portrait tattoos. This hardback book includes more than a 1000 illustrations from 125 tattoo artists from around the globe and represent different tattoo styles on 384 pages.

I also want to add that it was honor for me to be a part of this project which came out fantastic.

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About the author Marisa Kakoulas is the author of Black Tattoo Art and Black and Grey Tattoo, and has written about tattoos for Inked magazine. Michael Kaplan is the author of three books and has written for publications including WiredDetails, and the New York Times.

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Look before you Ink

Look before you Ink

By Thomas Miller

Getting a tattoo, especially for the first time can be either an exciting or a difficult process often ending in disappointment for those who do not do their research. Good artists, price ranges, a tattoo design, and placement are all things to be considered heavily. Especially before dishing out a hefty sum for an unimpressive dragon tattoo.

Walking into any old ink parlor is certainly one way to go, yeah. Maybe not, because on the other hand sitting down and doing some research could be exponentially more helpful in getting inked. Plenty of websites offer reviews, recommendations, and even pricing rates for the shop in question to better help prepare those about to be inked. Thus preventing any unsatisfied customers or unpleasant sessions.

Kimberley Vlaeminck, 18, claimed that she'd asked for three small stars but fell asleep during the procedure and woke up with a whole galaxy on her face.

Kimberley Vlaeminck, 18, claimed that she’d asked for three small stars but fell asleep during the procedure and woke up with a whole galaxy on her face.

Customarily in a parlor or shop, there are a couple cool looking designs on the wall. After having picked one out, and getting the customer settled in the chair, the artist would then prepare his equipment. A gun consisting of a power supply, foot petal and needle assembly. Usually fresh needles are preferred and legally they MUST be used. Since no research has been done, it wouldn’t be known to ask about this aspect of the process, and the artist wanting to save money doesn’t use fresh needles, nor does he tell you of this. Now not using fresh needles could result in infection, the skin rejecting the ink, or the design to look unsavory. In these instances the tattoo will heal, painfully, crack and peel and then be fully healed. A good practice for the care of fresh ink is any one of multiple ointments applied to skin to keep the ink and needle burns from getting agitated. Hopefully a friend or family member will bring this up. Not many people are aware of this, especially if they have never been tatted. Now, the area of the body where the ink will go is then shaved if needed and cleaned. Then the artist gets to his craft. Carefully and slowly inking out the outline of the dragon tattoo. Who knew it would hurt so much? Sixty bucks for this? Maybe it will be bigger than I thought? These questions race through many minds of almost every patron ever during their first session. The answers are as follows in order. Everyone. Sadly, yes. No it will be smaller than you hoped.

Yes this is real. read the story in vice-

Yes this is real. read the story in vice-


At the end of the day, there is absolutely zero reasons NOT to take time and gather as much information as possible on getting a tattoo, pricing, and processes. Some people may not care, but ink in the skin is ink for life. It should look as cool and professional as possible, not like some eighth grade doodle. Even coming up with a tattoo design at home should be a well thought out process. A dragon tattoo is a tattoo design worth the money and time spent on getting it right the first time. After a little research of course. Careful though, the first ink is never the last ink.



5 Tips to Hot and Sexy Tattoo Design for Girls

5 Tips to Hot and Sexy Tattoo Design for Girls

Hot girls could really turn heads everywhere they go but girls with hot and sexy tattoo designs could really make men drool.  Tattoos are some of the most noticeable images or ‘permanent’ accessories that anyone could place on their bodies and seeing such masterpieces on women could really redefine what is meant to be cool – particularly if they’re hot and sexy.

The following discusses five of the hottest and sexiest design variations for tattoos that would really look great on any girl.

A Fairy at My Ankle


Hot and sexy tattoo designs can be placed anywhere on a girl’s body and would still come out as striking as any other tattoo designs, even if it is located on or near the ankle. Such sexy designs can be very flirty and can even be enticing to look at. However, the image you should choose should make you more appealing and exotic instead of choosing something ‘cute’ or ‘safe’. One of the best images that a girl can choose would be the sleek and sexy fairy designs that would conform to the curves and contours on her ankle area.

An Angel at My Back

Angel Wing Tattoos on Back For Girls

A sleek and sexy angel sporting mighty eternal wings placed at any girl’s back can really be a great hot and sexy tattoo design sample as anything else. Forego the cute and charming cherubs and baby-like angel images and choose a more exotic, bold-looking and utterly sexy angel design. You can even be more exotic and bolder and choose a ‘dark angel’ theme for your design and create a sexier effect.

Dragons: Sexy and Dangerous

Japanese Dragon Tattoo

Bold and daring girls would not want plain and simple tattoo designs on their bodies but would rather choose something sexy and dangerous. And what can elicit a sense of danger and at the same time something exotic and sexy better than a dragon. Having a dragon design at the lower portion of a girl’s back or even at the shoulders can elicit both a sense of power and sleek beauty that only a dragon can bring.



Bold and Different

The same effect that dragons can bring as sexy and dangerous-looking designs, tigers too can be hot and sexy tattoo designs for girls particularly if placed at the back for everyone to see. The design should not take a large portion of the back though and can be placed anywhere between the shoulders and the hips. It would be great to leave some area of skin untouched for that sexier and sleeker effect.

Say It in another Language


For some people, an image that is beautiful to look at but something people may not completely understand would be a great sexy design samples. Words like ‘beautiful’ or even ‘sexy’ written in Chinese, Japanese or any other exotic languages and script can really have a sexy effect if tattooed on the back, arms or legs.

Bold and beautiful, sleek and sexy – these are traits that some women would like their image to project. They can do this with jewelry and clothing but nothing can create a more powerful effect than having a hot and sexy tattoo design on their bodies.

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Express Yourself Better with Tattoos Using Temporary Tattoo Paper

Express Yourself Better with Tattoos Using Temporary Tattoo Paper


If you want to express yourself with tattoos but don’t want the permanent types, one of the best things that you should do is to have them on temporary tattoo paper. These are much faster and easier to get on than real tattoos. However, there are some things that you should know about them first in order to really enjoy having a temporary tattoo.


There are some people that find that applying and removing the temporary tattoos to be actually a learned skill. If applied incorrectly, you could end up with a partial design. You could also have problems with it, especially with it breaking up when you put a sleeve over it for the first time. If you want to know how to put it without breaking up, you should read some guides beforehand.

Before you place the tattoo, you should always make sure to wash the area where your temporary tattoo is to be applied with soap and water. Oils, creams, and lotions can often affect how long the design would stay on, and the length of time before it starts breaking up. You should also make sure that your skin is dried when you put on your tattoo. For best results with your temporary tattoo, you should shave off thick or coarse hair where you would want to apply your temporary tattoo.

If you are putting the temporary tattoo paper at a place where you can’t reach or see properly, you would need to have someone else apply the temporary tattoo. This way, you can make sure that your tattoo will stay on straight. If you shift the tattoo constantly while it is setting, it will usually not work. You would need to stay on your pose for at least 45 seconds if there is nobody available to help you so that your tattoo will still stay in place.

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When applying the temporary tattoo, you would need to cut the tattoo out of a combo sheet. If you want to minimize the peeling after it has dried, you should try to leave at least 3mm space after the edge of the design. After that, you should then peel off the plastic backing of the tattoo. You should do so with the image facing downwards. Then, grab a washcloth and press it onto the back of the tattoo. You should make sure that the paper is saturated in order for the design to transfer onto your skin. You should then press the design down for 30-40 seconds. Then, peel the backing slowly. You should leave it to air dry, and do not blot or wipe it away.

If you want to remove your temporary tattoo paper, you can use different things in order to do it. You can use baby oil and a cotton ball, mineral turpentine, or even just adhesive tape. This allows you to get rid of your tattoo if you no longer like it.