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.
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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

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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 

The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide

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The Word Made Flesh

A beautifully packaged full-color collection of literary tattoos and short personal essays, The Word Made Flesh is an intimate but anonymous confessional book, in the vein of thought-provoking anthologies like PostSecret and Not Quite What I Was Planning. Gorgeous photographs and candid commentary are collected by authors Eva Talmadge—whose short story “The Cranes” was cited as Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2008 in Dave Eggers’ Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009—and Justin Taylor, author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, and editor of the acclaimed short fiction anthology, The Apocalypse Reader.TAT_Erica-Burton_500

From the Back Cover

The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide is a guide to the emerging subculture of literary tattoos—a collection of more than 150 full-color photographs of human epidermis indelibly adorned with quotations and illustrations from Dickinson to Pynchon, from Shakespeare to Plath. With beloved lines of verse, literary portraits, and illustrations—and statements from the bearers on their tattoos’ history and the personal significance of the chosen literary work—The Word Made Flesh is part collection of photographs and part literary anthology written on skin.

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About the AuthorTess Adamski high res - credit Thor at Yonge Street Tattoos-thumb-350x350-54306 Eva Talmadge’s fiction has appeared in The New York TyrantThe Agriculture ReaderNew Orleans Review, and Subtropics, among other publications. Her short story “The Cranes” was cited as Notable Nonrequired Reading in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009 (Dave Eggers, ed.).

Justin Taylor edited the acclaimed short fiction anthology The Apocalypse Reader, and is the author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. The Gospel of Anarchy is his first novel. wallacefinished2In a five star review titled, “You are what you read” Susan Tunis says.

“I’ve never considered getting a tattoo. They’re fine, but never held any personal appeal… until I saw The Word Made Flesh. It’s a photo essay of literary tattoos, and in addition to the fine editors who put the book together, it owes its success to the creativity and literacy of the individuals pictured within. Don’t expect to see a lot of smiling faces. Most photographs are disembodied arms, legs, and other assorted body parts.
The tats pictured take all forms. Many are literary quotations, and it’s quite fascinating to see the words that moved a reader so profoundly that he or she literally wanted them to become part of their selves. Other tattoos were recreations of cover art, illustrations, bookish logos, punctuation marks, and even portraits of authors.

One of the sequences that interested me most was a press release and a series of photographs from “The Skin Project.” Writer Shelley Jackson has penned a 2,095-word short story entitled “Skin.” It will never be published anywhere. The only place it is being printed is word by word on the bodies of volunteers. The only individuals who will ever be privileged to read the entire text are the tattooed “words.” Five of them are pictured. And once the “words” die, the story will be gone. Very cool.

While the photographs are the central focus of the book (and they’re nicely shot and pleasingly laid out), the text is likewise pleasing and diverse. Much of the text is made up of brief discussions of the tattoos in the bearers’ own words, which are almost always interesting. The editors do a good job, as well, keeping things mixed up. I mentioned the press release earlier. At one point, a two-page short story that inspired a tattoo is printed in its entirety. Elsewhere, a man talks about his tattoo, and the writer quoted responds to being immortalized in this manner.

The pictures in this book are awesome! But after I’d done the quick flip, I went back and read every word of text. Literature is my greatest love, and I dig people who have been permanently marked by their reading. And I really dig this little book!”Dan-Slessor-Brighton-England-3-500x375

The Mammoth Book of Tattoo Art

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The Mammoth Book of Tattoo Art

By: Lal Hardy

This all-new collection of hundreds of full-color photographs features the work of more than 70 leading tattoo artists from around the world, including superstars such as Hannah Aitchison, Paul Booth, Chris Garver, Corey Miller. Discover images of striking, abstract “tribal” pieces, elaborate air-brushed designs, all-over “body suits,” “sleeves,” and intricate, distinctive motifs.

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Pat Fish, an artist featured in this book, and also the artist in all these pictures talks about celtic tattoo.

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“It is a natural inclination to take pleasure in ones ethnic and genetic heritage. We are, all of us, the distillation of our ancestors, connected to those who came before by our bloodlines and genetics.So it makes pefect sense that anyone with a Celtic heritage would look to the wealth of iconography and symbolism in Celtic art as inspiration for their tattoos.

When I began my tattoo career in 1984, it was my fervent goal to learn to tattoo this unique style of art. I didn’t see much of it being done except in Northern Europe, but I felt a deep resonance with the intricate complexity of this art from antiquity.

In the years since, I have specialized and studied; and I take great pleasure in working with clients to bring the knotworks of the ancient illuminated manuscripts and carvings from the Pictish stones to life in skin. Instead of being confused or frustrated by the complexity of the patterns, I think I am never bored by them!”

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Buster Paris, Rates 4/5 stars and says

“It’s funny, when I grabbed the book to put next to my laptop so I can type the review, I flipped through pages and rediscovered just how great this book is and sure – there are tons of tattoo books out there, heck – there’s tons of tattoo images we can all just Google to look at, but The Mammoth Book of Tattoo Art belongs in your collection. It’s full of interesting, beautiful and unique tattoos.

Some reviews really depend on your (the reader’s) intentions in buying the book. However, for this book, it pretty much covers them all.

If you’re looking for tattoo ideas/inspirations – this is a great book with PAGES of beautiful tattoos

If you’re looking for an art book with an emphasis (ok, total focus) on tattoos – this is a great book with PAGES of beautiful tattoos

If you’re looking for a gift for the tattoo enthusiast the artist in your life – – this is a great book with PAGES of beautiful tattoos

I think you get where I’m going with this.

This book really is a great book. The pictures are beautiful, the art is beautiful and one thing this book does that stands out amongst the rest is that it has “chapters” (several samples) from tattoo artists – so if you see something you LOVE and want it OR want THAT specific artist, it gives the artists information and a little bit of information on them. Not overly in your face, and not too little information.

Great book, buy it and enjoy it.”

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Vintage Tattoos, The Book of Old-School Skin Art

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Tattoos have gone from badges of rebellion to fashion statements fully absorbed into mainstream culture. They are enjoying a renaissance, with graphic designers and artists creating specialty tattoos for a growing audience, unleashing a revival of interest in the bawdy vintage tattoo. Old school tattoos are being rediscovered (sometimes ironically, sometimes not) by a new generation. Originally embraced by rebels, sailors, and gangsters, these tattoos-broken hearts, naked girls, floral motifs, and maritime emblems-are now showing up on the fashion runway and in music videos. This book chronicles vintage motifs in thematic chapters interspersed with profiles of influential tattoo artists and their distinctive designs: Sailor Jerry Collins, Don Ed Hardy (“the Godfather of Tattoos”), Mike “Rollo Banks” Malone, Bert Grimm, Japan’s Horiyoshi III, and Shanghai’s Pinky Yun.


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Carolyn James gives The book 5/5 stars and says in a recent review.

“Becoming an increasingly more inked individual, I’ve become more and more fascinated with the history of tattoos. I’ve been drawn to exploring works with a more vintage feel so this book was right up my alley. I love that I learned the reasons people got certain types of ink in the past and was able to see what basic vintage designs look like. As tattooing becomes more mainstream and reasons for inking changes and styles expand, it’s always great to go back to the basics and learn some history. I hope in the future to get a piece inspired by some of the works in this book!”

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Ashley gives 5/5 stars and says.

“I really love this. It’s the perfect coffee table book really, something you can look through a million times and never get bored of all the crazy old school designs. It’s a pretty short summary of all the most influential artists, dating back to the 1800’s and whatnot. It’ll definitely help you to gain a respect for the industry, by knowing the history of it. I only wish it was still the forties.”

In a more critical 3/5 stars review Maryjane writes.

“This had a brief overview of tattoo history, some of the well known artists and lot of picture of artists’ designs. This was a pretty quick read, and had some interesting info”

 

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- http://www.vice.com/read/drakes-best-headline-yet

Yes this is real. read the story in vice- http://www.vice.com/read/drakes-best-headline-yet

 

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.