Be Yourself. Be True Blue.

Be Yourself, Be True Blue To be yourself, To be True Blue, It all starts with a line. A line that connects us all, across borders, cultures, religions and professions. Steeped in history, it links us to the past where ink was used as an amulet to safeguard its bearer, to express devotion, to assert…

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Think Before You Ink

“Think before you ink”. These were the words written in big, bold letters on the front of exam papers in high school, and duly ignored by most students who were just trying to get that shit done and get the hell out of there… However, now that I’m a little older (and just a little…

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A Fad Ain’t Always So Bad

Show of hands – who remembers how popular Chinese symbol tattoos were, or those ‘wicked’ tribal tattoo that were all the rage in the 90s and Naughties? If you weren’t around for ‘KTV Power Edition’ and the era before cell phones came along, then you’re probably too young to know about those types of tattoos,…

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The Low Down On Cover up Tattoos

Cover Up Tattoos

Whether it’s a tattoo of your cheating ex-boyfriend’s name, a poorly rendered mural of a shitty 90s punk band, or a word you thought meant ‘Peace’ in Chinese but actually means ‘Chicken Chowmein’, it’s understandable that you want to make it disappear for good. Cover-up tattoos are an easier alternative to having a tattoo permanently…

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Tattoo Story: For the love of tattoos

Whether it’s in memory of a loved one, an expression of creativity or an attempt to cover up a drunken mistake, there are tons of reasons why people choose to get tattoos. There are even ‘tattoo collectors’, who collect tattoos like art and turn their bodies into a kind of art gallery that lives on…

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Why we do it?

Why do we do it? The intentions for getting tattoos can be many, but they all have a communal connotation. A tattoo can mark a group identity like sailors, soldiers, inmates, gangs, motorcyclists and hipsters. It can memorialize a person or event. Sometimes they happen by pure peer pressure like a couple of twenty somethings…

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Nine Pounds of Imagination

Nine Pounds of Imagination

The dominant Instagram post or Pinterest pin. We seem to have traded our imagination for easily accessible ideas or, should I rather say, trends. In the tattooing world, we have what is colloquially referred to as “Nine-Pounders.” There are various varieties of these trending (but loathed) tattoos, ranging from a heartbeat to anything that disintegrates.…

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