Friday, August 8, 2014

Tattoo quotes and Tattoo Sayings

The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who have tattoos, and those who are afraid of people with tattoos. ~Author Unknown

The tattoo attracts and also repels precisely because it is different. ~Margo DeMello, Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community, 2000

A tattoo.... is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye. As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes a poignancy unique to the mortal human condition. ~V. Vale and Andrea Juno, Modern Primitives

For westerners, the tattoo has always been a metaphor of difference. ~Margo DeMello, Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community, 2000

There is no "underground" community, no dark den of drunken sailors initiating themselves into manhood via cheap, ill-conceived exercises in bodily perforation; it’s just a group of people who delight in using their bodies as billboards. ~Joanne McCubrey, "Walking Art: Tattoos," Mountain Democrat Weekend magazine, 1990 February 9th

Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past. ~Jack London

Women, don’t get a tattoo. That butterfly looks great on your breast when you’re twenty or thirty, but when you get to seventy, it stretches into a condor. ~Billy Elmer

You may lose your most valuable property through misfortune in various ways. You may lose your house, your wife and other treasures. But of your moko, you cannot be deprived except by death. It will be your ornament and companion until your last day. ~Netana Whakaari of Waimana

I always look for a woman who has a tattoo. I see a woman with a tattoo, and I’m thinking, okay, here’s a gal who’s capable of making a decision she’ll regret in the future. ~Richard Jeni

For someone who likes tattoos, the most precious thing is bare skin. ~Cher

Ink to paper is thoughtful
Ink to flesh, hard-core.
If Shakespeare were a tattooist
We’d appreciate body art more.
~Terri Guillemets

A man without tattoos is invisible to the Gods. ~Iban Proverb, as quoted on

Good tattoos aren’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good. ~Author Unknown

You think it, I ink it. ~Saying of Tattooists

Tattoo. What a loaded word it is, rife with associations to goons, goofs, bikers, tribal warriors, carnival artists, drunken sailors and floozies. ~Jon Anderson, "Epidermal Dalis," Chicago Tribune, 6 October 1994

Inking without a plan gives Booth freedom to explore the desires of those seated in his chair, he says, to feed off their energy, allowing his clients’ demons to help guide the needle. ~Joshua Lipton, about tattoo artist Paul Booth, "Bad Skin," Rolling Stone, 2002 March 28th

  Primitive tribes were certainly convinced that the spirit, having escaped from the body at death, retained a replica of its earthly tenement. They therefore used tattoo marks as a means of identification in the next world and a passport to future happiness. ~Ronald Scutt

Beauty is skin deep. A tattoo goes all the way to the bone. ~Vince Hemingson

Beauty is skin deep, unless you have really bad tattoos. ~Jacob Calle

Tattooing is about personalizing the body, making it a true home and fit temple for the spirit that dwells inside it.... Tattooing therefore, is a way of keeping the spiritual and material needs of my body in balance. ~Michelle Delio

Your body is a temple, but how long can you live in the same house before you redecorate? ~Author Unknown

Tattoo the pristine flesh
What is permanent anyway?
This ink only lasts ’til the grave,
Time will decompose
That which we did compose.
~Corri Alius

The first purpose of clothes... was not warmth or decency, but ornament.... Among wild people, we find tattooing and painting even prior to clothes. The first spiritual want of a barbarous man is decoration; as indeed we still see among the barbarous classes in civilized countries. ~Thomas Carlyle

And this tattooing had been the work of a departed prophet and seer of his island, who, by those hieroglyphic marks, had written out on his body a complete theory of the heavens and the earth, and a mystical treatise on the art of attaining truth; so that Queequeg in his own proper person was a riddle to unfold; a wondrous work in one volume; but whose mysteries not even himself could read, though his own live heart beat against them; and these mysteries were therefore destined in the end to moulder away with the living parchment whereon they were inscribed, and so be unsolved to the last. ~Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

I want to get a tattoo of myself on my entire body, only two inches taller. ~Steven Wright

We are all tattooed in our cradles with the beliefs of our tribe; the record may seem superficial, but it is indelible. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Poet at the Breakfast Table, 1872

A quote is just a tattoo on the tongue. ~William F. DeVault

Think before you ink! ~Author Unknown

Your necklace may break, the fau tree may burst, but my tattooing is indestructible. It is an everlasting gem that you will take into your grave. ~Verse from a traditional tattoo artist’s song, as quoted on, "Skin Stories: The Art and Culture of Polynesian Tattoo," 2003

Tattoo parties: just like a regular party – but with a permanent hangover. ~Rob Ruckus, Bad Ink, "Tat’s Ink-redible!" original airdate 2014 February 24th

Best believe that needle hurt you
Best to see these true colors
Than follow one of your false virtues
A little secret to make you think:
Why is the crazy stuff we never say, poetry in ink?
~Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, and Wolfgang Van Halen, "Tattoo"

The perfect tattoo... the one I believe we are all struggling toward... is the one that turned the jackass into a zebra. ~Cliff Raven

My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist. ~Johnny Depp
The universality of tattooing is a curious subject for speculation. ~James Cook, 1779

Not one great country can be named, from the polar regions in the north to New Zealand in the south, in which the aborigines do not tattoo themselves. ~Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

When the designs are chosen with care, tattoos have a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also enhance the soul. ~Michelle Delio

And what is it, thought I, after all! It’s only his outside; a man can be honest in any sort of skin. ~Herman Melville, Moby-Dick

Quirky is sexy, like scars or chipped teeth. I also like tattoos — they’re rebellious. ~Jennifer Aniston

Louie brought his new girlfriend over, and the nicest thing I can say about her is all her tattoos are spelled correctly. ~Robert Harling, Steel Magnolias

Monday, August 4, 2014

Black and grey tattoos

The human body is the last artistic territory. Many individuals utilizing their own bodies as the artistic medium create visible bodily expressions of their inner selves. “Bod-mod” is the growing revival of highly visual, primitive body modification practices such as branding, scarification, multiple piercing, and tattooing.
Body modification can be implemented to signify various stages of life.
Decoration and attention are additional reasons for body modification. There are people that use bod-mod simply for its decorative properties.
The semblance of devotion, affection, and loyalty are also portrayed through body modification.  Many fathers have their children’s names tattooed on them. This displays the pride, love, and happiness the fathers have for their children.
Inevitably, through practices such as branding, scarification, multiple piercing, and tattooing, bod-mod transforms the outer human body into a reflection of its inner character. This fleshy canvas enables individuals to become art of their own enigmatic design.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tattooing the Body

Tattooing the Body, Marking Culture

Jill A. Fisher

Literature on American tattooing appears in varied forms, from the scholarly journals of anthropology, history and sociology to newspaper stand magazines that can be construed as ‘soft’ pornography. What this spectrum of literary forms has in common is a relative marginalization in which American tattooing is perceived as part of a deviant subculture and not a topic of serious intellectual interest. Academics involved in this research have referred to colleagues’ attitudes about research on tattooing as a deviant interest in deviance. In addition, many academics have an agenda of legitimating the practice of tattooing by explicating its social and cultural patterns. Although much of this work is important scholarly investigation, I have found that many authors romanticize the practice of tattooing in ways that often do not correspond with their analyses. This article will, in part, respond to the tensions between analyzing and romanticizing tattooing as cultural practice(s). The purpose of this article is to explore the complex relationship between power and the physical and social practices of tattooing in the late capitalist state. Beginning with the history of tattooing as a cultural practice – from ancient Greece through the colonial period to contemporary USA – I will highlight the temporal and geographical changes in the practices and perceptions of tattooing. My hope is that its history in Western civilization will offer insights into the ways in which tattooing is practiced in the late 20th-century USA. In addition to creating a historical narrative, I will also situate the sociocultural practice of tattooing the body for the tattooist and the ‘tattooee’. This investigation into body inscription will serve as a means to elucidate the contemporary practice of tattooing as one that is simultaneously physical and social, with multiple levels of constructed meaning.

 And finally, I will explore the ways in which tattooing acts
Body & Society © 2002 SAGE Publications (London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi), Vol. 8(4): 91–107 [1357–034X(200212)8:4;91–107;028513] as a cultural signifier in the late 20th-century USA. I will attempt to show how tattooing as a form of body modification can be analyzed as a form of resistance to or a symptom of a culture that has commodified the body.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Body Piercing: Reclamation, Enhancement, And Self-Expression

In America the practice of body piercing is everywhere, especially among young people, who are getting several parts of their bodies pierced either as an affirmation of their personal individuality, as a means of sexual gratification or stimulation, areclamation of their bodies from physical or emotional trauma, or for as a means of adornment. Whatever the reason, it'swide spread. Body piercing is the piercing of the ears, nose, septum, cheeks, lip, tongue, nipples, navel, clitoris, labia, penis, andscrotum. Says California State University anthropologist James Myers, Ph.D. body piercing is "possibly as old as genus Homo."(Todd, Richard, p.1) Body piercing studios are popping up all over the country in a response to the growing demand for having aneedle poked through your skin. Contrary to popular belief, body piercing is not being performed by freakish subculture deviants.In order to be a reputable piercer one has to take a rigorous course of education in the principals and methods of body piercing.

This is a step toward the acceptance of body piercing in mainstream America, where it is still viewed with mistrust by many. Body piercing allows a person to express their individuality in a new way: by putting a needle through yourself, you mark your body as your own (Delaney, Jim, p.3). By exploring some of the motivations behind body piercing, one discovers that it's not an unhealthy practice (unless perform...Body Piercing In Our SocietyBody piecing is a topic that is world wide and is in our every day lives. The following series of paragraphs will explain how people with piercings are looked at by society today.

Some wonder why people even get piercings. Most of society doesn't really know the background of piercing's. Today's society can be very cruel and judgmental to new and different things and I will give you my insight on piercings.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stars with tattoos

1. Megan Fox - Marilyn Monroe on her forearm. In 2009, she said, "I really admire Marilyn Monroe, but I would never try to emulate her. I got the tattoo as a warning. It warns me not to let myself be treated so badly by the film industry so that it breaks me down."

2. Pamela Anderson - Actress Pamela Anderson, in Dallas on Feb. 4, 2011, wrapped her arm in barbwire for the 1996 sci-fi film "Barb Wire" in which she starred.

3. Evan Rachel Wood - Attending the premiere of "Whatever Works" in New York on April 22, 2009, sports a quote from Edgar Allen Poe across her back, which reads: "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."

4. Johnny Depp - The tattoo visible here, fittingly, shows a sparrow flying over the water above the name Jack. Depp's son is named Jack and his famous "Pirates" character is Jack Sparrow.

5. Eve - Rapper/actress Eve, sporting two animal paw prints on her chest, signs autographs in New York on May 7, 2010.

6. Christina Aguilera - Attends the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif., on June 6, 2010. says the singer has five tattoos, including her nickname, Xtina, on the back of her neck.

7. Rihanna - Star tattoos cascade down the neck and back of singer Rihanna in New York on Nov. 23, 2009. She also sports an R on her shoulder blade, timed to the release of her 2009 album "Rated R."

8. Kelly Osbourne - The daughter of the man who famously tattooed "OZZY" across his knuckles sports a variety of tattoos herself. Kelly Osbourne, at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 2011, has two skull tattoos on her feet, angel wing tattoos on her back, a synthesizer on her arm and an anchor tattoo on her opposite arm.

9. Justin Bieber - A shirtless Justin Bieber escorts girlfriend Selena Gomez after stepping on the beach while in Hawaii at the end of May, 2011. The Canadian pop idol sports a vertical inscription down the left side of his rib cage reading "Yeshua," which means "Jesus" in Hebrew.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cross Tattoos for Men

Cross tattoos for men are extremely popular, and you don’t have to be a believer or a follower of any religion in order to bear one on your skin. The most popular cross tattoo is the Latin cross, Christian symbol of faith.

Cross Tattoos for Men Meanings

Some people use cross tattoos to show their religious feelings while other just like the design or wish to show a symbolic meaning with their cross tattoo. Cross tattoos are a symbol which is far more antique and rich than you might think. Men usually wear cross tattoos on shoulders, back or forearms.

Cross Tattoos for Men History

Sometimes people seem surprised when they learn that crosses weren’t always a Christian symbol. There were many cross symbols in older, pagan religions. Cross tattoos come from many different traditions. In some pre-Christian cultures, the vertical bar was seen as a phallus and the horizontal line as a vagina. Celtic druids also view the cross as a phallic symbol. The ancient Babylonians had a symbol of a cross which was associated with this Moon deity. The Assyrian cross was associated with the four directions. In ancient Egypt, a symbol of “Ankh” cross was a symbol of union between Isis and Osiris. Ankh tattoos, like many others cross tattoos, are still very popular, especially among people who are interested in mythology and the occult.

Cross Tattoos for Men Ideas

If you’re looking to get a cross tattoo and you’re not sure which one maybe a few lines about some crosses will help. It is always good to know the history and the meaning of the tattoo before getting one. The Celtic cross, aka the Irish cross, is an exquisite example of this universal symbol and they are extremely popular when it comes to cross tattoos for men. Celtic cross looks like a regular cross with a circle around the intersection, which represents the sun, decorated with the art of Celtic knot. The effect of these Celtic cross tattoos is astonishing , and it’s done in black, blue or green bold color. Celtic cross is usually incorporated in armband tattoos.

The Christian faith uses the cross as a symbol of the fact that Jesus Christ was crucified by the Romans, which was the Roman way of killing slaves and non-Romans. The Christian cross symbolizes Jesus’ victory over death. One of the first things that come to mind when it comes to Christian cross tattoo is: Is it alright for a Christian to get a tattoo? The answer is yes; unlike Jewish religion Christian religion doesn’t have anything against tattoos. If we look at the basic cross tattoo there are endless variations in symbols and pictures: The simplest one is called the Latin cross or crux ordinaria. The vertical line represents the divine while the horizontal represent the world and the intersection is the union of the two.
These cross tattoos are usually small and black, and they are most popularly tattooed on wrists, arms and upper arm.
A beautiful combination for a cross tattoo for men is a crown of thorns hanging over the cross or around the cross. Even though the Gothic subculture isn’t tied to any particular religion, gothic crosses are embellished with many religious symbols, especially Catholic ones. Gothic cross tattoo usually have an iron look to them and the textures are heavily decorated. Gothic crosses are also often combined with daggers and barbed wire. Cross tattoos for men are usually combined with many other elements, which is a great idea as it gives a special and unique meaning to your cross tattoo. Some of the most popular imagery crosses are combined with are stars, an American flag as a base for the cross is a very popular patriotic tattoo in America. Cross tattoos are also usually combined with the word or verses from the bible, displayed on a ribbon. They can be combined with flowers such as wines, thorns, roses; tribal can work great with a cross tattoo as well as the angel wings, a skull, sun or the moon or a heart. Whether you decide to do a simple cross tattoo, or gild it with some flowers or tribals, choose carefully and wisely as this cross tattoo will be your cross to bear for a really long time.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tattoo Equipment

What You Need to Get Started on Your Tattooist Career Path
If you are planning on becoming an apprentice tattoo artist, you'll need to buy your own tattoo equipment. While tattoo guns use needles that need to bedisposed or sterilized after every use, you will need your own equipment topractice on. Aside from finding the right equipment, you'll also need to know what you need and what you can do without. The gun uses needles and ink to apply the tattoo, but it also gets its power from an amp. A tattoo amp is plugged into an electrical outlet and adjusted to control the speed and depth that needles go into the skin. Tattoo ink is specifically made to be used on human skin, comes in a nendless array of colors and can be mixed for custom colors.When you first start shopping for tattoo equipment, look at the weight of the tattoo gun and power of the amplifier. If you are a beginner, a lighter gun will be best because it will put less of a strain on your arm. The amplifier doesn't need to be particularly powerful as you will not be tattooing in long sessions. Getting a few packs of needles and pig's skin to practice with will also be needed.

Believe it or not, but most tattoo parlors don't sell tattoo equipment. You will need to find a tattoo supply store before being able to purchase equipment. If youcannot find a tattoo store locally, look for one online. Look up the specifications for weight and power as well as look up the manufacturer before making a purchase. See if it comes with a warranty as you might change your mind afteryou use it a few times. Eventually you will become more comfortable using a heavier tattoo gun, but apprentices often spend years training before needing heavier professional equipment.While using tattoo equipment, you will have to take careful safety precautions. All equipment, including the needles, tattoo gun and attachments should be cleaned thoroughly. You will need to wash you hands, put on disposable gloves and take care not to stab yourself with the needles. After it is turned off, you should unplug the amp and properly dispose of the needles. It is very dangerous to keep used needles in a gun when not in use. Even if the tattoo needles are clean, they can still pose a threat if the gun is not carefully stored.Shopping for tattoo equipment should be a fast venture as there are only a few specifications you should consider before buying. Make sure that the weight of the tattoo gun is light enough to use for several hours at a time. Get an amp that hasa steady power supply and adequate voltage, and check to see if the power cords are included. Buy a small bottle of ink and some pig skin for practicing, as well as some disposable gloves and antibacterial soap for sanitizing your hands. Keep the warranties and return policies of equipment purchased in mind in case you end up not liking the products. After a view years practicing on your newly acquired equipment you will be able to get licensed as a professional tattoo artist. Tattoo equipment informationcan be found all over the internet. When opening atattoo store, you'll need to make sure you have the right tattoo equipment.