Vitor Martins has been dressing up as Santa Claus for over 15 years and entertaining children at shopping centers and various other events around the city of Sao Caetano do Sul in Brazil. Vitor isn’t like all the other Santa Claus impersonators though, because he has tattooes head to toe! 94% of his body is covered in tattoos and many of them have a Christmas theme.
For me, as long as I am healthy and can play Santa Claus, it's like a record on my skin. I want to record it as if it were… Vitor Martins throughout the year as an artist is one person, but during these two months, I am the character of Santa Claus,' Mr Martins said.
Looking upon Mr Martins' inked body, there is no mistaking his dedication to his role as Santa Claus
Which black tattoo ink is the best?
After testing over 50 black tattoo inks, here is the results
No advertise, this is only the true test results.
Black tattoo ink brands what i tested:
Intenze tattoo ink, Eternal tattoo ink, Kabuki tattoo ink, Kuro Sumi, Fusion tattoo ink, Alla prima, Arcane, Bloodline, Dynamic Ink, Formula 51 tattoo ink, Moms, Sacred colors, Radiant tattoo ink, Starbrite.
Black ink only!
Black tattoo inks for outlines. All outline inks you can use for shading.
1. Kabuki -The best black ink for lettering and script, and for beautiful outlines.
2. Dynamic - outlines and black works
3. Sacred color black lining ink - all outline works
Black ink for tribal tattoos:
1. Intenze zuper black tattoo ink- its the blackest and easy to use for tribal tattoos(Intenze true black is the blackest but to hard to use for big tribal tattoos)
2. Intenze suluape black tattoo ink, easy to use, but don't try to made soft outlines, and small lettering tattoos!
3. Dynamic - i love to use for big tribals, outlines, all kind of small blackworks.
Black shading tattoo ink:
I use all lining ink for shading, but i love the following shading inks:
1. Eternal light gray for soft shadings, and portraits but i use all greywash from Eternal
2. Intenze greywash series
3. Alla prima greywash series
Connecting with your animal spirit guide can be enlightening and bring out some unknown and unexpected wisdom from deep within yourself. In my last animal spirit guide meanings hub, I discussed the meaning behind having a deer spirit guide. In this animal spirit guide meanings hub, I will discuss the meaning behind having a dragon spirit guide. While a dragon is a mythical creature according to the textbooks and scholars today, in ancient times, dragons were a real belief.
Not only did the Celtic people all over Europe believe in dragons and paint them on their flags and banners, but the Chinese on a total separate continent believed and celebrated this powerful beast...the dragon.
The Celtic people revered the dragon and hence believed that any place on the ground where a dragon's fire had scorched the earth, the herbs that grew from that scorched spot would be most powerful in healing disease and injury.
The Chinese used the Dragon as a symbol of strength, power, and good luck and the dragon was often used as the imperial symbol. The Chinese Dragon was the yang to the yin (the Chinese Phoenix). In Chinese mythology and legend, the most strong and noteworthy warriors and leaders are compared to the Dragon.
In the Far East, the dragon represents the elements and the four points
of the compass and dragons are simultaneously a symbol of Water, Earth,
Underworld and Sky. The dragon is a culturally far-ranging character
whose apparent bad temper should be interpreted as simply amoral,
neither good nor evil. The forces of nature are not human-hearted,
representing as they do the cycle of life and death, followed again by
birth and renewal. Natures nurtures and nature destroys.
The medieval dragon can appear as a sea serpent, as in some
paintings of St. George. The artist may have been influenced by the
Greek myth of Perseus, who slew a sea monster to save Andromeda. In
Cambodia, legend tells of the water dragon that possessed a jewel that
glittered like lightning, whose flashing brought on the rain.
Totem Wolf Meanings and Symbolism
To understand totem wolf symbols, one must first understand the heart of the Wolf. This takes time because the Wolf has had to endure many false stereotypes, misconceptions and misunderstandings.
Not at all the picture of ferocity or terror, the Wolf is a creature with a high sense of loyalty and strength. Another misconception is that of the "lone wolf." To the contrary, the Wolf is actually a social creature, friendly, and gregarious with its counterparts.
The Wolf is an incredible communicator. By using touch, body movements, eye contact as well as many complex vocal expressions - the wolf makes his point understood. Those with totem wolf symbols are of the same inclination - they are expressive both vocally and physically. Those who have the wolf as their totem animal are naturally eloquent in speech, and also have knack for creative writing.
A quick-list of totem wolf symbolic attributes include...
Totemic Wolf Meanings
Totem wolf symbols belong to those who truly understand the depth of passion that belong to this noble creature. The Wolf is a representative of deep faith, and profound understanding.
Further, the Wolf possess a high intellect, and have been observed using strategies about hunting, habitat and migration.
In history, the totem Wolf symbol appears with the founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. Legend has it that the two founding brothers were raised and suckled by a she-wolf.
In Norse mythology, the Wolf is a symbol for victory when ridden by Odin and the Valkyries upon the battlefield.
As a Celtic symbol, the Wolf was a source of lunar power. Celtic lore states that the Wolf would hunt down the sun and devour it at each dusk so as to allow the power of the moon to come forth.
In Asia, the wolf guards the doors that allow entrance to heavenly, celestial realms. The Wolf is also said to be among the ancestry of Genghis Khan.
One popular tattoo that you may want to consider is the wolf tattoo. Wolf tattoos are very popular among men and are considered to be a main stream tattoo. Wolf tattoos can be designed in a variety of different ways and sometimes portrayed with different elements and symbols. Even though we see wolf tattoos commonly on men, some women do wear such a tattoo. Just like all animal tattoos, the wolf tattoo represents traits and attributes of the wolf.
In the Far East, the dragon represents the elements and the four points of the compass and dragons are simultaneously a symbol of Water, Earth, Underworld and Sky. The dragon is a culturally far-ranging character whose apparent bad temper should be interpreted as simply amoral, neither good nor evil. The forces of nature are not human-hearted, representing as they do the cycle of life and death, followed again by birth and renewal. Natures nurtures and nature destroys. So too does the dragon.
The medieval dragon can appear as a sea serpent, as in some paintings of St. George. The artist may have been influenced by the Greek myth of Perseus, who slew a sea monster to save Andromeda. In Cambodia, legend tells of the water dragon that possessed a jewel that glittered like lightning, whose flashing brought on the rain.
Science YouTube channel Smarter Every Day gives a tattoo machine its close-up in the video above (the slow-mo action starts at 3:10). As you can see, the machine actually has many-pointed needles -- and they're not the same ones you see in the doctor's office.
I was just as intrigued as Destin was to learn that a tattooing needle doesn’t come to one point — the end looks more like a bundle of arrows.
The needles themselves aren’t like the hypodermic ones that would inject a vaccine into your arm, tattooing needles are there only to puncture skin. Once there are hundreds of tiny holes leading down to your dermis — the layer of skin between the epidermis (outer layer) and subcutaneous tissues — the ink between the needles is drawn into them by capillary action. In short, the surface tension and forces holding the ink together encourages the ink to seep into the holes left by the needles.
To understand how this is done, the video below captures the process in slow motion.
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.
A man without tattoos is invisible to the Gods. ~Iban Proverb, as quoted on vanishingtattoo.com
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.
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 pbs.org, "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
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.