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Featured Tattoo: A Zip Tattoo That Hides Your Scars!

Scars are an ugly blot on the skin and sometimes it makes you feel uncomfortable. Tattooing over scars is not a new thing to us at the left is an outstanding example of the same. This Zip tattoo looks to be one of the coolest ways to hide a scar that you hate to look at. The tattoo is in the form of a zip that’s half open and it appears that you can zip it up or down to hide or reveal the scar.

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DHEC will not hear tattoo parlor appeal

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control will not hear an appeal filed by an Atlantic Beach tattoo parlor.

Health regulators pulled the license for 5 Jesters Custom Tattoo after a NewsChannel 15 investigation into how it was licensed.

Our investigation showed the town’s manager told DHEC a nearby park was condemned when it wasn’t.

Because DHEC thought the park was closed, it issued the license – only to pull it after our story.

5 Jesters appealed, but Tuesday DHEC decided it wouldn’t hear the appeal.

Now the tattoo parlor can appeal to the South Carolina Administrative Law Court.

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In Some Henna Tattoos, a Harmful Dye

Henna tattoos are widely available and usually harmless. But certain kinds can cause a powerful allergic reaction.

Henna is a vegetable dye that can be brown, red or green, and it wears off in a matter of days. But to produce a darker color, some tattoo artists add a chemical called para-phenylenediamine, or PPD. The Food and Drug Administration says the only legal use for PPD in cosmetics is as a hair dye.

This photograph, published in the Aug. 6 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, shows the blistered hands of a 19-year-old Kuwaiti woman who had a temporary tattoo applied at a wedding eight days earlier. She was treated with topical corticosteroids.

“The blisters lasted a week or so,” said Dr. Colby C. Evans, a Texas dermatologist and a co-author of the article. “It left behind a dark pigmentation that will take six months or more to fade.”

Is henna without PPD any safer? “There have been some reported cases of allergy to henna itself, but it’s rare,” Dr. Evans said. “Allergy to PPD is extremely common.”

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Owner of New Port Richey tattoo parlor dies after shooting

NEW PORT RICHEY – The owner of a New Port Richey tattoo shop died Wednesday, a day after he was shot outside his business, police said.

Clint Wilson, 40, was shot near Cherry Bomb Tattoos, 7618 U.S. 19, at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday. Police found him on the ground in the north parking lot of the business bleeding from the upper body.

Wilson was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, New Port Richey police Capt. Jeff Harington said.

Police have not made any arrests in case but have been following leads around the clock, Harrington said.

“It could be a motivational act or just an opportunistic act. We’re just following the evidence,” Harrington said.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Detective Jason Engel at (727) 841-4553, ext. 129, or the police department at (727) 816-1130.

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Big Discounts at Moving Sale!

Joker Tattoo has just acquired a new warehouse, and to celebrate, they’re giving away discounts and huge savings! Take advantage of their limited offers for every purchase of 21 Color and 36 color sets. Hurry! This is for a limited time only.


Featured Tattoo: Ms Pac Tattoo

Sometimes, a tattoo provokes an entirely different emotion, a confusing emotion: a reaction of “is that cool? Or is that awful?” Can a tattoo be both cool and awful at the same time?

Is this awesome? Or is this horrible?  I can’t decide.

I love Pac Man. The execution is great – Ms. Pac is appropriately pixelated, and even the cherries bear just the right amount of white-pixel shine to make them look like they came straight out of 1983.

But around the hairline? She shaved her head for this. Readers, I am at a loss. I love Pac Man, I love tattoos, the art is great, but the execution, or the placement…I don’t know.  I’d love more information about this tattoo, too – I’d love to see how it looks healed and who the artist is so I can properly credit this.

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Kat Von D’s High Voltage Life Translates Into Her Tattoos And Her New Book

Writing Kat Von D off as being a byproduct of reality TV would be a complete insult. Certainly she became a household name through Miami Ink, and later, her own spin-off L.A. Ink, but what’s kept her such a fascinating part of the public eye is both her realism and her undeniable skill.

Just one look at any of her ink-on-skin creations, and you know she’s earned her spotlight.Which is why it seems so surreal that High Voltage Tattoo, located at the corner of LaBrea and Fountain in West Hollywood, is such an easily accessible spot. Granted, getting in with Von D means putting your name on an endless waiting list, but High Voltage invites walk-ins just like any other tattoo shop. It feels like a place where you’re welcome, no matter if you’re Joe Blow from down the street or a Hollywood A-list star.

So it would make sense that Von D would translate that feeling to her recently released book, also called High Voltage Tattoo. Though she claims it’s not a memoir, it’s so infused with Von D’s personal appreciation of tattoo artistry that it feels like you’re getting an insight into her life – which you kind of are, considering it starts with her influences since childhood.

That, and the book’s overall aesthetic is that of a well-worn journal. Sure, you’re not getting all the nitty gritty details, but there are enough of them that you feel compelled to continue to read on and learn how Von D turned a passion for art into a tattooing business.

But the best part is really getting a peek behind the curtain of what tattooing is all about for a professional. Von D doesn’t just take you through the show and her shop, she discusses the process, pigments and tools, and shares insights on what really goes into creating some of the more intricate and amazing pieces she’s worked on. Plus, you get an insider look at some of the stories of celebs that she’s inked.

Through each aspect of Von D’s empire, it’s clear: there’s no pretention. This is someone who’s committed to the artistry of tattooing – truly, madly, deeply.

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The Infamous Tramp Stamp

I want to address the issue of the “tramp stamp,” because I hear this term more and more these days and it’s really starting to get on my nerves.

I’ve gotten several emails from readers wanting to know if this term is “true.” It refers to lower back tattoos on women, and it suggests that the women who wear them are promiscuous. But the deeper connotations of this word get much uglier than that.

The says this of women who wear these lumbar tattoos:

“Those chicks with tramp stamps are the kinds of girls you take home to bang. Don’t get into relationships with them because they are often immature gold digging sluts who sleep with everyone. Oh yeah, make sure you use a rubber because you don’t want to end up with chlamydia trachoma (which 1 in 20 women have between the ages of 14-39 according to the center of disease control… probably much higher if they have a tramp stamp considering the scientific coloration [sic] between sluttiness and tramp stamps). Also, if they pop out a baby (which they often do), they may have issues getting epidurals through their tattoos in the lower back.”

The above statement is such a great example of ignorance gone wild. Someone has a strong opinion about something, based on pure ignorance or prejudice, and they spread their mindless ramblings as fact. And of course, Urban Legends spread faster than wildfires, so the next thing you know everyone believes a load of bull and continues to pass it on as solid truth.

Where did this term come from?
It’s not really clear when it started becoming a popular phrase to describe lower back tattoos on women, but it’s been much more prevalent in the past year or so. BME suggests that it originally referred to simple tribal and Celtic designs, because they appear to have been “stamped” onto the skin. Now, however, it can refer to any lower back ink.

Are the rumors true?
So, is it true that women who wear lower back tattoos are more promiscuous than those without? Sure, some of them. And some women with long hair are more promiscuous than those with short hair. And some women with blue eyes are more likely to do drugs than women with brown eyes. These so-called scientific studies that supposedly prove a correlation between lower back tattoos and promiscuity are neither scientific nor accurate. Granted, women who are already promiscuous may choose to get a lower back tattoo, but that street doesn’t necessarily go both ways. It would be like saying that since rabid dogs bite, then all dogs who bite are rabid!

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any connection between lower back tattoos and sexuality. I believe that it’s fair to say that women who get (and display) tattoos on the sensual lower curvature of their backs – instead of covering it with high waistbands and low shirts – are expressing sensuality and sexual confidence. And I say good for them!

Women have long been oppressed whenever they have attempted to assert themselves sexually. Showing a little lower back, with or without ink, is no different than showing skin on other sensual areas of the body. In the 1800s, a woman would be considered immodest if she showed her shoulders or legs. The shocking pinups of the early 20th century, featuring bathing beauties in swimsuits that are laughably modest today, were considered positively pornographic. Even in the mid-1900s, “good girls” never showed cleavage! Fortunately, times have changed and women are freer to show skin without raising as many eyebrows, but that doesn’t mean it never happens.

Attracting Attention
If you have a lower back tattoo, and if you choose to display it by wearing low-rise jeans or crop tops, you do have to accept the fact that you are going to attract attention. But there is no shame in that as long as you can handle it. Asserting yourself as a strong, independent, sexually confident woman means being able to carry yourself in a dignified manner despite negative reactions.

One man joked about this on a message board, saying:

“I see nothing wrong with tattoos, so as long they don’t cover their entire body with them. But you know what I find real funny? It’s when a girl has a tattoo on the small of her back and wears a mini skirt or low cut jeans with a top that exposes the tattoo… when I, ahem… ADMIRE… her artwork on her back, she starts complaining about how I’m like all the men who undress with their eyes.”

Inappropriate Comments
If you don’t want people to notice your tattoos, don’t display them. Simple as that. But showing a lower back tattoo, however, does not mean that it is an open invitation for others to make sexual comments. Just because a woman decides to assert herself sexually does not mean she is sexually promiscuous! There is a distinct difference that needs to be made between assertiveness and licentiousness!

So, while it may be true that there are those out there who will judge women with lower back tattoos and refer to them as “tramp stamps,” there is no truth to the claim that these women are any more promiscuous than anyone else. If you are a woman wanting a lower back tattoo, go for it. If you’re concerned about the people who will judge you for it, either toughen up or cover up. And if you’re one of the ignorant people spreading the “tramp stamp” rumors, well – consider yourself educated.


Save Your Back – It’s The Only Flat Canvas You Have

When choosing a new tattoo I would like to propose that you think twice about getting the new piece on your back. Why not a back tattoo? Well there is a difference between a back tattoo, and a tattoo on your back. If you are thinking of getting more tattoos at a later date, you want to save your back since it is the only flat canvas your body provides.

Any tattoo that you get on your upper shoulders or even a tramp stamp will greatly limit any potential back tattoo. Full back tattoos usually run from the shoulders all the way down the back to below the ass cheeks, creating a stunning first impression and since it is a flat canvas the viewer is instantly drawn into the design.

Full back tattoos do however take a lot of time and dedication. Expect to sit anywhere from 20-100 hours depending on the intricacies of the selected tattoo design. Black and grey pieces will of course take much less time then a full color back tattoo, but to each his own.

There is always a chance that your existing tattoo might be able to be worked into a full back piece or even covered up. Certain things are not easy to work around like tribal designs, which may require you to get some laser work done before starting a full back piece.

I myself have made the mistake of getting a tattoo on my back before taking the time to think about what I really wanted there. I still haven’t decided on a back piece design but I can assure you once I do, my existing back tattoo will be covered so I can use the entire canvas.

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More Tattoo Regulations

ALBERT LEA— If you’re interested in going into the tattoo business, you’ll need ink, needles and a steady hand. But in the state of Minnesota a license isn’t required.

Some lawmakers want to change that. They want tattoo artisits to get a certain level of training.

And one local artist wouldn’t mind if regulations got stricter.

Scott Pagliaroli, “With the needles you’re not supposed to use needles and resterilize them, that’s against, I say it should be against every kind of ordinance there is. Your needles should be destroyed, new needles should be use.”

If businesses like Pagliaroli’s already meet or exceed the new rules, tattoo shops would be exempt from the licensing requirement. They would still receive surprise inspections.

Pagliaroli’s says his shop’s ready.

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