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Monday, 7 November 2016

Tattoo Project Aims to Raise Awareness for Depression and Addiction

In the English language, a semicolon is the punctuation mark that separates major sentence elements. But to many, the symbol represents the struggle of depression, suicide, addiction and the will to continue on.
Marc Lavey, a tattoo artist at CowPok on Elmwood, says his connection to the semicolon comes through his cousin Scott, who took his own life two years ago.

"He was the life of all the parties, the guy who called everyone," said Lavey. "The signs aren't always as evident as everyone things they'd be. Not always the loner or quiet person."
Hoping to open the conversation, Lavey and CowPok opened their doors for a second year in a row to raise money for Crisis Services.  

Artists from several different studios volunteered their time to ink up dozens who lined up at both of their locations for the tiny, yet powerful tattoo.

"[It's] really bringing people together that are coming to share their story and representing others maybe they lost to suicide," said Lavey.

Project Semicolon is the impetus for this movement. The 3-year-old non-profit focuses on hope and love for those dealing with the issues many people shy away from talking about.

Bridget McDonough says this was her second time getting a tattoo from Lavey, but says it has an additional meaning, as she wraps up her masters degree in school counseling.
"It's in elementary schools, middle schools, adults, its everywhere. To spread that awareness and to be a part of something like this is very important to me."

Like a tattoo slowly drains a cup of ink, Lavey says the event can also be emotionally draining on the artists, but also expressed how heartwarming it is to see so many rally behind the cause.

"I've done at least a dozen first tattoos today of people that were so moved by what we're doing that they felt the need," said Lavey. "That was their words, that they needed to participate."

"I saw on Facebook earlier the line was out the door, and when I came in, just seeing people come in and leaving so happy to represent this awarenesss," said McDonough. "It's so nice to see."

CowPok raised $5,700 last year for Crisis Services, and hope to double their efforts in year two.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

How to be a Successful Tattoo Artist

Aside from your education and successful completion of the apprenticeship program, other things will make you a successful tattoo artist.

Being successful is more than just making sure you know everything there is to know about your trade - it goes beyond how many customers come through your door every day.
It even goes beyond how much money you take in doing tattoos.
The reason we say it goes beyond all of this is that you must combine everything together in order to become and remain successful.
The last part of the sentence is the important part - to remain successful.
Many people can become successful but if you do not do the right things, you will not remain successful and all of your efforts will have been in vain.
  Like any other profession, retention of success depends upon good customer service.
Yes, there is customer service involved even in a tattoo business.
There is no business in operation that does not require customer service even if it is no more than taking your money for the services rendered or the products purchased.
You have to be able to answer questions for your customers and pay attention to them.
Being chatty with someone else when you are supposed to be taking care of your customer, is not good customer service and will cause you to lose your database of customers.
A customer wants to feel he or she is the most important person in the room, so if you are not paying attention to your customer you are doing them a disservice.
  You also have to remain competitive in your pricing.
If you charge more than other tattoo artists do you are not going to achieve success unless you can prove to your customers that you charge more because you give more.
 Customers do not mind paying a higher price if they know you are giving them more for their money than other tattoo artists are.
They do not want to pay more money for the same exact services with no added quality or other amenities.
The old saying “you get what you pay for” is true even in the tattoo business, so if you want to retain your success you need to be better than others in your field and be willing to be just a little farther to make your customers want to come to you for their tattoos.

Getting to Know Your Tattoo Artist

It is a good idea to learn to know your tattoo artist even before you have any tattoo design

You can   talk to him and find out how he works, the kind of experience he has and whether he guarantees his  work. 
Another reason to talk to your tattoo artist before you let him give you a tattoo is to develop a  rapport and discover whether you feel he is being honest about his experience and expertise. 
You can  only talk to a person a certain period before any fabrications will come to the surface, and these are the  kinds of things to discover during your discussion.  
Another thing you want to do is once you have assessed a tattoo artist and he has done a tattoo for you,  you want to stay with that artist. 
Sometimes it is very difficult to find just the right tattoo artist, so when  you find someone who does good work it does not make good sense to look for anyone else. 
If you use  someone different every time you want a new tattoo you run the risk of finding someone who is not  quite as creative or efficient, thus you will not be happy with subsequent tattoos. 
You do not change  doctors every time you get sick or need a physical nor should you go to a different tattoo artist every  time you want a new tattoo.  
Be very selective when you choose a tattoo artist - choose him as carefully as you choose your family  doctor. 
In one way, you might look upon getting a tattoo as a minor medical procedure of sorts since it  requires the use of needles in order to perform the process. 
For that reason alone, you need to have  confidence in your tattoo artist - if you don’t have that confidence you may want to look toward  choosing someone else. 
The choice you make will have a lasting effect on the relationship with a tattoo  artist and your pleasure or disdain in the finished product. 
An unhappy tattoo customer is not one that  will come back nor will he or she recommend the services of that shop to anyone else. 
The tattoo artist  want to avoid unhappy customers because he knows word of mouth is the best advertising, and if he  has happy customers they will recommend him to his friends and relatives.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Is the blacklight tattoo really safe?

Blacklight Tattoos - your bright accessories

glowing in the dark tattoos

The desire for glowing in the dark tattoos has created the black light tattoo. 

UV tattoos are very popular and cool. 
But are they harmless ?
Today we will discuss the safety of UV tattoos.

UV tattoos

If you are a fan of UV tattoos, this article may be useful for you.

glowing in the dark tattoos

UV Tattoos - Motifs and Information

There are two types of luminous tattoos:

- Tattoos that can be seen in the dark in black light. They remain invisible if the light is other than UV. Fluorescent pigment is used in their tattooing, as an addition to the invisible ink. There is also a colored UV ink which can be seen in daylight as well as in black light.

- Tattoos that glow in the dark and do not need a source of light. This effect is made by adding phosphorus to the ink.

glowing in the dark tattoos

UV tattoos are very attractive.
However, the question of their safety remains open.

UV tattoos that contain phosphorus are considered to be dangerous to health. They can cause skin diseases and trigger allergies. 

It is believed that tattoos, which only illuminate with UV light, are not dangerous.

To prevent allergies, we advise you to keep your UV Tattoo away from sunrays for about three months. 

uv tattoo
In addition, you must avoid the use of perfumed creams and lotions to protect the ink.

If you have decided to make a UV tattoo, check for specialized studios so you can minimize the risks. 

The UV tattoos are indisputably a great accessory, which is trending in nightclubs. 

Cool designs and UV tattoo motifs can be found below! 
Have fun!

UV Tattoo - unique motifs

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Butterfly tattoo meaning - beauty and change

Butterfly tattoo - a symbol of femininity

Butterfly tattoo

If you have decided to tattoo yourself, are you looking for tattoo ideas? 

The tattoo should have a sense. 
It is very difficult to choose a single tattoo from the endless possibilities. 
If you are looking for a female tattoo, the butterfly motif is just right for you! 
It is modern and feminine and it is the best women's tattoo.
Tattoos with butterflies are very popular among women.

Butterfly tattoo

The butterfly tattoo is a good choice for the ladies. 

There is a great variety of types and you have to consider the location, the design and the color. 
These tattoo motifs look great everywhere on the body and can be nicely combined with other elements. 
For example, the look of the tattoo is completely changed by the addition of asterisks, flowers or leaves.

The most important meaning of butterfly motif is beauty and elegance. 

The butterfly wings are full of color. 
That's why you can combine the colors. 
The butterfly is a symbol of change and metamorphosis. 
If you have experienced a change in your life, this tattoo idea is suitable for you! 
The flight of the butterfly is assumed among the people as a free, independent relationship with nature. 
You can keep that in mind if you are a freedom-loving personality.

Butterfly tattoo

The ancient Greeks have believed that the butterfly embodies the human soul. 
Souls are born, live, die and are reborn. 
Thus the butterfly has been perceived as a symbol of a journey of the soul.

Butterfly tattoo

No matter what you believe, you will agree that the butterfly has a natural charm and you have to make a tattoo with butterflies delicate and fine. 

Get inspiration through our cool photos!
Butterfly tattoo

Tattooing FAQs

1. Does it hurt? Where does it hurt most?
This is usually the first question that most people ask before getting a tattoo. The short answer is “Yes, it does hurt.” However, the real question to ask is “How much does it hurt?”

It’s actually not as bad as you think it is. A tattoo machine has a cluster of needles that pierce your skin very rapidly. Instead of a poking sensation, the feeling is more like a constant vibration. If you have a low tolerance to discomfort it will probably bother you. Your body adjusts itself to this very quickly by releasing endorphins (pain killers), which dulls the pain significantly.

Please note that the pain will vary according to where on your body you get worked on. Areas where you have lots of muscle will absorb the needle better and as a result hurt less. Places that are directly above the bone (such as the ankle, ribs or collarbone) tend to be more painful than other areas, as well as places with high nerve concentrations like the inner arm or thigh.

As to where it hurts most, there are no hard and fast rules about this. In general, based on many opinions over the years, here are some ideas:

Most Painful Areas:
Abdomen, Ankle, Collarbone, Chest, Ribs, Spine,

Least Painful Areas:
Arm, Thigh, Shoulder

Again, these are just opinions. One man’s pain is another’s pleasure, so do not let this list deter you if you really want a tattoo on your spine or ankle.

If you are really worried about pain, speak to the artist who will tattoo you beforehand. He should be able to allay your fears and make recommendations for a more pleasant experience. Do not self-medicate (with other alcohol or drugs) as this may interfere with the tattooing process.

2. What should I get? And where?
This is all a matter of personal taste. You can pretty much get whatever you want. There are basically two types of tattoos: flash, and custom. As you probably guessed, “custom” means that you have a unique design you would like to have tattooed in mind. “Flash” are the stock designs you see on the walls of our shop. Your only limit is really your own imagination.

Keep in mind that you aren’t limited to the flash as it is displayed at the shop. If you like a particular flash piece but want modifications made to it, just ask. Our artists will gladly modify pieces, add details, etc. However, please be aware that these pieces are pre-priced and that making alterations may increase the price.

If you’d like to have a custom piece done, be sure to bring all relevant art in when you visit the shop. You will need to give the artist time to draw the piece up for you (unless it is line work or easily reproducible), so don’t expect to receive your tattoo on the same day. For more information on how we treat custom pieces at our listed studios, visit our Custom section under Tattoos

As far as where you should get it, just keep in mind what you do for a living and the type of social circles you are in. It’s great to see that many white-collar professionals are getting tattooed these days. It is becoming more mainstream and acceptable on all levels of education, background, and professions. Unfortunately, though, this does not mean it is acceptable to the employers or clientele of the professional worker. Before putting a tattoo in a very visible area of your body, you will want to consider how it will affect those around you.

3. How much is it going to cost?
Price varies according to size, complexity, and time involved. When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will tattoo you cheaply, and you’ll be crying to a real artist to have it covered up. Look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. It is disrespectful to haggle with an artist over the price of a tattoo. Remember, a tattoo is a piece of art you will wear for the rest of your life. If you can’t pay for the piece you have in mind, speak with the artist. He may be able to design a smaller piece or tailor your piece to meet your budget.

4. Is tattooing safe?
Yes, tattooing is safe. At our listed studios we practice proper sterilization and infection control standards. Basically, this means anything that comes in contact with blood/body fluids at our shop is either disposed of (single-use) or sterilized (autoclaved).

We practice Universal Precautions which means that all infection control procedures and practices are followed all the time. No exceptions.

We take pride in our safe tattooing procedures and don’t mind answering any questions or concerns you might have. For more information on our health practices, visit our Health section.

5. Can a tattoo be removed or covered by another tattoo?
Yes. Modern laser technology can effectively remove most tattoos within a few visits. However, removal is much more expensive than the original tattoo and does leave some light scarring. The best method is laser removal in which a laser vaporizes the ink particles in the skin. This can only be performed by a certified medical doctor, not a tattooist. A tattooist can cover an existing tattoo with another tattoo. All of the artists at our listed studios have had experience with covering up old/bad tattoos.

6. Can I get AIDS from a tattoo?
First off, there has never been a documented case of AIDS transmission from tattooing. Second, it takes 10 microliters (equivalent to 10 drops) of blood and deep intramuscular puncture to transmit the HIV virus. Since tattoo needles are solid core (not hollow like a syringe) and the tattoo is applied just beneath the skin’s surface, it is highly unlikely.

In a professional licensed tattoo studio that maintains a strict method of sanitation, there is no chance of getting the HIV/AIDS virus. For more information on our health practices, visit our Health section.

7. If I have dark skin can I still get a Tattoo?
Yes. At our listed studios Tattooing, we pride ourselves on the work we do on dark skin, and on the results we obtain. We assist our customers in choosing and adapting a design that will be bold and show contrast well.

Our artists also take into consideration your skin tone. People on the lighter side can have more colours tattooed, whereas those with really dark skin are often encouraged to use blacks and greys.

8. Why shouldn’t I drink alcohol or do drugs before I get tattooed?
You don’t want to drink alcohol because it thins out your blood. By doing this you bleed more, making it difficult for the tattoo artist to see what he is doing. It will also hurt more. Bleeding excessively pushes the ink out as the tattoo artist is trying to put the ink in. This forces the artist to go over the area being tattooed a lot more.

Also intoxicated or “high” people can not sit still for long. This makes it very hard for the artist to tattoo you properly. In most cases an artist will not touch you.

9. Can the sun fade out my tattoo?
Yes. Lighter colours tend to fade first: white, yellow, light blue, etc. The quality of pigments used, and how well the tattoo was applied are direct factors in the longevity of a tattoo. A top quality, professional tattoo will last a lifetime with good initial care and a little sun block. Also, the lighter the skin tone, the brighter the colours will be. You can prevent fading from happening by putting the highest protection sun block on your tattoo when going in the sun.

10. When is the best time of year to get a tattoo?
You  can get a tattoo any time of the year. But if you get tattooed in the winter or autumn, your tattoo has more time to heal before it is exposed to the harsh elements of summer. Most people get tattooed in summer and skimp on healing/protecting their tattoos because they want to go out and have fun. Swimming in chlorinated pools and getting suntans are fun summer activities but they are also detrimental to the longevity and healing of a tattoo.

11. How long do I have to wait before I can resume normal activities?
It takes four weeks for a tattoo to heal (a year for it to be fully healed). On average, you should wait about two weeks before going back to any activity that may seriously rub on the tattoo, such as working out. You should wait about four weeks before swimming in chlorinated pools, exposing the tattoo to sun, etc.

12. If I gain or lose weight, will it affect my tattoo?
Not usually. The skin has a lot of elasticity (stretch) that naturally adjusts for changes in the body. During pregnancy, a woman’s abdomen will stretch considerably and tattoos along the waistline will be distorted, but once the body returns to normal, the tattoo will take its original shape. Building muscles won’t affect the shape of a tattoo, but may make it look smaller on the enlarged surface area.


Tattoo History - The Maori of New Zealand

Moko Masters

Tā moko is the permanent body and face marking by Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. 
Traditionally the skin was carved by uhi (chisels) rather than punctured. 
This left the skin with grooves, rather than a smooth surface.

Captain James Cook wrote in 1769:

"The marks in general are spirals drawn with great nicety and even elegance. One side corresponds with the other. The marks on the body resemble foliage in old chased ornaments, convolutions of filigree work, but in these they have such a luxury of forms that of a hundred which at first appeared exactly the same no two were formed alike on close examination."

The native people of New Zealand are world famous for their tattooing. 
Though they do not cover as much of the body as many of the South Pacific people, the Maori developed an unusual style of tattooing. 

The Maori of New Zealand

Working mostly on the face (Moko), the Maori took their wood carving technique and applied it to tattooing. With this they achieved a unique chiseled design that ink was then rubbed into. After the Europeans arrived in the 1700s, they brought metal to these islands and the Maori began a more conventional style of puncture tattooing. Amazingly enough this tattooing can still be seen in many museums around the world, not just in drawings or photographs, but actually in the skin.

The Maori had an unusual custom of removing the heads of their tattooed chiefs after death. These heads would stay with the family and be an honored possession. Until Europeans began to visit New Zealand and to settle there, heads were of sentimental interest only and had no commercial value. The museums' and collectors' desire to possess them as curiosities for caused a great demand to spring up. Although reluctant to part with the heads, the Maori were eager to obtain firearms, ammunition and iron implements. So a brisk traffic ensued and the demand began to exceed the supply. The Maori were known to fight one another in disputes over land and property. The heads of these war victims became part of the trade supply. This considerably reduced the population of New Zealand while stocking the museums of Europe with specimens of barbaric face-culture. As a commercial enterprise this traffic was not without monetary profit as well.

The first dried head ever possessed by a European was acquired on January 20, 1770. It was brought by Mr. (later Sir Joseph) Banks, who was with Captain Cook's expedition as a naturalist, and it was one of four brought on board the Endeavour for inspection. It was the head of a youth of fourteen or fifteen, who had been killed by a blow that fractured his skull. The three other heads, not for sale, seemed to have false eyes and ornaments in the ears.

The first head taken to Sydney, for which there is any record, was brought from Fouveaux Straits in 1811. It was obtained by theft, and the boat crew's heads were nearly cut off for "utu" (revenge.) In 1814 heads were certainly not yet an ordinary article to trade at Sydney, but by 1829 it appears that preserved heads were not uncommon.

The Maori of New Zealand

The Rev. J.S. Wood says: "In the first place no man who was well tattooed was safe for an hour unless he was a great chief, for he might be at any time watched until he was off his guard and then knocked down and killed, and his head sold to the traders."

But the trade began to grow in importance and at length agents were sent to select the best specimens, and "baked heads" acquired a separate entry among the imports at the Sydney customs, and it was not uncommon thing to find them offered for sale in the streets of that city.

Many a poor slave suffered a horrible fate - mokoed only to be murdered for his head. At one time forbidden, the pride of the noble and the free, the unhappy slave was not forcibly tattooed and when his scars were healed he was tomahawked, his head dried and then sold to the ever ready trader. A good looking slave might be elaborately tattooed so that as soon as required his head might pass as that of a distinguished rangatira. When the traffic in heads became general, the natives ceased altogether to preserve the heads of their friends lest by any means they should fall into the hands of others and be sold.

The Maori of New Zealand

Slowly but surely the traffic became a public scandal. The Maori not possessed all the arms they wanted and discontinued the practice of trading, which was repulsive to their instincts and which they only adopted as a desperate measure to preserve their tribes from annihilation. In any case the practice was dying out. The credit for stopping it is due to Governor Darling of New South Wales. He was, it is said, exposed to very violent abuse, which continued for some time. Events however had occurred which brought public opinion to bear on a matter which put a stop to the "gainful" traffic, which undoubtedly ought never to have reached the position it occupied in 1831.

This human and courageous effort to stop the abomination of the traffic in heads, was shortly followed by an Act which passed into law before New Zealand became a separate colony and Governor Darling had the satisfaction of imposing a fine of 40£ as well as publishing the name of those concerned. Public feeling ultimately supported the cause of humanity and the trade faded away.