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Under Arm Tattoos

girl pit tatWhen getting a tattoo and you have decided on a design, there is the decision to make of where to put it on your body. There are so many places it could go depending on the size. Some people also want something that can be concealed for work and visible in their off time. There are many places god for that, such as arms, legs, backs, and arm pits. Wait armpits?

Arm pit tattoos are nothing new. People have been getting them for ages. Many people legseven make their arm pits a joke with their tattoos. But keep in mind this area could be painful and have healing issues. I can only imagine how sensitive the under arm skin is to needles. Especially, when I consider how much it hurt my armpits just having a rash from bad deodorant. Also, you’d have to shave a lot unless the hair would compliment that tattoo.

But, if you can go through the pain of an armpit tattoo you must be tough. To all those who dare to get this done I salute you.

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all images are from oddee. com

A Salute to Sailor Jerry

theman_7Sailor jerry was one of the greats of old school tattoos when they weren’t referred to as old school but just tattoos. Almost everyone with eyes has seen his work somewhere or something inspired by his work. He created some of the most notable tattoos designs to come out of the old school.

Born in 1911 as Norman Collins, it is said he got the nickname Jerry from a donkey named jerry theman_1that his father owned. The sailor part I can only imagine came from his time in the navy.

The navy was where he saw the world. Especially Southeast Asia, where he was influenced heavily for his own artwork. He opened his first shop in Honolulu’s Chinatown. A haven for drunk military men, and one of the only places at that time to get a tattoo.

Most of his tattoo designs where navy inspired. The famous large ship with the words Homeward Bound is one of his most famous designs. He was also notorious for drawing beautiful women with perfect breast. Many in military like outfits or one brunette who appears naked in a martini glass.

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When he died in 1973, Sailor Jerry left specific instructions with his wife that the shop and his artwork where to be offered to his three protégés, Don Ed Hardy, Mike Malone, or Zeke Owen. If neither of them wanted it the shop and artwork where to be burned to the ground.

111545165_f4435d0c56Mike Malone decided to take over the business. In the 1980’s when tattoos became more popular he Malone teamed up with Hardy to release books of Sailor Jerry Flash to sell to tattoo shops. (Flash- tattoo designs, usually hung on the walls of tattoo shops for customers to see and choose from or get an idea from). Sailor Jerry designs where soon hung on walls of tattoo shops everywhere.

In the 1990’s came the Sailor Jerry Limited brand of tattoo inspired clothing and accessories. The brand has even teamed up with Converse shoes to make sailor jerry chuck taylor’s.

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Sailor Jerry brand rum soon came as well. The spiced rum came from a recipe that is said to come from a recipe found among Sailor Jerry’s personal belongings and to be a seafaring style of rum.

 

 

 

Foot Tattoos

DSC_0171I hear people ask all the time “What is the most painful place to get a tattoo?” Everyone says the on the sides of the ribs. While I have never gotten inked in my ribs but I did recently get inked on my foot. I now think the foot is one of the most painful places to get tattooed. The ribs have more of a chance to have some padding on them unlike the foot. Which is pure bone on the top, the most common foot tattoo spot.

Foot tattoos, while painful, are very fun and easy to show off, especially if you are a girl. Guys, I don’t mean to alienate you but I just don’t see many men with tattooed feet. The only man I remember seeing with one is Ryan Dunn of Jackass and Viva La Bam. Dunn got a math problem tattooed on him for a scavenger hunt in the first season of Viva La Bam.

Foot tattoos are like any other tattoo accept they can take a little extra time to heal. For aftercare I did exactly what I did with my other tattoos. Basically, just follow what your artist says unless you already have an aftercare method of choice. I will soon be posting an aftercare page.

I did use A&D ointment for the first time rather than using ink fix like with my first two tattoos. I think it was slightly irritating to my skin but it still worked even though I did switch to ink fix after I got it back from my friend. Really, it is just a matter of preference.

When going in for a foot tattoo, remember to wear shoes that will not cover the area of the tattoo. Like ballet flats or sandals. And while it’s healing keep the tattoo uncovered. At least for a week or while the major peeling is happening.

Also, like with any tattoo remember to eat shortly before you get it done. They say you will not bleed as much and have less pain. When I got mine done it was still painful and I ate right before I got it done.

With most tattoos the pain eventually subsides a little. The foot is not like most tattoos. It is also not a big place so smaller tattoos are usually what you will get there. This means less time for the tattoo and less pain. Also, make sure to just relax and hold still. My foot kept moving up and down.

Afterwards, there will be swelling up to a few days. The best thing to do is relax and keep your foot up.

What you Missed by Skipping the Boston Tattoo Convention

-2The weekend is over, everyone is settling back into the week, just like any other Monday right, well unless you where one of the lucky people in attendance at the Boston Tattoo Convention at the Boston Center for the Arts this weekend. Chances are you have a new tattoo to show off and care for today, or some other cool thing from the convention. If not well then it is probably just another Monday for you. L.

Chances are whoever went may have a new tattoo to show off and care for today. Or some other cool thing from the convention, such as new body jewelry or something from Sailor Jewelry.

I got a new tattoo while there. I’ll admit it was very different getting one at a convention versus going to a shop. Whether you go to an artist with a design in mind or artwork on paper, or just went and just came up with something on the spot it was quite different.

At the convention, at least from what I saw, having an appointment was not as important as it is when going to a shop, especially on the last day. Also, prices seemed to be less about how many hours it took, but more what the tattoo itself was. On the last day some artists had reduced prices.

Anyone was able to easily walk around find an artist they liked and get a design drawn up on the spot, get a price, and get the tattoo right then and there. I am sure if someone did have to wait it was probably not to long. Just until another tattoo was done. But tattoos are bad to rush so waiting is understandable.

I got mine by Ms. Mikki who came all the way from Oregon to be there. While looking at her portfolio she also showed be more examples of her work online because she was smart enough to bring a laptop. She did not draw out a design beforehand, she just freehanded it on my skin.

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I got a basic sunflower on my foot with a small amount of blue shading around it. I will say foot tattoos do hurt; it was more painful than my calf or shoulder due to all the bones and lack of muscle and fat covering them. (I will post on foot tattoos once it is done healing). It was also weird having people all around, unlike a a shop where it is normally just you

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and he artist maybe a few other people.

There were non tattoo related things as well around the convention. Their where many body jewelry vendors, such as Tummy toys. There were also clothing vendors. Of course Sailor Jerry was their. Also, there were a few booths selling supplies for tattoo artists.

Also, there was a Daredevil show and Burlesque show, but I was not lucky enough to se either of these due to only being there for the last afternoon and getting a tattoo for most of time their.

Ms. Mikki can be found on her Myspace page here. She also has a website here

Day of the Dead Tattoos

051707_skull_tattooThe classic Sugar Skull tattoo is one with rich cultural history behind it. They are based on the decorative skulls made for the Mexican holiday Dias De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead is starts on November 1st and ends the next day.  Its purpose is to honor those close to one who have died. The decorative skulls are usually made from sugar, hence the name sugar skull, and are placed on an altar.Sugar-skull

The sugar skull tattoos are usually just as decorative as the skulls they are based on. They usually have designs inside the lines of the skull such as flowers, crosses spades, shapes, and hearts. Sometimes, they also have decorations on the outside such as flowers, usually marigolds or roses, a candle on the top of the head, hats, or veils. Some are just a skull, some are a normal face with sugar skull designs on it, and others have skeleton bodies. Some sugar skulls just have white backgrounds while others have colors.

nate beavers- sugar skull gallerySugar skulls made for day of the dead are said to bring good luck. Many people carry around small ones for good luck. I have a feeling, sugar skulls being lucky is why people started getting them as tattoos. Either way they make for beautiful tattoos that can be integrated with a lot of other tattoo elements such as flowers, hearts, and leaves.

Old Skool vs Custom

One of my favorite things about tattoos is showing it to other people and seeing their tattoos. You never know what you might find on someone. There could be a beautiful custom design that blows your mind, or and a classic from the old school days. Both kinds are great and have good and bad things about them. Neither one is better than the other.

Tattoos have come along way since their beginnings. Now instead of being controls tapped with a needle from something outside and a stick we have machines. Color isn’t so rare, there are more styles and designs than are ancestors could ever imagine. The styles today are amazing, but we still have old styles of yester year. The most popular is the old school style of tattoos. You know skulls, pinup girls, military tattoos, roses, hearts, and stars. These tattoos are very popular even now; everyone should be able to appreciate a classic old school tattoo.

 Many people think having a tattoo that everyone else has is bad. No one wants to show up somewhere and have the same tattoo as someone else. Old school tattoos are mostly found on flash walls (designs in tattoo shops that have many pre drawn deigns for customers to choose form if not wanting a custom drawn design). While those designs are some of the groundbreakers of modern tattooing (tattoo machine era) you have to wonder how many other people are going to have that same tattoo.

Custom tattoos are beautiful no matter what the design is. The beauty comes from the fact that is yours and yours alone. No one else is going to show up to a party with that tattoo. It’s hard to compete with that.


But they don’t have they don’t have the connection to the earlier days of modern tattooing. When you meet someone with an older tattoo gotten back when old school was new that is like one on you it must be pretty cool.I love having tattoos that where drawn custom for me that no one else has, but I have always loved the old school panthers and sugar skull tattoos. They have a certain charm that I can’t seem to explain.