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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

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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.

 

 

 

Boston Tattoo Convention

-2Conventions, as we all know, our ways for people that like something to get together all in one big place. There are conventions for everything from Star Trek to Plumbing and Heating.  And of course there are tattoo conventions. Thank whatever god you may follow, or just whatever your explanation for good things is, for the invention of tattoos and of course tattoo conventions.  Next weekend, (0ct 2-4), Boston will be the thankful ones during the 8th annual Boston Tattoo Convention.

While I have never been to the BTC before I have herd only good things about it. So I am expecting my trip to this year’s convention to be amazing.  I must say I am counting down the days and wish I could go now.

Like past years over 100 artists are expected to be in attendance and there will be on site tattoos and piercings being done.  It is being held at the Boston Center for the Arts on Tremont St.

There will also be Burlesque dancers, the Skyline Cirque, Lucky dare Devil Thrill Show, an oil painting seminar taught Don Henk, Microdermal/ Surface Anchor techniques (piercing), a skin course for tattoo licensure, and tattoo contests.

One of the event sponsors is Sailor Jerry so we can expect some good stuff from them to be floating around, and I don’t think it will just be rum.

Ticket prices are not to bad. Single day tickets are $20 dollars in advance online or $25 dollars at the door. A weekend pass, good for all three days, is $45 online in advance or $50 at the door. For the extra special cool kids there is the V.I.P pass which is good for the entire weekend of course and includes a t-shirt and poster.

A portion of the events proceeds will go to the Cure Autism Now Organization. So this event is more than just a bunch of people getting and seeing tattoos it’s also for a good cause.

This looks like one of the coolest things to do all year in Boston besides a Sox game so get off your buts October 2-4 and get to the Boston Center for the Arts.  The T can take you pretty much all the way. So there’s no excuse of how to get there even.

Tricks are for Kids

kid-with-temp-tattoo-190x300The saying “tricks are for kids” can be applied to more than just cereal. Temporary tattoos are a bit of trickery in the world of ink.  Good Quality fakes can look about as good as an okay quality tattoos.

I am not going to lie, temporary tattoos where one of my favorite things as a kid. I really was the kid who put all of a sheet on their body sparking the classic line “You have more tattoos than my mother” from amused adults. Regardless of the joy I got from them as a child I would wear them now as an adult.  Some people may think it would be hard to find an adult with a temporary tattoo. But it is not as hard one may think.

Now a days, anyone can get a henna tattoo at places likes fairs, beaches, among numerous other henna-tattooplaces. Henna, unlike the temporary tattoos of yesteryear, last more than just a few days. Some can even last a couple of weeks. They are just a brownish colored dye that is caked onto your skin in the design of your choosing. Then once it is dry you peel off the cakey ink to reveal what looks like a stamping of the dye.  They are usually inexpensive and do not look half bad. Also, their fade away period is a bit better than that of regular temporaries because they just fade instead of coming off piece by piece.

Either way I still do not think much of temporary tattoos on people that can go into a tattoo shop and actually get ink with a needle. If you are afraid of needles then maybe you aren’t ready for a tattoo. Most permanent tattoos have meaning but they all mean that you where able to sit through the needle for a certain amount of time. Which, I feel, makes a person more deserving of a beautiful tattoo.  I do not mean to be rude, but if you fake a tattoo it does not have even an eighth of the meaning of a real tattoo. Even if it is some kid with a home made tattoo gun that gives them an awful tattoo. Still, that awful tattoo will always mean something to that kid when they look at it. Whether its regret or joy it is still meaningful.

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Tattoos for Smartasses

belly_button_tattooA smartass can make anything funny. They can even get smartass tattoos. Before they just used funny designs, now they have made their tattoos even more smartassy.

Normally tattoos on a persons belly are reserved for girls with tight stomachs, now people get tattoos around their belly buttons over the hole. The trick is to get belly_tattoo-243x300something like an animal turned around. So the bellybutton is becomes a butt of the tattoo. These clever tattoos are not just restricted to animals. A goofball could always get a tattoo of a person bent over. I also saw some of women lying on their backs spreading their legs. Guess what the belly button hole represents.

So if you’re a goofball looking for a funny tattoo let hope you don’t have an inee .

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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.

Tattoos in the Circus

circus_poster1900The popularity of tattoos did not just come from sailors and island tribes. In the 19th and early 20th centuries the circus gave a big boost to the popularity of tattoos.

It all started in the early nineteen hundreds  when a tattooed man, which was very rare for the times, went to work for a circus. Circuses soon started to compete with each other over whose tattooed performers had the best ink. The major circuses would all have about three tattooed performe1950circustattooposterrs at all times. There would be tattoos in the freak shows and regular circus acts.

Tattoo artists would even travel with the circus over the summer. The circus was great publicity for them and a free showcase for their work. They where also usually paid by the circus.

The debut of the cross country railroad around 1869 brought circuses to even more people than before and even more people to be mesmerized by the tattooed performers.

In the 1890s, the new electric tattoo machines made getting tattoos much easier and more tattooed people showed up to work at the circus. By 1920, it is said that there where 300 circus performers who had full body tattoos and many where making as much as $200 a week, a lot of money for back then of course.

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