Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ink Not Mink

I love Miami Ink! For those of you who don't know, its a show on A&E about a tattoo shop on South Beach. People come from all over the world to get tattooed, tell their story, and get their 15 minutes of fame. Memorial tattoos, first tattoos, "Ami James specials" and etcetera. Anyway- the owner of the shop, Ami James, has launched an animal rights campaign with PETA. The idea is "Ink Not Mink." I fell in love with the idea- I'm always impressed when people can combine their passions, especially when it is for a cause. Just found it interesting. The picture is included- hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Monday, January 28, 2008

UnbelieVable Tattoos

Tattoos are quite possibly the most permanent form of self expression. If you dye your hair, it grows out. Styles change with the times. But tattoos are going to stick with you, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health… Unless of course you opt for laser removal, but that’s almost as expensive as a divorce. Moving on. What if you want that permanent self-expression, but fear the commitment? What if you fear a tattoo would be unacceptable in the professional world? What now?

Get an invisible tattoo.

Sounds ridiculous, right?! Well, it’s not completely invisible. It is a UV tattoo, and can only be seen under a black light. Depending on the location of the tat and the type of skin, there might be a little scarring, but it is usually as inconspicuous as a birthmark or any other scar. You can walk into your office and no one has to see your wild side. The tattoo would show, for instance, when you hit the club, or maybe the bowling alley for some extreme bowling. Or use my solution- purchase a black light keychain (it’s the same idea as a laser pointer or a mini flashlight) and show it off at your discretion. It serves not only as personal expression, but also as a conversation starter. Best of all- your boss, your coworkers and your disapproving grandmother never have to see it...

The UV tattoo is no different than any other tattoo. There are no special tricks or magic potions required. Instead of the typical black or colored ink, the tattoo artist simply uses UV ink. Generally, they are about the same price as any other tattoo, but it all depends on the shop. Not all shops carry UV ink, but most can order it on demand.

A few pictures of my UV tat…

Minutes after the tattoo, 3 weeks later under normal lighting, 3 weeks later under black light

[Potted Meat Will be the Death of My Blog]

Just a quick note of apology for slacking. Apparently, Blogger thinks I am [insert potted meat brand that also doubles as Internet trash], because every time I create a blog, it gets flagged as [aforementioned potted meat] at least once or twice. So, I have been logging my posts on a flash drive this week in hopes that Blogger would be nice and unlock my blog sooner, rather than later. As soon as I am reunited with my flash drive, I will have new posts for your reading enjoyment. Check back soon- I cannot wait to unveil my first post in the weekly "What Were They Thinking" series!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Welcome. Don't Be Freaked Out.

I love everything about tattoos. I love the freedom they represent. Think about it-- if you can dream it up, someone somewhere can slap it on your body forever. Granted, some of them puzzle me, but I still find myself analyzing each tattoo as a work of art. Where was this person when they decided they wanted that on their body forever? Was is spontaneous, or a result of months, maybe years of planning? And my favorite of all-- just how intoxicated were they when they finally bit the bullet and said, "Why yes, I would LOVE for you to etch ink into my skin with that little needle of yours. I think that would be the coolest thing ever!" I couldn't really understand the desire for a tattoo, and then when tattoo fever hit me, I could no longer understand why someone WOULDN'T want a tattoo. And now, I have two. For now. Trust me, they are addictive...

But back on track. My blog is just a look into the tattoo subculture. It is my hope that people everywhere, "inked" or not, can appreciate this blog. And please, tell me if it ever gets boring. I despise boring.

Soon to come: history, styles, trends, and all things tattoo.

Buckle up, boys and girls! We're going on an adventure!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Testing, 1-2-3

Welcome to the wonderful world of tattoo blogging. Thanks for your interest, I hope you never get bored with this site...

More to come later...