Enthusiast gives Lecture on Tattoo Education

US resident Kris Richter, from Nebraska, is advising people to seriously consider who they allow to tattoo their bodies.

Richter, who is the founder of Beyond the INK, said she realised there wasn’t place for those interested in getting a tattoo to find accurate information.

Despite her not being an artist herself, she said her work around the industry has inspired her to educate others.
Richter has even stated to other media outlets that even television shows such as “LA Ink” and “Miami Ink” provide false information and unrealistic expectations to those who are considering getting a tattoo.

The 25-year-old gave her first lecture on tattoo education at the at Indigo Body Art Gallery on Monday 13th February.

To find more information on Beyond the INK, click here

Barbados Army Joins in on Tattoo Ban

The Army in the Island of Barbados has banned any potential recruits from joining, according to reports in the country.

In recent weeks, we have brought to your attention a number of articles regarding issues of countries, cities, towns, governments and organisations banning people with tattoos.

Now visible tattoos will disqualify you from entry into the Barbados Defence Force (BDF).

This announcement came from Sergeant Sonia Jones, who is senior non-commissioned officer in the human resources department of the BDF.

Sergeant Jones was addressed this when speaking at the organization’s career showcase for secondary schoolchildren.
The BDF is even looking to recruit at least 70 people in August but has only 50 vacancies to fill within the force.
Sergeant Jones said that because of the tattoo policy had in fact come into effect in 2009 and was not something new. Applicants with visible tattoos would be turned away from joining.

One of the suspected reasons for this is because the army go on parade and they do not think it is appropriate to have them on display.

Do you think its wrong to exclude people with tattoos? Do you think this should matter at all if you want to fight for your country? Answers to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Miss Tattoo UK 2012

We have been reading lots of stories of entrants trying to gain support via local media and we are going to remain unbiased.

However, in the interest in fairness, we have decided to bring all the entrants to the TAR public’s attention.

Miss Tattoo UK will be officially decided on May 5th at the Liverpool Tattoo Convention 2012 via a judging panel. Before the top 10 showcase their beauty in Liverpool, it will be the public’s decision as to which entrants make it there.

Speaking via the official Facebook page, organisers say: “Miss Tattoo 2012 a celebration of our beautiful tattooed women that live in the real world and simple ooze that very essence that makes the word woman so bloody sexy in its own right.

“The deadline date for entries is the 1st March 2012 following this the 20 highest rated entrants will be announced and judging will take place by public vote finishing on the 21st April 2012 reducing the number of contestants down to 10 followed by judging by a panel on Saturday 5th May 2012 at the Liverpool Tattoo Convention 2012.”

Despite the deadline for entrants still being open, the site has already listed some of the early entrants. To take a look at the entrants for Miss Tattoo UK 2012, click here

So who is your favourite so far? Anyone thinking of entering?

Small Town Considers Banning Tattoos and Piercings

A small town in the US state of Iowa is considering putting a ban on tattoos and piercings being on show in a public place.

The ban actual comes to light after a number of Bettendorf residents in the town complained about numerous people with tattoos and piercings at the towns parks and pools.

Some residents and town leaders claim that this is to protect kids from potential offensive material.

The Bettendorf Park Board has already stated that it is planning on how to come up with a policy to address tattoos and piercings so its staff know how to deal with individuals. Details of the policy have yet to be revealed.

Tattoo artists in the area say such a ban will completely go against the First Amendment and a number of others agree with them.

One particular incident has been reportedly been one of the main courses for the ban. During the summer last year, a guest at Splash Landing swimming pool complained over another guests tattoos, which they deemed offensive. The tattooed individual was told to cover up, but decided to leave instead.

To see a report on the potential policy, click here

What do you think of the policy? Who do you agree with? Answers and comments to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Line-up Announced for Musink 2012

Orange County’s only tattoo and music festival has announced its line-up for this years event.

Musink, one of very few tattoo conventions and music festivals, has announced a huge line-up of the world’s finest tattoo artists including Mickey Avalon, Tommy Montoya (from NY INK on TLC), James Vaughn (from Ink Masters on SPIKE) plus many more.

The music is not too bad either, with performances by bands such as Alkaline Trio, Bayside, New Found Glory, Yellowcard and Against Me.

The event will take place from March 2-4 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, US.

The organisers are also currently looking for help to find Miss Musink 2012, who will be crowned at the event.

For more information on the event, check out their official website or Facebook Page.

The Tattoo Life: The Rich Cahill documentary


While searching the worldwide web, we came across a review of a new documentary called The Tattoo Life: The Rich Cahill documentary.

Made by filmmaker Jon Reino, the documentary follows a local tattoo artist from the beginning of his career to now, where tattooing has increased in popularity.

While Cahill, who is a very talented artist, is tattooing some very interesting characters including a local police chief, it is the warm personality of the artist and the creative camerawork that makes the documentary.

Despite being a very short documentary , with a running time of 24 minutes, we have managed to find a taster version of the film for you to enjoy.

Tell us your thoughts via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Snow White and the 3 months it took to finish this tattoo

A huge Disney fan has gone though some intense tattooing sessions over the last 3 months to ink her favourite film on her back.

Annfaye Kao, 27, has said she has suffered for her art and was pleased to have been given the award for Best Tattoo category at the Singapore Tattoo convention, with experts amazed by the detail.

The stunning artwork features the Prince, Show White and her seven dwarf’s (Grumpy, Happy, Doc, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful and Dopey) with Queen Grimhilde hovering above.

Annfaye said the reason she choose Snow White was because it reminded her of the happy times of her childhood. She says the art will remind her of her childhood dreams of becoming a princess and is pleased with the constant reminder to be on her forever.

Tattoo Yourself?

Have you ever wanted to know how a tattoo would look before you actually go it. Well now you can……Well sort of!

Appdicted’s Tattoo You app has been storming up the app download charts in the past couple of weeks and we want to know what you guys think about it?

While we have had some good fun writing some words on a babies forehead or giving grandma the tribal tattoo she has always wanted, we haven’t really taken it seriously.

However, we want to know if you see this as a serious tattoo app? or as a jokey one that lets you share photos with friends? do you think it could be better?

Speaking on its website, appdicted say: “Tattoo You is a recreational photo editing tool that allows users to digitally super impose life-like tattoo artwork onto any part of their photos’ subjects in seconds. Whether you want to add in a heart onto someone’s shoulder, a tribal design onto their bicep, or one of many other inspired designs anywhere, this app is just the ticket to do so.

“Tattoo You includes over two hundred and fifty unique pieces of tattoo artwork – sixteen of which are offered immediately once the user downloads this app, while the remainder are offered via in-app purchase should users want to access them.”

As usually, post all comments and opinions to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Tattoos for Super Bowl 46

One of the biggest sporting events of the year is nearly upon us and we know both sets of fans have been getting tattoos to commemorate the occasion.

Super Bowl 46 will see the New York Giants go up against the New England Patriots a the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

We are looking for people who have had a Super Bowl tattoo and it does not have to be for this years Super Bowl.

So if you have a Super Bowl tattoo or are thinking about getting one if your team win this weekend, please get in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter. Also feel free to post your photos to us.

Last but not least, who is going to win Super Bowl 46? Here at TAR headquarters, we are going for a Pats win!

Super Bowl 46 will be held this weekend on Sunday 5th February at 11:30pm (GMT).

Tattoo shop helps dying boy

A tattoo shop in Hopatcong, United States, has announced that it will donate 30% of its profits from February 10th-12th to a 3-year-old boy suffering from a terminal disease.

The boy, Dylan Flinchum, is unable to walk or talk since the symptoms began in March 2011. Dylan was finally diagnosed with the late-infantile metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD), which causes the degeneration of white matter in the brain, in August 2011.

When news of the boy’s illness came to the attention of a co-owner of local tattoo shop Pure Ink, they decided to reach out to the boy and his family.

One of reasons why co-owner Graig Berkowitz wanted to help Dylan was because he went to the same high school as his parents.

Dylan’s parents, Michael and Melissa, even though they were not in the same year group as Berkowitz, both graduated from Hopatcong High School.

Berkowitz and Melissa knew of each other in high school, but weren’t close friends.

However, when Jim Kenny, Michael’s longtime friend, told an artist at Pure Ink about Dylan, Berkowitz reached out to the Flincham’s via email and began setting up the fundraiser entitled Dylan Flinchum “Rock On!” Foundation.

For any questions about this non profit foundation, you can email dylanrockon@yahoo.com or via the Dylan Flinchum “Rock On!” Facebook page.