Will a tattoo affect your career?

Here’s one for our USA fans. If your considering getting a tattoo one of the main things stopping you could be that your thinking more about your career than your body art. However Skinfo have put together this info graphic that tells you the jobs that you are most likely to be employed as with visible tattoos on your body. Maybe this will make or break your decision to get a tattoo or not!tattoo blog infographic




Temporary Tattoo parlour for all ages!

Yes you read that right, there is now an official temporary/transfer tattoo parlour available for all ages to get their own short term ink!

Located in Brooklyn, New York, Tattly has the less serious approach to getting a tattoo. Thinking about what tattoo to get and making that commitment is a huge step for people and can even take years to make that decision. Now with Tattly you don’t have to make that commitment as these temporary tattoos last up to around 4 days. You may think that they are just another mass produced temporary tattoo company, however this is the total opposite. Each temporary tattoo that is for sale has be created and designed from scratch in-house.

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There are thousands of designs available to choose from with new designs regularly being released meaning you will always have something different and fresh to try out.

They have many different types of Tattoo’s such as the Black and White, Summertime, Food, Typography, Weddings and animal categories and many more to choose from. The tattoo’s sell for around $6 for a pack of 2, a reasonable price for a few days of fun. They also offer a subscription service where you can sign up to 3, 6 or 12 month Tattly subscriptions. Sending 10 classic favourite Tattlys per month, they are the great gift alternative for someone who cant make that commitment for a real tattoo or for those who aren’t yet old enough.

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Tattly was founded by Tina Roth Eisenberg around 4 years ago. Being a graphic designer, her passion was to allow others to enjoy her work as much as she did thus Tattly was born. Originally, Tattly was just a side project but as it began to grow and grow, becoming Tina’s main focus. Sending temporary tattoos across the world has become the norm for her and the success of the business inspired her to open a walk in parlour back in November. You can imagine that most of the customers are kids coming with their parents but there are also the occasional hip teen or adult.

With over 70+ artists there are many different types of styles that would suit you. Find out about all their artists here.

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Tattly is a great idea and will probably go a long way at there will always be a market for this type of product. If you would like to find out more about Tattly you can do so here.

Perfect Tattoo Artists Sketchbook?

When tattoo artists first start out, they usually practice with the simple pen and paper, drawing out their designs and then finally making the big step onto their first real tattoo. Now every tattoo artists first time comes with a lot of nerves and pressure, ensuring that they make no mistakes, after all you can’t just rub it out and start again.

Usually these are where the terrible tattoos appear from on the internet, someone who just got a tattoo gun and thinks they are instantly a tattoo artist professional, when in actual fact their “lions” look something like a 3 year old drew. Nobody wants that on their body for life.

Now for those who are serious about becoming tattoo artist there is new product that is in testing called “The Skin Book” and it is literally what the title states. The skin book consists of pages made of a synthetic skin which gives the tattoo artists a sketchbook of fake skin, allowing them to practice their ideas before actually giving a real tattoo to a customer. Practicing on this book takes away the pressure of tattooists giving their first tattoo and could reduce the amount of bad tattoos given. The book also allows the artists to build up a portfolio of tattoos that they have to sell or to show to a tattoo parlour to apply for a job.

Created by the Tattoo Art Magazine, the skin book could be the next big thing in the tattoo industry, preventing friends from having to say “they said they knew what they was doing” and spending thousands on laser tattoo removal. The skin book looks and even feels like human skin, acting like a real human skin canvas, it allows tattoo artists to freely practice on a skin like texture without the serious consequences.

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Tattoo Art Magazine haven’t made any official plans to sell The Skin Book or whether it was just a concept, but many tattoo artists would find this highly useful depending on the price that is. If Tattoo Art Magazine don’t go ahead with producing the product then i’m sure that another company will pick up the idea.

Check out our other tattoo blog posts!

Beginners Guide to Getting a Tattoo

So you finally decided to take that step, you want something permanent, and you think tattoos are the way to go. Great! Whether it be something with a personal meaning or just something you like, tattoos are an awesome thing to get!

We have put together a beginners guide to getting a tattoo answering some of the most common questions asked when getting your first tattoo.

Now one of the most common questions everyone asks is “does it hurt?”. The answer is yes, yes it does. But it does have a lot of contributing factors to how bad the pain is. People have different pain thresholds meaning that some can deal with the pain better than others. It is also down to where you are getting the tattoo, how big the tattoo is and how long you have at one sitting of a tattoo etc.

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Heres a pain scale for how bad certain areas can get, some being as extreme as passing out and some thats just irritation of the skin, but again its all down to how much you can deal with the pain.

When it comes to pain it is one of the main reasons to why people are put off from getting a tattoo. So they look to alternative methods to reducing the pain such as numbing creams. Some say they work, some say they don’t its all down to preference. But be warned, the numbing cream will not fully numb your skin so you will still feel some irritation.

People are blinded into thinking that they won’t feel a thing. Well let me tell you, you are being lied to! After all, no pain no gain! Numbing creams can also have certain after affects to the skin so make sure you do your research into the cream you buy if you are considering purchasing any.

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“How much do tattoos cost?” Well that all depends on what exactly you want. Do you want a professional piece of artwork than an artist has spent time an effort on designing and creating an amazing looking tattoo? Or do you want a butterfly that a 15 year old could draw.

The sleeve shown above will have cost around £600-£700 possibly more depending on what the artist charges. But you can see the quality in the work, everything flows together, nothing looks out of place, it all looks part of one design which is the whole purpose of a a sleeve. whereas the tattoo below is quite badly done, does not look professional at all and was probably done for £60-£70.

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Talent doesn’t come cheap so you get what you pay for, if you want something professional, you have to pay professional standards. Remember tattoos are for life, you don’t want to be regretting it the instant you get it because you didn’t want to pay more than £15 now do you.

If you find someone that is offering you a cheap price for a tattoo, usually the tattoo will look cheap. generally if the cost and quality will match up, i.e. pricey tattoo, professional looking. The price can also differ on the artist, everyone charges different depending on the quality and knowledge that the artist has so this is also something to consider.

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“How do i know which artist will be best for me?” Research is key into finding the best artist for you. You should never get a tattoo from someone who you have never seen previous work from. If you go ahead with getting a tattoo from pretty much a stranger, with no knowledge of their work and just hope for the best, it could be on of the biggest mistakes you make.

Take your time, look around, find recommendations and even get our Tattoo Artists Register app. Our app provides you with the information of professional, qualified and recommended artists to which you can see their work displayed on their websites. This way you can fin the artist who has the style, price and professionalism that you are looking for.

£15,000 on tattoos with plans to get more?? Has this guy gone mad?!

Keith Gordon, the 58 year-old walking tattoo has declared that even after £15,000 spent on tattoos, he’s still planning to get more.

The tattoo crazed addict from Romford, Essex say’s OCD is the ultimate cause for his very visible obsession, changing his look several times in the past 5 decades.

After losing count of the amount of individual designs on his body, Keith thinks that his future prospects will still be tattoo heavy.

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Keith Gordon shown on the left, tattoo free on his wedding day in 2001. He then began to spend an astonishing £15,000 having tattoos placed all over his face and body shown on the right.

Keith soon realised that very few people will employ a tattoo crazed maniac and proceeded to go through the painful process of having skin grafts, with later managing to obtain the role of an administrator.

Obviously after going to the huge extent of having skin grafts throughout his body, the last thing you think he would do would be to begin the whole tattoo process again, surely? Not Keith!

Saying that he clearly has the status of ‘the coolest looking guy in essex’, Keith decided that having a plain canvas on his body was just not his look, and went to the extremes of tattooing the whole of is body and even his eyelids!

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Unsurprisingly this life turn around didn’t go down well with his wife, despite being able to convince her into spending £1,500 for her own personal tattoo on both her forearm and shoulder blade.

Both Keith and his wife Lisa got married at the point of Keith not having any major tattoo’s, so you can understand how she would feel now being married to what some would call a nightmare.

Lisa a former cleaner from the Philippines said: ‘I never would have married him if he looked like this when I met him’ ouch! You would think statements like that would make you think twice when getting such crazy tattoo’s but obviously not in Keith’s case.

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Similar to his wife, his kids aren’t fond of the tattoos either. Son ricky says ‘I think looks a bit ugly. My mum doesn’t like it and I kind of agree with her. He looks kind of evil’

I’m thinking that he’s not the only one with this perception of his dad. Yet he says that his friends ‘think he’s cool and awesome’ But to little ricky, dad Keith is just any other regular dad, despite his absurd tattoo decisions.

After landing the administration job and working his way up to a comfy £30,000 a year, Keith definitely has more than enough to spend on future tattoos which he says is planning on doing, despite his family’s disapproval.

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.