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Amazing 3-D Tattoos

3-D tattoos are nothing new. However, they are a pretty interesting take on standard ink. Many people decide to get 3-D tattoos simply because they are more visually appealing, or interesting. It also helps that they are a little more noticeable than the standard quote or symbol tattoo. One more meaningful reason a person may choose a 3-D tattoo is to make a statement to the world about who they really are, or what’s inside of their body. For example, someone who feels as if they are empty inside may get a tattoo of a zipper, half unzipped, revealing total blackness. Someone people get 3-D tattoos of words carved into stone that blends into their skin, to show their strength and their beliefs.

As with all styles of tattoos, some people get 3-D tattoos just to try to be cool- such as a slashed open chest with a Spiderman costumer peeking through, or a ripped open arm to reveal metal and gear work that gives the impression of being a bionic man. A really interesting, and kind use of 3-D tattoos that was on CNN news recently is by a Baltimore-area tattoo artist Vinnie Myers, who has been using his skill at 3-D tattoos to give women who have suffered from breast cancer the appearance of realistic nipples, which boosts their confidence and makes them feel complete again.

Where Do Men And Women Like Their Tattoos?

The onset of summer brings forth a heavy flow of tattoo enthusiasts to the tattoo salons. Men and women love to flaunt their bodies with beautiful body art, as they wear lesser or lighter clothes! Well, whatever is the reason, summer does bring in the exhibition of vibrant body art. And its not just men who want to get tattooed, women show equal interest.

As for preferences on where to get it inked, men still go with the convention – they like to get tattoos on their shoulders or back. Women, on the other hand, don’t have such inhibitions and get tattoos on various parts of their bodies including the nape, lower back, hands, legs, shoulders and stomach. Some men also like to get their chests tattooed.

While earlier people stuck to traditional designs and rarely ventured into getting unique designs, these days the trend has changed. A large number of tattoo enthusiasts don’t want common designs on their bodies. They take this form of body art seriously and look for unique images – tattoos that only they have.

So where are you planning to get tattooed this summer? Just don’t follow Kerry Katona and save your bum!

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Romantic Tattoo For David Beckham This Marriage Anniversary

David Beckham is known to lavishly spend on his marriage anniversaries to make the day really special for Victoria. In one such event he flew her to place unknown in a private jet filled with rose petals. This year to celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary, he is again planning to do something special and wants this anniversary to be the best so far. He is planning to get a tattoo dedicated to his wife. Did you know that David already has an impressive collection of tattoos on his body?

The couple together has four children – 3 sons and a daughter who is the youngest. However, they are not thinking of ruling out the possibility of adding more to their family.

Even though both Victoria and David is a busy couple with their own businesses to look after, they make time for each other. Wherever they go together, they try to enjoy as many romantic dates as possible. Recently they visited China where Victoria had to promote her new fashion line. This was one of those rare trips where their children didn’t accompany them, and so they had plenty of dates and romantic dinners.

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PAMA in Brampton Wants to Hear Your Tattoo Stories

Located in Southern Ontario, Brampton boasts a large population of tattoo enthusiasts. The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives or PAMA in this suburban city has come up with a new initiative for all the tattoo enthusiasts. If you have got tattoos, then they want to hear from you. They want to hear your story behind the tattoo you have got – whether you have inked it as a dedication to someone or it is a mistake or just an exhibition of your personality, tell them. The entries are open from July 2 – September 13. Tattoo enthusiasts in and around the Peel community are eligible for entering this contest. They have to submit a photo of their tattoo and write a story about it.

If you have something interesting, the submission can get featured in the next photography exhibition by PAMA. In case you don’t know how to capture your tattoo beautifully, you can take advantage of the special tent set up for the tattoo enthusiasts during 14th annual Classic Cars and Legendary Stars event on July 19 – 20. Here you can get your tattoo photographed professionally and submit your story at the same time.

At PAMA, they want to chart out the evolution of the body art from an expression of rebellion to the expression of your personality.


New Technology To Remove Tattoos

Removing tattoos was a painful process and it took almost two years before it got removed entirely. But now, with new technology, this process has been reduced to few months only.

According to Dr. Amy Derick, Dermatologist, “If you think of the tattoo pigment like a rock, basically the laser comes in and shakes the rock.” Earlier the pigment was broken into “pebbles” and the immune system would take care of washing these away. Now this new technology shakes the pigment so much that it breaks into “sand” and the immune system finds it easier to remove the pigment. It was Dr. Derik who first introduced this technique called PicoSure in Chicago. Just like the old technology, this helps in breaking the pigment by delivering a sharp ray of energy, but with a powerful punch.

The energy is given for a small period of time, but it is so strong that the pigment used for tattoo, blasts. However, you should be aware that this quick treatment doesn’t come without some pain. You get a burning sensation when laser hits the tattoo.

People who would benefit from this technology are the ones who have got bored of their old tattoos and want new ones, or those whose office rules don’t allow body art.

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Natural Balm for Tattoos

Just after you have got a tattoo, that area of the skin becomes dry and you experience burning sensation. While there are several lotions and balms that are petroleum jelly based, only a few tattoo balms are made with natural ingredients. The natural tattoo balms contain antioxidants and antimicrobial properties in a botanical base. You can use these tattoo balms at your tattoo artist’s discretion.

Most natural tattoo balms contain beeswax combined with an oily base. For example in some you may find olive oil, rice bran oil, wheat germ oil, coconut oil or Shea butter. In some balms you may also find essential oils like rosemary oil, tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil. Vitamin E is also an essential ingredient of tattoo balms as it conditions the skin while extending the shelf life of the balm.

All these formulations cater to skins that have just removed the tattoo or have just acquired one. These balms can also be applied on the existing tattoos to brighten up them. Most of these balms are available over the counter and you don’t need medical prescriptions for them.

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Ministry Warns Of Risks Associated With Tattoos

Ministry of Health in New Zealand is warning all those individuals who are planning to get a tattoo about the risks involved with tattooing inks that contain heavy metals. Governments across the world have issued similar warnings.

People who do not take proper care or have poor hygiene habits are at a greater risk of developing some diseases. Obviously if you’ve just got a tattoo inked, then good hygiene practices will ensure that the spread of diseases such as Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C is arrested.

On a separate note, getting a tattoo from a roadside, unpopular shop, is definitely an invitation to these diseases. If you have really made up your mind, then make sure that you go to a reputed tattoo parlor.

There is also a risk from the chemicals that are contained in the tattoo ink. According to a recent survey done by Ministry of Health, it was seen that although most of the tattoo inks met the stipulated guidelines for levels of heavy metals, some of them violated these guidelines and contained chemicals much higher than the recommended levels.

So if you are planning a tattoo, do your homework about how your tattoo designer will handle infection risks.

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“Zombie Boy” – The Tattooed Star!

He’s a model, artist, and living work of art. He speaks out against bullying and in favor of being different. He’s Rick Genest, aka Zombie Boy, and he is so much more than just his appearance. Although his full-body tattoos that give him the appearance of a skeleton or zombie certainly get him a lot of attention, he was discovered by Nicola Formichetti of Thierry Mugler, and was instantly her muse. He has expanded his career from runway modeling to being a spokesperson for Derma Blend makeup and their message of looking beyond one’s cover. He acts in movies, such as 47Ronin, and is currently the face of Rocaware Europe. He seems unstoppable.

Why is he so well loved in a world where people with facial tattoos and full-body tattoos, while becoming more accepted, are still faced with discrimination and judgment? He is a living symbol of not judging a book by a cover, and how a person can overcome judgment, bullying, and obstacles to make a dream life for themselves, if they’ll only work hard enough and keep their heart open to it. While he still deals with the occasional person who, when he holds a door open for them, will go out of their way to use the farthest door possible, he is living to what many seems like the dream, and using his platform to spread good cheer and messages.

Would You Hire Someone With A Tattoo?

If the applicant who has come for an interview for a position in your company were covered with tattoos and piercings, would you hire him? While your first reaction may be “NO”, think twice before saying that! The tattoo craze is so rife that employers have to get used to hiring people who have body art. This is because there might be talent covered in “that ink”.

The college institutions, universities and other such places now-a-days have a large number of student population that have tattoos at some or the other place. Sometimes these tattoos are concealed, but when you see them in a gym, you will be amazed to see that there is hardly a young student who doesn’t have a tattoo. Some of them have large tattoos that cover their arms, backs, or neck, while some have small ones.

Interestingly the craze has gone so far that some students have even presented business ideas on how to launch apps for tattoos and how to earn royalties from those.

Most of the students who are pursuing a degree want to work with big corporates after the completion of their programs. The question is how will they convince their prospective employers about their tattoos?

Would You Trust Someone To Tattoo Your Eyeballs?

About six years ago in Ontario, the trend of tattooing one’s eyeballs was born. Shannon Larratt, LunaCobra, Paul Mowery, and Josh Rahn developed and pioneered the realm of “eyeball tattooing”, also known as “scleral tattooing”. Since, very few tattoo artists in the world have begun practicing the procedure, which is still in experimental stages. While practicing on fresh pig eyes from the butcher has helped some artists learn to do the procedure with skill and minimal complications, all who decide to get their eyeballs tattooed face the risk of blindness, or complete loss of the eyes. The fact that long-term risks and effects of the procedure is not making it any more popular.

However, it is catching on around with world with extreme body modifiers, such as 39-year-old Rodrigo Fernando of Brazil, who had the whites of both of his eyes tattooed black. Those who risk it all, like Rodrigo, to have the procedure done, which is actually injection-based, not really tattooing per say, enjoy the “beautiful” effects created by the contrast between ink and the natural color of one’s irises. They often consider it a way to “complete” their body modifications, as they explore the final frontier in tattooing. Could eyeball tattoos be taking the place of facial tattoos as the most taboo tattoo? You decide.