Archive for March, 2015

More and More Mommas Are Getting Tattoos

The tattoo industry is the sixth largest industry growing in the country, and a surprising demographic seems to be fueling that growth more than ever before- the soccer mom. As tattoos are getting accepted in American society, more and more mothers are feeling comfortable going under the needle and getting some serious artwork. Whether it is as a reminder that they are “more than the legos they pick up and the lunches they pack” – doing something simply for herself can be a great boost to a mother’s self image.

Not only are more mothers deciding to get tattoos, the result is that tattoos are becoming less and less a sign of a stereotypical drunken night, bad decision, or criminal. Tattoos, by the way of the average woman embracing them more than ever, are becoming more widely accepted as the true artwork they are. To make the average, yet a little bit hesitant woman feel more comfortable in getting a tattoo, studios are putting up beautiful artwork on walls, giving tats by appointment only, and giving off the overall ambience of a health spa. The entire industry seems to be getting a facelift, and a much better image among all of society – including the soccer moms.

Modeling with Tattoos

While girls with tattoos aren’t always the first to get hired for a shoot, the niche is actually growing. Many tattoo magazines don’t yet accept girls with tattoos for shoots such as fashion editorials. “Tattoo models” are becoming more and more famous in their own right. For example, look at the Suicide Girls- they are featured on a rapidly growing website, and get paid to show off their tattoos in both sexy and creative ways. As tattoos are seen less and less as taboo, and more and more as “sexy”, any aspiring model with tattoos (that would like to openly model for them) should really keep her eyes peeled to make certain that opportunities are reputable. Showing off the art, and her skills, is not like just showing off her body.

If you have tattoos, but want to be more of a commercial or fashion model, it’s not impossible to do. The best thing to do is be up front to agents about your tattoos, and to know how to effectively cover them for when they aren’t suited to a certain shoot.  This can be done with various makeups and techniques; you just need to take the time to learn what works best for your tat and skin tone. As long as the tattoos aren’t going to interfere with the shots they need, most agencies won’t completely pass up a girl because of them. However, if this is the side of modeling you truly aspiring for, it’s not exactly ideal to go getting more of them- if you do, make sure you clear it with your agency first.

Is Tattoo Addiction a Reality?

While tattoo addiction has never been fully researched, or proven to be a real medical condition, millions of people around the world cite it as the reason they are inked all over. Among most tattoo lovers, there is no real debate about the fact that once a person gets their first tattoo, they seem almost guaranteed to get another. In fact, 32% of people who have tattoos claim they are addicted to the ink, according to If people can be addicted to sugar, drugs, alcohol, pain, adrenaline, the internet, playing video games, gambling, fast food, and shopping, it stands to reason that they could be addicted to tattoos as well.

What is it that keeps people coming back for more tattoos even though the process is undeniably painful, expensive, and time consuming? Some say they are addicted to the feeling they get while the tattoo is being done; some have even gone so far as to compare it to therapy. Meanwhile others consider themselves “collectors” of body art, and are addicted to growing the assortment of artwork on their bodies. Tattoo enthusiasts often say they enjoy the adrenaline, the “rush”, of getting the tattoo.

Inner Lip Tattoos

Inner lip tattoos are becoming more and more popular, not only with celebrities, but with the everyday person as well. They are the perfect place to get a tattoo that is discreet, especially if the phrase or image is extremely personal to you. However, simple designs suck as hearts and smiles tend to be extremely popular. An inner lip tattoo, although small, will typically cost more, because the mouth is one of the hardest places to tattoo. In addition, inner lip tattoos tend to fade within a year or two, and require touch ups if you want them to keep looking their best; because of this, some people consider the small image, that will rarely be seen, to not be worth the costs.

Inner lip tattoos tend to heal more quickly than other tattoos, but they are also at a higher risk for infections. You may face difficulty with activities such as brushing your teeth or eating with utensils without pain after getting one. Everyone has his or her own personal pain tolerance level. However, overall most people agree that the inner lip is one of the most painful areas to get a tattoo. This is sometimes balanced out, though, by how quickly one can be done, as large, intricate designs obviously don’t work well for the inner lip.

Fingernail and Nail Bed Tattoos

Fingernail Tattoos are known as the only true temporary tattoo, and also as the only truly painless tattoos. They eventually disappear as your nails grow out and are trimmed, and it’s hard to find a tattoo artist that will actually do them. The process is fast, and all the client feels is a vibrating sensation. Afterwards, the finger is rinsed and a clear coat of polish is placed over the nail. They are typically inexpensive, as they are small and quick to do. Fingernail tattoos can be for you if you are looking for a temporary thrill and a tattoo that you don’t have to keep forever.

Nail bed tattoos are typically called “finger nail tattoos” but they are different. They are usually done when someone has accidentally damaged and lost a fingernail or toe nail, and they are considered some of the most extremely painful tattoos you can get. They are permanent, and the appearance once the nail grows back is a bit distorted as is seen through the nail, but overall pretty interesting. Like with a fingernail tattoo, it may be difficult to find a tattoo artist willing to do the job. They are one of the most unique forms of tattoos, and pretty uncommon. Aftercare may be a bit different than that of an ordinary tattoo as the exposed nail bed area can be extremely sensitive; specifics of this should be discussed thoroughly with the artist.