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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Is Your Tattoo Offensive?

Tattoos look beautiful especially if you have the right tattoo at the right place. However, if you have offensive words like “I <3 Strippers” written on the front of your neck, you are bound to catch attention. Chances are people with kids may find it difficult to sit with you. We are talking here about Christian way of bringing up children. Well, if you love strippers, you needn’t be public about this feeling. A similar incident occurred with Mike McKeown who was banned from entering a restaurant after the owner of the restaurant saw that his “I <3 Strippers” tattoo was gaining unusual attention from vulnerable kids.

The question is should restaurants or other public places be able to ban tattoo enthusiasts? The answer is very subjective. If you have tattoos, it doesn’t mean you are a rebel. You are welcome to get any type of tattoo on your body. But you also have to be responsible for your actions. This is what parents teach us since the beginning – be ready for the consequences of your deeds. In other words, be responsible because you may set examples to others.

Get a tattoo that is pleasant, for which everyone compliments. It should be acceptable to the adults as well as the kids.

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Has Kristen Stewart Got A Tattoo After Breaking Up With Rob?

It seems Kristen Stewart is making impulsive decisions. After she broke up with Robert Pattinson, she was seen sporting a few tattoos on her body. She was flashing her secret tattoos on July 2 when she was coming out of Le Costes restaurant in Paris. These mysterious tattoos include a small infinity symbol on her right wrist and four short, straight lines on her left wrist.

While it is difficult to speculate why she had infinity tattoo on her right wrist, media is speculating that the four lines on the left wrist was the logo of the 70’s punk music band Black Flag, which highlighted the feelings of poverty, fear and social loneliness. Probably Stewart is also identifying similar feelings post breakup with Rob.

She got herself tattooed at Pride & Glory Tattoo Parlor in Nashville, Tenn. She wanted a minimalistic approach to the designs.

Whatever are her reasons to get the body art, it sure looks cool. She is moving on!


“Bodies of Subversion” – A History Of Women With Tattoos

Bodies of Subversion

Janis Joplin was one of the first American celebrities who openly flaunted her Florentine bracelet tattoo on her left wrist. She had a heart tattooed on her chest. Well, in those times tattoos were quite rare and either they were looked up with disgust or complemented for their beauty. However, in the modern times tattoos have become so common that nearly everyone you meet has one. Instead of using ink on the paper, people are using it more on their bodies!

Tattooing has predominantly been a male fixation, for most history. You would see men flaunting their swaggers, daggers, or anchors. The new edition of “Body of Subversion” written by Ms. Mifflin points out the fact that according to a survey in 2012, more American women wanted to get tattooed as compared to men. Almost 23% women have tattoos in contrast to 19% men. Tattoos are no longer a sign of rebellion, it’s more of a fashion choice.

“Body of Subversion” includes some stunning colored photographs of women with tattoos. It follows some interesting social history. Tattoos were very fashionable amongst the upper class in Europe in the late 19th century. This fashion spread to America and there was a point when almost 75% of socially active American women had tattoos. The book goes on to delve into the emotions and changes in tattoo preferences by women over the years.