"First Taste" Art Show at Bound for Glory Tomorrow Night!  

In case you're wondering where I'll be on Friday night, the plan is for me to attend the opening of Bound for Glory's first art show.


Now, I'm not a big fan of Staten Island (nothing against the people, just my least fave borough), but the fact that the show is curated by Friend of Tattoosday, Magie Serpica, makes it worth the effort. Magie originally appeared on Tattoosday here.

Here is the spiel from the show's Facebook page:

"First Taste"

This is our first art show at Bound For Glory! It will feature the art of many awesome local Staten Island artists, as well as select works from some tattooers nationwide.


The art will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go towards Project Hospitality, a local charity which feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless and cares for people with HIV/AIDS.

...The opening reception will be on Friday Jan 28th at 8pm. There will be refreshments, which will be generously donated by local businesses such as Starbucks, Jeans Fine Wine & Spirits, and The CupCake Bar NYC.

Everyone is invited!

This show is curated by Bound For Glory's lady tattooer Magie Serpica

Participating Artists:

Mike Shane
Richie Clarke
Kev/psyn of RobotsWillKill
Chris of RobotsWillKill
Ethan Morgan
Cynthia Von Buhler
Dave Borjes
Brendan Coyle
Amanda Curtis
Chris Sorrentino
Lauren Monardo
Terry Lee Chandler
Charles Tagle
Marina Inoue
Frank Kempo
Chelsea Bunn
Danny Loveridge
Justine Lordo
Veng of RobotsWillKill
Vinny Rega
Tara Anne McCloskey Chillemi
Jennifer McMenemey
Magie Serpica
Nick Caruso
Emma Griffiths
Alexander Rivera
Tom Connors
Victor Modafferi
Sarah Smith (sas photos)
Scott Bakoss
Steve Lapcevic
Sweety
Miss Elvia
Demetrius Felder
Maya Ventura
Bert Krak
Gina Venosa
Mike Hooligan
Eric Perfect
Alex Sherker
Dennis Del Prete
Charlie Foos
Steven Huie

We will be selling raffle tickets for an awesome gift package including: a gift certificate from Comic Book Jones, Some T-Shirts from Robots Will Kill, & "An hour in the chair" with Magie Serpica!

Assuming I can dig my sister's car out from under a new foot of snow by tomorrow evening, I plan to attend and report on it next week, with a photo or two, to boot. Hope to see you there!

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Tattoorism: Sean Returns, Part 2  

Last week, I shared more of reader Sean's vast tat-alog here. It's time to finish off our inventory of this very generous fan o' the site. Let's see what we have:


...I got a clipper ship on my upper arm.  The ship is navigating through a background of clouds and lightning bolts and has a banner underneath reading “Hope.”  Its meaning follows the same idea behind my anchor tattoo.  Hope is a huge part of having a positive mental attitude, which I try (sometimes with little luck, of course) to hold at all times.  It’s a reminder that you can make it through stormy parts of your life, no matter how bad they get.  It’s also done in the traditional style I love so much.  The tattoo was done by Mike Schweigert at Electric Tattoo in Bradley Beach, NJ.

While attending [the 2010] Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, I decided to get a tattoo to commemorate my first convention.  For as many years as tattoos have been a part of my life, this was my first convention...I got a blue rose with a candle spouting out of it in between my sparrows and flower on my outer elbow. 

I’m a firm believer in everyone having a different reasoning for getting tattoos.  Some are used as place markers in one’s life, some are used to remember an event, some have deep profound meanings and some are just aesthetically pleasing. I could probably come up with some in depth meaning behind the tattoo, but in the end, I got it to commemorate my first tattoo convention and that’s pretty much the only reason.  Done by Rocco at Death or Glory Tattoos in Westbrook, Maine.

Finally, I got my outer elbow to forearm done with a snake coiling through a skull and dagger and impaling itself on the dagger’s blade.  


I usually try to go out of my way to ensure that my friends/family/other people in general are happy, more often than I would like to admit, putting their happiness before my well-being.  This tattoo serves as a reminder for me not to do that so much, and to focus on myself sometimes.  The snake can be viewed as a protection figure, coiling around and through the rest of the tattoo, but has also caused injury to itself by doing so.  Basically, its my reminder that as much as I would like to help others, I need to keep my own happiness and well being in mind before I choose which action to take or I’ll end up injuring myself in the process.  Done by Mike Schweigert at Electric Tattoo in Bradley Beach, NJ.

A hearty thanks to Sean for continuing to share his tattoos with us over the years!

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Most Popular Celebrity Tattoo Designs  


Every one of us agrees that Celebrity Tattoos are the reason for popularity of the tattoos. Without them, they would never be known to the public. Even though tattoos were seen decades back, it has gained importance and recognition when celebrities started adoring them.
More than it being popular, it became a highly controversial subject when women tattooed their favorite designs. But celebrity tattoos totally changed the scenario. In fact, the concept of tattooing took a new turn when celebrities started getting tattoos and demonstrating them publicly.
Earlier tattoo lovers used to search for tribal tattoos, dragon tattoos, butterfly tattoos, star tattoos, cross tattoos but now the situation has totally changed. Now more and more people are looking for hot Celebrity Tattoo Designs. Due to the interest of celebrities in getting tattoos, more and more classic and stylish celebrity tattoo designs are being evolved regularly.
If one thinks about celebrity tattoos, then the most common name linked with it is "Robbie Williams Tattoo". Unarguably, Robbie Williams is the king of celebrity tattoos. He has 14 plus tattoo designs on his body featuring celtic cross, tribal tattoo, lower back, angel, heart and many more.
On feminine side, "Angelina Jolie Tattoos" is the most searched term associated with celebrity tattoos. She constantly hits on the cover page of various celebrity magazines for her new tattoo designs. She has a dozen of tattoo designs on beautiful body. More importantly, Angelina Jolie has even undergone painful laser tattoo removal treatment. She has more number of tattoos removed than that of on her body.
If you want to more about various tattoo designs, then access the exclusive resource on Tattoo Designs And Gallery. Get a celebrity tattoo or design your own tattoo in a couple of minutes.
Cher K Markov is a Tattoo Enthusiast and runs the resource blog Online Tattoo Designs. If you are looking for tattoo design art, then you should take a look at my website. It gives you more useful and effective information related to tattoos, tattoo designs and their care. Click at Tattoo Design Art to go there now.

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Newsday on Tuesday?  

Newsday on Tattoosday?

So winter makes me consider desperate measures. As I've trickled down to two or three posts a week (believe me, it hurts me more than it hurts you), I've occasionally toyed with the idea of reporting on other things in the tattoo community, other than the Bill-o-centric encounters I have in the City That Never Sleeps. I've even gone so far as to write a few posts and then never published them. The reality is, however, I am facing a scarcity of inkspotting occurrences, and I'm just going with the flow.

So, here we go.....

I recently got an email from someone representing a Guide to Art Schools website, listing Tattoosday among the top 45 tattoo blogs. Considering how specific the site is, I'm honored to be included, especially among some of my favorite tattoo cyber-destinations. You check out the list here:
http://www.guidetoartschools.com/library/best-tattoo-blogs.

And since we're throwing around the work "Best, " I received word about a  new tattoo reality show currently in production for the Oxygen Network. Its working title is "Best Ink" and it sounds rather compelling. Check it out:

Capturing the drama and culture of the tattoo scene, "Best Ink"(WT) will feature approximately 12 top tattoo artists as they compete for a cash prize and bragging rights. These unique artists will produce bona fide masterpieces on skin -- something rarely seen in the competition world. The permanent artwork will be created for -- and on -- real people in a variety of challenges to showcase the artists' talents. Only one artist will win the ultimate prize of BEST INK (WT)

Casting details are here.



And, finally, in a creepy news story, but one that certainly nipped at my curiosity, the artists at Sacred Art Tattoo Studio in Tucson are getting some publicity, as they had the dubious distinction of tattooing Jared Loughner last fall. Not to feed into the media frenzy surrounding this guy, but I was curious, so I just had to look into it. Read all about it here.

So what do you think? Should Tattoosday Newsday becoming a regular feature? Feel free to comment below.

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Celebrity Tattoos - Sexy Female Celebrity Tattoo Designs  







Celebrity Tattoos - Sexy Female Celebrity Tattoo Designs

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Tattoos I Know: Paul's Taíno Ink  

Last summer, my friend Paul had some new work done by Pierre at The Fort Apache Tattoo Studio near Penn Station. You can see some of his old work here and here and here and here (yes, he's a regular!).

Fort Apache is up several flights of stairs, but it is conveniently close to my day job, which makes up for the aerobic ascension to the shop on 31st Street.

This is what Paul had tattooed on his right forearm:


These four symbols are petroglyphs from the Taíno culture in Puerto Rico. They are one way Paul has chosen to acknowledging his and his ancestors' culture, in ink.

From top to bottom, the symbols each have literal meanings, and then personal meanings for Paul. The triangular piece is a zemis, pointing in three directions - to the sky and the Creator, to the underworld and the realm of the dead, and to the world of the living.

The second petroglyph is Sol, or the sun and the fourth design is the coqui, or frog.

Thanks once again to Paul for sharing his latest installment of ink here with us on Tattoosday!

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Feminism and Famous Women Tattoos  

Being a feminist and discussions around this topic is one of the most exciting subject in women forums on the net. It seems almost energizing that the definition of feminism would vary from one person to another. Some people think about feminism as an opposite to femininity, other - about equal rights for women.
What did it mean to the famous women in our history? Where did they gain their inspiration for being ahead of their time and just being different?
Think of Hypatia of Alexandria (379-415) who was a mathematician and astronomer. Think of the famous women artists of Renaissance, the period when women were generally considered not suitable for working in fine arts.
The story of Sofonisba Anguissola (1535-1625), Italian artist, is one of the most romantic biographies of famous women artists. She had received the best possible education in fine arts her father could assure. Yet, she had never had a chance to study anatomy and draw nude models, which was considered then unacceptable for a female. Instead, she searched for possibilities of a new style in portraiture with subjects set in an informal way.
Sofonisba was trained by Michelangelo, who thought very highly of her. She joined the Spanish Court of the King Philip II in 1558, which became an important turn in her career. Getting married at the age of thirty-nine was another event unusual for a woman of her time. Unfortunately for Sofonisba, her husband died 8 years later. At the age of forty-seven, Sofonisba met a much younger captain of the ship, Orazio Lomellino. Beloved and supported by her husband in her artwork, the great woman lived happily until her death at the age of 93. The inscription on her tomb reads, in part:
"To Sofonisba, my wife who is recorded among the illustrious women of the world, outstanding in portraying the images of men..."
The career of Sofonisba Anguissola, who had achieved international recognition, opened the way for other talented female artists...

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Think Twice About Copying A Celebrities Tattoo Design  

Celebrities have a very big influence, shaping opinions and causing trends: hair styles, clothes, gadgets and much more. Tattoos are actually one of the more prominent trends that are influenced by celebrities.
So who is causing booms in tat trends, and what kind of design ideas can you expect?
Angelina Jolie has inspired many tattoo designs, having herself over a dozen tattoos in different styles. These include Arabic tattoos, which are growing in popularity and adorn the bodies of many non Arabic speaking individuals. The dragon tattoo that Angelina has on her back is a resource of inspiration for dragon tattoo lovers, and the left shoulder blade tattoo, written in the language used in Cambodia, inspires some to shape their tattoo phrases or Bible verses in the same rectangular shape.
Pamela Anderson is also the leader of more than one popular tattoo trend. The barbed wire armband has inspired many to design unique wired armbands, and evolved to include more elaborate tribal armband designs. Another trend is the wedding ring tattoo, which is a controversial trend. After all, as Pamela demonstrated herself, tattoos are (almost always) forever, but many marriages aren't.
A couple of celebrities that are leading the trend of Hebrew tats are David and Victoria Beckham, who have matching Hebrew tattoos of the verse "I am for my beloved and my beloved is for me who feedeth among the lilies".
So celebrity tattoo trends can definitely inspire your tattoo design. But even when following their lead, it is highly recommended to double check yourself. For example, if you copy Rihanna's Arabic tattoo, you are copying a mistake. If you are a guy and would like to have David Beckham' Hebrew tattoo, you might find it important to know that his tattoo actually speaks to a male beloved. And even if you are copying a symbol, like Alyssa Milano's Buddhist symbol for Om, you should check that the meaning is something you feel good with. Just because you like a certain celebrity, it doesn't necessarily mean your tattoo choices will match his.

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Niki's Memorial Foot  

Alas, with winter setting in, spotting tattoos in public is seasonably challenging. Thank goodness for ink on uncovered extremities, like hands and the occasional foot!

Case in point, earlier this month I met Niki in Penn Station after spotting this dagger on her foot:


She had this, one of her three tattoos, done three or four years ago a couple of years after her father had passed away.

It is a memorial that is based on a necklace her dad wore. When I asked her, after the fact, if she still had the necklace, she said she didn't, but said it was a lot like this one. She added "my dad bought it the Christmas before he passed away and it really showed off his sarcasm and style because he was very much into motorcycles and whatnot".

Wisely, in my opinion, she kept the design, but excised the words on the necklace from the tattoo!

Niki had this done by Marc at Ink Link Tattoos & Piercings in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Thanks to Niki for sharing her tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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Tattoorism: Sean Returns, Part 1  

Back in 2009, one of our loyal readers, Sean, submitted a whole slew of his work for our viewing pleasure. You can read the original posts, here and here.

Why do I bring this up now? Last summer, Sean sent us more of his tat-alog of work and I had been saving it for a rainy day. Since it's a rainy, sleety, snowy day, I thought I should share more of what Sean sent along. And since he sent a lot, I'm splitting it into two posts. What follows is the first installment. Italics represent direct quotes from Sean.


I got the ditch of my elbow done probably about a year or so ago.  It is a flower of sorts, of my own design, made up of various geometrical shapes.  The tattoo represents two parts of our world, nature (the floral shape itself, petals, leaves, etc.) and science (the geometric shapes making up the flower).  I believe that one should not base their ideals solely on nature or science/technology, but on a mixture of the two.  It represents my appreciation for both nature and science.  Basically, I am fascinated by technology and the sciences that are its basis, but at the same time do not feel that science should trump nature all together but rather, have the two working together in harmony.  It was done by Robert “Binky” Ryan at Electric Tattoo in Bradley Beach, NJ.


The sparrows circling my outer elbow were my next pieces done.  I had attended a Marine museum in Philadelphia which had a great exhibit on the tattoo culture surrounding the Navy and sailors in general throughout history.  According to the exhibit, sailors would earn the right to a single sparrow tattoo after traveling 5,000 miles at sea and a second sparrow after 10,000 miles.  I am not much for sailing, but the idea of the sparrow representing travel and all the hardships, journeys, and successes that surround that travel appealed to me.  Further, I have a general appreciation for American Traditional tattoos and their overall aesthetics.  These were done by Rich Heller at Electric Tattoo in Bradley Beach, NJ. 


Don’t quite remember when I got my feet finished up, but it was sometime within the last year and a half or so.  My feet are tattooed with a sun and moon, which I drew myself about 6 years ago.  The duality of the sun and moon, and various meanings that these two symbols hold are why I had them tattooed.  The idea that each represents night and day, or two opposites that work together to make up a whole, are what drew me to having the designs placed on my feet.  Further, it represents the two sides that I have to myself, a lighter, happy, and caring side and a darker, selfish side.  I feel a person cannot fully understand themselves without acknowledging and accepting all parts of their personalities.  I also gave the sun and moon, a dark, kind of macabre, look as I am a huge horror fan and have always been attracted to the darker side of things.  Originally, I had them inked by Robert “Binky” Ryan (then at Body Art World in Pt. Pleasant, NJ but now Electric Tattoo in Bradley Beach, NJ) in 2004.  They were done in grey wash and I was happy with them for about 5 years, in which point I decided to have them colored in, and had some background added.  The color and background were added by Brody Longo at Slingin’ Ink in Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ.


The next piece I got was an anchor on my inner forearm.  The anchor represents all the things that drag me down in life.  Across the anchor is a banner that reads “P.M.A.” the abbreviation for positive mental attitude.  I feel the first step in pushing through any kind of hardship in life is to have a positive attitude, and the rest will follow.  I want to say the original use of PMA was in a Bad Brains song, but I pulled it from its use in the Glassjaw song “Piano.”  This tattoo is also a throwback to the band Glassjaw, as they have been my favorite band for I would have to say at least 10 years now and I have experienced just about every emotion possible while listening to their albums.  So as an added bonus, the tattoo brings me back to all those memories.  The tattoo was done by Rich Heller at Electric Tattoo in Bradley Beach, NJ.


Thanks to Sean for sharing all of this with us here on Tattoosday, and for patiently waiting for me to post it!

Stay tuned for part 2.....

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Clark's Tattoo Incorporates Utah Wildflowers and a French Surrealist  

Back in October, I briefly met Clark when I was passing through Penn Station at the end of the day. He was waiting for a train, so we didn't have a lengthy discussion, but he did let me photograph his right forearm:


There are two significant elements to this work. Clark is originally from Utah, and he has chosen to acknowledge this in ink by having Utah wildflowers incorporated in the piece.

The figure is bordered by the French phrase "Nul n'est censé ignorer" which can be translated as "ignorance is no excuse." The figure is based on the work of French painter and poet Francis Picabia.


Clark credited both Jonah Ellis and Joss Macetti at Graceland Brooklyn for work on this tattoo.


Thanks to Clark for sharing this with us here on Tattoosday!

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A Diversion: A Tattoo Across Time  

Well, folks, at one point I had over fifty days of material backlogged, but I've been rationing of late, and tattoobernating a bit. I've less than seven days of posts remaining and this cold weather has everyone hiding their ink because of the cold.

So, until it heats up, check out this piece by writer Shonna Milliken Humphrey in tomorrow's New York Times.

It's a very nice essay and it is ink-related.

Read more about the author here.

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king carlos tattoo  

Jaime King Tattoos

Jaime King Tattoos

Actor: Colin Firth in The King's Speech [Runner up: Edgar Ramirez in Carlos]

Actor: Colin Firth in The King's Speech [Runner up: Edgar Ramirez in Carlos]

Noomi Rapace, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Someone scratched out King

Noomi Rapace, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Someone scratched out King

 lunched with Spain's King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and Princess Letizia,

lunched with Spain's King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and Princess Letizia,

King Carlos IV of Spain Nils Olav and the King of Norway's Guards

King Carlos IV of Spain Nils Olav and the King of Norway's Guards

Spain's King Juan Carlos (L) and Queen Sofia with their grandson Juan (L)

Spain's King Juan Carlos (L) and Queen Sofia with their grandson Juan (L)

Cast: Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia, Regina King,

Cast: Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia, Regina King,

Kerry King Tattoos 2010 Tattoos | Thanks Arch! | Carlos Rojas. Thanks Arch!

Kerry King Tattoos 2010 Tattoos | Thanks Arch! | Carlos Rojas. Thanks Arch!

Pregnant Princess Elena, daughter of the Spanish King Juan Carlos,

Pregnant Princess Elena, daughter of the Spanish King Juan Carlos,

Pregnant Princess Elena, daughter of the Spanish King Juan Carlos,

Pregnant Princess Elena, daughter of the Spanish King Juan Carlos,

Pregnant Princess Elena, daughter of the Spanish King Juan Carlos,

Pregnant Princess Elena, daughter of the Spanish King Juan Carlos,

Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia pose with Spanish Prime Minister

Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia pose with Spanish Prime Minister

King Carlos Tattoo ::.

King Carlos Tattoo ::.

Alyssa Milano Tattoo Style .:: King Carlos Tattoo ::.

Alyssa Milano Tattoo Style .:: King Carlos Tattoo ::.

King Carlos Tattoo ::. drake tattoo

King Carlos Tattoo ::. drake tattoo

Stockholm goons, hit Maria up at King Carlos Tattoo, she's all sorts of

Stockholm goons, hit Maria up at King Carlos Tattoo, she's all sorts of

Done by Maria @ King Carlos Tattoo, Stockholm, Sweden.

Done by Maria @ King Carlos Tattoo, Stockholm, Sweden.

Calle/King Carlos tattoo, Stockholm

Calle/King Carlos tattoo, Stockholm

 tattoos at King Carlos Tattoo.

tattoos at King Carlos Tattoo.

 Tattoos von Calle, auch unter seinem Spitznamen »King Carlos« bekannt,

Tattoos von Calle, auch unter seinem Spitznamen »King Carlos« bekannt,

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people getting tattoos done  

Tattoo Getting Tattoo done by Kevin

Tattoo Getting Tattoo done by Kevin

However, with so many people getting tattoos these days and

However, with so many people getting tattoos these days and

 called “Miami Ink”, it tells many stories about people getting tattoos.

called “Miami Ink”, it tells many stories about people getting tattoos.

Quote: I had made appointments for my friend and I to get tattoos done by a

Quote: I had made appointments for my friend and I to get tattoos done by a

THESTORY There is a strong resurgence of people getting tattoos from a

THESTORY There is a strong resurgence of people getting tattoos from a

it seems there are more and more people getting tattooed with his art.

it seems there are more and more people getting tattooed with his art.

If a tattoo is done correctly

If a tattoo is done correctly

There are various jokes about people getting tattoos of Chinese characters

There are various jokes about people getting tattoos of Chinese characters

Unlike before, when getting tattoos are only done by men who want to look

Unlike before, when getting tattoos are only done by men who want to look

So with everything said and done on how people get into the tattoo hype,

So with everything said and done on how people get into the tattoo hype,

The internet has done great things for tattooed people and those aspiring to

The internet has done great things for tattooed people and those aspiring to

In different parts of the world men and women alike are getting tattoos done

In different parts of the world men and women alike are getting tattoos done

It is stated that in some cases, it can remove tattoos and other people,

It is stated that in some cases, it can remove tattoos and other people,

So with everything said and done on how people get into the tattoo

So with everything said and done on how people get into the tattoo

I should mention my tattoo was done at Living Arts Tattoo in New Hope, PA.

I should mention my tattoo was done at Living Arts Tattoo in New Hope, PA.

How A Tattoo is Done. Most people know that tattoos are permanent fixtures

How A Tattoo is Done. Most people know that tattoos are permanent fixtures

Okay, two people are getting tattoos :) Bwahaha!

Okay, two people are getting tattoos :) Bwahaha!

We also see many Mother's and Daughter's getting tattooed together,

We also see many Mother's and Daughter's getting tattooed together,

Unlike before, when getting tattoos are only done by men who want to look

Unlike before, when getting tattoos are only done by men who want to look

Getting a Tattoo A service woman has

Getting a Tattoo A service woman has

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