Archive | March, 2011

Whatcha Got Wednesday

30 Mar

Who’s Tattoo is This? Christian Martin

Where Did he get it done?: Dark Star in Toms River NJ

Who did it?: James

Fun Fact: His artist, James is blind in one eye.



California Tattoo Shops II

29 Mar

Some more pictures from my trip to California, where I volunteered over Spring Break.

*As you can tell it was raining.

Nomad Body Piercing

1755 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94103



Black Heart Tattoo

177 Valencia St.  San Francisco,  California  94103

415 431 2100

Cyclops Tattoo

513 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110

415 621 2657

Alright, This is a Tattoo Shop right next to a barber Shop, If you walk into the wrong one, they will direct you in the right direction. Plus the guys at the barber shop help bull dogs, so it’s still worth the visit. Or your reaction could be like mine, “A tattoo shop that also cuts hair?!”

2639 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Microdermal Monday

28 Mar

Can I Remove it by Myself?

A microdermal anchor should be removed by a piercer because they are trained how to remove them, and how to insert them. If a person does decide that they want to remove this piece of jewelry on their own, they must know it is going to be more painful than if a piercer was actually doing it for them. I do not recommend doing any procedures on one’s own.

Due to the fact that your skin grows around a microdermal, you would essential be pulling out the jewelry. This is something that you try to avoid while you have the piercing, so it does not make sense to remove it on your own.

When going to a piercer to remove it, they will first clean down the area of where the piercing is.

Than, the piercer will remove the bead from your microdermal. It will be removed so that they can figure out where exactly the base is located underneath the skin.

Here is the scary part of the whole procedure, next the piercer will be using a scalpel to remove the base that is inside.  A small incision will be made and the base will be cut out. At this point the area will be bleeding.

After getting the jewelry removed make sure to keep the area clean. There is going to be an open wound and you wouldn’t want that to get infected. Once again, please go to a piercer to get your microdermal removed. They know the proper way to take out this piercing.

Interview with Brian Decker

25 Mar

When I went to the convention in Philly, there was huge crowd around one table located downstairs. At this table was a man named Brian Decker. He is an artists that specializes in scarification. Soon after the convention, I got in contact with him and did a short interview…

Brian Decker at work.

What made you go into this form of artwork?

Brian: It was essentially a progression in modification from piercing.  If my drawing ability was more enhanced on a technical level I may have given tattooing a try, but alas, it isn’t.  My first introduction to scarring was from a photo of Jon Cobb in a Savage Tattoo magazine, of a piece done by the late Keith Alexander.  The design was a simple starburst on his forehead made up of a series of straight lines.  I absolutely fell in love with the look and idea of it right away and began to research it more.  Being around 8 years ago, the cutting designs I saw were mainly built from basic lines and the drawings never got overly complex that I couldn’t sketch or copy something.  Even the more intricate pieces people like Garza and Lukas were doing at the time were still pretty flat and obviously one dimensional pieces with limited detail.  The first piece I ever did was a small kanji on a friend’s arm.  I started really shallowly, but got a feeling for the way the skin opened really quickly.  It felt so natural to me right from that first piece (which is still in my portfolio), and I was lucky enough to have him and a bunch of friends, and friends of friends, lend pieces of their skin for practice.

Do you have any scarification modifications? What made you choose this method?

Brian: As of right now I don’t have anything done on myself.  I have a few practitioner friends who i’d trust to do some work on me, but i would leave the designing and method up to them.

Any interesting stories that stand out?

Brian: I actually had one client who was looking to get markings on his face, chest, and arms to mimic defense wounds caused by a knife attack.  He was very serious about keeping it secretive from his friends and family, including his own children.  I couldn’t understand why a person would want his family to worry about him being assaulted so badly, but that’s not entirely up to me to decide, so i made some nice cuttings for him and sent him on his way.  Even more oddly, he called back a few months later asking to get some more!  Who he thought would believe he was attacked in the same fashion twice in a few months was beyond me, but i helped him on his journey, regardless.

28 Marcy Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Telephone: 718.384.3377



*Most Definitely check out this portfolio it is awesome.

Whatcha Got Wednesday?

23 Mar

Who’s Tattoo is it?: Kevin Hartnett

Where did He get it done? : No Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo in Philly

Wanna know an interesting fact?: Sadly both of Kevin’s grandparents had died in the same week that he had gotten the tattoo done.

Would you ever?

22 Mar

Check out these Sites

22 Mar

Tattoos are a permanent form of art, yet some people get crazy ones. Here are some websites to look at crazy tattoos while you are bored.

WTF Tattoo

This website has tattoos that most people would regret in the morning. It contains weird tattoos, tattoos that misspelled, and some oddities that you cannot wrap your mind around. Just as the name of the website, some of these tattoos will make you go “What the F**k”.

OMG Tattoo

OMG Tattoo has photos of some interesting (to say the least) tattoos. These tattoos are not necessarily done poorly, but they are some kooky things that people get marked into their skin.

Check out my Ink

Check out my ink, has photos of people’s tattoos. This is a place to show off your tattoo, it can also be a place to come to, to get ideas for a tattoo of your own. There are all different types of designs and drawing on this website.

Tattoo  Paparazzi

On this website, there are photos of celebrities tattoos. If you like to keep up with pop culture this is a fantastic site to browse around. Check out Steve-o’s from MTV’s “Jackass”, he has some entertaining ink.

Tattoo Photo Galleries

This is a photo gallery of people’s tattoos. Viewers can add their own tattoos as well to this website. Here there are tattoos that are very detailed, to the more simple looking. Here they have photos of people’s faces as tattoos to things like butterflies and Chinese letters.



*Isn’t it odd they have the same advertisement?