Tag Archives: Tattoo

Straight Edge Day

17 Oct

Happy Straight Edge Day!

Now go check out these bands!

They are Straight Edge and have tattoos!

Minor Threat

Eighteen Visions

Rise Against

Morning Again

Ten Yard Fight

Champion

Gorilla Biscuts

7 Seconds

Floorpunch

 

 

Foot Tapping Nerves

11 Oct

Can you feel your foot tapping a hole through the floor? The cold sweat on your brow is becoming more visible, and you begin to feel nauseas. Thoughts start running through your mind… “Is this really what I want? How bad is it going to hurt? What if…”, than you hear the buzzing begin. You grasp the chair handle and your tattoo artist goes to work.  You are about to get your first tattoo, are you ready?

What Should I get?

“Tattoos shouldn’t serve as current representations of the people we are, but rather nostalgic bookmarks to remind us of the people we once were,” said Max Barna, a tattoo sporting journalist.

Before you even step foot into the shop, know that what you are about to get put on your body is permanent. Getting a tattoo is not about following the latest fashion trend, but about something that has merit in a lifetime. Do not get a tattoo because it is what someone else wants you to get. Someone else’s opinion does not matter. This piece of art is going on your body, not theirs.

“If you’re going to get a good tattoo that’s well thought out, original, and an idea that truly represents something you feel strongly about, then you’d be a fool to regret it later on in life, even if you don’t necessarily feel the same way about it,” said Barna.

Which Shop Should I go to?

Locating a tattoo parlor to get a tattoo done at can be nerve racking. Finding an artist that has enough skills at the specific details that you are looking for can be tricky. Get recommendations; talk to your friends and family members where they had gotten theirs done before. If their tattoo does not have the quality that you would like yours to have, try to avoid that location.

“Do your research on your artist, ask around. Don’t forget to check their website,” said Erik Benson, an art major and tattoo lover.

Not only are you looking for a place that has the ability, but you are also looking for a place that is clean. Use the internet to look up reviews. Also go with your gut feeling, if you walk into the shop and the atmosphere is not your liking, find another location.

“Always, ALWAYS make sure they reach into their desks, take out a fresh needle in a sealed package, and put it on the gun while you watch them,” said Barna.

To make sure everything is sterilized and clean, ask to see the needles before they are taken out of their packages and before they are used. Most parlors will have their licenses displayed, if you cannot find it, ask them to show it you. If they are weary about showing you things, get out of there as fast as you can.

Keep This in Mind

Do not get a tattoo when you are under any sort of influence or have been drinking the night before. An artist cannot give you a tattoo if you are visibly inebriated. When a person is intoxicated, their blood in thinner, thus more blood will be lost when getting the tattoo.

Getting a tattoo while under the influence can also lead to getting something that you may not necessarily want. Always keep in mind that a tattoo is permanent and the effects of going to a place that is not sanitary are also permanent.

In the Shop

So there you are, sitting in the chair about to go under the gun and your heart is beating out of your chest. “How bad is this going to hurt? Am I breathing to heavily? Can he feel me shaking?” Take a break from all of this and take a deep breath.

“I downplay it as a cat scratch; it’s as about as deep. It’s the best way to describe it. Where the cat scratch is varies on how much it is going to hurt,” said Scott Simacek, a tattoo artist with over fifty of his own tattoos.

Remain calm; ask your artist if you have any questions or concerns. He or she will be able to answer you.  If you get nervous in the chair, ask the artist to tell you the story of how they got started or if they have had any interesting experiences with their customers. This will keep your mind off the pain, and you will get to know your artist better.

How do I Fight Through the Pain?

The process of getting a tattoo is a series of needles penetrating in and out of the skin. Getting a tattoo will cause some discomfort because it essentially an open wound. Where the positioning of the tattoo is located determines how much it is going to hurt.

“I wasn’t really able to calm myself down, I got my first tattoo on my hip and it hurt really bad. I put a shirt in my mouth and bit down on it,” said Benson.

Keep breathing at all times through the course of getting the tattoo. Holding your breath will lead to a person being lightheaded and possibly passing out. The body is going to need plenty of oxygen and support to due to the changes happening to it.

“I fell in love, my first tattoo is a giant eel. I watched every line and tried to make the best of it,” said Simacek, when asked how he felt while getting his first tattoo.

If the pain gets to be too much, let your artist know so they can let you take a break. Remember, this is something that you really want, beauty can be painful and it will be worth it in the end.

Tell me a Story…Max Barna

6 Oct

Max Barna tells the story of getting his first tattoo.

“Well, when I told my parents that I wanted to get a tattoo, they needed a bit of convincing. After they found out the tattoo I wanted to get, they were a little more accepting, and agreed to let me get one if I agreed to let them accompany me to the tattoo shop. So I called some high profile shop that everyone used to rave about, and they had a 3+ month waiting list. Rather than stuff the idea in my back pocket for three months, my dad and I decided to take a ride around to see if we could find a decently clean shop. We wound up coming across this shop about 15 minutes away from where we lived, and we checked it out, made sure it was clean, and made the appointment.

The day I walked in, I looked for the oldest man in the tattoo parlor (because it’d probably take an elderly man to identify the origin of my dad’s piece, being as it was so old). I walked up the oldest gentleman, introduced myself, told him what I was looking for, pointed to my dad’s arm, asked him if he could put it on my arm, and he just kind of laughed at me. He said, “Kid, not only can I put that on your arm, but I can tell you where your dad got it, when he got it, and who he got it done by.”

As it turned out, the random gentleman who I just so happened to have ran into inside of this random tattoo shop my father and I just so happened to have driven by, was apprenticed by the man who originally did my dad’s tattoo in the 70’s. This is pretty remarkable, because in the tattoo world, tattoo artists don’t just offer to apprentice anyone — especially the heavy hitters like my dad’s old guy, Tony “The Pirate” Cambria.

So the old man, visibly excited, told my father and I to wait in the front of the parlor while he went in back and got something that he said would amaze us. After about 20 minutes of looking at all these crazy, old-school designs on the wall, the old man came out with this old, dusty, brown piece of paper in his hand. It looked so tattered and old that if you so much as looked at it wrong it’d disintegrate. But lo and behold, it was the original drawing of my dad’s tattoo, signed and autographed by Tony Cambria himself, dated 1977. Remember that thing I said up top about listening to your gut? Well, here’s a perfect example.

Anyway, he traced up the original, shaved my arm, slapped some transfer paper on me, and got the job done. Two hours later I walked out with a tattoo”.

 

*This story is the exact thing he said, I did not edit anything, or embellish anything.

 

 

 

 

 

Whatcha Got Wednesday?

5 Oct

These lyrics are located in the enter of the back and read

“If you truly do believe n something, somehow it all works out,”

these lyrics are from Can’t Finish What you Started

by Motion City Soundtrack.

 

Guest Appearance ?

27 Sep

Scott Simacek,

an artist who practices in California is making a special guest appearance in New York for a little bit.

He is very friendly! So check him out while you can.

Right now, he is at Masterpiece Tattoo in Staten Island, NY

718-982-8212

Stalker Sunday

25 Sep

So where did I find this cool bit?

I found it at Warped Tour waiting to see Terrible Things.

I love nautical tattoos!

Whatcha got Wednesday?

21 Sep

 

Alright, this one I got from a friend I used to go to summer camp with.

She got it done at Inksanity in Somerset, NJ, by a fella named Ben.

She loves peacocks, and for everyone curious, this took more than one session!