Author Archives: Karen

Sometimes It Helps To Think of an Alternative

Don’t shoot the messenger for bringing bad news, but sometimes relationships do not work out. This is, at the time, regrettable for all parties, but is equally a fact of life. So if you are uncontrollably in love it might be tempting to get their name inked on you, but you may well end up regretting your decision if things go wrong. There are alternative approaches to capturing your love in ink form anyway. A symbol which demonstrates how that person makes you feel can work just […]

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Get a Clear Idea For Your Tattoo

Many people go out and get tattoos without first thinking clearly about what they are going to get. They will show up at a tattoo parlor and lie back after telling the artist what they want, and once the ink has been put on they often sit forward for a look and are appalled by what they see. The important lesson to take from the experiences of these people is that a tattoo is permanent and getting one that looks bad will haunt you for some time. […]

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The Confused History of Prison Tattoos

Although the majority of people with tattoos have never seen the inside of a prison in real life, and never would wish to, there is nonetheless a history around the tattoo which links several designs to the prison community. Different sections of the community may be represented by different tattoos – and the really confusing part is that similar tattoos can mean radically different things to different people. A spider web tattoo, for example on one’s arm, can mean any one of various things. Most innocently it […]

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The Teardrop Tattoo And Its Various Meanings

One of the most controversial parts of the tattoo world is that of the teardrop tattoo. This look is worn by a number of people, but is most commonly spoken about due to its connections with imprisonment. Even within the prison system, the teardrop tattoo has a number of meanings and if you have one, it is worth being careful about who you speak to because there can be confusion over what it means. Explaining it may work, but remember that if someone has been to prison […]

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Where Is The Best Place To Get A Tattoo?

When it comes to the question of adorning your body with a tattoo, there is no doubt that it causes interesting debates both with other people and inside your head. Especially if it is your first tattoo. The question you will be asking yourself is “where do you make the first mark on a blank canvas?” and there is a lot to take into account when deciding this. First of all, your body is generally split into two distinct parts – the area covered by clothes most […]

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The Corporate Logo Tattoo – Why?

A craze has cropped up in the last decade or so for people to get corporate logos tattooed on their bodies. This is one of the more controversial styles of tattoo, given that the previous reputation surrounding tattoos was that they were somewhat of a counter-culture statement and anti-corporate. The idea of tattooing the logo of a major global corporation that has a perfectly good advertising budget all by itself seems to go counter to all that. Whatever the company, it pays to think: “If they spend […]

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Know What It Says Before You Tattoo It

If there is one thing worse than getting a tattoo that you grow to hate, then it must be getting a tattoo that you think is absolutely perfect right until somebody tells you that it is spelt incorrectly, and/or means something radically different from what you thought it meant. This is something that has happened to more people than enough when they get a tattoo in another language, and even though the majority of the people around them will never be able to tell that it is […]

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Twilight Tattoos – The Lion Fell In Love With The Lamb

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last two years, it will be hard for you to have escaped the book and film that has been the subject of conversation both positive and negative for much of that time. Twilight, the book by Stephanie Meyer, has become absolutely enormous and has spawned a crowd of fans who go beyond the normal realms of obsession and come out the other side in their own reality. These people are known as “Twi-hards“, and they have been […]

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Song Lyrics – You Couldn’t Have Put It Better Yourself

There are no end of people who get tattoos to back up their love of music. Whether we can play or just have the sound in our hearts and on our CDs and MP3 players, music means a lot to many people. Listening to a favorite song in the right setting can make a good day into a great day, and can cheer up a bad one too. For some people it is all about how it sounds, while for others lyrics are more important – with […]

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The Curious Case of Kimberley Vlaeminck

One of the most famous tattoo-related news stories is a pretty recent one, which took place in the Belgian town of Courtrai in June of 2014. It concerns an 18-year-old girl by the name of Kimberley Vlaeminck, and more specifically the 56 stars she had tattooed on her face at the parlor run by tattooist Rouslan Toumaniantz. Within days the story was on news wires throughout Europe and the world, with a seemingly furious Vlaeminck announcing plans to sue Toumaniantz, insisting that she had asked for three […]

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