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Surprise Surprise

April 27th, 2008

I’ve been designing my newest tattoo for a week now. I talked about it with my sister, who usually responds by saying “you’re not getting another tattoo/piercing!!!”. This time she liked the idea and even more surprising confessed to me she wanted a tattoo too!

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QOW – Is Rejection a Risk With Tattoos, Too?

April 26th, 2008
Question:

Hello. I was reading up about the migration & rejection process. It happened to me when I got my belly button pierced. I now want a tattoo, but I am scared that my body will “reject” that too. Is that possible?


Answer:
Good question! But that’s not likely to happen. Piercings tend to reject
on a regular basis and the same people that have piercings reject won’t
have any trouble at all with a tattoo. It’s the foreign object of the
jewelry that seems to cause the body to decide it doesn’t like and want to
push it out, but the body doesn’t seem to consider ink a foreign object.
The only times I’ve ever heard of anyone “rejecting” a tattoo was because
they were taking a certain kind of medication that didn’t react well with
getting a tattoo – if you have any concerns about vitamins or medications
you’re taking, discuss those with your artist. Otherwise, you should be
just fine.

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A Double Shot: Steve and Krista Show Off Some Awesome Ink

April 25th, 2008

Last Friday, my head was spinning. It seemed that there were tattoos everywhere. They were as prevalent as the blossoms on the trees. I passed out a few fliers, but hadn’t received any commitments from people to chat. The good weather means that we here at Tattoosday can be more selective in our choices, hopefully bringing you more intricate and complicated tattoos.

Just outside of Penn Station, I saw a man and a woman chatting in the sun. The guy had a bright red tattoo on his forearm. I couldn’t tell if the woman had ink, as her back was to me when I approached.

In introduced myself to Steve, who has six tattoos in all. He offered up the arm piece first, as it was the most meaningful of all his work:


Steve plays bass for a band out of Long Island called The Devilles. Check them out here. He described them as “punk rock n roll”. Their MySpace profile categorizes them as “punk/blues/soul”. Here’s Steve at a gig:

To break the tattoo down a little, the quote in the banner is “When I got the music/I got a place to go,” which are lyrics from the song “Radio” by Rancid, from their 1994 album, Let’s Go. A little research proved that “Radio” was originally released on the Radio Radio Radio EP a year earlier, with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong as a second guitarist in a brief stint with the band. Armstrong is even shares writing credit on the track. The album version, post-Bille Joe, has a significantly different arrangement.

Here’s a little video of Rancid performing “Radio”:

The guitar in Steve’s tattoo is modeled after his own instrument, a Gretsch.

He explained that the tattoo exemplifies the role of music in Steve’s life. He finds it very therapeutic and acknowledges that, without music, “I would not be the same person I am today, or even be here at all.” It’s the biggest, most important thing in his life.

This was designed and inked by Greg Fly at The Tattoo Shop in Medford, Long Island.

Steve also offered up this stomach piece:

This is a direct quote from the Clash song of the same name from the London Calling album. Pepe at The Tattoo Shop did this piece and it represents Steve’s belief that he’ll be able to make an impression on this world before he dies.

In the course of talking to Steve, the young lady with him was an active participant in the discussion. Her name is Krista and she works as an apprentice at The Tattoo Shop where Steve’s work was done. She said she had about six or seven tattoos in all. After talking with Steve, I asked her if she would like to show off her ink for Tattoosday as well.

She tried to downplay her body art, saying that, compared to Steve, her stories weren’t that interesting. I begged to differ but, to be perfectly honest, she could have been right. I only saw one of her tattoos, but it is truly spectacular:

Krista was born in upstate New York but she grew up in North Carolina. She remembers always being fascinated by the “Western motif” and when she drew up the rudimentary sketch of this tattoo, this was in the forefront of the vision. She took the basic premise to a tattooist named Zam at Visionary (a custom shop). She told him “this is [basically] what I want. Go nuts with it.” Like I said, the end result is breath-taking. I believe this is Tattoosday’s first chest piece.

Krista wanted me to plug her shop’s show on April 26th at Club Bianco in Hauppauge. Check out The Tattoo Shop’s page here to get all the details.

Thanks again to Krista and Steve for sharing their awesome tattoos!

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