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Hurting the ones you love

My lady has been nothing but good for me. Whats more, she's a fan of my art, off and on skin, and cheerleader for me to others. She has encouraged me to keep it up, no matter what kind of "entitled artist" BS I might catch or even when I get down on myself after seeing work that I might never be able to get to. She's been asking me for a tattoo for almost as long as we've been together, and I keep trying to find something from my mind that would fit her. I saw Eddie and Penny Funk on a 'tu

Gloomy Inks

Gloomy Inks

Black And Light Magazine

As some of you may know, I have started a magazine with a few friends and some LSTers who I have connected with over that last few years. This is just a little synopsis of my thoughts on the project. I will be posting a free online edition of the magazine and will have physical copies available for any of you who want one. It is an expression of my experience in tattooing and also something that I have made to give back to those who helped me create this indescribable idea of what tattooing mean

MadeIndelible

MadeIndelible

Update re: Tattoo Research Project

I've decided to start with a plain-old herbal tincture to help with the tattoo process itself. It is for folks who are getting tattooed in especially painful spots, who are really nervous, getting their first tattoo, folks who tense up during tattooing (or get muscle twitching), that sort of thing. If you are interested in hearing more about it, ask here, PM me or check out my website: http://www.quaternityholistics.com/p/products.html Mods - if this post is not okay, feel free to take it do

Fala

Fala

You are entitled to...

"The grand prize is (drum roll); hassles, nonsense, arguments, a possible early death, and anonymous life punctuated by some artistic pleasure. If you're lucky." What a great life, yeah? You bet it is, and I would trade it for nothing. Meaning if I could, I dunno, teach history in college, like I wanted to before I found out that anything past a needle grouping is beyond my math skills, I would. I love it, don't get me wrong. My station in life is what it should be. A, so far, known, and so-so

Gloomy Inks

Gloomy Inks

A Funk-y State of Mind (or why a guy in his eighties can still kick my ass)

So. In 24 hrs I met two people who have claimed to met Eddie Funk. I have not, and after writing this title, I think it might be a good idea if I don't. I was out drinking, not my usual these days (I also ended up playing guitar, so I would assume that I was at least two sheets to the wind) and I get to talking. I'm chatty anyways, and this lady comes after I'm done making a jackass of myself with six strings. We get to talking, her, my lady and myself. "I know Eddie Funk," Says she, "His shop

Gloomy Inks

Gloomy Inks

The1moto show in Portland, Oregon

Oh what's that? You have a beard? You ride a motorcycle? Choppers you say? Me too! I actually headed up to Portland for a quick vacation and only visited one tattoo shop (due to severe weather) but I did see a ton of fancy motorbikes. wrote a blog about it, here it goes http://jetblackstains.com/?p=740

A.Sanchez

A.Sanchez

The1moto show in Portland, Oregon

Oh what's that? You have a beard? You ride a motorcycle? Choppers you say? Me too! I actually headed up to Portland for a quick vacation and only visited one tattoo shop (due to severe weather) but I did see a ton of fancy motorbikes. wrote a blog about it, here it goes http://jetblackstains.com/?p=740

A.Sanchez

A.Sanchez

"Gloomy, why are you always up writing at 3:30AM?"

I was sitting drawing roses one day. Actually it was a good lesson in trusting the artistic eye too. I was sitting there with a 4B in my hand, this blank look on face, which ain't normal for me unless I'm thinking, and I closed my eyes. I didn't have an apocalyptic vision, but I'm a fan of Chris Rock, and much like his "old guy in the club" bit, I saw myself at 60 (now granted, if you saw how I lived, smoked, and ate, you'd go, "Gloomy, you ain't gonna make it past 40."), bitterly bitching, co

Gloomy Inks

Gloomy Inks

The importance of madness

People tell me I'm crazy all the time. My family, band members, friends, well the few friends I have still. I am crazy too. I'm impulsive, big time, and a little OCD (big O, little c) I think. Whats worse, I don't care if you know I'm crazy. I think crazy is where it's at in fact, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Of course like most crazy people I don't have a plan. Or when I do, it's insane stuff. "Tattoo my hands, yeah," I thought to myself. Finding a place to live can be a little roug

Gloomy Inks

Gloomy Inks

Looking for Volunteers for a Research Project about Tattooing

I'm taking a business development class as part of my herbal medicine program for the next few months. I'm learning about marketing, and developing products and resources for clients/customers. My current project entails learning how to identify clients wants and needs, for product and/or services development through interviewing them. The topic is how folks feel about the tattoo process, what works for them, all that good stuff. Basically, I'm trying to identify an overarching issue that mo

Fala

Fala

LST hibernation...

Hey guys and gals, Those of you who know me or follow me on Instagram know that I have been super busy and not active here in some time. I am nearly at the end of my apprenticeship and have started making small, traditional tattoos. Learning and tattooing and research and drawing and painting take up all of my time. I still love you guys, but have other obligations. Cheers to all of you and hope to see you around the boards a bit more in the future. If you are interested in keeping up with

Brock Varty

Brock Varty

Brooklyn, New York and Washington DC

I'm very proud and excited to announce that I will be traveling with Jason Phillips to New York and Washington DC this week. We will be New York tattooing November 14-16. I will be at Greenpoint Tattoo Co. and Jason will be sitting in at Smith St. Tattoo. We are also headed down to the Tattoo Paradise 10 year anniversary party and mini tattoo convention. I'm really excited to go see some old friends, hear some bands and no doubt see some amazing tattoos being put on. I still have a couple spot

A.Sanchez

A.Sanchez

Long Term Tattoo care

When exposed to sun I use sunscreen too but only a physical zinc based sunscreen. Some types of sun screen penetrate the first layer of the skin and I am not so sure the chemicals would be beneficial to the ink. Other than that I use coconut oil or linseed oil (for body and face too). Moisturizer increases water pressure in the outer skin layer, which can results in too much water and therefore dry out the skin and tattoo ;).

Suiren

Suiren

First blog post

I only have 2 tattoos so far. Different things in life kept me from getting more done. Anything from work, over past relationships, financial reasons and health reasons. But in a way I really regret that I did not get more done. I have been planning certain new tattoo ideas since pregnancy, but our son took priority and the things he needed. He is now two and I hope that I can get a few tattoos done before baby number two. Anyhow, here is my first tattoo at my lower back (with plans for the

Suiren

Suiren

save tigers

These are a couple tigers I did this year...the reason I put them up here is because there are less than 32 tigers in the wild right now....no shit....I do not want to live in a world where there are no tigers....I do not want my grandkids to live in a world where there are no tigers...We as a community a professional community always seem to be able to pull things together...I give $ every month to "save the tigers" please you guys paint a tiger and sell it take the $$$ and search for "save th

shaneenholm

shaneenholm



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