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    im 57. spent 5 yrs learning tattooing in prison. just started using 'real' machines. coil and rotary. Unfortunatly I cant afford good ones, So I got the made in China. Im not a professional and am not lookin to open up shop and interfering with any of you that do this for a living. I have some tats that were done back in the 70's and 80's. And some done in the joint. All show degrees of wear and tear. Thats why I got my own guns, to go over them. Im more of an design artist than anything. Either or, I really enjoy both. Keeps me outta trouble. most of the time, LOL
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    drawing, guitar, HD, Shooting, Poker
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    Carpenter, General Construction, Whatever the old lady tells me to do

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  1. LOL. Yep, check out e-bay for Chinese Tattoo Kits. Unreal, 4 guns- power supply, 100 needles - 60 color inks - rubber bands, grommets, the whole freakin 9 yards of crap, all in a carrying case, for a whoppin $29.99 free shipping. Its a joke. Try to tune one of those machines. try all you want, its never gonna perform, EVER. An outfit, of quality, with the items listed above, is gonna get 100X that china price. So you gotta figure the tattoo work is gonna be roughly, oh say, 100X better as well. lol
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    Hey, maybe you shouldn't regret not getting other tats earlier. I dont know your age, but im 57, and im not done getting ink yet. Yer never too old for a tattoo I say. And every tattoo, has only one judge whose opinion really matters. I mean, I inked myself up in prison, with a single needle prison machine, and have a few tats that other people dont care for. Fine, to each his own. I like em, theres memories in each one of them, good or bad. LOL
  3. Citronella, I know, in candles, is toxic to breath. Im not sure how it would work on the skin or if there is any negative effects that could come with it.
  4. I dont know if Navarro thought up the idea for this show, and ran with it. But he, or they, should have had someone of tat knowledge do his judging, cause he is a moron. Hey, on guitar, he knows his stuff, but tattoo critique? They should have the winner from the season, sit in as a judge, on the next season. At least it would be a little more 'fair', and based on facts that are true to the profession. Just a thought. lol. OH, one more thing - TOO MUCH FRIKN DRAMA. this isn't 'survivor' or 'big brother'. That arrogant fool Joshua, even though entertaining in a comedy way, was a bit too much. LOL
  5. While the garment is dry, try pouring a bit of hydrogen peroxide on the inked area. It should loosen it, and lift it off the material. This also works great on removing blood from clothing and carpet. You know, in case you damage someone, and need to clean-up. LOL
  6. Semper Fi brother. I was Gunny in recon back in 1975. 3 man team in Cambodia with my M40A1. seems like yesterday sometimes. I'll look into some artwork for you. You might go to Grunt.com. They sell USMC t-shirts hats emblems, etc. There's a lot of cool artwork on some of the T-shirts that might give you some ideas.
  7. Yeah, I agree to that. But I would say, less than half of the prison ink I have seen, is tag related. Anyway, its all good. I'll try and get some more pics posted when I get a hold of a decent camera
  8. A few months ago, I thought the idea of adding the category "prison and homemade tattoos", to the Gallery, might strike a little interest to LST members. They added the category and I posted 2 of my own pics. And, hard to believe, nobody else has added one single pic. Wow, I know Im not the only one here thats done time and has a prison tattoo. The tattoos are not great, but Im not ashamed of em. C'mon, lets get some more pics in here. lol.
  9. OOOoooh Yeah! ROHR 714's. That will definetly do the trick. lol. Theres a lot of nerves in the shin area. Dont drink too much alcohol, it will make you bleed a lot more. It works as an anti-coagulent.
  10. Wow, I would proceed with extreme caution. The politics and laws are a bit 'twisted' when it comes to outsiders coming in and disturbing their culture and especially their religion. in any way. Not saying thats what your doing now, im just saying, be careful. And best of luck.
  11. We just watched season 2 on Spike. All was good until Tatu Baby got beat out by Jeromy. That had to be the worst judging decision we have seen to date. Just glad she was voted back for next season by the viewers. I like the show. I dont care much for some of the drama or the head games.
  12. Yep. We have a 60 gallon fresh water tank. We used to buy little Koi (2"), but they outgrow the tank . Now we have 5 goldfish. They were about an inch long when we bought em, now they are about 4" long. And we have a leopard plecostemus, and an albino pleco. Fish are cool, wish I was rich, I would have more.
  13. Folsom. Ink was impossible to get at the time. There was one time a guy got a hold of a bottle of black ink, didnt know the C.O.s had cut it with a bit of ammonia. needless to say it wouldnt stay under the skin. lol - - - Updated - - - You can now post pictures of jail, prison and homemade tattoos in 'Gallery.' under 'Prison Tattoos.'
  14. I got out in 78. Think of all the goodies I didnt get to play with. lol. but since then I have had the pleasure of shootin some non military weapons that are just as cool, and im sure you will get the same in the years to come. - - - Updated - - - the more posts i read regarding this issue, it becomes quite clear that some branches of our military are more strict about tattoo regulations than others. I would say that the navy is more lax than the others, and the USMC is probably the toughest these days.
  15. Irezumi Irezumi (入れ墨, 入墨, 紋身, 刺花, 剳青, 黥 or 刺青) is a Japanese word that refers to the insertion of ink under the skin to leave a permanent, usually decorative mark; a form of tattooing. The word can be written in several ways, each with slightly different connotations. The most common way of writing irezumi is with the Chinese characters 入れ墨 or 入墨, literally meaning to “insertink“. The characters 紋身 (also pronounced bunshin) suggest “decorating the body”. 剳青 is more esoteric, being written with the characters for “stay” or “remain” and “blue” or “green”, and probably refers to the appearance of the main shading ink under the skin. 黥 (meaning “tattooing”) is rarely used, and the characters 刺青 combine the meanings “pierce”, “stab”, or “prick”, and “blue” or “green”, referring to the traditional Japanese method of tattooing by hand. History of Japanese tattoos Tattooing for spiritual and decorative purposes in Japan is thought to extend back to at least the Jōmon or paleolithic period (approximately 10,000 BC). Some scholars have suggested that the distinctive cord-marked patterns observed on the faces and bodies of figures dated to that period represent tattoos, but this claim is by no means unanimous. There are similarities, however, between such markings and the tattoo traditions observed in other contemporaneous cultures. In the following Yayoi period (c. 300 BC–300 AD) tattoo designs were observed and remarked upon by Chinese visitors. Such designs were thought to have spiritual significance as well as functioning as a status symbol. Starting in the Kofun period (300–600 AD) tattoos began to assume negative connotations. Instead of being used for ritual or status purposes, tattooed marks began to be placed on criminals as a punishment (this was mirrored in ancient Rome, where slaves were known to have been tattooed with mottoes such as “I am a slave who has run away from his master”). Japanese tattoos in the Edo period Until the Edo period (1600–1868 AD) the role of tattoos in Japanese society fluctuated. Tattooed marks were still used as punishment, but minor fads for decorative tattoos—some featuring designs that would be completed only when lovers’ hands were joined—also came and went. It was in the Edo period, however, that Japanese decorative tattooing began to develop into the advanced art form it is known as today. The impetus for the development of the art were the development of the art of woodblock printing and the release of the popular Chinese novel Suikoden, a tale of rebel courage and manly bravery illustrated with lavish woodblock prints showing men in heroic scenes, their bodies decorated with dragons and other mythical beasts, flowers, ferocious tigers and religious images. The novel was an immediate success, and demand for the type of tattoos seen in its illustrations was simultaneous. Woodblock artists began tattooing.[citation needed] They used many of the same tools for imprinting designs in human flesh as they did to create their woodblock prints, including chisels, gouges and, most importantly, unique ink known as Nara ink, or Nara black, the ink that famously turns blue-green under the skin. There is academic debate over who wore these elaborate tattoos. Some scholars say that it was the lower classes who wore—and flaunted—such tattoos. Others claim that wealthy merchants, barred by law from flaunting their wealth, wore expensive irezumi under their clothes. It is known for certain that irezumi became associated with firemen, dashing figures of bravery and roguish sex-appeal who wore them as a form of spiritual protection (and, no doubt, for their beauty as well). Tattoos in modern Japan At the beginning of the Meiji period the Japanese government, wanting to protect its image and make a good impression on the West, outlawed tattoos, and irezumi took on connotations of criminality. Nevertheless, fascinated foreigners went to Japan seeking the skills of tattoo artists, and traditional tattooing continued underground. Tattooing was legalized by the occupation forces in 1948,[1] but has retained its image of criminality. For many years, traditional Japanese tattoos were associated with the yakuza, Japan’s notoriousmafia, and many businesses in Japan (such as public baths, fitness centers and hot springs) still ban customers with tattoos. Tattooing and other forms of body decoration and body modification, as in much of the western world, are gaining in popularity in Japan. However, Japanese young people who choose to get tattooed are most often choosing “one point” designs—small designs that can be completed in one sitting—usually in the American or tribal styles. More recently, however sanskrit Siddham script tattoos are becoming more and more fashionable. Traditional irezumi is still done by specialist tattooists, but it is painful, time-consuming and expensive: a typical traditional body suit (covering the arms, back, upper legs and chest, but leaving an untattooed space down the center of the body) can take one to five years of weekly visits to complete and cost in excess of US$30,000.
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