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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.
  16. Russian criminal tattoos have a complex system of symbols which can give quite detailed information about the wearer. Not only do the symbols carry meaning but the area of the body on which they are placed may be meaningful too. The initiation tattoo of a new gang member is usually placed on the chest and may incorporate a rose. A rose on the chest is also used within the Russian Mafia. Wearing false or unearned tattoos is punishable in the criminal underworld. Tattoos can be voluntarily removed (for loss of rank, new affiliation, “life style” change, etc.) by bandaging magnesium powder onto the surface of the skin, which dissolves the skin bearing the marks with painful caustic burns. This powder is gained by filing “light alloy” e.g. lawnmower casing, and is a jailhouse commodity. Tattoos done in a Russian prison have a distinct bluish color and usually appear somewhat blurred because of the lack of instruments to draw fine lines. The ink is often created from burning the heel of a shoe and mixing the soot with urine, and injected into the skin utilizing a sharpened guitar string attached to an electric shaver.[5] In addition to voluntary tattooing, tattoos are used to stigmatize and punish individuals within the criminal society. They may be placed on an individual who fails to pay debts in card games, or otherwise breaks the criminal code, and often have very blatant sexual images, embarrassing the wearer. Tattoos on the forehead are usually forcibly applied, and designed both to humiliate the bearer and warn others about him or her. They frequently consist of slurs about the bearer’s ethnicity, sexual orientation, or perceived collusion with the prison authorities. They can indicate that the bearer is a member of a political group considered offensive by other prisoners (e.g. Vlasovite), or has been convicted of a crime (such as child rape) which is disapproved of by other criminals. Tattoos that consist of political or anti-authoritarian statements are known as “grins”. They are often tattooed on the stomach of a thief in law, as a means of acquiring status in the criminal community. A Russian criminologist, Yuri Dubyagin, has claimed that, during the Soviet era, there existed “secret orders” that an anti-government tattoo must be “destroyed surgically”, and that this procedure was usually fatal Motifs Common tattoos and their significance: Barbed wire tattooed across the forehead signifies a sentence of life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Birds over horizon: “I was born free and should be free” Cat: a career as thief. A single cat means the bearer worked alone; several cats mean the bearer was part of a gang. Churches, fortresses, etc. are often tattooed on the chest, back, or hand. The number of spires or towers can represent the years a prisoner has been incarcerated, or number of times he has been imprisoned. The phrase, “The Church is the House of God,” often inscribed beneath a cathedral, has the metaphorical meaning, “Prison is the Home of the Thief.” Madonna and baby Jesus indicates the person has been a thief since childhood. Dagger: sex offender Executioner: Murderer Rose (white-dried): Death is preferable to loss of virtue.[6] Spider or spider web: may symbolize racism or doing time in prison[7] Spider Web: Worn on left elbow and symbolizes that the wearer is a predator and highly dangerous, spiders are associated with hunters, they wait patiently to capture their prey and then kill it. Also, it may symbolize that the wearer has killed before or is willing to. Wearer has to be in a high rank to wear this tattoo. Tombstones represent the loss of time. You may see the number of years that are served (i.e. 5 tombstones reading 2001 – 2005 means the prisoner has done 5 years). SS: two sig runes were the symbol of the Schutzstaffel, Nazi insignia Stars: Worn on the knees: signifies that the owner will kneel before no man, or no one. Stars: Worn on the shoulders:Signifies that the owner is a man of discipline, status, and tradition. Men will also receive stars when promoted to “Captain”. Skulls: Signifies murder, if the murder was significant enough to merit the tattoo. Military insignia and uniform epaulets are worn on the shoulders. This symbolizes criminal accomplishments. When a Skull symbol is portrayed with it, it usually designates a man as a murderer. Epaulets are decorated with certain crests and symbols in the sections where one can see the Skull there prior to conviction, especially when it was of any significance. Swastika: Symbol of the Nazi party. If a Russian person that is not in the Russian Mafia wears any of these tattoos he will be penalized with death if caught.
  17. 7 years. That's a long time. The longest stretch for me was 2-1/2. Im done, not goin back, too old for that crap.
  18. skull and crossbones/ prison bars done by me, on me
  19. Yeah, lewd, crude. And nothin ta lose. Most of those guys will never get out of prison. So instead of the tattoo being 'Art', its more of an intimidation tool. Like the gangbangers in the city, the little guy has to cover his face and head with his gang crap to make himself a badazz. LOL. Too each his own I suppose.
  20. Kill Bill is cool. You gotta see both of them . lol - - - Updated - - - I just watched 'Cool Hand Luke', Again. If you have never seen it, Its mandatory.
  21. Music. I couldn't exist without it. It truly is a drug. It can lower blood pressure and heart rate. As well as increase it. It can calm a persons nerves, or frazzle them. It can turn a rowdy crowd, ready to rumble, into a mellow gathering. Or vice versa. Myself, I can listen to Metallica 'One', and right after that listen to Bob Dylan. For the best ambience when i tattoo or get tattooed, I listen to a instrumental guitar. Al DiMeola mostly. If you have never heard of Al. Go on youtube and listen to a track called ' Lady of Rome, Sister of Brazil' its a short one, if you like that play this one 'Cielo e terrra' its about 10 minutes long. My favorite by far. I also play a lotta 'Popa Chubby', 'Larry Carlton'. 'SRV', 'Vai', 'Santana', 'the Allman bro's - live at the filmore east.' to name a few. Anyway give Al DiMeola a listen. What do like to hear, or play to calm down a nervous client? lol
  22. freehand with sharpies
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    freehand with sharpies
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    freehand with sharpies
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