3D, or three dimensional, tattoos are becoming increasingly popular. These tattoos are incredibly detailed and hyper realistic and can make the viewer think the image is popping right off the skin. 3D tattoo designs can range from small inanimate objects to huge portraits. Regardless, 3D tattoos are gaining in popularity because they are able ... Read more
Abstract is defined a few different ways, but these definitions combined may explain the complexity that is you, and this in turn can be expressed artistically through the art of tattoo. Abstract as an adjective can mean “existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence”, which describes the ... Read more
Angel tattoos are an incredibly popular choice for both men and women.
Traditionally, angels are used to represent the relationship between heaven and earth and are viewed as messengers between divine entities and humans.
Angel tattoos are also used by many to memorialize a loved one who has passed. In this regard they are viewed as guardians ... Read more
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Tattoo Ink Through History
Tattooing has been a deeply-seeded cultural practice founds in countless cultures from Ancient Egyptian, to Japan, and Polynesian peoples like Hawaiian, Maori, and Samoan. For millennia, tattooing was done for to denote significance, accomplishment, and for spiritual reasons such as a sacrificial act in deity worship. Long before ... Read more
Tattooing is an ancient practice but it has only been in the last hundred years that tattoos have become common practice outside of small pockets of the East. While the origins of tattooing are relatively unknown, they have been found on ancient human remains from Egypt to Sumer to pre-historic Europe. Tattooing is rooted in ... Read more
How to Choose the Best Tattoo Machine For You
A Brief History of Modern Tattooing
Tattooing has been a spiritual practice that is found in cultures around the globe but not until it was introduced to the Western world did it include electric machines. Both the Egyptians and multiple Polynesian cultures used needles and sometimes chisels to ... Read more
Trying to decide on a design for a permanent body art decoration can often be overwhelming. So many designs to choose from, not to mention anything you can think of, the possibilities are endless. Often a tattoo is meant to express the “inner you.” Some people may feel that in this modern age a modern ... Read more
Birds are amazing creatures who many perceive as representing freedom as they are never tied down to one place and can fly freely wherever they choose. They have been intriguing mankind for ages. With more than 10,000 species to choose from there is a lot of avian inspiration.
Some of the most popular birds used in ... Read more
We love these bow tattoos and think their delicate nature and femininity add beauty to anyone choosing to get one. Bows come in all shapes and colors and can be sexy or fun.
Here are some bow tattoos we want to share with you.
Cherry Blossom Trees are a staple of Japanese custom and lore. The Japanese believe the cherry blossom tree represents the fragility of life and beauty. To others it may mean something different. Regardless of what you believe they mean, cherry blossom tattoos can be very beautiful.
We shared some pictures below for your enjoyment.
The Taoist symbol of Yin Yang is called Taijitu in Chinese and is often incorporated with other tattoos to make dramatic combinations. The dolphin, Koi and dragon are most commonly paired with the Yin Yang in modern tattoos. Yin is the female counterpart and the black component. Earth and life, and harmony. Yang is the ... Read more
In Greco-Roman mythology, clouds are considered homesteads of the gods. Clouds always clung to Mount Olympus, home of the gods, and so therefore they became synonymous with divine dwelling places. In Chinese symbolism, clouds represent transition and transformation. Clouds seen in ancient Chinese art often point to the process of transformation from primitive/banal to ascended/spiritual. ... Read more
Cover up tattoos are a tattoo that is designed to cover or alter a tattoo that was received earlier but is no longer desired. The tattoos that must be covered up with a new design are often regarded as mistakes or regretted by the individual and is no longer interested in the message that it ... Read more
Being there are so many variations of crowns around the world dating back thousands of years, they have become a popular choice of tattoo for both men and women. Crowns hold different meanings for different people. In general, crowns represent royalty, wealth and power but to each their own.
Below are some crown tattoos to look ... Read more
Christian symbolism conveys the dolphin as an aspect of Christ. Dolphins seen in Christian art are symbolic of resurrection. Some artists utilize the protective, stabilizing, compassionate demeanor of the dolphin as a message of wellbeing to the pure of heart. Some artistic renditions speak of dolphins transporting the spirits of the faithful to Christ’s side ... Read more
A dragonfly is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. Dragonflies are among the fastest flying insects in the world. Dragonflies can fly backwards, change direction in mid-air and hover for up to a minute. Dragonflies are major predators that eat mosquitoes, and other small insects like ... Read more
Eagles are one of the most majestic birds in all of the land making it one of the most popular bird tattoos to get. Not only is the eagle tattoo extremely popular in the United States, but it transcends to many other cultures as well. Whether realistic or traditional, eagle tattoos will continue to a ... Read more
Foot tattoos are excellent for people who are looking for a place to get a smaller tattoo design or a more private tattoo that they don’t want to place in a visible area of their bodies. Below are just some foot tattoos that could be perfect for you.
Skull tattoos have long been near the ... Read more
It used to be that the majority of tattoos were meant to be hidden away, but these days more people prefer to get their tattoos in visible areas, such as on their forearms. What makes forearm tattoos so popular now is because they allow people to express themselves in new ways. Their forearm tattoos are ... Read more
The 2000s have brought a lot of new ideas to the tattooing world, but one trend that blew up early on in this century and never slowed down is the half sleeve tattoo. The half sleeve tattoo wasn’t quite as popular as the tribal tattoo early on in the 2000s, but it is easily the ... Read more
The art of tipping is always a delicate concept that varies from place to place and country to country. For the most part in North and South America, tipping is a common practice at places like restaurants, salons, and other businesses that provide services. In much of Europe, tipping is not a normal custom as ... Read more
How Much Should You Tip Tattoo Artist
Most people know that they should tip their tattoo artists, but many of them have no idea how much they should tip them. Knowing how much you should tip your tattoo artist can make the whole experience better and can let you focus on getting your new ink. It ... Read more
Hummingbirds are beautiful creatures with a mystique that makes them very popular for many people. They’re also very popular to get tattooed. Whether it be a watercolor tattoo or a realistic version, hummingbird tattoos can be very cool so we listed some photos below to take a look at.
Among the most colorful and popular symbols in the art of tattooing is the brightly colored Koi fish splashing in crystal waters. The dynamic tattoo is a very popular design and often depicted in motion fighting a strong current with seemingly by its sheer will.
The koi tattoo is beautiful and mysterious, and is steeped in ... Read more
The lily is on of the more recognizable flowers in the world. While not being the most popular flower to get tattooed, it is up there with the best. The lily is very symbolic and the beauty of this flower makes it even more desirable to have placed on the body. This flower has many ... Read more
Lotus flowers are one of the most popular kinds of flowers to have tattooed on a body. Lotus flower tattoos can carry different meanings depending on the person wearing the tattoo. The history of the lotus flower goes back to Eastern religion and culture but has become more popular today.
There are so many ways the ... Read more
Astrologically speaking the moon is ruler of the sign of Cancer and governs the realm of intuitive thinking as well as emotions. The moon is a symbolic soul mate to water, and shares this affinity with Cancer as we learn Cancer’s foundational element is water. In animal symbolism, the moon shares an association with water ... Read more
Music is much more than a tune or melody, it is an innate facet in every human culture on Earth. The beat of a beloved song is, at its most basic state, a representation of the heart beat that sustains each living person on the planet. In this way, music is a metaphor for life ... Read more
Neck tattoos are a bold statement for anyone getting a tattoo. Also known as a “job killer”, when you get a neck tattoo, you’re not trying to hide anything. It’s a bold expression of who you are. It may not be conducive to an office job but if you’re able to, getting a neck tattoo ... Read more
New School Tattoos
New school tattoos are something totally unique to the individual. New school tattoos are about freestyling a bit. It is reminiscent of a hip-hop and graffiti style with jagged edges, bubble lettering, and cartoonish characteristics. With modern equipment, fresh ideas, and new techniques, new school tattooing is becoming more and more popular. The ... Read more
People looking to get an octopus tattoo generally have a love for the ocean and marine life. Although there are plenty of symbolic reasons to get an octopus tattoo, the biggest reason is because of it’s chameleon-like ability to change color and form really quickly. Getting an octopus tattoo would then symbolize someone who feels ... Read more
The quintessential pinup girl tattoo is a throwback to a time when people had only one outlet for displaying and advertising sex symbols, a photograph or picture cut out from printed media. The origin of the term is a literal definition, as a woman so memorable that men would cut out her picture and pin ... Read more
Rose tattoos are one of the most popular tattoo designs for women. Whether you need traditional, watercolor, new school, or black & grey, rose tattoos can look beautiful. Below are some of our favorite rose tattoos.
Shoulder tattoos are great if you’re not quite ready for a full sleeve tattoo or if you’d prefer to have a big-yet-concealable tattoo on your arm. You have options galore when it comes to shoulder tattoos since it’s a large enough area to fit big images, yet you can also simply blow up a traditionally ... Read more
Best friend tattoos have taken off in popularity in recent years, but sister tattoos are not too far behind. In fact, it could be said that sister tattoos are just a little bit more meaningful because the two siblings have been able to keep a strong bond for their entire lives. This also means that ... Read more
One of the main reasons why some people hesitate to get tattoos is because they worry about the pain they’ll feel when the needle goes in and out of their skin. If you have any tattoos that people have seen, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve been asked about how painful it was to ... Read more
Not every tattoo needs to be of a symbol or object, a very popular choice is to get a meaningful word or phrase tattooed on one’s skin.
There is no way to pinpoint a general meaning to these types of tattoos as they will vary based on the words and what they mean to the wearer.
Some ... Read more
Temporary tattoos have become extremely popular over the last 10 or so years. These temporary tattoos allow people of pretty much all ages to put some flashy tattoo designs on their skin without having to worry about regretting it later on. These modern age temporary tattoos seemed to be a fad when they first started ... Read more
Trash Polka tattoos are not necessarily new, but they are one of the latest crazes in the tattooing world. What’s interesting about Trash Polka tattoos, though, is that many people don’t even know what they’re looking at when they see one on someone’s skin. To some owners, that is an amazing thing since they have ... Read more
One of the most famous of all trees in the Western world are some mentioned in the Bible. One of these trees is the Tree of Life which is a symbol of immortality. The Tree of Life is not only only sacred to the people of the Christian faith. Many other religions believe in sacred ... Read more
White ink tattoos are created using white UV ink. These tattoos are not very visable. In addition, some tattoo artists refuse to do white ink tattoos. It is a very specialized kind of tattoo because if it isn’t done correctly, it’ll leave unsightly marks forever. However, when done correctly, these tattoos are very beautiful and ... Read more
Wolf tattoos are popular due to the ferocious nature of the wolf. Most wolf tattoos are either howling or angry, symbolizing the fierce attitude the wolf takes on. Here are some of our favorite wolf tattoos.