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Apologies!

It has been some time since i’ve posted and for that I must apologise but I do promise that there are new posts in the works and we will be up and posting again very soon.


A Drop of Kiem

11th June

 Name:Kiemmy Nguyen to my family and friends, Ava Adorabubble by others
Age:26 year old Sagittarian born in the year of the Ox
Favourite style of tattooing:I love the nu-skool tattoo style with lots of thick lines and lots of colour.

Medical audio typist for cashmoney, conceptual and alternative model for a creative outlet. I enjoy baking, jigsaw puzzles, casual gaming, rocking out with my cock (er…) out and chilling with my number one homie (boyfriend) and 2 kittens. I’m a grammar Nazi and hobby ranter with a guttermouth however, I never leave the house without my keys, phone, tunes, wallet and my manners!

Age when you got your first tattoo: One week shy of 17. I had the words “all things shall pass” in cursive on my lower back. Ironically it’s the one tattoo I have regretted – not because it’s …



A Drop of Michael

29th May

 Name: Mr Tsimiklis
Age: 28
How many tattoos do you have: 6 including a full sleeve from wrist to neck

I’m down to earth and can be very shy at times. I’m a factory worker and love my job and like DJing in my spare time.

Age when you got your first tattoo: 17

My favourite tattoo is my chest piece, it is also my most recent addition.

I have a lot more tattoos planned my the next one will be a Heaven vs. Hell sleeve incorporated with the tatts I currently have on my left arm.

My favourite style of tattooing is black and grey but I love religious pieces the most.

Any other modifications: I have my tragus pierced

My first tatt was a bday present, I didn’t know what to get so I got a typical tribal band tattoo which has now taken up my whole arm, I also have …



Parental Consent

27th May

The above picture is the cover of a book given to me by my father for Christmas two years ago as kind of  joke about my contentious and ever increasing tattoo collection. To say that tattoos have been the source of many arguments growing up in my family would be an understatement. Partially but not solely because an argument necessitates two parties bringing forth their differing points of view. “No” is not a valid point of view.

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Happily tattooed parents are those who still love their tattoos decades later, not those who had one or two done in their youth and now regret them vehemently, turning them from enthusiasts into radical picketers for the un-inked.

The truth of the matter is that, with the exception of those who grew up with *happily tattooed parents, your mother and father are probably never …



Celebrity Ink – Tom Hardy

17th May

“Every tattoo I have means something to me. Each one is something that I’ve been through in my life or I’ve done or I’ve been…So I map that out on me, where I’ve been and where I’m going.”

Fighting Irishman on right outer bicep.
Large tribal design covering much of upper right arm.
Til I die SW (for ex-wife Sarah Ward)
Large dragon on inner left bicep (for ex-wife Sarah Ward born in the year of the dragon)
Lindy King (honouring a promise that he would get his agent’s name tattooed if he made it into Hollywood)
Tribal scorpion on left shoulderblade.
Star on left shoulder (inked when Hardy found out that the was becoming a father)
Renaissance inspired portrait of the Madonna cradling a baby with stylized graffiti background covering left upper arm.
London skyline above left elbow.
Union Jack on left pectoral.
Padre Fiero (proud father) on left clavicle.
Figlio mio belissimo …



Celebrity Ink – Dame Helen Mirren

13th May

“I haven’t had it removed because it’s a reminder that I was sometimes a bad girl in the past”

Native American sybmol for “equality” on the back of her left hand, between the thumb and forefinger.

The small and only tattoo that the supremely talented Dame Helen Mirren sports is a Native American symbol for equality that she had tattooed while drunk on brandy on an Indian reservation on Minnesota. In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America she said of her tattoo,  ”It was a very, very long time ago, when only sailors and Hell’s Angels were tattooed, honestly, and prisoners and I decided to get a tattoo because it was the most shocking thing I could think of doing…And now I’m utterly disgusted and shocked because it’s become completely mainstream, which is unacceptable to me.”

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Celebrity Ink – Dame Helen …



A Drop of Jezebel Jinx

9th May

 Name: Jezabel Jinx
Age: 27 in a week
How many tattoos do you have:Just two so far.

I have an english degree and Im from London but don’t reside there now.

By day I work in retail, by night i’m a living dead girl! Metalhead at heart, vegetarian for life and a zombie everyday. I’m a festival junkie, i’ve been with my other half for 10 years (but more on him later) I love baking cupcakes and I’m a mother of some 4 year old sea monkeys! I’m never ashamed to be called a goth!
Age when you got your first tattoo: 24

Do you have a favourite tattoo: Yes, my first one, my snake and flower. My snake even has a name. Lol

Any more tattoos planned: Yes a couple have been on my mind but i enjoy the planning and taking my time as much as the tattoo. …



Tattoos For The Screen Pt 2.

7th May

The previous Tattoos For The Screen post was and still is so popular that it seemed only right to create a second installment. It is through popular culture, particularly television and film that many of us are introduced to tattoos. In the last 20+ years tattooing has become not only common but prevalent in mainstream media. Moving Image Theory suggeststhat despite understanding that tv/film characters are not among their social groups, viewers develop something of a personal relationship with characters in their favourites shows such that they respond to the characters as they would a friend or family member. Taking this into account it stands to reason that if these characters or the actors portraying them had tattoos that we would be empathetic to tattoos in real life. This may also be a contributing factor to the reasoning behind older generations being more …



Celebrity Ink – Ed Westwick

5th May

“No, no. Way more -they’re addictive-. Get one. You’ll never look back. Live fast, die young. Be a good-looking corpse. Leave a good-looking tattoo.”

“Heartbreak Hotel” on left side of chest.
“little did he know…” on left side of chest.
21 g on left shoulder.
“Love me two times” from the Doors song.
“I heart romance” on inner right forearm.
“You make me feel like the One” across top of  right shoulder.
Topless pinup girl with “She’s a Pin up” on right shoulder with “kutchu” and “june” on either side.
Large feather down the back of left upper arm,
“Riverboat Gamblers on left outer bicep.
“The world is mine” on inner right bicep.

The actor and former frontman in British indie rock band The Filthy Youth has an ever growing collection of tattoos across his arms and chest. In an interview with Just Jared, Weswick explained the significance behind his feather …



Celebrity Ink – Alyssa Milano

29th April

Rosary on right shoulder blade.

Buddhist “hum” on the back of neck.

“Om” on inner left wrist.

Ouroboros, a snake biting its tail on inner right wrist.

Angel on left outer ankle with the initials of ex flame incorporated.

Band tattoo around right ankle with roses, leaves and red petals.

Kneeling fairy on lower stomach.

Sacred heart on her backside.

As explained on her Myspace page, the majority of Alyssa Milano’s tattoos have some religious or spiritual connotations, the Hum and Om symbols on her neck and wrist respectively are Buddhist symbols; the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, the jewel in the lotus, is recited to represent the purification of the six realms of existence, the final syllable Hum is representative of wisdom. Also on her Myspace page, she cites that the rosary on her shoulder is a sign of her deep devotion. She had the crucifix bearing …



A Drop of Stephany

25th April

 Name: Stephany Saban
Age: 21 years young
Age when you got your first tattoo: 16

Monday to Friday i’m an office manager for Harris Scarfe, I love listening to music, taking long drives to nowhere, cigarettes & strong coffee. What inspires me is seeing happy people, those people walking down the street with a smile on their face for no apparent reason, that and beautiful photography. I hate children, I remain convinced that I came out of the womb at a ripe & respectable age with none of this tantrum, nappy business to be had.

How many tattoos do you have? Currently 6 (i’ve had add ons to existing ink).

Do you have a favourite tattoo? My favorite tattoo on myself is my most recent addition of birds on the inside of my left arm.

Favourite style of tattooing? My favorite style is Traditional American Tattoos, full of vibrant colour …



Infrequently Asked Questions.

20th April

My interest in tattooing has led to a great deal of research but I have discovered that there are some morsels of information that you don’t regularly come across  so here is a little advice along with some things that I thought were interesting and some that I wish someone had told me before I started getting tattooed.

Cost. Tattoos do cost money, most shops/studios will have a minimum so if you’re looking for something quite small it may be worth your while to check what the minimum is before you unwittingly commit to spending $200 on a inch-long one word tattoo. While the hilarity of forcibly losing weight because you can’t afford to spend money on food after spending it all on tattoos, leaving you confident to bare your now significantly thinner body to show off your excellent ink is …



Celebrity Ink – Colin Farrell

18th April

“Did you ever get a sore in one of your gums above your teeth, where it’s sore but you can’t stop rubbing it? It’s the same kind of thing getting a tattoo. It’s sore, but it’s kind of nice.”

Tahitian tribal design covering much of upper right arm.
“Carpe Diem…with my girl” on inner left forearm, after his divorce “…with my girl” was covered up with a Celtic cross.
“Millie” (name of his first wife) on left ring finger.
Lotus flower with “I LOVE NO MATTER” on upper left chest.

The large tattoo covering the larger part of his upper right arm is “just a tribal design from Tahiti” that he got while holidaying there. Talking about the tattoo of his ex wife’s name in an interview with Joel Schumaker, Farrell said, “I’d sooner skip laser treatment and all that and just keep it. It’s part of …



Celebrity Ink – Eliza Dushku

13th April

“I love catching a glimpse of my tattoos when I strip down and take a shower. Kat Von D did a beautiful symbolic feather on my ribs.”

The Albanian double headed eagle below nape of neck, done on a visit to Kosovo.

“Grace” on the back of her neck in memory of her grandmother.

“Lead, Kindly Light” on left hip from the Mormon hymn of the same name, originally from the poem “the Pillar of Cloud” by John Henry Newman.

Tiny cross on left outer ankle/heel.

Leo symbol on inner left wrist.

In reply to a tweet asking about her feather tattoo “My beloved cousin Amy planted a feather in the garden ‘to grow a bird’ when she was very little. Feathers=love 2 me”

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Celebrity Ink – Eliza Dushku

Source: lazygirls, vanishing tattoo, moviespad, flickriver



A Drop of Simo

11th April

 Name: Simo
Age: 29
How many tattoos do you have: I have 6 tattoos, some big, some small.

I got my first tattoo at 18 – my best friend and I wanted to be tough so we got the toughest tattoo we could think of haha a Japanese symbol that means “courage” on our chests. It’s tiny, took about 10 minutes and probably cost more than it should have. It is a tattoo that is small, but shows our friendship. I was best man at his wedding in March.

I’m a washed up muso that has landed a career in digital communications. So I have gone from wannabe rockstar to computer geek.

I really enjoy music and art, so if it’s creative I’m into it. I get inspired by anyone who doesn’t quit, the easiest thing in the world is to not take risks and always say …



Tattoo Diary Part 1.

5th April

As promised this is an account of the first of what will inevitably be a minimum of 3 sittings to finish the newest addition to my tattoo collection, the design itself is from a conceptual drawing by Seth Engstrom for the film Sinbad and from all research is a 17th century junk as opposed to the more traditional ships that are more commonly seen in tattooing.

I am having the work done by the immensely talented Zoltan Lendvai of Peril Underground Tattoo in Melbourne.

The first step in the tattoo process is making the stencil. We played with the size and the exact placement, I didn’t want it to come too far onto my stomach nor have it so large that it wrapped around my torso thus making it impossible to see the finished product all at once. Because of the incredibly detailed design, …



Celebrity Ink – Daniel Craig

20th March

I had them done when I was 16 or 17. It was a rebellion thing.

Condor in the style of the Nazca Lines on upper right shoulder.

“A time for timelessness” on right inner bicep.

Unexplained symbol on inner left bicep.

Rarely seen, letter “H” on right hip.

Coloured island design with dolphin and palm tree on inner right ankle.

‘Make-up artists have a nightmare with them though because they continually have to cover them up. I don’t regret them, you can’t. It’s a personal thing.’

The Daily Mail, Celebrity Tattoos, Black and Sheep

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Celebrity Ink – Daniel Craig



Celebrity Ink – Jenna Jameson

18th March

Joan of Arc quote, “I am not afraid I was born to do this” on left and right shoulders surrounded with filigree, done by Kat Von D.

“HEART BREAKER” with two red hearts, one broken, on upper right glute.

Coloured butterfly and flower design with “Crazy Girl” on outer right ankle.

Dragon/phoenix on back of neck.

Flowers on left inner ankle.

Pinup girl on inner right calf.

“Jay” second husband’s name on ring finger.

Angel on outside of lower left leg.

Source: BuzzFeed, Good

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Celebrity Ink – Jenna Jameson



New tattoo in the works

It has been a reprehensibly long time between posts and with work and interstate travel for both business and pleasure I have definitely dropped the ball.

To make up for my exceptionally average performance of late I do have some news and a promise of new and exciting posts.

I am booked in this coming Saturday for the first of what is estimated to be three sessions for my new tattoo.

As this is my first big piece (the longest previous sitting topping out at under 2 hours) I will be keeping a kind of diary documenting the tattooing process, the healing and aftercare. There will be photos posted of the entire process but if there are any questions, any part of the process that you are particularly interested in hearing about, press contact or post it on the facebook wall.


A Drop of Lara

14th February

Name: Lara Witchard
Age: 25
I’m the self confessed evil twin. My twin and I model occasionally together, which i see as a pretty fun hobby

I LOVE: writing, dancing, op-shopping, creating healthy recipes in the kitchen, and travelling (i swear i was an explorer in my past as once the travel bug bit me i’ve been hooked)

I dont hate anything but i have a strong DISLIKING to: liars, trouble makers, haters & all things negative. Life is far too short to have it consumed with things that only make you feel like shit. Why spend the time hating when you can spend it laughing? think about it

How many tattoos do you have: I have 3 with a fourth pending (next America trip)

Age when you got your first tattoo: I was 18

Do you have a favourite tattoo: Yes!! …



Celebrity Ink – Ryan Gosling

12th February

“A tattoo should never be meaningful, because at a certain point you’re going to hate it, and it might as well make you laugh.”One of my tattoos is supposed to be a monster’s hand dropping a bloody heart but I did it myself with a tattoo kit so it looks like a cactus.”

Cover of book “The Giving Tree”on left shoulder.

Portrait of actress Theda Bara with a skeleton on inner left bicep.

Solid black band across inner left wrist.

Self tattooed monster’s hand dropping a bloody heart around left arm, below elbow.

“W.H.R” on upper left forearm.

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Celebrity Ink – Ryan Gosling



Celebrity Ink – Hayden Panettiere

7th February

“It is misspelled, whatever, I just put my own spin to it. Chances are I’ll probably get it fixed, but that’s why I love having it on my back because I don’t get bored of it…I don’t have to stare at it all the time, but then you have it on your back and you don’t realize that it’s misspelled either!”

Leo sign on outer right ankle.

“Vivere senza rimpianti” highly publicised misspelled tattoo which should read “vivere senza rimpanti” which means “to live without regrets” in Italian.

“Liberta” meaning “freedom” in Italian on right ring finger.

Unidentified sanskrit text on inner right wrist.

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Celebrity Ink – Hayden Panettiere



Memorial Tattoos

23rd January

This post is dedicated to someone I love who has lost someone that he loves.

The first tattoo that I commissioned was a memorial piece. It is a sanskrit quote from the Bhagavad Gita that talks about the cyclic nature of the soul “the soul is not born, nor does it die. Having not been born it will not be again, the soul is ancient, unborn, eternal, it is not slain with the slaying of the body” to be exact. Before you ask, i’m not going into the story behind being tattooed in a language i don’t speak but I will explain that for me it was the idea that i could offer a place on my skin for a person who had help shape me, loved and inspired me since a young age. While I have photos and …



Celebrity Ink – Robert Downey Jr.

19th January

“Susie Q” on left outer arm, a tribute to wife Susan Levin
“Indio” his son’s name inside a picture frame on right outer arm
“Elias” on ankle (Father’s original surname before it was changed to Downey.)

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Celebrity Ink – Robert Downey Jr.



A Drop of Charlie

16th January

My name is Charlie Diavolo. I am 40 something and a self-diagnosed narcissist and germaphobe. I hate children because they carry germs. But I love my kids because they don’t. I am a Chef by trade and a literary freak. Well… actually, I’m just a freak in general.

Not sure how to break down the number of tattoos. Not many but I have 4 separate works.

My first I got when I was in my early 30′s and it is “Om Namah Shivaya” in Sanskrit script on my left forearm. I added to it a year or so later with the hand of Shivaya just above it. That experience was amazing. I had tried to make contact with this artist (Milford Barnes) for months and months and finally connected with him in San Diego, CA. We set an appointment and …



Celebrity Ink – Catherine McNeil

12th January

“They’re addictive. Like seriously addictive.”

R.R on left ribs for then fiance Ruby Rose (since covered up)
Large rose on left ribs
Black star behind left ear
Line across left hand ring finger (matching ex-girlfriend Freja Beha Erichsen’s)
“The day that I die will be by far the most beautiful day I ever lived.” Vertically down ribs on the right side
Chinese symbol for snake on right hip
“Never look back in anger” below the neck
Outlined stars on left wrist
“Cherry” on inner right wrist
“love” inside a finger
“13″ on her right wrist
“Kellie” in white ink on the back of her neck
“Kill the head and the body will die” in white ink on left inner arm
“Maybe not” on left outer forearm
“MEOW” on outer edge right hand
Cat on right inner bicep
Unidentified words on outer right foot
Unidentified passage on sole of left foot
Scarab beetle on top of inner left foot

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Why The Addiction?

9th January

Tattooing in today’s culture is so commonplace that it is being recognised as a socially acceptable source of self-expression. If you know anyone with tattoos you will have heard on more than one occasion that they are addicted. They are constantly searching for new ideas for tatttoos, they are the people who spend the better part of winter in tattoo shops so that their ink has healed and settled by summer.

The question that has come up more than once by people without tattoos is why are tattoos so addictive? The reality is that getting a tattoo hurts. For most people it isn’t an unbearale pain but it is definitely uncomfortable. So what is it that sends people back under the needle time and time again. Is it the inherently masochistic streak which resides in all of us spurring us to …



A Drop of Joel

7th December

Name: Joel
Age: 35
Age when you got your first tattoo: 21

I’m of Maori origin from Auckland NZ, I body pierced at Dermagraphics in Ponsonby from 1999 – 2004 under the late Phil Matthias. I’m now married and live in Spain and have two boys 2 and 6 years of age, I speak 3 languages.

My main interests are Ancient History of Asian, Egyptian, American Indian, Maori and Polynesian. I am currently learning the three levels of Reiki and then hope to complete my masters, I work with computers, self-employed.  I have travelled all over Europe, India, Egypt, North Africa, Australia, Pacific Islands. I love to surf, go to the gym, anything outdoors, and hang with my boys. I despise politics and politicians, I am a very spiritual person, I hate conflicts.

How many tattoos do you have? I have a lot of tattoos, …



The Vikings

5th December

Like many ancient civilisations the Vikings provide massive inspiration for body art, people wanting to represent their heritage or displaying an enthusiasm for the culture. Viking themed tattoos are not uncommon in modern tattoo art, a simple Google Image search of “viking tattoo” will bring up thousands of intricate depictions of Norse gods, Nordic runes, warrior men with plaits and flowing beards wearing horned helms.

 

 

 

The question that I have been asked and come across in my research is whether or not the Vikings themselves were tattooed. The have proved to be some of the most difficult on whom to collate information on their tattooing. It is only over the past few hundred years with photography and tattoos becoming more common that we have been able to see solid records of tattooing. When a body breaks down, the skin is one …



Celebrity Ink – Ryan Reynolds

29th November

Naval cannon on outer left wrist – drawing of the gun that goes off every night at nine o’clock in his hometown, Stanley Park, Vancouver.

Unspecified handwritten message on inner left wrist with small red star, believed to read “know thyself”.

Images: weheartit



Celebrity Ink – Pink

21st November

Left ankle – Japanese symbols for Mother, happiness, strength, good luck
Guardian angel on left upper shoulder blade
Dog tags around right ankle for her brother and father
“What goes around comes around” around right wrist
“Mr. Pink” on upper left inner thigh
Japanese symbol for love with red love heart on lower left abdomen
Barcode and “1 9879-911200-1 3″ on the back of her neck (lucky number 13, her date of birth and the release of her first album, Missundaztood)
“Tru Luv” in a banner on right wrist (matching tattoo with husband Carey Hart)
Red heart on right big toe
Dragon on left thigh
Razor blade on inner left wrist
“insecurity” on inner left wrist
Broken heart saying “best friends” inside left elbow, best friend has the other half
Frog on left foot
Bows on back of upper thighs
Tribal inspired music note behind left ear
“HELP” button on right elbow, matching best friend Butch …



A Drop of Kayla

14th November

Name: Kayla-Louise Davys (parents watched way too much Days of Our Lives) aka Kiki aka Kaywa aka LouLou aka Raza

Age: 25

Tell me about yourself. What do you do, like, enjoy, what inspires you, what irritates you, children? Pets? Anything?!:

Well I work with the author of this blog, Miss Rooney at Motorola as the QLD territory manager.

I love music the beach and anything to do with water.

I am an incredible cook… I really should be more modest but I am master chef material!

I am allergic to Skittles have an extreme fear of Beetlejuice

Descriptive words of me Ambitious. Driven. Indecisive. Confident. Unreliable. Impulsive. Caring. Sensitive. Loyal. Stubborn. Loving. Spontaneous. Unpredictable.

How many tattoos do you have: 2, No Lies Just Love written across my wrists in white ink and Acceptance written on my right rib cage

Age when you got your first tattoo: 24

Do …



Cheating?

20th September

Having spent months in research and reflection, I have finally booked in for my ship tattoo, 3 full day sessions to start with. The design has evolved from where it was some months ago and will probably change a little more before the first sitting. More to the point, I am going to a new tattooist to have the work done. A couple of my friends have been tattooed by the guy who will become my new artist and his work is incredible but the decision did cause more than a little conflict.

A number of people that I know have travelled interstate on a number of occasions to be tattooed by the same artist. The relationship that you build with your tattooist is an odd one, not something that you can really explain to someone who has never been tattooed, …



Celebrity Ink – Ewan McGregor

21st August

Ewan McGregor has only one tattoo, a heart and dagger tattoo on upper right arm with the names of his wife, Eve and daughters, Clara and Esther.

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Celebrity Ink – Ewan McGregor



A Drop Of Brad

17th August

 Name: Brad Thompson
Age: 32
Age when you got your first tattoo: 23

Name: Brad Thompson

My interests include muscle cars, lowrider bikes, 50′s clothing and culture, bmx riding and drinking with friends.

How many tattoos do you have? 3

Favourite style of tattooing? I dont have a favourite style but I hate tribal tattoos on people that have no tribal background or history in there bloodline. Maoris have a strong tribal history and so do brazilians and africans but not bogan white dudes.

Have you ever felt judged, prejudiced against because of your tattoos? Not really, on the odd occasion I have been followed by a store security because I look suspicious but having worked in retail since having my tattoos it has not stopped me from selling well and getting promoted. A lot of people even make positive comments on them.

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Do you have a favourite tattoo? My jack …



Ships In The Night

15th August

I must apologise for my absence, it’s been an intense month or two and I have let A Drop Of Ink fall by the wayside a little so thank you, guys for your continued support, for the regular and consistent hits that are coming to this page. Respect.

Please keep sending through ideas for posts or anything that you would like to know about and if you would like to be featured, shoot me through a message on adropofinkblog@gmail.com and we’ll get your ink up!

And to get the ball rolling again, I give you the current inspiration for my next tattoo, black and grey

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Ships In The Night

Source: vi.sualize.us, society6, weheartit, ratemyink



Celebrity Ink – Rihanna

19th July

“I like hanging out in tattoo shops”

Treble clef and music note on inner right foot.

Trail of stars down back of neck.

Traditionally applied Maori design on right hand.

Handgun on right hand rib cage.

QUOTE:

“I am so intrigued by tattoos. It’s an entire culture, and I study it. Sometimes I go with friends, or just by myself. I get bum-rushed, but I don’t care. I don’t take security.”

Star inside upper left ear.

Pisces sign behind right ear.

Roman numerals XI IV LXXXVI along the top of her left shoulder.

A mis-spelled Sanskrit prayer vertically down right hip “forgiveness, honesty, suppression and control”.

Skull and crossbones with pink bow on back of left ankle.

“shhh…” on right index finger.

“love” on left middle finger.

Arabic phrase “Al Hurria fi Al Maseeh” translating to “Freedom in God” on left hand ribcage.

“Never a failure always a lesson” in grey ink written in reverse …



Celebrity Ink – Brad Pitt

27th June

French quote “Absurdités de l’existence” meaning “life is absurd” around outer left arm.

Outline of Otzi the Iceman on left forearm.

Partner, Angelina Jolie’s birthday, 06/04/75, in Khmer on lower left abdomen.

Largely unphotographed Sanskrit dedication for son Maddox on lower left back.

Lines on lower left back, often speculated to be diagram of the New Orleans levee banks, a tribute to those affected by Hurricane Katrina but is in fact the result of partner, Angelina Jolie drawing on his back one evening, Brad liking it and having it inked onto his back.

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Celebrity Ink – Brad Pitt

Source: Vanishing Tattoo, Crushable

 



Celebrity Ink – Angelina Jolie

25th June

“Usually all my tattoos came at good times. A tattoo is something permanent when you’ve made a self-discovery, or something you’ve come to a conclusion about.”

Kanji for “courage” matching ex-husband Johnny Lee Miller on inner left forearm(lasered off).

Tennesee Williams quote,”a prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages” on inner left forearm.

Chinese dragon with “Billy Bob” for ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton (lasered off).

Latitude and longitude co-ordinates for her 6 children and partner Brad Pitt on upper left arm.

“know your rights” (the name of a song by The Clash) at nape of neck in gothic script.

Kanji for “death” on upper left shoulder (lasered off).

Buddhist Pali incantation in Khmer for adopted Cambodian son Maddox “May your enemies run far away from you. If you acquire riches, may they remain yours always. Your beauty will be that of Apsara. Wherever you may …



A Drop Of Tanya

21st June

Name: Tanya

Age: 30

Tell me about yourself: I work in the financial services industry for our insurance division. It’s a job, and pays well (so I can get tattoos!) I feel like this is some dating website survey. I love long walks on the beach, my friends and family are super important to me, I love going to all the amazing restaurants has to offer. I consider myself a bit of a foodie. I’m inspired by people’s compassion, loyalty and support. My friends accept me for who I am and still love me, even though sometimes I might not always do the right thing. I have a cat, he’s a crazy, special little guy. Seriously I don’t think he’s normal, but I love him anyway and he is my companion. Even when the little guy wakes me up in the middle …



Tattoos For The Screen

18th June

Tattoos are as prevalent in current society as they are not only because of the hundreds of people who used their skin to pioneer and parade tattoos, who forced society out of its comfort zone and compelled it to view tattoos as something more than a freakshow attraction.

In the way that it does, TV and cinema have thrust an idea upon the general public and forced people to look upon their idols, and teenage idols adorned with artwork that adds to their character, makes them tougher, rougher round the edges. Gives them more believability and their performance more clout. The prevalence of tattooing in mass media has ingrained a feeling to a large percentage of people, not least my generation that tattooing is sexy. We’re not entirely sure why we find it so attractive. Its not necessarily the fact that …



Celebrity Ink – Russel Brand

16th June

Right inner bicep – sanskrit which reads “Anuugacchati Pravaha” – “Go With The Flow”

A lot of people think that Russell has a great number of tattoos due to his various movie roles, particularly Forgetting Sarah Marshall. All of these tattoos were fakes and were applied for the role. He and his wife, Katy Perry have matching sanskrit tattoos in the same place.

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Celebrity Ink – Russel Brand

Source: Rolling Stone Magazine US (June 2010 issue), The Mirror



Celebrity Ink – Freja Beha Erichsen

14th June

“Nobody has minded so far, I don’t think,” Erichsen says, “but then they weren’t in obvious places at the beginning. They were easily covered. Still, I did make a deal with my agent about a year ago: she said I could get as many tattoos as I wanted as long as I didn’t cut my hair.”

“This world tonight is mine” PJ Harvey quote around right wrist.

“Serendipity Is Me” on back of right upper arm.

“this too shall pass” on right inner bicep.

“redemption” below left inner elbow.

Colt “Peacemaker” revolver on left inner bicep.

3 yellow filled circles on left inner wrist.

NOTE:

The font used in “float” and”redemption” tattoos is Windsong

Solid inverted triangle behind the neck.

“float” on left side of neck.

Small solid star on left upper ribs.

“M” later covered with a lightning bolt on upper right ribs.

Outline of a circle in dashes behind right …



A Drop Of Rachel

12th June

 Name: Rachel Cooper
Age: 24
Age when you got your first tattoo: 15, the tiny heart. I just wanted to see what it was like and my friend was getting one so I lied about my age.

Name: Rachel Cooper

Age: 24

I’m an assistant manager for Michael Hill jewellers in Darwin. About to start studying in HR management in my very little spare time.

Am originally from NSW South Coast, but have lived in Victoria for a few years and currently reside in Darwin.

I love travelling, Ive been to USA, England, France, Thailand and New Caledonia. Im going to Canada and back to America later in the year.

I love the outdoors and wildlife, dream in life- to see a moose in the wild (long story). So last year I went on a hiking trip through Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Glacier National Park. Saw every animal imaginable- …



Military Tattoos

9th June

Tattooing in the military can be traced back to ancient times where shamans, priests or medicine men would tattoo talismans, shields and images for protection on their warriors.

Many tribes and various peoples through history would paint themselves in preparation for battle in addition to wearing permanent tattoos for protection, as a marker of their achievements in battle, to identify them in death, to ensure the correct burial in accordance with their religion or to aid them in their journey to the afterlife.

Modern tattooing is attributed to a voyage by Captain James Cook to the South Pacific where a number of the crew came home with tattoos acquired in the islands. This started a tradition of tattooing in the naval forces and the first emergence of tattooing in a military arm.

With tattoos becoming popular almost commonplace in the British Navy, it …



Celebrity Ink – Jay Baruchel

7th June

“It’s like in the army, they put on your dog tag – what religion you are – just so they know where to bury you. I tattooed this leaf, which they traced right out of my passport, onto my heart so they would know where the boy came from.”

Red maple leaf on left pectoral.

Celtic cross on upper right arm.

“Ropell” mother’s maiden name on right forearm

“I’ve actually got a couple. That’s my mother’s maiden name. She’s six of eight kids, most of them are girls, so my granddad’s name probably won’t live on past this generation. It was my tribute to that side of the family. My mother hates it every time I get one. She’ll never be psyched about them, but at least she can’t take issue with them. I got the maple leaf, her family name, and then I …



Celebrity Ink – Lea Michele

5th June

“I’m known to be the instigator to do some more risky stuff. So we have little tattoos on our feet now … It made a lot of sense that night.”

“Imagine” on left foot (Glee co-stars Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale have matching tattoos)

Gold star on left wrist inspired by her Glee character, Rachel Berry.

“I Believe” in teal ink on her right wrist.

“Our city, our love…” on right outer foot.

Blue butterfly on right foot.

Butterfly on right hand side of lower back.

An un-photographed and undisclosed tattoo on her thigh in memory of her grandfather.

Two musical notes, from Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” on her left shoulder.

A cross with “all you need is love” on left rib cage.

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Celebrity Ink – Lea Michele

Sources: Google Images, GQ



A Drop Of Sarah

3rd June

Name: Sarah Heywood

Age: 27

Number of tattoos: 1

Age when I got my first tattoo: 26

More tattoos planned?: Not at the moment. I got my tattoo as a memorial piece, I feel as if I got another tattoo on a whim, it would cheapen the one I have.

Tattoo style: I love really traditional American tattoos. Bold primary colours, strong black outlines. Pin-up girls, roses and banners.

Any other mods?: The standard piercings, 3 earrings in each ear and one in my navel.

My tattoo story:

So it goes.

Up until the age of 4 my life was very picket fences. My Mum and Dad, although they weren’t married, lived at home together. My older brother and sister were from my mothers previous marriage, but they were always my kin, never less. December 15th 1987. My mother and I (I was 3 at the time) were doing …



Fingers, Feet and Fading Ink

1st June

While the likes of Lily Allen, Lindsay Lohan and Rhianna sporting finger tattoos, it is unsurprising that tattooing on fingers has risen in popularity. What is largely unrecognised, though is that to have a tattoo on skin which is highly utilised and sensitive like on the fingers and sides of the feet can often be a better as an idea than in reality.

The skin on the fingers is much thinner than in other areas and is prone to sweating and the frequency in which the fingers are used, scrubbed, washed etc. means that the healing process tends to be different and often trickier than in more commonly tattooed spots. As a result of this the clarity and appearance of a design placed in one of these spots can be somewhat less than if the same design were placed in a …



Celebrity Ink – David Beckham

29th May

“I think everybody’s got a way of expressing their feelings, and mine is through my tattoos.”

Guardian Angel upper centre back.

Winged crucifix on back of neck.

Jesus on lower right ribs taken from the painting The Man Of Sorrows by Matthew R Brooks.

Angel on right shoulder with text, “in the face of adversity” – a memorial to his grandfather.

Sons names, Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn on back.

VII Roman numerals for the number 7 jersey he wore at Man. United.

“Victoria” on inner left forearm in Hindi.

Left forearm comprising 10 roses, an image of wife, Victoria as a topless angel surrounded by stars.

“Ut Amem Et Foveam” which translates to “so that I love and cherish on inner left forearm

“Pray for me” on right inner wrist

Left upper arm, Renaissance image of a Cupid carrying his wife Psyche to Heaven.

Full sleeve on right arm, religiously themed featuring …



Celebrity Ink – Victoria Beckham

27th May

Hebrew quote from the Song of Solomon 6.3 “I am my love’s and my love is mine, who browses among the lillies” down the back of her neck – marking 6th wedding anniversary

5 stars on lower back for herself, husband David, and 3 sons, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

The date that they renewed their wedding vows, May 08 2006 in Roman Numerals on right inner wrist (often incorrectly speculated as the date she and David first slept together )

DB (husband David Beckham’s initials) on left inner wrist.

“De Integro” meaning “Afresh” or “Again from the start” in Latin on right inner wrist.

Hebrew quote on inner left wrist “together forever, eternally” marking 10 year wedding anniversary.

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Celebrity Ink – Victoria Beckham



A Drop Of Isaac

25th May

Name: Isaac, Izzy.

Age: 24

Tell me about yourself : I’m a cabinet maker by trade but am currently in the Australian Army. I love music and the beach and travelling.

How many tattoos do you have: 6

Age when you got your first tattoo: 16

Do you have a favourite tattoo: The one with the girls names crossed out.

Any more tattoos planned? I want to get a piece on my ribs. I really want something done by Derek Hess.

Favourite style of tattooing? Whatever looks good to be honest.

Any other modifications? I’ve had my eyebrow, labret, tragus, tongue, nipple and the top of my left ear pierced. I also used to have 8mm stretchers in both ears.

What is your tattoo story? The orca on my shoulder means the souls rebirth after death, I was 16 and a massive stoner so it seemed good at the …



Tattooing in Ancient Egypt

23rd May

Long have the artwork and hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt inspired and influenced modern tattooing but the reality of tattooing in the ancient culture is little known. Contrary to popular belief, the Ancient Egyptians were not known for tattooing images of heiroglyphics and depictions of their many gods on their bodies as they did in such infinite detail on everything from the simplest objects of their everyday life to the walls of their burial chambers and their layered sarcophagi.

Tattooing was practiced in Ancient Egypt but was an exclusively female practice. It was previously believed that this tattooing was the mark of prostitutes and for some time, excavator would assume that mummies found with tattoos were of little importance. This theory was shattered upon the discovery of the mummified body of Amunet a high priestess of the goddess Hathor uncovered in1891 a …



Celebrity Ink – Marc Jacobs

21st May

“I really have a good attitude about tattooing. When I first got one, two years ago, I was like, I’m not going to overthink this or what it means, or what it’s going to be like when I’m 80. I want to get tattooed today, and in five weeks, I’ll get a Sponge Bob tattoo. Will I regret it someday? I don’t know, but I’m not going to deny myself this pleasure today because of what I don’t know in the future.”

Red M & M character on right shoulder.

3 different coloured stars on left shoulder.

5 stars on right shoulder.

Spongebob Square Pants on right outer bicep.

Small red heart on left shoulder.

Simpson cartoon version of himself on left outer bicep.

Simple portrait of his 2 dogs on left shoulder.

“oui” on right upper forearm.

“lui” on left upper forearm.

“Shameless” on left upper chest.

“Bros Before Hos” …



Celebrity Ink – Evan Rachel Wood

19th May

“I kind of always thought I would get a tattoo but I was waiting for something really special. This was a moment in my life I wanted to mark. I turned 18 and I was living on my own for the first time and I was in New York filming a Beatles musical. I thought it was a good time.” ‘It’s supposed to be a strawberry with leaves in the shape of a bird, but everybody says, `Is that a ferret sticking out of an apple?’”

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream” below the nape of her neck – Edgar Allen Poe quote.

Large diamond on right inner ankle – a coverup of a poorly executed Beatles themed tattoo.

“J” on left inner ankle for previous partner Jamie Bell.

“15″ behind left ear.

Heart and infinity symbol behind …



A Drop Of Jay

17th May

 Name: Jay Jebac Yugoslav
Age: 27
Age when you got your first tattoo: 23

I was born in Sarajevo and moved to Australia aged 10. Now I work two jobs, slave my ass off and then pack up and disappear whenever and wherever I feel like. Travel is a huge part of my life as are the relationships that I have with the people I’ve met along the way.

How many tattoos do you have? Two

Do you have a favourite tattoo? Nope

Any more tattoos planned? Yes two more (left and right sholder blades) One will be my answer to immortality written in illyrian and angelic script and the other will be a Yugoslav tribute…very hard to explain but it will basically have something representing each one of the ex Yugoslav states…

Favourite style of tattooing? Anything original

What is your tattoo story? My tattoos, all 4 (two current and …



The Tattooed People

14th May

In the mid-1800′s and well into the 1900′s the popularity of tattooing went hand in hand with the public affinity for circuses and the “freak shows” that went with them. It began in the early 1800′s with Jean Baptiste Cabri, a French deserter, discovered by Russian explorer George H. von Langsdorff in the Marquesas Islands where he had been tattooed and eventually taken a native wife. After less than a decade exhibiting his tattoos throughout Europe, Cabri quickly slipped from the public eye and died poor and in relative anonymity.

If Cabri opened the door for tattooed show people, John Rutherford wedged that door open, rolled out the carpet and waved the welcome banner. The fanciful stories that he told of the origins of his tattoos, of a shipwreck in New Zealand and subsequent capture by Maori natives, forcible tattooing, assimilation …



Celebrity Ink – Johnny Depp

14th May

“My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist.”

“Betty Sue” in a heart on left arm in honour of his Mother.

Inverted triangle on left upper arm.

3 heart on left inner arm – for partner Vanessa Paradis and their 2 children.

“Winona Forever” in a banner on right arm (adjusted to “Wino Forever” after breaking up with Winona Ryder).

Skull and Crossbones on right bicep.

“Silence Exile Cunning” Quote from James Joyce’s “A Portrait of the Artist of a Young Man” on left inner forearm.

“Jack” with a sparrow facing toward him flying over water on right outer forearm for his son.

American Indian head on right arm …



Celebrity Ink – Erin Wasson

10th May

“Ima Loa” (Distant Traveller in Hawaiian) on left inner bicep.

Outline of bird on left inner forearm – marking her wedding

“Shelter” across upper back.

3 dots along left ear lobe.

“This heart will start a riot in me” along underside of right upper arm.

Feather on upper right ribs.

Outline of heart near right elbow.

Lightning bolt with “TCB”-Taking Care of Business on underside of left upper arm.

Circle design on inner left wrist.

Large red outline design on left hip

Unspecified triangle/pyramid on outer side of left wrist.

Arrow shaped design on back of left arm which is a Cavern Collection drawing, originally drawn in ballpoint pen by Angeline Rivas in 2007.

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Celebrity Ink – Erin Wasson

Source: Cavern Collection, Erin Wasson for Zadig Et Voltaire, Google Images



A Drop of John

8th May

 Name: John (HYDNSK)
Age: 23
Age when you got your first tattoo: I think I was around 20/21

People who get the same tattoos irritate me and that is why I have my tattooist, because I know that she won’t do the same work and you cant get better than her.

I’m a security guard at the moment and I work on high rise buildings, I like tattoos…obviously. Love my sport. Love kicking back. Partying.

How many tattoos do you have? I currently have 3 tattoos, 1 is still not finished

Do you have a favourite tattoo? Favourite tatt would have to be my sleeve at the moment.

Any more tattoos planned? Yer i got more planned, still need to finish the sleeve off and I have another tatt in mind, its a phrase most likely placed horizontally across the side of my ribs

Favourite style of tattooing? Don’t really have a favourite style, i just like …



Job Blockers

5th May

Urban Dictionary cites a job blocker as a tattoo visible while wearing business attire, especially a tattoo on the neck. This often extends to tattoos on the hands, wrists and forearms.

A lot of tattoo artists won’t tattoo someone on the neck or hands who does not already have a lot of work done as these are the tattoos which will most likely be regretted. While any tattoo is a lifetime commitment and shouldn’t be rushed into, the potential hurdles that can be a result of a visible tattoo mean that a great deal of thought needs to be put into it. There is still a lot of lingering predjudice against tattooing due to its history, despite its rise in popularity and injection into the mainstream with more and more high profile and largely respected musicians, artists, actors, business …



Celebrity Ink – Adam Levine

3rd May

Shark on right ribs.

Eagle on upper ribs, across torso.

“Tapas”, meaning austerity or essential energy in Sanskrit on left upper chest.

Tiger on right arm-inner elbow.

“Mom” on right outer forearm.

“Los Angeles” on right upper arm.

Paw print with “Frankie Girl” on right upper shoulder blade for his Golden Retriever.

Pinup girl on left upper shoulder blade.

Wheel of Dharma on upper back between shoulder blades.

Full sleeve on left arm – acoustic guitar, “222″ the room number of the first studio that Maroon 5 recorded in, dove and cherry blossoms in remembrance of 9/11, Roman numeral “X” marking when he and bandmate Jesse Carmichael got together, when Songs About Jane went platinum and the 10 year anniversary of the band.

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Celebrity Ink – Adam Levine

Sources: UK Cosmo, We Heart It, The Examiner, The Berry



Celebrity Ink – Megan Fox

1st May

Kanji Symbol for Strength on the back of her neck.

King Lear reference on right shoulder “we will all laugh at gilded butterflies”.

Nietzsche quote on right ribs “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

Memorial poem on left ribs ” There once was a girl who never knew love until a boy broke her heart”.

Marilyn Monroe portrait on right forearm.

Tribal design on left inner wrist.

Moon and star on right inner ankle.

“Brian” on lower right hip.

Quote:

“Everyone hates them because they are so closed-minded about tattoos”

“Every time I get a tattoo, it’s a little fuck-you to anyone who tells me not to. I like the way getting a tattoo feels. It’s weird to be a part of Hollywood, which tries to control every aspect of people, from what they say to …



A Drop of Barney

29th April

 Name: Jake or Barney- whatever makes you comfortable.
Age: 27 and a half
Age when you got your first tattoo: 26

I love my tattoo but I’m still scared of it. I’m not sure when, or what I’ll get next, but I have never regretted getting a tattoo. It was an adventure and now it is a journey.

I’m a Civil Engineer, working at a great firm in Collingwood (don’t pay enough but there is a great culture here- that being said I’m completing this in work time). I live in Prahran, spend a lot of my spare time at the gym, going to gigs, surfing and being “socially active”. Music is one of my true passions, I spend a lot of money on CD’s and gigs, I used to play a lot of guitar- but being a single man, there is not a lot …



Tattoos Through Time

27th April

5000 BC ?The earliest evidence of tattooing in Japan is found in the form of clay figurines that have faces painted or engraved to represent tattoo marks. The oldest figures of this kind have been recovered from tombs dated to 5,000 BC or older. It is said that the Japanese Samurai would tattoo themselves so that they could be be recognised if their armour and clothing were looted.

3300 BC Ötzi the Iceman dies in the Austrian Alps, his mummified body is discovered in 1991 and has 57 tattoos and markings on his body mostly small lines and crosses believed to be therapeutic to treat osteoarthritis.

2800 BC Ancient Egyptians One of the most famous of those early mummies is that of Amunet, a priestess of the goddess Hathor, who was found at Thebes. This female mummy displayed several lines and dots tattooed about …



Introduction

26th April

This is a blog to fill what I, and on further consultation a number of my friends, have discovered in my searches, is a void in the market for tattooing.

I should explain in advance that I am not myself a tattooist and while I have tattoos I am not by any measure an expert. I am a person who enjoys tattoos. The history, the art and the unexplored beauty, which is so often underappreciated and lost behind a screen of misguided perceptions and long history of negative publicity.

A girlfriend of mine said it perfectly; “tattoo sites seem to be about ‘typical’ kinds of tattoos, on ‘typical’ kinds of tattooed people. The thing that I like about having tattoos is that most people don’t expect me to have them because I don’t fit the traditional mould as such, and I think …





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