Tattoo Facts

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Posted by | November 2, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

It is untrue that white or lighter colored inks are more painful to use.

A tattoo is art, only, if the person doing the tattoo is an artist and a skilled technician.

President James Buchanon had a tattoo of a scantily clad woman on his chest with the initials BFL (bachelor for life).

In 2002, 18 year old hair dresser Lee Becks was shocked to find out the tattoo he thought said, “Love, honor, and obey” actually translated to, “at the end of the day, this is an ugly boy.”

New York City outlawed tattoos from 1961 to 1997 because of a tattoo related outbreak of hepatitis “C”.

In a 2002 study a group of male high school and college students viewed pictures of models with and without tattoos, and graded them in 13 categories. The models with tattoos scored much lower in 9 of the 13 ratings.

Some people experience pain or a burning during sensation during an MRI because of the metallic particles in some inks.

The US Navy prohibited tattoos of naked women during World War II, so many future sailors had to get their tattoos reworked to include cloths.

The first recorded instance of death following tattooing was reported in 1837 in France. The young woman, a prostitute, was covering up another unwanted tattoo and died from the infection that followed.

Apr. 30, 2009. To celebrate Barbie’s 50th birthday Mattel comes out with the new “Totally Stlylin’ Barbie, complete with a set of place able tattoos, one a lower back tattoo featuring the name Ken.

35% of all NBA players have tattoos. Michael Jordan has none and teammate Dennis Rodman has at least 22.

Lorette Fulkerson was the last woman to work the circus sideshows, retiring in 1995 at the age of 80.

Eyeball tattoos are not done with a machine, but rather, the ink is directly injected into the eye with a syringe.

Urine was sometimes used in early ink mixtures.

5% of Americans with a tattoo say they make them feel smarter.

The first case of a syphilis being transmitted by a tattoo came in 1853. The artists ink was drying up so he spit in it, transferring the disease.

Never go back to the person who gave you a bad tattoo to have it fixed, it will not get better.

The time to ask questions is before you get a tattoo.

Good tattoos aren’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good.

Women are more than twice as likely to have a tattoo removed as men.

Over 50% of the tattoos created today will be removed by laser at great expense, intense pain and permanent minor scaring. Think before you ink.

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Fun Facts Friday!

Posted by | October 26, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

1: Tommy Lee of Motley Crue holds the record for highest altitude tattoo, having been inked in 2008 at 45,000 feet. The tattoo was said to cost $150,000 dollars.
2: 73 year old Isobel Valley, the world’s most tattooed women, has every square inch of her body tattooed, except her face, and also has fifty piercings, 15 of which are visible. The majority of the piercings are below the belt because she wants to jingle when she walks, she says.
3: An increasing number of people are having medical alerts tattooed to aid doctors in case of an emergency.
4: 43 year old former soldier Shawn Clark has the names of all 232 British soldiers killed in Afghanistan tattooed on his back.
5: At one time red ink was known to fade; not so with today’ inks.
6: The title of The “Hardy Boys” #47 is “The Mystery of the Whale Tattoo.”
7: When Cortez landed on the Mexican coast in 1519 he was horrified to find the natives practicing devil worshiping and had somehow permanently marked images of their idols on their skin. He called it the work of the devil.
8: A tattoo of an anchor on a sailor indicates they have sailed across the Atlantic.
9: One third of Americans with tattoos say they make them feel sexier.
10: Tattoo ink is injected into the second layer of the skin, the dermis, and become encapsulate by the body as a defense mechanism, leaving the image stable and intact.
11: Gabrial Carbona, an American teenage hit man for a Mexican cartel, has his eyelids tattooed so they never look closed. His idea is not working as well for him in prison.
12: Jimmy Buffet sings about tattoos in this song of the same name, “It’s a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling.”
13: In the 1920’s, American circuses employed more than 300 people with full body tattoos and paid them up to $200 a week, a lot of money during those times.

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Tattoo Facts #6: 13 Random Facts

Posted by | October 19, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

1: Blues singer Janis Joplin had a wristlet tattoo and a small heart on her left breast.
2: In Oregon, it is a felony to practice tattooing without a license or in an unlicensed shop.
3: Heiress and socialite Paris Hilton had one tattoo to her credit, the name of then boyfriend Nick Carter on her right butt cheek. It has since been removed by laser.
4: The traditional Samoan tattoo, pe’a, covering the body from mid torso to the knees, takes 3 months to complete and up to 1 year to fully heal. A typical session lasts from dawn till dusk, or until the pain becomes too great, and resumes the next day unless the skin needs a few days to heal.
5: In a 2002 survey, 8 of the top 10 voted, “most beautiful people in the world” had tattoos.
6: Tattoos done today don’t turn blue when they age, unless they were originally blue, the inks are much more stable.
7: The first occurrence of the word tattoo in the Oxford English Dictionary came in 1769 and is credited to Captain John Cook.
8: A rooster tattooed on one leg and a pig on the other is said to protect a sailor from drowning. Neither animal can swim.
9: Queen Kamamalu of Hawaii (1808-1824) was the first woman to have her tongue tattooed.
10: Most tattoo artists will not tattoo a pregnant woman.
11: Some tattoo artists claim that if you shield a new tattoo from sunlight for the first two years it will remain brighter and clearer for decades.
12: Over 40 million people in the U.S. have tattoos.
13: 26% of Americans with a tattoo say they make them feel more attractive, with women voting that way almost 2 to 1 over men.

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Tattoo Facts #5: 13 More Fun Facts

Posted by | October 12, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

1: Lip tattoos only last 1 to 5 years and need to be frequently retouched, the most common a cosmetic lip liner.
2: The second most common reason for tattoo removal is mistranslation.
3: In 2010 Channel will unveil its new line of fashionable temporary tattoos. The set of 55 tattoos sells for $75.
4: Most Tattoo machines hold between 1 and 10 needles and some ancient methods using rakes hold up to 27.
5: Anil Gupta is considered NYC’s most expensive tattoo artist at over $350 per hour.
6: In the majority of cases, the outline of a tattoo shouldn’t bleed at all, and the shading for only a few minutes.
7: As of 2006, 1 in 4 women aged 18 to 50 have at least one tattoo.
8: U.S. President James Polk is said to be the first white man to have a Chinese character as a tattoo.
9: A brothel in Cologne, Germany is offering any patron who gets a tattoo of the businesses logo, by their in house artist, free entrance for life ($6.25 US) and discounts on lap dances ($25.00 US. ea)
10: The word “tattoo” has been in the top ten searched terms since Lycos started tracking search engines.
11: Democrats are more likely to have a tattoo then republicans, 18% to 14%.
12: January 23, 2010. A new US Marine Corp directive prohibits anyone with a full sleeve tattoo from becoming an officer. It also prohibits tattoos on the hands, wrists, fingers, and the inside of the mouth.
13: July 17th, 2009. 18 year old Kimberly Vlaminck sues a Romanian tattoo artist over the 56 stars that she awoke to, scattered across her face, 53 more than see asked for. She later admitted that she lied in the lawsuit and had asked for all fifty six.

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Posted by | October 5, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

During the late 18th century in Europe, collecting the tattooed heads of Maori people became so popular that many were murdered to meet the demand. The heads were commonly paid for in guns.

In the 1870s the Japanese government outlawed tattoos forcing the practice underground where it flourished.

3% of Americans say having a tattoo makes them feel more athletic.

The world’s most tattooed women, Isobel Varley got her first tattoo, a flower, at age 49.

4% of consumers spend over $1000 on a tattoo.

When you see someone’s tattoo you are viewing it through the first layer of the skin, the epidermis.

50% of all tattoos are not covered up by clothing and are openly visible.

Tattoo machines can make upwards of 200 hits per second, that’s up to 12,000 times a minute and 720,000 an hour.

In ancient Greece and Rome, tattoos were considered barbaric and were only used to mark slaves and criminals.

52% of those in prison are tattooed.

In recent studies, memorial tattoos have been shown to overwhelmingly turn grief into joy and morning into celebration by creating a lasting memory.

A 2009 study conducted at Liverpool Hope University found that people with three or more tattoos had significantly lower levels of self esteem.

4% of Americans say that their tattoos make them feel healthier.

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Posted by | October 5, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

The percentage of males and females with tattoos is now statistically equal.

Tattoo equipment is sterilized in an autoclave, a high pressure steam machine, similar to a pressure cooker and how hospitals do theirs.

57% of people without a tattoo feel that those with them are more rebellious and threatening.

35 0f the first 43 U.S. Presidents reportedly have tattoos.

Tattoo inks are not regulated by the by any government agencies so there is no way of knowing exactly what’s in them.

Winston Churchill’s mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, had a tattoo of a snake on her wrist. They were popular for rich aristocrats during that period. She chose a snake because it could be easily covered by a bracelet.

U.S. President Andrew Jackson had a giant tattoo of a tomahawk that ran down the length of the inside of his thigh. No one knows exactly why.

Almost all U.S. corporations have some form of restrictions or policy regarding tattoos on the job.

As of Sept. 29th 2009, the 19 year old ban on tattooing was lifted in DeKalb, Illinois.

Actress Halle Berry has a tattoo of a sunflower on her rear end covering up the name of her ex, baseball player David Justice.

The popularity of tattooing during the latter part of the nineteenth century and first part of the twentieth century owed much to the circus sideshow.

People with antisocial personality disorder are more likely to have a higher number of tattoos in more visible locations, and covering a larger percentage of their bodies.

Ancient Egyptians used tattoos to differentiate between slaves and peasants.

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Tattoo Facts #4: Even More Fun Facts

Posted by | October 5, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

Cause I'm having a good time!1: An Ohio restaurant specializing in cheeseburgers offers a lifetime 25% discount for anyone who has a tattoo of a cheeseburger and at an unrelated tattoo studio in a nearby town, they’re offering a 25% discount on cheeseburger tattoos- Sounds suspicious.
2: Tattoos are rarely done in ink, what is commonly called inks, are actually suspended solid color particles, mostly metal salts and plastics, but not vegetable dyes as commonly believed.
3: There are no reported cases of HIV infection from a tattoo in the U.S., but there are three from dentist’s offices.
4: More women than men are getting tattooed today.
5: Tattoos are considered a minor medical procedure.
6. Until 2006 it was illegal to get a tattoo in Oklahoma
7: Lucky Diamond Rich of New Zealand is the most tattooed person in the world, and after running out of space, has started putting lighter tattoos on top of the darker ones, and vice versa.
8: Robbie “the coon” Koch recently broke the world’s record by inking 577 tattoos in 24 hrs. The old record was held by Kat Von D of the television show, “LA Ink.” Update- Hollis Cantrell actually owns the record as of 2009 (801 tattoos) but Robbie the coon sounded better. Hollis’s final tattoo was on his thigh.
9: The first recorded tattoo is believed to have been found on a mummified iceman in 3300 BC. He had 58 tattoos, mostly dots and lines.
10: In 1876 Thomas Edison invented a machine that ultimately became the tattoo machine, but it took modifications by Samuel O’Reilly in 1891 to adapt the device for tattooing.

11: The record for the longest tattoo session is 43 hours and 50 minutes and was completed by the very observant and talented artist Melanie Grieveson, of Australia. The tattooed was Stephen Grady.
12: In 2005 Kimberly Smith was paid $10,000 to have Golden Palace.Com tattooed on her forehead by the casino, to help pay for her daughter’s education. The casino is noted for its outlandish promotions.
13: Thomas Edison had five dots tattooed on his left forearm, similar to the dots on dice.

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Tattoo Facts #3: Fun Facts

Posted by | September 28, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

Tattoos have been around since the the biblical times and have been popping up everywhere since then. However, in today’s society tattoos have become a lot more popular and a little less taboo as they once were. Although the acceptance of tattoos is still a little shaky and a lot of work still needs to be done in this area.
Here are a few fun tattoo facts, tips and statistics that you may or may not have known.
Even after your new tattoo is healed it is still susceptible to the sun’s rays. So be extra careful to avoid direct sunlight and always wear an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your tattoo.
There are at least a 100 different colors of a tattoo ink out there so you are not limited to your colors.

As of 2006 36% of people from the age of 18 to 29 had at least one tattoo.

In 2002 a poll was conducted that 1 out of 8 people have at least one tattoo. However, with the increasing number of young people out there getting tattoos, its sure to have gone up since then.

In 1991, a 5,000 year-old frozen man was discovered and scientists found a total of 57 different tattoos on his well preserved body.
The tattooing machine is based on the design of the modern doorbell.

In the late 19th and early 20th century tattoos were very fashionable among the aristocrats, which included women, to be tattooed. During this time, tattoos were very expensive and people paid large sums for their designs. However, the cost of tattoos were reduced and tattooing became adopted by lower class people and the tattoo soon became trashy.

•    In Texas it’s illegal to tattoo an unconscious person.
•    10 – The number of magazines in the U.S. devoted exclusively to the art of tattooing and body piercing.
•    Many crew members on Captain James Cook’s first Pacific expedition (1768-1771) had tattoos.
•    Captain William Bligh, of the infamous “Mutiny on the Bounty,” made a list of his men’s tattoos so that suspected mutineers could be identified.
•    In some U.S. states, a person can become a tattoo artist by taking a course and being certified by the Alliance of Professional Tattooists.
•    In 13th century China, tattooing was used to brand criminals.
•    The oldest tattooed body known is a Bronze Age man over 5,000 years old, discovered in a glacier in the mountains near Austria.
•    The most common body area for tattooing is the upper or lower arm.
•    There is evidence that tattooing was carried out as long ago as the Ice Age (before 8000 B.C.).
•    Tattooing is illegal in 7 states in the U.S. and is heavily regulated in others.
•    Lease painful areas to get a tattoo are the fleshy parts of the arms and legs. Areas near joints (wrists, elbows, knees, ankles) hurt most because more nerves are located there.
•    Siberian tribesmen practice tattooing to relieve pain in the area of the design.
•    19th century seafarers had their initials tattooed on their bodies for identification purposes.
•    “Tattoo” comes from “ta,” the Polynesian word for knocking or striking, and may represent the “tat-tat” sound made by hitting the tattooing tool.
•    The most tattooed man in the world is Tom Leppard of the Isle of Skye, Scotland. He sports a leopard-skin design on a yellow background over 99.2% of his body.
•    Tattoos take about 2-3 weeks to heal.
•    Sunlight will fade a tattoo over time.
•    Japanese women, dragons, flowers, animals and butterflies were common tattoos among U.S. sailors shortly before World War I.
•    Tattooing was used extensively by the Incas, Mayas, and Aztecs in Central and South America.
•    Strip artist Krystyne Kolorful of Canada, the world’s most tattooed woman, took 10 years to complete her tattooing.
•    Traditional tattooists in Japan are highly trained artists, who work with the shape of the body to enhance the design.
•    A 90’s trend in the U.S.: Using tattoos as permanent eye-liner.
•    Business among tattoo parlors in San Francisco, California, has doubled in the 90s.
•    Tattooing was a common practice in ancient Egypt.
•    Tattooing was banned in New York City in the 1960s, after an outbreak of hepatitis B was traced to unsterilized equipment used in tattoo parlors.
•    14,000: The number of tattoos on the body of Bernard Moeller, the world record holder for the most individual tattoos.
•    A tattooed mummy of an Iron Age warrior chief, found near the Russian/Chinese border was decorated with interlocking designs representing fantastic beasts.
•    Maori women of New Zealand tattoo their faces to hide the lines of aging.
•    In 18th century Japan, laborers used tattoos to imitate clothing because they were ashamed to expose their naked torsos when working in hot weather.


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Tattoo Facts #2: What does “Tattoo” even mean?

Posted by | September 21, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

Tattoo is such an odd word when you look at it.  It doesn’t look like hardly an other word in the English language.  Know why?  Because it isn’t English at all!

Europe has shown to have a long history with tattoos in the Ancient world, and it is believed that many of the early Anglo-Saxon kings of England were tattooed, but much of this was conjecture.  It wasn’t until the 1570s, when a English Explorer, Sir Martin Frobisher, set out to find a North West passage to China, through the Americas.  Along the way, Frobisher ran across the Inuit people, and found that they had markings on their face.  He and his crew captured several of them and brought them back to England to put on display for the court of Queen Elizabeth I.  They were quite popular and seen as a huge fascination, but sadly they all died with in a month of arriving there.

In 1691 William Dampier brought to London a native of the western part of New Guinea (now part of Indonesia) who had a tattooed body and became known as the “Painted Prince”.

Between 1766 and 1779, Captain James Cook made three voyages to the South Pacific, the last trip ending with Cook’s death in Hawaii in February, 1779. When Cook and his men returned home to Europe from their voyages to Polynesia, they told tales of the ‘tattooed savages’ they had seen. The word “tattoo” itself comes from the Tahitian tatau, and was introduced into the English language by Cook’s expedition.

Cook’s Science Officer and Expedition Botanist, Sir Joseph Banks, returned to England with a tattoo. Banks was a highly regarded member of the English aristocracy and had acquired his position with Cook by putting up what was at the time the princely sum of some ten thousand pounds in the expedition. In turn, Cook brought back with him a tattooed Raiatean man, Omai, whom he presented to King George and the English Court. Many of Cook’s men, ordinary seamen and sailors, came back with tattoos, a tradition that would soon become associated with men of the sea in the public’s mind and the press of the day. In the process sailors and seamen re-introduced the practice of tattooing in Europe and it spread rapidly to seaports around the globe.

It was in Tahiti aboard the Endeavour, in July 1769, that Cook first noted his observations about the indigenous body modification and is the first recorded use of the word tattoo. In the Ship’s Log Cook recorded this entry: “Both sexes paint their Bodys, Tattow, as it is called in their Language. This is done by inlaying the Colour of Black under their skins, in such a manner as to be indelible.”

Cook went on to write, “This method of Tattowing I shall now describe…As this is a painful operation, especially the Tattowing of their Buttocks, it is performed but once in their Lifetimes.”

The British Royal Court must have been fascinated with Omai’s tattoos, because the future King George V had himself inked with the ‘Cross of Jerusalem’ when he traveled to the Middle East in 1892. During a visit to Japan he also received a dragon on the forearm from the needles of Hori Chiyo, an acclaimed tattoo master. George’s sons, the Dukes of Clarence and York were also tattooed in Japan while serving in the British Admiralty, solidifying what would become a family tradition.

Taking their sartorial lead from the British Court, where Edward VII followed George V’s lead in getting tattooed; King Frederick IX of Denmark, the King of Romania, Kaiser Wilhelm II, King Alexander of Yugoslavia and even Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, all sported tattoos, many of them elaborate and ornate renditions of the Royal Coat of Arms or the Royal Family Crest. King Alfonso XIII of modern Spain also had a tattoo.

American woman with arms and chest covered with tattoos, 1907

Tattooing spread among the upper classes all over Europe in the 19th century, but particularly in Britain where it was estimated in Harmsworth Magazine in 1898 that as many as one in five members of the gentry were tattooed. There, it was not uncommon for members of the social elite to gather in the drawing rooms and libraries of the great country estate homes after dinner and partially disrobe in order to show off their tattoos. Aside from her consort Prince Albert, there are persistent rumours that Queen Victoria had a small tattoo in an undisclosed ‘intimate’ location; Denmark’s King Frederick was filmed showing his tattoos taken as a young sailor. Winston Churchill’s mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, had a tattoo of a snake around her wrist, which she covered when the need arose with a specially crafted diamond bracelet. Carrying on the family tradition, Winston Churchill had an anchor tattooed on his forearm.

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Tips and Tricks: The Cover Up

Posted by | September 4, 2012 | Tattoo Facts

We all get tattoos for different reasons.  To remember a lost loved one, to commemorate an important event in our life, to express yourself, or just a really dumb decision when we were 17 and drunk at a friend’s house.  We all have our own reason for them.  But we still live in a world that some corporations and jobs judge us more so on how we look, than how we perform as skilled workers, and I believe it is fair to say, that isn’t cool.  Our tattoos do not define who we are, we define our tattoos.  Simple as that.  But still, some people don’t understand that.

A few weeks back, a fan of the site contacted me asking for some advise on job hunting, and he had gone in to several interviews with all his tattoos exposed.  While I admire his pride in his work, it may have not played in to his favor in some settings.  I know it has worked against myself in the past working for large corporate entities.  Now do understand, I am not saying you NEED to cover up anything, but just hear this article out.  I am speaking solely as someone who has worked for BIG corporate companies.  I mean suite, tie, there are AMG Mercedes, Bentleys, and Lamborghinis parked out front type companies.

Your tattoos are yours.  No one else’s, and it is your right to share them with people, or not to.  If an employer asks that you show them your tattoos, guess what, you don’t have to.  And with that, going in to an interview with tattoos being covered up is not being dishonest.  People cover up scares, blemishes, cuts, scratches, and birth marks all the time when getting an interview.  Those who cover those up, are they being dishonest?  No, they are simply trying to prevent any sort of distraction in the interview process, so that the focus of the interview stays on topic.  Tattoos can be the same way.  People love to talk about tattoos, even if they don’t have any.  Even if they hate them.  We all know this.  So think about the company you are interviewing with when you are trying to determine if you should have yours exposed or covered up.  There is no shame in hiding them if you think it will land you the job.  At my current day job, I covered mine up, and did not even ask about the policy on exposed tattoos until after I was offered the job.  I personally found that my employer frowned on tattoos (so good thing I covered mine up) and need to have mine covered at all times while at work.  Given how much it pays, it is worth it to me.  Obviously, it would be more ideal to have an employer who open about body modifications, but hey, it’s a job.

Now some of you may ask what options you have for covering up.  There are actually two main ones I would recommend, depending on your needs.  The first is one I wear myself at my own job.

I use sleeves to cover my arms.  These are very popular with military, law enforcement, and bouncers at clubs.  I got flesh toned (which was almost spot on for my skin), but they also over black and white, and several shades of skin tone.  And they are not just for arms.  They also make some for legs as well.  They are fairly comfortable, breath alright, and stretch.  If you are a little on the hairy side like myself, they can be a tad itchy at times, but it could be A LOT worse.  Over all, I am quite happy with mine.  There are several companies out there that sell these, but the ones I personally own are from Tatjacket.  They have full sleeve, upper arm, forearm, and calf lengths available at the following link.


Next are Patches.  You can’t exactly get a sleeve over parts like your neck, but patches are also a great option for those harder to cover areas.  Basically, think of these sort of like band-aids.  They are just a square that is skin colored that bonds to your skin.  Some companies even have them, not as patches, but as temporary tattoos.  That’s right, a flesh colored square that is a tattoo, you put over your tattoo.  That way, it covers the tattoo.  I know, that sounds confusing, I had an inception moment myself, but it’s easy, it’s not itchy, and it works!  Tatjacket also offers these temporary tattoo type patches as well.

Lastly is make up.  Women know the power of a good foundation to cover up blemishes and imperfections.  But don’t think this is just for women.  There is no shame in a guy using it to cover up a tattoo.  These foundations are designed specifically to blend and match your natural skin colors.  If you guys have not seen the video “Go Beyond The Cover” then you have to see this.  It features a male model named Rico the Zombie, who you may have seen before (especially if you are an avid Lady Gaga fan).

There are several companies who make these foundations, and many that make them SPECIFICALLY for tattoo cover up!

Remember what I said though, showing your tattoos is your choice.  You don’t have to, and if you think covering up yours can help you land a great paying job, there is no shame in this.  You are not any less cool, or what ever.  Paying your bills, and putting food on your table will always be more important than proving how “rad” you are to your friends.  Real friends don’t care about that crap anyways.