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Whang Od resides in Buscalan, in the province of Kalinga, Phillipines, she is the last remaining Kalinga Mambatok (tattoo artist) in the region. Learning from her father, Whang Od dedicated her life to mastering the millennium old practice after the man she was in love with died when she was 25. It was during the second World War that batok increased in practice, as it was commonly associated with and reserved for warriors - in this case, the headhunters that fought off Japanese and Filipino soldiers aiming to raid and pillage; only an estimated 30 remain to this day.

Using the traditional hand tapping method, Whang Od mixes her ink in a coconut bowl using soot and water to create a thick, dark pigmentation. Using a siit (orange thorn needle) attached to a bamboo stick, Whang Od takes another bamboo stick to tap and hammer the needle into the skin. Often times, a wooden stencil would be used for more intricate and complex patterns. As this method is hand based, the process is much more painful than what the western world has adopted as standard practice; though the exclusivity of the knowledge and privileged application of such a tattoo makes the practice less fashion and more ornamental and identifiable as a status symbol.

Today, Whang Od tattoos out of necessity; she uses the money to buy pigs and hens to feed her village. Word has spread enough that many westerners travel from far away to visit Whang Od and get a one of a kind tattoo. She loves the visitors; Whang Od finds solace and meaning in her artistry. At 92 years old, Whang Od is nearing the twilight of her “career” despite being in good health. Her plan is to educate her sisters granddaughter in order to pass down the tradition and let the meaningful practice live on.

Read this in depth and informative article by Lars Krutek to learn more about traditional batok and Whang Od.

 
 
America's core cultural reference books, professional journals, newspapers and magazines recognize tattooing as a well-established art form that, over the last three decades, has undergone dramatic changes. In the 1970s, artists trained in traditional fine art disciplines began to embrace tattooing and brought with them entirely new sorts of sophisticated imagery and technique. Advances in electric needle machines and pigments provided them with new ranges of color, delicacy of detail and aesthetic possibilities. The physical nature of many local tattooing establishments also changed as increasing numbers of operators adopted 

Once a taboo practice largely confined to sailors and street hoodlums, tattooing has evolved into a highly prized fashion product for celebrities and millions of middle-class consumers.
equipment and procedures resembling those of medical clinics -- particularly in areas where tattooing is regulated by government health agencies.
The cultural status of tattooing has steadily evolved from that of an anti-social activity in the 1960s to that of a trendy fashion statement in the 1990s. First adopted and flaunted by influential rock stars like the Rolling Stones in the early 1970s, tattooing had, by the late 1980s, become accepted by ever broader segments of mainstream society. Today, tattoos are routinely seen on rock stars, professional sports figures, ice skating champions, fashion models, movie stars and other public figures who play a significant role in setting the culture's contemporary mores and behavior patterns.

During the last fifteen years, two distinct classes of tattoo business have emerged. The first is the "tattoo parlor" that glories in a sense of urban outlaw culture; advertises itself with garish exterior signage; offers "pictures-off-the-wall" assembly-line service; and often operates with less than optimum sanitary procedures.

The second is the "tattoo art studio" that most frequently features custom, fine art design; the ambiance of an upscale beauty salon; marketing campaigns aimed at middle- and upper middle-class professionals; and "by-appointment" services only. Today's fine art tattoo studio draws the same kind of clientele as a custom jewelry store, fashion boutique, or high-end antique shop.

The market demographics for tattoo services are now skewed heavily toward mainstream customers. Tattooing today is the sixth-fastest-growing retail business in the United States. The single fastest growing demographic group seeking tattoo services is, to the surprise of many, middle-class suburban women.

Tattooing is recognized by government agencies as both an art form and a profession and tattoo-related art work is the subject of museum, gallery and educational institution art shows across the United States.

By Hoag Levins 
http://tattooartist.com/history.html

 
 
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Tattooing has an integral place in American society.  In recent years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of American traditional tattoos.  This classic American tattoo style, also known as Americana style, Traditional or Old School (Old Skool), is on the rebound both in the US and in Europe.  Although today’s popular culture places heavy emphasis on contemporary designs and motifs, little attention is given to the history behind the tattoo culture in America.

The Americana style is one of the oldest and most enduring tattoo styles in America today.  Its origins date back to the turn of the 19th century, when body ink was mostly sported by criminals, people in the navy or circus and side show freaks.  This era gave rise to the American tattoo forefathers. 

Although one artist cannot claim credit for single-handedly pioneering the style, a few noteworthy individuals deserve recognition for putting it on the world map.  These individuals include Sam O’Reilly (credited with inventing the first tattoo machine), Cap Coleman and Paul Rogers.  These men were on the scene and setting the foundations of the style well before tattoo icon Norman Keith Collins, aka Sailor Jerry, began plying his craft.

Undoubtedly, Sailor Jerry contributed a great deal to the tattoo industry during his career.  Apart from expanding the tattooist’s pallet by adding new pigments, his analytical approach led to the improvement of the tattooing machine and the introduction of hospital-style sterilization of tattooing equipment. 

Over the past few years, tattooists such as Mike Pike, Bert Krak, Dan Higgs and Ed Hardy have remained faithful to the classic American tattoo style leading to its current popularity worldwide.

Unlike the tribal tattooing style characterized by heavy, black outlines and intricate designs, the Americana style is easily distinguished by simple bold and solid lines with few contrasting colors.  Common motifs include nautical and religious symbols, daggers, skulls, mermaids, women, flowers, anchors, hearts and eagles among others.  These traditional tattoos are now synonymous with simple sophistication and often carry a clear and direct message.

So if you are stumped on which tattoo to get, why not choose an American traditional tattoo design?  It is a choice you are sure not to regret.

By: MaciekV7 May 7, 2013
Tattoo.com

 
 
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It comes as no surprise that President Barack Obama commented on his clever plan to dissuade his daughters from getting tattoos as a means of rebellion; the man has proven to be “modern” and in touch with pop culture from music to sports and all things in between.  Recently, our Commander in Chief was interviewed by NBC’s “Today” where he explained certain pre-emptive measures he and the first lady, Michelle Obama, are taking in order to have his two daughters reconsider any future ink decisions.  


The Presidential Couple hatched out a master plan centered around the threat of national embarrassment.  “If you guys ever decide you’re going to get a tattoo, then mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo in the same place.  And we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo” he said, with a sheepish grin on his face.  As they say, fight fire with fire, or in this case, ink.


Obama’s point is obvious; everything the President and his family does is looked at through a microscope and nothing flies under the radar.  If you recall, the daughters of George W. Bush were cited as minors in possession of alcohol on several occasions which only brought negative publicity to an already troubled presidential campaign.  Ultimately, when Sasha and Malia Obama turn 18, it will be their decision and their consequences to deal with, but we will all surely know about it.


Will the Obama daughters test their father and get inked up when they are of age?  Perhaps they’ll one-up the President and get something totally ludacris permanently engraved on their skin for their parents to replicate.  Or will Barack Obama’s intimidation tactics be successful and make the girls reconsider?

From MaciekV7's blog 

 
 
Not too long ago, most Americans associated tattoos with sailors, bikers and sideshow artists. But tattoos have become more popular in recent years, and the people who get them are as diverse as the styles and designs they choose. And some people who would never think of tattooing pictures or symbols onto their bodies use permanent makeup -- a type of tattoo -- to emphasize their eyes and lips.

In this article, we'll look at how the tattoo process works and examine the safety and legal issues surrounding it.

Artists create tattoos by injecting ink into a person's skin. To do this, they use an electrically powered tattoo machine that resembles (and sounds like) a dental drill. The machine moves a solid needle up and down to puncture the skin between 50 and 3,000 times per minute. The needle penetrates the skin by about a millimeter and deposits a drop of insoluble ink into the skin with each puncture.

The tattoo machine has remained relatively unchanged since its invention by Samuel O'Reilly in the late 1800s. O'Reilly based his design on the autographic printer, an engraving machine invented by Thomas Edison. Edison created the printer to engrave hard surfaces. O'Reilly modified Edison's machine by changing the tube system and modifying its rotary-driven electromagnetic oscillating unit to enable the machine to drive the needle.

Modern tattoo machines have several basic components: 
  • A sterilized needle
  • A tube system, which draws the ink through the machine
  • An electric motor
  • A foot pedal, like those used on sewing machines, which controls the vertical movement of the needle.
When you look at a person's tattoo, you're seeing the ink through the epidermis, or the outer layer of skin. The ink is actually in the dermis, which is the second layer of the skin. The cells of the dermis are far more stable than the cells of the epidermis, so the tattoo's ink will stay in place, with minor fading and dispersion, for a person's entire life.

 
 
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Tattoo work by one of our favorite artist in world, Victor Portugal. He works out of Poland and is an amazing tattoo artist. His website is http://www.victorportugal.com.
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1.“When it looks impossible and you are ready to quit, victory is near!”
Tony Robbins

2. “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”
Jerry Rice

3. ”Losers quit when they’re tired. Winners quit when they’ve won.”
Unknown

4.“See the Invisible, Believe the Incredible, Achieve the Impossible.”
Joel Brown

5. “To get something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”

Unknown

6. “Some people dream of success… others stay awake to achieve it.”
Unknown

7. ”You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take”
Wayne Gretzky

8. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
Steve Jobs

9. ”Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
Michael Jordan

10. “It took us so long to realize that a purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
Kurt Vonnegut

11. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Albert Einstein

12. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”
Beverly Sills

13. “Do what you can with what you’ve got wherever you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

14. “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”
Henry Van Dyke

15. “It is not length of Life, but depth of life.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

16. “See the Invisible, Believe the Incredible, Achieve the Impossible.”
Joel Brown

17. “You build walls & boundaries when you give into your mind. Fear nothing & take control of who you are & who you are meant to be”
Joel Brown

18. “We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.”
Tim McGraw

19. “Laughter is the music of life.”
Sir William Osler

20. “In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.”
John Lilly

21. “Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.”
Author Unknown

22. “Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.”
Cicero, 44 B.C.

23. “In the giving-is the getting.”
David Matoc

24. “The impossible is often the untried.”
Jim Goodwin

25. “Anyone can become angry-that is easy, but to become angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way-that is not easy.”
Aristotle

26. “Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.”
Goethe, 1749-1832

27. “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”
Will Rogers

28. “My religion is very simple, my religion is kindness.”
Dalai Lama

29. “The important thing is to not stop questioning.”
Albert Einstein, 1879-1955

30. “It’s not your circumstances that shape you, it’s how you react to your circumstances.”
Anne Ortlund

31. “The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time.”
Abraham Lincoln

32. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
Buddha

33. “It takes strength to be gentle and kind.”
Stephen Morrisey

34. “A hero is a person who does what he or she can.”
Roman Rolland

35. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

36. “Where there is unity there is always victory.”
Publilius Syrus

37. “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
E. Hubbard

38. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.”
Jordan Belfort

39. ”Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.”

Victoria Holt

40. “It’s not denial. I’m selective about the reality I accept.”
Calvin

41. “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”
Madeleine L’Engle

42. “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
Mother Teresa

43. “I like nonsense,it wakens up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
Dr. Seuss

44. “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”
Herm Albright

45. “Nothing is worth more than this day.”
Goethe

46. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

47. “If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.”
M.H. Alderson

48. “Life is like a ten speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.”
Charles Schultz

49. “There is nothing permanent except change.”
Heraditus

50. “The miracle is this; the more we share, the more we have.”
Leonard Nimoy

51. “Out of clutter, find simplicity; from discord, find harmony; in the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.”
Albert Einstein

52. “Hope is like a road in the country. There never was a road; but, when many people walk together, the road comes into existence.”
From the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

53. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. Especially when that time will pass you by anyway.”
Unknown

54. “Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”
John Updike, 1989, U.S. author & critic

55. “Our greatest glory is not failing, but in rising every time we fail.”
Confucius

56. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
John Wooden

57. “Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.”
Henry Van Dyke

58. “A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.“
Jonathan Swift

59. ”The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow.”
Unknown

60. “Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball.”
Mitzi Chandler

61. “The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It;s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the wind and rains and the scorching sun.”
Napoleon Hill

62. “It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.”
Lena Horne

63. “Keep you face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.”
Helen Keller

64. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step foward your always in the same place.”
Nora Roberts

65. “A good hand and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
Nelson Mandela

66. “There are two ways of exerting ones strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.”
Booker T. Washington

67. “Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”
John Maxwell

68. “A person that values it’s privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
Dwight Eisenhower

69. “It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”
Robert H. Goddard

70. “Never deprive someone of hope; it may be all they have.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

71. “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
Sir Winston Churchill

72. “It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret”
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

73. “We all have a few failures under our belt. It’s what makes us ready for the successes.”
Randy K. Milholland

74. “Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.”
Anonymous

75. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
The Dalai Lama

76. “A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.”
John Maxwell

77. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
Albert Einstein

78. “The faintest ink is better than the best memory”
Unknown

79. “Every dog must have his day.“
Jonathan Swift

80. “Dear tomorrow, do whatever you want to do. I have already lived my today and I am not afraid of you anymore .”
Unknown


From: http://addicted2success.com/quotes/80-success-quotes-you-should-have-tattooed-on-your-arms/
 
 
Don't be this client, lol!! This is not at a Planet Ink Tattoos, but this is pretty funny!
 
 

Tattoos, once the ultimate rebel stamp, have become routine embellishments — fueling an ink industry that rakes in billions of dollars per year


To ink or not to ink? This week, the American Medical Association published what's considered to be the first scientific survey of tattoo removal, detailing which tattoos are hardest to remove (blue ink) and what factors reduce the odds of erasing the damn thing (smoking). The report is a sure sign that tattoos — once the province of rock stars and ne'er-do-wells — have become thoroughly mainstream. Indeed, today not only are tattoo artists enjoying a robust growth-industry, their counterparts — the tattoo-effacement experts — are busily tending to Americans who regret that faded tribal design encircling their biceps or have discovered that the Chinese character on their wrist has an unwelcome meaning. Here, a numerical guide to America's tattoo obsession:

$2.3 billion 
Annual revenue of the tattoo industry

15,000 
Tattoo parlors in America

21 
Percent of Americans who have a tattoo

23 
Percent of women who have a tattoo

19 
Percent of men who have a tattoo

36 
Percent of 18-to-25-year-olds who have a tattoo

38
 
Percent of 30-to-39-year-olds who have a tattoo

11 
Percent of 50-to-64-year-olds who have a tattoo

50 
Percent of people who think having a tattoo is rebellious

$80 to $100 
Average per hour cost of a tattoo

$150-$350 
Per hour cost of a tattoo in Brooklyn, N.Y.

$200 
Cost of a laser tattoo removal session

10-15 
Sessions needed to remove a tattoo

32 
Percentage increase in tattoo removals over the last year

 
 
 

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