Permanent artwork and the motivations behind it

Archive for December, 2011

Tattoo Artist William Trask’s Tattoos

People say practice makes perfect, but when you have ten years worth of tattooing experience, I think you get the gist.

37-year-old professional tattoo artist William Trask of Premiere Ink Tattoo has been creating remarkable and unique tattoos on people ages 18 and older for well over a decade and the results are incredible.  The work he does on people can take an hour, maybe two, maybe even half a day depending on how much detail the work of art needs.  Trask is always more than willing to tattoo people well into the night and even into the next day if he has to or if the customer wants.  Who needs sleep when you can stay up at all hours tattooing some of the best work you ever did? 

Most of the tattoos on Trask’s body are done by him as well, and if a he is confident enough to tattoo himself, then it would be difficult to not trust him to do yours.  It doesn’t matter what type of tattoo or where the tattoo is, Trask will tattoo anything on any part of someone’s body.

“On a daily basis, I tattoo anywhere from two to four tattoos.” said Trask.  “Some could take a half hour, some could take eight hours.  Details, size, custom designs where I draw directly onto the skin, that normally takes a lot longer.  The majority of the tattoos that I have been doing lately lasts anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half of pure pain.”

Trask charges $100 for every hour of tattoo work done and also sells gift certificates so for those people who do not necessarily have the funds to get a tattoo can have a little help with a certificate.  He also makes his own tattoo machines and sells them to other professional tattoo shops and companies as well.

Many people have gotten tattoos by Trask, including his wife Jennifer O’Neill Trask. She recently got a tattoo in memory of our friend Vince Pellegrino who passed away last month.  I plan on having my next tattoo in memory of Vinny when I stop being afraid of the needle.

”I got my tattoos done by my tattoo artist William Trask of Premiere Ink, “said 21-year-old Steven Wallenburg of Camden, NJ. “He is a very talented individual.  Currently I have 13 tattoos…my left arm is done from my shoulder down to my forearm.  My forearm is not done but it’s got the indents on both of the elbows done.  My right arm has my shoulder, my inner elbow, my forearm, I have one behind my ear on my neck.  I have one on my left leg and two on my right, and I think that’s it.”

People who would like to get a tattoo or who are just thinking about getting one can contact Trask by his facebook page or through his email.  Depending on his schedule, Trask can make an appointment with you as early as the same day you contact him but it is preferred that you give him at least 24 hours notice ahead of time.  Any time of the day works for him.


Life tattoos: Interview with Kimberly Nicole

Kimberly Nicole courtesy of her facebook page

This week, I interviewed my 18-year-old cousin Kimberly Nicole of Delran, New Jersey about her first tattoo and what it means to her.  She is the party supervisor at The Funplex and currently studies at Burlington County College.  She had a first tattoo done April 22, 2010 on her eighteenth birthday, an age where some people think is too young be getting something done that will be there for the rest of her life.

Q: What is your tattoo of and what does it mean to you?

A: I drew my tattoo to symbolize my life up until my 18th birthday, and to show what I have become.  The vein is in the shape of a heart and starts as nothing and turns to a beautiful flower and the leaves are the main people in my life.  It may seem corny to some people, but that is what they symbolize.  I got my tattoo on my side because it wouldn’t be seen very easily, and because I thought it was cute to have there.

Q: Where was the place you got your tattoo done at and how long did it take?

A: I had it done at Body Graphics in Cherry Hill, NJ and I think the guy’s name was Chris, but I’m not sure. My tattoo took a little over an hour, but it wasn’t too painful.  Some of the shading was an irritating but not unbearable and I do not have a high tolerance for pain.  It was pretty expensive, I believe it was over $200. It was my mom’s birthday present to me.

Q: Do you plan on getting any more tattoos, and if so what are your ideas for them?

A: Well I only have one so far, but I am considering another one maybe one day. I’m thinking something done on my foot, maybe a saying or another daisy in a different design.  My dad was very upset when he found out about it, so maybe I’ll wait a little while before I get another one.  He likes it now, though.  A lot of people see it and know that I drew it, so they ask for sketches of their ideas.  It’s pretty cool, actually.

Q: What is your advice for other people who want or are thinking about getting

Kimberly's tattoo courtesy of her facebook page


A: Make sure you know what you want and have a good sketch.  Think about it and don’t do it right away, give it time and see if you still want it a month after you draw up an idea.  I loved my tattoo when I got it and still do.  Every time I look at it I smile.

Dedication tattoos to the ones who are no longer with us

This week I explored more work done by Tattoo Artist William Trask owner of Premiere Tattoo, but more so dedication tattoos to the loved ones who are no longer with us today.  My dear friend Vince Pellegrino committed suicide exactly one month today, but his memory lives on with us in our hearts and for some people in their artwork.

This dedication tattoo was done on Jennifer O’Neill Trask’s inner ankle in honor of Vince Pelligrino.  There is an RIP over tattooed stitches because Stitch was Vinny’s nickname for a long time.  A lot of people didn’t know his actual name because they were so used to hearing Stich instead of Vinny or Little Vinny.  The photo is courtesy of William Trask’s Facebook page.

This tattoo of stitches was done on William Trask’s left hand in loving memory of Vinny.  It is one thing to do dedication tattoos, but it is something else completely when you are tattooing dedication tattoos for a best friend that you lost.  This photo was courtesy of William Trask’s Facebook page.

This photo is of two dedication tattoos done on Steven Wallenburg‘s left leg.  The tattoo with the skull in the crown above the rose was a dedication tattoo to our friend Gabe who was murdered in 2006 and who is missed very much.  The tattoo below it is of stitches for Vinny with green blood instead of red because it was one of Vinny’s favorite colors.  This photo was courtesy of Steven Wallenburg’s Facebook page.