Permanent artwork and the motivations behind it

Archive for July, 2012

Tattoos gone wrong

Tattoos are a lot of money, and take a decent amount of time to do depending on how large or detailed they are.  Did I also forget to mention that they are meant to be permanent and will never go away on their own? So when tattoos look like some of these, the person who got them done should demand his or her money back along with the money it would take to get the tattoo removed.  Here are some pictures of tattoos you would never want on your body:

Horrible tattoo

Skull Tattoo gone wrong

Tiger face
Is that the face of a tiger?

Skulls tattoo
You couldn’t pay me to get tattoo

zombie girl tattoo
What is wrong with that girl’s arm?


Get rid of the pain: tattoos for moving on

Danielle Fewer courtesy of her Facebook page

One of the hardest things people have to do in life is move on.  Whether someone’s significant other broke up with them or someone close has passed on to the next life, the emotional pain can be unbearable.  People search for many ways to deal with the pain, but not everyone is able to accept it and move on.  Danielle Fewer of Haddonfield, NJ has found her way of moving on.

In the state of New Jersey, the legal age to get a tattoo without parental consent is 18-years-old.  At 20-years-old, Danielle already has five.

With five tattoos and counting, Danielle is no stranger to the tattoo gun.  Her artwork is placed across her heart, wrists, and left shoulder blade that will last a lifetime.  With no end for permanent art in sight, I got in touch with Danielle this week to talk about her pieces and why she decided to get them.

Q: Describe your tattoos and where they are on your body.

Danielle Fewer Tattoo

Danielle’s tattoo courtesy of her Facebook page

A: I have my biological mom’s initials with her birth and death date across my heart.  I never met my mom, so this was my way to honor her because she is my role model.  I have “To err is human; To forgive, divine” on my wrists because i went through some really tough times when I was 12-13 years old and the only way i could “get over it” was by forgiving him.  I heard this quote in the middle of the whole ordeal and it always stuck with me.

I have “strength” with an infinity symbol around it below the “To forgive, divine” because being strong has been the only choice I’ve had to deal with what I’ve had to deal with in my life.  This tattoo is a reminder for me to be strong when it seems like I can’t be and it takes a lot of strength to forgive someone.

Lastly, I have a red rose in the shape of a heart on my left shoulder blade to honor my mom because she had a tattoo of a red rose on her left shoulder, which was her favorite flower.  I added the shape of a heart because even though I never met her, I will always love her.

Danielle Fewer Tattoo

Danielle’s tattoo courtesy of her Facebook page

Q: Where did you get your tattoos done and how long did they take to do?

A: My tattoos were done at Body Graphics in Philadelphia, Body Art in Stratford, NJ, a friend of my girlfriend’s, and a tattoo party.  My “To err is human; To forgive divine” tattoo took about a half hour to complete and my “strength” tattoo took about 5-10 minutes to finish.

My Mom’s initials and birth and death dates tattoo took about a half hour and the red rose tattoo took about two hours to finish and it was the most painful out of the rest of my tattoos.  The cost of each tattoo ranged from around $30 to atmost $200.  I definitely want another tattoo on my upper arm, but I was also thinking about getting one on the back of my neck, on my ankle, or behind my ear.

Q: How do people react to your tattoos and has your opinion changed about them?

Danielle Fewer Tattoo

Danielle’s tattoo courtesy of her Facebook page

A: People do not really react to my tattoos in a positive way. They usually get annoyed that i choose places on my body for tattoos that make it difficult to cover up for work, like my wrists.

The only change that I would do if I could have them done all over again would be the placement of each tattoo because it is frustrating and difficult to try to buy clothes for job interviews and always having to wear long sleeves if I was offered the job.

Q: Do you have any advice for people looking to get tattoos?

A: My advice to people tattoo shopping would be to make your artwork meaningful and always go to a professional.  Getting a tattoo from a friend or at a tattoo party is cheaper, but you get what you pay for.

Arm Tattoos

When searching for someone who does great arm tattoos. there are very few people I would go to without knowing what their work looks like. Tattoo artist William Trask of West Berlin, New Jersey is the artist you want to go to for some fresh new ink.  He has flexable working hours as long as an appointment is scheduled ahead of time and is willing to work well into the night.  The larger the artwork, the better.  William Trask can be contacted through his facebook page.  Here are some of his most recent tattoos that he has been working on:

Cover Up Tattoo by William Trask courtesy of his facebook page

Tattoo by William Trask Courtesy of his facebook page

Christine Seibert’s tattoo by William Trask courtesy of his facebook page

Corey Altman’s tattoo by William Trask courtesy of his facebook page

Mom Tattoos

Corrine Bat Watson

Corrine Bat Watson courtesy of her facebook page

When someone thinks of a typical “Mom” tattoo, they usually think of the word with a design around it and put somewhere obvious like on the arm or a leg.  But not 19-year-old Corinne Bat Watson of Wallingford, Pennsylvania.  Massage therapy student Corrine decided to get her first tattoo dedicated to her mom not only at a young age but in a different style than most people are used to seeing.  I caught up with her this week to talk to her about her one of a kind tattoo.

Q: Describe your tattoo and where is it on your body?

A: My first tattoo is a rose with a banner that says, “My best friend/my hero/my mother/I love you” and I got it for my mom (obviously).  I decided to get it done on my back  so I could show it off if I wanted to but still be able to be professional when I need to be.

Q: What place did you get the tattoo done at and how long did it take to do?

A: The rose was done by Tony Nos at RC in Folsom, Pennsylvania on March 21, 2011.  The banner was done at Indelible Ink Tattoo in Wilmington, Delaware on March 13, 2012 and altogether it was $230.  I was supposed to get it done at the same place but I didn’t have money at the time and the artist went to a different shop, so the second part was done by a different artist named Jamie.  It took about four hours to do all together and from a scale of 1-10 my tattoo hurt about a 7 around my ribs and lower back.

Q: Do you plan on getting more tattoos and how do people react to the one you have now?

A: I have a lot of ideas for other tattoos but I don’t plan on getting any more for a while.  Tattoos are a lot of money and I need to

Corrine Bat Watson

Corrine’s tattoo courtesy of her facebook page

save up for them. If I decide to get more, they will probably all be done on my back or somewhere else concealable to not be passed up for future job opportunities.  People usually love my tattoo when they see it and they think it’s really sweet  but they usually think it’s too big.

Q: Do you have any advice for people that are thinking about getting work done?

A: I encourage people to get tattoos whole heartedly but if you can’t stand the pain of a getting one done, I suggest that you rethink the sizing of your tattoo and where on your body you want to get it done.