My article Atlantic City hosts the ‘Drawin’ the Wildcard’ Tattoo Expo for the Indulge section of the South Jersey Times.
I have been away for a while and I apologize for my absence but summer is a crazy time for me between working two jobs, trying to make it down to the beach (only happened for a week), and going to as many concerts as I can on my budget and in my free time. However, during my busy schedule I rather impulsively got another tattoo, but I still only have two.
The guy that did my tattoo (and I say guy specifically rather than artist) was doing drugs when he did my tattoo and didn’t do a very good job. He created a green bandanna which people mistook for a flower, a tongue, or even a female private part. To make things worse, he put spots in the background that I had no idea he was going to do. I don’t regret getting the tattoo for my friend Vinny who passed away, I do regret going to that guy though. My advice to you: don’t ever go to someone’s house to get a tattoo. Not only will you most likely not get what you want, but it could lead to infection. I was very lucky not to get sick.
So I got something that I never thought I would have to do: a cover-up. I was merely looking for ideas when I recalled a shop that I had
blogged about last fall called Sinful Art Tattoo in Vineland, NJ. I stopped in to see what could be done to my horrible looking bandanna, maybe make it look more like what it was supposed to be. The artist I spoke with discussed really turning it into a flower (people thought that is what it was anyway) but adding two more flowers on the side of it to make it look balanced. He told me the price and showed me the picture of the flower and before I knew it I was sitting in the chair with a needle in my skin.
Dave “Azma” Knauer did a beautiful job on the back of my neck. He managed to turn the dimensionless green bandanna into a red and silver flower. I would definitely go back and see him again for my next tattoo, even if it is about a 45 minute drive from my house. The outline hurt like a mother, but once he started in on the shading I felt like I was sitting in a vibrating message chair. I do wish that he would have went over the name and dates, but tattoo artists don’t like touching other people’s work unless they are covering it up. Normally people don’t compare getting a tattoo to a comfortable experience, but maybe I was just meant to have tattoos and they weren’t.
When Rowan University Graduate with a BA in Radio, Television, and Film John Laszko isn’t finishing up school work and preparing to graduate, in his spare time he shows his love of music and his home through his tattoos. I was able to catch up with him this week to take pictures of his one-of-a-kind artwork.
So I’m starting to get that 1 year itch where I really want to get new ink, but I’m not quite sure what to get. My first tattoo was the words BREAK AWAY in black ink across my lower back (yes a tramp stamp, but not the typical butterfly tattoo some girls tend to get there).
I wanted my first tattoo to be simple so that I could add to it later if I choose to, which is what I want to do now. I am starting to see that my mom has a method to her madness, and the words don’t look very feminine because of the font I choose to go there.
My one roommate said I should add sparrows on the sides of it with them flying away, but I’m not sure about that. She also suggested the silhouettes of birds flying away in the distance, which I think would look better than two sparrows on each side. However, I only have a mental picture of the tattoo in my head after more work will be added to it.
I’m not sure of any other ideas right now. What do you think?
Family means a lot to Samantha Marie Safchinsky. At 20 years old, she has three tattoos and counting. However, if Samantha gets any more tattoos right now her mother has threatened not to pay for her college tuition anymore. Needless to say she is taking a little break from permanent ink on her body. This week she wanted to share with me (and with the rest of the world) her one of a kind tattoos about her heritage and dedication tattoos to her family members. These photos are courtesy of her Facebook page.
Before I posted about tattoo artist and owner of Sinful Art Tattoo in Vineland, NJ Pete Delia’s artwork with portraits of different celebrities and pop culture icons, but this time I wanted to show off more arm tattoos that he has done on different people courtesy of his Facebook page.
It seems like everyone and their mother has at least one tattoo, whether they like it or not. More people under the age of 25 are getting tattoos and I found a few of them that like to show them off to the world.
Sean McClellan ‘s one of a kind tattoo that took 3 hours to draw and 10 hours to do, courtesy of his Facebook page.
There are many things, places, and people in life that can bring nostalgia to a person. A person can feel a sense of sentiment through a stuffed animal they used to sleep with as a child. For Jason Kramer, that nostalgia comes from his tattoos.
Jason Kramer is a 21-year-old Asteelflash worker who used to live in Mt. Laurel, NJ but who now lives in Owego, NY. With four tattoos and counting, Jason’s love for tattoos is inspired by events that have happened in his lifetime. I was able to catch up with him this week to talk about his current tattoos and his plans for more ink.
Q: What are your tattoos and why did you decide to get them?
A: I have a Glassjaw tattoo, a skull, “the blood of thine enemies” tattooed on my back and a surgeon cutting my flesh on my ribs. Glassjaw is my favorite band of all time and the tattoo reminds me of growing up. I was really into that band when I was 17 and 18 and they kinda changed my life. I know it sounds lame, but every time I see it I smile and it reminds me of a lot of drunk nights in my friend Ronnie’s car. The skull was to remind me how death is around every turn. I felt particularly depressed because someone close to me died. So the skull is to remember that death will always be with you. It changes you. Days are a little less bright when all the good stars burn out. “The blood of thine enemies” is to remember i am only as good as what pumps in the heart of the things i hate and the surgeon is to remind me there is always something underneath the skin.
Q: When did you get your tattoos and who did them?
A: Well my first two tattoos (the Glassjaw tat and the skull) were done in a kitchen by my friend Dan and my friend Philly. The surgeon was done by Tattoo Mary at Owego Tattoo in Owego, NY. “The blood of thine enemies” was done in my friend Roger’s house but he has a
studio he runs out of his home. I got my first tat when I was 17, my second one when I was 19,and my last two this year. I’m getting my chest done in a month.
Q: How long did they take to complete and how painful were they?
A: The glass jaw and the skull took about 20 minutes each, the surgeon took about three hours, and “the blood of thine enemies” took four hours. Well at first on a scale of 1-10 they were about a 2 but when i hit hour three it started to hurt badly. The surgeon on my ribs hurt like hell when I hit hour three. After that, I started sweating from the pain.
Q: What is your next tattoo going going to be?
A: I’m going to get the album art work for “On My Shield” by the band Converge on my whole chest because of the lyrics “all of our pain is worth it together we fall apart, as love’s war rages on.” Love will always be a fight but its always worth it no matter how many nights you spend on an empty bed.
Q: Has your opinion changed about them and how do other people react?
A: Well my friends think my tattoos are awesome and girls think they’re sexy so I can’t complain. I have all of them are on my chest
and back and ribs so no one can really see them but whoever can is usually accepting. My opinion hasn’t changed about them really. Each one means something to me, even if it looks like it got done in a kitchen. Each tattoo is a badge of pride for me. Each one is very special to me and carry a lot of “sentimental” value. I got each one for particular events in my life, each one reminds me of someone or some period of my life and the events that drove me to get tattoos.