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Sentimental Value: Interview with Jason Kramer

Jason Kramer

Jason Kramer 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

Jason Kramer Surgeon Cutting Skin Tattoo

Surgeon Cutting into Skin tattoo courtesy of Jason Kramer’s Facebook page

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

Jason Kramer The Blood of Thine Enemies Tattoo

Jason Kramer’s tattoo courtesy of his Facebook page

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.

Tattoo Artist Pete Delia’s Artwork

Pete Delia, 34,  is the owner of Sinful Art Tattoo in Vineland, NJ who has been tattooing for 11 years and owned his own shop for six years.  This week I wanted to take the time to not just tell you about his unique talent and skills, but to show you his artwork that is permanently attached to many tattoo lovers’ skin.

Pete Delia Tattoo

Delia’s art courtesy of his Facebook page.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ courtesy of Delia’s Facebook page.

Hellboy

Hellboy courtesy of Delia’s Facebook page

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons courtesy of Delia’s Facebook page

 

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Tattooed Mom: Interview with Dana Jeffries

Dana Jeffries

Dana Jeffries courtesy of her Facebook page

Growing up in my household, tattoos were forbidden until you turned 30 (when my mom got her first tattoo).  In Dana Jeffries household, it wasn’t strange to get your first tattoo before you turned 16.

Dana Jeffries is a 29-year-old mom with eight tattoos and counting.  She lives in Gloucester City, NJ and loves going to events like Comic Con in New York and going out with friends on the weekends.  In between events, I was able to catch up with her about her artwork and what her permanent ink means to her.

Q: Describe your tattoo(s) and what they mean to you.

A: Tattoos are a reminder of different points in my life. The tattoo itself generally is not as meaningful as the memories that they bring back when I look at them.

  • My first tattoo is a dove carrying a rose and my dad took me to get it for my 15th birthday. It reminds me of him, and how silly I was at that age.
  • My second tattoo is a vine with roses on it and a butterfly at the top that reminds me of the friends I had when I was 18 years old.
  • My third tattoo is a gecko that reminds me of my first marriage and my fourth tattoo is a black rose with a rosary around it. It reminds me of a lot of things that happened in my early 20s that I don’t ever want to forget.
  • My fifth is a dragon that is placed on my arm to chase the gecko because the gecko was lonely.
  • My sixth tattoo is an R.I.P for my dad that has a treble clef and drumsticks because my dad was a drummer.
  • My seventh one is a sun with an eye in the middle. I’m not gonna lie, that one doesn’t have much meaning to me because that day I just felt like getting a tattoo, but it makes me smile though.
  • My last tattoo says, “Live Humbly”. My soon-to-be ex-husband, brother, sister-in-law, and I all got the same tattoo on my wedding day. I’m going to get it covered up some time soon, because that it not a memory that I want to keep and the font is crappy so it looks like it says, “Live Hombre.”
Dana Jeffries

Dana Jeffries courtesy of her Facebook page

Q: Where did you get your tattoo(s) at on your body and why did you decide to put it there?

  • Tattoo number one is on my right ankle. I wanted to get it on my left ankle, but I got a cut on my ankle the day before I was going to get the tattoo. My dad would only let me get a tattoo on my ankle because it can be easily hidden.
  • My second tattoo is on my stomach, to the left of my belly button because at the time, I had an awesome stomach. I don’t anymore, but that’s okay.
  • My third, fifth, sixth, and seventh tattoos are on my left arm. It was a spontaneous decision to put the gecko there, and the others are there to keep him company.
  • My fourth tattoo is on the upper right side of my back that I can only see with a mirror, but I like knowing it’s there.
  • My eighth tattoo is on my right arm because there wasn’t enough room on my left arm for it, so I had to branch out a little.

Q: What place did you get your tattoos at and who them?
A: I’ve gotten three tattoos at the Ink Castle in Bellmawr, NJ one at some random place in Watertown, NY, one at Sick Creations in West Deptford, NJ, two at some random place on South St, and one at some random place in Las Vegas. I do a lot of research before getting tattooed.

Q: How long did your tattoos take to complete and how painful were they?

A: I don’t remember how long any of my tattoos took. Not super long, none of them are very big. The tattoos on my arms and ankle didn’t hurt much at all. Maybe a 3. My back tattoo hurt quite a bit. Maybe a 7. The one on my stomach was the worst. Probably a 9. I would not recommend stomach tattoos. The price range of each one was maybe $50-$250?

Q: Do you plan on getting more and do you have any ideas of what they might be?
A: I’ll probably get another one with my daughter’s name eventually, and I’m going to get the Live Humbly one covered up and made into another tattoo.  I don’t know what I’m going to do for my daughter yet but it will probably be on my left ankle. I don’t know how I’m going to cover up the tattoo on my right arm, I’ll have to talk with an artist about it. I want to come up with a funny way to do it.

Q: How do people react to your tattoo(s)?

Dana Jeffries

A: Sometimes people that I meet in the winter are shocked to see me with exposed tattoos in the summer. I’m told a lot that I don’t seem like the type of person that would have tattoos, whatever that means…

Q: When did you get your tattoo and has your opinion changed on how you like it or not?
I got my first tattoo when I was 14, about a week before my 15th birthday. I still like that one a lot. smile

Q: What is your advice for other people who want or are thinking about getting tattoos?
Covering up arm tattoos in the summer sucks.

Traveling Tattoo Artists: Sinful Art Tattoo

Pete Delia

Sinful Art Tattoo owner Pete Delia

VINELAND—The tattoo artists at Sinful Art Tattoo Rt. 47 don’t like to tattoo customers in a confined, claustrophobic space like most shops do.  They instead tattoo clients in a wide, open area where they can relax and be among other people getting tattoos.  Not only that, but the artists like to travel to places and events to share their South Jersey style with other tattoo lovers.

“Tattoo conventions are usually just a gathering of tattoo artists from all around the world,” said Pete Delia, owner of Sinful Art Tattoo in Vineland.  “It’s pretty much just a big, open area where we set up temporary booths, and you get different artists from around the world that will come to people that want to be tattooed by them.”

Pete Delia, 34, has been tattooing for 11 years and has owned his own shop for six years.  The shop can be found open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12-9 and Sunday through Monday by appointment only.  Delia has a special interest in photo realism and portraits, but does every kind of tattoo from the Aztec calendar to stick figures.

Sinful Art Tattoo

Sinful Art Tattoo

One the weekend of September 27-30, the guys at Sinful Art Tattoo set up a booth at the Sinful Art Tattoo Expo in conjunction with the White Rose Thunder motorcycle rally in York, Pennsylvania.  Around 35,000 people were in attendance and tattoo artists from all over the country showed up to do amazing works of art.

Four other tattoo artists also work at the shop: Josh “Dynamo” has been tattooing there for 6 years, Dave “AZMA” Knauer has been working there for a year and a half, Mike has been working there for 3 years, Ernie has been working there for a year, and Don the apprentice and piercer has been there for a year.  Mike, Dave, and Don work there full time and Josh and Ernie work there part time.

Delia decided to set up Sinful Art Tattoo differently from his first tattoo shop.  “We have an open style shop to where I only have one booth that is set up for private sessions and the rest of the shop is an open layout so when you are getting tattooed

Sinful Art Tattoo

Sinful Art Tattoo

everybody else is getting tattooed around you.” said Delia.  For those who are waiting to be tattooed, there is a great display of pictures and drawings all over the walls.

Delia plans to continue traveling to tattoo conventions annually.  “It’s a chance for people to get tattooed by somebody that they wouldn’t normally get tattooed by,” he said.  “People that are tattoo collectors that don’t just want to go to the same person like different artists.  It’s a way for them to get to a close area and get tattooed by different people.“

Beautiful Back Pieces

After stumbling upon some of my friends Facebook pages, I have been noticed the increase of young people getting tattoos on their backs.  Normally the pieces don’t cover their entire back (that would take a lot of time, pain, and money), but what I have come across have been beautifully done by talented tattoo artists.  Let’s take a look at some of these women’s works of art:

Dragon Back TattooYou can tell that the tattoo artist that created this young lady’s work of art took hours upon hours to ink this into her skin.  The dragon looks so lifelike; the shadows around the wings and the rest of its body make the dragon look three-dimensional and like he’s hanging onto her skin.  Gorgeous. Photo courtesy of Robert J Sinclair’s facebook page.

Black Ink TattooThis piece is significantly smaller than the first, but a lot of time was taken to finish this tattoo as well.  Beautifully done, tattoo artist William Trask never ceases to amaze with his stunning artwork.  Photo courtesy of William Trask’s Facebook page.

Girl with black dress tattoo

A tattoo Artist of Jersey Devil Tattoo in Blackwood, NJ created a wonderful piece for 20-year-old Danielle Dragani of Mt. Laurel, NJ.  The artist did excellent work with the shading that makes the woman and the flower come to life before your eyes. Photo courtesy of Danielle’s Facebook page.

Tattoos of a Soldier: Interview with Kyle Frisbie

Kyle Frisbie

Kyle Frisbie courtesy of his Facebook page

Due to the amazing amount of things that have been going on in my life, I have been delayed in writing this piece so I apologize.  My friend and Airborne Infantry Specialist Kyle Frisbie was kind enough to answer a few questions for me recently with his busy schedule.

He is still in Afghanistan for another 7 months and then he will fortunately be able to come back home to Mount Laurel, NJ.  On his downtime, he was able to answer a few questions for me and send me pictures of the tattoos that he proudly shares on his body.

Q: What was your first tattoo and why did you get it?

A: My first tattoo says, “Dogs” in black, cursive writing. I got done in Olde City Tattoo in Philly but I do not remember the tattoo artist’s name.  I like dogs, plain and simple and my favorite qualities about dogs (loyalty, being playful, shit like that) are

the same qualities that i like best about people.

Q: Where on your body did you get your first tat and is that the only one you have?

A: I got the Dogs tattoo on my left arm.  No I have a tattoo on my left pec of the sun.  It’s outlined in black going around my pec.

Dogs Tattoo

Dogs Tattoo courtesy of Kyle’s Facebook page

Q: Why did you get it done at that tattoo shop?

A: I got it at Olde City because my buddy got a tat there recently and said it was clean, friendly, and cheap.  which i thought so too.  I would definitely go back there if i was in the states and if I wanted another tattoo.

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.