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