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Rose Tattoo

March 10th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Reference | Tattoo - (Comments Off)

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Last one of the day. Wooster Social

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Tim Hendricks Tattoo Machine

April 3rd, 2013 | Posted by admin in Artist | Friends | Reference | Tips - (Comments Off)

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This Tim Hendricks machine is one of the machines I have used almost everyday since he made it for me over 7 years ago. If you don’t own a Tim Hendricks tattoo machine and you’re a real tattooer, you’re slipping.  Get one here – Saltwatertattoo  Thanks Tim for providing the tools that help me provide for myself and my family. Much respect my friend. Thank you 

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The Tattoo Artist “Rosebook” Sketchbook

February 22nd, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events | Friends | Reference - (Comments Off)

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The tattoo artist “Rosebook” Sketchbook just started off as a solo project.  I set out on this project to do a simple rose sketchbook , it was just going to be full of my roses only.  But all of a sudden… (more…)

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Incredible Predators

October 21st, 2012 | Posted by admin in Photos | Reference - (Comments Off)

“Jaguars can kill their prey by cracking their skulls while leopards kill with a suffocating bite”

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Idiocracy?

September 20th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Reference - (Comments Off)

If your interested in tattooing take 10 minutes and read this Idiocracy? 

Thanks Mike Chambers.

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Sparring Wolves

August 27th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Photos | Reference - (Comments Off)

A very large juvenile male (white) challenges the alpha male (gray) for control of the wolf pack. Although it faced a formidable challenger, the alpha prevailed … for now.

Photo : Cesar Aristeiguieta

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Koi Fish Tattoo On Arm

July 31st, 2012 | Posted by admin in Reference | Tattoo - (Comments Off)

One legend depicts how a Koi climbed up the falls on the Yellow River at a point called Dragon Gate and was transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend the Koi became a symbol of perseverance, tenacity, ambition, aspiration and advancement. Another remarkable thing about the Koi is that when it is caught, it would lie still on the chopping board without struggling or flapping around. This led to the Koi being a symbol of courage, composure, peace and tranquility under pressure.  The Koi are also referred to as “living jewels,” and are also associated with good fortune. The image of five golden koi are said to mean “eternal wealth” and well-being.

There is a silly debate on which direction the koi should face, up or down.  As a tattoo especially a western style one, the orientation is less significant and more about the style and quality of the tattoo as a piece of tattoo art.  Koi tattoos carry different meanings for different people. Even the placement of the fish may mean something to certain people. Obviously, the ultimate meaning of any tattoo would always be unique and personal for the person who has it.
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July 23rd, 2012 | Posted by admin in Reference | Women - (Comments Off)

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Times Have Changed but Respect Remains the Same

July 9th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Reference | Tips - (Comments Off)

I find it hard to have respect for the youngsters that don’t have any respect for the process.  I understand the idea of wanting to have all your visible spots tattooed first, I mean who doesn’t want to look “cool” as fast as possible.  And thats your prerogative, but at least now you know how its seen by those in the know.  But here is the deal, things are not respected when they are not earned, and then its seen more as a trend, getting your neck or hands tattooed too soon makes you look like your trying to hard, it makes you look like a poser.  The time, the work, and the process is what gives you that respect that you kids are looking for by doing it, and when you go through it the right way you’ll respect it more for yourself and people will respect you more, because they will see what you have went through to get to that point.  It wont just be the image, it will be you.  Its like standing at the finish line with out running the race.

Thanks Tim Hendricks for this great visual example. your the best.

Ps In the past we used to call hand and neck tattoos “Job Stoppers” and thats a whole other issue, of course society is changing and much more excepting but this issue is still a pertinent factor.

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Play This For Your Kids “Sunscreen” by Baz Luhrmann

July 2nd, 2012 | Posted by admin in Reference | Videos - (Comments Off)

I must have heard this at least ten years ago,  I feel the messages every time I listen.  It may be old but the message is very pertinent.  Play this for your kids, play this for yourself.

‎”Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind side you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday.”

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