Search by State for Tattoo and Piercing Studios
Ok so you're ready to take the plunge and get a tattoo. So, the big question is "Where can I go to get the best design?" Well, there are lots of places to get a great tattoo. We have put together a comprehensive directory of Tattoo shops, Tattoo Artists, Body Piercing shops and more. Search our nationwide directory to find the best Tattoo shop in your area.
A great tattoo shop will have a tattoo book of their work available. In addition to looking through their selection of tattoos in their portfolio, each tattoo shop should have their state certification displayed prominently.
Also, look for qualities like cleanliness and their policy on new needles. Many shops will post their artist's hepatitis immunization records. Before you decide on a shop, hang out for awhile and watch them work. Be sure that all ink, needles, and supplies are stored separately and that they are always new.
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Happy Thanksgiving 2013
One of my favorite quotes is "You have never truly lived until you have done something for someone that can never repay you."
This quote expresses giving. And on the receiving end, it conveys the emotion of gratitude and hopefully instills the virtue to have a grateful heart.
Although we all have family, some of which we are close to, some we avoid, and some we gather with those few times a year around a feast in which we catch up on happenings and idle gossip, it is our daily life that reveals mostly the influence that we make on humanity as a whole. Read more about how a tattoo can represent your thanks right here, and get inspired to share your virtues in ink.
Shanghai Kate Tattoos Marks Her Spot on Mountain Dew's Top Ten Tattoo Parlors
I don't know about you but Mountain Dew has never let me down. Not that I drink it much, but when I do I know what to expect. There's really nothing quite like a Mountain Dew, and although this blog is not to profess my love for the beverage but rather help build their credibility I will say my statements are not falsified.
We all know Mountain Dew has got it going on, so I'm not surprised in the least that Mountain Dew's very own Green-Label blog scoured the United States for the Top Ten Tattoo Parlors and added Miss Shanghai Kate Hellenbrand's Austin shop to their elite list.
Known as one of the first female tattooists and the Godmother of Tattoos, Kate's Austin shop is packed with lots of love, tattoo history and her passion for the art and its roots. Her backyard is natural and serene, and her shop walls are filled with collections from Kate's travels and years of work in the tattoo industry.
To this day, Miss Shanghai Kate is still tattooing and sharing her art within this abode when she isn't out exploring the world, inking her mark in another country on another soul.
Alas, it is here in Austin that her shop is recognized as one of the best by the happy, pepped up and creative forces behind corporate Mountain Dew. Who knows who cast the votes?
They could be young and hip, distinguished and mature, or just a tasteful badass at heart? (This could be me.) They may have twenty tattoos, they may not have any tattoos, but they know a few things about being definitive, and I'm glad they recognized Kate for her years of service and loyalty to the art and craft, specifically Old School Tattoos from her early training with legendary Sailor Jerry, a.k.a. Norman Keith Collins.
If you are in Austin, stop by her shop and get a tattoo, or pick up a copy of the Tattoo Nation DVD, amongst other rare and collectible Sailor Jerry original stencils. You can also check out my virtual tour of Kate's shop by clicking this link here.
When you want the real deal, some people, places and things are just uncomparable. I'm glad Mountain Dew understands that. Aren't you? Where would the world be without (their) jolts?
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Contact the shop and set up an appointment here:
4405 Guadalupe St
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Remove Your Tattoos and Regrets with Picosure by CynoSure
I will likely regret this post. First, no one really likes being compared to a pastry. Except perhaps the Bagel Heads. In case you missed those, you can read more about Bagel Heads and their extreme and short-lived body modification here.
Rather I may regret this because discussing tattoo removal methods is sort of bad for business so to speak. However, not all decisions in life are sensible. Sometimes we just go with the flow and do what feels right. As is the case with this rambling and its subject matters, laser tattoo removal and actress Hayden Panettiere.
In addition to the main reason that I may regret this post, I will also make a formal apology and offer my regrets for always thinking about pastries when I read Hayden's last name. I will also admit I really do not know who she is. I have not watched the Heroes sitcom nor movies in which she has starred, yet every time I see her name in the headlines I immediately think of a French patisserie.
It could be the spelling. Patisserie and Panettiere are not too far off.
Which leads me to my third point. Which is of Hayden's regret, not my own. Many years back, Hayden had the Italian phrase "Vivere senza rimipianti," tattooed on her forearm. Which translates to "live without regrets." Except there is an extra "i" before the" p" in Rimpianti, which means the word no longer spells regrets. And unless you speak Italian who the heck knows what, if anything, it spells. Which is really the larger problem.
For years Hayden played it cool. She made no apologies other than accepting life for life, misspells and mistakes and all, staying true to her no regrets mantra. But times have changed and tattoo removal methods have become much more advanced, and now Hayden's no regrets are playing a major disappearing act.
The latest on the market is Picosure from CynoSure, and according to their claims, "Picosure from Cynosure is the new and hottest 'treatment' on the market today and in no time, has gained a Hollywood following, because of its rapid speed. This FDA-approved laser is the first significant improvement in the treatment of tattoos in over 20 years by delivering ultra-short pulse bursts of energy to the skin in trillionths of a second. It not only cuts down the number of treatments by more than half (6-9 treatments instead of 12-18), it works on stubborn blue and green inks, colors notoriously hard to erase."
I will not advise that you get a tattoo unless you love it. I will not advise you remove a tattoo unless you are unhappy. I will not advise you to cover a tattoo unless you have a very good artist and a plan. And I will not advise that you trust any artist in the spelling of your permanent mark. Measure twice, cut once. Patisserie. Panettiere. You get the point.
You can learn more about this removal method here. Just in case.
...Burying my head back under the blankets, and dreaming about a chocolate filled croissant.