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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Never Alone Tattoo Designs and Ideas
As I was scrolling through reader inquiries over the past several days I came across the internal search "Never Alone."
Now of course I was a little paranoid at first. I dead bolted the doors, drew the curtains, and even reached for some tinfoil. Until I realized of course, that was taking paranoia just a bit too far. (And let's face it, tinfoil is expensive.)
Instead, it is much more likely one of my readers was hoping to find a tattoo design inspiration with the message that THEY are not alone.(Right?)
So I sat down on my bed, after checking under it twice, and I got to thinking.
Footprints in the Sand
The Footprints Prayer
One night I had a dream...
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me.
The Lord replied, "My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.
This is such a lovely prayer that reaffirms faith in what you can't see. Whether you care to tattoo a brief line (not the whole story please) or perhaps add replica prints of your own children's feet, I have posted this poem for inspiration.
(And because whoever is watching me...darn well better be taking good care, and plan on taking me to the beach. Just sayin'.)
Image credit Danielle Coello
Breast Tattoo Considerations
Are you considering a breast tattoo? Certainly one of the most feminine spots on the female form, you've likely already weighed any benefits or cons in tattooing your breast. Should you need a little lift in the right direction, these basic design ideas are perfect for the girls! Read more here...
Here Comes Love, Here Comes a Tattoo, Then Comes a Baby...Now What?
Did you wait to get a stomach tattoo until after children, or did you heed some common advice with a carefully placed lower stomach design? Take a look here.
Should He Pierce His Nose?
I love mail! Send me your questions at email@example.com, and read my advice to a Nebraska man seeking opinion on love, intimacy, and body piercings right here....Big or small...I answer them all. (Not every letter can be published. Due to the overwhelming amount of mail I receive, please expect delays.)
How Far Do You Travel to Get a Tattoo?
Will you take a plane? Ride a train? Travel by foot? How far is too far, or is there no such thing? Read more here...