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These Customers Aren’t Even Faintly Sharp



(A female and male customer walk into my tattoo parlor.)

Female Customer: “Hi, I’d like to get my lip pierced, but I’m terrified of needles. Is there anything you can do?”

Me: “Well, you could use [freezing cream] which would numb the skin and you wouldn’t feel a thing.”

Female Customer: “Hmm, I don’t think so. Just show me the needle and I’ll faint, and then you can do the piercing.”

Me: “Uh, I think that’s illegal.”

(As I say this, the female customer has apparently spotted some of our needles nearby still in their packaging, which she apparently has no problems with. Without warning, she grabs one, rips it out of its packaging and proceeds to faint on the spot. The male customer speaks up in her place.)

Male Customer: “Can’t you just do it now?”

(I proceed to call an ambulance. Thankfully the woman is fine. My coworkers and I still talk about it!)

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They Have Trouble Written All Over Them



(I own a tattoo parlor in a small section of the downtown area. I won’t tattoo anyone who is drunk, or even if I suspect they have been drinking. This takes place the day after I turned away someone who didn’t even look old enough to get a tattoo, let alone drink. They return with what appears to be a parent.)

Young customer: “That’s the b**** who wouldn’t give me a tattoo last night!”

Older customer: “Is that true?”

Me: “Yes.”

Older customer: “Well, why the h*** not?”

Me: “First, she had no ID. Secondly, she was drunk.”

Older customer: “So what? There is no excuse for you not giving her a tattoo. Haven’t you heard that the customer is always right?!”

Me: “We don’t tattoo drunk people. Also, if you have no ID, I can’t tattoo you.”

Older customer: “That’s the stupidest thing I ever heard!”

Me: “Well, I don’t know what to tell you then.”

Young customer: “Here’s my ID now, d***!” *throws the ID at me*

Me: Uh huh, so you’re sixteen, and you are who to this person exactly?”

Older customer: “Her father!”

Me: “Right. Well, I’m just going to go ahead and call the police.”

Older customer: “Do that! I’ll have you arrested!”

Me: “For what, exactly? Refusing to give your drunk underage daughter a tattoo? You do realize that her drinking is against the law, don’t you? If someone is getting arrested today, it won’t be me.”

Older customer: “I’ll teach you! I’ll kick your a**!”

(The older customer attempts to hit me, but I’ve been around long enough that I know how to defend myself. I quickly react in defense, knocking him onto his rear end, much to his shock.)

Me: “This will go one of two ways. You can get the h*** out of my parlor, or I can throw you out of it. And if I ever see either one of you around here again, the police will be the least of your worries. Am I clear?”

(The older customer grabs the younger one by the arm, and bolts. I haven’t seen them in the area since.)

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Weekend Roundup: Caught Red-Handed


Caught Red-Handed! There’s nothing quite as sheisty as customer trying to pull a fast one—and nothing quite as satisfying as catching one red-handed!

  1. Caught Red-Handed:
    A sneaky customer gets called out by another customer—who just happens to be an employee!
  2. Piercing Observation:
    Underaged customers FAIL, basic biology WIN.
  3. Caught Brown Handed:
    Proof that some trails of evidence are self-evident, salty and sticky!
  4. Tripped Up:
    If customers are gonna cry child abuse, they’d better “step” up their game!
  5. A Squeaky Clean Record:
    An employee takes it easy on a young (and very squeaky) scammer.

PS #1: check out our new Extras section, with pictures, videos, and news galore!

PS #2: Read more roundups here!

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What’s “Bad Liar” In Asian



(Two obviously underaged girls walk into my tattoo parlor.)

Girl #1: “We want to get our names in Asian writing.”

Me: “Asian writing–you mean like in kanji? It doesn’t really work that way. You’d have to get someone to translate it as best they can and then bring it in to us.”

Girl #2: “Can’t we just tell you our names and you write them in Asian?”

Me: “No, I’m a tattooer and unfortunately don’t have a second job as a translator. Also, how old are you?”

Girl #1: “I’m…16. You have to be 16 to get tattooed right?”

Me: “Only if you also have a copy of your ID and parental consent.”

Girl #2: “Uh…we don’t have our IDs. They got stolen. Can’t we just call my mom?”

Me: “No.”

Girl #1: “What if we really promise not to tell?”

Me: “No. ‘Really promise’ doesn’t exactly meet health board requirements.”

Girl #2: “There’s a board for health?”

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Piercing Observation



(I’m approached by what looks to be a teenager and a younger child.)

Teenager: “Hello. My daughter would like to get her belly button pierced.”

Me: “Did the man at the front check your ID?”

Teenager: “No.”

Me: “I’m going to have to.”

(I see that he is seventeen years old.)

Me: “Sir, this ID shows that you’re even younger then me. How old are you?”

Younger Child: “Eleven.”

Me: “So she’s eleven?”

Teenager: “Yes.”

Me: “And you’re seventeen?”

Teenager: “Yes.”

Me: “So you had her when you were six?”

*long pause*

Younger Child: “I told you it wouldn’t work, dumba**!”

16 Tattoo stories that will inspire you to get inked by Buzz Feed staffers

16 Tattoo Stories That Will Inspire You To Get Inked

We asked BuzzFeed staffers to tell us the stories behind their tattoos.


“This is my most recent tattoo and the biggest of them all. I had been wanting to get a Hamsa for the longest time but was waiting to find the perfect artist that could pull off the detail I wanted on it. The Hamsa is used in many religions and it’s believed to protect you from evil/bad energies. I think we all need some extra protection from time to time so I have this kickass tattoo to protect me day in and day out.” —Conz Preti


“There are four Rebolini siblings and we’re all close in this beautiful, annoying, and honestly probably alienating kind of way. It hasn’t always been the case — there are about four years between each of us, right now ranging from the youngest at 19 to the oldest at 32 — but as we’ve all kind of settled into our adulthood, our closeness has become more obviously important in our daily lives. We knew we wanted to get linked tattoos and settled on the suits of a deck of cards right before the youngest, Dylan’s, birthday, and were so excited that we actually tried to talk/con our way into getting it done even though he wasn’t 18. We all got ours, but when it was Dylan’s turn to get in the chair, the tattoo artist was not buying it. So he was the odd one out for a few months. Now he’s the odd one out because his (the club) is bigger than all of ours, but it works. He’s kind of biggest in character, anyway.” —Arianna Rebolini


BuzzFeed / Joel Greengrass

“I have a ‘Team Greengrass’ on my right bicep — it’s my family’s multiple sclerosis charity. I was diagnosed with MS eight years ago. My family, led by my wife Carla and oldest daughter, Aly, made the decision to becomes advocates for MS. Through MS runs, walks, rides, climbs, and mud runs, Team Greengrass has raised over $150K for MS!” —Joel Greengrass


BuzzFeed / Lara Parker

“Harry Potter was my best (and sometimes only) friend growing up. The stories had such an impact on me. No matter what happens in my life, I can always count on Harry Potter to make me feel at home again. This tattoo, as stereotypical as it is, represents the bond that I have with these books that will never be broken.


ALWAYS? Always.” —Lara Parker


BuzzFeed /Emmy Favilla

“There’s an Italian espresso maker and cup of coffee tattooed on my side. I’m an Italian-American with a father who was born in Italy, so these little stovetop espresso makers were a prominent feature in my childhood! As a tiny tot, I used to get super excited about helping my dad grind coffee beans in this old manual coffee grinder before he’d make espresso, and they also remind me of big family gatherings and my grandparents having people over for desserts and coffee. It’s both an ode to my dad and my Italian family (whom I credit for my crippling, lifelong addiction to caffeine) and to my love of delicious coffee. (PS: This sort of looks like a prison tattoo because it’s really teeny and kind of to the side of my boob, so I had to zoom in.)” —Emmy Favilla


BuzzFeed / Joe Bernstein

“It’s a partial quotation from the last line of Richard Ellman’s biography of James Joyce, which goes ‘…one of life’s celebrants, in bad circumstances cracking good jokes, foisting upon ennuis and miseries his comic vision.’ It just means that you should try to find the humor in every situation, especially bad ones.” —Joe Bernstein


“I got this after a really REALLY, really bad breakup. I needed to cover up a silly tattoo we had gotten together (yup, learned my lesson) and decided to do so with a diamond because they are unbreakable. It’s a nice reminder that if I was able to live through that and come out strong, I will be fine, no matter what.” —Conz Preti


BuzzFeed / Natasia Hanratty

“Done by Matt over at Invisible Ink, this is a depiction of the Greek myth of Apollo and Daphne. Apollo gets himself in trouble with Cupid, who has him fall madly in love with Daphne, but also has her want nothing to do with him. Apollo chases and chases Daphne until she’s finally fed up and tired of running. She asks her father (a god) for an out — he turns her into a beautiful laurel tree. Despite being a tree and never returning the feelings, Apollo continues to visit her every day and sing her songs of love on his lyre. It’s a classic story of the unrequited. I should probably also mention my first girlfriend’s name is Daphne. That might have something to do with my fascination as well.” —Natasia Hanratty


BuzzFeed / Allison Lucas

“I always wanted a tattoo but was too scared. But after having two kids, I figured I could endure anything and so I got my first tattoo at 38. I now have three, but I love the second one that I got for my 40th birthday the most. I had a consultation with a woman who is well-known for her watercolor ink, and told her what I wanted. I came back six months later (because it was actually a six-month wait!) and the sketch she made was nothing like what I wanted; apparently I told her the wrong type of flower. She ditched the carefully sketched one done in advanced, and sketched out a new design in 30 seconds. I absolutely love it.” —Allison Lucas


“I got it when I was having a rough time dealing with life. It’s John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine.’ I’m obsessed with the song, and every time I hear it I feel peaceful. It also reminds me that it’s OK to have big dreams and aspire and want more in life than to settle for something that doesn’t make me happy but I’m doing it because I believe that I have no choice…or I feel cornered or stuck.” —Tasmai Uppin


“I got it this summer. It’s my first. It consists of California poppies, lupines and blackberries, all wildflowers that remind me of the Northern California town where I grew up. I haven’t lived there in nearly a decade so this artwork (by the very talented David Wallin of 8 of Swords in Brooklyn) helps me feel connected to my beautiful rural home.” —Sandra Allen


“I’ve lived all over the world and love to travel, the anchor is both a reminder of being able to stay put in one place but also move around when wanted. The phrase is from a song and it reads ‘I travel the world.’” —Conz Preti


BuzzFeed / Joe Bernstein

“To me, LucasArts will always be the logo that I saw before Grim Fandango. They were also the company that made possible this one small moment in my life, which no one else will ever think about but which I will always remember.” Read the rest of the story here. —Joe Bernstein


BuzzFeed / Natasia Hanratty

“My grandparents had their own Polish radio talk show over in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, for many years. They both won awards for their hard work, and this microphone was on most of the plaques my family grew up seeing. My brother Tommy and I had planned on getting matching tattoos of the microphone in their honor. When he passed away, I got it in his memory along with theirs. Below it, I added his signature.” —Natasia Hanratty


“It was Friday the 13th, tattoo parlors offer $13 dollar tattoos, and with my friends we thought, Why not? So… I got the simplest yet toughest knot.” —Conz Preti


BuzzFeed / Emmy Favilla

“I have two swallows on the back of my thighs that say “love” and “luck,” respectively. A little of both is what all you need to live a satisfying life, IMHO.” —Emmy Favilla

20 Nightmare Before Christmas Tattoos You’ll Totally Want by The Huffington Post Canada

20 ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Tattoos You’ll Totally Want

There aren’t that many Christmas movies that can spur legions of fans to go out and get a tattoo honouring their undying love for their chosen film. (Except… “Bad Santa”??)

Enter all the “Nightmare Before Christmas” tattoos that start popping up all over Pinterest and Instagram around this time of year.

Unlike other Christmas tattoos—which can go horribly wrong—”Nightmare Before Christmas” fans make sure that their tats are quality and will stand the test of time.

Check out our favourite “Nightmare Before Christmas” tattoos below, and don’t be surprised if you walk away desperately wanting a Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie tat.

  • How cute are Jack and Zero?
  • Sally & Jack forever!
  • The corset really accentuates her tat
  • A thing of beauty
  • We need this tattoo ASAP
  • This person really loves “The Nightmare Before Christmas”
  • Really cute sleeve
  • This tat has all the best elements of the movie
  • Simple and classic
  • Fear the Pumpkin King!
  • This is a masterpiece
  • Lock, Shock And Barrel are rad
  • Beautiful use of colour
  • That looks like it hurt but it’s so worth it
  • All you really need is Jack
  • A fun interpretation
  • That Oogie Boogie is up to no good!
  • The happy family
  • That face, though


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Tattooing in Jewish Law by Rabbi Alan Lucas

Tattooing in Jewish Law

Though a biblical ban on tattooing remains in force, a contemporary rabbi probes the prohibition’s limits and explores the rationale behind it.


Reprinted with permission of the Rabbinical Assembly.

The prohibition of tattooing is found in the Torah: “You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves: I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:28).

It is the second part of this verse from which we derive the general prohibition against tattooing. From the outset there is disagreement about what precisely makes tattooing a prohibited act. The anonymous author of a mishnah [an individual statement in the compilation known as the Mishnah] states that it is the lasting and permanent nature of tattooing which makes it a culpable act: “If a man wrote [on his skin] pricked-in writing, he is not culpable unless he writes it and pricks it in with ink or eye-paint or anything that leaves a lasting mark” (Mishnah Makkot 3:6).tattoo

But Rabbi Simeon ben Judah disagrees and says that it is the inclusion of God’s name which makes it a culpable act: “Rabbi Simeon ben Judah says in the name of Rabbi Simeon: He is not culpable unless he writes there the name [of a god], for it is written, ‘Or incise any marks on yourselves: I am the Lord’” (ibid.).

The Gemarah [i.e., the Babylonian Talmud (BT)] goes on to debate whether it is the inclusion of God’s name or a pagan deity that makes it a culpable act.

Maimonides clearly sees the origin of this prohibition as an act of idolatry. He includes it in his section concerning idolatry and then explicitly states: “This was a custom among the pagans who marked themselves for idolatry….” But, [Maimonides] concludes that regardless of intent, the act of tattooing is prohibited (Mishneh Torah, Laws of Idolatry 12:11).

Biblical Israelites May Have Had Tattoos

Professor Aaron Demsky of Bar-Ilan University, in an article in the Encyclopaedia Judaica (“Writing”), goes even further to suggest that non-idolatrous tattooing may have been permitted in biblical times. He cites the following biblical references: “One shall say, ‘I am the Lord’s,’ and another shall use the name of Jacob, and another shall mark his arm ‘of the Lord’ and adopt the name of Israel” (Isaiah 44:5), “See, I have engraved You on the palms of my hands…” (Isaiah 49:16), and ” …is a sign on every man’s hand that all men may know His doings” (Job 37:7).

While these verses may be purely metaphoric, Demsky suggests they could be taken literally as instances of tattooing that were acceptable in biblical times. He goes on to add that A. Cowley (in his 1923 book Aramaic Papyri of the Fifth Century B.C.) showed that in Elephantine [a city in Hellenistic Egypt], slaves of Jews were marked with the names of their owners as was the general practice.

Regardless of the exact limits of this prohibition, over time the rabbis clearly extended the prohibition to include all tattooing (Tosafot commentary to BT Gittin 20b).

In our day, the prohibition against all forms of tattooing regardless of their intent, should be maintained. In addition to the fact that Judaism has a long history of distaste for tattoos, tattooing becomes even more distasteful in a contemporary secular society that is constantly challenging the Jewish concept that we are created b’tzelem Elokim (in the image of God) and that our bodies are to be viewed as a precious gift on loan from God, to be entrusted into our care and [are] not our personal property to do with as we choose. Voluntary tattooing even if not done for idolatrous purposes expresses a negation of this fundamental Jewish perspective.

As tattoos become more popular in contemporary society, there is a need to reinforce the prohibition against tattooing in our communities and counterbalance it with education regarding the traditional concept that we are created b’tzelem Elokim. But, however distasteful we may find the practice there is no basis for restricting burial to Jews who violate this prohibition or even limiting their participation in synagogue ritual. The fact that someone may have violated the laws of kashrut at some point in his or her life or violated the laws of Shabbat would not merit such sanctions; the prohibition against tattooing is certainly no worse. It is only because of the permanent nature of the tattoo that the transgression is still visible.

Removing Tattoos

New laser technology has raised the possibility of removing what was once irremovable. To date, this procedure is painful, long, and very expensive. However, it will probably not be long before the process is refined to the point where it will not be painful, overly involved, or very expensive. At such a time it might be appropriate for the [Conservative movement’s] law committee to consider whether removal of tattoos should become a requirement of teshuvah [repentance, or reversion to behavior according to Jewish norms], conversion, or burial.

Only Voluntary, Permanent Tattooing is Forbidden

The prohibition of tattooing throughout the halakhic literature deals only with personal, voluntary tattooing. With respect to the reprehensible practice of the Nazis who marked the arms of Jews with tattooed numbers and letters during the Shoah [Holocaust], the Shulhan Arukh [the authoritative 16th-century code of Jewish law] makes it clear that those who bear these tattoos are blameless: “If it [the tattoo] was done in the flesh of another, the one to whom it was done is blameless” (Shulhan Arukh, Yoreh De’ah 180:2).

Tattoos which are used in cancer treatment or any similar medical procedure to permanently mark the body for necessary life saving treatment are also not included in the prohibition against tattooing (Shulhan Arukh, Yoreh De’ah 180:3).

The prohibition against tattoos applies only to permanent marks to the skin. Therefore hand stamps or other popular children’s decorations which mimic tattoos and paint the skin in a non-permanent manner cannot be included under the prohibition of tattooing. However, l’shem hinukh (for the purpose of education), it might be appropriate for parents to make the distinction clear to their children. These also present an excellent opportunity to introduce young children to the concept that we are created b’tzelem Elokim and the implications of that concept.

Tattoos: Prohibited, But Not Cause for Exclusion

Tattooing is an explicit prohibition from the Torah. However, those who violate this prohibition may be buried in a Jewish cemetery and participate fully in all synagogue ritual. While no sanctions are imposed, the practice should continue to be discouraged as a violation of the Torah. At all times a Jew should remember that we are created b’tzelem Elokim. We are called upon to incorporate this understanding into all our decisions.

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 Achingly Beautiful Tree Tattoos

Because naturalistic tattoos are all the rage.


From majestic redwoods to picturesque cherry blossoms, trees have long been a popular tattoo choice among both men and women.

There’s something about trees that always manage to bring a certain level of tranquility to the table. When one hears the word nature, the first thing that usually comes to mind are forests filled with trees of various shapes and sizes. Trees give us oxygen to breathe, timber for our homes, food for our tables, and a cool escape from the hot summer sun.

Let’s take a look at some of the most amazing examples of tree tattoo designs and ideas.


This botanical blackwork.


Blackwork, dotwork, and an eye for detail give this piece a clean and polished look. (Photo: Wolf & Wren)

This engraved tree.


This tree was done in an engraved woodcut/etching style. A great choice for a forearm tree tat if I do say so myself. Everything from the exposed roots to the stars in the background are all done with an extraordinary eye for detail. (Photo: Dogma)

This circular forearm work.

Circular Tree Tattoo Design on Forearm by María Fernández

(Photo: María Fernández)

This tree swing.

Tree Swing Tattoo by Frank Carrilho

(Photo: Frank Carrilho)


This lovely ankle tat.
Playful Tree Tattoo Design by River

(Photo: River)

This watercolor pine.


At first glance this tree looks like a Christmas tree all lighted up for the holidays. But no, it’s just colored snow. Stunning. (Photo: Ondrej Konupcik)

This back piece.


Half the trunk can be seen originating on the ribcage while the branches make their way up the back. This whole piece reminds me of an illustration from a children’s book. (Photo: Rachel)


This sporadic trunk.


An absolutely amazing job on the tree, but what those numbers are I couldn’t tell you. Perhaps coordinates? Anyone? (Photo: Rachel)

These various species.

Tree Species Tattoo by Hongdam

(Photo: Hongdam)

This amazing palm.


If I had to guess I would say this is a queen palm. Great placement. (Photo: Wolf & Wren)

This small back piece.

Tree Tattoo on Back by Sol Art

Inspiring Christmas Tattoo Designs

Inspiring Christmas Tattoos Designs

With only a few days left for ushering the birth of baby Jesus, all of mankind is busy making preparations to celebrate the auspicious festival of Christmas and for fashion conscious ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year when they go berserk with styling themselves up. Hence, I thought it would be a wonderful idea to share some cute and inspiring Christmas tattoos designs that everyone of you pretty young gals and guys must try at least once.

Christmas is a time when people get together with friends and relatives, and hence, one must not ignore the fact that it is also the time when one must look grand and very chic. What better way to look fab other than adorning your bodies with cute Christmas tattoo designs such as those that have been presented below for my readers.

The festival of Christmas is celebrated all over the globe with pomp and gaiety and a whole lot of tattoo designs are specially tailor made by artists for such folks that love the emblems associated with it. There are a number of emblems or symbols associated like Santa, cakes, candy floss, mistletoe, stars, Christmas tree, fairies, angels, cherries and a whole lot of others. These emblems are an integral part of Christmas and cannot be forgotten when you think of getting Christmas tattoo designs inked.

The youth of today loves the art of tattooing so much so that they do not mind inking unusual designs on their bodies, but when it comes to dedicating tattoos on Christmas, there are hardly any takers that seem to be interested in getting Christmas tattoos. However, there is a chunk of population, both men and women that are crazy for this grand festival and do not mind taking a step towards inking themselves with a cute Santa or Rudolf the deer.

The post that I have written for my readers will showcase some cute and unusual Christmas tattoos that are being talked about a lot these days. There are pictures that include cute Santa Claus that are seen commonly as Santa is the most important emblem attached with Christmas. There are many variations to a Santa tattoo if one were to open his or her eyes and look beyond. From simple laughing Santa to a more hysterical one, one can try out any design as per his liking. I have selected a few Santa Christmas tattoos ideas that show the cuddly bearded man wearing a mischievous smile. There are other Christmas tattoo motifs bearing Santa that look a little out of the box, specially the one where we see a Santa with a sharp object inserted in his head. This is a darker side and a very few people like this kind of tattoo idea.

The other most famous Christmas tattoo is the one where a reindeer is seen along with massive antlers. This is one creature that occupies equal importance in celebrating this festival. From getting Rudolf the deer to reindeer sledges and figures of this animal, people can try out many designs depending on their whims.

The Nightmare before Christmas tattoos designs too would find mention in my post as these are also quite popular subjects with folks that like a dark side of celebrating this festival. There are a plethora of designs one can choose and try out. From simple Christmas trees to more elaborate Jesus motifs, parlors all across cater to your every like and dislike.

Go through the post and come back with comments to let me know if you liked it or not. Trying these tattoos will surely not disappoint you. These designs may look a little offbeat, but no doubt fabulous. Try them and do something different than the rest of the crowd!

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2. Cute Snowman Christmas tattoo design

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3. Cute Christmas tree tattoo

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4. Interesting Christmas face of a man tattoo

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5. Awesome Grinch Christmas tattoo

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6. Awesome Ralphie’s Ruin Christmas tattoo

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7. Jesus and Santa Christmas tattoos

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8. Bright and colorful Christmas tree tattoo ideas

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9. Xmas Joy Christmas tattoo

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10. Christmas tree and child tattoo designs

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11. Christmas reindeer wrist tattoo

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12. Smiling Santa Christmas tattoo ideas

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13. Inspiring Christmas tattoo in red

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14. Happy Santa Claus Christmas tattoo

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15. The last Supper Christmas tattoo

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16. Toys for tots Christmas tattoo

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17. Beautiful reindeer Christmas tattoo design

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18. Cute berry Christmas tattoos

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19. Amazing colorful reindeer Christmas tattoo

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20. Beautiful Reindeer horns Christmas tattoo

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21. Baldy Santa Christmas tattoo design

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22. Christmas reindeer leg tattoo

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How much will my tattoo cost? by Tatring

How Much Will My Tattoo Cost?

Rose tattoo on underarm
Rose tattoo on underarm | Source

Just like any other product out there, tattoos cost money. Knowing how much your tattoo will cost will help with planning for your dream tattoo.

Many factors determine the price charged by the tattoo artist for your new tattoo: Skill, reputation, artistic ability, location on the body, size of the tattoo and the detail in the tattoo.

Typically a tattoo performed in a registered professional tattoo studio or parlor, would be more expensive than the tattoo guy working out of his back room. Considering you could potentially take home a disease to accompany your crappy tattoo, paying that little bit more can certainly be worth the cost in the long run.

In general, the old adage applies that you get what you pay for. Though there’s no guarantee that the quality of the tattoo increases with its cost, at least you can ensure that you’re somewhere on the playing field.

How Your Artist Will Quote the Cost

There are two forms of pricing within the tattoo industry and your artist will quote you based on one of these methods

1. Set Price for the Whole Piece

This is often done when the customer comes in with a predetermined design and the artist can predict approximately how long it will take to complete the tattoo. For very large or complex designs that are going to be expensive, your parlor may ask for a deposit of around the first $100.

2. By the Hour

This quote will usually include the time it takes to apply the stencil as well as complete the tattoo. In some cases, if the artist has created a custom design for you, they may include some of this creative time in the price.

The minimum charge for a by-the-hour quote is always one hour, however, even if your tattoo only takes five minutes. This is because irrespective of the time it takes to tattoo you, your artist must provide new and sterilized equipment for each tattoo.

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Most Tattoo Artists Charge by the Hour

Tattoo Artist
$ Hourly Rate
Full Sleeve
Apprentice or Beginner (1-3 yrs)
$80 – $120 per hour
$800 – $1000
Solo Tattoo Artist (3-5 yrs)
$120 – $150 per hour
$1200 – $1500
Established Artist (5-10 yrs)
$150 – $180 per hour
$1500 – $1800
Teaching Artist (10+ yrs)
$150 – $220 per hour
Popular Artist
$180 +
Whatever thay want
Note: All prices quoted are in Australian dollars. Although costs throughout the world are similar, please contact your tattoo studio to get exact figures for your country. These amounts are only an estimate and should just be used as a guide.

Basic Factors for Determining the Price of Your Tattoo

Skill and Experience

This is the leading factor in determining the price a tattoo artist charges. If they have tattooed for years but have no skill, or alternatively, they have skill but no experience, they won’t be able to charge a premium price. An artist must possess both of these attributes to ask the big bucks.

Artist or Studio Popularity

Artists and studios that are popular or famous can also charge higher rates. When appointments are limited, the expense will most always go up too.

Tattoo Size and Complexity

The size of the tattoo is an essential factor when determining price. Size equals time; the larger the tattoo is, the longer the tattoo session will be. Tattoos in areas that are more challenging, and designs with complexity and lots of color will also cost more.

Studio or Artist Location

Location affects the business overheads that are incorporated into the cost of your tattoo. If the studio is in a capital city, then generally rent prices are higher. Many trendy, fashionable, and famous tattoo studios are located in expensive parts of town.

Tattooing Tools

The tools and supplies used to create your tattoo are another expense incurred by the artist and passed onto you, the consumer. Such items include ink, needles, sterilization units, inkwells, lotions, wipes, and sprays.

Custom Design

A custom tattoo designed by your favorite tattoo artist will cost more than flash or pre-designed tattoos.

Good Tattoos Aren’t Cheap and Cheap Tattoos Aren’t Good

“Backyard” or home tattooers (also called scratchers) work literally out of their garages, backyards, sheds, kitchens, and living rooms. It’s true that some very talented artists produce decent tattoos in their home studios. Notice, however, that I am talking about studios, places dedicated to tattooing work. You will be able to tell the difference between a studio and a scratcher’s den by looking out for a couple of things.

How to Tell If Your Home Tattoo Artist Is Legitimate

  1. Is the studio or workplace sanitary? This includes the benches, the equipment, the table, and the place in general. Does it look clean?
  2. Is the artist using all the equipment usually seen in a tattoo parlor?
  3. Do they wear gloves when tattooing?
  4. Can you see the sterilization station? Hint: a sterilization station should not just be a pot boiling on the stove.
  5. Where did they get their equipment? Did they purchase it from a legitimate merchant or buy it off eBay?
  6. Does the artist consume alcohol or drugs while tattooing? This is a huge red flag.
  7. Do they give only vague or confused instructions on how to take care of your tattoo?
  8. As they tattoo, do you find that it really hurts and that they’re rough with the equipment?

Now if you have the slightest of concerns, about any of the above, you need to go now! Besides getting a dodgy tattoo, you may also take home a lot more than you bargained for in the shape of an infection or even a disease.

Because they often cut corners, scratchers can offer tattoos at bargain prices. Even though you’ll save a bit (maybe even a few hundred on a large tattoo), in the end you’ll triple the money you spent by either having to cover it up or get it removed.

Spend a bit more, and by the first payday after you get inked, the pain of your poverty will disappear as you gaze at your fantastic new tattoo.

Scratchers vs. Studios

Have you been to a Scratcher and got an awesome tattoo?

  • Yes and got an awesome tattoo
  • Yes and now sport a crap ass tattoo
  • Nope, steared well clear of those folk

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Make Smart Decisions

By knowing the general standards and asking questions beforehand, you should be able to estimate the general price range of the tattoo you want

If you don’t currently have the cash to afford a decent tattoo artist, keep saving. The dude down the road will not make you happy, I promise. I’d also advise you to wait if you are under 18. Your tattoo will be forever, and when you’re 50 it won’t matter what you spent, but your crappy tattoo will still be just a crappy tattoo. That is, of course, if you haven’t died or lost your limb from a deadly tropical disease.

Just like when you buy a car, you shouldn’t buy your tattoo from the first parlor you see. Look around. See what the tattoo community is offering in the way of amazing artists. You might end up being $300 poorer, but you’ll definitely be happier over the years. Start saving. It’s not that far out of reach.

Some Example Tattoos and Their Costs (All Prices and Lengths Are Estimates)

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This tattoo is not too detailed and has a fair amount of negative (blank) skin. It took approximately 3-5 hours. Average price for a quality tattoo of this size would be $350 to $500 Australian dollars. This is a detailed, medium-sized piece in full colour that would take approximately 5 - 7 hours. The average price for a quality tattoo this size would be $650 to $800 Australian dollars. This is a full back piece that would take approximately 14 - 18 hours tattooing. The average price for a quality tattoo this size is $1000 - $1500 Australian dollars. This is a partial sleeve with intricate detail and no negative that would take approximately 8 - 10 hours. The average price for a quality tattoo this size would be $850 - $1200 Australian dollars.
This tattoo is not too detailed and has a fair amount of negative (blank) skin. It took approximately 3-5 hours. Average price for a quality tattoo of this size would be $350 to $500 Australian dollars.
This tattoo is not too detailed and has a fair amount of negative (blank) skin. It took approximately 3-5 hours. Average price for a quality tattoo of this size would be $350 to $500 Australian dollars. | Source

Is my tattoo infected? by Tatring

Is My New Tattoo Infected? What Should I Do about it?

Infected tattoo
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Infected sores on tattoo | Source

It’s been a few days since you left the tattoo studio. Your new tattoo glistened when you left. Now, it’s a totally different story. Your once beautiful tattoo is covered in scabs, oozing a strange liquid, and is daily becoming more and more distracting and uncomfortable.

Maybe this isn’t your first tattoo either and you had no trouble with your other ones. Actually, you didn’t even bother to look after your other two, and they turned out fine. So what’s going on now?

The very fact that you’re wondering if your tattoo is infected means there is a high probability it is infected, or is at least heading that way. Whatever stage your tattoo is at, you need to take action now or the consequences may not be pretty.

What Are The Symptoms of an Infected Tattoo?

Your new tattoo is essentially an open wound and is susceptible to infection because it is relatively easy for bacteria to enter the broken skin.

Here are the most common symptoms of an infected tattoo. If you’re experiencing any of these, it’s time to take action.


It’s normal for a tattoo to swell, but if you find that the swelling increases over three to five days instead of decreasing, or begins to extend past the tattoo a fair distance, there’s definitely a problem.


Your infected tattoo might feel hot to the touch. While it is normal for the tattoo to feel warm, especially for the first two days, it should not feel hot and the heat should not increase. If it’s infected, your whole tattoo and the area around it will be very hot to touch, and there will be heat radiating from within the tattoo.


Infected tattoos often have a slimy discharge oozing from them in various places; it may appear as a clear fluid with a golden color, or a thick yellow-green goo that sits within the tattoo. You might also see pus (white, yellow, or green).


Often the discharge from an infected tattoo will have a nasty smell or odor. This a sure-fire sign that your tattoo is infected.


If you’re experiencing extreme pain that increases over the 3-5 days after your tattoo, or have sharp, shooting pains from within the tattoo itself, it’s likely an infection.


Blistering is a sign of infection, and it can occur on top of the tattoo, manifesting as red, raised sores filled with body fluids. If your tattoo is bubbly or bright red, then this is a sign of infection.

Increased scab size

Due to above-normal levels of discharge, the scabs on your tattoo may appear thick and bulbous and have a yellow and green crust. Some light scabbing, however, is normal.

Fever and lethargy

If you have a fever or feel lethargic and these symptoms are unrelated to other illnesses, then it’s likely your body is working overtime to fight the infection coming from your tattoo. Fever is actually one of the surest signs of infection, even if your temperature is only slightly elevated.

Redness or streaking

If your tattoo or the skin around it is extremely red, you likely have an infection. If you see thin red lines radiating from your tattoo, you should go to the doctor immediately as streaking can be an early sign of blood poisoning.

Quick Reference: Symptoms of Infection

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Swelling increases after two days and extends past the tattoo
The tattoo feels hot/angry inside and out
Oozing yellowish-green pus
The discharge often smells foul
Increasing or extreme discomfort in the limb and around tattoo
Raised red bumps filled with liquid
Increased scab size
Scabs are large due to excess discharge
Fever and lethargy
This is a sign the body is fighting an infection
The most common symptoms of an infected tattoo. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you need to act now.

What Do I Do if My Tattoo is Infected?

If you believe an infection is present, you should get to the doctor as quickly as possible. Your doctor will, in most cases, advise further wound care and prescribe an antibiotic or a steroid for you to use. This could either be in pill or cream form.

Along with your doctor’s visit, you should do the following:

  • Before doing anything, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water and dry on a clean towel or air dry.
  • Wash all the excess fluid and pus off the tattoo with warm water. Avoid keeping your tattoo wet for too long, and use an antibacterial wash or soap. Use only your hands to wash the tattoo and not a cloth.
  • Rinse your tattoo with a gentle salt water solution. Dissolve approximately 1 – 2 tablespoons of salt in about a liter of warm, sterile water (that you have boiled and cooled) and gently rinse your tattoo.
  • Do not scrub at the scabs, but gently wash away foreign particles and extra fluids. Forcing scabs off will almost certainly damage your tattoo.
  • Very sparingly, pat dry using a cloth without fluff particles or let it air dry.
  • Make sure it dries completely.
  • Apply any ointments prescribed by the doctor or pharmacist as directed.
  • Wrap your tattoo in specially designed non-stick gauze when the tattoo is in a dirty environment. Also, wrap it when the tattoo wound is moist, when sleeping, and when you’re wearing clothes that may rub and irritate your healing tattoo.
  • Be sure your tattoo gets time to air-dry in a clean place.
  • Try to keep your tattoo as dry as possible, except during the treatments your doctor has prescribed for you.
  • Protect your tattoo from sunlight as much as possible.

I Looked After My New Tattoo, So Why Did I Still Get An Infection?

There are many reasons that your tattoo may have become infected, in some cases, it’s just a case of bad luck.

There are some other common causes for infection too:

  • Touching the tattoo with dirty hands (usually by accident).
  • Using too much aftercare cream and creating a moist environment where bacteria thrive.
  • Knocking or hitting your new tattoo and causing wound trauma, or not resting the limb and excessively exercising right after getting the tattoo.
  • The presence of other diseases or illnesses can slow healing.
  • Fluff from clothing or bed linen, or other foreign bodies like dirt or grime getting into the open tattoo.
  • Cross-contamination between other infected fluids can cause infection. Opened and pre-used aftercare creams and ointments can contain bacteria and germs from a prior user.
  • A weakened immune system due to excessive drinking, lack of sleep or rest, drugs, or bad diet can lead to infection.
  • Low blood flow to the wound can impede healing. This can be caused by excess swelling of the tattoo tissue.
  • The artist used contaminated equipment or ink.
Swollen, infected foot tattoo
Swollen, infected foot tattoo

What Will Happen to My New Tattoo After the Infection Heals?

The end result for the tattoo depends on how severe the infection is and whether thick scabs, blisters, or sores have appeared.

Fading of color or design is the most common result, though in particularly nasty circumstances the tattoo will develop scar tissue. In rare cases, people have lost limbs due to infected tattoos.

Should I Talk to My Tattoo Artist?

Your infected tattoo is not the responsibility of the tattoo artist or studio. Technically, the studio was only responsible for what happened while you were being tattooed and they have no obligation to fix or re-do your tattoo.

The only situation in which the artist might have a legal obligation to fix an infected tattoo is when you have proof that you were tattooed in unsanitary conditions andproof that you correctly performed the aftercare recommended by the tattoo artist. But really, would you let them touch you again? A better option might be giving the health department a quick call so you can save another person the stress you’re now experiencing.

Why Should I Contact the Studio?

The studio may be able to provide you with information relevant to your healing issue. If you’re lucky, they may offer to fix any color distortion or fading for free or at a reduced price.

Contacting them also informs the tattoo artist that you’re experiencing a problem. Since you’re essentially a walking advertisement for their work, odds are that they want you to look as good as possible. If you never tell them that something’s wrong, they won’t be able to help fix it.

Rose, and rosary ankle tattoo for women

Rose, and rosary ankle tattoo for women | Source

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Whatto Do when your tattoo is scabbing by Tatring

What to Do When Your Tattoo Is Scabbing

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Rockerbilly couple with pitbull drinking tea

Is Scabbing on a New Tattoo Normal?

The short answer is yes. Tattoos are not necessarily supposed to scab, though it is completely normal for them to do so. If you’re wondering what to do about them, don’t do anything! The best thing you can do is simply let the scabs fall off on their own, which they will do 99% of the time.

As Your Tattoo Heals, You Need to Avoid:

  • Picking at the scabs
  • Accidentally knocking a scab off—this often happens after you get out of the shower while they’re a little soft. You should be especially careful of drying them too vigorously or rubbing ointment on them while they’re in that state.
  • Scratching the tattoo (no matter how bad you want to!)
  • Submerging the tattoo in water for prolonged periods of time (like swimming)

How Scabs Protect a Tattoo:

Many people will experience scabbing as part of the healing, sealing, and drying process of getting a tattoo, which damages the skin and causes a wound just like other kinds of abrasions. As the abrasion heals, your skin might form scabs, which are crusty, crumbly coagulations of blood or plasma.

Don’t pick the scabs! The scab serves the valuable purpose of protecting the wound from bacteria while white blood cells work vigorously underneath to kill any germs that get through the crusty layer. White blood cells also help heal and repair the new skin forming underneath. Eventually the scabs will crumble and fall off, exposing the freshly healed, healthy skin underneath and your amazing, newly inked tattoo. The size and thickness of your scab will determine the length of the healing process.

Picking off the scabs can cause the color to fade and keeps the tattoo from healing properly. You don’t want that, do you?

That said, huge bulbous scabs are not good for your tattoo, and knocking or picking a scab off too early can cause your tattoo to lose its color and or possibly cause scarring. After paying hundreds of dollars for your piece of art, watching it wash down the sink can be heartbreaking!

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Tattoo Scabbing on new tattoo
Tattoo Scabbing on new tattoo

Scabbing on a Tattoo Does Not Mean You Have an Infection

Scabs are not an indication that your tattoo is infected. Though an infected tattoo will likely have scabs, it will also weep fluid, be hot and painful to the touch, and look red.

If you suspect your tattoo is infected, you should go to the doctor. In most cases you will be prescribed an antibiotic to help fight the infection.

Note: The information in this article is not intended to treat infected tattoos.

How to Prevent Scabs and Infection On Your New Tattoo

What to Do When You Get Home

  • Once you’re home and in a clean environment, it is critical that you thoroughly clean your tattoo. This will help prevent scabs from forming.
  • Take the wrap off your tattoo and let it air out for about thirty minutes.
  • Then, using an antibacterial foam or natural soap, lather a decent amount in your hand and gently wash your tattoo in a circular motion. Note: DO NOT USE a washcloth, sponge, or brush to wash your tattoo. This could rip it apart. Only use your hand. It’s the perfect tool for the job!
  • Rinse thoroughly with gently flowing warm water until all the fluid is gone.
  • After washing your new tattoo, allow it to air dry somewhere clean and away from the sun (not the dusty, dirty old shed, for example) for about 45 minutes or until the skin starts to feel dry. Don’t let your tattoo get too dry, however, since that could make it crack.
  • Once it’s dry, apply a small amount of aftercare cream. Don’t overdo it! An enormous contributor to scabs staying on tattoos for too long and not falling off naturally is the application of too much aftercare cream. This keeps the skin too moist and prevents the scabs from drying out enough to fall off. You might also facilitate the growth of bacteria.
  • The most important thing you can do to make sure your tattoo heals properly is to keep it clean. That means not letting anything dirty touch it. Dirty hands, clothing, and other surfaces harbor bacteria.

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How to Care for Your New Tattoo Over the Next Couple of Days

Once the tattoo artist has finished and wrapped your tattoo, you become fully responsible for the aftercare of your tattoo. If you take care of it properly, you may never have to deal with a scab. Here are some ways that you can make sure you end up happy with your healing process:

  • Talk to your artist about what you need to do to maintain your tattoo. They know the best healing techniques for their form of tattooing.
  • Particles, fluff, and other debris from clothing and bed linen can rub into your new tattoo for the first few days after you get it, often causing infection. Your tattoo artist might recommend that you wrap your tattoo when wearing clothes over the tattoo or at night. I was advised to do this for the first three to five nights, and found that my tattoo healed very quickly.
  • Let your tattoo air dry after washing it or showering, gently massaging in your aftercare cream before it gets too dry (to the point where it might crack). If you must use a towel, gently pat the tattoo, and do not rub it.
  • If scabs have formed, do not apply aftercare cream to them. Bacteria will begin growing in the moist scab, possibly resulting in infection. Scabs need to dry so they can eventually crumble off.
  • Keep your tattoo out of the sun.
  • Make sure your tattoo doesn’t get stuck to your clothes or your sheets. This could mean that you need to wear different style of clothing for a little bit while the tattoo heals, and that you need to sleep in a different position.
Large scabbing on tattoo
Large scabbing on tattoo

What to Do About Extremely Thick, Dense Scabs

Resist picking scabs from the tattoo even if the scabs are large and dense. As the scabs heal, the ink they contain will often leach back into the skin where it belongs.

However, if your tattoo is one to two weeks old and you still have enormous scabs, there are some measures that you can take:

  • Only using the palm of your hand and using a generous lather of soap, gently massage scabs for a few sections while in the shower. Keep in mind that this process is very risky and should only be done in small increments and at your own discretion.
  • Allow the scab to absorb some water while in the shower or while washing your tattoo and it will gradually lift at the edges as it dries.
  • You can also help thin out extremely thick scabs by laying a clean washcloth laid over the tattoo for a short period of time. The scab’s edges will gradually lift as it dries. Please be careful when doing this because you can make things worse if you are too rough, leave the washcloth on too long, or if you approach the process incorrectly.
  • Your tattoo will be given its best chance to heal correctly by maintaining a good balance between wet and dry.
  • If your tattoo feels hard and cracked, apply a tiny amount of aftercare cream. Wipe off any excess tattoo aftercare cream with a soft, damp, clean cloth.
Back tattoo on women
Back tattoo on women | Source
Infected and swollen tattoo on foot
Infected and swollen tattoo on foot