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.
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
Austin, TX 78751
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Every tattoo has a meaning and a story behind it. What does your tattoo reflect?
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.
This post goes out to a few fine men and you know you are, calling the kettle black. You are married to a soccer mom but somehow you think your tattoos make you a little cooler. So here's a wake up call. They don't. And I'm really tired of the industry using the term "soccer mom" to describe the mainstream popularity of tattoos amongst women of soccer mom age.
I am nearing my forties. I have two kids. I look damn good. I can think of a few other acronyms or terms to more accurately describe myself. Yet somehow this played out phrase is still be used to describe mothers and wives of our generation.
NOW it's "exciting" that soccer moms are getting tattooed. First off, most of us "soccer moms" got tattooed about twenty years ago. We just didn't have the same abundance of talent and styles that have flooded the industry. So maybe some of these hot mommies are just now covering up their old designs. Or opting for something that's actually meaningful the first time around. Ever think of that?
My oldest son plays soccer and my youngest will as well. He also took martial arts and has many other hobbies and interests. We are not a world of SOCCER moms. Just because we are moms with (your) kids, who may or may not play soccer. (Umm.. ever think of that too?) We are women, and at times like this we will roar.
So...on that note I'd like to pass the torch and start calling all middle age fathers Soccer Dads. Believe me, the trend can happen. Ladies, the next time a man calls you a soccer mom simply ask if he is a soccer dad and wait... for his reaction. We will ditch this stereotype together. Like many tired terms and phrases such as BAM! BOOM! and the word EPIC, soccer mom is destined to cease when we stop answering to it.
To all my SOCCER DADS...how many tattoos do YOU have? Leave a comment below. (And yes I must confess, considering the season I almost called you Football Dads. Almost.)
One large leap for Womankind... kick it!
Some people plan, some people dream, and other people just go with the flow. Which are you? Do you plan your tattoos? Read all about my advice on the matter here.
What does it mean to have a second chance? Does it mean you deserve better, or could have just done better the first time? Mark your new beginning with a second chance tattoo, check out my design suggestions here. And be sure to think them over twice!
All Hallow's Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Will you be trick-or-treating or decorating sugar skulls? Share your favorite Halloween tattoos- send an email to email@example.com and read more about Day of the Dead here.
As we move into the house of Scorpio, Libras may still want to celebrate their star sign with a horoscope theme tattoo. Be sure to read ideas that will keep your mind body and spirit in balance, right here.