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Tattoo 101 - Planning, Getting and Caring for a Tattoo

If you're new to the idea of getting a tattoo, there's a lot more you need to know than just what design you want to get. Here's the basics you need to learn before taking the plunge.

Tips for Getting the Best Tattoo

Ink without regret with these tips.

Complete Guide to Getting a Tattoo

If you have questions about getting a tattoo, this is where you'll find the answers.

Getting a Tattoo - The Step by Step Process

Photos and explanantions of the entire process of getting a tattoo from filling out your paperwork to walking out with fresh new ink.

Body Art Glossary

If you are new to the world of body art, you have a whole new language to learn! Get the meanings to many common words and phrases used in the body art community.

Tattoo Gallery

If you're looking for ideas for your tattoo, check out the gallery. Browse through pictures of tattoo art submitted by artists and fans from all over the world. See beautiful work from some of the best artists.

How Much Does it Really Hurt???

If you're concerned about the pain involved in getting a tattoo, let this help you set aside your fears. It helps you to put the pain into perspective and give you other things to focus on.

Embarrassing Questions!

There are some questions about getting a tattoo or piercing that are difficult, even embarrassing, to ask. But that doesn't mean they're not valid and important. Here you will find those questions asked, and answered, for you.

Should You Tip Your Tattoo or Piercing Artist?

Should you tip your tattoo or piercing artist? Find out what the professionals think about it and how you can give the best tip without spending an extra dime.

Blood Donation and Tattoos

Unfortunately, new tattoos and blood donation just don't mix. If you're considering either one in the near future, here is some food for thought.

Personal Testimonials and Experiences

Still not sure? Read these experiences and get some practical advice from other that have already "been there".

Tattoo Pain - Which Hurts More, Outlining or Shading?

Tattoo pain is a large concern for beginners, who want to know if outlining or shading hurts the most. Find out what others have said about comparing the pain.

No Pain, No Gain

Topical anesthetics like Emla cream and lidocaine are wonderful products for medical patients, but do they have any place in the tattoo industry?

Tattoos and Tanning

If you have tattoos you want to keep looking nice, you might want to think twice before you sun bathe or visit the tanning bed.

When is it Safe to Shave Again?

Stubble may be itchy and annoying, but it sure beats a wrecked tattoo from premature shaving.

Weight Fluctuation & Stretch Marks

More answers to your embarrassing questions, this week's focus is on weight fluctuation and stretch marks. How can they affect an existing tattoo, and can stretch marks be tattooed over?

Ink Chemistry - What's in Your Tattoo?

What you don't know can hurt you - from Chemistry Guide, Anne Marie Helmenstine.

Buyer Beware: Know What You're Getting

Before you get that nice Chinese or Kanji tattoo, make sure you know exactly what you're getting or you could end up red in the face.

Tattoos: No Hands, No Feet, No Face - Why?

Many studios have policies against doing tattoos on the hands, feet or face. Some artists feel strongly enough about it to turn down potential business by refusing to do this type of tattoo. But what is the big deal?

Tattoo Etiquette - A Tattoo Artist Vents About Disrespectful Clients

When a tattoo artist makes a mistake, it becomes headline news. But most tattoo artists deal with a lot of annoying clients on a daily basis and no one ever pays attention. Every now and then, an artist gets to the point where they have taken as much as they can handle and they have to vent. And in between the curse words and yelling, there are words of wisdom that all of us should take to heart. Here are some pearls of wisdom from a tattoo artist on the edge.

Flash Faux Pas and Tattoo Etiquette

Some people have become very lazy and rely too heavily on flash for choosing their tattoo design - or worse, they steal someone else's tattoo.

How to Take a Good Clean Picture of Your Tattoo

Taking a good, clean picture of your tattoo doesn't have to be difficult, but there are a lot of common mistakes people make that result in bad quality photos. Here's some tips on taking a shot of your tattoo that does the artist's work justice.

Bullsh%#! - Semi Permanent Tattoos

Despite the rumors that there is a kind of semi-permanent tattoo that only lasts a few months or years, it's nothing more than a scam.

Convincing Your Parents?

You want a tattoo or piercing really bad, but Mom and Dad say no. How can you convince them to let you get it done? Here are some helpful hints for reasoning with the folks.

What You Should Know About Ta Moko (Maori) Tattoo

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In some cases, this is true. But there are also instances when imitation is actually an insult, not flattery. Maori Ta Moko is one of those instances.

Meaning of the Irish Trinity Knot (Triquetra) Symbol

Find out what the significance of the Irish Trinity Knot (also known as a Triquetra) is and what the symbol means.

What is Om? (Aum)

What is the popular symbol known as Om (Aum) and what does it mean?

Discover the Meaning of the Irish Claddagh

Learn the meaning of the Irish Claddagh and what each part - the crown, the heart, the hands and the circle, each signify.

Top 10 Old School Tattoos

Top 10 Old School Tattoos

How to Design Your Own Tattoo

How to Design Your Own Tattoo

Cherry Blossom Tattoos Bloom with Many Meanings

Learn the spiritual and significant meanings behind cherry blossoms before you get inked.

5 Sexy Spots for a Girls Tattoo

Tattoos take on a boudoir style in peek-a-boo placement, flirtatious placement.

Top 5 Tribal Design Tattoos

Discover the top 5 tribal style tattoos and rituals throughout the world.

Cross Tattoo Styles

Get inspired and ink your faith with a spiritual and religious cross tattoo symbol.

5 Sexy Tattoo Spots for Men

Sexy tattoo placement suggestions for men.

Twilight Vampire Tattoos

Take a bite out of these eternal tattoo ideas.

Feather Tattoos

Set adrfit with a tattoo design symbolic of freedom.

Cross Tattoos

Discover the many depictions of the cross for tattoo inspiration.

Pin-Up Girl Tattoos

The history of old school pin-up models and tattoo designs.

Cameo Tattoos

Carve an eternal portrait of beauty.

Gemini Tattoo Ideas

The twins of the zodiac should think twice about a tattoo design.

Flower Tattoos

A feminine and flowery peek at tattoo meanings.

Jewelry Tattoos

Adorn your body with jewelry for all eternity.
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