With more and more of the general population getting tattooed, there’s always the thought of how body art will look as people age. This question is answered through photographs of senior citizens who’ve partially stripped down and show us how their tattoos are faring in their twilight years. Some of the ink quality is better than others, of course, but a lot of what we see still is recognizable and looks relatively sharp on their aging skin. These images give you an idea of how your own tattoo(s) might mature, especially if you take good care of yourself.
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Whether you realize it or not, you probably thrive off change. Renewing your identity by switching up your look can work wonders to energize your life and help you pull yourself out of a depressive slump. Change your hairstyle, buy some new clothes and consider exploring the world of temporary body art.
If you’re caught up in a new phase, you may feel tempted to get a permanent tattoo to go with your fresh outlook on life. However, it’s important to consider that you could always change your mind, so first going with a temporary tattoo is a much better option. At some point in the future, you might go through a stage in your life where you want to shed everything from the past. Whether or not you will feel this way is difficult to predict, so it’s always better to refrain from making permanent changes to your physical appearance.
There are some people who enjoy the pain of getting a tattoo and others who shy away from the practice because of it. If you’re one of the latter, you will be pleased to know that temp tattoos are completely pain free, and they often look and feel quite similar to the real thing.
If your only experience with temporary tattoos is with the cheap prizes that came out of cereal boxes when you were a kid, it’s time to open your mind. Temporary tattoos have come a long way since those days, and they are now perfect for adults as well as kids. You can now find beautiful temporary tattoos in just about any design imaginable.
Temporary tattoo designs have improved, but they still function in pretty much the same way they always have. Simply press the tattoo design into your wet skin and then carefully remove the transfer paper. When you’re ready to remove the design, scrub your skin with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol, or just let the tattoo slowly flake off on its own.
If you’re interested in trying temporary tattoos, browse the Internet. There are many different sites that offer a large selection of them at affordable prices, allowing you to collect many different designs. This way, you will always have a body art option to suit your current mood.
Temporary tatts give you options when it comes to expressing your personality. Not only can you match your body art to your hair and makeup, but you can also express a completely new you each and every day. If nothing else, sporting a temporary one for a short time may help you decide if you would like a permanent tattoo in the future.
Freelance artist and author Molly Pearce is a lover of fashion and always looking to share the scoop on the latest trends. She also appreciates the artful creativity of today’s temp tattoos and views fresh designs on the web at tattooyou.com.
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People choose to get inked up for variety of reasons. They’re not always good reasons, but hey, some folks just aren’t good at making rational choices when it comes to permanent body ink. Aside from some unfortunate alcohol-induced decisions, most tattoos are chosen based on their individual meaning and what they symbolize.
Tattoos Have Coded Meanings
Criminals are infamous for being “tatted up,” but have you ever wondered what all those letters and numbers mean? What about the tattoos that just look like random shapes or symbols? Welp, criminal tattoos are far from random, and their coded meanings can be pretty disturbing.
Criminals frequently adorn themselves with tattoos that symbolize their affiliation to certain gangs. In fact, many gangs have specific tattoos that all members are required to get as a sign of their permanent loyalty. In prison, particular markings can help inmates spot fellow gang members in order to increase their presence within the prison walls.
The problem with tattoos is that they’re permanent, so even if someone is fortunate enough to put their dark past behind them, they’re always going to be branded as an outlaw or former gang member. Here is a list of tattoos that might as well spell out “criminal.”
1. The Teardrop
A teardrop just below the corner of the eye is tattooed to show that the wearer has killed someone. Some criminals have multiple tear drops to represent multiple victims — yikes! Some criminals have an alternate explanation for their tear drops, but assigning another meaning to a tattoo might just be an attempt to cover up their murderous past.
2. AB Or 12
The letters AB and the number 12 symbolize affiliation to one of the nation’s most dangerous prison gangs — the Aryan Brotherhood. AB clearly stands for Aryan Brotherhood, and the more subtle number, 12, symbolizes the first and second letters of the alphabet — A and B.
3. HH Or 88
These tattoos symbolize white supremacy and the honor of Adolf Hitler, whose ideologies are still admired by countless racist criminals. HH stands for Heil Hitler, and since H is the eighth letter of the alphabet, 88 holds the same meaning. Swastika tattoos are also a symbol of loyalty to Hitler’s cruel philosophies.
EWMN stands for “Evil, Wicked, Mean, Nasty.” These tattoos are frequently given in prison. The placement of this tattoo varies, but the letters are commonly inked across the inmates knuckles of their dominant hand so it’s the last thing someone sees before they get knocked out.
5. Three Dots
Three dots in the shape of a triangle represent the saying “My Crazy Life,” or “Mi Vida Loca.” This tattoo is often a sign of Hispanic gang affiliation, and is usually placed beside the eye, or on the top of the hand between the thumb and pointer finger. This pattern is also said to symbolize the Holy Trinity, but this explanation may just be a way for them to hide their gang affiliations.
666 is a number sequence which represents evil. It’s known as “The Number of the Beast,” and is often associated with Satan. Those with 666 tattoos are proudly proclaiming their worship of the devil and their desire for anarchy.
7. SUR 13
Inked felons who sport tattoos reading, “SUR 13” are members of the Sureños , a Southern California gang controlled by the infamous Mexican Mafia. The SUR stand for Sureños, meaning southerners in Spanish, and 13 represents the letter M, the 13th letter of the alphabet.
8. MS 13
MS-13 tattoos are found on members of the Mara Salvatrucha, a gang that’s notorious for extremely violent and ruthless criminal behavior. MS stands for the gang’s name, and the 13 represents the letter M, just as it does in SUR 13 tattoos.
9. Five Dots
The five dots is a pattern known as a quincunx, in which four outer dots form a square, and the fifth dot is positioned in the center. This tattoo represents a criminal’s time spent behind bars, with the outer dots symbolizing the four prison walls, and the inner dot representing the inmate. Like the three dots tattoo, the five dots are often inked onto the top of the hand in between the thumb and pointer finger.
For decades, the coded meanings of certain tattoos remained confidential, only known by the criminals themselves. However, with so many well-established gangs, and an increased interest in the study of criminal activity, this information is now available to all. Knowing the hidden meanings of these various tattoos can help you instantly spot dangerous individuals.
What if you’re on a date and notice the person you’re with has five dots tattooed on their hand? Hello, jail time! No need to background check that person, their criminal record is permanently inked onto their hand. Luckily, now you know the meanings of these tattoos, and you can stay far, far away from anyone who has them.
Ashley Welter is a blogger from San Diego, CA. She specializes in writing about crime and gang violence.
Dressing with style and flair can be a challenge when you are not quite sure how to dress for your tattoos. Whether you want to show them off or keep them covered, these fashion tips for looking your best.
Showing It Off
If you are dressing for spring or summer, the best thing you can do is to make sure all of your tattoo is visible. If you wear something that covers it partly, it will look, strange or uneven. By allowing your entire tattoo to show, it will become a part of your outfit.
You should also consider how that tattoo would look next to the colors in your clothing. If you have very heavily patterned and colorful tattoos, you may want to stick to a basic color scheme with your clothes and allow your tattoos to be the pop of color in your wardrobe. More muted tattoos can be dressed up with colorful and funky clothes.
Covering It Up
If you are going to an event where it’s essential you cover your tattoos, you have several options available, depending upon the location of your tattoo. If the tattoo is on your foot or ankle, you will need to wear shoes or boots that cover it.
Slouchy cowboy boots are very cute when paired with the right summer dress and they make sure your foot, angle and calf tattoos are covered. If the tattoo is on your upper leg, you can wear pants to cover it. If the event requires a dress, wearing leggings under the dress is also a good option.
For tattoos on your arms, a shrug or light sweater is an excellent and stylish way to cover your tattoos for a more formal occasion. These usually look nice with both spring and summer dresses, which may be sleeveless or short sleeved.
If you absolutely must, you can always try a cover cream to cover your tattoo. Make sure you get a high quality cream that will not rub off as the day goes on. Take the cream with you for when you need to apply it more than once.
Looking your Best
No matter how many tattoos you have, there are certain style tips that still apply to everyone. You should always wear clothes that fit well. This will go a long way toward making you look comfortable and confident in your own skin.
Think about ways you can accent your tattoo if the occasion is right. A shorter top paired with low cut waist jeans can show of your belly tattoo. A sleeveless shirt is perfect to show the tat on your upper arm. A pair of sandals and a sexy skirt does justice to ankle and calf tattoos.
When showing off your tattoo, be careful not to overdo it with accessories. Some simple, low-key accessories will make your tattoo the best bling you’re wearing.
Jessica Bosari is a blogger and web copy writer for New Look Laser Tattoo Removal, a tattoo removal salon that can help you remove tattoos you don’t want to show off.
Most people know of Don Ed Hardy solely for his clothing designs. Many, because of this, despise the name Ed Hardy as numerous celebrities such as the cast of the Jersey Shore both enjoy and promote his clothing. It’s thought to be a bit presumptuous and audacious, being worn by “Guido’s”, UFC fanatics, and muscle heads alike when they prepare for a night on the town.
But thinking of Ed Hardy solely for his clothing designs is like thinking Marky Ramone only ever made Marinara Pasta Sauce. It could be forgotten that before his venture into sauces, he was a leader in the punk rock and heavy metal scene. Fighting the system, raising hell, and a proponent for anarchy. Literally once being respected for his hard-core nature and music, while now he is having his image used for nothing more than a gimmick and marketing ploy to sell pasta sauce.
Selling Out Or Cashing In
You can’t blame an artist for cashing in, especially when numerous have failed before, and their time has been spent building up a reputation for themselves. If success were looming overhead, who would not reach out for it? There is the common saying, “a starving artist,” but is that supposed to continue indefinitely? Must artists continually starve to stay true to their convictions and to be respected by others?
Countless examples could be given in this realm. People often badmouth Bill Gates and Microsoft. But Bill Gates started from nothing in a garage, and donates more money now than the next richest 10 people under him combined. But he is criticized continually for his success, and for Microsoft having a monopoly on operating systems. I hear people say how they hate John Adams beer, as they pretend to be a small brewery and did not stay true to their microbrewery nature. But John Adams was a president and patriot first, while now his name is synonymous with a generic beer.
The point is that it takes very little for people to turn on something that was once respected and loved because they no longer agree with how things are done. Forgetting what made that person famous; the struggle, hard work, and mental capacity that was required for them to succeed. Now that’s not to say that their points aren’t valid, but at least pay the respect when it is due. A single wrong should not overshadow everything positive that made them a success initially.
The Artist Don Ed Hardy, Not The Clothing Designer
Don Ed Hardy was born in Laguna Beach, California in January of 1945. He attended the San Francisco Art Institute and graduated with his Bachelors in Fine Arts in Printmaking.
In 1973, Hardy studied classical tattooing in Japan under the renowned Japanese Tattoo artist Horihide. Because of this study, the Japanese tattoo aesthetics and technique can easily be noticed in his works, both in his paintings as well as his clothing designs.
Hardy has published over 25 books on alternative art, which is what he specializes in. Hardy and his wife formed Hardy Marks Publications in 1982, which published his 5 book series Tattootime. Though, starting in the 1960s, he moved away from tattooing and focused more on other art forms, such as printmaking, painting, and drawing.
Mayor Jerry Brown also appointed him to the Oakland city Cultural Art Commission in 2000. This fact should help to dispel the idea that Hardy is simply a clothing designer, that he actually has merits in the art world.
In the end, I can’t help but agree with the critics about the clothes Ed Hardy puts out, as well as the certain celebrities chosen to endorse their products. But this terrible turn in his legacy, which has only been around for a few years, should not take away from the achievements of his past.
It is a sad thing that Don Ed Hardy himself didn’t step in to say, “No, no I don’t really want to be associated with celebrities such as The Situation. No, I don’t care to be advertised next to TapOut clothing at the next UFC Event.” Even Abercrombie and Fitch purposely paid “The Situation” to not wear their clothes as his image was a detriment to theirs, as they realized he’s really not a good role model or endorser for their products.
It would have been “nicer” to see less audacious clothes being made, but again, would that have sold? There’s a reason people hate the Ed Hardy line, and that’s not only because a few bad apples sport the brand, but that it is so prolific. As though unless your arms are so big you can’t touch the back of your neck, you shouldn’t be wearing these fancy t-shirts.
But many things can be used to sell an idea, though the best tactic of all is selling with actual money. It’s unknown how much Ed Hardy has made from his clothing line, but you can rest assured its more than all the tattoos, paintings, and books he has sold combined. You can shout and scream “sell out” till your face turns blue, but it’s unlikely Hardy will be able to hear you in the keep of his castle, and even less likely he would care if he did.
After all, he’s selling clothing, the style of which made him famous to begin with. It’s the same logic where people say guns kill people, when actually people kill people. Hardy makes clothes that disreputable people happen to wear, the clothes don’t make them disreputable. So next time you see a gorilla head acting a fool and wearing one of Ed Hardy’s shirts, don’t blame Don Ed Hardy for his behavior. Because in the end, you can hate the game, but there’s no need to hate the players.
The author of this article was Damien S. Wilhelmi, an avant-garde SEO agent and content creating guru. If you enjoyed this article, you can follow me on twitter @JakabokBotch. I am writing on behalf of 15th Street Studios who have on display some of the best paintings in Colorado, some even by Don Ed Hardy himself. They are the premier Boulder Art Gallery in Colorado.
When you are thinking of getting a tattoo you are likely to encounter the same advice time and time again. People will always tell you that you need to think carefully about what you are going to get because it will be with you for the rest of your life. However, it is important to build on this relatively superficial advice that many people just find irritating because it has become so throw-away.
Perhaps the first thing you need to think about in terms of the suitability of your tattoo design relates to how specific it is to your current circumstances in your personal life. It is an unfortunate fact of life that things that seem certain at any given time later seem much more uncertain and sometimes cease to be the case altogether.
For instance, getting the name of your current girlfriend or boyfriend tattooed on your arm may seem like a great idea at the time and an even better idea when you get married, but if things change later on then these tattoos can become a painful reminder of something you’d rather not have a permanent physical memorial to.
Is it worth thinking of something that stands as a metaphor for how you feel about your current girlfriend or boyfriend rather than getting their name? Sometimes using metaphors and images that can be manipulated in terms of their interpretation is a better idea because it enables you to show off something very personal but the sentiment behind the tattoo does not have to be as permanent as the ink itself.
Another thing that you ought to think carefully about in order to make sure that you remain pleased with your tattoo further down the line has to do with originality. Is your design something that countless other people have or countless other people are likely to have in time? If the answer to this question is yes then it is worth having a re-think. Sometimes the proliferation of a certain design makes individual examples of that design less special.
Of course, you may decide that even a very common design is just perfect for you because it fits your personal style and tastes and it conveys a message that you relate to. In this case, it is obviously fine to go ahead with your design – although it may be worth seeing if you artist can find a way to make it your own so that you retain a sense of originality even if the idea is a prevalent one.
Author Byline: Lorraine Dawson enjoys writing articles on body art, often writing articles for Killer Ink Ltd.
I love that Kao Lee can take an image of a person and turn it into a beautiful work of art. Her work inspired me enough to inquire if she could design a tattoo for me. It never went any further than an inquiry, but I fully intend to own an original Kao Lee piece some day. Until then, I will adore from afar.