for tattooed people, and those who want to be

October 10, 2011
by infmom

Meow, Ink.

I”ve read the Moderncat blog for a long time (and I’m sure our three cats approve of this). Today I discovered that Moderncat has a new blog called CattooDesign. It is, as you can guess, a showcase for cat tattoos (I mean, human tattoos with a cat theme, not tattoos on your actual cat). One thing I really liked about the site is that they sell temporary tattoos that have a cat theme.

If you like cats and tats, please do check out CattooDesign. It’s a keeper.
Creative Commons License photo credit: issye

September 10, 2011
by infmom
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Tattoo products go mainstream

The other day, I was standing in line at the local Walgreens and looking at the array of goodies they had placed along the front counter to entice people to make impulse purchases. In among the usual candy, lip balm, toothpicks and other vastly appealing items I noticed a small display box of what looked like small tins of shoe polish.

Rocco's Old School Tattoo Healing BAlmLooking closer, I saw that the shoe-polish-style tins actually contained Rocco’s Old School Tattoo Healing Balm! I was delighted to find such a useful product in such a tempting position in the store. This just reinforced my feeling that tattoos are becoming so popular that the products one uses to help heal them aren’t just a niche item any more.

I’ve never used this product and I have no link to the manufacturers. I was just happy to see a tattoo product right out where people could grab it on their way through the Walgreens checkout. I need to go back in there one of these days and see what other tattoo related products I can find.  I’ve already mentioned that Burt’s Bees Hand Salve contains almost the same ingredients as Tattoo Goo–maybe the Tattoo Goo is there on the shelf as well.

September 2, 2011
by infmom

One million tattoos?

I recently found a book called One Million Tattoos: Designs to Create and Color at the library.  It’s targeted at the young-adult audience, and comes with a CD containing the “one million” designs. I thought it had possibilities, so I checked it out.

The “one million” is somewhat of a stretch. It counts all the possible variations on the designs, including the different ways they can be combined and the different ways they can be colored or altered.  The designs themselves are fairly standard and include old-school-style sailor flash, fairly generic tribal designs, and Asian style fish and birds, among others.

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t particularly impressed.  Of course, I am way beyond its target age range, so that probably had a lot to do with my reaction to it. There are instructions for using Photoshop and other draw/paint applications to fill in the colors and manipulate the images (which are all black and white line art) and there are some suggested combinations of the images for inspiration.

In the end, I took the book back to the library without doing much more than reading through it. I should probably have asked my teenage nieces to take a look at it, but I wouldn’t want their parents to get on my case about giving them ideas. Let’s just say I’m the only multicolored person in the family.  🙂

June 23, 2011
by infmom
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Try before you buy

I just heard about a great new resource for people who plan to get a tattoo. On this web site, you can upload your design and try it out on a photo of yourself, or on one of the site’s models. There’s a large collection of pre-made tattoos to try out, too.

You’ll need to sign up to use the site, but that’s free, and so is the tattoo try-out. Definitely worth a look!

Virtual Tattoo on

April 30, 2011
by infmom

Old ink

The Gizmodo web site had a story today, saying that a mathematician has come up with a way to predict how your tattoos will look as you and they get older.  The general assumption is that they’ll look pretty bad. (Note, that link is to the Canadian Gizmodo site, because I really prefer that interface to the new one on the American site.)

You know what? I’m 60. If I’m still around in 20 years and looking at my tattoos, I will be happy no matter what they look like.  🙂

Are you concerned about how your ink will look later on?

April 2, 2011
by infmom
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Finding flash in a Sourcebook

Yesterday I was browsing through the bookstore and noticed Tattoo Sourcebook: Pick and Choose from Thousands of the Hottest Tattoo Designs on a clearance shelf.  I was intrigued by the concept–a large, “coffee table” style book with page after page of tattoo flash, ready, says the book, to take to your favorite tattoo artist.

I browsed through the book to see what the TattooFinder web site felt worthy of publication.  I’ve visited that site, and they have a huge collection of flash of all styles and extremely variable quality.  The images are for sale, so they are copy protected by Flash animation of black bars that scroll through the designs when you click to enlarge the thumbnails (the thumbnails themselves are watermarked).  I completely understand why they do this, but it makes it difficult to see the details and decide whether you want to make the purchase.

The book was an extremely mixed bag.  Some of the artwork was very good indeed, but all too much of it was amateurish at best, and I was left wondering how intoxicated one would have to be to allow it to be applied.  Perhaps that’s why it’s on the clearance shelf.  Amazon notes that it’s “currently unavailable” but it is available through other sellers (you can click on the title of the book above to get more information on that).

I’d be interested in a sourcebook full of great art (I am still thinking of getting a bracelet done) but I don’t know if I’d buy a book whose images are so varied in quality.  Have any of you seen the book? What do you think?

March 2, 2011
by infmom

On decorations

I got my ears pierced for the first time when I was 16. Two friends and I went to the doctor’s office (which is where things like that were done in small-town 1967) and the doctor told us each that he was going to give us a shot to numb the area. Well, he didn’t. That was just so we would think the actual needle going through the earlobe was the anaesthetic shot.

We were told to bring our own earrings and they should be smooth gold balls. I wasn’t able to go shopping for my own earrings (can’t remember why, at this late date) and asked my mother to do it for me, and she paid no attention to what I’d requested and got me some cute little flower shapes instead. The doctor was dubious, but that’s all I had, so he put them in. And that, I think, is how I got my nickel allergy. My ears were crusty and oozing in no time, and I didn’t think my parents would finance another trip to the doctor (my dad had actually forbidden me to get my ears pierced because it “looked cheap”) so I had to fix the problem as best I could by taking the offending earrings out and putting, I shudder to think about this now, short lengths of nylon guitar string through the holes till they healed. Ugh.

Years later, I got a second set of ear holes, and by that time the piercing gun was all the rage (we didn’t yet know how ridiculously un-sterile those things could be) and earrings had evolved considerably, so it was possible to buy non-allergenic earrings off the rack. By the time I got the third set of ear holes done, properly, in a piercing store, the array of body jewelry available was downright amazing.

Since the first time I saw a bellybutton piercing, I’ve thought they were amazingly attractive. I just wish I wasn’t such a tubby old lady–I hate to think what a piercer would have to do to put one of those rings into my bellybutton. 🙂 The other night at the upscale mall we passed a kiosk that was just loaded with glittery, sparkly, dangly bellybutton rings and I stopped to look at them–but the kiosk girl knew just as well as I did that there wasn’t much chance of a sale there.

Still, I was curious enough to look up bellybutton rings when I got home, just to see what the prices were like. Wow, there are a lot of body-jewelry web sites out there! Ye gods, if we’d only had the internet back in 1967. 🙂 One of the sites I thought was particularly good was Fresh Trends. It’s not just for belly button rings, but that seems to be one of their specialties and the selection is amazing.

They also have a full line of tattoo aftercare products, earrings (including some cartilage-piercing earrings I’ve never seen before), rings, t-shirts, you name it. Sure wish someone would invent a time machine so I could give my teenage self some way better jewelry to start out with.

February 27, 2011
by infmom

An important change

Up till now, I’ve let people comment without registering first. But due to the flood of spam I’ve been getting lately, I’ve been forced to change the policy. Now only people who register can post.

Registering is free and you have my promise that I will never use the information you provide for any purpose whatsoever. Someone who hates spam as much as I do isn’t going to spam anyone else.

December 29, 2010
by infmom

Ancient Ink

The documentary “Ancient Ink” has been one of the more popular discussions here, and I’m very pleased to announce that the producer/writer of the show has joined the thread, and now we know where to find the show on YouTube.  You can see this discussion here.  Be sure to thank Dan for such a great show.