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THE BEST & MOST REALISTIC BNG | COLOR TATTOOS IN LAS VEGAS.

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The best color tattoos in Las Vegas are available here at Skin Design Tattoo. Our in house artists are not only award-winning, but the best when it comes to hyper realism, photorealism and life-like tattoos. At Skin Design there is  no hype and the proof is in the pudding. Please take a moment to view any one of our artists portfolio, and see for yourself why we’ve been called one of the best tattoo shops in Las Vegas and one of the top shops within North America.

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Collectively, our staff has over 50 years of experience in everything from black and grey to color tattoos, portraits,  lettering and custom script. We also pride ourselves in educating first time customers, and we have created an upbeat environment that was designed for comfort, sterility and pure enjoyment.

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Rated one of the best tattoo shops (and laser tattoo removal facilities) in Las Vegas, our studio has been televised on ABC, NBC and featured in national publications such as Inked Magazine, Tattoos, Lowrider and Bound By Ink.

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We do however recommend  making appointments far in advance as many of our artists are booked months on in. In short, our shop is all about quality over quantity, industry respect over Hollywood fame, and we make it our daily commitment to uphold and celebrate the art, the tradition and the history of tattoo culture.

In addition, Skin Design was started because of our passion for the art. Far before this became a lucrative industry, we were purveyors of the world’s finest tattoos and it our mission to carry on the tradition to ensure that the art, the culture and the magic is passed on from one generation to the next.

 

GARUDA TATTTOO: WHAT DOES IT SYMBOLIZE?

So what is a Garuda? The Garuda is one of the three principal animal deities in the Hindu Mythology that has evolved after the Vedic Period in Indian history. The other two are Ganesha, the elephant-headed son of the goddess Durgha, and Hanuman, the monkey god. It is after Garuda that the Indonesian National Airlines is named. Even today, Garuda is much revered by devout Hindus for his ethics and his strength in applying his ethics to correct evil-doers.

Garuda is the king of the birds. He mocks the wind with the speed of his flight. As the appointed charger of Vishnu he is venerated by all, including humans. Garuda is the son of Kashyap, a great sage, and Vinata, a daughter of Daksha, a famous king. He was hatched from an egg Vinata laid. He has the head, wings, talons, and beak of an eagle and the body and limbs of a man. He has a white face, red wings and golden body. When he was born he was so brilliant that he was mistaken for Agni, the god of fire, and worshipped.

Garuda was born with a great hatred for the evil and he is supposed to roam about the universe devouring the bad, though he spares Brahmins as his parents had forbidden him to eat them. Garuda is also well-known for his aversion to snakes, a dislike he had acquired from his mother, Vinata. There is a story behind this hatred of Garuda’s mother. As it is quite interesting it is told hereafter.

 

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Kashyap, Garuda’s father, had two wives: Kadru, the elder, and Vinata, Garuda’s mother, the younger. There was great rivalry between the two wives. They could not stand each other. Once, they had an argument over the color of the horse Uchchaisravas, produced during the Churning of the Ocean just after the time of creation. Each chose a color and laid a wager on her own choice. The one who lost would become the other’s slave. Kadru proved to be right and, as part of the agreement, imprisoned Vinata in the nether regions, Patala, where she was guarded by serpents. The serpents are, according to another myth, the sons of Kadru herself.

Garuda, on hearing of his mother’s imprisonment, descended to Patala and asked the serpents to release Vinata. They agreed to do so and demanded as ransom a cup of amrita (ambrosia). So Garuda set off for the celestial mountain where the amrita was kept. Before he could get to the amrita he had to overcome three hazards set up by the gods to guard the celestial drink. First, Garuda came upon a ring of flames fanned by high winds. They roared and leapt up to the sky but Garuda drank up several rivers and extinguished the flames. Next, Garuda came upon a circular doorway. A very rapidly spinning wheel with sharp spikes on the spokes guarded it. Garuda made himself very small and slipped through the turning spokes. Lastly, Garuda had to defeat two fire-spitting serpents guarding the amrita. He flapped his wings rapidly and blew dust into the eyes of the monsters and blinded them. Then he cut them to pieces with his sharp beak. So Garuda finally reached the amrita and started to fly back with it to the nether regions but the gods anticipated his purpose and gave chase. Indra, king of the gods, struck him with his thunderbolt but Garuda proved a superior warrior and defeated the gods and continued unscathed on his journey to Patala.

When the serpents got the amrita they were overjoyed and released Vinata. Garuda got his mother back but he became an inveterate enemy of the serpents, the sons of his mother’s rival Kadru. Also the serpents, the Nagas, symbolized evil and that automatically invoked Garuda’s hatred.

As end-piece to this myth it must be told that, as the Nagas were about to consume the amrita Garuda had just brought them, the chasing gods entered Patala and Indra seized and took away the cup of amrita. Anyway, the serpents had just had time enough to lick a few drops of amrita and this was enough to make them immortal. Also, since the celestial drink was very strong, their tongues were split and that is why, to this day, serpents have forked tongues.

 

by Sumanta Sanyal

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BUILD YOUR EMPIRE.

According to Forbes, there are 31 billionaires in the U.S. that are under 40 years of age. Now add to the equation, the numbers of millionaires all throughout the world, and there’s really no exact number because they’re being produced monthly. Now here’s a few more facts to consider:

 

– In the year 1900, there were only 5,000 millionaires in the United States. In 2000, there were more than five million. Before the Great Recession, there were 9.2 million households worth $1 million or more.

Only 20% of millionaires are retirees. Around 80% still go to work.

– Just 17% of millionaires or their spouses attended a private elementary or high school. However, 55% of millionaires’ children have attended/are attending private schools.

– Most modern American millionaires today (about 80%) are first-generation millionaires. Usually the fortune they build will dissipate by the second or third generation.

– Those with Russian ancestry have the highest concentration of millionaire households in America. The Scottish rank second and Hungarians rank third. English ancestry groups rank fourth. The Russian American millionaire group has approximately $1.1 trillion, or nearly 5% of all the personal wealth in America.

– Most American millionaires are manager-owners of businesses.
So does this have you motivated or depressed that you haven’t got your piece of the pie? Well here’s good news for all the late bloomers out there. Age is not a factor in creating your empire and it’s never too late. Take a look at a few of these folks who have built empires later in life.

Jeffery Brotman launched the bulk food warehouse Costco at the age 40 – that’s right – 40. I am sure you’ve heard plenty of people say that if you haven’t made it by 40, you probably won’t. Had Mr. Brotman believed that, we wouldn’t be shopping and saving in bulk at the ninth largest retailer in the world.

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But Mr. Brotman isn’t the only person to find true genius later in life. Henry Royce found his even later, founding the Rolls-Royce brand with partner Charles Rolls in 1904 at the age of 43.

Still not convinced? Sam Walton started the Walmart brand empire, also affectionately known as “Wally World” at the age of 44. In 2014 Walmart was named #19 on Forbes list of the world’s most valuable brands.

And the list goes on and on. In fact, there are more incredible examples included in the infographic featured here, which was created by information designer Anna Vital at startup organization Funders and Founders. You can peruse to find examples up to and including Charles Flint, who launched IBM at age 61, here.

So are you still thinking that you might be behind the curve ball in starting a new endeavor? Well you’re not and you’ve got plenty of time. Just go for it!

 

Featured photo credit: FundersandFounders/AnaVital via fundersandfounders.com

Featured tattoo in the header by Fernie Andrade

CARVED IN STONE.

If you haven’t seen it in person, then add it to your bucket list. The largest low relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving, is an amazing work of art. The sculpture, which looks more like a tattoo in stone, depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

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Here’s some facts:

– The entire carved surface measures three acres, larger than a football field.

– The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain.

– The deepest point of the carving is at Lee’s elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain’s surface.

The Venable family, which once owned the mountain, deeded the north face of the mountain to the UDC in 1916. As part of the agreement, the UDC was given 12 years to complete a sizable Civil War monument and three sculptors worked on the carving during its creation. Gutzon Borglum was hired in 1915 as the carving consultant, and in 1916 he was appointed carving sculptor by the Stone Mountain Monumental Association.

Borglum envisioned a carving with seven central figures accompanied by “an army of thousands.” He was not able to begin work on the carving until 1923 due to funding problems and World War I.

After blasting away large portions of the mountain with dynamite, Borglum was able to complete the head of Lee on January 19, 1924. In 1925, a dispute arose between Borglum and the managing association. As a result of the conflict, Borglum left, taking all of his sketches and models with him. Borglum went on to carve the famous Mount Rushmore sculpture in South Dakota.

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WE DO LASER TATTOO REMOVAL.

Just in case you forgot….Skin Design Tattoos is also home to one of the leading laser tattoo removal facilities in Las Vegas. The machine we use is the most effective in the market so make sure to drop us a line, or come by the shop if you have any questions. Also, be sure to ask about our treatment specials and multi-session packages.

 

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HISTORY OF TATTOOS

To truly appreciate art or culture you have to have understand its past, and this animation here, covers the historical overview of tattoos. In this well composed animation, it chronicles the rich, cultural history behind tattoos, while serving as a history lesson that all of us should know. Enjoy.