HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE SDT FAMILY!

New beginnings, fresh starts, reaffirmations of love and promises for a brighter future all come to mind as we ring in a New Year. That said, we’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! It’s during these times that we create the superficial, yet purposeful, promises we make to ourselves.

We resolve to get in shape, lose weight, improve career paths, and the like. Then, there are the heartfelt promises we make to others, whether aloud or in our minds. We want to care more, express love more, reverse bad feelings in old relationships or seek out new loving relationships. Knowing all of you as customers and friends has been both an honor and privilege and we thank you all. May we live in a world at peace and let us not take for granted the blessing we have. Be safe family!

 

 

JOHN CANDY TATTOO

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John Candy as “Uncle Buck” tattoo by Fernie Andrade. 

To honor an actor or comedian with a tattoo is the ultimate form of loyalty, and this is exactly what one of our clients did when they decided to pay tribute to comedian John Candy. This tattoo here was inspired by the movie “Uncle Buck”.

In this movie, John Candy stars in this John Hughes comedy as an idle, good-natured bachelor who’s left in charge of his nephew and nieces during a family crisis. Unaccustomed to suburban life, fun-loving Uncle Buck soon charms his younger relatives Miles and Maizy with his hefty cooking and his new way of doing the laundry. But his carefree style doesn’t impress everyone, including Tia (Jean Kelly), his rebellious teenage niece, and Chanice (Amy Madigan), his impatient girlfriend. Uncle Buck is the last person you’d think of to watch the kids. But with a little luck and a lot of love, he manages to surprise everyone in this heartwarming family comedy.

BLESSINGS ON BLESSINGS.

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A snapshot of the Skin Design Christmas Dinner with family.

Good times with the SDT Family at our 2015 Christmas dinner at Gordon Ramsay Steak. It’s truly a blessing, and an honor, to be able to work alongside some of the most talented and humble artists in the industry. Their dedication to the craft and to Skin Design is unparalleled and I couldn’t have have achieved the level of success without them and of course you our valued customers and supporters.

At this time we would like to extend our special wishes for a happy Christmas holiday to our devoted employees and customers. In short, life would not be worth living, and dreams wouldn’t come true without all of you. So keep in mind that if we keep the Christmas spirit alive the whole year through then anything is possible so thank you again for the great memories, the valuable lessons and the great times!
~RP

TATTOOS: ASIAN INFLUENCE & STYLE.

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Looking for Asian/ Oriental style tattoos with style beyond compare? Look no further. 

Asian tattoos provide a look and feel beyond compare. The artistry, detail, and rich cultural heritage that stands behind the art is simply incredible, and the interpretations of the imagery powerful and mystical. Seen here, is the latest piece by master tattooist, Robert Pho. The depth, accuracy, and detail of the piece is strikingly incredible and it’s proof once again that there are levels to the game.

Regardless if they are Chinese, Japanese or Cambodian tattoos, they are commonly referenced to as Oriental tattoos and they have long been a raging phenomenon among tattoo enthusiasts of the western world. Chinese tattoos offer beautiful characters with a sense of the exotic and often much deeper meaning than that which lies on the surface.

Often referred to in China as Ci Shen (Or Wen Shen), which literally translates to “puncture the body”, tattoos have not always been looked upon with good grace, but the times are slowly changing and conceptual and societal perceptions are changing.  Do some homework and you’ll find that the vast majority of Chinese groups have become more accepting, but for the minority, they are not only a tradition but a traditional part of life – take for example the Dulong and Dai tribes, along with the Li people of Hainan Island.

For these tribes and smaller part of the community, tattoos are an important part of life. They mark achievements, accomplishments and at times mark the entry into adulthood.

TATTOOS BY FERNIE ANDRADE

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Black & Grey Tattoo sleeve by Fernie Andrade

Las Vegas has absolutely no shortage of tattoo artists, or tattoo shops. With hundreds of tattooists to choose from, there’s a huge selection of faces and places to choose from but we’re proud to staff some of the best artists in town. The creative geniuses on our staff deliver tattoos that are bar none some of the best not only in Vegas – but in the world – and the proof is in their portfolios.

The tattoo above, was done by resident SDT artist Fernie Andrade, and his work is some of the most sought after in the game. Typical booked months out, it is advised that you book far in advance and it comes as no surprise that his list continually gets longer. Fernie’s attention to detail and ability to seamlessly merge multiple images, makes him a world class artist and we’re proud to have him as part of the SDT Family.

If you would like to view more of his work then please visit his portfolio by clicking here.

RELIGIOUS TATTOOS BY ROBERT PHO.

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The finest tattoos in Vegas.

The improvement and progress of any tattoo artist is based on the acceleration of his skill, not the years he has spent in the game. But if you’re into counting years, then Las Vegas tattoo artist Robert Pho, has over 25 years of practice tucked under his belt. In addition to countless features and interviews, Robert has amassed an incredible portfolio of work that has won the industry over. Needless to say, the evolution of his skill, his work and his dedication to tattoo culture is unreal and it all becomes evident in the delivery of his work and final product.

The latest religious piece you see here is actually a cover up, and it’s still in progress so we’ll keep you posted on any new updates. If your’e looking to see more of Robert’s work then you can visit his gallery by clicking here.

BEST BABY PORTRAIT TATTOO.

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Baby portrait tattoo.

 After seeing the latest work from black and grey tattoo artist Andy Pho, it’s safe to say that excellence runs in the family. This latest baby portrait tattoo was done on a client (@barberdeef) just yesterday, and he flew in all the way from Ireland.

Take a close look at the details and the shading and it becomes pretty evident that Andy’s finesse and attention to detail is outrageously accurate. To tattoo a portrait of a loved one is a very sentimental experience and we’re glad to have been a part of this occasion. This also marks the second tattoo from two clients who flew in from Ireland to watch the UFC fight go down. 

If you’re looking for the best portrait tattoos in color or black and grey then be sure to stop on by Skin Design. We’re located a few miles from the Las Vegas strip and we’re open 7 days a week. 

TIS THE SEASON

With just under two weeks till Christmas, the SDT Family would just like to extend the warmest Holiday wishes to all of our friends, family and industry colleagues. During this festive month, may the people that you love and cherish be by your side, remembering the year gone by and what the future has to bring. May your home and heart be filled with warmth, good health and laughter during this festive month and we hope that  you’ll  take the time to unwind and appreciate life for what it is. So let’s count our blessings, and put our problems aside, and let us value the true joys of what life has brought us.

 

 

FOO DOG TATTOO: IMPERIAL LION

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There’s a reason why so many have referred to artist Robert Pho as a master tattooist.

Asian style tattoos have long been a staple in the world of tattoo. Regardless if the work is done in black and grey or color, it’s not necessarily the medium which dictates it’s impact, but the style. Asian art in itself is unique because of the ritualistic images and mediums found in the art. There’s a rich cultural heritage behind the imagery, and it comes as no surprise that this timeless style has impacted the lives of many.

The tattoo above was done by Robert Pho and his work speaks for itself. The central focus of the tattoo is the Chinese guardian lion, which is often referred to as an Imperial Guardian Lions or in Western culture as a “Foo Dog”. The lion has become common sight and the lion is said to safeguard the health and wealth of those who own or wear one.

They were traditionally found in front of Imperial palaces, Imperial tombs, government offices, temples, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy, from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), and were believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits. They are also used in other artistic contexts, for example on door-knockers, and in pottery. Pairs of guardian lion statues are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and other structures, with one sitting on each side of the entrance.

THE ART OF COVER UP TATTOOS.

 

Cover up tattoos by Andy Pho.

I used to dread cover up tattoos, but not now.

 

I won’t lie. There was a time when I used to dread cover up tattoos, but not now. I’ve learned to love them and as of late, it’s become one of my specialites. There’s a certain art and systematic process that’s required when doing an effective cover up and the process has definitely grown on me. From incorporating the new design, to making sure that the older ink is camouflaged, there’s something powerful about doing one well.

See another cover up I did a few days ago. 

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Cover up tattoo: Getting rid of the past. 

Probably the biggest joy is knowing that you’re helping someone get rid of their unwanted past and this time was no different. To be honest, you can’t get rid of the past if you don’t erase the any reminders, so I understand why so many customers want them gone. Truth be told, last year my client Brye was engaged to be married, which is why he got the date 5/13 tattooed on him for his fiancé. Unfortunately, Bryce learned a few things about her that changed his decision to get married, and he’s glad he learned sooner than later. To make good on getting rid of his unwanted past, he wanted to remove that tattoo, and he opted for a cover up – definitely a wise choice before his next girl started asking questions.

For this particular cover up, Brye requested camellia flowers. Being that his skin is dark, it added to the complexity of working in the details and covering it up. We went big enough to cover up the unwnated piece while keeping it in proportion to the existing bull which was going to stay. Once this heals, we’ll be adding an angel on Brye’s upper chest/shoulder and we’ll keep you posted on any progress.

Thanks again Bryce for trusting me with this cover up and we’ll see you soon!

~AP