A really rich Chinese man sent his son to the rural area and wanted him to experience poverty. His son lived with a family in the rural area for three days, and when he returned home, he had the following conversation with his father.

The father asked, “so how was it?”

The son said “I think it’s alright.”

“What’s the difference between our home and their home?” the father asked.

“Wow! There are a lot of differences!” with excitement, the son continued,

“We have a dog at home, but they have four.

We have purified water in our swimming pool but they have a really big pond with fresh and clear water, there’s even fish in there!

There’re light bulbs in our garden while the moon and the stars shine brightly on their fields at night.

Our garden is limited by the walls, but theirs is limitless. Their garden is like extending to the edge of the sky.

We listen to the CDs back home, yet they listen to the tweets of birds and other natural sounds.

Our house is surrounded by walls, but they always welcome friends so their door is always opened.

In the city, cell phones and computers connect us; there, people are connected closely with the nature and their families.”

The father was very surprised by what the son said. “Dad, thank you for letting me know how poor we actually are.” The son said.

“Many people are so poor that the only thing they have is money.” – Rodolfo Costa




Our lives, our happiness and the nature around us are things that money can’t buy. Why things that can be bought with money are more valuable than things that even money can’t buy?

When you start to appreciate the people around you and the things you have, you will stop chasing after the “rich lives” because you know you have everything you need.

If you are a rich person, ask yourself these questions, “am I becoming more and more disconnected with my friends and family, and with this world? Am I still wanting more for the sake of having more?”



Via  |  The story is written by an unknown author and translated by Anna Chui. 


This weekend’s fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather is just days away and the anticipation is insane. With oodles of money on the line, the $300 million which they’ll split is just the tip of it. Projected wagers are expected to be around $100 million which is what experts have claimed to be “Super Bowl sized dough” and this is jut the beginning.

Hundreds of millions will be spent on hotel rooms, wining, dining and clubbing and Vegas is going to turn into a wildfire of economic proportions. Tickets for this event alone have hit an all time high with a record ticket being sold for just under $41,000!

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So who are you betting on?





Manny got a chance to see the tattoo and he then signed the piece. Shortly after the signature was also tattooed permanently.  




Who are you voting for? Here’s a manny Pacquiao tattoo done by artist Robert Pho

Nike filmed a short video that gives Pacman fans an inside look at him training as well as his thoughts on preparing mentally, physically and spiritually. He also talks about how he blocks out distraction and train his mind. It’s also a good video to learn from because it demonstrates that you have to do more than sit around to accomplish your goals. Talking with no action results in failure.

Have you ever heard about the champ that sat around and waited for handouts? Neither have we.

Here’s our favorite quote from the Manny,

You have to survive. You need to go through the hardwork before you get the crown. ~ M. Pacquiao.


Recent reports have indicated that close to 25% of the U.S. population has some sort of tattoo and that a little more than 50 percent would like some (or all of it) removed. If you’re one of the 50 percent then this article may be of interest to you.

At Skin Design we use the latest version of the Q-Switch laser, which became commercially available back in the 1990’s. It’s currently the most effective treatment to remove unwanted ink and while we could explain it in depth it’s much easier to watch this video here.

This video provides a good breakdown of how laser tattoo removal works. It’s a good segment which showcases the mechanical and biological aspect of how they are removed from the body. 

What should you expect during a Laser Tattoo Removal session?

Here’s what you can expect…

  • Smaller tattoos will require fewer pulses while larger ones require more. In either case, the tattoo requires several treatments and multiple visits. At each treatment, the tattoo should become progressively lighter.
  • You will be asked to wear protective eye goggles .
  • The pulses of the laser on the skin will feel different on each patient. The feelings have been described as a splash of  grease from a frying pan or the snapping of a rubber band on the skin. 

Is the pain of laser tattoo removal unbearable?
Unlike tattoos, we have never had a patient require anesthesia, and we have never had a patient “tap out” or stop the procedure because they couldn’t handle the pain.We’ve seen tiny little women handle the pain better than bigger guys but in the end it’s all about your own pain tolerance.

Anyone who would like to get an unwanted tattoo removed will benefit. The emotional scarring of an unwanted tattoo is horrendous. So what will it take? Well, the removal of a tattoo all depends on many factors which includes: the color of the ink, the type of ink used, the age of the tattoo as well as the patients skin type. The best way to find out exactly how you’re skin will react is to come in to consult a professional.




Laser tattoo removal offers very little risk of scarring and it’s the safest method of ink removal when compared to others. Methods like excision, dermabrasion or salabrasion have been mentioned to work but with very ineffective and lengthy results.



New tattoo photos have been posted up in Fernie Andrade’s tattoo gallery. Click here to view.



Do you remember your first tattoo? Was it an impulse move? A drunken choice? Or was it carefully planned out? Regardless of how you got there, it’s a decision that could be nerve-racking to say the least.

So what do you get for your first tattoo? Well that’s up to you. You’ve got a ton of choices and the times have changed. Back in the day, your first tattoo might have been a name, a rose, a pic of a pitbull or something small like a tribal band. Remember those days?



 How’s that for a first tattoo?


Well fast forward to present day and things have changed. Folks are still getting names, roses and smaller items, but more and more people (both men and women) are opting to go big and that’s exactly the case with William Thomas. After doing his homework on artists, William made the decision to fly in from Colorado to get tattooed by SDT resident artist Fernie Andrade, and the end result was nothing short of stellar.

William decided to book three full-day sessions consecutively, and after roughly 24 hours (8 hour sessions a day x 3) he walked out with the incredible piece you see here. The arm sleeve features a forearm tattoo of Marilyn Monroe, an arm piece which features a masquerading woman, as well as Salvador Dali and a melting clock which was from one of Dali’s most famous works of art, “The Persistence of Memory.”



Marilyn Monroe tattoo on forearm.


All throughout his tattoos there are details which tie-in each of the main pieces together. From roses, to skulls and smoke, the overall piece is impressive and speaks volumes about Williams commitment to getting it done while doubling as testament to his pain tolerance and careful planning.

We’re blessed and honored to have been trusted to do his first piece and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the progress because there’s more to come.




Salvador Dali and The Persistence of Memory.



The once untapped market of tattoos has seen a spike in the last decade but the latest surveys report a spike in yet another category. That category? Women. In that report, a James Cook University senior creativity and innovation lecturer named Eduardo de la Fuente said nearly a third of women in their 20s had been tattooed. His report is cited from a McCrindle Social Forecasting study and National Health and Medical Research Council research. In that report, Dr de la Fuente said for the first time, the number of young women getting tattoos outnumbered men.


“Traditionally it was men, because of the communities and subcultures they belonged to. Until relatively recently, Dr de la Fuente said, tattoos were inked to instil a sense of belonging. “It’s no longer about group membership,” he said. “The body has now become an acceptable canvas through which you can make statements about yourself, where before it was only clothing.” But Dr de la Fuente said the use of tattoos as a source of individual expressionism had the potential to backfire. “There is an argument now that, for example, hipsters want to look different but hipsters are incredibly recognizable,” Dr de la Fuente said. “So there is inevitably some conformity in the attempt not to conform.”

While tattoos could be highly personal, Ms Seawright said many designs just followed trends.


“A lot of things I’ve noticed are more mandala patterns, a lot of dot work design, what we’d call pantheism sort of stuff.” she said.

“There’s been an increase of pattern works, away from the tribals (that were earlier prevalent).”




*Header photo of Sara Fabel by Jake Manor

*Photo of last Kalinga tattoo artist by Jake Verzosa.

*All photos are the property of the respective artists. 




Here’s an interesting scenario, a client came in with an unfinished tattoo. The piece was supposed to be of a woman in a sombrero but for reasons unbeknownst to us, the former artist apparently refused to finish the piece. So the client then came to us and asked us if we could help, and resident artist Andy Pho was more than happy to help fill in the blanks. Here’s the outcome.


Sombrero and hair by tattoo artist Andy Pho


Here’s a new killer piece by artist Fernie Andrade. This tattoo was done just last week and it sports Greek themed ink work of famous images and statuary from back in the day. Not only is the work amazing, but the imagery is powerful. It’s been said that the feet are the foundation of everything you stand for and we’re firm believers in that.


Keep your eyes in the stars and your feet on the ground. 

As the old adage goes, you have to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything. That quote means a lot to anyone living or breathing and it also holds relevancy to your art, your style and in the end the mark you’ll make on this earth. What I love most about tattoos is the character it brings to the human body. This tattoo for example accentuates what would otherwise be just a pale, bare leg. Now it’s a piece of art that carries both form and function and the addition of the new tattoo is slowly tying the whole leg piece together.


If you had a chance to remove an unwanted tattoo would you? Would you laser a tattoo? Is there a cream I can use to remove a tattoo? These are questions we’ve heard time and time again and for the most part the answer is probably yes we’d remove a tattoo, and if we did so we’d use a laser.

Even if your ink work has been pretty well planned out from the get go, there’s still going to be a slim chance that you may want to remove something from the past. Whether, it’s an ex’s name, a tattoo that a no longer holds meaning, or artistic value, there’s a ton of reasons that could coincide with the decision to do so.




If you had to remove a tattoo which one would it be?

We’ve also seen our fair share of horror stories and the best are actually funny and ironic. People walking in with in with misspelled quotes (and names) is pretty common but the one time a gang banger walked in because the tattoo artist he went to spelled his gang name wrong. Needless to say we didn’t want to ask him what happened to the tattoo artist he used but we could only imagine.

On another note, getting laser tattoo removal is no walk in the park. The pain you’ll feel is also dependent upon your pain threshold. We’ve seen grown men break down and shudder and we’ve seen women take it like a champ. Then again, if you can give birth to a newborn child then we couldn’t imagine tattoo removal being a walk in the park.

*on a side note…we didn’t do that tattoo of the rose on the header bar. 


Noted as one of the best tribute tattoos of Johnny Cash. This piece here was done by Las Vegas tattoo artist, Fernie Andrade.

Johnny Cash aka “The Man in Black”, is an icon to the music industry and to generations both past and present. It comes as no surprise that “JC” tattoos have long been a popular image to have tatted. As with most legends, we’ve seen our fair share of memorial tattoos to commemorate the power of his name and even till today, Johnny continues to be relevant, and well respected for the work he’s created and the platform he has built.


This video was created after his passing. If you look at the all star lineup of people who took part in this video it’s proof that he was well respected across many genres and platforms. It’s a powerful video that shows Johnny’s relevance even after his passing. 


When asked why he wore black, there are many different theories. He once said that it was a good luck charm because he wore a black t shirt and jeans to his first public appearance, and in other interviews he’s been noted as saying that he wore black on behalf of the poor and hungry, on behalf of “the prisoner who has long paid for his crime”, and on behalf of those who have been betrayed by age or drugs.

In the same he interview, he said that the Vietnam War was as painful in his mind as it was in most other Americans’,  and that he wore black ‘in mournin’ for the lives that could have been.’… Apart from the Vietnam War being over, I don’t see much reason to change my position… The old are still neglected, the poor are still poor, the young are still dying before their time, and we’re not making many moves to make things right. There’s still plenty of darkness to carry off.”


Cash’s contributions to music were plenty but his most powerful asset was how he made people feel. He was never afraid to voice his opinion, never sold out for the sake of opportunity, and even though he endured a few rough patches along the way he always made his way back to greatness. As a musician, he was not tied to a single genre. He recorded songs that could be considered rock and roll, blues, rockabilly, folk, and gospel, and exerted an influence on each of those genres.

He embraced tradition, and yet he exercised the freedom to follow his own mind; he was both a god-fearing Christian and a rebellious outlaw; he moved among presidents and yet remained a man of the people; he believed in home and family and yet spent much of his life on the road performing for thousands of people. These contradictions made the Man in Black the compelling figure he was, and along with the integrity he exhibited throughout his life, they invested his music with a unique power that continues to resonate long after he left the Earth.