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LAS VEGAS: A MORE FLICKS FROM BTSOE 2015

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As always, good times, and great memories with family and friends.

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Artistry.

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Family Represent.

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Convention Life.

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Work ethic.

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Crew.

LADY GAGA TATTOO BY FERNIE ANDRADE.

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Lady Gaga tattoo by Fernie Andrade

Here’s a killer black and gray tattoo done just last week by resident artist, Fernie Andrade. This Lady Gaga tattoo was knocked out in one 10 hour session on Steve Kassakikian, and Fernie used his trusty Bishop Rotary machine to kill it. If you’d like to see more of Fernie’s work click here.

WALTER WHITE TATTOO: I AM THE ONE WHO KNOCKS.

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Black & Grey: Walter White tattoo by Fernie Andrade

The world’s obsession with Walter White is incredible. He is the classic example of an anti-hero. He’s the guy many of us wish we could become if we could get away with it – but then again that’s all Hollywood magic. Mr. White went from a cancer stricken teacher to a drug King Pin in just a few seasons of the hit series Breaking Bad, and his transformation, and the destruction of his moral compass is intriguing, entertaining and empowering.

So why do we fall in love with characters like Walter White? Maybe it’s because of the fact that we all have an evil side that we wish we could explore and act on. I mean c’mon, how many of us haven’t had the urge to just say f*ck it and let loose on someone simply because they talk too much? And don’t you wish you could just call it like it is, and put every buster we know on front street? Yeah…you get the point.

It’s human nature to do what our evil side tells us, but societal standards and moral values tend to stop us from doing so. So maybe this is why we’re obsessed with the bad guy. Walter White, as with any villain, serves as empowering characters because they’re riven by passion, rage and absolute disregard. It’s characters like this that give zero f*cks, and at the end of the day, it gives us the great escape from a world that’s become way too politically correct.

 

GALLERY UPDATE: ANDY PHO

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Artist Andy Pho updated his gallery with a few more new pieces. Be sure to stop by his gallery by clicking here and if you’re in or around the Vegas, or booking a trip, then be sure to stop by and see the incredible portfolios from our resident artists. Our artists specialize in everything from black and grey to color, from landscapes to portraits, from scripts to micro tattoos. Thanks for stopping by!

TATTOOS: SCRIPT

Tattoos of names and quotes are popular. From birthdates, to names of loved ones, there’s plenty of reasons to get one done. They range in size from small to large and there’s no denying that these tattoos have become a large segment of our market that’s valuable, but where do you go if you’re looking to get it done?

Well that’s up to personal preference. You have to look at the tattooists style, his lines, his shading and ultimately the price because those are all factors to consider. Of course you already know that you get what you pay for so avoid going cheap, because removing an unwanted tattoo isn’t an inexpensive or a pleasurable experience.

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In Las Vegas alone, there’s a ton of shops that offer script (and hand lettering of the sorts) but be sure to check out SDT resident artist Vandal. You can view his portfolio by clicking here. His style is clean, his lines are crisp and he can work off of supplied artwork or create a custom script just for you.

With a huge range of influence, David is one of the best in town. He can deliver on your wanted styles, understands font usage and custom typography, but above and beyond his technical prowess, he’s passionate about delivering quality work and understanding the clients needs.

If you’re in or around the Las Vegas be sure to drop on by for a free consultation. Skin Design is also one of the leading tattoo parlors in the Nevada area so stop on by to take a tour of our show.

 

About Skin Design:

Skin Design Tattoo was created as a hub where imaginative self-expression meets inspiration. Located just a few miles from the Las Vegas Strip, we are home to some of the most well-respected tattoo artists in the industry, and the creation of this new facility was by design. The image above is actually scanned from the architectural blue print which was drawn during inception and in short, we wanted to create a destination point where artists and customers alike would feel at home. We also wanted a creative studio that offered more than just award-winning tattoos; we wanted a tattoo shop that doubled as a lounge and as a hub where creativity and artistry flows. Much like a tattoo, our studio started off as a blank canvas and we designed and created this space with our customers best interests in mind. The culmination of our efforts yielded the results we were hoping for and we hope you enjoy as much as we do.  Skin Design provides more than just a service, we provide an experience which is bar none.

  • Award winning artists
  • Black & Gray Tattoos
  • Color 
  • Portraits
  • Micro tattoos
  • Asian style tattoos
  • Lettering
  • Piercing
  • Laser Tattoo removal

WHAT DOES AN ELEPHANT TATTOO SYMBOLIZE?

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Elephant and lion tattoos rule the animal kingdom when it comes to tattoos.

The tattoo above was created by our family member, Fernie Andrade. Done a few years back, the tattoo was done on the thigh of a client and it remains one of the most talked about animal tattoos on the web.

So what does the elephant represent or symbolize?

Well, elephants represent a lot of things. They are identified as a symbol of strength and patience, while others see it as an imposing power which boasts authority. They actually have many meanings and are also associated with strength, royalty and ancient wisdom.

Watching these majestic animals has also taught us a lot. They’ve taught us about gentleness, commitment, trust and love. These deeply committed creatures are loyal to the soil, and they will go to extreme measures to protect their family.

The sheer strength of an elephant is unlike any other in their domain and they’re one of the most interesting animals in the world.

Elephants are also great team players. Actually they’re not great, they’re extraordinary. For a family of elephants to to survive in the wild they must all work together and stick with each other to fight for food and protect themselves from predators. An even more important part of their strategy to survive is their complex system of communication.

Here’s a few things you probably didn’t know about elephants:

WHY DO THEY HAVE SO MANY WRINKLES?

Elephants are one of the more interesting animals to tattoo simply because of the detail of their wrinkles, but the wrinkles have a function. All the little folds help disperse heat from the animal and that’s why they take mud baths. The mud gets trapped in the little wrinkles and the moisture trapped in those folds helps continually cool the animal down. The mud also protects it from insects, sun and moisture loss.

HOW STRONG IS AN ELEPHANT?

The trunk of this powerful animal consists of 100,000 individual muscles – compared to the human body which has less than 800 individual muscles in total. Even more impressive is that the trunk is a few hundred times more sensitive in smell than any dog in the world. The reason it’s so effective is because the entire trunk is lined with olfactory sensors.

So how strong is their trunk? Well all those muscles translate into a powerful tool which holds a little over 2 gallons of water and can carry over 9,000 kilograms.

HOW MANY TEETH DO ELEPHANTS HAVE?

Elephants only have 4 teeth and they are all molars. There are two in the from to the mouth and two located in the back. But here’s where it gets interesting, when the front two wear down, they drop out and the two in the back move forward. Then 2 new molars grow in the back of the mouth to replace those that have moved forward. The back molars are able to be replaced 6 times throughout their life. When the last set wear out, they can no longer chew and die of starvation. Teeth are very symbolic, and are considered receivers and transmitters of energy linked by connecting paths throughout the astral body.

HOW MUCH DO THEY EAT?

An elephant eats between 220 and 440 pounds of vegetation per day, but when you consider that they weight between 5,000 to 14,000 pounds, it should come as no surprise.

 

 

TATTOO GALLERY UPDATED: ROBERT PHO

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Robert Pho’s gallery has been updated with some of his newest works. To visit his gallery please click here.

DEAD PRESIDENTS TATTOO

 

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On the money: A tattoo of George Washington

It’s not uncommon to see George Washington or Benjamin Franklin tattoos and it’s with good reason. Money – or the lack thereof it  – is the reason we’re constantly on the grind. Money gives us options, money gives us a hope, and money is one piece of paper that can make or break your day.

Of course, the balance between money and happiness is the key to living a good life. A man with money, and no happiness, really has nothing at all and studies have even shown that money can actually demotivate us. But you don’t want to hear that, so let’s keep pushing.

On that note, here’s a few tattoos done by resident artist Fernie Andrade. The tattoos pay homage to the “dead presidents” and they’re powerful images that are sure to get your attention.

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It’s all about the Benjamins.

We couldn’t end a post about money without including Wu Tang’s C.R.E.A.M.

 

LAKER PRIDE: LOS ANGELES LAKER TATTOO.

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 Fans may not be to proud of the Laker’ current performance but you gotta love the devotion, and the work put into this tattoo. You can view more from SDT resident tattoist Fernie Andrade by clicking here.

GALLERY UPDATES: ROBERT PHO

 

 

 

 

 

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Robert Pho’s gallery has been updated with new photos. Please click here to view.