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A KILLER KEITH RICHARDS TATTOO

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Keith Richards tattoo by Fernie Andrade

The latest tattoo by artist Fernie Andrade is heavy. The detail, the texture, the shading and the overall image is a powerful one which pays homage to the legendary Keith Richards.

This tattoo also serves as testament to Fernie Andrade’s skills with the tattoo machine. In addition, this significant piece is sure to become even more incredible once it’s healed. The photo above was taken right after the tattoo was done but we’ll have updated photos once it’s all healed up so you can see the difference.

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The inspiration for this tattoo was based off of a animation/ cartoon drawing done by artist Tiago Hoisel. The artist, who was born in Brazil, has created some amazing caricatures of famous and non-famous people and characters and his work is simply incredible. To see more of his work click here, and to see more from tattooist Fernie Andrade you can click here.

About Keith Richards:

The English born musician, actor, songwriter and original member of The Rolling Stones, is simply legendary. Rolling Stone Magazine credits him as “rock’s greatest single body of riffs” on guitar and ranked him 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists. Fourteen of the songs that Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones’ lead vocalist Mick Jagger are listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

 

 

 

DIY TATTOO REMOVAL DANGERS.

Want to remove an unwanted tattoo? Well, DIY kits are not the way to go.

Unwanted tattoos can be a kick to your self-esteem, but would you rather have a bad tattoo or a nightmare of skin infection and possibly permanent damage? Probably not, which is exactly why you should avoid any DIY tattoo removal kits which can be found online.

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A picture of one woman’s tattoo before she tried a DIY tattoo removal kit

Just a few days ago, the BBC did a piece on one woman who tried a “DIY tattoo removal kit” and the end result was not only a painful reminder of her once unwanted tattoo – but also a terrific reminder that she should have just left it. Sometimes called a peel or “chemical peel” the ingredients in these kits can not only burn your skin but leave you with an indentation coupled with an infection.

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The result after her trying the kit.

The reason? Well, most of these tattoo removal kits simply attack the top layer of the skin and it results in the chemicals simply burning the skin with corrosive chemicals like trichloroacetic acid, a substance that’s banned in cosmetics in many countries, and hexachloroethane, a chemical used to make grenades. These chemicals do not get to the middle of the skin, where you’ll find the link from a tattoo.

On the flip side, others use a “pin-prick” method in which they use a needle to try and leech the ink out of the skin, while others use chemical goes and creams which have been known to cause an immune system reaction and therefore destroy the ink. In most cases, such archaic methods cause irritation infection, and scaring to those that try to remove the tattoos themselves.

Medical professionals and artists alike both discourage these methods of removal and still recommend laser tattoo removal as the safest possible treatment out there.

YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO GET A TATTOO.

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Before she passed away aged 77, Isobel Varley held the Guinness World Record for being the “most tattooed female senior citizen”, with over 90 per cent of her body covered in ink. 

“What will your tattoos look like when you’re 60?”

Well, that’s the never-ending question that we’ll all face for the rest of our lives, but that question may soon change as the latest trend in the world of tattoos is that older people are taking the leap to get tatted and it comes with good reason.

A recent study from Remember A Charity has revealed that five percent of us get our first tattoo after turning 60. Yes. That’s a factual study and we’ve experienced an influx of older clientele right here at Skin Design Tattoo so we see it ourselves. From couples visiting Las Vegas, to locals, older folks are getting tattoos because of many reasons.

Many have said that it marks important events in their lives, some say it’s because the art work and options have gotten better, but either way it’s a new trend that’s here to stay.

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Take a look at 79-year-old Sadie Sellers who got her first tattoo (a small love heart) in July, after she’d been convinced by her granddaughter Samantha: “When you get to my age, you just have to live life to the full every day. I was talking about it with Samantha for a couple of weeks and she showed me hers. She came in one day after her holiday and I just thought, ‘I’ll get one too!’ 

“I’m absolutely made up with mine. I asked the fella how long it would take and he said it had finished five minutes ago. I never felt a thing. He just laughed at me.”

To read more of this story click here.

HOW GOOD IS YOUR TATTOO ARTISTS WRAP AROUND GAME?

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Sheriff Woody tattoo by Fernie Andrade

For most, getting a tattoo requires a lot of forethought and consideration. First you need to figure out what you’d like to get, then you need to find the appropriate reference photos and then decide where on your body you’d like to place it. From there, you need to find an artist and then you need to consider the placement of the piece in relationship to your bodies natural contours.

Now this is where it gets tricky. The body’s natural curves plays a vital role in how your tattoo will look and if the tattoo is a bit big for that area, some artists may suggest making your piece smaller, whereas an  experienced tattooist can typically work their magic. Regardless if  it’s on your wrist, ankle, ribcage or arm, it’s really important to make sure that your artist has a mean “wrap around” game.

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Take a look at how this tattoo wraps around the ankle. 

The ability to lay down a larger tattoo, and make it wrap around the natural contours of the body is what we call, “wrap around” game. While it may seem like an easy task, it really isn’t. The human body is full of contours, and a good tattooist should know how to make your piece look right.

Take for instance this Woody Sheriff tattoo that was done by Fernie Andrade. To have the tattoo wrap around the ankle may sound like an easy task, but it’s really not that simple. To be honest, the only thing that’s “easy” is the fact that it’ll be easy for a novice to jack up your tattoo, and leave you emotionally scarred with a tattoo that has bad and elongated proportions.

LAS VEGAS LETTERING & SCRIPT TATTOOS BY VANDAL

 

Script and lettering tattoos will never go out of style….so long as you get the right style. 

Getting a tattoo of the name of a loved typically serves as a marker in life. Whether it symbolizes loyalty to a loved one, or doubles as a memorial for one who’s passed away, these tattoos may be small but they’re significant and powerful. When getting one of the script pieces done you always have to make sure that you choose an artist who’s good with type or typography.

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Resident artist, Vandal, has a lot of different styles but his script and letters have become his speciality. 

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Resident Vegas tattoo artist, Vandal, has a lot of different styles but his script and letters have become his speciality.

 It’s not uncommon for these smaller tatts to be a Las Vegas favorite. We’ve had a ton of clients come in to get smaller pieces done. From script, lettering to little butterflies we’ve done it all. We’ve seen couples  come in, groups of friends, and one time we had a group of 14 come in to get the same tattoo.

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Some artists use stencils, some do freehand, but the authenticity of the script can always be told by purists so choose wisely. Besides, you’ll be wearing this artistic endeavor for the rest of your life so take your time. If you’re in or around the Vegas area be sure to stop by to get a free consultation….or just come by one of the most highly-rated tattoo shops in Nevada.

COVER UP TATTOO SPECIALIST: ANDY PHO

“A good tattoo ain’t cheap, and a cheap tattoo ain’t good.”

We’ve all heard those infamous words time and time again, yet every second there’s someone out there who learns the hard way. It’s a slogan that that can be applied to just about every industry and this here is a prime example of what a scratcher will give ya.

Pictured here is the tattoo of a client name Robert and here’s how the story goes. Robert asked around if anyone knew someone who could tattoo and his one friend had mentioned that he “knew a guy”. Needless to say, “that guy” tattooed Robert out of his house for a “good deal”, and after sitting down with him and showing him reference photos, the guy began to freehand the piece and 5 hours later Rob “freaked out” and left.

A little under a week later, Robert stopped by our shop for a free consultation with resident artist Andy Pho. After examining the tattoo and seeing his reference photos, Andy had suggested that he get some laser tattoo removal done to lighten up the piece, but the client declined to say, “[He] wanted it covered it asap.”

That said, Andy booked him for the next available opening and got to work. For starters, Andy wanted to cover up the tattoo with a larger piece and he began by drawing the basic shapes of the new armor. Once he outlined the basic shape, he followed up by doing in and putting in all the details of the armored shield.

Though far from done, the results thus far are pretty incredible and it’s definitely a great example of what can be achieved if you do a cover-up tattoo with an artist who has the creative vision and artistic prowess to get your goals done.

More will be added to this piece but this is a progress shot of what’s been done so far. Again, if you’re looking for a cover-up tattoo, then be sure to get an artist with experience doing cover them. You must also make sure to view a portfolio of their past work because if they don’t have pictures of actual examples to show you then take a walk because the proof is in the pudding.

On that note, happy hunting for a tattoo artist that’ll best suit your style and budget, and please remember to catch a budget and break bread because once again, “Good tattoos ain’t cheap and cheap tattoos aren’t good.”

We’ll have updates and more pics as it develops.

KHMER TATTOOS: ROBERT PHO

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Khmer style tattoos or Cambodian art have become increasingly popular. 

Tattoos of Cambodian or Asian influence are strikingly detailed and exotic. They are beautiful, enticing, provocative and mysterious in ways that have increased their popularity, and the deep-seated history behind the art is rich with cultural heritage.

Stretching back centuries, the history of Cambodian art spans many mediums which includes symbolic artifacts as well as textiles, stone-carving and wat murals. Beginning in the mid-20th century, a tradition of modern art began in Cambodia, though in the later 20th century both traditional and modern arts declined for several reasons, including the killing of artists by the Khmer Rouge.

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Some photos of Robert Pho working on his brother Andy. This is the beginning of a full body suit tattoo which will be sure to please. 

 

The height of Khmer art occurred during the Angkor period; much of the era’s stone carving and architecture survives to the present. In pre-colonial Cambodia, art and crafts were generally produced either by rural non-specialists for practical use or by skilled artists producing works for the Royal Palace. In modern Cambodia, many artistic traditions entered a period of decline or even ceased to be practiced, but the country has experienced a recent artistic revival as the tourist market has increased and governments and NGOs have contributed to the preservation of Cambodian culture.

To continue the tradition of this history and art, Khmer tattoos of this nature also happens to be a specialty art here at Skin Design Tattoos. While our founder Robert Pho, is a specialist in portraits, one of his passions are Khmer tattoos, and his ability to recreate these visual masterpieces become quite evident in the display of his work.

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Some of Robert Pho’s work. To view his full gallery and bio click here

 

Whether it be black and gray tattoos, or even paintings, his passion for his heritage and cultural artifacts is one he studies with a passion. He studies the lines, mates them to the contours of your particular body parts and for over 20 years, his dedication to the art has become world-renowned and his artistry is one which is defined as art for “those in the know.”

Void of mainstream commercialism and ad hype, Robert Pho has become a gem for those who know of his work. With a current waiting list of roughly 6-months his clientele spans all across the world and his work is one which is easily appreciated and respected.

 

HOW DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL WORK?

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.

 

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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.

SHOULD I GET A GUN TATTOO?

That’s the question that always haunted me. I always wanted to get a gun tattooed on myself, but the more I thought about it, the more I started to realize that the answer was no. I saw the tattoo (pictured on the header), that Robert Pho did a while back and since then it’s always been a thought – yet it remained just that. It’s not that I wouldn’t mind having a gun tattoo, but for me, I fall in love with a new gun every few months, so to commit to tattooing just one wouldn’t work. I’d have to tattoo a whole bunch of them, and walking around looking like a gun catalog or a walking safe doesn’t sit well with me. Besides, if I were to tattoo all my favorite things I’d might as well add a rib-eye, donuts and Las Vegas landmarks – not a cool mix.

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My obsession with guns ends with buying endless amounts of guns and ammo and practicing as if I were entering a competition – but I never will. I don’t like competitions because of the many egos that come with it. For me, all the competition I need is myself and unless I turn schizophrenic I doubt I’ll ever talk shit to myself. The bottom line, I practice because I enjoy it, and much like a tattoo machine becomes one with its artist, the same holds true with a weapon. In short, practice makes perfect and it’s the only way to get better and more precise.

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Guns & Coffee: That pretty much summed up earlier today.

I always catch myself watching tattoo artists putting in work and their craft is no different. In tattooing, just like guns, there are levels of excellence that come as a result of practice. There are learning curves and techniques that have to be repeated time after time and we all know that repetition is the mother of learning. After watching so many tattoo artists put in work, the one thing that always gets me is the intensity you feel when they’re in the zone. You see it in their eyes, you see it in their concentration and as you watch them work you can’t help but get inspired because the focus is intense and their breaks are few.

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A few more toys from our training session. 

Great artists also tend to associate with like minded peoples and talent. They share ideas, inspire each other and that inspiration can actually come from anywhere. Take this post for example. I saw the gun tattoo that Rob did earlier in the day and it made me think about my time spent at the range. There’s a certain relevancy that runs in parallel with the topic and it definitely relates because it boils down to practice.

So was this post random? Sure, but it’s as relevant as it is random, and it runs in perfect alignment with the theory of practice. Life gives you back what you put into it so work hard, hone your craft, put in the hours, but as you sit there laughing at this post, remember this, a drinkers tolerance doesn’t get built overnight, and theres no such thing as great artists that took a creative Viagra, and woke up harder than the rest. Artists have mastered their craft by putting in the necessary work, and the growth – and ultimately the success – they experience is one that is slow and steady so start your journey now.

So tonight when you’re about to fall asleep, think about what you’ve accomplished during the day. Think about what events and practices have consumed your day.

– Are you pushing yourself to become better at your craft?

– Are you trying to expand your portfolio and your clients?

– Are you making the calls to get more clients in?

– Or are you sitting around texting and waiting for it to all magically happen?

Answer those questions and you’ll be able to see for yourself what the future holds for you. But I do promise you one thing, if you spent most of your day randomly texting people or flipping through IG and FB, then rest assured you’l become better at texting – but texting doesn’t pay the bills while browsing through social media doesn’t make you a social worker.

Or does it?

 

– by contributing writer JV