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.



Dog portrait tattoo by Andy Pho

When Erica’s dog, a 7 year old Golden Retriever named Kahlua, passed away in her sleep, the owner decided she was going to get a memorial tattoo done in memory of her beloved friend. That’s when she decided to catch a flight from Washington to Las Vegas, to get a black and grey portrait tattoo done by Andy Pho.

You see, a dog’s love is uncontested and unconditional, which is why they’ve earned the term, “Man’s best friend”. They see no wrong, they pass no judgement and in the end they will become  a part of our lives, but to them, we are their whole lives. So when Erica flew in from Washington, DC flew to get a tattoo we weren’t surprised by her devotion and dedication. In fact, resident Vegas tattooist Andy Pho was more than happy and honored to take on the job and the end result was stellar. That said, we’re sure that Kahlua is looking down proud and wagging her tail knowing that her owner’s love and memory of her hasn’t faded one bit. A special thanks to Erica for trusting us with such a precious and powerful piece.



Eazy-E tattoo done by Fernie Andrade

Just in time for the release of the new movie “Straight Outta Compton”, here’s a fitting piece that was done in memory of Eazy E. The tattoo was done by SDT artist Fernie Andrade, and it’s a powerful tattoo that definitely takes us all on a trip down memory lane.

Born Eric Lynn Wright, he was better know as Eazy-E and has been often referred to as “The Godfather of Gangsta Rap”. A known drug dealer, and high school drop out, Eazy dropped out of school in the 10th grade and invested into Ruthless Records and in turn became a rapper. He then linked up with Ruthless Records artist Ice Cube who wrote, “Boyz in the Hood and along with Dr. Dre, Cube and Eazy they formed N.W.A.

Since then they created their own musical genre, and their movement has been so critical and relevant that it inspired the upcoming movie, “Straight Outta Compton”. For many, this was a magical moment in the 80’s and if you were lucky enough to attend their first concert then you already know what I’m talking about. Looking back, I still remember the concert they held, called “Coolin’ in Compton” which went down at Compton College, and at the time no one thought about business or money, it was all about living for the moment and just being a part of the festivities.



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.



If your’e one of our fans out in Australia be sure to pick up your copy of Inked Magazine. This issue, which was released just a few weeks back, features Russian beauty, Teya Salat on the cover, and it also has a feature story on Robert Pho as well.

The magazine also has great reads on artists such as Jason Clay Dunn, Alex Noir, Katerina Mikky, Cat and Nerida Nicholson. Thanks again to our friends at Inked Magazine for the feature and keep up the great work!




Medusa tattoo by Fernie Andrade.


Medusa has long been an image that has fascinated most of us since child birth. She was the one that would turn you into stone if you looked in her eyes, and the thought of her hair made of snakes was nothing short of trippy and mesmerizing.

Often referred to as “snake head”, she’s a part of Greek mythology, and generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Most sources describe her as the daughter of Phorcys and Ceto, though the author Hyginus interposes a generation and gives Medusa another chthonic pair as parents.

Medusa was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head, which retained its ability to turn onlookers to stone, as a weapon[4] until he gave it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. In classical antiquity the image of the head of Medusa appeared in the evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion.

In most versions of the story, she was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who was sent to fetch her head by King Polydectes of Seriphus because Polydectes wanted to marry his mother. The gods were well aware of this, and Perseus received help. He received a mirrored shield from Athena, gold, winged sandals from Hermes, a sword from Hephaestus and Hades’s helm of invisibility. Medusa was the only one of the three Gorgons who was mortal, so Perseus was able to slay her while looking at the reflection from the mirrored shield he received from Athena. During that time, Medusa was pregnant by Poseidon. When Perseus beheaded her, Pegasus, a winged horse, and Chrysaor, a golden sword-wielding giant, sprang from her body.

Jane Ellen Harrison argues that “her potency only begins when her head is severed, and that potency resides in the head; she is in a word a mask with a body later appended… the basis of the Gorgoneion is a cultus object, a ritual mask misunderstood.”



Covering up an old or unwanted tattoo can be tricky. Depending on the size of the tattoo, as well as the colors involved, the process is one which needs to examined by a professional. It also depends on what you want to do. Do you want to go from a color tattoo to a black and grey piece? Or do you want to cover up an intricate design? All these factors determine the ease (and the price of a cover up), and you also want to make sure the artist has experience doing cover ups. If they say they can do it, but don’t have any samples to show you then it’s up to you to take the gamble.


Las Vegas tattoo artist, Andy Pho, happens to be a cover up specialist and he’s been doing so for years. Here’s a few examples of his work and remember…it’s a tedious process which needs to treated as such. Sometimes they may even suggest using laser tattoo removal to lighten the colors, so it’s in your best interest to seek professional consultation.

Free consultations are available at Skin Design so please feel free to drop us a line to set up an appointment or drop on by.


About Skin Design: 

Though modern in looks, Skin Design stands upon the foundation of old school values and we believe in loyalty and respect. In addition to respecting our culture and our lifestyle, we blend our traditional principles with modern safety standards and all of our artists hold all of the necessary licenses backed with a vast knowledge, experience and expertise in custom ink work, piercing, as well as laser tattoo removal and after care. Our customers demand the best and we chose to stand by that standard by creating a facility that is upheld with the highest standards when it comes to art work, tattoos, sterility and professionalism. We don’t just provide award-winning ink – we provide an experience which should be as memorable and permanent as the artwork you’re looking to get.

Our studio is located on the Southwest corner of Spring Mountain Road and Valley View in Las Vegas, Nevada’s Chinatown District. Also, if you plan to visit us be sure to arrive with appetitive as we are centrally located in Chinatown and walking distance to our shop are some of the best Asian restaurants in the area.


If you’re free be sure to join us this Thursday June 11th for cocktails and live music aboard ship for the Ink-N-Iron Opening Party from 8pm-2am hosted by Tim Hendricks. Be among the FIRST to see the fine works of art before the weekend masses. Also on hand will be Robert Pho’s very first mixed media canvas. This will be the first time that he showcases his work on canvas so be sure to stop on through.

Culture Klash Art Show - Long Beach, CA

Open from 11am-11pm each night of the festival in the Sin Alley Ballroom. You will view works from some of the finest tattoo-low brow and photography artists thriving today. Located aboard ship-Grand Salon.



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.



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



Here’s an eagle tattoo that artist Robert Pho did back in 2005.

The title says it all. Eagles soar and parrots bore. While they’re both majestic creatures they fly at different heights, and while one commands attention the other demands it.

If you look at the nature of both birds you’ll find that they’re polar opposites. An eagle is an individualistic thinker that flies on its own, whereas a parrot is a flocking bird that craves constant admiration and attention. In addition, when it rains, parrots seek shelter and safety, whereas an eagle will fly above the clouds.

Long story short, life is filled with too many parrots and we need more eagles. So which one will you be?

If you’re a flocking bird that’s constantly surrounding yourself with a bunch of yappers how do you ever expect to fly to new heights? The bottom line, do you and get out of the cage. Make moves and fly to new heights because you deserve it.