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.


Russia’s first tattoo festival has been held in Sochi, and the enthusiasm and adrenaline was active with artists and attendees showing off their work for the judges at the Black Sea Resort. Here’s a short clip on the festivities.


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. 


To say that I hate flying might be a bit dramatic. Let’s just say that I dislike it and avoid it whenever possible. So when I hear about clients flying in from overseas I’m not only impressed but also humbled that they would fly some 14 hours to get work done here at Skin Design Tattoo. This particular piece was done on someone who flew in from China just a few weeks ago and it’s of a dove holding a key as well as a clock.


There are so many reasons why people tattoo doves on themselves. For some it marks a new beginning, for others it represents the purity of thoughts and action, but that’s the beautiful thing about art and the world of tattoos. The beauty and interpretation will vary from one person to the next but for me this tattoo translated into many things. For me, the clock represented the time we have left on earth. You don’t really think about it, but each second we live is yet another second we die, so you have to cherish time and make your dreams come true while allocating the time necessary with friends and family that matter. As for the key, well it makes me think about the idea of unlocking our full potential and the battle we face on the daily. In short, the key ties in well with the clock because we’re all in a race against time. Time is what determines how long we get to play so use your time accordingly and let’s make the most of this lifetime.

Thanks for you continued support and as always thanks for stopping by the site! Hope everyone is having a good week so far.


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.








Robert Pho’s gallery has been updated with new photos. Please 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. 




We’ve got some cool collabos in the works and we’re excited to be able to build alongside some of today’s most prominent brands and tastemakers. We’ll leak details shortly but in the meantime, we’re still steady on the grind.

Todays meeting came complete with food, drinks and a view, and the meeting actually went down in a pretty unorthodox place – the top of a hotel. I’ll honest, it felt more like being at a day club minus the crowds and noise, but the vibe was cool and end results were all good.



On the way out we asked why they chose to meet here and the answer was pretty priceless as one said, “You can’t be creative when you’re confined by walls so I decided to have it here.” His business partner followed up by saying, “Having meetings here remind me of when I used to work as a cabana boy. It reminds me to stay humble, and when I used to work as a cabana boy I promised myself that one day I’d be back as a guest and not an employee. Well that was 13 years ago and since then I host as many meetings as I can poolside as a constant reminder of how far I’ve come and how close I could be to going back if I don’t handle mines.”

Definitely deep seated words.

*What’s with the video? Well that song by Puff Daddy and Mase went on repeat like 4x during our meeting and now it’s engrained in my head and looping like mad. Now I’m just returning the favor by posting it up here. You can thank me later. lol.



Children’s parties are getting a much needed make over and the woman behind the face changing epidemic is Christy Lewis aka “Daizy”. Her business is all about creating smiles, making memories and giving kids the time of their life. With a crew of professional face painters, she’s all about the smiles and her work is sure to create lasting memories of innocence and sheer joy.


By using professional quality paint and glitter designed to be safe on the skin, she’s for hire for parties, Hens Parties, Baby Showers, Fancy Dress Parties, Corporate events, Business Promotions, Prenatal Belly Paintings, Small and Large Community Events. Check out her work.