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THE LEGEND: JOHNNY CASH TATTOO

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.”

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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.

 

SKIN DESIGN TATTOOS: A DAY IN PHOTOS

Here’s a few flicks from a random day at Skin Design Tattoos. Captured by the lens of Andy Pho, that day was action packed with two collectors coming in to get additional work from Robert and Fernie. In the end, it was great to see all the artists and collectors appreciating each others art and we’ll have full profiles on these works of art once they’re healed.

In the meantime, enjoy the pics and have a great start of the week!

 

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HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO GIVING UP?

Giving up comes as a result of frustration. But before you give up, you have to do some soul searching and ask yourself why it is you held on so long. You see, sometimes it’s right before you give up that miracles happen so don’t give up on what you want, and remember that there’s a fine line between what you give up and what you really gave up.

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TATTOO CONVENTION: SEE YOU AT MUSINK 2015

Along with 300 of the World’s greatest tattoo artists, Skin Design Tattoo will be at Musink 2015 so be sure to stop on by and say hi. Tickets are on sale now so don’t miss out on this 3 day extravaganza. Presented by Travis Barker, this event is sure to be jam packed so get your tickets by clicking here and we’ll see you there.

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IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BUILD YOUR EMPIRE.

According to Forbes, there are 31 billionaires in the U.S. that are under 40 years of age. Now add to the equation, the numbers of millionaires all throughout the world, and there’s really no exact number because they’re being produced monthly. Now here’s a few more facts to consider:

 

– In the year 1900, there were only 5,000 millionaires in the United States. In 2000, there were more than five million. Before the Great Recession, there were 9.2 million households worth $1 million or more.

Only 20% of millionaires are retirees. Around 80% still go to work.

– Just 17% of millionaires or their spouses attended a private elementary or high school. However, 55% of millionaires’ children have attended/are attending private schools.

– Most modern American millionaires today (about 80%) are first-generation millionaires. Usually the fortune they build will dissipate by the second or third generation.

– Those with Russian ancestry have the highest concentration of millionaire households in America. The Scottish rank second and Hungarians rank third. English ancestry groups rank fourth. The Russian American millionaire group has approximately $1.1 trillion, or nearly 5% of all the personal wealth in America.

– Most American millionaires are manager-owners of businesses.
So does this have you motivated or depressed that you haven’t got your piece of the pie? Well here’s good news for all the late bloomers out there. Age is not a factor in creating your empire and it’s never too late. Take a look at a few of these folks who have built empires later in life.

Jeffery Brotman launched the bulk food warehouse Costco at the age 40 – that’s right – 40. I am sure you’ve heard plenty of people say that if you haven’t made it by 40, you probably won’t. Had Mr. Brotman believed that, we wouldn’t be shopping and saving in bulk at the ninth largest retailer in the world.

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But Mr. Brotman isn’t the only person to find true genius later in life. Henry Royce found his even later, founding the Rolls-Royce brand with partner Charles Rolls in 1904 at the age of 43.

Still not convinced? Sam Walton started the Walmart brand empire, also affectionately known as “Wally World” at the age of 44. In 2014 Walmart was named #19 on Forbes list of the world’s most valuable brands.

And the list goes on and on. In fact, there are more incredible examples included in the infographic featured here, which was created by information designer Anna Vital at startup organization Funders and Founders. You can peruse to find examples up to and including Charles Flint, who launched IBM at age 61, here.

So are you still thinking that you might be behind the curve ball in starting a new endeavor? Well you’re not and you’ve got plenty of time. Just go for it!

 

Featured photo credit: FundersandFounders/AnaVital via fundersandfounders.com

Featured tattoo in the header by Fernie Andrade

LEG SLEEVE TATTOO

Patrick came down all the way from San Francisco to get tatted, and he sat through this session and more. We’ll have the full story posted up on Monday so check back in and have a great weekend!

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WHAT LITTLE I LEARNED FROM SCHOOL WENT A LONG WAY.

For the past 25 years, tattoos have been my life. I’ve known nothing else, I’ve practiced it with due diligence and patience, and after all this time there’s lots I have learned and one quote that I simply can’t forget. That quote? Well it comes from the infamous words of Jim Morrison,

“I’m interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.”

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Here’s a portrait of Jim Morrison I did a few years back.

Those words have resonated in the back of my head since way back when and it’s with good reason. In  my youth I was more than just the rebellious type. I was out of control, angry and I was obsessed with going against the grain and the powers that be. I also didn’t take in too much during school but I do remember learning about the Revolt of the Admirals…and I was hooked.

If you’re unfamiliar with that incident it was about the Navy admirals publicly disagreeing with the President and Secretary of Defense and that intrigued me. To see that they would stand up against higher powers was empowering, and at that time, the word “revolt” became my favorite word – and probably the biggest word I knew for quite some time. Thank God things changed. lol.

But I was more than rebel, and actually a rebel with a bad cause and it was because of that it landed me on a short term vacation where sand and palm trees were only dreamed of. But that’s a whole other story.

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 Part of a rare collection of never seen before photos of Jim Morrison

My obsession with that quote actually came way before I was a tattoo artist and maybe that’s why I became one. Back in the day, being a tattoo artist was frowned upon, and maybe it was because of it’s rebellious nature and aura that I eventually became absorbed. Back then I saw tattoos as an artistic outlet of expression with a rebellious aura and again I wanted to go against the grain of what society deemed as “appropriate”. Needles to say, this lifestyle and that quote has taken me to where I am today and I’m thankful. Looking back, tattooing actually saved my life and granted me freedom and that’s something that I’ll touch upon at a later time.  Thanks for stopping by. ~ RP

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BE INSPIRED BY WHO YOU MEET & WHERE YOU MEET.

A few days ago we got together for a creative brainstorming. Here’s a few flicks of where we met as well as what was around us. We decided to snap a few flicks to remind us that anything in life is possible. Sure…some of us may not want the fancy cars or big homes, but at the end of the day money is a medium to buy whatever it is you want.

Be inspired by what surrounds you.

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 A few of the toys that were flown into town by Khalifa. 

In short, your brain is the most powerful tool you’ve got and how you perceive things and what you take in makes all the difference in the world. Even the tiniest little elements help. Take for example, something as simple as a smell. It’s a proven fact that the smell of  a clean fragrance triggers people to think that the environment is clean and sterile. Makes sense…right?

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 Flicks by Garret B.

 Now we’re not trying to get all scientific here, all we’re saying is that you should choose the people and places you meet carefully and you’ll get more productive end results. It’s also important to filter what your mind processes. Money, much like art and the artists that provide the service, come in levels of varying degrees.

Use others success as inspiration for your own. See a better artist than you? Don’t get mad get better. Look…simply put, you can never be too wise, never too knowledgeable and never too rich. No one in this world gets everything, and this is how balance is created, so get out there and be influenced by your environment.

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Take a look around and learn from the positives and negatives to create your own balance and inspiration. On another note, stay inspired and stay tuned for big things coming.

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HOW DO TATTOOS WORK?

Here’s a good video that gives a brief overview as to how tattoos work. It’s an insightful piece that talks about various methods of applying a tattoo as well as the science behind the magic of tattoos. In the same dialogue it also goes over a short descriptions of laser tattoo removal. Enjoy!

 

2 AM GRIND.

It’s 2 am and they’re still grindin’ and they’re still grinnin’.

Knowing a lot of successful and talented people has given me an unorthodox outlook on success. I don’t fall victim to the material goods they possess, nor do I ever become dazed by what they have and what I can’t afford – let alone pronounce. Instead I appreciate them for the sacrifices they’ve made and the things they’ve lost. For me, I try to find out the backend and look at the opportunity costs associated with what they’ve gained. Long story short, no one in the world gains without losing. We don’t live one-second without dying one-second.

You see, most people just see the glitz and glamour of success, but rarely do they take the time to find out what it really took to attain it. There’s countless hours of sacrifice, sleepless nights and tons of stress, but that’s all a part of the game – and any game at that. Regardless if you want to be the best photographer, lawyer, tattoo artist, or nail artist, you have to have those basic essentials built into you. But don’t get it wrong. This piece isn’t about complaining, it’s about highlighting what’s often overlooked.

 

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 Robert and Fernie chopping it up. (Photos by Andy Pho)

 

In the grand scheme of things, ask someone how they achieved their success and you’ll hear people preach about practice, resilience, hard work and perseverance, but those are just the common denominators of success. There’s so much more to what you see on the surface level, and if you dig a bit deeper you’ll soon find that simple things such as “free time”, soon become a commodity and something you dream of. In reality, it’s actually kind of ironic how it works. When you first start off  you’ll pray and dream for business and publicity, but once that’s been granted you’ll be praying for peace and privacy, but it’s a cycle that you have to deal with.

So the next time you’re about to ask a business person or artist how they managed to achieve success, ask them instead what they lost – and the answers will be much different. Some will tell you that they lost  time, others will tell you they lost relationships, then there’s those who’ll tell you that they damn nearly lost their sanity.

So just remember, with every opportunity comes an opportunity cost and the one thing I can promise you is that you’ll never hear someone say, “I lost nothing and it was easy street.” Sh*t…just for the ease of things, ask someone that won the lottery if they lost more than the face value of the ticket and you’ll find out otherwise. Trust me I know – I have two friends that have won the lotto and while I initially felt ill to my stomach I soon enough realized that I wasn’t envious at all. I guess that’s where the old adage, “There’s a cost to be the boss” comes from.

Just food for thought.

 

Contributed by Jay V.  – A Canadian based writer whose work has appeared in the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. He’s also a contributor to some of your favorite lifestyle magazines, and when he’s not shoveling snow, he’s working on his 4-acre ranch trying to make cool stuff.