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TATTOOS: ASIAN INFLUENCE & STYLE.

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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.

 

H2OCEAN x SKIN DESIGN: PRO TEAM

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We’re pleased – and honored – to announce that Fernie Andrade and Robert Pho have joined the H2Ocean Pro Team!

 

This art, this culture, saved me. Literally.

Many moons ago, I went on a “vacation” only to come out with a skill set that I was passionate about. That skill set was tattooing. Since then it’s become my life. Aside from my family, the love I have for this art comes second to none and I respect it not only as an art, but as a lifestyle as well as a tradition.

With that said, I’m a difficult one to please. I’m my biggest competitor, and I strive to achieve nothing less than perfection. I expect the best from myself, as well as those around me, and of course that pursuit comes with plenty of personal doubt and times spent questioning my abilities. Then again, I think that’s what happens to anyone who’s passionate about what they do. But in the end, all I can do is hone my craft and try my best.

Along those same lines, I also believe in aligning myself with the best in the business. I don’t jump on the latest trends, and I don’t cosign what’s popular. For me, I like to align myself with brands, companies and individuals that I believe in. I need to believe in my heart that these entities are representing – or servicing – the art for the better and that brings me to my next subject: H2Ocean.

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Just a part of the H2Ocean product line. 

If my memory serves me correct, I was first introduced to their brand back in 2003. It seemed like a promising product, but as with anything new you gotta try it out, so I did. A few years later I was still buying their products, but this time around my rep approached me and asked me to join a new program they had called, the “Pro Team”. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I had my hesitations – H2Ocean was still in its infancy, but it had a good product – but as I said earlier, I’m not one to just jump on what’s new and trending.  Needless to say, as the years have passed, I’ve carried their products religiously and the bottom line is they work, and they work well. In addition, H2Ocean was no fly by night company resting on hype, and looking to make a quick buck. Since then they’ve gone on to become a benchmark in the aftercare category. As for the offer to join the Pro Team, well it seemed to have gotten overshadowed by daily life, work and building up Skin Design.

 

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Fernie Andrade, Eddie Kolos & Myself. 

 

Fast forward to 2015, and as fate would have it, I ran into the H20 Family this past weekend at the BTSOE. It was good to reconnect with reps, both old and new, and I also had a chance to meet and greet with Eddie Kolos – the owner. It was good to meet the man behind the brand, then to my surprise, a few days later, they dropped by the shop, and after a giving them a tour and some good conversation, Eddie once again extended the invitation to join their Pro Team to both Fernie and I. He basically said, “It’s time”, and needless to say, both Fernie and I were honored and happy to join.

Now as a I write this blog post, I think back to 2003 and all I can say is that H2Ocean has come a long way. They’ve stood the test of time, provided quality products, and they’re testament to the fact that hard work does pay off.

In closing, I’d just like to thank Eddie for offering the invitation to us while extending a warm congratulations to him and his team on their continued success. It’s good to see H20cean evolve into what it has become today, and we’d like to thank you once again for keeping us in mind. We’re both honored and humbled to take part of your team.

 

ABOUT H2OCEAN

H2OCEAN specializes in developing natural products for safe and effective healing without using harmful chemicals. Their patent on sea salt and water allows us them the exclusivity to bottle the natural healing powers of the ocean – thus the name. Safe for all ages, skin types and diabetics, their products have no side effects and are nonaddicting. Sold in more than 13,000 retail locations throughout U. S. and International markets, they’re the First in First Aid. 

 

LEG SLEEVE TATTOO: SOPRANOS GANGSTER THEME.

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Healed shot of Monte’s gangster themed tattoo by Robert Pho

Gangster themed tattoos, mob related tattoos, call it what you want, but they’re inspiring and powerful. Our obsession with the bad guy comes with a reason. The power they provide, and their disregard for the law empowers us, and while we all don’t want to break the law, there is something that draws us towards these characters – some of which are fictional and some who happen to be real.

Gangster related films really started in the early 30’s and 40’s in France, but it wasn’t till the Godfather trilogy, Scarface and Goodfellas, that these films became a major part of pop culture. While we don’t necessarily idolize their occupation, we do idolize their power, wealth and ability to not give two cents of  a sh*t. Especially in a world of political correctness, we’re taught to bite our tongue but sometimes we’d really like to just put perpetrators out on front street.

With that said, this leg sleeve tattoo has become a hit as of late. Done on one our customers in Los Angeles, it took a month and a half to complete and it’s a work of art. This is also a part of a project which will soon become a full body suit, so we’ll keep you updated on the progress and we’ll see you all at a show or expo soon.

GUEST SPOT: BRYAN RAMRIEZ TATTOOING AT SDT TODAY.


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Come through or stop on by.

Our good friend and great tattoo artist, Bryan Ramirez from UTG (Under the Gun) will be guest spotting with us today so pass through and be sure to scope us out at the Las Vegas Tattoo Show aka BTSOE (Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth) this weekend.

TATTOO INSPIRED: DISNEY ON STEROIDS.

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Disney inspired tattoos have long been popular but now a Florida-based illustrator Joel Santana, is giving us inspiration with a little remix. In his world, Disney characters are reimagined as pinup girls with tattoos and his play on these characters is absolutely remarkable.

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During a recent interview with Cosmopolitan he said, “Belle isn’t just posing; she’s reading and sitting on a pile of books, and being inked by the Beast, who’s sort of in the shadows,” Santana said. “This was a way of echoing his dark side of the mansion where he lives in the film … I wanted to tell parts of the story to give the piece dimension.”

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Be sure to follow this stellar artist because this is just the start of a project which is sure to become viral.