SDT Family, Lee Happs, takes home Runner Up in Best Portrait Category for his Kris Kristofferson tattoo.
Just a few weeks ago, SDT Family Lee Happs entered one of the larger tattoo shows in UK. That show, called Tattoo Freeze, is presented by Skin Deep Magazine and out of 100’s of entries, Lee was awarded Runner Up in the category for Best Portrait.
The tattoo he showed was done by Las Vegas tattoo artist, Fernie Andrade, and the very detailed tattoo is of legendary actor Kris Kristofferson and the rig he drove in the movie Convoy.

 Convoy Movie Trailer. 
Lee will be back this year to do some additional work so we’ll keep you posted on any new updates and a big thanks and pat on the back goes out to Lee as well as Skin Deep Magazine for recognizing his art work.



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.


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”.






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.



Black & Grey Tattoo sleeve by Fernie Andrade

Las Vegas has absolutely no shortage of tattoo artists, or tattoo shops. With hundreds of tattooists to choose from, there’s a huge selection of faces and places to choose from but we’re proud to staff some of the best artists in town. The creative geniuses on our staff deliver tattoos that are bar none some of the best not only in Vegas – but in the world – and the proof is in their portfolios.

The tattoo above, was done by resident SDT artist Fernie Andrade, and his work is some of the most sought after in the game. Typical booked months out, it is advised that you book far in advance and it comes as no surprise that his list continually gets longer. Fernie’s attention to detail and ability to seamlessly merge multiple images, makes him a world class artist and we’re proud to have him as part of the SDT Family.

If you would like to view more of his work then please visit his portfolio by clicking here.



This past weeeknd, BTSOE had one vendor that really impressed me. Who was it? Read up and find out.

What will you leave your family when you pass? Memories? Pictures? Perhaps a video montage? Well Save My Ink now gives people a chance for members to leave a piece art, while leaving a piece of them  – literally.

Art is as much about creation, as it is about preservation. Regardless of the discipline of art you practice or collect, there will always be those who create it, those who collect it, and those who spread the history. In the same breath,it is that word which will soon be passed from one generation to the next, and in turn it becomes the chronicles of our culture and a part of history.


With that said, the culture of tattoos is no different. Each day that passes, there is an untold story waiting to be shared, and so long as it is accurately told and represented, then the future artisans of the world will have a better idea as to how our art came to be.

While historians aim to educate and inform, collectors on the other hand, keep in their possessions the artifacts of time. We have the ancient ruins in which art is scribed in stone, and when it comes to art on paper or canvas, we have those who keep them in their private collections and museums who keep them in their galleries. But when you stop to think about the medium of tattoos, it’s an art form which typically dies with us simply because it’s on our skin – till now.


The gents over at Save My Ink have created  an ingenious way to preserve our tattoos and they have now given us the ability to share not only a piece of art, but a piece of ourselves, which in turn can be passed on from one generation to the next. Consider it an art, a moment frozen in time, but we consider it something much more powerful: A legacy.

Though some may be appalled, or a little disturbed by the service, it is a gift of personal treasures – literally. In essence, getting one of your tattoos framed and preserved is much more visual, and much more personal than having the ashes of your loved one contained in an urn, and it’s a gift that provides a visual reminder of a piece of art which once adorned your loved ones body.


When I first heard about this service, this past weekend at BTSOE, we were impressed. It’s an incredible service of preservation, and in all honesty, it’s the most sacred gift one can give to loved ones and not only a memoriam of art – but soul.

In a statement, they said, “We want to provide resources and support [our members] may not otherwise have access to,” Charles Hamm, NAPSA executive director and chairman of the group’s board, said in the news release, which references a 2012 Harris Interactive poll that suggests one in five American adults has at least one tattoo, a 14 percent increase from the Nielsen group’s 2008 survey.

According to the release, removing a tattoo from one of its member’s deceased bodies involves “a chemical and enzymatic process that permanently alters the chemical structure, thus permanently fixing it against decomposition (while preserving the integrity of the art).” The group said the final product isn’t classified as tissue and isn’t toxic.They further added, “This process rejuvenates the art and brings it back to essentially its original look”.

I’m glad to have met the gents over at Save My Ink and I can’t thank them enough for giving me a personal tour of their gallery. The experience was uplifting, mesmerizing and I wish them nothing but the best in their endeavor. To have someone think outside the box and give us the ability to give a gift that keeps on giving, is priceless and I encourage all of you to check them out. You can visit their official sit by clicking here.


The tattoo removal process begins within 18 hours of a member passing, whereby the designated beneficiary alerts NAPSA. From there, NAPSA sends paperwork and a package with the removal kit to the member’s funeral home overnight. Within 60 hours, a mortician that agrees to participate follows provided instructions to remove the tattoo, placing it in a nontoxic, temporary preservation compound, and returns it to the NAPSA. The organization then preserves the art and sends it to the beneficiary, who receives a certificate for his or her participation, within six months.


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Looking for a clown tattoo? Here’s a great example. 




When a client approached tattoo artist Robert Pho to do a sleeved clown tattoo, it was game on. This assembly of clowns and circus themed tattoos came out incredible and it’s the start of a massive body suit which is simply, clownin’. With existing tattoos being removed via laser, this body suit is a work in progress and it’s sure to go down as legendary. In addition to clowns and circus themes, this person also decided to include multiple themes on different body parts including one leg sleeve tattoo which is family oriented, and another leg which is all mob related.

In all, it’s an intense piece that will be revealed in entirety soon enough so stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted on any more progress. As always, thanks for stopping by the site and hope you’re having a great Monday!


Even if I tried to make them, my tattoos just won’t scrub off in the shower. This is a good thing. I like my tattoos. The reason they’re here to stay involves some fascinating body science. YouTube chemistry channel Reactions delves into the reason behind the  permanence of tattoos in a video published Tuesday that goes under the skin.

The video kicks off with a history lesson. People who are surprised by the popularity of tattoos these days might not realize the skin decorations have been around for thousands of years. While pigments such as copper and tree bark were once the norm, today’s tattoo artists rely on substances including carbon and malachite suspended in a liquid like water or alcohol.

So how does that pigment manage to stay in place? It’s all about the immune response.

Getting a tattoo is like getting a controlled wound. The needle repeatedly enters the skin, depositing ink as it goes. Cells called macrophages show up to eat the invasive pigments and then get stuck in place beneath the epidermis, the top layer of skin. They stay there and so does your tattoo of Grumpy Cat riding Twilight Sparkle.

Via C|NET: Click here to read full story.