Everybody has foreign language tattoo. Arabic, Japanese, Chinese… errrrybody is jumping into this fad, and I was determined to do the same. In 2011, I’d been living in Jinan, China for about three months, studying Mandarin as a foreign exchange student. It wasn’t long before a group of us realized that our quiet, lazy city was home to the flagship tattoo parlor of Fu Hailin, … Continue reading Beware the Character Curse!
How to care for a new tattoo has been an ongoing debate for almost as long as there have been tattoos (which for some Polynesian cultures dates back thousands of years). For some reason the tattoo community has had a hard time reaching a general consensus. The root cause may lie in the lack of standardization within the modern tattoo community. There are literally … Continue reading How Do You Take Care of a New Tattoo?
Homebum “When I was around 17 years old, I spent a little time traveling around the country. I left with a few friends, a car, a bag of clothes, and around $200 cash. We made it to Arizona and met up with another crew of vagabonds at a rest area, and I traded my car to a couple of tweakers for a gutted ‘53 Chevy … Continue reading Tattoo Chair Confessional: Tattoo Clients Share Their Stories