Monthly Archives: April 2015

Charity will be in town <3

Charity will be visiting us at the Greece location on May 4th, 5th & 6th. She still has a few appointments left for while she  is here.

You can check out more of Charity’s work and learn more about her on her website lovelivecake and if you would like to set something up for while she is in town – please contact her via email at charityhamidullahart@gmail.com

If you aren’t ready to get something done, stop in while she is here and say hi to this amazing woman who is spreading love with her art and her attitude.

tattoo by Charity floral tattoo by Charity eye tattoo by Charity eagle tattoo by Charity art rose by charity

Cheese Tattooing (this has nothing to do with April’s Fools)

We have an apprentice at the shop. There are only so many things you can do and learn before you start working on people. Over the years I have seen people practice on grapefruit, chicken, leather, bananas, melons and “fake skin”. There are disadvantages to all of these and none of them really approximate skin.

TeeJay, Joe and Starr were bouncing ideas around of things that might be more helpful for gauging depth control. Joey came up with the idea to put a slice of cheese on a balloon. Go too deep, the balloon pops and you get instant feed back on how deep is too deep.

We did happen to have some sliced cheese at the shop (a little too thick) but alas no balloons. An empty water jug took it’s place. This actually was really beneficial as you have to stabilize the water jug just like a person (although we would never hold a client in place with our knees).

Starr had already left for the night by the time that the cheese experiment began…. but TeeJay, Pam, Nadia and Joey all gave it a go. Nadia had never held a tattoo machine before (she is our receptionist in Webster) so it gave us some different feed back as to how useful of an experiment it was.

The extra ink can not be wiped away without damaging the cheese (blotting or washing afterwards help some) and the integrity of the cheese was too variable for consistently good linework… but it was a useful experiment and with some thinner cheese (or maybe a processed cheese that is more consistent) I think it would actually be a beneficial exercise.

And you can eat what you don’t tattoo. Actually you could eat what you tattooed as well, but neither vaseline nor Instablack are tasty.

The intended victim

The intended victim

first attempt

first attempt

Pam

Pam

Pam

Pam

TeeJay

TeeJay

Nadia

Nadia

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Joey

Joey

Joey (TeeJay and Nadia in mirror)

Joey (TeeJay and Nadia in mirror)

Tattooed Cheese!!!

Tattooed Cheese!!!

The cheese did better when it was first out of the fridge. Hanging around makes the cheese soft and squishy. Perhaps if we left it around long enough to start to dry out it would be easier to work with.

This is what happens in tattoo shops when you aren’t looking.