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JIME LITWALKA WALK INSIDE THE MIND OF A MASTERI first met Jime Litwalk on the tattoo convention circuit in Florida about four years ago. I was impressed with his animated style and his overall attitude towards his art. I had been to his shop, Electric Superstition, in Detroit, Mich. Then while on a trip to Las Vegas, Nev. I got to hang out at his new spot at Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company, and I sat down with him to do this interview. Where are you from?Southwest Detroit. How old were you when you got into the tattoo business and why?I first started hanging out at shops in my teens. At the time, I was drawing and airbrushing. The guys at the shop asked me to draw tattoos for their customers and charged them extra because they were "custom." I just thought it was funny to see my art on other people. That was when I first started thinking about actually tattooing. I officially started working when I was 21, after a year and a half apprenticeship. What was the first shop you worked in?Color Master, and I apprenticed under the owner, Chuck Groulx. He was the one who suggested that I start tattooing. How did you and Chuck Groulx meet?At first, Chuck and I didn’t get along. I went over to Chuck's one night because my friend Jason wanted to get a tattoo from him. We all ended up partying while Jason was being tattooed. A couple of bottles later, I woke up with my name tattooed on my arm, misspelled. After that, Chuck and I were friends. When did your tattooing start to head in its current direction?I didn't really hear about custom tattooing until about two years in. Chuck and I went over to Eternal one day for Chuck to get an Octopus by Scotty S. Scott. Scott took Chuck’s arm and drew a circle on his elbow and some squiggly lines down his arm.After Chuck agreed to it, they got to work.Two hours later and I’m looking at a really cool ocotpus. At that moment, my eyes were open to greater possibilities to what could be done in tattooing. Who were some of the artists that have inspired you?Some of the first artists that inspired me were Bernie Luther, Mario Barth, Eddie Deutsch, and Little Vinnie. I really like Jeff Zuck's earlier work, Gunnar, Frank Lee's earlier stuff, Sparky from Calif., Randy Muller, Joe Capobianco, Eric Merrill, Dave Fox, and my hero, Josh Ford. How is it working at Hart and Huntington?It's really not that much different from any other shop I’ve worked at. On television you see the drama and the story lines for the public, but when there are no cameras, the situations are pretty much the same as any other tattoo shop. My attitude has also changed concerning shop owners who don’t do any tattooing themselves. I used to have the opinion that if you didn’t tattoo, you didn’t need to own a shop. Now, I see that the owner provides a clean shop with the interest of the public and the employees in mind. I know a lot of tattoo artists that don’t deserve to have their own shops. I like it out here and so does my family. I make a good living so that I can take care of them and that’s all that matters to me at this point. What’s your favorite pastime outside of work?My work is my life. I have my family at home and my work family, who I only get to see when I travel, but I wouldn’t trade my home life for anything. I owe everything to them.[...]




Paul Rodney has come a long way since making tattoo machines out of cassette players and guitar strings. He's moved on to a life of custom artwork, published flash, and a stocked trophy shelf. Along this journey he's also made Crystal a part of his life, as much as he is a part of hers. Crystal Rodney is now the poster girl for Blazin Colors Tattoo in Wilmington, N.C. and Rodney's wife. You can find the couple on the convention circuit, one of the venues where Crystal likes to express herself in a way that lets other girls know that "it is sexy as hell to have ink." But Crystal also enjoys the simple things like hanging out at the beach (with some SPF60), collecting seashells, and relaxing with her family and her Pomeranians.

Where are you originally from, and when were you first introduced to tattoos?

I'm originally from New Jersey. I was first introduced to tattoos when I found out my younger sister got one on her back. I thought it looked so pretty and I wanted one immediately, so I dragged my best friend to the tattoo shop with me one night.

When did you meet Paul, and how has your life changed since then?

I met Paul when he did my first tattoo. I find out later that he didn't do it all in one sitting so he could see me again. I think he may just have liked starring at my underwear. Meeting Paul has made it ok for me to be me, and opened me up to my new hobby of obtaining a more erotic look.

How do you decide what you want tattooed on you?

I get tattoos of things that I have always loved in my life that inspire me, things that are beautiful to me. I get things that signify there is still beauty and hope in this crazy cold world. Paul has done all of my tattoos, and is capable of anything he puts his mind to.

What do you like about tattoo conventions?

Tattoo conventions are a lot of fun. You get to see a lot of great art work, and meet lots of interesting people. And the best part is you get to see all sorts of crazy tattoos. It's a place where anything and everything goes. I think sometimes people express themselves through the artwork they wear, or it may just be a moment in time where they said, "Hey, I want that."

What are your plans for your future tattoos?

I just started a new piece on the side of my left thigh, and it's my largest one yet. It's a sea horse with water and flowers. It goes from my hip, down the side of my leg, to my knee. It's amazing, and I can't wait until it is done, because it has been painful as hell.

How did you end up modeling for David Bollt?

I had been dying to do a photo shoot, and a visit with David Bollt is just what the doctor ordered. He is so professional, and made me feel comfortable. It took a few hours, but it could have gone on all night. Almost every position he puts you in is a new pose. It was tiring, but the pictures came out great, and it was well worth it. I can't wait to do it again!

Has that turned into anything yet? Are you excited that you might see yourself as a Bollt painting?

I am completely flattered that such a great artists might be inspired by a picture of me, and make something out of it. It is really exciting just to know that it was a thought, and I am very thankful to David. If you like what you see check out more pictures of me and some great tattoos at



THE 2ND ANNUALICELANDIC TATTOO AND ROCK FESTIVALby Chuck B. From the August 2007 issue of PRICK Magazine. Getting to go to the first annual Icelandic Tattoo and Rock Festival last year was an out of the blue, random act of God's grace. Going to the second annual Icelandic Tattoo and Rock Festival was a deeply anticipated, dream come true. The first time I experienced Iceland it was a whirlwind trip that only lasted a few days. Of those days, too many were wasted on flight delays and the actual travel time. This trip I decided to take more time and explore all that is Iceland. Ossur and his wife Linda along with Dave Greninger once again put on an event that was nothing but first class. Shortly after getting acclimated to the time in Reykjavik, on the Thursday before the fest kicked off, I met up with the American artists that were working the show. Ossur set us up in a very well appointed apartment and left us like excited kids in a candy store to explore a bit before a very busy Friday.We set off to the waterfront to soak in the majesty of Iceland.The huge mountains and dark blue water is a perfect backdrop to a city that looks and feels more like a resort or perfectly planned community. There are only 300,000 people on the entire island of Iceland and for the most part these islanders are smart, good-looking, and cool. Iceland is one of the most expensive places to live on the planet.Why? Because it’s worth it! Reykjavik has the best aspects of the US and Europe combined, with its pristine and utterly pure environment. The ancient Viking spirit and blood line remains untainted among the people, and they are proud of it. We made our way back into the heart of the city and visited a couple of shops including Svirrir's House of Pain Tattoo, and made plans to explore some of the countryside Friday Morning. Friday morning (after some "light" partying Thursday night) we drove off with quite possibly the craziest couple in all of Iceland, Svirrir and Dillah.We went across the narrow winding roads of rural Iceland to the continental divide and original House of Parliament meeting place. It was an amazing sight. It was sort of a mini Grand Canyon but more Lord of the Rings looking.After a few minutes of gazing we raced off like criminals on the run back to the city to set up for the show. The festival kicked off and the artists settled into their booths.Tattoo enthusiasts and the general public began to file in at a good pace.The day grew more intense after a few live radio interviews with the artists hit the airwaves on the local rock station 97X.The buzz in the room grew louder by the moment.The enthusiasm of the tattoo collectors in Iceland is like none I have ever seen before.There seems to be a sort of cultural renaissance taking place in Reykjavik. The whole Icelandic hip scene is very arts driven, so people are getting large pieces and letting the artists be artists. Friday, the tattoo artists produced a ton of killer work, and everyone seemed pleased with the turnout.The fest closed at midnight and it was time to cut loose a little more.The nightlife in Reykjavik is world class and the locals take the party very seriously. Since it doesn't get dark in the summer the good times come to an end in the extremely A.M. hours. Making it to the fest on time Saturday proved to be a bit more difficult than I expected and the day was even busier than I expected. The machines never stopped running and the appointments never stopped booking up. All the Icelandic artists in attendance were creating masterpiece after masterpiece, and they worked together as if they were in an art guild workshop. There were several Icelandic pride types of tattoos done by the local artists as well as a few from the Americans. Saturday ended with a bunch of aching wrists and backs. The tattooing never stopped, the awesome Icelandic hospitality never subsided and the party kept rolling throughout the entire weekend at Bar 11, the best and only real rock 'n' roll bar of Reykjavik. Sunday the artists[...]



The Yakuza is the name given to organized criminal gangs from Japan. The Yakuza is not a single organization but rather a collection of separate gangs or clans akin to the American Mafia. These violent criminals have left their fingerprints on many aspects of Japanese life, from lowly gambling and prostitution rackets to the halls of high-level political and financial power.The various gangs that make up the Yakuza have different origins, and the gangs' versions of these origins can be quite different from the historical record. In their own vision of themselves, Yakuza descend from honorable, Robin-Hood-like characters who defended their villages from roving bandits. Some even claim to trace the Yakuza's lineage to Ronin, samurai warriors who found themselves without masters following a period of political upheaval in 17th century Japan [source: Crime Library]. Others claim that Yakuza instead originated with the kabuki-mono, "the crazy ones." These were wildly-dressed hoodlums who carried very long swords, intimidated entire villages and sometimes executed civilians for no particular reason [source: Kaplan]. The truth is likely a blend of the two stories. Left without a military hierarchy to give their lives focus, many samurai turned to crime. Others moved into merchant trades or shadier businesses such as gambling houses and brothels [source: Seymour]. These criminals, master-less warriors and newcomers to the Japanese market system had one thing in common: they were all outsiders.The name "Yakuza" reflects this outsider status. It comes from a Japanese card game called Oicho-Kabu. This game is similar to baccarat in that the point value of a hand is based on the final digit of the hand's score. A hand of eight, nine and three equals 20, which is worth zero points - the worst possible hand in the game. The Japanese words for eight, nine and three (ya, ku and za) became the word "Yakuza," meaning worthless or pointless. Check out this page on oicho-kabu to learn more about the game.­ ­­The word "Yakuza" originally referred to a person who was a gang member, but today it also refers to Japanese organized crime as a whole. Boryokudan, another word for Yakuza, is considered an insult. It refers to degenerate, violent gangsters with no sense of tradition or honor. This i­s how the Japanese police refer to the Yakuza.­The Yakuza's most direct ancestors are groups of quasi-legal businessmen from the 18th century who gambled or peddled goods on the streets of large cities. Known as bakuto and tekiya, respectively, these gamblers and peddlers still lend their names to some Yakuza clans today [source: Kaplan]. These groups gradually organized themselves into gangs known as families or clans, which had formal hierarchies and rules.In the late 19th century, the Yakuza became associated with nationalist, militaristic ideologies and politics. Gangs cultivated alliances with politicians, and politicians used them to assassinate opponents, strong-arm trade groups or even fight in nearby nations like China [source: Kaplan]. The disorder of post-World-War-II Japan may also have given the Yakuza an even stronger foothold in Japanese economics and politics.Yakuza ActivitiesYakuza are criminal gangs. They participate in many of the same money-making activities as all criminal gangs. Illegal gambling and prostitution are Yakuza hallmarks, while the smuggling of banned goods such as drugs, firearms and pornography is also profitable. The age-old protection racket, in which Yakuza threaten business owners and other citizens with violence unless they pay a tribute, is a common Yakuza tactic as well.Japanese gangsters also operate legal businesses using the profits from the illegal ones. Real estate, construction and entertainment are all industries in which Yakuza have become involved [sources: Japan Times and Asahi]. Japan's professional wrestling leagues and venues are particularly known for Yakuza involvement.Higher-level Yakuza often play the Japanese [...]






In a tiny town an hour and a half north of Philadelphia lives one of Pennsylvania's hottest custom motorcycle shops, Death Row Motorcycles. This is a company that's proud to offer American crafted products, and PRICK had a chance the check out these monsters first hand. The Corvette Red "Vendetta" model is a long sleek rigid chopper with right side drive, and a Fat Bastard front end. Also sporting left side pipes and ghostly white flames, this is a bike that can turn every head on the street. The Greed is Good "Lethal Injection" softail model has a bit shorter look and a high bulbous tank. Covered with impressive paint by Mike Lavallee, the tank is decorated with a reaper surrounded by money, and there is also reaper detail in the frame right behind the triple tree. Death Row also has other models and schemes available on their Web site, or you can go check them out in Sugarloaf, Penn. With a company who offers motorcycles "fit to your proportions and taste, built from the ground up", you're guaranteed to get the perfect chopper.SEE THERE WORK HERE



href="">TATTOO ARTIST OF THE MONTHSo who is Dan Martin? He has a name that rings a familiar tune to people who know tattoos. He has been a longstanding presence at Scorpion Studios in Houston, Tex. as both artist and owner. He also travels to conventions while maintaining his position at home as a father. Taking all of this into consideration, it is amazing that he has any time at all for interviews or anything else for that matter. I've known Dan for many years now, and it is evident what kind of a dedicated artist he is. So, without further ado, here he is: Thidemann: So, how long have you been tattooing?Martin: It'll be thirteen years coming up in July. Have you been in Houston the whole time or did you move around? Where did you get your start?I got my start here in Houston, and Scorpion Studios is the third shop that I've been employed by. I've been here nine years, and before I bought the shop I had only been tattooing for four years. Did you travel around? Did you get an apprenticeship? How did you get into it?Matt, the owner of Scorpion at the time, wasn't the original owner. Richard Stell started Scorpion Studios and his apprentice was Matt Wojciechowski. Matt was going to take me on as an apprentice. At the same time, he also took on another apprentice, and I guess he was just waiting to see who would pan out.The other kid was pretty much a trust fund baby and didn't really have a job or anything. He would spend every waking moment up there and I had to make ends meet by working at Whole Foods. After a while he let me go, because I had a little conflict with one of his artists. I basically went down the street and started another apprenticeship. This guy showed me the basic basics, you know, how to put the needle in the tube kind of thing. It was very, very self-taught. All the basics, the rudimentary stuff?Yeah, he was using plastic tubes and stuff like that. All I had for making needles was a piece of pipe with holes drilled into it. When you ran out of threes you would start using fives even if you needed a tight line, you know, stuff like that. Ultimately, that's how I got fired. I sent somebody somewhere else because I didn't have anything to work with.They wanted this little, five-line eagle and all I had was an eight round.There was no way I could do it. How did you end up back at Scorpion Studios?Following my second apprenticeship, I worked at Fine Line Tattoo for a year and then Matt looked me up again and said, "Hey, are you still tattooing? I've seen your stuff around and it looks good. Come back and work for me." By that point I had gotten my foot in the door. And then Matt sold the shop to you after a couple years?Yeah, it was really unexpected. He just called me out of the blue one day and said, "Wanna buy the shop?" He wasn't coming around; he was missing appointments and had some personal business to tend to. Did you have any formal art training?Yeah, I came to Houston to go to the Art Institute. I wanted to be an illustrator and they said, "You don't draw well enough. You should go into computers.” So I did graphic design for six years, took a couple community college art classes, and still graduated from the Art Institute with a degree in graphic design. Who are some of your influences?In the past, I was really influenced by Marcus Pacheco. I liked the way he worked with figures; he's such an innovator. I've got a half sleeve by him and I'm very proud to look at it. I'm still blown away by his stuff. Because of him I went more towards the new school type stuff. Now, I'm kind of into Japanese a little bit. I’m getting away from multiple light sources and learning how to flatten stuff out. I've always been a big fan of Timothy Hoyer as well. You're a family man now[...]



(image) She may go by the name Kreepy Lourdes Quintana, but there's nothing creepy about this 20-year-old hot mama. Born in Maracay Venezuela, Lourdes is half Venezuelan and half Cuban. At the tender age of six, she was brought to Miami, Fla., the city that she has called her home for the last fourteen years.

Pinup model, painter, and aspiring tattoo artist, Lourdes wants it all. As a child, she was a self-described "glamour girl" and enjoyed playing with old-time fashion accessories. She recalls the first time that she saw a pin-up girl on an old Coca-Cola ad – the hourglass figure instantly had her searching for the curvy women that she could relate to.

Lourdes' influences came from such all time greats as Sophia Loren, the unforgettable Rita Hayworth, Constance Bennett, and Esther Williams. Embracing her body and its natural curves, Lourdes has been encouraged to get in front of the camera. As she began her collection of tattoos, she also developed a unique and distinctive look of beauty and art all rolled up into one. This is what has made the working pin-up model she is today.

Lourdes has been featured in Viva Las Vegas DVDs, Miami Ink, and numerous other Miami fashion shows. She has modeled for, EF-FECT Clothing, Quis Es Tu, Curl up and Dye Pinups and Burlesque, along with many, many more.Art has always been a huge influence on her, too – from her tattoos, to paintings, and even occasionally tattooing others. This is the fuel that inspires her to create art in photographs, art on her body, and art through painting.Today, Lourdes is working hard to earn a tattoo apprenticeship and maybe, if the Tiki gods allow, this dream may materialize.



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Ask anyone who has had a tattoo why they did it and they will tell you two things. One, they were making a very personal statement, usually spiritually oriented, and two, after their first tattoo they were hooked.Tattoo is not just a method of body art; it is a very spiritual custom that dates back hundreds to thousands of years in many cultures. While there are many beautiful and breathtaking designs, most people use these tattoos as a basis or template for their own personal expression.The majority of the time, if a client does not come in with their own personal design, they will show the artist a particular design and follow up with, "but I want to make a few changes." So, when you are designing your own tattoo, such as with a Superman tattoo pic, there are a few tips to consider. Location, Location, Location!Think about where you want to put the tattoo. For instance, you wouldn't want to put a large, flying Superman tattoo pic on your ankle. That type of tattoo is too detailed and would be rather large so it would not be appropriate for that area.A Superman tattoo pic like that would likely be better suited on the upper arm, hip, back or even forearm. When you think about your tattoo and what type of tattoo you want(such as a Superman tattoo pic), consider where you want it to be placed.Size MattersYes, when you are looking to get a tattoo, size does matter. You really can not just choose a random design or a Superman tattoo pic with no forethought because you do need to consider the size of the tatt as well as the location. Sometimes the location will even dictate the size.A Superman tattoo pic that is, perhaps, the big S symbol that is always shown on the front of his uniform, then you can usually size that up or down according to the location.What are Your Colors?Choose colors that are appropriate for the tatt, but also appropriate for you. This is generally a permanent venture, so you want something that you like and will enjoy seeing on your body for the rest of your life. A Superman tattoo pic would be blue, red and yellow.What colors are your spirit? If you are commemorating an event, what are its colors? If you are honoring someone, what colors do you associate with them? Let your color scheme work with YOU. Or choose a standard tattoo like a Superman tattoo pic and go with it.Choose a Design that Fits Your SpiritChoose a design or template that fits your personal spirit. The design should speak to you. If you want a Superman tattoo pic, go for it. You may wish to combine several designs to create your own. Add elements, or if you are an artist, draw your own design.You can find many different designs and select one that suits you. You may want to bring a friend along for input, but don't allow them to influence you too much. After all, you will be the one walking around with the tattoo, or the Superman tattoo pic, not them.Think Twice about Adding a NameYou may have heard this many times, but it always stands to be said again. When designing your own tattoo, you may want to think twice about putting someone's name on it. There are a few celebrities that we can look to who can attest to this. Many people put people's names on their tatts and wind up covering the name later.If you want to honor the love of your life by putting their name under your Superman tattoo pic, do yourself a favor and do it some other way. A tattoo is forever unless you get it covered or lasered. Save yourself the trouble.If you like this information, get your hands on a [...]



Are you having trouble choosing a Superman tattoo? The standard Superman logo graphics with the bold S is pretty cool and who WOULDN'T know what it stands for? Even if you never watched any of the Superman movies or picked up any of the Super Heroes comic books, the Superman logo is almost as recognizable as the American Flag!

Whether you're into sporting around town in a pair of tights and a Superman cape or you wear a designer suit to work there's a Superman tattoo that will be just well, SUPER for you!

Superman tattoo pics are in almost every tattoo gallery on the web, but if you don't find a design that suits you there are other options! There's no reason to copy somebody else's Superman tattoo designs. Here's an idea, go through some of your vintage Superman comic books and check out all the cool pics and artwork! Take a look at the pics of this guy getting a Superman tattoo! The video is a little dark, but you can make out the design.

There are all those great pics of Superman and his pals ready to adapt for the use of your favorite tattoo artist! If you don't like the colors used in the comic book for your design, change the pics up. You will want to leave the original colors of Superman's suit, cape and logo intact, but you can play with the rest of the picture.

Here are some ideas on how to take tattoo pics and change them around so that they will become your own unique Superman designs!
Change the features of Superman to your own or those of your girlfriend or boyfriend!
Tattoo an authentic looking Superman pic with the chick of your choice by his side
If you're a biker have your artist ink a Superman tattoo on YOUR motorcycle! Be sure to take pics of your bike to the tattoo parlor so that the artist can get it right!
Take your Superman tattoo pics and have a similar or coordinating custom paint job done on your Harley!

There are lots of reasons for an adult wanting a tattoo with Superman as the featured character. Superman and his other superhero friends are representatives of good in the fight against evil. They beat the bad guys and put the freaky villains out of business! We need more of those comic strip heroes around! Why not ink a few on the forearm or convince the chick in your life to tattoo a Superman emblem or symbol on her lower back for the two of you to enjoy?

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What is Body Etching?Body Etching is a brand new, fascinating, unique and exotic form of Body Art. It is a mark inscribed upon the skin that is all you! Unlike a Tattoo, there is no ink in an Etching. Unlike Body Piercing, there is no jewelry. Unlike a Brand, the mark is precise, distinct and clear; the results are more controllable and predictable. Etching is a safe, modern, esthetic version of the ancient art form of scarification.A Body Etching is essentially a scar, in many cases ultimately raised and light or “white” in color. An Etching, once thoroughly healed, may somewhat resemble a white tattoo. Unlike a white tattoo, it will not tend to become yellow or gray over time. On some skin, the Etching may be a deeper or darker shade than the un-etched surface.Part of the fascination of an Etching is that it is undoubtedly your own, very personal artwork. The Etching design you receive will be exclusive and distinctive. The same design etched on another person would not duplicate yours.Also, an Etching has texture. The amount and type of texture, again, depends on your skin, and also on your treatment of the Etching during healing.This revolutionary art form lends itself to simple bold, graphic designs, symbols, “tribal” designs, and emblems.You may bring in your own design idea or source material, view our design books, or have us create a custom Etching for you. You must rely on the skill and experience of our experts to guide you in selecting a suitable work of art (complexity of design, image size, line thickness, etc.) to inscribe on your body.Etching can stand alone or be used to accentuate and highlight an existing tattoo, brand or body piercing.The permanence and visibleness of your Etching will depend on several factors. The most provocative variable is your own exclusive epidermis: your skin. Each person's skin texture and healing pattern is truly individual. The way you may have scarred in the past can be some indication of the final coloration of your Etching. Results will vary, and that is part of the mystery and beauty of this intriguing art form.For maximum permanence and the most discernible, visible Etching we suggest several sessions and advise you to “Rouse” and “Husk” your Etching during healing (read on for details). If you desire a more subtle mark, a single session may suffice. You don't even need to decide that right away! You can have one session and see how you heal and how you feel about your mark. If you would like your Etching to "stand out" more, return for another session. In general, a minimum of two visits is suggested for a visible, permanent mark. Body Etching: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers How is a Body Etching performed?Body Etching is done using a tattoo machine WITHOUT INK! Therefore, by definition, it is not a tattoo. Our artists are the world's foremost authorities on Etching and employ certain exclusive techniques during the process to create an unsurpassed custom artwork just for you. Once the design is selected it is applied to cleaned, prepped skin via a stencil and/or drawing directly on the skin. The Etching is inscribed into the outer layers of skin creating what is essentially a deep scratch, ultimately resulting in the most precise, beautiful and ornamental scar you will ever have. What will it look like at first, and how will it look after healing? Your Etching will initially look red or brownish red, like a scab (which is what[...]



I've always wanted to get a temporary tattoo. Most people think of a temporary tattoo as a decal that is put on with water and stays for a few days or maybe even a week (depending on hygiene). Yup, that is a temporary tattoo but that misses too much of the tattoo experience for my taste. With a decal tattoo, all you experience is the art and (to a lesser degree as people learn that temporary tattoos exist) the identification with those who really have tattoos (a very changing group, it used to mean you were a sailor, carny, or biker, but it's starting to mean you're a kid who goes to a mall).You also miss all the decision making and self examination (for those who are sober) that goes with making a lifelong decision and you don't experience the pain (again, for those who are sober). You have to make the decision to have a needle stuck into you skin about an 1/8th of an inch deep many many times. An 1/8th of an inch isn't very deep but it's deep enough to get those pain receptors saying "howdy." On new tattoos, the swelling and blood of the repeatedly pierced skin overwhelms the inks that are used. I've always thought that the tattoos shown in the flash books (the loose leafed notebooks at tattoo parlors with plastic pages of snapshots that you browse through looking for sexy body parts while you're checking out the work) were wonderful. The skin looks really beat up, it doesn't look like the proud owner is displaying art, it looks like forensics shots of an art attack victim.So, there are at least two questions that people with decals haven't addressed:1. How did you decide to modify your body permanently? They can be removed but unless you're as rich as Johnny Depp (or if Billary has tax payers pick up the tab), you're probably going to have to just cover up "Winona" with a black iron cross tat or a lot of Band-aids.2. How much did it hurt?I've wrestled with question #1 and I can't make a decision. I like the commitment, I like saying to the world that my body is mine and doesn't belong to nature, a god or a government (tattooing is still illegal in places). But I don't trust fashion. What would happen if I went out and got the perfect tattoo on my arm and three years later Jon Bonjovi and Joe Piscapo had a copy of it on their arm? There have been many bandwagons that I was riding happily until the wrong people boarded.Even if the wrong people didn't cop my art, maybe I wouldn't like the art in a while -- maybe I would become morally opposed to the art - - hey, I've been wrong before (I didn't REALLY believe Clinton could be worse than Bush). Those are the real reasons but I have a cop out reason as well, I'm in show-biz and maybe some day I'll want to act (I had parts before, but it didn't seem I wanted to act). I wouldn't want to have to cover up a tattoo with makeup every day (wow, is that a lame reason, I should have just stuck with the Bonjovi/Piscapo reason).Question #2 really interests me. I like the idea of deciding something is going to hurt and doing it to find out how much. I don't like accidents much and I hate illness but I enjoyed having a tiny amount of dental work done to see what it was like without Novocain. It was nice to know a little of the real deal. I always think being in pain for glory is a fun thing. Pain without injury fascinates me. Pain without fear is just another sensation. I could go on, but you already know too much about me.June 6th, I was cov[...]