Jan 7, 2014

Erasing the idea that tattoos must come with pain

How did you come up with the idea for this product?

As a doctor widely involved in sports and as the ringside doctor for boxing and UFC events, my interest in meticulous tattoo artwork and the deep emotions and stories behind tattoos only grew stronger. After years of hearing fighters and friends discuss the severity of pain involved in many of their tattoo procedures, and statements that getting hit was less painful than getting a tattoo, I knew that I could resolve this dilemma.

I don’t think this is a product that I would personally use because I haven’t found tattoos to be that painful. It’s been a while, but I sort of enjoy the process and have heard the same from others with tattoos. For someone who can’t sit still through the pain, I would rather see them use a product like this than wind up with shaky lines caused by movement during the tattoo.

Jan 7, 2014

When tattoo lovers get a buzz in their ear

New York There’s a joke among tattoo artists that whenever Rihanna gets a new tattoo, droves of twenty-something women will soon come asking for the same.

A few years ago, the singer adorned the upper portion of her left ear with the outline of a star. Not many came asking then, but, in what seems to have been a self-fulfilling prophecy, more are now.

My wife has had an ear tattoo for years and she probably gets more comments on it than any of her other work. It seems that even heavily tattooed people are surprised to see an ear tattoo, but I guess that is changing.

Dec 14, 2013

Painted ladies: why women get tattoos

Why are so many women getting tattoos? Eight inked women reveal the appeal of permanent markings.

Dec 6, 2013

First Look: Eat Ink, a Cookbook About Tattooed Chefs

Here’s Eat Ink: Recipes. Stories. Tattoos. by Birk O’Halloran and Daniel Luke Holton. The book is about, you guessed it, chefs and their tattoos. Are there tattoos of butchering diagrams? Forks, spoons, whisks (Duff Goldman, looking at you), vegetables of all colors? Yes, of course. But there are also meditations on the link between tattoos and chefs’ kitchen scars, a thoughtful eye towards lesser-known names (including a very healthy dose of Portland chefs) as well a plenty of women represented. There are also recipes alongside the tattoo talk. Keep an eye out for chefs like Marc Forgione, Gabriel Rucker, Mike Isabella, Rick Tramonto, Seamus Mullen, Andy Ricker, Dominique Crenn, and more. Eat Ink is out now from Adams Media (order on Amazon); check out a preview below.

Dec 6, 2013

Millennials Driving the Business of Tattoos

Tattoo parlors are everywhere and they’ve achieved the ultimate pop culture status of reality shows devoted to the craft.

Business contributor Rebecca Harris says Millennials are driving the trend.