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Joshua Carlton – A Man of Many Talents.
A detailed look at tattoo safety and measures taken to prevent cross contamination and the transmission of infectious diseases in the tattoo industry.
Cover artist credits: Rose - Dejan Furlan, Heart - Ed Perdomo, Cherub - Jason Vogt
When you see a water lily or lotus flower floating atop the surface of a pond or swamp, you’d be remiss if you weren’t taken by its beauty. There’s something majestic, almost ethereal, about that stately flower’s bold presence amongst the tangles of weeds and muck. I…
When you get a new tattoo, you sometimes put so much effort into choosing the perfect design and the right artist that you don’t really think about how you’re going to care for your ink once you have it. Then you’re left scrambling trying to find the right product(s), …
Though the medicinal and spiritual meanings of strawberries have decreased, their still an extremely popular fruit for tattoos thanks to their ubiquity, taste and symbolic value.
Praying hands are exactly what they sound like, often accompanied by a cross, rosary, clouds, and text. Subtle variations and opportunities for personalization exist while still maintaining the classic look of this religious tattoo.
Turtle tattoo designs are not highly common, but not exactly rare, either. Designs range from playful to photorealistic, tribal to cute. Turtles, as common an animal as they are, show up again and again in the folklore of cultures across the world, but certain traits are com…
Lotus flowers represent purity and spiritual growth despite the imperfection of the world at large—blooming and blossoming above the mud and water. Just as the lotus flower slowly blooms, unfolding itself, so too can we develop ourselves to reveal the beauty within.
Oleg Turyanskiy has been tattooing and traveling since 2001. He’s based in Moscow, but he spends a great deal of time on the road, visiting conventions and shops all over the world.
Roman Abrego is a young artist who owns the shop Artistic Element in Yucaipa, California, specializing in color portraits and biomechanical designs.
With over a decade of tattoo experience under his belt, Shane ONeill is a well-established and highly decorated veteran of the tattoo scene.
Video games have an array of characters and symbols that are perfect for tattoos. Whether to boast your geek pride or simply show your favorite game, these best video game tattoos are perfect examples of how you could sport some digital entertainment pride.
We might easily forget to look at other forms of art to inspire ourselves for our next ink session. From paintings to sculptures, any form of visual art can be adapted into a tattoo, provided your tattoo artist is skillful enough and willing to do so.
Fear can be a paralyzing obstacle that prevents us from doing things we really want to do. Sometimes, the fear of needles, pain, or blood prevents people from getting tattooed, even though they know – in their heart of hearts – that they really want one. You are responsi…
When you decide to hire a tattoo artist to carve into your skin, you're entrusting them with your health and even your life. On top of that, you're also trusting them to create a piece of art that can't be erased if mistakes are made. How do you know if an artist is worth yo…
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