Literary Tattoos

Literary Tattoos

Literary Tattoos

Not so many years ago, before computers, the internet and hot desking totally took over our working lives, many of us used to have real desk diaries on real desks.

One of the pleasures in sitting down at our desk at the start of the day’s work was to open up our diary at a new page and read the daily quote that was embossed in black ink at the top of each page. Some quotes were amusing, some were philosophical, some were wise sayings or adages, and some were famous quotes from books, poems or by famous people.

Whatever the source, they were always good value; some more memorable than others, and a few were so good that we would say – hmm… I must remember that one.

These days, we read quotes in our digital diaries and share them with our friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

But while the digital revolution was in full flight, there was also another revolution in process – the tattoo revolution – that opened up a whole new world of artistic self-expression to people throughout the world and from all walks of life.

Along with the diagrams, drawings, pictures, and depictions taken from almost every conceivable source, there was also a trend developing to imprint written words on our bare skin.

Quotations have been part of the tattoo culture for many years and there has been an increasing demand for this kind of tattoos in recent decades.

Some tattoo quotes may come with a related drawing or illustration, but most quotations stand by themselves. The quotes are usually tracts of writing that not only mean something to the wearers but can also be words of wisdom that the wearer wishes to pass on to the world at large.

Younger people tend to find quotes that make personal statements – something that they feel strongly about – or maybe something that reflects their personal feelings or their own homespun philosophy.

Older people have generally experienced more of life’s ups and downs, and often seek a quote which expresses a difficult time in their life – a lost love, a death of a friend or family member – a reversal of fortune, or a lesson in life that they and others can learn from.

On the other hand, many music celebrities tend to go for a line from one of their song lyrics.

Some of the quotes we see on people’s bodies appear to be baffling or enigmatic in nature. There is occasionally an interesting story behind them which only the wearer will be aware of – unless they decide to impart their secret to you.

Undoubtedly, tattooed quotes can often be an inspiration for the wearer, so if you are thinking of going in this direction, chose carefully.

If you have some ideas, and you are in Bangkok, come and see us at ALL DAY Tattoo and discuss your ideas with one of our artists – let us show you how your selected quote may look on your skin.

There is a wealth of material from which you can make your choice of a quote – such as the Bible, classic or contemporary novels, non-fiction books, poems, song lyrics, plays, films, or quotes from celebrities or famous people from the past or still living. In fact, the permutations are almost endless, but in spite of this, it is surprising how many people go for the same quote.

Relationships come and go and rarely last a lifetime. So while one day you may grow tired of a tattoo that you inked to reflect your undying love for your partner, it is highly unlikely that you will ever tire of your favorite author, song writer or poet. Literary and other quotes will continue to mean something to you throughout your life.

Having chosen your quote, the next step is to decide on body placement and the size and style of script. Quotes can go almost anywhere on your body – from completely visible on your wrist or hands, to somewhere never visible to the public; or just about anywhere in between – your upper arms, legs, chest, back or stomach, or even on or your face or neck.

Whatever you decide, it is important that you check with your tattoo artist and make sure he can tattoo the script that you want – be it capital letters, lower case, long hand writing, or maybe in a special style script, such as gothic.

If you come to ALL DAY Tattoo in Bangkok, we will show you samples of our tattoo lettering skills and can show you a mock-up for your approval.

So the world of tattoo quotations is your oyster, but if you need some inspiration to help you get your tattoo juices flowing – then read on below:

Examples of popular Tattoo Quotes

  • For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and his ears are open – Bible, Psalm 34:15
  • Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves – Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  • Even angels fall – Song, Jessica Riddle
  • Live by faith, not by sight – Bible, 3 Corinthians 5:7
  • Love me for what I am – Carpenters, song of the same name
  • Too weird to live, too rare to die – American rock band Panic! at the Disco,
  • We accept the love, we think we deserve – 2013 film, Perks of being a Wallflower
  • How sweet the sound – Amazing Grace, a Christian hymn, John Newton.
  • Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love bears a memory no one can steal. – from an Irish headstone”
  • I should have been a pair of ragged claws, scuttling across the floors of silent seas – TS Elliot, The Love song of J Alfred Prufrock
  • As it was, in the beginning, one love so shall it be in the end one heart – Bob Marley, One Love.
  • When you left me behind you set me free.
  • Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors – Bible, Hebrews 6:19
  • Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee – Mohammad Ali
  • Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today – James Dean
  • We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy – JK Rowling, Harry Potter, Dumbledore.
  • Have faith
  • Tremendous things are in store for you – Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • My life is my art, My art is my life
  • It’s history it’s poetry dash – The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
  • 451 °F – Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  • So we beat on – Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
  • In a world of my own – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
  • You have great truths within you if only anyone would bother to look – The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
  • 9 ¾ – JK Rowling, Harry Potter
  • Simple like a mountain is simple – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer.
  • Still I Rise – Still I Rise, Maya Angelou.
  • We don’t see things as they are we see things as we are – Origin uncertain
  • Don’t panic – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams.
  • So it goes – Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut.
  • Not all those who wander are lost – JR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
  • We are all mad here – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
  • Meeting is the saving of Life – Virginia Woolf
  • The great work begins – Angels in America, Tony Kushner
  • What’s past is Prologue – Shakespeare, The Tempest
  • Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt – Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut.
  • And it was still hot -Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak.
  • The world was hers for the reading – A tree grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith.
  • Mischief managed – JK Rowling, Harry Potter
  • Miles to go before I sleep – Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening, Robert Frost.
  • Always – JK Rowling, Harry Potter
  • I am. I am. I am. – The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  • I feel infinite – film 2012, The Perks of Being a Wallflower,
  • Boundless love – Meditations in an emergency, Frank O’Hara.
  • Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt – Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut.
  • Invincible – the song, Invincible, by Muse
  • She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs Without Fear of the future – the Bible, Proverbs 31 25
  • My heart is what it was before a house where people come and go from – Alms, the poem
  • And she was a hurricane from looking for Alaska – John Green
  • Let Love write on you – the poem, Everything is Illuminated.
  • I saw the best Minds of my generation destroyed by Madness starving hysterical naked – the poem, Howl by Allen Ginsberg
  • Curiouser and curiouser – Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll.
  • Have I gone mad – Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  • We’re all mad here – Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  • What matters most is how well you walk through fire from how is your heart – Charles Bukowski.
  • May the odds be ever in your favor – The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins.
  • There are other ways of turning people into ghosts -To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee.
  • Walk lightly – Walk lightly, J Patrick Lewis.
  • Brevity is the soul of wit – Hamlet, Shakespeare.
  • So we beat on boats against the current Borne back ceaselessly into the past -The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald.
  • Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt – Slaughterhouse, Kurt Vonnegut.
  • Go then there are other worlds than these – the Gunslinger, Stephen King.

Shakespeare, The Bible, JK Rowling, Lewis Carrol, F Scott Fitzgerald and especially Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughter House Five are amongst the most popular source of tattoo quotes, and of course, there are hundreds, if not thousands of others.

Strangely, one of the most popular tattoo quotes that we see over and over again is “So it Goes” from Slaughter House Five. Why? – Who can say?

What we can say is if you are interested in joining the throng of tattoo lovers who have inked a quote on their bodies, then just click on the button below.

We, at ALL DAY Tattoo, will be delighted to arrange a free appointment with you to discuss your tattoo ideas. Whether you want to ink a quote, or maybe an illustrated quote, or do something entirely different, we are here to service your tattoo requirements. Give us a try – we promise you won’t regret it.

 

 

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Angel Tattoos for Men

Angel Tattoos for Men

Angel Tattoos for men

As the world of tattoos continues to evolve and become more sophisticated, tattoos are no longer just cliché drawings of anchors or consist of rough, nondescript designs.

These days, people like to ink themselves with increasingly elaborate and complex artwork that expresses their innermost feelings and beliefs. These tattoos are often connected to religious beliefs, and the chief amongst these is the depiction of Angels.

Inking an angel is a popular way for people to demonstrate their belief and love in their God, their religion, or their philosophy.

While acknowledging that both men and women like to have angels tattoos inked on their bodies, there is little doubt that through the years, angel tattoos have become a particularly ripe domain for the male of the species.

Quite why, who can say? But there are certainly many good reasons why men are often attracted to the idea of having an angel or two on their bodies.

What is an angel?

Firstly, it is important to note that angels are to be found in many of the world’s religions, including Christian, Jewish, and Moslem. The Christian and Jewish bibles and also the Quran mention angels as God’s messenger. Indeed, the word ‘Angel’ is taken from the Latin word angelus which means messenger.

In effect, angels are God’s messengers between heaven and Earth – a servant of God.

Religious angels are regarded as protectors and guides and represent many different emotions and feelings. Angels help us get through the lows of life such as pain, suffering, negativity, sorrow, and remembrance. They can also uplift our feelings, and help us to rise above our failures and life’s troubles and succeed in our ideals. People believe that angels can guide us to great accomplishments.

Angels are also symbols of purity, beauty, gentleness, and kindness, and can protect us from accidents and physical danger and guide us away from negative and evil thoughts.

Thus it can be seen that angels are not only the preserve of religious people but are really open to anyone who believes that there are inherent powers of protection embodied in an angel. It has been reported that as many as 80% of Americans believe in angels.

There are others who simply like the idea of having a magical, mystical creature inked permanently on their body and also those who have angels inked, purely for their aesthetic and artistic qualities – something wonderful to look at.

Angel Wings

The most important facet of most angel tattoos is its wings. Although the bible describes Cherubs and Seraphims as having wings, there is no actual mention of angels having wings. But early artists portrayed angels as having a human-like form with wings and the image has remained so throughout the centuries.

Some angels have huge, wide-open wings, others have fallen or broken wings and a few angel depictions have no wings at all. But for a majority of angel tattoos, wings are a key integral component.

Different types of Angel tattoos

Holy Angel tattoos

Traditional holy angels are usually shown as good looking, or beautiful human-like figures with large open wings. Such a creature is regarded as a symbol of the good news from God and the open wings represents a faith and a belief in God.

Guardian Angel tattoos

Guardian angels typically protect the wearer from pain and evil. It is believed that they never leave us and are even with us when we die to guide us into the next life.

Guardian angels for men are usually depicted as a human-like figure with a glow or light around him, looking down on the wearer or looking to the side as a signal of protection. Guardian angels are often shown holding a sword and a shield for protection.

Angel of Death Tattoos

Also known as The Grim Reaper, the Angel of Death is the darkest of dark angels, representing death and evil. While the figure of the Grim Reaper is usually depicted without wings, the Death Angel is typically shown as a scary creature with exotic wings.

Fallen Angels and Devil Angel tattoos

Fallen angels are believed to be angels who have been banished from heaven. The most famous of these is Satan, or the devil, thrown out of the pearly gates for committing the grievous sin of pride.

Satan is typically shown as a dragon-like creature with red skin and surrounded by flames, while other, lesser-fallen angels, are shown as male figures with wings who look very sorrowful and full of shame. They are also often shown as looking upwards, towards their goal of getting back into heaven.

Baby Angel Tattoos

We have all seen pictures of cute babies with wings, which are commonly regarded as cherubs or cherubims – which according to medieval angelology (yes, there is such an ‘ology’), are the second of the nine orders of angels. Of course, cherubs are not as popular with men as the grown-up angels, but you will still occasionally see them inked on masculine bodies.

Body Placement of angel tattoos

Where are most popular places for men to place their angels? Well, both figuratively and literally, angels need space to spread their wings. Like any tattoo, angels can be inked anywhere on the body, but by far the two most commonly used places are the arm and the back.

You can see many tattoos of angels that start at the lower shoulder and/or upper arm, and spread right down to the elbow or even further with the wings wrapping themselves around the arm. Some angel tattoos cover the whole length of the arm, right down to the wrist. You can also see them on the inside of the arm, spreading down to the wrist.

The second most popular position is on the center of the upper back, spreading down to the middle back. The back is a great canvas and the wings can spread right across to the shoulders. A variation on the central back placement is to ink a smaller angel on one-half of the upper back, with another tattoo, such as a cross, on the other half.

Where to get your angel tattoos?

An angel tattoo is a major piece of art. It is absolutely essential that you find the very best tattoo artist available, or you may end up with having to live the rest of your life with a bad piece of art on your arm or back.

Check the studio and artist out carefully; check their reputations and make sure the studio is using the latest techniques and is clean and hygienic – you don’t want any accidents or bad endings with a tattoo of this size.

If you come to ALL DAY Tattoo in Bangkok, you can be sure in the knowledge that our internationally renowned and expert artists will do a great and safe job for you.

We, at ALL DAY Tattoo, have some of the finest artists in Asia and we can create a unique and beautiful work of art. Our artists at ALL DAY Tattoo will discuss your ‘angel options’ and show you how they will look on your body before we start the work.

As always, we are happy to consult with you about your design ideas – or discuss any other tattoo ideas you may have. Our consultations are free of a charge and there is no obligation for you to proceed with the work.

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Food Tattoos

Food Tattoos

Food Tattoos Provide Much Food for Thought

Over the past two decades, there has been an explosion in the variety of themes that people have chosen to ink on their bodies – from the traditional anchors, hearts and Celtic knots to celestial symbols, astrological signs, tribal markings, fine art, gothic horror, and goodness knows what else.

Now there’s a new tattoo kid on the block. Once upon a time, cooking and eating were a mundane, routine task that rarely elicited excitement or undue interest. We cooked and ate because we had to in order to live and to feed our families and loved ones. But the rise and preponderance of TV cooking shows and the internet has changed all that. Culinary arts have now become a mainstream pastime – even an abiding love – for millions of people all over the world.

Cooking shows like Master Chef have been franchised to countries as far apart as the USA, UK, China, India, Thailand, Australia, and France – in fact just about everywhere.

As for the internet, well there are thousands of websites offering new recipes, new types of food, and new, exciting ways to cook it.

The result is we have all become lovers of cooking and good food and it is not at all surprising that this passion for food has found its way into the world of tattoo designs.

When we look at food and cooking as a subject for a tattoo, we can see that it opens up a whole new world of tattoo designs – anything from the most exotic of gastronomic delights to the humble hot dog.

However, one thing seems to be certain – no one is in a rush to ink their skin with food that they dislike, such as the reviled Brussel sprouts or spinach.

The world of food and cooking means different things to different people and there are many different ways that tattoo enthusiasts like to celebrate their love of food.

Some may opt for a tattoo with a specific item of food, while others with a depiction of a whole meal, or the ingredients that go into a meal. Yet others have a tattoo of the things they like to add to their food, such as spices and condiments, while a few like to go for the utensils used to cook the food, or even the implements used to eat it.

Many will select their favorite meal, (Christmas dinner?) or they may prefer a picture of their favorite fast food,(Hotdog?) a scrumptious dessert, (Ice-cream?) or even hot or a cold drink, (Coffee or Lemonade?).

Whilst many of you may think that food and cooking do not provide much in the way of inspiration to stimulate the tattoo artists creative juices, think again.

Tattoos of food and cooking can be artistic, or fun, and can also express special feelings both for the wearer and the beholder. The best artists, such as we have at ALL DAY Tattoo IN BANGKOK, can create something completely original – something unique for you.

The designs can look hyper-realistic or they can be cartoons or maybe an exaggerated impressionistic version of your favorite snack. With food tattoos, the use of bright colors can come into its own.

The ideas are limitless – images of ingredients for a specific meal can be tattooed down the arm – either in outline or in full detail, or maybe a list of the recipe names.

Then there are animal diagrams which show the cuts of meat which are usually eaten –cows, pigs, and the occasional sheep are amongst the most popular.

Tattoos for couples are also muscling into the food tattoo trend, with each partner showing half of a meal, or half the specific food iterm they have chosen. This works well with sandwiches, or each person showing half of an avocado or maybe a simple meal such as hamburger inked on one partner and fries on the other.

People who love food and also love tattoos have the world at their feet. There are many examples of tattoos inspired by food that are truly works of art.

Choose your tattoo and artist well

Food tats can be fun and unusual and can be inked in a wide variety of interesting styles, but that doesn’t mean you should approach having such a tattoo with any less significance and consideration than you might with any other tattoo style.

Don’t rush into it, and make sure you are happy to have your selected food tattoo etched on your body for many years to come.

Most important of all – choose an artist that has experience in this specialist field – someone you can trust to do a great job. If you are in Thailand or are planning a trip here, by far and away the best studio you can come to is ALL DAY Tattoo in Bangkok. We have the artists that will do the right food job for you.

Some examples of food and cooking that can make fascinating tattoos.

Apart from the obvious tattoos of your favorite meals, fast food, vegetables, cooking vessels such as food mixers, etc., here are a few ad hoc ideas to get you mind in gear on the endless possibilities for food tattoos:

Fruit Sleeves – half or full – difficult to do well but look great if you find the right artist.

A Potato chip (crisp) on the shoulder – Just a single curved chip across the shoulder becomes the proverbial ‘Chip on your shoulder’.

Hot Dog / Burger / slice of pizza – Can be very realistic or maybe in a more cartoony style

Peanut Butter – just a jar full of delicious butter, or maybe a sandwich – or even both.

Cupcake and cookie – one or the two together can look really quirky.

Black & White corn – a popular choice for those who love corn and want to tell the world about it.

Ice cream & Ice popsicles (Ice Lollies to the Brits) – Another quirky idea that will look great in the hands of the right artist.

A collection of sushi dishes or just a single sushi – If your artist makes it look fresh it will also look very appetizing.

Kettle pouring tea – this can look great especially if it shared by a couple – one has the kettle and the other the tea cup.

Mini or tiny food tattoos – these can look great on fingers, arms or elsewhere on the body. Examples are a mini cupcake, a tiny cotton candy, a mini coffee, a mini pizza, a tiny croissant, a mini wine glass.

Amusing food tattoos – here the artists can create something to make you smile, such as a smiling burger and fries, a bacon heart, smiling cheese, smiling sushi, a forkful of pasta.

Perfect Food Art – Sometimes hyper realism works well, maybe a beautiful garlic bulb, or the perfect pineapple, or an intricate strawberry, or a branch of blackberries or blueberries, or a sumptuous bunch of grapes. How about a sprig of rosemary, or the perfect slice of chocolate cake, or crossed carrots, or a cheery peach, some exquisite shiny cherries, a giant radish, half a head of cabbage, or even a fine, copper plate scripted recipe.

The permutations are endless and are only limited by you and your artist’s imaginations.

We, at ALL DAY TATTOO also have great imaginations, great ideas, and great skills.

Why not click on the button below and arrange your absolutely free consultation. Come and have a chat with us about your tattoo food wish list – or any other theme you are interested in. We will be delighted to see you, and don’t forget, you will be under no obligation to book your tattoo with us.

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Tattoo Trends Through The Ages

Tattoo Trends Through The Ages

Tattoo Trends Through The Ages

Historians tell us that tattoos have been around for over 3,000 years. We know this is true as we have seen the evidence from the mummified remains of many ancient cultures, such as Egyptian, Japanese and Mongolian.

But in more recent ages, there is little evidence of much tattooing in the western world prior to the nineteenth century. This was mainly because of the Roman and Greek Empires – as well as the Catholic Church – who effectively banned its citizens from inking tattoos on their bodies.

In fact, it was not until the 18th Century when western explorers started circumnavigating the world, that they discovered far-flung lands where the practice of tattooing was still alive and flourishing.

This led to many of these globetrotting sailors, and even some of the military who were colonizing new worlds, returning home with tattoos they had come across on their travels.

A sort of ‘mariner tattoo code’ developed whereby certain tattoo symbols had special meanings to fellow sailors. For example, a sailor with a swallow tattoo would indicate he had traveled over 5,000 miles; and a shell back turtle tattoo indicated that the wearer had crossed the equator.

There followed a popular nautical tattoo culture which spawned such designs as anchors, flags, mermaids, and later, the pin-up girls popularized by Norman Collins, aka “Sailor Jerry”, who set up one of the world’s first tattoo parlors in Hawaii in the South Pacific.

But tattooing in the modern era didn`t really catch-on until Samuel O`Reilly invented the Electric Tattoo Machine in 1890. This was further refined into the first “Coil and tube” Machine in 1904, which amazingly, is almost identical to the tattoo machine still used today.

Prior to this invention, tattoos were applied using the ‘stick and poke’ method, which involved using a sharp stick and a pot of ink. This was a long, arduous, and very painful process; but once the quicker and less painful electric tattoo machine came into use, it opened up tattooing to the world at large.

Not only was it less painful and quicker, but it also enabled the tattoo artists to create much finer and intricate details in their tattoo designs.

At the turn of the 20th century, tattooing was still largely confined to the under classes – criminals, circus performers, and sailors, but during the next 20 years, a few brave souls started to dabble with tattoos, with designs such as anchors, crosses, and regimental seals being inked on their bodies.

During the Depression years of the 1930s, tattoos started to become more commonplace. One idiosyncrasy of the times led to many people tattooing their social security numbers on their arms, and even their blood groups. Some people even went further and embellished their social security number with a patriotic symbol, such as an American flag or an eagle.

Others, seeking food and shelter during the depression, had elaborate tattoos inked on their bodies in an effort to obtain work in a circus. But the ‘genie was out of the bottle’, and people with multiple tattoos were no longer regarded as circus freaks. It was during this time that people – mainly ex Mariners – started setting up shop as tattoo artists. Many of these worked on tattoos in their living rooms or parlors – hence the name “tattoo parlor”.

Other popular tattoos during the 1930s were comic strip characters, film stars, and rudimentary representations of historical events.

As mentioned above, the 1940s and the Second World War brought us the “Sailor Jerry” tattoos along with many colorful crude designs, such as heart-wrapped ‘mom’ tattoos, Hula Girls, palm trees and military emblems. A well-known example of Sailor Jerry`s pin-up work was a scantily clad girl in a martini glass holding a deck of cards with the words “man`s ruin” written above her dangling leg.

The 1950s saw a return to more conservative values which meant there were fewer tattoos amongst the general population. But there was a further adoption of ‘anti-establishment’ tattoos amongst the underclasses. In particular, tattoos became the preserve of prison inmates, ex-cons, bikers, gang members, and so on.

The 1960s heralded a retrograde step in the American tattoo industry when unhygienic tattooing practices led to a major outbreak of hepatitis B, resulting in New York City and many other parts of the USA introducing tattoo bans.

However, this didn`t stop the younger generation adopting tattoos. It was the age of flower power and peace-loving hippies. Youths representing the civil rights movement, the anti-Vietnam war movement, and women`s protest movements embraced the tattoo culture. The singer Janis Joplin popularized tattoos during this time with a Florentine bracelet tattoo on her wrist. This was copied by thousands of people.

During the 1970s, tattoos were starting to be accepted by the mainstream population. They became symbols for personal expression and a new generation of tattoo artists with backgrounds in fine arts meant that tattoo designs became much more intricate.

It is in this decade that we saw the start of full sleeve and whole body tattoos. It was also the decade when more female tattoo artists started to establish themselves. This meant there was also a much greater diversity in designs.

The 1980s introduced a tattoo style known as black work. This became very popular. Bold tattoos with geometric designs such as the Celtic knot became the order of the day.

It was also the decade of appearance-changing plastic surgery. Tattoos became popular, along with startling hair colors and outlandish clothes fashions.

The 1980s also saw the rise of MTV and other mass media outlets with the singers and celebrities starting to influence trends with their latest tattoos.

It`s back to the beginning in the 1990s, with tribal designs from the Polynesian and Japanese cultures becoming the “in” thing, along with dolphins, suns, moons and the stars.

The 1990s is the decade when women actually accounted for more tattoos inked in the USA than men. So we start to see tattoos inked to create permanent eyeliner and lipstick, as well as more feminine designs, such as butterflies and hearts. Female cancer survivors also start to use tattoos to cover mastectomy scars.

The 2000s saw the explosion of reality tattoo TV shows such as “Miami Ink”, which helped to bring tattooing well and truly into the mainstream. A clutch of lower back tattoos started to spring up as well as the growth of the celebrity tattoo culture, with pop stars such as Madonna and Rihanna leading the way.

During the current decade, we have seen a significant improvement in safe tattoo practices along with the development of hygienic, hi-tech state of the art tattoo studios – such as we have at ALL DAY Tattoo in Bangkok.

More and more people are now taking the plunge for the first time, including many in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who missed the ‘tattoo-boat’ the first time around.

During the last seven years, tattoos have become totally mainstream, and tattoos are increasingly accepted by most employers. These days it’s all about where on your body can you place your latest tattoo? Nowhere is out of bounds, including your fingers, inside your finger nails, the inside of your lips and your more private parts.

In fact, the decade we are living in now is the greatest time to be alive as far as tattoos are concerned. Now you can choose from virtually any style that has been popular down the years.

It is also the decade that has seen the launch of ALL DAY Tattoo In Bangkok – Asia`s premier Tattoo Studio.

So where better to indulge in your tattoo fantasies than at ALL Day Tattoo in Bangkok? Here, we have an eclectic mix of renowned international artists who can help you decide on your design and placement.

If you contact us below we can arrange your free consultation – with absolutely no obligation to use our studio services. Come and chat to us and discuss your ideas and dreams for your first – or indeed your latest – tattoo.

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Couples Tattoos That You Won’t Live to Regret

Couples Tattoos That You Won’t Live to Regret

Couples Tattoos that you won’t live to regret.

We are now well and truly in the age of permanent body ink, and it comes as no surprise that couples are increasingly looking to demonstrate their love for each other in the form of special ‘Couples Tattoos’.

In the past, committed couples have expressed their love in many ways, such as in rings,(engagement, wedding), chains & pendants, paintings, gifts, valentine’s cards, and love letters, but these days, lovers all over the world also like to show their undying love for each other in the form of ‘ink on the skin’.

In the first blush of romance, young lovers feel so elated and happy that they often want to shout their love from the mountain tops – to tell the world they are in love and that their love is a special, wonderful love that will never, ever end.

But you and I know that this is not always the case – not by a long chalk. Love and romance – at any age – is always at risk of going wrong. Most people fall out of love almost as often as they fall in love.

Through the years we go through countless changes in our lives and lifestyles – in our jobs, where we live, our interests, our friends, our ideas… and crucially…our partners.

This is part and parcel of life in 21st-century Western society. Whereas once upon a time partners were usually for life, (as most couples were obliged to stay together for economic reasons), this is no longer the case. An increasing number of people go through at least two marriages and most of us have a number of committed relationships in the course of our long lives.

So how can I declare my love for my partner in the form of a tattoo without worrying about breaking-up in the future?

The answer is that couples tattoos should be non-specific as regards to your partner’s name or identity. Then, if you do break up, you will not be lumbered with a ‘love’ tattoo that declares everlasting love to a person who is now gone from your life.

It will be even worse if such a ‘name tattoo’ is then seen by the new ‘significant other’ in your life.

Clearly, such a tattoo, particularly if it is in a prominent place on your body, will be something you may live to regret bitterly. Indeed the only way to solve the problem may be to go through an expensive, painful and time-consuming process to remove the tattoo, which may well leave tell-tale scars, or a cover up (which we do lots of!).

But how can my partner and I have a truly meaningful couple’s tattoo without putting our names in ink on our bodies?

There are many ways to achieve this, and it is quite feasible to have ‘matching tattoos’ that clearly demonstrate your love for each other without stating your names.

Some people get around the problem by simply restricting the name to a single initial, which should be relatively easy to change or cover up should the relationship come to an end. This is fine, but there are many other, more creative ways to express your love without having to resort to inking initials.

For many, the best ‘couples tattoos’ are minimalist – small and simple is beautiful – maybe something that has deep meaning for both of you, or something that matches both of your personalities or shared interests.

Symmetrical tattoos are always great to look at when you are together with your partner, but choose something that has still meaning even when alone.

Our artists at ALL DAY Tattoo in Bangkok will be able to advise you and work with you on your ideas for couples tattoos. To get your creative juices running, here are some of the ideas that have become popular over the past few years:-

  • One of the simplest, and most effective of ideas is for both of you to write “I love you” on your forearms, or on some other visible part of your body; or maybe “Together” across one partner’s back of hand, and “Forever” on the back of the other partners hand.
  • A popular classic for partners is to ink matching tattoo Rings or Wedding Bands on matching wedding fingers.
  • An oldie but goodie is matching “Hearts” or a small “Celtic or Christian Cross” on matching arms.
  • Or how about a “King and Queen“, or the “Sun and the Moon” or the symbols for “Yin and Yang“?
  • Then there is the “Lock and Key” – one partner has the “Lock” and the other the “Key“, again probably on matching arms. This can signify your love is firmly locked, or that your partner holds the key to your heart. An alternative could be jigsaw pieces which fit together.
  • How about a simple geometric or abstract design that spreads over two bodies – maybe on your arms, side or thighs. The drawing looks great on a single body, but even better when the two bodies are side by side.
  • Two “Matching Anchors“, showing that you are anchored to each other is another favorite.
  • How about “Mr” on the male and “Mrs” on the female?
  • Another good idea is to have twin tattoos of a building, place or a location that means a lot to both of you.
  • Matching “Origami Birds” is a novel idea – maybe in different colors.
  • Slightly more adventurous could be “One Arrow” that joins the two of you, possibly on your arms, or maybe a more adventurous abstract design that spreads over your two upper thighs.
  • Another idea is to have “Half of a Heart” on each partner’s body which becomes whole when put together. Another similar idea is the “Circle of Love“, with each partner having a semi-circle on matching fingers.
  • Some couples go for symbols such as the chemical symbols for “Serotonin” and “Dopamine“, or possibly Greek letters like “Phi and Pi“, or how about a matching pair of Infinity
  • Taking a gamble on the future? Then what better than a pair of matching but different card suits, such as a “Red Heart” and a “Black Spade“?

As you can see the variations are endless, and not a single one of the above suggestions contains your partner’s name, so if the worst happens and you do split up, you can still wear your tattoos proudly.

When looking to ink such tattoos on your body and your partner’s body, it is even more important to go to a worthy and reputable tattoo studio, such as we have at ALL DAY Tattoo in Bangkok.

At All Day Tattoo, not only can we help you choose something that works well for the two of you but can also give advice on the ideal size and body placement to provide you with the effect you desire.

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Caring For Tattoos in The Summer Sun

Caring For Tattoos in The Summer Sun

Caring for Tattoos in the Summer Sun

There’s absolutely no question – the sun is the number one enemy to your skin. This is true for everyone.

Too much sun can cause painful sunburn, do permanent damage to your skin, and cause it to wrinkle and age prematurely. It can also give you skin cancer in the form of deadly melanoma.

But for anyone who has a tattoo – especially new ones – the summer sun becomes an additional and potentially dangerous threat to your body.

First and foremost a total no-no in the care of your tattoos.

If you have recently had a new tattoo inked on your body – DO NOT IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES EXPOSE IT TO THE HOT SUMMER SUN – not even for a few minutes.

Your newly inked tattoo should be covered (by clothing, not plastic!) for the first 10 to 14 days after it has been completed. Even after this initial period of cover-up, it should be still be kept away from direct sunlight until the tattoo has completely stopped flaking – no scabbing, and no roughness.

Don’t take your new tattoo anywhere near the summer sun until you can see for yourself that it is completely healed, and looks fresh, shining and perfect in every way.

And even then:

Apply a generous dose of good sun block with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 – or higher if possible.

Why?

You wouldn’t willingly expose yourself to radiation or to something that is radioactive, would you?

Yet the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are a deadly form of radiation that can cause your skin to burn and become irreparably damaged.

If you pop out running errands several times during the course of a hot summer’s day, or you expose your arm or elbow to the sun when driving, be aware that it only takes as little as 15 minutes in the summer sun to suffer from skin damage.

If you are staying or living in a hot climate or in a place that has very hot summers, you should be aware that the deadly sun’s UV rays can permeate places on your skin that are covered. So even tats that are permanently covered in discrete parts of your body are still vulnerable to the sun’s rays.

Worried? You should be, but by using your common sense, and following ALL DAY Tattoo’s 9 simple suggestions, you can avoid any tattoo disasters and successfully keep your skin and tattoos in a healthy condition.

  1. Plan the timing of new tattoos and your summer activities to ensure your tats are given minimal exposure to the sun. If you’re planning to go into the sun, don’t worry, we sell specific “Tattoo UV Protection” sticks that will help keep your tattoo looking fresh.

 

  1. As already stated, never expose your new tattoos to the sun until they are fully healed.

 

  1. Apply, apply again, and reapply sunblock with an SPF or 30 or higher. We know it can be a hassle, but to keep your body safe, you should re-apply sunblock every two hours. If you are not prepared to do this then DON’T GO IN THE SUN!

 

  1. An even better way to protect your tattoos is to ‘outline’ and cover your tattoo with a chap stick containing sunblock, (such as Tattoo Goo’s sun stick), or outline the tattoo with the stick and use sun block over the tattoo. The ‘two-hour rule’ still applies.

 

  1. Whenever possible, keep your tattoos – old and new – lightly covered and keep them out of direct sunlight. Stay in the shade unless you are totally dedicated to having a bronzed body – but even in the shade you must take proper precautions and use sunblock.

 

  1. If you have had a new tat on your feet or ankles, be careful about exposing your skin to the sun by wearing open flip-flops or no footwear at all. The sun can reach your ankles and feet just as easily as other parts of your body so watch out for this.

 

  1. If you are in a beachside location, beware of the sand and the sea – most especially if you are wearing new tattoos. Sand acts like sandpaper for a new tattoo and the sea is full of nasty things, like salt, which can burn a tattoo and a serious amount of bacteria, especially during the hot weather.

 

Bacteria can lead to an infection resulting in an inflammation, which will cause the ink to drop out. Even in a swimming pool or sauna, your new tattoo will have nasty chlorine to tend with.

 

  1. Avoid the temptation to wear skimpy clothing to show off your new tattoo. Not only does this mean more exposure to the sun, but in a party or crowd situation, your friends will be tempted to admire – which you want – and also to touch – which you definitely don’t want!

 

  1. Carry some emergency sunblock – maybe a sun stick – with you at all times.

What happens if I don’t take proper care and end up with a ‘sick’ tattoo?

Good question.

First and foremost, don’t panic, but do take immediate action before your tattoo gets any worse.

To start with, call your tattoo artist and seek advice. If you their advice is to seek medical attention, then immediately seek out your doctor or some other medical professional.

If you are a dedicated sun worshipper and nothing will stop you having those days in the sun, please bear in mind that your tattoos can fade over time, and long exposure to the sun will accelerate that process.

So, sun worshippers, choose you colors carefully. The brighter the color the quicker it will fade. The FDA’s National Center for Toxicology Research says sunlight can cause yellow pigments, in particular, to break down or disperse over time. Darker colors tend to stay sharper longer, but even black will fade to gray.

So if you are coming to Bangkok, or are already here, why not discuss your designs and color schemes with our expert artists at ALL DAY Tattoo Studio in Bangkok?

They will advise you on color schemes that will hold up best in the sun and give you expert advice on how to go ‘out and about’ with your new tatts – as well as your old ones – in tropical Thailand and other hot summer places.

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Zodiac Tattoos

Zodiac Tattoos

Astrology and Tattoos in Bangkok

Most of us, at one time or another in our lives, have looked up at the stars and planets twinkling in the night skies and wondered about the effects they may have on our daily lives. Indeed, for thousands of years, people have connected the dots between stars and have created diagrams and patterns which are now known as constellations.

Mystics, soothsayers, witches, fortune tellers, astrologers, and the like from both eastern and western cultures have long believed that the stars and planets influence the way that we humble humans – and the animals – live our daily lives on Mother Earth.

In the west, most people tend to follow horoscopes and star charts that adhere to the Greek/ Roman zodiac which is divided into 12 different signs, each one being approximately one month in length. The word “Zodiac” is taken from the ancient Greek, with “Zoe” meaning life and “diakos” meaning wheel.

This “Wheel of Life” applies to animals as well as us humans, and it is believed to have its origins way back in Egyptian and Babylonian times.

The elliptical belt of visible stars, which are spread evenly across the night sky, is divided into 12 constellations, which are the 12 signs of the zodiac, each one represented by a diagram of the constellation as well as a symbol or image.

These zodiac signs are divided into the four elements; earth, (hard-working and goal- achieving) air, (creation and unity), fire,(expressive of self, fearless), and water, (self-reflective, fluid, emotional and sensitive.

So each zodiac sign – along with the characteristics and the elements associated with each sign – provide a vast wealth of creative and unique material when it comes to inking something connected to your sign, onto your body.

In this blog, ALL DAY Tattoo has compiled a list of some of the most common meanings associated with each star sign; along with some suggestions on the kind of designs or images that may appeal to you for your astrologically influenced tattoo.

  • Aries, the Ram (March 21- April 19). Aires is a fire element which has a bold, trailblazing Aires people make good leaders, and they can be outgoing, idealistic, inspirational, active, and courageous. On the negative side, they can also be selfish, overbearing, impatient, sarcastic, and jealous.

Apart from the obvious ram tattoo, another idea to ink is a bee or something associated with fire. Things specifically associated with Aries are: a tat on their head, the color red, the metal iron, the flower is a buttercup, the gemstone is a sapphire or diamond, and the food is tomatoes.

Other tattoos that this sign tend to favor are a cat, an arrow, or the horns of a ram.

 

  • Taurus, the Bull (April 20- May 20). Taurus is an earth element and they like to indulge themselves and enjoy the finer things of life. A palm tree indicates reward and pleasure, and a heart on a Taurus neck brings out their romantic and sentimental side.

They tend to work well with money and they love to eat. They can keep their tempers well, but when aroused, beware. Sincerity, productivity, loyalty are typical assets. They can also be practical, slow, overbearing, violent and possessive.

Things specifically associated with Taurus that may inspire a tattoo are: a tat on the neck, the color orange, the metal copper, the flower is a daisy, the gemstone is amethyst or emerald, and the food is celery.

Other tattoos that work well with Taurus are flowers trees and animals.

 

  • Gemini, the Twins (May 21- June 20). Gemini is an air element, and the symbol is human twins. Geminis are liable to fly off at any time and as such, birds, wings and feathers are ideal for this sign.

Geminis are curious and adaptable and they love to travel. They are also intellectual, alert, versatile, and instinctive, as well as restless, impatient, unstable, and difficult.

Things specifically associated with Gemini and may inspire a tattoo are: a tat on their shoulders and arms, the color orange, the metal mercury, the flower is Lily-of-the-Valley, the gemstone emerald or pearl, and the food is cauliflower.

Another tattoo that is popular with Gemini is simple black bands around an arm or a leg.

 

  • Cancer, the crab (June 21- July 22). Cancer is a water element and the symbol is a crab or a crayfish.

Cancers are family and marriage types and are often noted for their collecting habits. They are romantic, emotional and family-oriented, but can be timid, stubborn and moody.

Things specifically associated with Cancer that may inspire a tattoo are: a tat on the chest, the color orange-yellow, the metal silver, the flower is moon flower, the gemstone aquamarine or ruby, and the food is watercress or milk.

Other suggested tattoos for this sign are an anchor, a heart or the name of someone near and dear.

 

  • Leo, the Lion (July 23 thru August 22). Leo is a fire element and the symbol is a lion.

Leos are the most dominant and extrovert of all the signs, and they can also be generous, warm-hearted and free; creative and enthusiastic; broad-minded and expansive, faithful and loving. Their weaknesses are pomposity, patronizing, bossy, interfering, dogmatic and intolerant.

Things specifically associated with Leo and may inspire a tattoo are: a tat on the heart or spine, the color yellow, the metal gold, the flower is marigold, the gemstone ruby or sardonyx, and the food is oranges, plums, and peas.

Drawings or images of a lion or lion’s head are very popular amongst Leos, along with the astrological sign for Leo which can be tattooed almost anywhere on the body.

  • Virgo, the Virgin (August 23- September 23). Virgo is an earth element and the symbol of the Virgo is a virtuous maiden.

Virgos are balanced and they usually live balanced lives with good decision-making abilities. They tend to be intelligent, alert, graceful and perfectionists, but can also be nervous, timid, anxious and timid.

Things that specifically associated with Virgo and may inspire a tattoo are: a tat on the abdomen, the color yellow-green, the metal mercury, the flower is Azalea, the gemstone sapphire, and the food is lemons.

Other tattoos that this sign tend to favor are date tattoos on the upper back/neck.

Geometric tattoos with lots of intricate lines and carefully selected quotes with beautiful script would also work well with this sign.

 

  • Libra, the scales (September 24- October 22). Libra is an air element and the symbol of Virgo is the scales.

As to be expected, Libras like balance in their lives and like to do things correctly. They are orderly, peaceful, gentle, helpful, and spiritual but are also lazy, dependent on others, and often disorganized.

Things that specifically associated with Libra and may inspire a tattoo are: a tat on the lower back, the color green, the metal copper, the flower is violet, the gemstone diamond or opal, and the food is strawberries.

Other tattoos that this sign tend to favor are words of love on their biceps

 

  • Scorpio, the Scorpion (October 23- November 21). Scorpio is a water element and the symbol of Scorpio is the Scorpion, but it has also been an eagle.

Scorpios are good decision-makers, have good memories and are known to be good with money. They are also determined, confident, emotional, and inspirational, and their weaknesses are that they can sometimes be cruel, sarcastic, secretive, and selfish.

Things that specifically associated with Scorpio and may inspire a tattoo are: a tat on the lower abdomen, the color green-blue, the metal iron, the flower is honeysuckle, the gemstone topaz, and the food is prunes.

Another tattoo that works well with this sign is a geometric fox, maybe on the wrist.

 

  • Sagittarius, the Archer (November 22- December 21). Sagittarius is a fire element and the symbol of Sagittarius is the archer.

Sagittarius are peace-lovers and are active, travelers, sociable, independent, honest, loyal, and enthusiastic. Their weaknesses are overconfidence, self-indulgence, and a tendency to conceit.

Things that specifically associated with Sagittarius and may inspire a tattoo are: a tat on the thighs and hips, the color light blue, the metal tin, the flower is goldenrod, the gemstone turquoise, and the food are cucumbers and asparagus.

Tattoos that work well with this sign are script tatts across the chest or stomach.

 

  • Capricorn, the goat, (December 22 – January 19). Capricorn is an earth element and the symbol is the goat.

Capricorns are well grounded, determined, hardworking, and dedicated to achieving their goals. They are also ambitious, outgoing, dependable, honest, patient, and trustworthy. They are also fearful, selfish, suspicious, and secretive.

Things that specifically associated with Capricorn and may inspire a tattoo are: a tat on the knees, the color deep blue, the metal lead, the flower is poppy, the gemstone garnet, and the food is cabbage and kale.

Other tattoos that Capricorns favor are a goat’s head on the back, a series of stars in the constellation of Capricorn on the shoulder, arms or leg, and small, perfect designs such as a single anchor on a finger.

 

  • Aquarius, the water bearer, (January 20 – February 18). Aquarius is an air element and the symbol is a man pouring water into an urn.

Aquarius are humanitarians and they like to help others. They are artistic, creative, independent, friendly, and wise and on the negative side, they can be perverse, erratic, emotional, and overly sensitive.

Things that specifically associated with Aquarius and may inspire a tattoo are: a tat on the ankles and shins, the color blue-violet, the metal lead, the flower is a tulip, the gemstone jade or amethyst, and the food is pomegranates.

Another tattoo that works well with this sign is: Avant Guard flowers and bones on a thigh.

 

  • Pisces, the fish (February 19- March 20). Aquarius is a water element and the symbol is two connected fish.

Pisces are gentle and dreamers – romantics. They have two-sided thoughts and are indecisive but are open minded, peaceful, emotional, artistic, imaginative, poetic, and kind. They can also be insecure, weak, unstable, and restless.

Things that are specifically associated with Pisces and may inspire a tattoo are: a tat on the feet, the color violet, the metal tin, the flower is violet, the gemstone pearl, jasper, or bloodstone, and the foods are raisins dates or cereals.

Other tattoos that are popular with Pisces are: unicorns, butterflies, whimsical hand-poked designs, or a wing across the upper arm.

 

Whatever your star sign may be, if you want to reflect it on your body, you could do a lot worse than come to ALL DAY Tattoo studio in Bangkok. Here, you will receive absolutely free advice and suggestions from our internationally renowned team of tattoo artists. Maybe you already have an idea that you would like us to develop further or maybe you are waiting to be inspired.

Either way, we at ALL DAY Tattoo will be delighted to discuss your star sign tattoos with you.

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10 Great Reasons to Get a Tattoo

10 Great Reasons to Get a Tattoo

Ten Great reasons to get a tattoo.

People who decide to take the plunge and get a tattoo are motivated by a multitude of reasons. Getting a tattoo may be something they have been planning to do for quite a while, or it may be a spur of the moment decision. Either way, for a majority of people there is usually a good reason why they have taken this step.

There will always be a few foolhardy individuals who get a tattoo on a whim, or who barely remember having their tattoo because they were drunk or were egged on by irresponsible friends. But for most of us, it is the result of one or more carefully considered reasons.

So what exactly are these reasons? Every tattoo is unique and the reasons for getting one vary widely. Here are ten of the most common reasons why most people become a member of the fast-growing world population of inked bodies.

  1. Why not? There is nothing new, wrong, unusual or outrageous about it. People have been putting tattoos on their bodies for thousands of years. At various periods in the history of cultures – western and eastern – tattoos have gone in and out of fashion. Certainly for westerners in the 21st century, there has never been a more popular time to go under the tattoo gun.

 

  1. It is a lasting and true expression of who you are. Getting a tattoo is a statement of your individuality – it shows everyone who you really are and you are doing it “because you can”. Whether it is a small discrete design or symbol on your shoulder or ankle, or whether it is something that covers your whole arm, or your back, it is announcing – or even shouting to the world – that you are an individual, a unique human being. Your tattoo helps to show others what you are all about.

 

  1. Happy memories – A tattoo can be a great reminder of a person, place, thing or a major event that you treasure, and one you wish to stay with you for the rest of your life. It may be a family member, a dear friend, a loved one, or even a public icon, such as a pop or movie star, or an event, such as a wedding or a music festival that meant so much to you. Whatever it happens to be, your tattoo brings back many happy and cherished memories – memories that you are determined never to forget. And what better way to do this than with a tattoo?

 

  1. A tribute to a loved one. Similar (3) to above, but in this instance the tattoo is of someone who is no longer with you, maybe they have passed on, or simply someone you wish to honor for a specific reason. A tattoo will help keep the memory and your love and respect alive.

 

  1. It is art. Your body is a blank canvas, and so many tattoos are quite simply wonderful and unique works of art. If you employ a great tattoo artist, such as we have at ALL DAY Tattoo in Bangkok, you can be assured of a high-quality design or picture, one that will stand up to the highest artistic scrutiny. Wouldn’t be it great to walk around with a beautiful work of art on your body?

 

  1. Increase self-respect and life motivation. Many of us feel self-conscious in the public arena or in interactive social situations. Quite often, an outstanding tattoo will help make us feel much better about ourselves. We will feel braver and invigorated and less likely to worry about sticking out in a crowd.

 

  1. Tattoos can be used to cover scars and skin discolorations. This is a great reason to get a tattoo, for obvious reasons. An unsightly scar, or ugly skin blemish, or even a mastectomy can be either covered or ‘beautified’ by a clever tattoo artist, such as we have at ALL DAY Tattoo. Such tattoos are becoming ever more popular as people realize that they don’t have to spend the rest of their lives looking bad or disfigured.

 

  1. It is permanent. Nobody can take it away from you. It’s your skin and a tattoo is pretty much for life unless you wish to undergo a long, painful and expensive laser removal process that will probably leave a scar. Fashions, hairstyles, and trends change, but your tattoo is there forever – the one immovable feature of your life. Isn’t that awesome?

 

  1. Putting on the style. Nobody wants to be a total slave fashion and the latest trends, but at the same time, you don’t want to be out of step with an integral feature of modern day life. If you really want to emulate your peers and celebrity icons, then a tasteful tattoo or two will certainly announce your lifelong membership of the tattoo generation.

 

  1. You want a visual, textual reminder to yourself – and others – of something that matters deeply in your life. It may be a famous quote, a life adage, a proverb, a piece of verse, a music lyric, an extract from the Bible or some other religious book, something in ancient languages such as Latin or Sanskrit – in fact almost anything that holds a great meaning for you.

 

So these are our ten great reasons to get a tattoo, and of course, there are many others.

 

Whatever your reason, which may not even be one of the above, if you’re in Bangkok, why not click the button below and come and talk to our artists at ALL DAY Tattoo. We will be delighted to arrange a free consultation and discuss your various options and make suggestions. We guarantee that you will be under no pressure or obligation to use our studio services.

 

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Guidelines on How to Avoid Getting a Tattoo You Will Come to Regret

Guidelines on How to Avoid Getting a Tattoo You Will Come to Regret

Guidelines on how to avoid getting a tattoo you will come to regret.

Tattoos are trending like wildfire. Ever since the world’s celebrities jumped on the bandwagon, and tattoo TV reality shows filled the airwaves, tattoos have become the “must have” accessory for a generation of the world’s youth – and even for many who are not in their first flushes of youth.

14% of all Americans and 20% of Brits now have at least one tattoo, with that percentage rising to 30% – 40% to the under 40s in these two countries that are leading the Western world’s tattoo charge.

So peer pressure and the desire to have a tattoo or two on your body is becoming more and more the norm.

And why not indeed? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a beautiful tattoo – one that’s carefully chosen, and inked by a professional tattoo artist in a state of the art studio.

So why do we see so many disastrous, and let’s face it, absolutely appalling tattoos? You don’t have to look far to see tattoos misspelled, badly drawn, horrible pulps of colors running into each other, illegible script, and so on. I could go on, but you get the idea.

The first thing to get firmly into your mind is that unlike other statements of fashion, such as outlandish clothes, weird hairdos or bodily hair in the form of mustaches or beards, tattoos are there forever.

The only way to remove tattoos is a very painful, expensive and lengthy laser removal process which may well leave nasty scars behind.

So how do you ensure that you never have a tattoo that you will grow to bitterly regret? How do you stop yourself acting in haste and regretting in leisure for the rest of your life?

Here are a few common-sense guidelines, which we invite you to take to heart and try to follow:

  1. Choose your tattoo artist and studio very carefully – Don’t go to the nearest, most convenient, or the cheapest studio. This is not the right way to ensure you get a tattoo you won’t regret later.

 

Do your research, and check the artist and studio out. Is the artist experienced and properly qualified? Is the studio clean and do they use the latest and most hyenic instruments and procedures? Do they have a good reputation, and what does the internet say about them? Do you know someone who has been there and has been very satisfied?

 

You could do much worse than come and see us at ALL DAY Tattoo in Bangkok. We have a state of the art studio and a friendly, expert team of international artists who can turn their hands to almost any kind of design. If you are in Bangkok or are planning to come then please give us a call. We are confident we can lead you through all the potential hurdles, and you will end up with a tattoo you will love for the rest of your life.

 

  1. Check out the artist’s portfolio – Ensure that you really like their work. Do you have a good rapport with him/her and is he/she on your “wavelength”? Do they really understand what it is you looking for in your tattoo?

 

  1. Listen to your artist’s opinion and their professional advice. -They will tell you that your body is not fixed in one position and that your skin will shift and move with age, and can advise what will or won’t look good in the long term. They will also tell you that trying to put too much detail into your tattoo may make it look great for a year or two, but later may end up looking a mess – like rain on a watercolor painting.

 

  1. Choose the right tattoo. This is so important, and it should never be decided on a whim, or when you are drunk, or on the advice of well-meaning but ignorant friends.

 

Think very carefully before putting the name of your significant other on your skin, as very few relationships will last a lifetime. Names of family members are fine, and if you really wish to demonstrate your love to your partner, be more subtle – get a tattoo of something that has special meaning for the two of you –rather than his or her name.

 

In a similar way, musicians should be careful about inking the name of their band on their skin or sportsmen the name of their team. Personal allegiances have a habit of changing in unexpected ways in the course of a lifetime.

 

A tattoo with meaning is often a good idea but don’t search for meaning to the exclusion of all else. The tat has to be something that you really like.

 

Do your research. Look at the multitudes of designs online, and in particular, look at your artist’s portfolio and check to see if there isn’t something there can be adapted for you. You want your tattoo to be as unique as possible and not a bad copy of something you have seen somewhere.

 

Above all – don’t rush into it. Choose a design and sleep on it. Even better, ponder it for several days (or even weeks) to make absolutely sure it is a tattoo you can live with for the rest of your life. Ask yourself if it is possible that one day you may grow tired of it. By all means, seek the advice of a trusted friend who knows you well, but as said above, avoid the “gang approach” to tattoo advice.

 

Above all – don’t go ahead with a tattoo based on advice from an artist or a friend because you are afraid to tell them you don’t like it! This is tattoo suicide…

 

  1. Choose the right body location. – Do you want it seen by everyone? You can’t hide finger tattoos; and if your boss isn’t into tattoos, you may have to button up your cuffs throughout your working life to hide a full arm tattoo.

 

If you worry about your employment prospects, or you are not keen on showing your tattoo to the wide world on every occasion, then the general rule of below the neck and above the knees and elbows will work for most situations.

 

Tattoos in certain locations can hurt more than in others – your artist can advise you on this. But unless your pain threshold is particularly low, if it is the right place for you, then you should not allow the amount of pain interfere with your choice of location. A little bit of pain and a lifetime of satisfaction – something you can boast about to your grandchildren.

 

  1. Follow the artist’s aftercare instructions. – This is extremely important, as improper aftercare can ruin your tattoo and leave you with an infected mess. Treat it for what it is – an open wound that needs to be initially covered and cosseted until it has properly healed. In particular – keep your new tattoo clean and dry, and out of the sun and away from the sea.

 

Long term care is also necessary if you want to keep your tattoo in pristine condition for many years to come. Specially formulated moisturizing creams are available from any reputable tattoo studio.

 

  1. Avoid any studio that charges for consultation. This is a no-no in the tattoo business. Reputable tattoo artists, such as we have at ALL DAY Tattoo in Bangkok, only charge for the time taken to ink your tattoos. Consultations are free of charge and are always given without any obligation from you to give us your business.

So why not click the button bellow and start the process going? The artists at ALL DAY Tattoo will be happy to help you avoid having a tattoo that one day you may come to regret.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Latest Tattoo Trends

Latest Tattoo Trends

Latest Tattoo Trends in Bangkok

The inspiration for tattoos can come from literally anywhere. Through the decades, tens of thousands of different tattoo designs have been inked on people’s bodies.

From London to New York, from Calcutta to Beijing, from Bangkok to Tokyo, Tattoo artists, together with their customers have created an enormous array of captivating tats.

This is never more so than at ALL DAY TATTOO in Bangkok.

There is such a wide choice of designs, motifs, lettering and pictures that you can put on your skin that in many ways you are spoiled for choice, and choosing what is right for you can become a challenge in itself.

You could go for the tried and tested tattoo designs that have been around for many years, or you can create something completely original, unique, and personal to you.

Or are you one of those who prefers to go with the latest trends? Do you need to make sure your inkings are really cool and will fit in with the very latest celebrity tattoo culture?

What’s ‘in’ in 2017?

So what are the latest tattoo trends that are being inked by the glitterati? What are the new tatts that are being shared on Instagram and Pinterest by the beautiful people?

Here are some of the latest tattoo ideas that have been taking the world by storm in 2017.

  • Hip Tattoos – Leading the way this year are reality star/model Kylie Jenner, and model Hailey Baldwin with small, discrete hip tattoos. It’s a great area to ink, as it’s not too painful and the location gives you the advantage of being able to hide or show off, according to your mood or your personal situation. Check out Kylie’s “sanity” tat.

 

  • Inner Arm Tattoos – Also very popular this year are inner arm tats that also can be seen – or not – as you choose. Put your arms by your side and your tattoo is completely hidden; but turn your inner arm out and you can show your friends, or indeed the whole world, exactly what you have got there. Celebrities leading the charge on inner arm tats are Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and of course, Kylie J.

 

  • Photorealistic tattoos – also known as Hyper-realism – People have been tattooing pictures of people and things on their skin since time immemorial. This is a very specific type of tattoo and should only be done by someone with extensive experience in doing them.

 

But with hyper or photorealism, we are talking about pics in a totally different league. These pics are so lifelike that they provide a high definition, and sometimes an amazing 3- D effect. The realistic nature of these tatts can turn your body into a work of art. Hip-hop artists Jon Boi and celeb tattoo artist BangBang are the leaders here.

 

  • Tiny Tattoos – Arms, back of the neck, behind the ear, and the side of the ear are all elegant locations for tiny, dainty skin art. The fashion for tiny tats, Led by the Queen of tiny tats, US actress/ singer Bella Thorne, has been around for a while but shows no sign of slacking amongst the trendy classes in 2017.

 

  • Script Tattoos – Lettering is nothing new to inked bodies, but the latest trend in cursive fonts, (joined up handwriting style), has put a whole new take on written tattoos, and this trend has grown in 2017.

 

Follow Lady Gaga’s Joanne tattoo and put your favorite name, quote, lyrics, date, and so on in stylish cursive fonts anywhere on your body – from your neck to your ankles. It looks great from a distance, and it’s not until your admirer gets up close and personal that they can read the name or message.

 

  • Cosmetic Tattoos – Copy the look of eyebrows, freckles and other types of makeup. Cosmetic tattoos are also applied to create nipples after mastectomies, and other scars left by surgery. They are all the rage this year.

 

  • Thin Line Work and Single Line Art – the more elementary the better. Minimalistic, simple designs or delicate definition and unbroken lines have taken the tattoo art scene by storm in 2017. The thin line work gives the tattoo a greater sense of presence without cluttering up the skin, and a single unbroken line can be regarded as a lifeline.

 

  • Red Ink – Once again Kylie J is almost single-handedly responsible for the explosion in the use of red ink tattoos with 4 tiny red tatts on her body. Red ink is a stark departure from the traditional dark colored tattoos, which works in different ways on different skin tones.

 

  • Best Of The Rest in 2017 – geometric designs (mainly dots and lines); watercolor tattoos; antique compasses and pocket watches (in a photorealistic style); trash polka dots, (from Germany); lacework for ladies, (replacing the dreamcatcher and infinity symbols); Cyborg reveals, using the latest photo quality stencils; Mandalas (a circular figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism); Minimalistic Prints.

What’s not so trendy?

If you are a slave of fashion then the above list gives you a huge variety of styles and techniques that should satisfy just about anyone planning to have a tat or two in 2017.

Our international artists here at ALL DAY TATTOO in Bangkok will be delighted to go through the latest tattoo ideas with you and help you choose.

But even though you like to follow the trends, maybe you would also like to dip into tattoo ideas that have been popular in the past. You may not be too concerned with what is fashionable but would like to avoid tattoos that are considered especially infra dig in 2017 by the movers and shakers.

If so, here is a list of tattoo styles that aren’t currently “in trend” but please don’t take it the list too seriously, as tattoos are always a personal choice, and if you think it will look good on you then it probably will – and being “in trend” isn’t for everyone.

  • Dolphins
  • Barbed wire
  • Celtic Designs
  • Zodiac Designs
  • Emoji Fashion
  • Cartoon Fairies
  • Kitchen Tattoos
  • Butterflies
  • Chinese Characters
  • Tribal Tattoos

Here at ALL DAY Tattoo in Bangkok, we are always happy to advise you on any tattoo that you would like to ink on your skin. We are not too concerned with about what is ‘in’ and what is ‘out’ – we are only concerned with doing something that will make you happy and proud to show off to your loved ones and friends.

Why not click the button below and arrange for you free one to one consultation, with absolutely no obligation to use our studio. We are always happy to discuss our tattoo designs and techniques with anyone who is interested. We hope to see you soon.

 

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