What is a tattoo? How is it done? Does it hurt? If itīs about tattooing, itīs listed in this section.
Black and White vs. Color
Sometimes people can't decide if they want to do a tattoo in black and white or color. Is there a difference? Learn a few things that are different with each option.
Deciding On Getting A Tattoo
You think you really want to get a tattoo.... but then you're not sure. How can you tell when you are ready to commit to a permanent piece of skin art? A few thoughts on when to decide to get tattooed.
Does Tattooing Hurt?
The end result of being tattooed is gorgeous artwork, but the process involves a motorized needle pushing ink into your skin. Doesnīt this hurt?
Frequently Asked Tattoo Questions
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about tattoos including cover-ups, tattooing on scars, and how painful is it to get tattooed?
Getting Someone's Name Tattooed On You
Getting someone's name tattooed is as popular as it seems to be cursed. Read about the ups and downs of getting a name tattoo.
Getting Tattooed 1 - From Idea to Concept
Follow along with the body art host of Bella as she describes the process of designing her own tattoo and then getting inked. First up, what the heck am I going to get tattooed now? And where is it going to go? The basics for getting started designing your own tattoo
Getting Tattooed 2 - From Concept to Sketch
Follow along with the body art host of Bella as she describes the process of designing her own tattoo and then getting inked. This is part two of the process, and describes picking a tattoo artist and discussing your design specifics with them.
Getting Tattooed 3 - From Sketch to Tattoo
Follow along with the body art host of Bella as she describes the process of designing her own tattoo and then getting inked. This third section describes the process of getting tattooed.
Getting Tattooed At A Tattoo Convention
Getting tattooed at a convention can be a way to get a one-of-a-kind piece of skin art. Tips include finding a tattooist and making sure you get an appointment with them.
How is a Tattoo Done?
How does getting a tattoo differ from getting an injection? Why do homemade tattoos look blurry? And how do tattoos stay permanently when so many other things done to the skin are temporary?
How To Pick A Tattoo Artist
A lot of people want to pick a good tattoo artist, but then wonder how to do that. Here are some suggestions for finding the artist that is right for you.
Low-Key Tattoo Placement
Not everyone wants to wear their tattooed heart on their sleeve. For some, tattooing needs to stay more private and they want to keep the designs under wraps. Here are some things to consider if you'd like to keep your tattoos to yourself.
As much as modern culture pretty much allows for self-expression, there still both written and unwritten guidelines for what people find offensive. If you'd like to avoid extra hassles and harassment from being tattooed, here are a couple of things to consider.
You aren't born knowing how to tattoo properly, it's part art and part science. The best way to learn is through an apprenticeship. And that's all before you even get to practicing how to tattoo.
Pre-Tattoo and Post-Tattoo Self Care
Make sure to take care of yourself both before and right after you get tattooed. This can help make for a more pleasant experience and consequently better body art.
Rae's Tattoo Answers
Rae, Bellaonline's Body Art Editor, takes a few moments to answer some of the tattoo questions she gets asked about herself. Hear a bit of her tattoo history, and where the ink is headed next.
Taking A Tattoo From Impulsive To Meaningful
Ever get one of those sudden impulses to get tattooed? Here's a story of two friends who decided to hold off for a bit and make the urge to get inked more meaningful.
Tattoo Clothing [offsite link]
Get hot t-shirt, skirts, shoes, jackets and more all with tattoo designs on them!
The big question that many people have either before or after they pick a tattoo design is "Where should I put my tattoo?" Here are some things to consider when you think about where to put that new piece of ink.
So, what do people have to say about tattoos, really? Here are some quotations both famous and anonymous about tattooing.
Although the modern world seems fascinated and accepting of tattoos, there are in fact a variety of unspoken "tattoo taboos" that exist. Learn how to avoid the types of tattoos that get you shunned, cause people to lose jobs or which tattoo artists might refuse to tattoo.
Tattoo Techniques - East vs West
Different cultures found related but distinct methods for making permanent skin markings. Tattooing techniques are relatively simple and have varied little from ancient times to the modern day.
Tattoos and Aging
Many people get tattooed without really thinking of what their art will look like in thirty or forty years. Here are some thoughts on tattoos and aging.
Tattoos and Parents
The conflict between young adults and parents over tattoos is fairly common. Resolving these issues often involves recognizing differences just will exist.
Tattoos and Your Skin Rights
Ok, so youre 18 and youre finally getting your tattoo. Everyone you know has told you its going to ruin the rest of your life! Will it? It might or might not, but there are a few places that will dictate special conditions if you are tattooed.
Tattoos Public and Private
Discussions about the right to keep your tattoos to yourself, and questions about how to ask to see another personīs body art.
Temporary Tattoos [offsite link]
Information on temporary tattos
The History of Tattoos
Tattoos have an ancient history stretching back over thousands of years. The practice of making permanent marks into the skin with pigment has been found at some point in nearly every major culture in history.
The Pain of Tattooing
No matter how many times it gets asked, you just can't give a good answer for how much a tattoo may or may not hurt. It's just something you'll either try or you won't.
Turning A Collection Into A Bodysuit
Some people collect their tattoos piecemeal, adding a design here and a design there. Others start out with a large-scale concept from the beginning. Here are suggestions for how to evolve your tattoo collection from separate pieces into a bodysuit.
West Coast Tightens Tattoo Rules And Regulations
With Oregon leading the way, tattoo regulations in the states all along the West Coast are being tightened up. Washington has new rules going into effect in the summer of 2010 and California isn't too far behind.
Why People Get Tattooed
The whys and wherefores of tattooing can be public or personal, inclusive or exclusive. Suffice to say, no two tattooed people are alike.
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