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Dumpster Graffiti...

Over ten years ago, I was asked by the owner of a dumpster service to paint graffiti art on the dumpsters to give them personality, and make them stand out. Over the following years, the man who owned the business would become one of my closest friends. He had me paint over 25 dumpsters inside 3 years, and our dumpsters changed the look of the streets of this city by adding color and creativity wherever they were parked. I was almost never told what to paint, so most of the murals were straight from my head. Many of them are strange, to the point where I wonder if I made some of so weird just to make the average person scratch their head when they saw them.
I always covered every inch of those steel boxes with paint, often having a theme on both sides, while painting a graf piece on the ends. Now looking back, the days when I would ride my bike to the yard and paint in the hot sun are some of the best times I've had. My friend is now gone, along with his business, his dumpsters, and all of my artwork. People in this city still remember those colorful boxes that would be scattered though out the neighborhoods, and I try hard to remember all the good times spent with my friend














TATTOOS AND NEGATIVE ASSOCIATIONS

As if you needed more reasons to remove or fade your tattoo... here are some negative associations as listed by Wikipaedia that relate to tattoos.


Conspicuous tattoos and other body modification can make gainful employment difficult in many fields.In Japan, tattoos are strongly associated with the Yakuza (organised crime groups), particularly full body tattoos done the traditional Japanese way (Tebori). Certain public Japanese bathhouses (sentō) and gymnasiums often openly ban those bearing large or graphic tattoos in an attempt to prevent Yakuza from entering.

In the United States many prisoners and criminal gangs use distinctive tattoos to indicate facts about their criminal behavior, prison sentences, and organizational affiliation. A tear tattoo, for example, can be symbolic of murder, with each tear representing the death of a friend. At the same time, members of the U.S. military have an equally well established and longstanding history of tattooing to indicate military units, battles, kills, etc., an association which remains widespread among older Americans. Tattooing is also common in the British Armed Forces.

Insofar as this cultural or subcultural use of tattoos predates the widespread popularity of tattoos in the general population, tattoos are still associated with criminality. Although the general acceptance of tattoos is on the rise in Western society, they still carry a heavy stigma among certain social groups.

The prevalence of women in the tattoo industry, along with larger numbers of women bearing tattoos, appears to be changing negative perceptions. A study of "at-risk" (as defined by school absenteeism and truancy) adolescent girls showed a positive correlation between body-modification and negative feelings towards the body and self-esteem; however, also illustrating a strong motive for body-modification as the search for "self and attempts to attain mastery and control over the body in an age of increasing alienation."




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TATTOO REMORSE STORY

Tattoo Removal central brings you a tattoo remorse story from CNN.com as follows...

Laura Hathaway initially had no regrets after getting a tattoo on her lower back when she was 21. But now, 10 years later, she wants it gone.

The pharmaceutical sales representative from Atlanta, Georgia, says it doesn't fit in with her current lifestyle as the mother of a 2-year-old boy who just started to talk. "The other day I bent over and he said, 'What's that?' and it just confirms why I'm having it removed."

Dr. Scott Karempelis of Atlanta Dermatology Associates is performing a multitreatment laser procedure that will gradually erase Hathaway's tattoo with little or no scarring. The process is painful, expensive and time-consuming.

Karempelis says that in spite of the drawbacks, "business is booming." He and three other dermatologists in his office see more than 30 patients a day who want tattoos removed by laser.

The American Academy of Dermatology reports tattoo regret is common in the United States. Among a group of 18- to 50-year-olds surveyed in 2004, 24 percent reported having a tattoo and 17 percent of those considered getting their tattoo removed.

Karempelis uses a state-of-the-art laser that targets the pigment in the tattoo. "It goes through the skin without damaging it and hits the pigment depending on which wavelength and which color you have, and it blows it into small pieces."

The tattoo ink is then reabsorbed into the body through the lymphatic system. The process must be completed over several sessions in order to protect the skin from damage.

Hathaway expects to go through 10 sessions several weeks apart, each lasting less than a minute. She admits it's a lot more painful than getting the original tattoo. "It's prickly," describes Hathaway. "It feels like a bee is sitting on your back stinging time and time again. Afterwards, the pain does go away and you're a little sore for a few hours.
Patients with bigger tattoos are sometimes given the option to use a topical anesthetic, but Karempelis points out that it adds to the cost.

Like other dermatologists, he charges by the square inch for the laser treatment. By the time Hathaway's done, she expects to pay more than $2,200.

There's no guarantee that she won't have a scar. "Scarring is your major risk," says Karempelis. "Almost everyone gets a little bit of discoloration, a little lighter, a little darker for a while. But in most cases if you wait a year, you cannot see where it was done initially."


Certain tattoo colors, such as green, yellow and purple, are harder to remove, Karempelis says, especially for people with darker skin. Some parts of the body also pose a challenge. "The farthest away from the heart are hardest to treat, so the ankles are the toughest," Karempelis says.


 
He predicts his business will increase in the future, after a new type of tattoo ink hits the market. Freedom-2 is a microencapsulated dye. It's designed to be easily removed by a single laser treatment. "The laser would hit that pigment and it would completely dissolve immediately. ... You wouldn't need repetitive treatments," the doctor says.

But until the ink becomes available, Karempelis expects to see a variety of patients going through long sessions to remove reminders of their past. He says the most popular tattoos to be removed in his office are the names of old boyfriends and former spouses.

In Hathaway's case, her tattoo of a flower didn't fit the image she wants to portray. She says she got the tattoo long before low-rise pants became popular. "It's just something I wanted to be private and now it's not”

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Read here  about  Actress Helen Mirren who revealed to People Magazine that she is now  'utterly disgusted' by her 'drunken' tattoo (a symbol on the back of the thumb of her left hand)

ISSUES TO CONSIDER BEFORE HAVING A TATTOO

Tattoo Removal Central would like to inform you about what to consider before deciding to go ahead with a tattoo.

Health dangers

Skin infections -  These can range from minor bacterial infections, like impetigo, to serious antibiotic-resistant skin infections, which can lead to pneumonia and blood infections.

Blood-borne infections - Dirty equipment will put you at risk of infection from serious diseases like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV or tuberculosis.

Allergic reactions -  You may have a reaction to the ink or latex gloves, though alternatives can be used.

Skin disorders

Anyone prone to keloid scarring - permanent, raised scars - should stay away from tattoos. Some people also get skin bumps called granulomas around a tattoo.

MRI complications

Some people find the tattooed area swells and burns after a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan - but it is rare.

Before you get the needle ask yourself these questions:

How might I feel about this in 30 years?

It's unlikely you'll be wearing the same clothes or have the same hairstyle so consider how your taste may change. If it's a name, for instance your boyfriend, are you really sure you'll be together for ever and, if not, how will subsequent partners feel?

Where should it be?

Very visible tattoos are incompatible in certain workplaces. If you need to cover it, how would it restrict clothing? Also, consider the pain factor. The fleshier the area, the less painful it will be.

How big?

If it's your first tattoo, it's best to start small in case you suffer an allergic reaction. And the bigger it is, the harder it will be to remove.

If you're not satisfied...

According to the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 (in the UK), the tattooist's work should be done with "reasonable skill and care".  Otherwise, they may have to pay for it to be put right or for you to have it removed.

However, this doesn't apply if you've just changed your mind. If you want it removed, methods include laser treatment and dermabrasion but discuss pros and cons with your GP first. Go with a doctor who regularly carries out the procedure.

Alternatively try the many creams that will fade your tattoo, often to the point of being barely noticeable.

Eight ways to protect yourself

(1) Find a reputable tattooist

By law, all tattooists must be registered with the local authority and have an up-to-date certificate to prove it. They should also have a health and safety certificate on display. Look in the Yellow Pages or contact your local authority's environmental health department for the addresses of registered tattoo parlours. Also check that the tattooist is a member of a professional body such as the Tattoo Club Of Great Britain (visit www.tattoo.co.uk).

(2) Give it the once-over

A tattooist's parlour should be as clean and tidy as a dentist's surgery. They should wear gloves while tattooing and a new needle and ink should be used for every customer. Other equipment should be sterilised between customers. And a reputable tattooist won't mind you asking.

(3) Do your research

Shop around but don't make price the deciding factor. A tattoo should always be regarded as permanent since removal is expensive, difficult and can scar. You need to consider their style as well as skill. Go on recommendations and ask to see a portfolio of their past work.

(4)The right questions

The tattooist should ask you certain health questions. This should include whether you've had particular conditions, including allergies, impetigo, anything that affects your immune system, blood infections such as hepatitis or HIV, seizures and high blood pressure.

(5) Find a rapport

If you don't have a rapport with the tattooist, move on. It's vital that you communicate well and are both clear about the exact design, colours and size of the tattoo.

(6) Don't do it on holiday

There may be good tattooists abroad but hygiene standards are lower in many countries. Also, if something goes wrong, you may not be protected by law. You're

also more likely to be reckless on holiday.

(7) Don't have a drink first.

Drinking affects your judgment.

(8) Be clear on aftercare

You should be given detailed advice on how to look after your tattoo to avoid infection. And see your GP if the skin becomes red, inflamed, discoloured, itchy or painful.

TATTOO HISTORY

Tattoo Removal Central brings you this extract from Wikipaedia about the history of tattoos.

A tattoo is a marking made by inserting indelible ink into the layers of skin to change the pigment for decorative or other reasons.

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Tattoos on humans are a type of decorative body modification, while tattoos on animals are most commonly used for identification or branding.


Tattooing has been practiced worldwide. The Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan, traditionally wore facial tattoos. Today one can find Berbers of Tamazgha (North Africa), Maori of New Zealand, and Atayal of Taiwan with facial tattoos. Tattooing was widespread among Polynesian peoples and among certain tribal groups in the Taiwan, Philippines, Borneo, Mentawai Islands, Africa, North America, South America, Mesoamerica, Europe, Japan, Cambodia, New Zealand and Micronesia. Despite some taboos surrounding tattooing, the art continues to be popular in many parts of the world.

Tattooing has been a Eurasian practice at least since around Neolithic times. Ötzi the Iceman, dating from the fourth to fifth millennium BC, was found in the Ötz valley in the Alps and had approximately 57 carbon tattoos consisting of simple dots and lines on his lower spine, behind his left knee, and on his right ankle. [19] Other mummies bearing tattoos and dating from the end of the second millennium BC have been discovered, such as the Mummy of Amunet from Ancient Egypt and the mummies at Pazyryk on the Ukok Plateau.

Pre-Christian Germanic, Celtic and other central and northern European tribes were often heavily tattooed, according to surviving accounts. The Picts were famously tattooed (or scarified) with elaborate dark blue woad (or possibly copper for the blue tone) designs. Julius Caesar described these tattoos in Book V of his Gallic Wars (54 BC).

Tattooing in Japan is thought to go back to the Paleolithic era, some ten thousand years ago.[citation needed] Various other cultures have had their own tattoo traditions, ranging from rubbing cuts and other wounds with ashes, to hand-pricking the skin to insert dyes.

Tattooing in the Western world today has its origins in Polynesia, and in the discovery of tatau by eighteenth century explorers. The Polynesian practice became popular among European sailors, before spreading to Western societies generally.

TATTOO COVER UP - HOW TO DO IT

So you have a tattoo that you'd like to cover up - perhaps you'd like to conceal it for a special occasion such as a wedding or maybe you're going for an interview or to meet you partners' parents and so you would prefer to hide your tattoo for a few hours.


Unlike  specialty products such as 'The Tattoo Coverage Kit', the solution given below  will not  be flawless and it will not be smudgeproof - but it might just help you out in an emergency.


Here's some tattoo cover-up advice sourced from EHow.com...

You'll Need:


Concealer

Powder

Powder pad (or brush if you don't have one)

Foundation

Eyeshadow or blush that is close to your skin tone

Small cosmetic brush

Step 1  Apply concealer. If you happen to have two shades, use them both. Put on the lightest shade first, applying it as you would when covering up the dark circles underneath your eyes. Blend it well into the surrounding area. Repeat this using the darker concealer if you have some.

Step 2  Apply powder on the tattoos. Although a brush will work, a pad is much better. Press the pad firmly into the compact before dabbing evenly and gently across the concealer.
Step 3  Apply foundation. Once again, if you have a darker shade and a lighter one, use both. Put it on as you would on your face, using a light touch, applying the lighter shade first. You can always apply more but, if you put too much on, you'll have to remove it all and start over with the concealer. Instead of using makeup sponges, as you would when applying theatrical makeup, use your fingertips to blend it in well. This gives you more control and better coverage. Do the same with the darker shade of foundation if you have it before repeating Step 2 and applying powder.

Step 4   Apply eyeshadow or blush. Choose a shade that is close to your skin tone. Use a small cosmetic brush to sweep it over the tattoos, dabbing in areas that seem harder to cover. Put it in light coats, building the coverage and color as needed. Make sure to blend it into the surrounding areas as you go. Repeat step 2 to seal it all in.

THINK BEFORE YOU INK

A recent article by the Seattle Post looked into what you should consider before you tattoo so as to reduce your chances of having to have tattoo removal later on.


The article reads.... "From NASCAR dads to soccer moms, tattoos and body piercings have become about as rebellious as a minivan, evolving from a guaranteed way to provoke the parents to an acceptable form of expression.

If you're thinking of getting a tattoo, there are several things to consider before going under the needle.

Signs you are likely to suffer tattoo regret:

• If you walk into a tattoo studio to get a tattoo, but are short on specifics, walk right out. If the tattoo doesn't have any personal meaning behind it, you'll end up hating it later on, tattooists say.

• Getting a tattoo of your sweetheart's name can be a mistake, said Dr. Bernard Goffe, a general dermatologist at Swedish Medical Center who's removed "hundreds" of tattoos in the past 20 years.

Other reasons for tattoo removal, Goffe said, include:

• You made the decision under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

• Family pressure.

• Disassociation from a gang.

Consider how a piercing or tattoo might affect your lifestyle or career:

"You have to consider that people are going to look at you differently if you have something they can see. Not that that's right, but they will," said Christy Brooker, a tattoo artist at Seattle's Apocalypse Tattoo.

A 2001 study by Vault, a career Web site found that most employers view tattoos as unprofessional, and 42 percent said their opinion of employees is lowered by exposure of them at work.

 
If you're going to get a tattoo, think about location:

• The most popular place on men: arm, shoulder, upper back, calf.

• The most popular place on women: small of back, bikini line, ankle.

• The most painful areas on both: behind the knees, between the toes, spine, inner arms, middle of sternum, top of feet and hands.

• Least painful areas: Outer part of forearm, shoulder, buttocks.

How much should a tattoo or piercing cost?

Most studios charge by the hour. In Seattle, you can expect to pay around $100 to $125 per hour, said several tattooists, but prices vary depending on the studio and the complexity and size of the tattoo. Bigger or elaborate tattoos can cost much more.

In general, you don't want to go bargain shopping for a tattoo.

The basic fee for most piercings — ear , naval, tongue, nostril — is around $25.

Jewelry, depending on metals and gems, can range from $15 to more than $50.

In case you want to un-tattoo you:

Laser tattoo removals increased by 27 percent between 2001 and 2003, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

So.... how do you know if you're serious about getting inked or just swept up in the craze?"

TATTOOS - ARE THEY ARE FADING CRAZE?

Tattoos often seem like a good idea at the time. But  - the BBC UK website asks - has the current craze, especially among young women, had its day?
Celebrities from Liam Gallagher to Stephen Gately, Helen Mirren to Holly Valance have their own, often discreet, pieces of body art. Such celebrity ‘endorsement’ has encouraged women from all walks of life to have their own.

But as time passes, it's not just celebs such as Angelina Jolie and Geri Haliwell who're regretting decorating their body with everything from loved one’s names to Japanese characters. Ordinary people do too. Seventy-five percent of the UK people who have tattoos eventually regret it, according to a study by the British Journal of Dermatology.

Ordinary folks like Melanie Grimes from Eccles in Greater Manchester is one of these people. She is having the tatto she opted for when she was 16 years old removed.

Melanie says, "It looks tacky. I just picture myself in an evening dress or a wedding dress and I just see that thing on my shoulder, no!!!"

Laser treatment is one of the standard methods of tattoo removal. However, this can cost around £1,000. So how can you avoid regret?

According to Louis Malloy, people can reduce the risks of regretting a tattoo later in life. Louis is one of the most prominent tattoo artists in the North West. He adorned David Beckham’s body with an angel and the words ‘Romeo’ and ‘Victoria’.
Louis says, "If you don’t put the thought in it’s highly likely that you will regret the tattoo."

Louis would advise those considering a tattoo to follow these simple preparation steps to reduce regret later:

• Plan your tattoo art carefully, doing lots of research

• Consider its placement and how this will fit into your life

• Save up and get what you really want

• Go to a reputable tattoo artist

• Ask to see previous examples of their work

• Follow aftercare instructions religiously

• Don’t go ahead if you are not 100% sure



Sam Cox is the editor of a tattoo website. Two thirds of her body is tattooed. It started with a small butterfly on the base of her back.

Sam's website offers advise to 'tattoo virgins'

Sam claims that whilst people are following fashion fads with tattoos, they are more likely to regret them. Such fad, are often instigated by celebrities.

Sam says, "If you have a tattoo for fashion reasons - because it looks cool at the time - it will go out of fashion."

With over 5,000 years of history behind them, it is unlikely that tattoos will ever become a ‘thing of the past’.

However, whilst willing youngsters are allowing their bodies to become a canvas for the latest fashion fads, incidences of removal look likely to rise.

REASONS WHY YOU'RE REGRETTING YOUR TATTOO

Are you annoyed with your tattoo? Does it embarrass you? Do you wish you'd never set foot in that parlour in the first place? Well, the reasons why you feel this way boil down to one or more of the following reasons...

• You had your tattoo done in a non-certified shop - those who have their tattoo/s done cheaply  most often end up with regrets because they are not satisfied with the result. Perhaps the colour isn't right or the tattooist wasn't really an artist so tweety Pie looks more like a griffin...whatever the reason - you usually get what you pay for when it comes to tattoos.

• You chose  the wrong design - those who went through the tattoo process impulsively without giving much thought to design and placement usually end up disappointed. Make sure you know what design you want and if you're really ready for it.
 
• Be sober -  maybe you got your tat when you were drunk or high and were not impressed once you sobered up.

• Maybe you have a lover's name or facial  image tattooed on your body. This is never a good idea - if you're considering this  and  if you absolutely feel compelled to do so - make it small so that if the worst happens you can design another tatto over and around the original one.

 • Do not 'test' a tattoo - your body is not an A4 sheet of paper that you can 'vandalize' anytime and when you are tired of the design - have it erased. Perhaps you didn't think of the long-term when you had your 'ink'.  But none of us are a living Etch-a-Sketch. Tattoos are permanent.   Most people regret having been spontenous when it comes to tattoos.



• You have found that people  judge you - Research shows that most companies do not hire people with tattoo/s though they are qualified. Most of the time having a tattoo is not acceptable in the workplace - especially so in the corporate world. You may have experienced this - hence you want to remove your tattoo.



• You are worried -  When it comes to transmittable diseases - you are in the high risk of having these when you are engage in body art. Most of the time people get HIV, Hepatitis and other disease through tattooing, especially when it is done by underground tattoo artists.

•  You have simply grown out of your tattoo or no longer have that lifestyle - people often regret having a marujana leaf tattoo or tattoos that depict certain political affiliations or even the logos of certain music bands.  Tastes and lifestyles change and  that Rolling Stone or Spice Girls tattoo can soon become a source of embarrassment.

IM BACK.

with randoms from all over.






i love wrist tattoos. and i love word tattoos, or neat symbols and shapes.
hopefully going to get another tattoo in December

I'm also open to questions! I was thinking of doing a Q&A post since I haven't blogged for a month!

Bleach Anime Wallpaper

Anime has different characters and superheroes that are depicted in many cartoons. Some of these series have become very popular throughout the years. One of the most famous anime creations would be bleach, which is a cartoon series which has spun to more than one hundred and fifty episodes to date. Bleach anime wallpaper are a big hit with its fans now you get to put Ichigo, on your desktop and maybe in his Bankai form. Ichigo is the main character of the bleach series and the story shows how he go from being a lonely boy whose mum died when he was young to a samurai ghost killing warrior.

Basically Ichigo meets some girl god or soul slayer, I think that is what they are called who gives him some of her power and he too becomes one. So you get to travel through his many adventures watching him killing the bad guys and sometimes fighting with the good guys and becoming a full fledged warrior who I believe can kick most of those dude butts.

The bleach anime wallpaper features all the stars of the anime cartoon series as well as the bad guys. You get to put them up on your desktop and change them at will. You can find most of these wallpapers if Google the word bleach, where you will find several website willing to give you free wallpapers.

Join the fun and get yourself bleach anime wallpaper which you can put up on your desktop. Watch the anime cartoon series and get to choose who your favorite of the characters portrayed in the cartoon. Enjoy the wonderful bright and beautiful colors which are mixed together to showcase great bleach wallpapers.

Two of My Favorite Recent Tattoos I've Done...

Skull and roses tattoo...badass...enough said!
This gentlemen wanted some of my pinstriping on himself, so we did this skull design on his ribs...ouch!

Sleeping on the Updates...

I got a new mobile phone, and have been trying out the camera...here's some random photos...
I painted green realistic fire inside the racing stripe on my friends truck, I like the skull on the front of the hood...
Halloween is my favorite time of year. This is one of my neighbor's house. I like the ghost in the window that moves...nice!