UNITED INK – FLIGHT 915  at the Cradle of Aviation Museum 

Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Garden City, NY 11530

September 11th-13th 2015

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United Ink Tattoo Shows 2015

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We have TWO kick ass shows planned for 2015: United Ink “No Limits” at Resorts World Casino, NY and United Ink Flight 915 September 11th-13th at The Cradle Of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY. View full article »

Watch this Video on Tattoo After Care


This video gives you the proper steps to tattoo aftercare. World famous tattoo artist and tattoo shop owner Lou Rubino breaks it all down for you.

At Tattoo Lou’s, we operate at the highest level of safety possible for tattooing. Here in Suffolk County, NY, the Board of Health regulates all professional tattooing. In order to tattoo, each artist must be licensed, and each studio must be licensed. We pride ourselves on providing the safest tattoo experience possible for our customers. In order to help protect you, here’s what you as a customer should be looking out for when you get a tattoo. View full article »





In a fascinating legal case, Chris Escobedo, the owner of Elite Tattoo has filed suit against video game maker THQ for recreating tattoos Escobedo designed for Carlos Condit, a former UFC champion as part of their UFC Undisputed games. What many people might not know is that copyrights on tattoos are actually owned by the tattoo artists and not the people bearing their ink, unless there is a contract created to transfer the rights. Because Escobedo did not grant permission for his art to be recreated, and because he was not compensated for it, he has a strong case. The outcome of this suit will likely have long-term implications for the use and recreation of tattoo art in media. 


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Getting a traditional Polynesian tattoo might seem like an awesome idea, but anyone who has ever gone through the procedure could tell you that it may be one of the hardest things you ever attempt. It is extremely long, extremely painful, and not for the feint of heart!



The entire procedure for the traditional pe'a (fully covering the torso and upper legs) would take about three months to complete. Every day, the warrior would undergo as much work as he could stand before the pain became too great or until dusk descended. Sometimes it was necessary to take a few days off to let the extreme skin inflammation calm down. The healing process took up to a year, with extensive aftercare of salt water washes and skin massages being necessary to avoid infection. Simple actions like walking were difficult and required assistance by friends and family.



Avoiding or quitting the tattoo process had dire consequences. Those who could not endure the procedure would be shunned by society, considered a coward for life. Because of this, despite the extreme, long-lasting pain, there were few who shrank from the challenge of getting tattooed.





Robert Drake is a professional freelance writer, editor, copywriter and blogger. To learn more about this fascinating fellow, visit his website.



The oldest mention of male genital piercing is believed to be in the Kama Sutra. The Apadravya is said to be exceptionally good for enhancing pleasure, both for the man who bears it and for his sexual partners, whether male or female. 


The reason for this is due to the placement of this piercing. The Apadravya most often consists of a straight barbell that runs through the glans of the penis from top to bottom, running through the urethra. The ball on the top is ideal for stimulating the G spot of female partners during vaginal intercourse, while the ball underneath the glans is positioned for prostate stimulation during anal sex with male partners.


The Apadravya can be completed in either one or two sessions. When done in two, the first session creating a Prince Albert, as we recently covered, and the top half of the piercing being completed after healing. 


The Apadravya is normally centered, though it can be occasionally set off-center. Even in such a case, the bar still usually runs through the urethra. Rarely, the shaft instead of the glans is pierced in this manner, called a shaft apadravya, but many piercers do not perform it that way.




Robert Drake is a professional freelance writer, editor, copywriter and blogger. To learn more about this fascinating fellow, visit his website.

Of course, we all know that a rock star without tattoos is about as rare as an honest politician these days, but they're not the only ones who get music tattoos. Music theory students, composers, and fans of the written note of all kinds are drawn to get music-themed tattoos. Here's a look at some favorites:



Musical notes are a very common tattoo subject, as well as the treble clef symbol that leads off many musical scores.




This piece emphasizes the clef symbol, with the notes complimenting it. 



Another common symbol to compliment notes is an old-time microphone, perfect for a musician or fan of retro music like Big Band or Swing



If you grew up in the 80's or early 90's, and you love music, you had one of these or wished you did. Sweet tape deck in that boom box girl! Totally rad!



Once, man used rocks for tools. Now, he simply rocks, and this tattoo obviously tops our countdown for this week!





Robert Drake is a professional freelance writer, editor, copywriter and blogger. To learn more about this fascinating fellow, visit his website.


Getting a tattoo was once a lifelong commitment with no real recourse. Today, though still costly and uncomfortable, tattoo removal technology is allowing many people who regret past ink to erase their mistakes and start over. 


In a New York Times article from 2007 (Erasing Tattoos, Out of Regret or For a New Canvas), James Morel, the CEO of Dr. Tattoff, a specialty tattoo removal center in California stated that the vast majority of their clients are women, ages 25-35. He puzzled over the reason for this, whether it was because many more women are getting tattooed these days or if more women end up regretting getting inked. 



That same article talks about Freedom-2, which was touted as a technological advancement in removable tattoo ink. This "ink" is actually made up of polymer beads of color that are deposited in the dermis, and are easily broken up by laser treatment, whereupon the dye, made of natural ingredients, absorbs into the skin, erasing the tattoo faster and easier than with traditional ink. A search for Freedom-2, however, makes it seem that it has not caught on as much as its makers hoped. Some artists feel it doesn't work as well as regular ink, aesthetically speaking, and the general consensus in the tattoo world seems to be that if you want a tattoo, you shouldn't get it if you don't want it to be permanent. Consulting with a trusted, experienced tattoo artist will help you decide what's right for you when considering a tattoo. 


Next week, we'll continue our look at tattoo removal. Meanwhile, check out our Tattoo Removal page for more info. 





Robert Drake is a professional freelance writer, editor, copywriter and blogger. To learn more about this fascinating fellow, visit his website.

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