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There isn’t much of a secret to embroidery tattoos. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a tattoo meant to look as if it was embroidered directly onto your skin.
So, what’s the allure of these tattoos? They add special three-dimensional depth (more on this in a moment) and are relatively new in terms of widespread popularity. That means that plenty of folks who want to stand out with their ink are embracing embroidery as an option.
The basic idea of 3D tattoos is not new. That leaves the obvious question: what separates these embroidery tattoos from other 3D tattoos?
“Depth” is the answer. Most 3D tattoos use a combination of light and shadows to make it seem like the tattoo is inside of you. That makes them a popular option for people who get tattoos showing off bones, robotic skin, or other things seemingly right under their skin.
Embroidery tattoos are meant to stand out and, like a patch embroidered onto a jacket, look as if they are sticking out of the skin. And we can’t deny that these tattoos make an immediate impression when you see them!
Of course, ink lovers are fond of getting into what tattoos mean to them. And sure enough, there is a special significance behind this tattoo type. Specifically, it is the fusion of two different worlds.
On the surface level, these tattoos feel very modern. It’s a trendy new style and a way for younger tattoo fans to stand out from their elders.
However, embroidery tattoos are also firmly tethered to the past. Many people grew up learning how to stitch elaborate patterns with their parents and grandparents. With embroidery tattoos, those fond memories of creating something new will be with the person forever.
When any new kind of tattoo becomes popular, we get the same question: “what’s the best style for these tattoos?”
While people can (and do) get just about everything as an embroidery tattoo, we prefer nature-inspired imagery. For example, flowers make a great choice because the patterns are beautiful and hypnotic.
Similarly, animals make for great subjects. Cute creatures get even cuter when you embroider them (just ask Winnie the Pooh), and a whimsical choice like this for a tattoo makes for a great conversation piece.
Embroidery Tattoos: Final Thoughts
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The world of tattoos is a world of legends. Beyond the amazing ideas and awesome ink are the talented tattoo artists that help bring everything to life.
Yoji Harada was one such legend. Unfortunately, he died on March 26th, 2019, at only 46 years of age.
Here at Tattooing 101, we believe the best way to celebrate a legacy is to take joy in someone’s life instead of mourning their passing. That’s why we put together our own memorial here for Yoji Harada.
Keep reading to discover more about the man, the myth, and the legacy he leaves behind!
Every artist’s journey must begin somewhere. And for Harada, his own journey started over in Japan.
Harada was born in Japan, but he moved to the United States in the 1990s. While he would visit Japan many times during the rest of his life, it was in America where he would discover fame and fortune that eventually turned him into an international star.
Harada is most known for being a star on the reality television show Miami Ink. However, his path to superstardom on that show wasn’t as quick and direct as many people think.
First, he had to hone his chops as a tattoo artist. At the tender age of 19, Harada gave himself his first tattoo. It was a tat of his girlfriend at the time. And while their relationship wouldn’t last forever, Harada had found a new love: the love of inking tattoos!
When he got to Miami Ink, he still had to start at the bottom. He began the show as an apprentice artist, and he was one that the veteran tattoo artists loved to tease. Audiences then got to watch in real time as Harada made his journey form apprentice to full-time tattoo artist.
This helped to make him famous, and the world would soon discover all of the different talents that Harada had.
Harada had left Japan as a young man. When he returned to Japan after becoming a star, he was the absolute toast of the town. He even managed to parlay the fame into a brief movie career: Harada starred in a Japanese movie called Suicide Club. Be warned: it’s not for the faint of heart!
The tattoo artist also loved to play guitar, and he got a real kick out of posting his rock star pictures on social media for his adoring fans. By this point, you might think that Harada would settle for being both a famous tattoo artist and a famous musician. However, you’d be wrong!
Yoji Harada ended up becoming an international entrepreneur, opening up a tattoo parlor in the Netherlands back in 2016. It seems like he was poised for an awesome second act before he died at the age of 46.
We all mourn the passing of Yoji Harada. However, his life is a lot like his famous tattoos: he will remain an inspiration to old fans, new fans, and tattoo lovers all over the world long after his death.
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Obviously, many people get tattoos for different reasons. Some people are honoring loved ones or memorializing the past. Others just want to look really damn cool.
It turns out that Ötzi’s main tattoo goal may have been a happier and healthier life. Some of the scientists studying the iceman found that many of his tattoos (made with charcoal, incidentally, instead of ink) line up with popular acupuncture areas on the human body.
Now, scientists cannot be absolutely certain of this because of the extreme age of the body. But some researchers are convinced that Ötzi’s tattoos helped him receive acupuncture. This is pretty wild because that would mean Ötzi was getting acupuncture over two thousand years before the first known use of that particular therapy!
For the longest time, scientists struggled to find out exactly what time period Ötzi belonged to. It turns out that his tattoos may have been an important clue pointing to the answer.
Even if he and his people didn’t practice acupuncture, it’s clear that the tattoos mark areas where his body was suffering. This meant that his people were interested in studying and ultimately finding ways to treat the human body.
That extended beyond the tattoos as well. His body was found with fern in his stomach (possibly used to treat issues like tapeworms), and his tools had special fungi tied to them that may have had antibiotic purposes.
All in all, it looks like Ötzi is a relic of our Copper age, and he (and his tattoos) have helped us understand that time period.
Earlier, we mentioned that Ötzi had 61 tattoos. And it looks like most of them line up with areas where he was suffering and needed medical help.
What about the final tattoo? More recently, scientists discovered several tattoos clustered around Ötzi’s heart. And as near as they could tell, this area was not in bad shape like the other areas were.
While it’s possible that these tattoos were meant to treat something we can no longer detect (like mild chest pain), there is another possibility. Maybe Ötzi discovered how awesome chest tattoos could look thousands of years before Millennials would perfect the look?
Ötzi: Final Thoughts
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Here at Tattooing 101, we like to stay out of politics. As far as we’re concerned, we’ll stick to ink and politicians can stick to empty promises!
Every now and then, though, the worlds of politics and tattoos collide. And that’s the case with Roger Stone.
This former aide to both President Trump and President Nixon recently made news when he was arrested as part of Robert Mueller’s investigation. However, the real news is his giant Richard Nixon tattoo!
Want to know how this weird Roger Stone tattoo happened? Keep reading to learn the secrets!
Generally speaking, Richard Nixon isn’t a beloved American icon. So why would Roger Stone bother to get a super-prominent tattoo of a disgraced former president?
The short answer is “loyalty.” Stone helped get Nixon elected and then worked as part of Nixon’s administration. And even all these years later, he’s the first to defend Richard Nixon as both a man and a president.
You can certainly argue with his politics. However, it’s hard to disagree with the idea we should all be lucky to have friends this loyal!
While loyalty is all well and good, the question remains for many people: what was actually good about Nixon in Stone’s eyes? Why would he immortalize “Tricky Dick” with a Richard Nixon tattoo?
To hear Roger Stone tell it, Nixon is actually a weirdly inspirational figure. According to him, Nixon is a vivid reminder that life will knock all of us down from time to time. And the important thing is to get back up after it happens.
It’s quite possible Stone is the only one who sees Nixon like that. But hey–we’ve heard weirder inspirations for wild tattoos.
For many years, tattoos on the back have been associated with intimacy. These aren’t the tattoos that just anybody is going to see; instead, that sight is typically reserved for someone who sees you with your shirt off (just ask anyone with a so-called “tramp stamp” on their lower back).
You might be wondering how Stone’s romantic partners feel when they see Nixon staring at them from his back. According to Stone, the tattoo is a major hit. In his unfortunately memorable words, ladies love to hear him say, “You’ll never meet another man with a dick in the front and a Dick in the back.”
Wild quotes like that are just one more reason that Stone is a fascinating figure no matter what your politics are!
Roger Stone Tattoo: Final Thoughts
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How do fingernail tattoos work? The most basic ones work exactly the way you would think: the tattoo artist puts the ink on a person’s fingernails instead of their skin.
There are a few big benefits to this kind of tattoo. First of all, it’s pretty painless: most people compare the process to removing nail polish. So, if you’re skittish about tattoo pain, this can be a good tattoo to get.
And second, these tattoos are very eye-catching. People will notice your colorful fingernails right away. If you are someone who likes to move their hands a lot when you talk, then the effect can be absolutely dazzling.
There is one obvious downside (though to some, it’s more of a blessing). Your fingernails are constantly growing. Therefore, no fingernail tattoos will last all that long. Within a few months—maybe less—no one will ever know you had a tattoo there.
Some people opt for a more extreme version of fingernail tattoos. These tattoos are actually underneath the fingernail instead of on top of it.
The biggest issue with this kind of tattoo is that your nail needs to be partially or fully removed first. While it’s possible to have a medical professional do this for you, most people who get tattoos in their fingernail bed do so after a damaged nail falls off.
Also, while a tattoo on top of your fingernail is pretty painless, a tattoo under your fingernail is extremely painful. In fact, this is one of the most painful areas to get ink done!
Finally, consider the obvious fact that the nail will eventually grow back. If you want to keep such a tattoo visible to other people, you’ll need to continue removing the nail.
So far, we’ve focused on people getting tattoos over or under their fingernails. But these tattoos can be especially useful for those who don’t have fingernails at all!
Recently, Mark Bertram’s story (and his tattoos) went viral. Basically, he had two fingers that had been surgically shortened after an accident, and those shorter fingers lacked fingernails. He felt self-conscious about people looking at his hand.
That’s when inspiration struck. He had a local tattoo artist tattoo some fake fingernails directly to the ends of his fingers. And Bertram’s story has helped make the tattoo artist famous.
His ink was done by Eric Catalano. Previously, Catalano had used art to reconstruct nipples and areolas on cancer survivors. Thanks to the fingernail tattoos, he’s now got a rep as a body mod expert!
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An option that many people don’t consider is to have a tattoo artist use flesh-colored ink. In this way, the tattoo becomes a kind of permanent cosmetic cover up of the stretch marks or scar tissue.
Others use this as an opportunity to get the tattoo of their dreams. Having to get a larger tattoo then becomes an opportunity instead of an obstacle because it allows someone to get the kind of large and complex tattoo that will instantly get someone’s attention in a positive way.
Regardless of the tattoo option you choose, there are a few factors you should be aware of before you go to the tattoo artist.
First of all, you’ll need to make sure the stretch marks or scar tissue are healed before going to the tattoo artist. This helps protect your body while also making the tattoo work easier.
That’s because healed stretch marks tend to be more faded and easier to “hide” inside of a tattoo. Meanwhile, newer stretch marks tend to be purple or red: it’s harder to hide those colors, and you may not want the kind of vibrant tattoo it would take to incorporate bright red and purple into it.
In addition to color, you should note whether the stretch marks are raised up from the skin or not. When these marks are flat, it’s easier to disguise them with a tattoo. Raised stretch marks are harder to work with, though they may flatten out as they heal.
Much of the world first discovered Jason Momoa when he played Khal Drogo on the hit TV show Game of Thrones. In addition to his muscled build, the first thing people notice about this character are his tattoos.
Within the show, the primary purpose of the tattoos were to make Momoa look even meaner and sleeker than he already did, especially when the character was fighting. And this character ended up being very inspirational in the tattoo community: plenty of people have tattoos of phrases and symbols from his onscreen people, the Dothraki!
When we first saw onscreen Aquaman, a few fans were confused. This super-tattooed superhero didn’t look a lot like his comic counterpart.
There are a few reasons for this, though. First, both director Zack Snyder and Momoa himself wanted Aquaman to represent Polynesian culture, and the extreme amount of body tattoos helped to do so.
In addition to generally representing this culture, Momoa’s Aquaman tattoos show him to be a fearsome warrior. Some of the tats include spearheads all over his arms that help to highlight a simple fact: this guy is a living weapon!
Finally, on a practical level, all those Aquaman tattoos help to cover up Momoa’s real tattoos.