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Kentucky Scar Tattoo Ban: A Wild Ride

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Right now, the news is filled with stories about legislators regulating what people can do with their own bodies. However, no one expected that tattoo artists would be the next group to face such scrutiny!

Over in Kentucky, there was a recent push to ban covering up scars with tattoos. But what caused this proposal, and what ended up happening?

Keep reading to discover the answers!

Who Is Doing What?

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This proposal actually came from the Kentucky Health Department. And it was intended to keep anyone from covering up any kind of scar on their body with tattoos.

There were some good intentions to this proposal, but the vague wording meant it would be very disastrous for tattoo artists and those who love getting tattoos.

Fortunately, thanks to a vocal uprising from the community, this wild proposal may end up being a non-issue!

What’s the Motivation?

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The initial motivation was seemingly just to update state regulations on this matter. Because they hadn’t been updated in over 15 years, state officials thought it was time to update what people could (and couldn’t) do.

Another possible motivation concerned melanoma scars. Some officials were considered that people might attempt to hide these scars and that this would cause further trouble down the line.

If you’re wondering how this ended up affecting tattoos, it all comes down to some ambiguous phrasing on the state’s part.

How Does It Affect Tattoos?

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While keeping people from covering up melanoma scars may or may not be a good idea, the state did not specify what kind of scars they were talking about. And this is where it starts getting weird.

Thanks to their phrasing, nobody in the state would be able to cover up scars of any kind. This included covering up things like stretch marks from pregnancy, which is one of the most common tattoo coverup requests.

And it gets even weirder! At the most basic level, a tattoo is a permanent scar on your body. Under the state’s vague wording, people would not be able to get any kind of new tattoo to cover up an old one. After all, they would technically be “covering up a scar!”

Fortunately for tattoo artists and lovers, this story seems to have had a happy ending.

What Ended Up Happening?

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Recently, the state of Kentucky has seemingly backpedaled on the issue. Thanks to the massive public outcry against this proposal, they will be going back to the drawing board on this matter.

That means that while a new proposal may be incoming, it should not be so inclusive as to affect people getting tattoos for stretch marks and mastectomies. And, of course, the new proposal shouldn’t affect people who simply want to cover an old tattoo.

It’s our hope that the new proposal focuses on matters of health and not matters of appearance. After all, that’s what the state’s health department is supposed to be doing!

Kentucky Scar Tattoo Ban: Final Thoughts

The Kentucky incident isn’t entirely over. However, the state backpedaling on their vague wording shows how important it is for tattoo artists and lovers to speak out against the legislation that affects our lives.

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The John Wick Tattoo and the Art of Good Movie Tats

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The John Wick movies continue to explode in popularity. And why not? Combining Keanu Reeves and tons of action is a recipe for a really fun picture.

Recently, fans have been discussing something else special about John Wick: his awesome back tattoo! Everyone wonders what it means and how it ties into the larger movie.

If you’re curious, keep reading to discover our breakdown of what the John Wick tattoo really means as well as our favorite cinematic tattoos!

The John Wick Tattoo

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There are actually several tattoos on this character’s back. The most prominent visual image, for example, are the praying hands at the center of his back. However, what captivated the most people was the text: “Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat.”

The text itself is Latin, but what does it mean? It turns out there are multiple interpretations of this.

A straightforward translation is “fortune favors the bold.” This is a classic phrase typically attributed to Virgil, and it basically means that good luck comes to those who are willing to take chances.

However, some people think the exact Latin phrasing means a slightly different translation. For example, Mike Smith thinks it more accurately says “Fortune will come to save the strong ones.” In context, this refers to Fortuna, a kind of goddess of luck, looking favorably upon those who show strength and resilience.

Now that you know about the John Wick tattoo, here are a few of our other fave movie tattoos.


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We’ve previously written about Jason Momoa’s awesome tattoos in Justice League and Aquaman. And in our opinion, they get a little cooler each time you see them.

While he has more tattoos than you can count in a single viewing, our favorite is the forearm tattoo. According to Momoa, this is meant to be interlacing shark teeth representing the spirit guardian of his family.

From Dusk Till Dawn

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From Dusk Till Dawn is a very strange movie. It’s a vampire survival horror movie, but the plot takes its time unfolding. It stars George Clooney playing against type as a ruthless criminal who must fight the undead.

In the movie, he has one giant tattoo that runs from his arm up to his neck. It’s more visible when his clothes are torn, but even when he’s in a nice suit, you can see the badass tattoo peaking out.



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In the movie Wanted, Angelina Jolie is sporting a ton of tattoos. Here’s some fun trivia: many of those tattoos were already on her body, but a few were added for the movie.

On her back, we can glimpse animal tattoos, some sleek patterns, and some text. As for Jolie, her body was already covered in interesting ink before the film, including “strength of will” in multiple languages and inspirational quotes from playwright Tennessee Williams.

Final Thoughts

Now you know more about the John Wick tattoo and our other favorite silver screen tats. But do you know where you can get more of the best news from the world of tattoos?

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Contaminated Ink Devastates Tattoo Industry

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Nothing travels like bad news. Recently, the tattoo industry got the kind of news that affects every tattoo artist and consumer throughout the world.

The FDA has discovered contaminated ink that has been sent to countless tattoo shops. Once this ink enters into your body, things can go from bad to worse.

Want to learn more about this story, including how to keep yourself safe? Just keep reading to discover the answers!

What Is “Contaminated Ink?”


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The phrase “contaminated ink” is nice and scary. But it leaves an obvious question: just what is the contamination, anyway?

Long story short, this refers to any tattoo ink that contains microorganisms. And the process of getting a tattoo means that you may be at risk of letting these dangerous microorganisms inside your body.

If you’re wondering how dangerous “dangerous” really is, we’ve got the scoop below.

What Problems Does It Cause?

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First of all, anyone getting contaminated ink in their bodies is at risk here. This isn’t one of those cases where you have to be especially allergic or sensitive to particular substances.

Anyone can get an infection from contaminated ink. And this can lead to lesions, rashes, and other skin issues in areas where the ink came in contact with your skin.

More concerningly, this can sometimes lead to permanent scarring on your body. It’s a pretty terrifying thought: people go to tattoo artists to help make their skin even more beautiful. And contaminated ink puts them at risk of walking away with rashes, lesions, and scars.

Where Does It Come From?

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Many tattoo lovers understandably panicked when they first heard about contaminated ink. Fortunately, we’ve got some good news: the FDA has already narrowed down some of the manufacturers that are to blame for this.

So far, the contaminated ink culprits include Scalp Aesthetics, Dynamic Color, and Color Art. Furthermore, we should emphasize that only certain ink colors from these companies have been found to contain contaminated ink.

As scary as it is to discover such a threat, it’s good to know that it’s being contained. And there are additional measures you can take to stay safe if you so choose.

How Can I Be Safe?

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In the short term, it’s pretty easy to stay safe from contaminated ink. Make sure you go to only reputable tattoo artists and voice your concerns before getting any work done. They should be able to ease your fears and show you that they aren’t using any of the contaminated colors.

In the long term, it will be even easier: an outbreak such as this is almost certainly going to lead to more intense tattoo regulations in the United States, Europe, and beyond. While this will hopefully keep consumers safe, it may change how tattoo artists do business over the next few years.

Contaminated Ink: Final Thoughts

Now you know more about the contaminated ink. But do you know how to stay on top of all the breaking news from the world of tattoos?

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Embroidery Tattoos: Everything You Need to Know

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Here at Tattooing 101, part of what we love about tattoos is that artists are always figuring out how to do something new. The latest example of this is the embroidery tattoo.

This tattoo style virtually exploded in popularity almost overnight. And many people are still wondering, “just what the hell are these tattoos and what makes them so cool?”

We did the research and found everything you need to know. Keep reading to discover the answers!

What Is an Embroidery Tattoo?


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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.

A New Kind of 3D

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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!

Worlds Collide


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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.

What’s the Style?


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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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Roger Stone’s Tattoo of Richard Nixon

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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!

Why a Nixon Tattoo?

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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!

More Than a Tattoo

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Of course, Stone’s love of Nixon goes far beyond his legendary tattoo. It’s also represented inside Stone’s home.

There is a Netflix documentary entitled Get Me Roger Stone that gives us a look inside Stone’s home. In it, we see a Man Cave…but one unlike anything you’ve seen before.

The room is all about Nixon. We’re talking campaign photos, posters, and even some Nixon-inspired bongs!

Weirdly Inspirational

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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.

A Romantic Hit

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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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Everything You Wanted to Know About Fingernail Tattoos (and Were Too Afraid to Ask)

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We like to bring you the latest in tattoo trends every week. This week, we’re shining a spotlight on something truly special: fingernail tattoos.

Most kinds of tattoos are easy to understand. However, these tattoos come in many different forms, and plenty of people get them for different reasons.

Ready to learn more? Keep reading to discover the secrets about fingernail tattoos!

The Basics

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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.

An Extreme Option


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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.

All we can say to this? “Ouch!”

The Fake Fingernail Tattoos

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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!

Final Thoughts

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Tattooing Over Stretch Marks and Scar Tissue

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Most people think of tattoos as a way of showing off parts of your body. But did you know they also work to cover up things you don’t want people to see?

It’s true: many people are tattooing over stretch marks and scar tissue with their dream designs. The final result allows them to look awesome while feeling more comfortable in their own skin.

Want to learn more about the process? Keep reading to discover everything about it!

Size Matters

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Is tattooing over stretch marks and scars possible? The short answer is “yes.” The longer answer is, “you may be getting a bigger tattoo than you imagined.”

Basically, the size of what you are covering up determines the size of the tattoo. Someone who has really long stretch marks, for instance, might end up with a really long horizontal tattoo.

Once you’ve decided you definitely want the tattoo, you have a few options available to you.

Different Options

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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.

A Few Things to Know

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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.

The Occasional Touch-up

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Ever had a tattoo touch-up? It’s a simple idea: instead of giving you a new tattoo, the artist can add color and depth to old tattoos that appear faded or damaged.

We’re bringing that up because tattoos over scars or stretch marks may become damaged over time, especially if more stretch marks should appear in the same area of the original tattoo.

There’s nothing wrong with getting tattoos touched up (we recommend doing it to keep ink looking fresh), but you should know this is a possibility.

Tattooing Over Stretch Marks: Final Thoughts

Now you’ve learned all about tattooing over stretch marks. But do you know where to learn more secrets about the tattoo industry?

At Tattooing 101, we bring you the latest news from the empire of ink. Be sure to bookmark this site so you can stay in the loop!

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