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Tattoo Facts

The Mystery (and Danger) of Hairline Tattoos

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Here at Tattooing 101, we take pride in staying on top of the latest tattoo trends. And lately, it seems like hairline tattoos are coming back into style.

At first glance, such tattoos may look attractive to many people. Lots of men and women alike love the idea of a tattoo helping their hair look fuller and richer.

However, there is a bit of a dark side to these tattoos that everyone should know before they get their head inked.

Want to learn more? Keep reading to uncover the mystery!

What Is a Hairline Tattoo?

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Curious as to what a hairline tattoo actually is? The answer is basically right in the name.

These are tattoos made using the microblading technique on a person’s head. The goal is to use the ink to create the illusion of more hair in a given area.

This isn’t limited to people going bald, though. Because a hairline tattoo can dramatically change the shape of someone’s face, many people want them for purely cosmetic reasons.

Different From Regular Tattoos

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There are many purists out there that insist these hairline tattoos are not actually tattoos. Instead, they refer to this entire process as “scalp micropigmentation.”

One reason is that the needle is very different. Like we said before, this is similar to the microblading process and uses a much smaller microneedle than is used for standard tattoos.

Second, the ink is very different. Hairline tattoo ink is completely organic. This reduces the chance that someone will have a reaction to it while also making it easier to match the person’s actual hair color.

Finally, hairline tattoos do not go as deep into your skin as normal tattoos do. This actually helps the ink keep its shape, which is important for those using these tattoos to shape their face.

It May Fade (In a Good Way)

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With any tattoo, there is the risk that it may eventually fade. This can happen with hairline tattoos, but that sometimes ends up being a good thing.

The ultimate goal of a hairline tattoo is to blend in with your actual hairline. Because your own hair can change, a completely unchanging hairline tat would stand out.

Instead, a fading hairline tat may take on a more natural color that better matches your hair. And, like any tattoo, you can always get it touched up when you need to.

What Are the Downsides?

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Thinking you might rock a hairline tattoo? Before you do, it’s important to understand some potential downsides.

First, even if it looks great, you’re basically “locked in” to a particular hairstyle. You’ll need to be constantly shaving hairs that do grow over the area and rocking a look such as a buzzcut for the rest of your life.

Second, the procedure is complex. Many people need three or more sessions when they initially get the tattoo. And they may need to get it touched up many times in the coming years.

Finally, the hairline tattoo color may not match your head. This can occur right away or over time as you age. The final result is that your head ends up sticking out in a terrible way instead of blending in.

Final Thoughts

We think everyone should do what they want with their bodies. But if you’re considering a hairline tattoo, just be aware of everything that can go wrong.

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Inspiration

The Tattoos Hidden Inside Avengers: Endgame

It didn’t seem possible, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe is hotter than ever before. Avengers: Endgame ended up shattering all previous box office records and quickly became the only thing anyone could talk about.

While it’s cool to see our favorite Marvel stars in their colorful costumes, those costumes hold an interesting secret: some hella awesome tattoos!

The core Avengers cast has a real love of ink, and we’ve got the inside story on these tattoos that are hotter than the Infinity Stones after a snap!

Scarlet Johansson

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When it comes to celebrity tattoos, the world has a short memory. And megastar Scarlet Johansson is proof of it!

We actually saw her awesome back tattoo back when Avengers: Infinity War premiered. However, it still came as a surprise to many of her fans when they saw it at the premiere for Avengers: Endgame.

The tattoo in question is a lamb over a sweet floral design. While this is her most prominent tattoo, she actually has 7 others. It turns out her body is a real canvas for some awesome ink!

Chris Evans

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As Captain America, Chris Evans is often seen as the heart of the Avengers. And because his character is often so squeaky-clean, many people mistakenly thought that this actor had no ink.

This is quite incorrect, as Evans is rocking 7 tattoos that we know of. On his left arm here, we can see the Taurus Zodiac symbol. This is actually his mother’s sign, and the tattoo is his way of keeping her with him at all times.

On his chest, we have a Buddhist quote. This represents the Buddhist teachings that helped him balance work and life as he became a global megastar.

He has other tattoos representing loyalty, his family, and even a friend who passed away. We may start calling this guy “tat” instead of “Cap!”

Chris Hemsworth

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Chris Hemsworth’s body has been a cause of much inspiration (and even more perspiration) for fans all over the world. And while that body is a bit different in Endgame, you may be more surprised to discover what the body is hiding here in real life!

Compared to some of his costars, Hemsworth has very few tattoos. One tattoo on his right wrist commemorates the names of his children, while a tattoo on his right ribcage celebrates his bond with the MCU cast.

This bicep tat is our favorite, though. It’s from Dr. Seuss and represents all the places Hemsworth and his career have gone and continue to go!

Robert Downey, Jr.

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Like the rest of the cast, Robert Downey, Jr. is a real family man. Accordingly, he has one tattoo on his left shoulder to commemorate his wife and one tattoo on his right shoulder to commemorate his son.

Our favorite, though, is the one on his right arm. This is sometimes referred to as the “Avengers cast tattoo” because five of the original Avengers got this tat (with Mark Ruffalo saying “thanks but no thanks”).

It was ScarJo’s idea (since she loves tattoos so much), and it gave the core cast something that will keep them bonded together long after the credits roll!

Avengers: Endgame Tattoos…Our Final Thoughts

Now, you know the skinny about those Avengers cast tattoos. But do you know where you’ll get your next hot tattoo gossip?

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Stories

Green Screen Tattoo: Video Killed the Radio Star

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Recently, a tattoo clip from 2018 went viral again. It featured two favorite cartoon characters, Rick and Morty. That wasn’t what was impressive, though. It was the fact that it was a video!

Well…sort of.

The sweet tattoo was created by Roy Lee Rowlett. He read a concept of how a green screen tattoo could work and decided to bring it to life.

But is this the wave of the future for tattoos? Or just a temporary fad? Keep reading to learn all about it!

How Does It Work?

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So, we’ll start by ruining this magic trick right away. How does this seemingly interactive tattoo work? It’s through the kind of green screen (or chromakey) technology that Hollywood has been using for years.

In heavy FX movies like Avengers: Endgame, stars usually act in front of a massive green screen. Later, fancy computer technology can replace that green screen with anything from still images to complex video.

Nowadays, various green screen apps are available for your smartphone. You don’t need a tattoo to play around with this: you can grab an app and a green piece of construction paper and go to town!

This is what we’re seeing in the viral video: it is recorded by smartphone using one of those apps, and the app is replacing the green of the tattoo with video from the Rick and Morty TV show.

Why Green?

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This may leave you with a simple question: why are green screens green? As it turns out, there is nothing inherently special about this color.

The right chromakey apps could technically filter out a screen of any color. However, other colors (like brown or black) are likely to be in a person’s clothes, hair, shoes, etc. That means the app would suddenly make their bodies, faces, and feet look super weird!

Bright green was chosen as a color unlikely to appear on actors. Unless wardrobe gives someone a neon green shirt, they have nothing to worry about.

Lasting Appeal (Or Not)

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So when it comes to these tattoos, we have good news and we have bad news. The good news is that they are easy to get and easy to play around with: no special ink is required, and you can find a variety of cheap (and even free) chromakey apps for your phone.

The bad news is that these tattoos are only cool in context. Sure, it’s going to be amazingly impressive when you show it to someone at a party. But without a phone and a special app, you’re just someone with a bright green splotch of a tattoo.

Your mileage may vary, but this isn’t exactly impressive in the long run.

The Bottom Line

Now you have learned more about the green screen tattoo and how the “magic” works. But do you know where you can find out even more about the latest and greatest tattoo trends?

Here at Tattooing 101, we bring the world of ink to life each and every week. Be sure to bookmark our page for the latest tattoo news you can use.

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4 Hottest New Tattoo Trends

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When you want a new tattoo, you may already know exactly what you want. For many of us, though, it’s a big question. We find ourselves asking, “what are the hot tattoos right now?”

If you’d like to know the hottest new tattoo trends to fuel your tattoo ideas, don’t worry. Tattooing 101 has got you covered!

Minimalism

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When you think back to the first tattoos you ever saw, chances are that they were big and colorful.

However, recent tattoo trends show that this may have become a thing of the past.

One of the hottest trends is recent years has actually been minimalism. This includes scripted lettering tattoos and other “fine line” style tattoos.

This appeals to customers for many reasons. These small and intimate tattoos are easy to cover for work while still packing an emotional punch (such as the rise in Sound Wave tattoos). And as far as tattoos go, these are relatively painless to get!

Black and Gray

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Those fine line tattoos tend to have a particular color palette. In fact, these hot tattoos are almost always in the black and gray color family.

Part of this is because of the nature of the tattoo. If you’re having a quote inked onto yourself, for instance, these darker colors will help the words to more easily stand out.

Plus, the darker colors are likely to still be visible when your skin changes. From sun tans to wrinkled skin, the black and gray colors will ensure that everyone can still enjoy your tattoo.

Watercolor

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Of course, tattoos with more vibrant colors didn’t go away. They did, however, take a new and interesting form: watercolor tattoos!

The name pretty much says it all. This style of tattoo is made to look free-flowing and

like…well…water! A tattoo artist is typically happy to do this kind of tattoo as it allows them to break out and really be creative.

Plus, these tattoos can be a great representation of your personality. If you are very dynamic and fluid, then you should get some ink that really represents this aspect of your personality!

Finger Tattoos

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The oldest rule of business is also the simplest: “give the people what they want.” And that’s why finger tattoos have become more and more popular.

Historically, these tattoos haven’t been very popular with artists because the tattoos tend to fade over time. However, when customers come up with their latest tattoo ideas, “finger tattoos” never stop coming to mind.

Some customers like that these tattoos are small—it minimizes the pain and the tat is easy to hide.

Others simply like to add more expression to their digits, making this a great choice for people who talk with their hands!

Final Thoughts

Now you have some great inspiration for your own tattoo ideas. But do you know how you will stay on top of what the hot tattoos of tomorrow are?

To get the latest on art and artists from all around the world, stay tuned to Tattooing 101 for all that we think about all of the ink!

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Everything You Need to Know About Eyebrow Tinting

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The worlds of tattoo artists and makeup artists are often closely related. After all, each role focuses on changing the overall body image of another person!

That’s certainly the case when it comes to eyebrow tinting. This is a trend that is sweeping the nation, and many see it as a viable option to procedures such as microblading.

However, there is still a lot of mystery surrounding what this process is, what it has to do with tattoos, and who it’s for. Keep reading if you’re ready to unpack this particular mystery!

What Is Eyebrow Tinting?

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In a way, “eyebrow tinting” is a procedure that is described by its very name. This is a process where someone has special dye applied to their eyebrows in order to change the color.

As procedures go, this is purely cosmetic. The intent is to help someone control the look of their eyebrows and to give that look an enhanced color, shape, and overall appearance.

That leaves an important question, though: is eyebrow tinting a form of tattooing? The answer to that depends on who you ask.

Is It a Tattoo?

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Like we said before, many see tinting as an alternative to microblading. And microblading is definitely a form of tattooing: that procedure uses needles to add pigment to eyebrows and serves the same role that tinting does.

Eyebrow tinting is less extreme because there are no needles involved in it. Instead, a special dye is applied to the eyebrows in a procedure that lasts as little as 15 minutes.

You don’t need a tattoo artist to apply this dye, though some offer that service. You may be able to get a procedure from your makeup artist or even buy a kit and do it yourself.

What Are the Pros?

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Now you know more about what eyebrow tinting is and what it is not. That leaves a more fundamental question: why should someone get their eyebrows tinted?

First, it provides an easy way to change a major aspect of your face. Giving brows more color and definition is a way of getting a “whole new you” without getting something extreme such as plastic surgery.

It’s also cheap and easy. The process is far more affordable than microblading, and it takes next to no time to complete a dye session.

Basically, you can look younger and more vivacious without breaking the bank or spending all day in a salon.

What Are the Cons?

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We all know that nothing is perfect. And as cool as tinting is, there are a few drawbacks you should be aware of.

First, the dyes are not approved by the FDA. Some people have been known to have bad reactions to these dyes, and California has made it illegal for professionals to offer eyebrow tinting services in order to protect its citizens.

Second, it can be more difficult to correctly dye gray or white hair. And if the color isn’t a good match, you won’t just have mismatched eyebrows: you’ll be stuck with them!

Finally, tinting becomes an ongoing process. For best results, you’ll be tinting every month or so, and that’s a major commitment that may negate how much time and money you saved versus microblading.

Eyebrow Tinting: Final Thoughts

Overall, we think eyebrow tinting is fine to try out, but you’ll get longer and better results from microblading. Just ask your local tattoo artist about the process.

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Stories

Stranger Things Tattoos: Straight From the “Upside Down”

The third season of Stranger Things has now premiered on Netflix. It brings back favorite characters like Eleven and Sherriff Hopper as they once again battle otherworldly evil and weird human conspiracy.

In the show, our characters contend with mysterious things that come from another world known as “the Upside Down.” Meanwhile, in our own world, the Stranger Things universe is leaking out in the form of awesome tattoos!

Want to know all about the Stranger Things tattoos and other ink on your favorite cast members? Heat yourself an Eggo and keep reading!

What’s In a Name?

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In a way, a tattoo is at the very heart of the Stranger Things story. That’s because a tattoo is how we know Eleven’s name.

Her character’s backstory involves being part of a science experiment that ultimately gave her fantastic powers. It also left her with a forearm tattoo of the number eleven.

Since her memories of the past are fuzzy, the main characters simply call her “Eleven” (or sometimes “El” for short) throughout the series.

And while Eleven Actor Millie Bobby Brown doesn’t have ink in real life, she was an ink inspiration: actor Matthew Lewis (known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series) got the number “eleven” in Roman numerals to honor Brown and her performance.

One Ring to Rule Them All

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This show is all about bringing the 80’s back to life. Sometimes that extends to the casting, as when Sean Astin (famous for the iconic 80’s movie Goonies) guest-starred in the second season.

Sadly, Sean Astin didn’t get any new ink to represent his time in Stranger Things. However, he is sporting an iconic tattoo from his previous performances as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings movies.

Astin, along with with the core “Fellowship” cast, each got the number “9” written in Elvish as a tattoo. It represents their in-universe Fellowship of the Ring as well as the offscreen bond that all of them formed while filming.

80’s Icon

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Another 80’s icon at the center of the show is Winona Ryder. After playing roles as a young ingenue throughout the 80’s and 90’s, she now portrays the mother to Will, a character with a special connection to the Upside Down.

Ryder has a tattoo, but it is very modest: she got an artistic forearm tattoo back in 2012, and she hasn’t said much about it.

It’s possible she learned not to say too much about or go too far with ink thanks to her ex, Jonny Depp. During their engagement, he got a tattoo that read “Winona Forever.” After their breakup, the cheeky Depp had it altered to simply read “Wino Forever.”

And here you thought he was more of a rum kind of guy!

Like a Big Pizza Pie

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While it’s no full “Fellowship,” several Stranger Things actors got tattoos (sort of) to commemorate their second season.

When the season was over, Finn Wolfhard, Natalia Dyer, and Charlie Heaton each got a matching pizza slice tattoo. Sadly, these tattoos were only temporary. Maybe they learned their lesson from Ryder’s tales of Depp and his tattoo regret!

Stranger Things Tattoos: Final Thoughts

We don’t know what’s going to happen next with Stranger Things. But we’ll be the first to know what happens with Stranger Things tattoos and the wider world of ink!

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Taylor Swift and the Art of Fake Tattoos

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We don’t usually think of Taylor Swift when we think of tattoos. However, she changed all of this when she released her single  “You Need to Calm Down.”

On the cover, the artist is sporting an absolutely massive back tattoo. And the Taylor Swift back tattoo has had fans all over the world asking if it’s real and how she can get ink like that.

We’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that her back tat is definitely fake. The good news is that we’ve got the scoop on how to get your own super-convincing fake tattoos!

The Problem With Fake Tattoos

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In the case of Taylor Swift, her own fake tattoo is just a case of Photoshop magic. However, fans trying to rock fake tattoos in real life typically run into a few problems.

The first is longevity. A traditional fake tattoo doesn’t last that long—in some cases, it’s gone the next day!

The second problem is the application. If you’re applying a fake tat yourself, some of it may not fully apply, and the final result looks pretty bad.

So, our guide focuses on how you can get fake tats that last longer while looking great.

More Than Skin Deep

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Image from Inkbox Tattoos

You probably played with transfer tattoos as a child. These temporarily work by sticking to the skin, and it may take nothing more than a good scrubbing to wash them off.

One way to make the tattoo last, then, is by going a bit deeper. For example, Ink Box and other companies provide ink formulas that actually go into the upper layer of your skin. It’s still not permanent, but such tattoos will last far longer than the fake ones you got as a child.

Going Natural With Henna

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Want to embrace your inner hippie while getting temporary tattoos? In that case, Henna may be your best option.

Henna works by essentially staining your skin. It works best for creating striking contrasts of, say, dark stains on lighter skin.

Generally speaking, Henna tattoos last only two or three weeks. This is why they are so popular among teenagers on Spring Break: they last long enough for you to have fun and take great pics, but they wash away before your family can start freaking out.

Ups and Downs of Airbrushing

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In some circles, airbrush tattoos are very popular. As the name implies, the artist quickly airbrushes a design onto your body as if it were a t-shirt about to be sold at the beach.

These tattoos are fast and fun, and they make a great addition to parties. However, these tattoos are less precise than the others, and they don’t last much longer than the old-school transfer tattoos.

The Taylor Swift Back Tattoo: The Bottom Line

So, what’s the best way to achieve the look of T-Swift’s tats? We’d recommend Henna for both a precise and longer-lasting look for your own Taylor Swift back tattoo homage.

Of course, nothing lasts longer than a real tattoo. We recommend using fake tats as a “test run” for the kinds of colors and designs you want on some real ink.

And if you want a constant source of tattoo inspiration, be sure to bookmark Tattooing 101!

 

 

 

 

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