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Getting inked

Thinking about getting a tattoo? Tattooing has been done in all cultures in which both men and women cover their bodies with designs. Tattoos have served from marks of status to symbols of spiritual devotion. Today, people choose to be tattooed for cosmetic, religious and magical reasons.

The tattoo chronicles
Kat Von D with Sandra Bark ; photography by Kat Von D.
New York : Collins Design ; Enfield : Publishers Group UK [distributor], 2010.
The Tattoo Chronicles is an illustrated diary that offers an intimate look at a crucial year in the personal and professional life of Kat Von D, the charismatic, no-holds-barred tattooer and star of LA Ink . When Kat does a tattoo, she writes an entry about it in her journal, reflecting not only on the significance of the tattoo for the person who is receiving it but also on how the experience of creating this tattoo affects her personally. In these diary entries-some poignant, some hilarious, some confessional-Kat lays it on the line about how doing these tattoos influences her life and art. Here are the highs and the lows, the good, the bad, and the ugly-including her feelings about her fame, family, love life, friends, and fans. Visually stunning, this graphically compelling diary is jam-packed with tons of Kat's images, from sketches of her tattoos to the finished works, and candid shots of her unusual personal collections-all photographed by Kat herself. Fans will love reading about her array of clients from all walks of life, including Mot rhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Dave Navarro, and members of Metallica, Green Day, Kings of Leon, and the Eagles. Throughout The Tattoo Chronicles are captivating, color photographs of Kat that were taken specifically for the book, published here for the first time. Here she is: the real Kat Von D: unscripted and uncensored!
     
Secret historian : the life and times of Samuel Steward, professor, tattoo artist, and sexual renegade
Justin Spring.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.
Drawn from the secret, never-before-seen diaries, journals, and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, Secret Historianis a sensational reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the twentieth century. An intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder, Steward maintained a secret sex life from childhood on, and documented these experiences in brilliantly vivid (and often very funny) detail. After leaving the world of academe to become Phil Sparrow, a tattoo artist on Chicago’s notorious South State Street, Steward worked closely with Alfred Kinsey on his landmark sex research. During the early 1960s, Steward changed his name and identity once again, this time to write exceptionally literate, upbeat pro-homosexual pornography under the name of Phil Andros. Until today he has been known only as Phil Sparrow—but an extraordinary archive of his papers, lost since his death in 1993, has provided Justin Spring with the material for an exceptionally compassionate and brilliantly illuminating life-and-times biography. More than merely the story of one remarkable man,Secret Historianis a moving portrait of homosexual life long before Stonewall and gay liberation.
     
Tattoo design directory : the essential reference for body art
Vince Hemingson.
New York : Chartwell Books, 2009.
Whether you are an artist or just thinking of getting a tattoo, this book includes flash drawings and symbolic explainations of the world's most enthralling tattoo symbols.
     

The first thing you need to consider is what type of tattoo you want. You have seen them on people you may or may not know. You can go to a tattoo shop and check out the designs that cover the walls called the "flash" to get some ideas.

The most popular design are ones that have some sort of animal in it. Cartoons are the second most popular design where you can have your favorite character customized to your liking. Be sure to double check Asian characters for one stoke can have a different meaning from the one you want.

Tattoo Laws

Most states require you to be 18 years of age to get a tattoo. Some states regulate persons performing tattoos.

Tattoo Laws

Once you have thought out the design, consider where you want to place it on your body and the size of it. Because the body is curved, your tattoo can be enhanced by the contours of a tightened muscle.

Word of mouth is best when searching for a tattoo artist. Get recommendations from people who have been through the experience. If they are satisfied with their tattoo and it has clean lines, ask them where they got their tattoo done.

Will it hurt getting a tattoo? It all depends on where you put your tattoo and your threshold of pain.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff