Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tattoos and Pain Management





It’s no secret, tattoos kind of hurt! And that pain felt varies depending on many factors. Pain tolerance differs from person to person. What was excruciating for one may have been easy breezy for another! Where you are putting your tattoo will change the intensity of the pain or discomfort felt as some areas are just more sensitive to be tattooed on. Areas that have no fat or where the skin is stretched across bone tend to be more sensitive, like the ribs and spine vs. areas like the outer part of your upper arm, which most people seem to get through with minimal discomfort. 

So what can you do to get yourself through the more difficult sittings? We have a few suggestions for you! 

Jared Preslar tattooing his apprentice
First and foremost it is important to realize that you are in control of your body movements, tension, and of course mindset. People tend to forget what a big difference the whole “mind over matter” thing will make in situations like this. Although it may be uncomfortable, keeping yourself calm and as relaxed as possible is so important. Not only for YOUR tattoo experience, but for the tattoo artist who is trying to give you an awesome tattoo! 

The more you allow yourself to focus on the pain the more uncomfortable you are going to be and the slower the clock will tick as you are waiting for it to be done. And when you tense up or wiggle around it makes it extremely difficult for your tattoo artist to do their job. Keeping yourself in a good state of mind and mentally getting yourself through it will make a big difference in your experience, we promise! People with low pain tolerance even meditate in longer, difficult sittings to help themselves through it. 

Bring some support! Bringing a good friend to your tattoo appointment can ease your stress, helping keep you distracted so that you aren’t just focusing on what your artist is doing. But again, it is good to keep your artist in mind during your appointment. 2 people in the room (client and guest) is company, 3 is a crowd! Too many people can be very distracting to your artist while they are focusing on their work. 
Christina Walker


Make sure you are ready to go for your tattoo appointment. This means getting a good night of sleep so you are well-rested and less anxious. Don’t go on a binger the night before, you don’t want the alcohol to thin your blood or put more stress on your body. Eat a good meal, and if it’s a longer appointment bring some snacks! 

Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water, and cut out (or at least cut down) on the caffeine intake. You don’t want to feel all wired and hyped up if you are already nervous and don’t have a high pain tolerance. Oh, and shower! You and your artist will be up close and personal, so good hygiene on your part will make a happy tattoo artist.

 


Do you Have any tips and tricks that have worked for you? Share them in the comments below!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Lotus Flower: Symbolism and meanings




Although the lotus flower has always been used in tattoos, its popularity has grown significantly in recent years. The lotus flower is a symbol of the stages of enlightenment in Buddhism; representing rebirth, growth and purification of the spirit. 

Tattoo by Jared Preslar
The lotus flower grows from muddy, murky streams and rivers, but then rises above the water to bloom. This is a big part of the flowers symbolism. All humans are born into a world of suffering. The suffering in this world teaches and strengthens us, playing an important role in our growth.

Through this learning and experience, we can overcome the struggles of the mud to break the surface of the water and reach our own spiritual awakening. The lotus flower is all about those who rise from the darkness of the world into a new way of thinking and living!

Different colors of the lotus flower in Buddhism hold different meanings, representing the different spiritual journeys taken on the path to enlightenment by each of us. 

Tattoo by Pineapple
White: Purity of the mind and spirit

 Red: Compassion and love

 Blue: Wisdom and logic 

 Pink: History of Buddha & legends  of Buddha

 Purple: Spirituality and mysticism 

Gold: All achievement of all enlightenment



The stage of growth the lotus flower is in represents a different stage of enlightenment as well.  A closed lotus flower represents the time before a Buddhist follower found Buddha or enlightenment. A lotus flower fully bloomed and open represents full enlightenment and self-awareness.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bamboo Tattoos





Long before we had tattoo machines and all of the wonderful accessories we have today, people had a much simpler method for tattooing using bamboos. Today this type of tattooing is achieved by attaching very fine needles to the end of a thin piece of bamboo using cotton. The needle is dipped into the ink and then very gently tapped into the skin. 
 
Although nobody is 100% certain where this method of tattooing originated from, it is believed to have come about during the Khmer period around 3000 years ago. Mummies from the Ibaloi people have been found in the Philippines with bamboo tattoos still visible, decorated with animals and geometric designs. 

Thailand has a very rich history associated with bamboo tattoos. Bamboo tattooing began for them in the Buddhist temples. Many monks would receive religious text bamboo tattoos from grand master monks for protection!  Not only did it offer them protection, but also represented their dedication to their faith.  

Many soldiers would travel to be tattooed by the monks, getting tattoos that represented strength, protection or invisibility. There are even legends stating that Thailand has never been occupied as the Thai soldiers are warrior ghosts who cannot be seen or killed by the enemy due to their protective tattoos.

This form of tattooing continues to carry on throughout time because for many it is more primal and spiritual to be tattooed with this method, carrying deep meaning regarding people’s virtues, blessings and prayers. When monks would do bamboo tattoos they followed a ritual for each one, blessing the stencil, needle and bamboo itself! Once the tattoo was completed a prayer would be whispered over it, bringing protection, happiness, luck and wealth. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Hannya mask





Have you ever seen a Hannya mask? Many people get them tattooed, but few actually look into the history behind them. 

Tattoo by Jared Preslar
The Hannya mask is a Japanese ritual mask used in Noh Theater, representing the soul of a woman who has become a demon due to obsession or jealousy. 

It possesses two sharp bull-like horns, glaring eyes, and a leering mouth split from ear to ear. 


 The Hannya mask is said to be dangerous and demonic, but also sorrowful and tormented displaying the complexity of human emotions. 
 

  When tilted in different angles the mask will show this variety of emotions that it is meant to represent. 

When the actor looks straight forward the mask would look scary or angry, as to where when the mask is tilted down it would appear as though it was crying or full of sorrow.  


Traditional Hannya masks used in plays were hand carved out of wood, and the oldest one dates back to 1558! Different colors/complexions of the masks represent different things. 



If the mask was white or had a light complexion it would represent a woman of high-class. The skin is still white, expressing the jealousy of a noble woman.

 A red mask can represent a woman of lower-class. The red Hannya would be considered half way to complete jealousy-driven insanity.

Tattoo by Jeff Gogue

The deepest red or black mask would represent a woman who has gone completely insane and has converted into a demon.


It is said that a woman will transform into the Hannya when jealous or obsessed, but once a woman turns into the deepest red or black Hannya she will be unable to return to her human form.  


 




        



 To know more about Lucky Bamboo Tattoo in Layton, Utah, visit our website at www.luckybambootattoo.com. 


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tatt2Away tattoo removal



 Do you have any tattoos that you regret getting? Research shows that about 15% of tattooed people in the US have a tattoo that they regret. And with there being 21,000 + tattoo studios in the United States and little to no regulations in the tattoo industry it’s no surprise! 

The good news is you have options! We have just become an approved center for an awesome tattoo removal system called Tatt2Away. Tatt2Away offers non-laser tattoo removal. With non-laser removal, you benefit in many ways.

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The traditional laser removal method pushes the pigment into your body, rather than pulling it out. With Tatt2Away, the pigment is actually pulled out of the skin in the form of a scab. Tatt2Away is also a colorblind removal, meaning that it removes all colors the same. Tatt2Away is also typically cheaper than traditional laser removal as you need a lot less sittings to get rid of that regret tattoo!  


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Laser removal can not only eat a hole in your wallet, but is very painful. Tatt2Away is similar to getting a tattoo, so it has the same pain/discomfort as getting the tattoo itself. Whether you want to fully remove a tattoo, or partially remove a tattoo so that you can cover it with something awesome, Tatt2Away has got you covered!

Stop living your life with a tattoo that makes you cringe. Stop worrying about that cover-up you want to do that is going to take up WAY more space than you ever anticipated. Start with Tatt2Away!

Call us at 801-497-9700 to schedule your free tattoo removal consultation

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