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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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Finding the right tattoo artist





Finding the right tattoo artist can be a bit of a challenge if you don’t know what you’re looking for. There are things you should know that will help you find the right artist for the job, and save yourself from getting a tattoo that you aren’t in love with! 

Photo-realistic Rose
Traditional Rose

The first thing to understand is that not every tattoo artist has the same capabilities or skill set. Just because they work in a tattoo shop does not mean they are producing high quality tattoos. Make sure you spend the necessary time looking through artist portfolios! Although many artists are capable of a variety of styles, most professional tattoo artists have specific styles of tattooing that they focus on. Some of these styles are traditional, neo-traditional, black/grey, Japanese, photo realistic, illustrative realism, watercolor, geometric, etc. This is a big part of finding the right artist for your tattoo! You may find someone willing to do a certain style tattoo for you but that doesn’t mean they are the best artist for the design. Most professional tattoo artists have their portfolios online as well as in the studio they work in for you to be able to check out and get a sense of what it is they excel at. 



 Shop by portfolio, not price! A tattoo is forever, and you definitely get what you pay for in the tattoo world. The national average hourly rate for professional tattoo artists in the industry is 150$ an hour. When you find an artist charging dirt cheap prices there is a reason, and you will usually be able to see a difference in the quality of work they produce.  If it takes you spending some time saving up for that awesome tattoo then save up! Don’t rush in to a bad tattoo. It is way more expensive to cover-up or remove a poorly done tattoo than it is to get a good tattoo in the first place!


Shop cleanliness is very important when shopping for the right artist and shop! The studio should be free of debris, the artists should have full setup and take-down procedures for each appointment, using covers for all equipment as they are tattooing and making sure not to cross-contaminate as they tattoo you. If you don’t know how to look for these things ask! A professional tattoo artist should be able to give you a good breakdown of their sterilization procedure for each tattoo they do. A good artist will also have aftercare options for you! The way your tattoo heals is going to really affect how it looks a month down the road.

Lucky Bamboo Tattoo
Once you find an artist you love in a shop that you trust, give your artist the artistic freedom to do what you have sought them out for. No artist in any profession likes to be micro-managed, and the more you limit them the less and less likely they will be able to produce something unique and custom that the both of you love. Artists will always have different ideas that they want to bounce off of you and recommendations for you to think about as far as the design, placement etc. so that the tattoo is the very best that it can be. Be open-minded to what they are telling you, and ask any questions you may have so that you guys can be on the same page and ready to go!

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Truth about Tattoos in America




Tattoos have been around for ages and are becoming less taboo in the U.S.  Here are some fun and interesting facts about tattoos in America.

History

·         The first recorded use of the word “tattoo” appears in Captain James Cook’s records from his 1769 expedition to Tahiti.

·         Samuel O’Reilly invented the modern tattoo machine in 1891.  He modeled it after Edison’s autographic printer.

·         Tattoo machines puncture the skin between 50 to 3,000 times per minute.

·         Early tattoo methods utilized picks, rakes, combs and chisels to cut the skin before adding pigment.

Demographic

·         21% (45 million) of Americans have a tattoo.

·         Women are 23% more like to get a tattoo, men are at 19%.

·         The most popular age group that get tattoos are 30-39 years old (38%).

·         The Hispanic race is found to be most likely to receive tattoos (30%).

·         Democrats are more likely to get a tattoo (22%).

Regional

The ten most tattooed cities in the U.S. are:

1.       Miami, Florida

2.       Las Vegas, Nevada

3.       Richmond, Virginia

4.       Flint, Michigan

5.       Portland, Oregon

6.       Austin, Texas

7.       San Francisco, California

8.       Honolulu, Hawaii

9.       Kansas City, Missouri

10.   Los Angeles, California

The West is the most likes to have tattoos (26%)

Money

·         Tattoo removal has increased in demand by 32% since 2011.

·         Tattooing is a $1.65 billion per year industry, and represents the 6th fastest growing industry in the American economy.

·         There are an estimated 21,000 tattoo studios operating in the U.S.  At least one new shop opens every day.

·         $150 is the average cost per hour for a tattoo artist.

·         $45 is the average cost for a small tattoo.

Society

·         14-16% of Americans regret getting a tattoo.

·         11% of people with tattoos plan to get one removed, or have already had one removed.

·         47% of people without tattoos think tattoos make people less attractive.



Regardless, of your personal feelings on tattoos and how you think society should feel about them.  You are always going to want to set up a consultation with a tattoo artist in your area.  Tattoos are a permanent piece of art on your body.  You want to be going to the best and want to have all of your questions answered before you invest a large sum of money on something that will be with you for many, many years. 

If you would like to know more about Lucky Bamboo Tattoo in Layton, Utah, go to www.luckybambootattoo.com.