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More insane tattoos 4/25/2011

I love tattoos, good ones that is. I really love the ones I have, but sometimes you see some that you just have to wonder what the hell the person was thinking when they got their ink.

This guy LOVES Avatar!

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Since we just celebrated Easter and the official candy is Peeps – here is a bad one for you!

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I don’t understand people getting inked with celebrity’s faces because fame is so fleeting and you might not be such a big fan ten years down the road. This one really struck me as odd.

I Must Wait for the Sunrise, I Must Think of a New Life
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If you are going to get a portrait piece done, please make sure the tattoo artist can do them before they ink  you or you wind up with this….

Supporting the Students of the Local Tattooing School for the Blind, I See
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Not all bad tats are from bad artists, some are just bad ideas, but there are a lot of bad tattoo “artists” out there so choose your artist carefully and wisely or you could end up on a blog post like this one.

Tattoos: Attention Seeking or Self Expression Part 2

In Part 1 of this topic I addressed the issue of non-tattooed individuals thinking of tattoos as “graffiti”  on the skin of those of us that are tattooed. In Part 2 I want to address the notion that all of us with tattoos are “attention seeking” and that that’s it in a nutshell. No other reason to get a tattoo is there?

I cannot speak for everyone with a tattoo but I personally have mine for a variety of reasons. My first tattoo is a tribal style butterfly on my inside right ankle. I see butterflies as a symbol of change and growth and this butterfly was chosen to represent my own personal change and as a reminder of that.

My second tattoo is also a butterfly sitting on a flower vine with my daughter’s name underneath. This is located on the inside of my left wrist since this is the side closest to my heart. Now I love my son as well but my daughter is my first child and only girl. This tat is symbolic of her growth from a child to womanhood and into her own person yet the vine/flower is the connection to me, her mother.

My third tattoo is the Geisha on my back which is my largest tattoo (at least to date) and represents ultimate femininity and gracefulness all of which I am not. I have always been more of a tomboy and a total klutz.  My Geisha represents what I sometimes wish I could be, a total “girly-girl” and my longing for something I will never be.

All of these tattoos can be covered up though the tats on my ankle and wrist are usually visible but they don’t jump out at you. They are definitely  not  what you would classify as “in your face” at all. Most people don’t even realize that I have tattoos so how is getting a tattoo attention seeking behavior?

Attention Seeking:

People craving attention can use any number of ways to receive it from clothing and hairstyle choices, acting up or acting out behaviors, and yes, piercings  and/or tattoos. But to call any form of self expression as being attention seeking is ludicrous and just plain dumb.

For example:

Once upon a time any man with a crew cut was a military man and any shaven headed man was a racist “skinhead”.  Women with long hair and makeup were feminine and heterosexual and any woman with extremely short hair and no makeup had to be a lesbian. Sad part is that some people still believe this outdated stereotyping. I know – I don’t wear makeup (very rarely) and have had extremely short hair styles as well as not normally wearing dresses or super feminine style clothing. Some people during my life have thought I was gay solely based on appearances.

Now I’m also not dumb enough to state that no one with tattoos is ever seeking attention. All one has to do is see someone like this to know that is not the case:

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I see this as both a form of self expression and attention seeking since it is very “in your face” and you will see the tattoos and piercings prior to seeing the actual person she really is. Yes, she chose this and while I don’t agree with someone doing this to themselves I defend their right to do it.

But how is this attention seeking?

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This is a lovely tattoo which can be and probably is, covered up and not visible at all times. It is artistic and probably symbolic or meaningful to the wearer.

Most tattooed people enjoy the art and share their love of it by wearing it on their skin. What is the difference – other than the permanency of it – from someone choosing hairstyles and/or clothing to express their individuality or self expression.

Goth in the extreme:

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Semi-Goth and more acceptable:

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Is the first one attention seeking? Sure, but it is also a form of self expression just done in the extreme. Any “style” can and is done in varying levels of extremism from mild to “in your face” whether it is more normal and mainstream styles up to and including fringe styles. To lump everyone not fitting into the narrow definition of normal (what is “normal” anyway?) is being very dismissive of whole sections of the human population.

What do you think when you see these individuals? Are you sure you are right? Are they seeking attention or just forms of self expression?

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We are all unique individuals with our own preferences, styles and form of self expression. What a dull and boring world we would have if this were not true. Try and see people for who they are not to try and pigeon hole them by what they wear, how they are dressed or whether they have piercings or tattoos. Enjoy the uniqueness of life and don’t be afraid to be an individual. If someone laughs or points a finger than they have a problem not you. While we will not all agree on all styles or extremes of styles, let us agree that we can disagree and we can all express ourselves how we choose to especially in the United States of America.

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Religion, Abortion, Gays, Tattoos – Or How to Piss Off People

I’m writing this post because I just cannot NOT do it. I generally keep this blog lighthearted and not serious but this subject is literally close to home. If religion and religious beliefs and choices topics bother you then don’t read any farther because I don’t want the comment section to turn into a battle ground. If you can discuss this topic open mindedly then feel free to read on and comment.

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Religion and Abortions

As you have probably seen in the local and national news, Dr. George Tiller was murdered at his church on Sunday, May 31, 2009 in Wichita KS.

Info from Wikipedia.com:

George Richard Tiller, MD (August 8, 1941 – May 31, 2009[4][5]) was a physician from Wichita, Kansas. He was the medical director of a clinic in Wichita, Women’s Health Care Services, one of only three nationwide which self-identified as providing abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy (known as late-term abortion).[6]

I will state up front that I am pro-choice though I do not believe that abortions should be an acceptable form of birth control and I do not advocate them. If you are going to be a sexually active adult then you should use birth control practices to avoid unwanted pregnancies or abstain from sex. I believe that if you have an “ooops” pregnancy you should have the child and either raise it or give it up for adoption. But, having said that, I believe strongly that there are reasons for abortions such as in the cases of incest, rape, severe birth defects etc. that warrant the freedom of choosing what to do in these situations.

I was once in the position (due to abuse) to have worry about whether or not I was going to have to make this decision and it is not any easy one on any level but I would not have wanted someone to be able to decide this issue for me. I luckily was spared having to make this choice.

I have one statement about abortions. If you don’t believe in them as being morally or religiously acceptable then don’t have one. No one knows why any woman chooses to have an abortion but it is her business, her choice and her problem concerning religious matters.

I have personally dealt with groups like “Operation Rescue” and their obnoxious practices in protesting Women’s health clinics since I once lived a block away from one. The members of this group literally attacked people walking down the street by shoving their graphic protest signs of fetuses in your face and vilifying you for not joining them or demanding to know if you were going into the clinic. These clinics provide all sorts of women’s healthcare services besides abortions. These clinics are heavily used by women without a lot of financial means. Dr. Tiller did provide abortions, but these are legal in Kansas.

Dr. Tiller has had his clinics bombed and he was shot once in 1993 during the “Summer of Rescue” which was perpetrated by “Operation Rescue” but he survived these attacks. This “rescue” effected more than Dr. Tiller as this religious group was a band of rabid beasts that turned Wichita into a total mess for the entire summer. Living by the clinic was horrible. You could not escape these people who I could only describe as overly conservative, manic religious wingnuts that seemed to believe that if you didn’t agree with them then you were going to hell and were fair game.

Dr. Tiller’s clinic is now closed as just announced on the local news today. Protesters are happy and an unfortunately large number of anti-abortionists are hailing his killer as a “hero” and an obvious martyr for the cause. How can we deal with people who think that the death of Dr. Tiller is acceptable from a moral, religious standard? How could anyone be proud of this action?

Any religious group that goes to any extreme, be they a Christian, Jewish, Islamic or whatever religion is dangerous because they believe that God is on their side and they can do no wrong. How else can you explain the actions of supposedly religious individuals deciding it is OK to shoot Dr. Tiller – in his own church on a Sunday – as being justifiable because he was a “baby killer” and needed to be stopped? Was it OK for anti-abortion groups to have a protest nationwide scheduled on the day of Dr. Tiller’s funeral?

Again from Wikipedia:

Southern Baptist minister and radio host Wiley Drake said, “I am glad that he is dead.”[45][46] Reason columnist Jacob Sullum wrote, “if you honestly believe abortion is the murder of helpless children, it’s hard to see why using deadly force against those who carry it out is immoral, especially since the government refuses to act.[47

Supposedly, upstanding, religious people who say murder is wrong yet it is OK to murder anyone you think you should because you don’t believe in what they do even if it is legal? These groups are now protesting against the birth control pills stating that “the Pill – Kills” so are they going to target any woman that uses birth control pills and kill them?

Are we living in the 21st century or another era where women were supposed to stay home and have as many children as “God” chooses to give her? This is no longer just an issue of just abortions; this is becoming an issue of whether or not women are allowed to choose whether to have children when and if they want them and is and should be a fundamental right of all women and not something decided by religious zealots.

Religion, Gays and Tattoos – Oh My!

Kansas is unfortunately the home to one of the worst religious wingnut groups out there, the followers of Fred Phelps, pastor of the “Westboro Baptist Church” from Topeka, KS

Thanks again Wikipedia:

Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. (born November 13, 1929) is an American pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), an independent Baptist church based in Topeka, Kansas.[1][2][3][4][5][6] His church is monitored as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center.[7][8][9] He is a disbarred lawyer, founder of the Phelps Chartered law firm and previous candidate for political office and was a civil rights activist in Kansas. He and his daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, are banned from entering the United Kingdom. He and his family are currently notorious for their anti-gay protests, claiming that most natural disasters and terrorist attacks are God‘s punishment for a society that tolerates homosexuality.

He is known for the slogans that he and his ministry use against people he deems sinful, including “God Hates Fags“, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers”, “America Is Doomed” and “Priests Rape Boys.” He claims that God will punish homosexuals as well as various public figures such as Bill O’Reilly, Coretta Scott King, Ronald Reagan, Howard Dean, and anyone else whom his church considers “fag-enablers”.[10][11]

Phelps and his group have been at many, many public events here in the Wichita area and their protest signs are some of the vilest, poisonous and hate filled messages I have ever seen in my life. They come down and stand on main traffic street corners showering people with their hate.

This is a church group for goodness sakes that protests military funerals while the grief stricken families try and say goodbye to their loved ones and this group has no real evidence that the deceased were gay or not, not that it should matter. The sheer fact that they spew this filth and hatred at the funerals is an obscenity and should be a criminal action.

This is just one of the religious nutcase groups that are out there and they truly believe that this type of behavior is legitimate and worthy because they are “Christians” and I guess, morally superior to others. I know many people that I consider true Christians and these groups of individuals aren’t one of them.

I am a woman with tattoos and I have had “Christians” tell me that I will go to hell for having them especially since I am a woman. How stupid is this? God doesn’t care if I have tattoos. Why should he? My tats don’t make me any different then when I didn’t have them and I wasn’t tattooed as a kid. I got my first tattoo at age 50 and now at 54 I have three and I am now a very vocal advocate for people with tattoos rights. You may not like tattoos but I’m not forcing them on you as some “Christians” force their beliefs on me. I am personally tired of religious tirades against those of us that don’t fit into their very narrow limits of acceptability.

I use Christians and “Christians” because there is a difference:

A Christian has their religious beliefs and also believes in not shoving them down everyone’s throats and don’t promote hate or discrimination against anyone be they gay, straight, male, female, Christian or non-Christian.

Christians” believe that only they know what is acceptable and demand everyone else conforms to their ways or they damn you for it.

Which would you rather know? Which one are you?

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Tattooed at Last

Both Hubby and I got our tattoos done and let me tell you it was an experience doing it together. We got to the shop at 3pm and didn’t leave until about 2am. That was a long time at one place but the owners were fabulous and very nice people.

Cindy runs the front of the business and she once tattooed but can’t any more due to physical problems with her hand. She is a licensed piercer so she does that part of the business as well. Dean or “D” is her husband and he is the tattoo artist that worked on us and has over 20yrs experience.

Their shop info

Their shop info

Hubby went first since his tat was not going to take as long as mine to do. D could have used some standard “flash” (pre-done art) for his but he didn’t, he drew it up himself which was great. Here is Hubby and D while the work was being done.

this is a stencil of D's design before he starting inking

this is a stencil of D's design before he starting inking

D tattooing Hubby

D tattooing Hubby

Now while this was happening, I was out in the lobby area and Cindy put on a movie and provided sodas, just making my waiting much more pleasant which was great. She did the same for Hubby while he waited on me.

Now a word about work ethics, these folks have them. I saw a guy come in wanting an eyebrow piercing and Cindy sent him on his way after she had started to do the piercing because he was a horrible candidate for it. I guess the eyebrow is very easily infected and takes about 2 months to heal. He had no place except the middle of the brow that could be done because he has a lot of veins and no fat to pierce. Lots of places would have done it and sent him on his way. Not Cindy. She told him why she wouldn’t do it and refunded his money. Now that’s classy.

Hubby got done and they took a quick dinner break and then started on me. Now what we had originally thought was going to be about 3-4 hours actually took about 6 hours to get completely done. If I ever do a large piece done again, I might consider doing it in two stages instead of all in one. It was a bit rough on me the last 1/2 hour or so and I know that D was as happy as I was when it was done but we both hung in there and got it done.

Here are the pictures of the work in progress and when we would stop for a quick break.

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D working on me

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where we are at first break

where we are at first break

top part of piece at first break

top part of piece at first break

Second break

Second break

Here are the finished pieces the next afternoon:

finished piece about 12 hrs later

finish piece about 12 hrs later

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top part of finished piece

close up of main detail in piece

close up of main detail in piece

Josh is our son & he is in to Shelby (cobra) Mustangs

Josh is our son & he is in to Shelby (cobra) Mustangs

We are both healing nicely with practically no scabbing or pain so thank you very much to “Doctor D” and the great job he did. If you want a custom piece at a reasonable rate then I highly recommend this place. We both really love our new tattoos and can’t wait to see how they look after the healing process is done.

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Tattoos: the cool and the WTF? part 2

I love tattoos, I mean that I really love tattoos. I love to look at tattoo websites and see all the neat tattoos. I love watching the tattoo shows like “LA Ink” and “Miami Ink” and see people getting tattoos. They fascinate me. I love the ideas behind them, the tattoo artists talent (or lack of talent) and whether people go for black and gray or colored inks. I just love them because there is so much beautiful tattoo work out there that is truly phenomenal.

And then you have the other side of the coin, the people doing tattoos that shouldn’t be and the tattoos that might be drawn well but you have to ask the person that got the tattoo – WTF were you thinking?

This post is to show the diversity of styles of tattoos, good ones, bad ones, cool ones and the WTF?!!? So enjoy the show!

I think this one is gonna get him in trouble, don’t you?

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This is a definite, WTF!! were you thinking?? Can you just imagine her when she is actually pregnant? Man is that gonna look stupid or more stupid. The tat is weird – does the baby have backward feet in shoes?

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I don’t understand the fascination of tattoos depicting the muscle underneath the skin. Some artists are really good at the art of the muscle, some aren’t. Just doesn’t make sense to me but hey, that’s part of what makes tattoos interesting – what people want.

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Now this is one of those combo tattoos. It’s well done, sorta cool but with a touch of why?
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Now this one is cool and a WTF! because of the 3D effect and I’m not quite sure what the statement is, but it is very well done.

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This one is my favorite 3D and it’s a simple one but it is something I would get.

Jeremy - Industrial Art Tattoo

Artist: Jeremy - Industrial Art Tattoo

So whatever your choice in tattoos, enjoy what you get cause it’s with you for good. There are a lot of great tattoo artists out there. Find one and get that great tattoo!

Scarification: Is This Trend Going Too Far?

Scars Instead of Tattoos – Ink-Free Body Art (GALLERY)

(TREND HUNTER) Scarification is the next big thing in the tattoo world–although clearly it is not a tattoo. Scarification refers instead to the practice of using scar tissue naturally produced by the body to form designs,… [More]

Please read the rest of Trend Hunter’s article and then come back here for more on this important subject.

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This is a very, very extreme form of design on skin. This can only be reversed by having skin grafts which would look much worse than the controlled design of the scarification, as such, scarification should not be taken lightly and thoroughly thought out prior to having this done.

You are taking the chance of Keloids, which form within scar tissue. Collagen, used in wound repair, tends to overgrow in this area, sometimes producing a lump many times larger than that of the original scar. You have a higher risk of infection due to the large areas and depth of the open wound that needs to heal.

Let us face facts, you are paying someone other than a doctor or nurse to take a scalpel and cut free sections of your skin in a designed pattern you have chosen. You must be sure that this individual is extremely hygienic in preparation for this, that all products are sterile and that you are healthy enough to do this. The area for scarification must be exceptionally cleaned before, during and after the procedure to avoid getting a staph infection. Remember, they are cutting away strips of your skin. This will be more painful than you ever thought a tattoo would be and if you thought tattoos were permanent, with this, there is no going back, no changing your mind once it is done.

Think carefully before you do this. If you still want to go for it, check out the people who are doing it and be sure you are in good hands before paying for this with your skin and money.

Scarab Body Arts is a studio dedicated to scarification and is the source for this photo. But these are only bits and pieces of our body parts and not the whole person. Rectify the beautiful girl in the above picture with these below and imagine that lovely face with this style of “art.”

Remember, that red is blood - not ink
Remember, that red is blood – not ink

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one on right is scarification left, not sure what all they did to it.
one on right is scarification left, looks like reg. tattoo

this is the design after cutting, next pic is it healed up
this is the design after cutting, next pic is it healed up
the raised puffy areas are Keloids and they can become painful
the raised puffy areas are Keloids and they can become painful

Branding is another way to achieve scarification, but the cutting gives a more precise design and can be controlled easier. Both are painful and you will not know how evenly you will scar until after you have done this procedure.

Personally, I don’t care for this trend and hope that the individuals that have this done don’t regret this decision down the road. I know everyone says that about tattoos as well, but to me, tattoos and scarification are two very separate forms of body modification in that tattoos are like putting permanent clothes on, and scarification/branding are definitely modifying your body for life. I can remove a tattoo or cover it with another one. Scars, especially if you tend to Keloid, are there forever and can cause you problems if the Keloids get out of control.

You don’t know if you Keloid until it happens, so is it really worth it? Only you can decide for your self and while it isn’t for me, I want those that do it to be safe and hopefully happy with the results considering what you will go through to get it.


I prefer a pretty, colorful tattoo like this one:

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Delaney’s World Chuckle for the day #100

With this post I have hit a milestone – this is my 100th “Chuckle for the Day” !! Whoa – I started this not sure if it was going to be worth it or not, but here I am five months later and I have had over 56,000 hits. Guess I must be doing something at least sorta right…right?

Since this is my 100th, I am pulling out the stops and putting some of the things I like best in. This will be a double-sized edition of my normal post so I sincerely hope you enjoy it!


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Thought bubbles & MySpace Layouts at pYzam.com

This so looks like Marvin and is sorta his attitude though he does love Freddie but he is after all… a Starvin’ Marvin.

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For Tricia

just a sittin' N chillin'
just a sittin n chillin’

Beware the Grapes of Wrath!

Beware the Grapes of Wrath!

Cartoon for the Day

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Some favorite tattoos

Our Pretty Picture for the Day

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