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Dear Karen: 14 Year-Old Tattoo Suddenly Swollen and Itchy

Posted on 01 May 2013

Dear Karen,

I read on your Tattoo FAQ page about swollen and itchy tattoos. I have a small tattoo on my shoulder that is 14 years old. My shoulder has been itchy for a few days, I thought it was a bug bite and was using a back scratcher like mad on it. I asked my husband to see if I had a bug bite and he said my whole tattoo was swollen. I have no other tattoos, and have never had this happen before. I am totally freaked out. Continue Reading

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Ink Master 2 – Episode 12 – The Bigger They Are…

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Ink Master 2 – Episode 12 – The Bigger They Are…

Posted on 21 December 2012

In Case You Missed It – Episode 11: Better Than Words?

So, we’ve reached the end of another Ink Master. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the show the night it was on, and recorded it like so many of us do these days, you may be really disappointed to discover that the show went over by about four minutes, during which the winner and the results of another audience vote were both announced. So, instead of watching your recording only to have it cut off during the most critical moment, I’ll fill you in on the goods here. Continue Reading

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Ink Master 2 – Episode 11 – Better Than Words – Summary and Commentary

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Ink Master 2 – Episode 11 – Better Than Words – Summary and Commentary

Posted on 16 December 2012

In Case You Missed It: Episode 10: Blowing Chunks

Considering the fact that it’s already Sunday night and the next Ink Master episode is just two days away, I’m going to make this summary and commentary very brief compared to previous weeks. After being ill for so long, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do and I don’t want to fall behind again. So, here’s your very brief update on the Ink Master saga: Continue Reading

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Ink Master 2 – Episode 10 – Blowing Chunks – Summary and Commentary

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Ink Master 2 – Episode 10 – Blowing Chunks – Summary and Commentary

Posted on 06 December 2012

In Case You Missed It: Episode 9: Buck Off

I should warn you that, although I usually enjoy finding the humorous aspects about the show, I spent most of my time through this episode feeling somewhere between annoyed and pissed off. Even now, I’m not really sure how I feel about the show in general, but there definitely weren’t many laughs. (It’s because Clint’s gone! *sad face!*) But, I’ll do my best to entertain where I can. Continue Reading

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Ink Master 2 – Episode 7 – Star Wars Forever – Summary and Commentary

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Ink Master 2 – Episode 7 – Star Wars Forever – Summary and Commentary

Posted on 15 November 2012

In Case You Missed It – Episode 6: Half Naked and Fully Loaded

Another week of Ink Master has come and gone, and this episode was chock full of interesting developments. Here are just a few things that happened this week:

  • Sarah Almost Pees Her Pants
  • Clint’s Strategy Sparks Controversy
  • Humility Looks Good On a Couple Contestants
  • Girls Like Being On Top
  • Ambition Isn’t Always Enough

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Miscellaneous Stuff

The “Other Side” of the Walter Smith vs. Clearwater School Career Day Story

Posted on 12 November 2012

A few days ago, I posted my Open Letter to Principal Rosenberger in response to the news article about Mr. Smith not being allowed to attend the school career day to talk about being a tattoo artist.

I received a reply from Mr. Rosenberger, who – understanbly – was frustrated that despite all the news articles and interviews with Mr. Smith, no one interviewed him or would publish the statement he sent them.

All of us deserve a chance to speak when we’re being accused of something. So, I promised Principal Rosenberger that I would publish his response and statement. He took the time to read and respond to my letter – please take the time to read his as well. My final email response to him is also posted below. Continue Reading

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Ink Master 2 – Episode 6 – Half Naked and Fully Loaded – Summary and Commentary

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Ink Master 2 – Episode 6 – Half Naked and Fully Loaded – Summary and Commentary

Posted on 08 November 2012

In Case You Missed It:Episode 5: Trick or Freak

This week’s episode made me realize who will probably be the last two artist’s standing for the final battle, but it also made me realize that the best man may not necessarily win if the judges don’t start paying better attention. Ironic, since attention to detail is the theme of this week’s challenges. Continue Reading

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Download My Book, Living Canvas, For FREE!

Posted on 07 November 2012

If you’ve wanted to read my book, Living Canvas: Your Total Guide to Tattoos, Piercings, and Body Modifications but haven’t had the opportunity to get your hands on a copy, now you can download it in .pdf file for free.

If you’ve already read Living Canvas, please leave your thoughts, comments, and reviews in the comments below!

Free Download Instructions

You’ll need to sign up for a Dropbox account, which is totally free and it’s a fantastic app for downloading and sharing large files.

Please use THIS LINK to sign up, so I get credit for referring you.

And here’s the link to the file:
Living Canvas PDF

Enjoy!

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Ink Master 2 – Episode 5 – Trick or Freak – Summary and Commentary

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Ink Master 2 – Episode 5 – Trick or Freak – Summary and Commentary

Posted on 02 November 2012

In Case You Missed It – Episode 4: Tattoo Her What?

This week’s show started with the remaining eleven contestants engaging in their usual smack talk and psychological intimidation. After her win on the previous elimination challenge, Sarah is wearing a serious shit-eater grin on her face that is annoying some of her fellow contestants. Any time they challenge her or suggest that she remember that there is always room for improvement, she screws up her face with that cocky grin, leading Kay Kutta to give her a new nickname: “Screw Face” Sarah. Continue Reading

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Regrets in Ink – What To Do When You Don’t Like Your Tattoo

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Regrets in Ink – What To Do When You Don’t Like Your Tattoo

Posted on 31 October 2012

Almost everyone in the tattoo world – especially once they’ve developed higher standards and expectations of their tattoo art – comes to regret at least one tattoo from their past. Maybe their first tattoo wasn’t as well thought out as they believed at the time, or they went to a tattooer whose skills weren’t as good as they expected. If you look upon one of your tattoos with regret, you’re not necessarily doomed to forever live your life out with a bad tat. I know I often remind my readers that tattoos are permanent, which – to an extent – they are. But if your ink is truly making you unhappy, you do have a couple of options. Continue Reading

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