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What should I name my barber/indian head massage/henna tattoo business?

My friend wants a name for her new business that includes barbering, Indian head massage and henna tattooing. She liked the names "Barber on a Bike" and "The Tonsorial Artist" but these are both taken. Any further suggestions? We are in the UK.
posted by stinker on Feb 22, 2015 - 5 answers

Eyebrow Embroidery in the DMV or Northeast Cost?

Where can someone get eyebrow embroidery (not eyebrow tattoo) in ideally the DC/MD/VA area or on the Northeast cost? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Feb 18, 2015 - 1 answer

Looking for personal stories of laser tattoo removal.

How long does it take to get a small, black-ink tattoo removed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2015 - 4 answers

Tattoo safety question

I found an artist for my first tattoo! I like the artist a lot, we communicate well, and the shop has a good reputation. But is safety something I need to worry about in a well-regarded tattoo shop? And how do I determine for myself if it's a safe place to get needles jammed into my skin? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Feb 9, 2015 - 10 answers

Tattooing for maximum longevity and minimum blob--tell me about yours.

YANMTA (You Are Not My Tattoo Artist): I'm getting a tattoo. I absolutely know what I want, where I'm going (though I haven't been to the parlor yet since it's out of town) and this is definitely happening. What I want to know is how your (or your friends') fineline or scrimshaw-style and/or tattoo with lettering looks 5, 10, 20 years down the line, with regards to thinking ahead with design. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Font ID question

Can anyone identify this font? It's for a tattoo so it needs to be exact, thanks! [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Nov 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Tattoo filter

I want to get a tattoo! I know almost nothing about tattoos. I need some help picking out a design based on some very specific parameters. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Oct 28, 2014 - 19 answers

Looking for a short story about a woman with a hacked digital tattoo.

Does anyone remember a cyberpunk short story that involved a woman covered in digital tattoos? The tattoos are hacked or a virus is introduced -- by an evil corporation, I think -- and her friends have to rush to save her life. [more inside]
posted by harperpitt on Oct 9, 2014 - 7 answers

Michelangelo quote translation help

A follow up to this Michelangelo quote question - Calling Italian & Urdu speakers for some translation help! [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Sep 23, 2014 - 8 answers

tat's the question

I have an idea for a tattoo (my first) that I would kind of like to put somewhere on my leggal region. However, I haven't seen a ton of leg tattoos that looked good to me, so I have some questions about placement. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Sep 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Ideas for literary or science knuckle tats for Halloween

Looking for knuckle tattoo ideas from which to base costume off of for Halloween - 2 word phrases about literature or science. Help? [more inside]
posted by barchan on Sep 10, 2014 - 42 answers

a fact is a fact, & your state of mind won't alter it by a hair's breath

"Let's go now and have the truth at all hazards." This sentence is extremely clear in context, but knowing Peter Wimsey, it's also probably a (mis)quote. Please help me find the source so I can get a tattoo with a clear conscience. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Sep 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Tattoos as Women's Self-Defense in Colonial India

I met someone today who explained that their tattoo was based on a style adopted by Indian women during British Occupation which served as a way of turning off British men who might otherwise want to take them away for various unsavory purposes. The women would in some cases get these tattoos on their necks and faces. Although the person told me the Indian term for this particular style of tattooing I failed to write it down, and now cannot seem to google up this phenomenon. Was hoping someone knew about it, what it's called, or could provide some links to more information.
posted by cthuljew on Jul 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Tattoo around a scar

I have never once considered getting a tattoo, until now. I have a fairly large scar just below the belt line on my back, just above the 'ol butt cheek. I had a bone graft when I was a teenager, and have been used to this scar peeking out on my back when I wear shorts in the summer, etc. 20 years later, and now I've thought about getting a tattoo around it- something whimsical, snarky, funny, not sure. [more inside]
posted by flyoverme on Jun 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Source for Silverstein Graphic

I am hunting for the original source for this Shel Silverstein image. [more inside]
posted by fluffycreature on Jun 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Need ideas on how to represent "computer" in tattoo

I have an idea for a half-and-half forearm tattoo (like this) where one half will be filled in such a way to represent computation, computers, electronics, artificial intelligence, something like that. Trouble is, I can't think of something appropriate that would work in a tattoo. Need ideas for this fill! Requirements and current ideas: [more inside]
posted by supercres on Jun 5, 2014 - 18 answers

Need an accurate English to Latin translation.

A friend of mine wants to get another tattoo, and the phrase he's picked to get inked is this: "I am the angel of death, not mercy." He would like for the ink to be in Latin, so obviously he wants to make sure the translation is spot-on. Any Latin scholars able to help with this? Thank you so much!
posted by shiu mai baby on May 14, 2014 - 10 answers

new tattoo and hair dye allergy test

I got a new tattoo but also dye my hair. I have some questions about the increased chance of an allergic reaction when using hair dye while having tattoos. Basically, is doing an allergy spot test on the arm with one brand of hair dye sufficient for safety across other brands, or do I have to test the specific dye? (how similar are hair dyes?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2014 - 3 answers

BzzBzz Teach me to tattoo!

I am teaching myself to tattoo (NOT ON PEOPLE!! Are you crazy! ... on fruit :D ) I'd love some great online resources or books for this process! Help me be awesome at this. [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Apr 19, 2014 - 2 answers

Can you recommend a tattoo artist in Vancouver, BC or maybe Seattle?

My wife is looking for someone to do a floral tattoo somewhat in the style of this tattoo or this tattoo. Any recommendations would be much appreciated. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch on Apr 17, 2014 - 4 answers

The forest from the trees

MeTat Filter: What suggestions do you have for a tattoo that evokes the woods? Perhaps the woods around Walden Pond? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Apr 2, 2014 - 13 answers

Did getting a tattoo after waiting for years live up to expectations?

If you wanted a tattoo for years and then you finally got a beautiful one, did you regret it later? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Mar 18, 2014 - 44 answers

Getting a tattoo : how to pick a design and artist?

After years of careful consideration, I've finally decided to get a tattoo. I know what I want to get, but I don't have a specific design, and I don't know which tattoo parlor to go to. How do I find these things? I live in SF, but would be willing to travel for a really, really good artist. [more inside]
posted by evil otto on Mar 7, 2014 - 21 answers

Positive symbols/reminders of death?

Lately I have been catching myself remembering that I am going to die one day. I think, like like Steve Jobs that remembering this fact is important. I'd like to get a tattoo on my hand, or somewhere visible as a daily reminder, "you are going to die one day". However I would like to find a symbol that represents the opportunity and responsibility of that fact, not the fear of it (like a skull). Any help?
posted by ejfox on Mar 3, 2014 - 31 answers

How do tattoo parlors stay in business?

I don't know anything about how much tattoos cost. I know I see a lot of small tattoo parlors all over the place. I got to wondering how many tattoos they would need to do a month in order to stay in business. How much does it typically cost to run a tattoo parlor?
posted by curious nu on Nov 30, 2013 - 13 answers

How long does a permanent makeup tattoo last?

I got a permanent makeup tattoo not as makeup, but as a tattoo. I was told it would last 3-5 years, but eight years later, it's still there... [more inside]
posted by schatzi on Nov 9, 2013 - 8 answers

A reputable tattoo shop in Ottawa?

Looking for a spot to get a cover-up of an existing tattoo done. [more inside]
posted by gohabsgo on Oct 7, 2013 - 2 answers

Tatoo nightmare - eyeliner version

My partner got an eyeliner tattoo today and it didn't go well. Needless to say she hates it, refuses to go out in public, and is edging pretty close to depression over this. It doesn't look that bad to me, but I'm the first to admit I'm fashion blind. Basically, the technician overdid it on one side resulting in the liner extending past the eye with a slight curl up, it's not a style that's unheard of, but it's not my partner's style at all. [more inside]
posted by forforf on Oct 5, 2013 - 21 answers

Kerning on Mac for Text Tattoo?

I've finally decided on a tattoo. Yey! I'm trying to put together a mockup on my Mac, but Pages doesn't allow me to any kerning. This makes the text look weirdly spaced. Any suggestions for software on a mac that will allow me to kern? Freely, if possible? [more inside]
posted by percor on Sep 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Can you please just stab me repeatedly with a needle?

I am trying to schedule getting a tattoo appointment with an artist I have previously worked with. It's proving to be more difficult than expected, and I don't know how long to wait between messages and how direct to be with him (I have generalized anxiety disorder). Snowflake-y details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Sep 18, 2013 - 10 answers

I want to accrue a new tattoo, formerly taboo. A clue?

I want a tattoo. I don't know what I want a tattoo of. Terrible idea or opportunity? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin on Sep 12, 2013 - 50 answers

A Gift for the Tattooed Lady

I have a friend who is very proud of her tattoos. I would like to get her a special gift. My first thought was a photography session, but her brother is a photographer and has already given her such sessions in the past. I had a crazy idea and I was wondering if there's any reality to it: Is there any such thing as scanning tattoos? For instance, like pressing the body part with the tattoo against a flatbed scanner and creating a high-quality artistic print of the tattoo itself? Or does this separate the tattoo for the reality of its place on her body in such a way to invalidate the whole purpose of it? If this is a stupid idea, can you suggest others? Thanks!
posted by jefficator on Aug 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for hi-quality nuclear test picture

I'm looking for a picture of a specific nuclear test in a book or other printed resource, or a hi-res photo online. The image in question is here. There seems to be conflicting information about whether this is the first nuclear test (Trinity), I really don't think it is. [more inside]
posted by hafehd on Aug 9, 2013 - 11 answers

"That which I do not forgive in you lies unforgiven within myself."

I love this quote. It carried me through (and continues to carry me through) a very tough time in my life. I'm considering getting it tattooed on myself. Problem: I can't find its primary source. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Aug 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Is there a standard location for a tattoo listing allergies?

It just occurred to me that it might be handy if there were a standard location that medical staff could check for a tattoo listing known allergies. Maybe on the bottom of the left foot? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jul 26, 2013 - 27 answers

Need a tattoo artist in Philly who's skilled with darker skin tones.

A friend of mine is looking to do a full sleeve with a lot of colors. The problem is that most tattoo artist in this area don't know how to mix colors that pop well on darker complexions. Does anyone have any recommendations for tattoo artists, preferably in the Philadelphia metro area, who are adept with working on darker skin tones?
posted by shiu mai baby on Jul 25, 2013 - 2 answers

Israeli/Jewish tattoo artists in LA?

Getting some ink done in Los Angeles that has Hebrew lettering in it and I would like it if the artist were Israeli or at least familiar with Hebrew letters. Anyone know any artists?
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? on Jul 19, 2013 - 15 answers

Great mini-tattoo artist?

I'm interested in a mini tattoo and am looking for recommendations for an exceptional artist. It's a hard thing to do (Oliver Peck is obviously the best) so any thoughts you have for anyone you know about (ideally in the Boston or San Francisco area) would be appreciated.
posted by KathMuse on Jul 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Clean illustrations of the Golem of Prague?

Looking for a clean, simple illustration/drawing of the Golem of Prague. [more inside]
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? on Jul 9, 2013 - 14 answers

How to spell "love" in Lao?

I tried google Translate and got a bunch of spellings, but many of them had different senses of the word. I want the one that means love as both a noun and a verb- like we do in English. It's going to be a tat, so I don't want to accidently be wearing something on my body that's lewd. [more inside]
posted by puddinghead on Jun 27, 2013 - 4 answers

"I Love You" or "Love You"?

I'm getting a tattoo in memorial for my grandmother who passed away. It will be in her handwriting but I need help deciding how to phrase it. Photo and details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Jun 17, 2013 - 19 answers

It's permanent, so it better be accurate!

I'm looking to get a tattoo I've wanted for years - "this too shall pass", but specifically in Ancient Greek. It's very important to me that it's Ancient, not modern. Where/how would I go about finding an accurate translation? How can I verify that it *is* in fact ancient? Many thanks in advance!
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Jun 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Just A Small Tattoo Question

I want to get a tattoo of my cat's front paws up on the shoulder-ish area because that's where she put them when she sat on me. Just a few questions because this will be my first tattoo. [more inside]
posted by theichibun on May 23, 2013 - 16 answers

It's from Vivre sa vie.

Can someone who speaks French tell me exactly how this quote should be formatted? [more inside]
posted by MiaWallace on May 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Have a hated tattoo? I want to remove it for you !

What should I know to research good training in tattoo removal? I'm interested in solid, respected programs that will qualify me to work in a professional setting doing quality work. Googling yields expensive proprietary schools charging many thousands of dollars. Is this really state-of-the-art laser training? I want to be a well-prepared candidate when I graduate, able to work in a medically-based office or spa. [more inside]
posted by citygirl on May 6, 2013 - 8 answers


Which script / language is this tattoo? What does it mean?
posted by Akeem on Apr 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Artist Recommendations for 3rd Annual Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention

A staggering, overwhelming amount of tattoo artists from all over the USA will be attending the 3rd Annual Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention. Is anyone familiar with any of these artists? Can you recommend one that you would recommend for either of the two prospective tattoo ideas I have inside? I also have some questions about tattoo conventions, as someone who has only had work done in shops. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Mar 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Newbie-friendly South SF Bay area tattoo shop recommendations?

OK, so I've been mulling over the notion of getting a tattoo for nearly a decade now, and as of this week I'm finally sure of the design I want. I live in the South San Francisco Bay Area (San Jose/Santa Clara) and am finding myself a bit overwhelmed by all the Yelp reviews, etc., of local tattoo parlors. Specific shop recommendations and/or tips on identifying the most newbie-friendly establishment would be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Mar 13, 2013 - 5 answers

I thought we'd be together forever.

I have a small black tattoo on my sternum that I'd like to get removed. I've done some internetting to see what's out there, and have wound up more confused and worried that I was when I started. Halp! [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Mar 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Tattoo post surgery?

I recently had reconstructive surgery on my leg. How long should I wait before I get a tattoo, or should I ever? [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Jan 25, 2013 - 10 answers

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