Tattoo Machine! Yeah!

A Little History On December 8, 1891 Samuel O’Reilly was given a patent for a tattoo machine based on Thomas Edison’s electric pen.  Although it never gained wide popularity, O’Reilly recognized the potential in this device and modified it into a tool that can apply ink into the skin.  As you can see from Edison’s blueprint, it is nearly identical…

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Weight > Space

My most recent assignment was to add color to my flash. The main idea I learned from this project is to create bold lines and block color confidently. This concept was quite foreign to me since I’ve always favored faint, almost stained-out colors over intense and bold look with my own work. Most of my work look unfinished – letting…

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How to Increase Productivity

Now that my awesome trip has come to an end, one of the first thing I want to focus on is how to manage my time better. I know I need a more defined structure in my life which means I need to introduce a new habit. Without a good healthy routine, it’s so easy to procrastinate and feel overwhelmed…

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My Big Tattoo Ideas

As someone who does not have any big tattoos, I looked for interviews to find out why people get tattooed. I really enjoyed watching and reading interviews from Horiyoshi III because his philosophy of life and tattoos come from a drastically different culture where tattoos are not seen as something cool or trendy but rather confronted with discrimination and association…

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Pura Vida 

For the past week, I’ve been surrounded by nature in every way possible and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t think I ever had such full appreciation for nature until this trip. I glided through a cloudforest by zip line, hiked on the path of magma flow, swam in as many  ice-cold waterfalls as I could find, had the most…

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My Trip Update 

It has only been 3 days and we’ve already hiked around volcanic vents, bathed in a hot sulfer spring and under a remote waterfall, smothered ourselves in volcanic mud, etc.. All of this in off-season making the experience even more personal, private, quiet, and peaceful.  ​ Tomorrow we will be visiting Rio Celeste, a river known for its creamy and…

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Costa Rica Adventure 

My Costa Rica vacation starts… now! I’m currently in the airport waiting for my flight to Houston as I type this.  So, I probably wouldn’t have a chance to post long blogs for the next couple weeks but I’m going to try to share few pictures and my most current thoughts whenever I can.  I’m probably going to keep my…

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Story Time: Tatts Thomas & Phil Sparrow

Tattoo history is often a visual or spoken one, where cold hard written facts are left aside for tall tales that are a mix between fiction and fact. To illustrate this even further, I am going to share some of my favorite tales involving Tatts Thomas. Thomas was born in New Orleans around 20th century, but spent much of his…

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Tattoo History

I like to think of tattooing as a time-honored tradition. Although I appreciate tattoos for its aesthetic appeal, if that was my goal as a tattoo artist I would lose my interest rather quickly because what I really enjoy is the learning aspect of it. As I’ve mentioned in my first post, Japanese style is what drew me to tattoos.…

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