Soldering Iron Tattoo

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I had a really great time working on this soldering iron tattoo for Jared a couple weeks ago. A soldering iron is a hand tool used to melt solder so that it can flow into the joint between two pieces--often used for electronics assembly. Jared is a self-proclaimed electronics nerd who got this tatto...

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Minnesota Girl Tattoo

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This Minnesota girl tattoo was a really fun project. Ethan wanted to get a Minnesota tattoo, but also likes to collect traditional tattoos and wanted to do something a little different, so we came up with this girl all bundled up for the Minnesota winter. I love doing tattoos of girl heads, and woul...

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Wycinanki Tattoo

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Wycinanki is the art of Polish paper cutting. Beth got this wycinanki tattoo with needles, thread and scissors worked into it because she loves to sew and knit. Wycinanki is a Polish tradition that was popular in the 1800's. Originally, shepherds cut patterns out of leather and tree bark. Colorful a...

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Black Bear Tattoo!

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I really hope this is the start of a new trend in my tattooing: the black bear tattoo! I got to do this black bear tattoo on my awesome client Alex. Alex and his brother are exemplary tattoo collectors. They don't fart around. They drive out here from Wisconsin, and get as much work as humanly possi...

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Bear Pipe Tattoo!

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So yeah, it's a pipe with a bear head, not much else to say about that. This is a great example of just getting an image simply because it makes for a good tattoo. There's no deep seeded message or meaning, no story of death or loss, just a bear pipe tattoo. This tattoo is on one of my favorite peop...

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Dagger Tattoo

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"Tattoos generally function as psychic armor. Often a marker of a state of mind or events, meaning is accrued with time; the bearer explains the mark's significance and the story of how and where it was acquired. Much of the symbolism or meaning cannot be articulated and is private to the wearer, as...

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Lady Head Tattoos!

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Well here is another example of one of my favorite kinds of tattoos: Lady heads. If I could tattoo one of these a day I would not get sick of doing them. This lady was inspired by some old 1920's era photographs I found. Her headpiece reminds me of something that could be a mixture of old Greek and...

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Cobweb Girl Tattoo

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Spiders of the genus Latrodectus are called black widows, because the females kill and consume males during mating rituals. In popular culture, women who murder their spouse or husband are also known as "black widows." While this girl doesn't seem to threaten violence, the idea of her having spun a...

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