February 21, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I'm with the person who dislikes tattoos, wishes they had never been invented, and struggles not to be judgmental toward people who have them. I am trying to think about your statement that they may be "an expression of self. " For years, I have tried to disengage from my overly emotional, judgmental reaction to my niece's ever-growing "tattoo collection," as she calls it. But how can it be "self-expression" when she is covering herself in eagles, skulls, and Hello Kitty images invented by others, and usually for mass-marketing purposes?
February 7, 2016
Question: I am in my second year of college and already have three tattoos that I am very, very happy with. Every day, I fall more in love with them, and they have really important meanings to me. I really want to get more over the next few years of college. I use them to mark points in my life that are very important to me. The next few that I want would be for the program that I am in in college, one for my family, and one for my desire to "speak no evil" in my life. All positive, important things to me. The problem is that my parents, especially my mom, were not happy with my first three.
January 21, 2016 |
Police are searching for two would-be armed robbers who tried to hold up a Strawberry Mansion tattoo parlor, only to engage in a shootout with an employee there. The gunplay left a customer with a leg wound. The men were caught on surveillance camera waiting outside the door of Ink Dynasty, 1932 N. 31st St., one holding a gun, the other peering through the door. Video captured inside shows the men approaching an employee and demanding money, while the employee backs up with his hands in the air. Then, police said, the employee grabbed his own handgun and opened fire on the pair.
January 16, 2016
A shootout at a tattoo parlor left a customer wounded Thursday night in the city's Strawberry Mansion section, police said. Shortly before 8 p.m., two armed men attempted to rob a tattoo parlor in the 1900 block of North 31st Street. An employee exchanged gunfire with the would-be robbers, and a 20-year-old male customer was struck in the right calf and broke his leg. Police transported the victim to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition. The perpetrators were last seen running south on 31st.
November 12, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm a mostly happily married wife and mother. I love tattoos. When I was younger, I was engaged to my soulmate. His name is tattooed on my wrists in honor of the love we shared. Unfortunately, he was killed in a car accident. Several years later, I met and married my husband, "Brett. " When we fight he brings up the tattoos. He says they're "disrespectful" of him and I should get rid of them. It upsets me because I got the tattoos before I ever met Brett, so how can they be disrespectful?
November 12, 2015 |
Carolyn Roth was 10 when she lost her grandmother to Alzheimer's. Later, as an adult, when she became chairwoman of the Philadelphia Walk to End Alzheimer's, she considered a tattoo: It would be a lasting memorial to her grandmother, and, at the same time, draw attention to a cause near and dear to her heart. So, three years ago, she got on her shoulder some carnations to represent her grandmother's January birthday, Latin words that translate to "Grandmother, I carry your memory in my heart," and a forget-me-not - the logo of the Alzheimer's Association.
April 10, 2015 |
TATTOOS WERE everywhere in Courtroom 608 yesterday. Men with dollar signs on their hands sat by women with stars on their cheekbones in the Criminal Justice Center. Some had lips on their necks and roses peeking out from their cleavage, and at least one man had a tattoo inside his ear that just looked like engine grease. Gary Valecce, 53, sat in the gallery with them all, the right sleeve of his jacket pulled up to reveal a dark tattoo with hints of blue and emerald green from his elbow to his wrist.
March 20, 2015 |
Lorraine Lukach explains why she's got a fabulous dragon tattoo on her right hip. "As you get older," says the retired middle school guidance department secretary, 64, "there are things you do that you never would have done in the past. " Pete, her husband of 41 years, nods from across their Deptford living room. He also has postretirement tattoos, including a spectacular "Turkish eye" on the inside of his right forearm. "After she got hers, it forced me to get something I wanted," says Pete, 66, who followed up his debut tattoo (the legendary "Dead Man's Hand" of aces and eights)
March 16, 2015 |
There was a time when even the most confident of ink-wearers feared that hand tattoos would render them forever unemployable. No more. The trendlet Tattoo artists are routinely etching letters below knuckles to create words (among the most popular is love ). And graphics just above the nail bed - such as shamrocks, musical clefs, and ankhs - are favorite tiny tats. Some couples have wedding bands tattooed on their fingers. And hearts, punctuation marks, card symbols, and celestial bodies decorate the sides of fingers.
July 14, 2014 |
Rubber bands snapping really hard - painfully hard - against the skin. That's what laser treatment feels like to Marianne Morrison, who is getting three of her tattoos removed, including a large iris on the right side of her neck. It hurts more than getting a tattoo done in the first place, said Morrison, 40, of Germantown. If only she'd listened to her husband, local tattoo artist Eric Eaton, who grudgingly did the ink she's trying to erase. But the bartender wants to take the edge off her appearance and look more professional before starting nursing school.