1. Do your research when choosing a tattoo and an artist.

  • Don’t rush yourself when choosing an idea. You’re going to have to live with it forever.
  • Most artists have a speciality, think about this when choosing one. If you want a photorealistic tattoo don’t choose an artist who specializes in American Traditional, for example.
  • Don’t ask to have your neck/face/hands tattooed if it’s your first tattoo, you will most likely be denied.
  • Look into the cost of the tattoo before walking into the shop, don’t sacrifice the tattoo you want to get a good deal. Save up to get the right ink.
  • Be prepared to be placed on a large wait list for the more popular artists.

2. Prepare properly on the day you get your tattoo.

  • Eat a full meal beforehand.
  • Many artists recommend drinking orange juice prior to getting inked.
  • Don’t drink alcohol beforehand.
  • Getting tattooed is a pretty intimate experience, don’t forget to shower.

3. Bring a good reference photo.

  • Bring in a high res photo if possible; at the very least a picture that is big and not blurry.

4. Don’t bring your entourage to the shop with you.

  • It’s fine to bring a friend to hold your hand, any more than one is rude and obnoxious.
  • Children are not permitted in most tattoo shops, leave them at home.

5. Trust your artist. 

  • The artist knows what they are doing, there is no need to be a “backseat driver.”

6. Check out the stencil design, body placement, and spelling before the tattoo begins.

via Inked Magazine

Inked Magazine

  • If you see something, say something. You aren’t going to hurt anyone’s feelings if you tell them that something is spelled incorrectly.

7. Be prepared to go through some pain, tattoos hurt.

  • Don’t be afraid to tell your artist that you need to take a break if the pain is too much. Nobody wants a passed out client.
  • Ribs, feet, hands, head, and the spine all really hurt.

8. Stay still!

  • We know that it might be difficult to do so, but make every effort to remain as calm and still as possible while getting tattooed. If you are jittery the artist won’t be able to create straight lines.

9. Tip your artist.

  • Most artists don’t own their shops and have to pay a percentage of the tattoo price to the shop.
  • Tipping anywhere between 10-20% should be fine.
  • If you really love the work don’t be afraid of tipping extra.

10. Take care of your tattoo once you leave the shop.

  • Tattoo aftercare is a crucial step in assuring you have a good tattoo.
  • Tattoos will scab and they should heal in 2-3 weeks.
  • Avoid sun and going in bodies of water for the first 2 weeks.
  • Keep the tattoo moist and clean as it heals.
  • Once it’s healed don’t forget to use SPF 50 sunscreen when going outside, you don’t want your tattoo to fade.

via Inked Magazine


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DIY Inspiration: Skin Cake by Gillian Bell. How to make this cake? Drape flesh colored fondant over a red velvet cake and stitch it up.

How to get the right shade? I only use Wilton paste icing colors - they are more expensive than liquid food coloring but will last you a lifetime. You only have to use a teeny bit on a toothpick for very vivid colors. Here’s a chart for getting the colors you want ,

For more skin tones there is a forum on flesh colored fondants here and here.

Here’s another Gillian Bell Cake.


Please make this for my birthday.

This place was built on a Native American burial ground, but I guess that could be said for anyplace in America.
-Babycakes, China IL


onlyboringpeople are you going to mpls? :O

Yeah. I have a meeting tomorrow and I’m going to have lunch with my mom for her birthday. Coming back either tomorrow night or Sunday morning. I don’t want to leave Josh alone in my house for too long.

This dude doesn’t want to get out of bed.

Suddenly I have a huge amount of new followers

Hey, new people. What up?

What, am I supposed to live in a frat house? It’s not like Jay Z’s still in the projects.
-Beastie Boy and real-estate developer Mike D reacts to criticism of his move to brownstone Brooklyn (via grungebook)


This is the greatest tweet in the history of tweets


a guide for people who can’t tell the 90s from the early 2000s apart

  • if people are dressed in neon, it’s the 90simage
  • if people are dressed in space age metallics, it’s the 2000simage



tumblr during autumn, more like




I was a bad girl for even entertaining the thought of you, boy.
I already grieved the loss of our relationship/friendship/affair/whatever the fuck it was when it all ended in such a bad way which I felt was all your fault but it was mine too.
Why did you just cut me off all those times? Was I too fat? Too clingy? What the fuck was fucking wrong with me? What the fuck was wrong with me for coming back for more every single time?
I guess I just thought that maybe you and me could have it all
Why did you always lie to everyone about your past and your kids? Why did I pretend to believe you and then shit talk you when you left?
You came into my mind yesterday out of the blue and then you died.
I destroyed all your crap that you left at my apartment and all your pictures. Now I wish I hadn’t
I hate you for throwing your life away.
Did you know that when you first gave me the time of day, I was thrilled that anyone would even talk to me? Me the girl with the unearned bad reputation. I didn’t realize that you were privileged to simply be in my presence.
But let’s be really honest.
You. Were. Toxic.
I know you probably already know this but your kisses were the best I’d ever had. Your lips were pure magic.
Remember that time you unnecessarily defended my honor by throwing a chair at a guy that called me a bitch and then proceeded to take me back to your mom’s basement and defile it?
The weed you bought was awful.
A part of me wants to go back and save you. All of me wants to.
I hope you just drank yourself in because you talked me out of ending it all so many times. Remember the electric bill?
I just want you to know two things: I still hate Green Day and I was right about the Cheers theme song.

Describes the summer of 2004 with Julez too well. I promise to be out of my grief spiral soon.

Arctic Monkeys accepting “Album of the Year” for Favourite Worst Nightmare at the BRIT Awards (February 9, 2008)