The Latest Breaking Stories About Tattoos (March 10, 08)

Tattoo stories :

Behind every design, there’s a personal message; Twin Tiers folks share theirs.

  • “Four brothers get a special present for dad
  • Cancer survivors, friends and Gemini twins share a unique tattoo story.
  • Tattoo on forehead has brought unwelcome reaction
  • Family ‘tattoos‘ together to remember son
  • For this minister, it’s a conversation starter
  • 9/11 tragedy inspired firefighter’s tribute
  • Many honor friend by wearing her designs

Gwyneth Paltrow Gets a Tattoo.
The letter C – for Mrs. Chris Martin?

Ashlee Simpson Gets a Flower tattoo
reportedly she got it before the infamous recent morning interview where people said she sounded drunk. Would you say hungover might be the better word?

How kids break their tattoo news to their parents.
And the crasy reactions from their parents.

What’s your story? Write it in a comment below.

(You’ll find tattoo regret a popular theme in these stories. The key to avoid tattoo regret? Take your time choosing your tattoo – and that’s what you get with a lifetime membership at Chopper Tattoo. Lots of time.)

New Removable Ink Takes The Scare Out Of Getting A New Tattoo

Always wanted a tattoo but are afraid that you may regret it? Hey – don’t fret it. It’s a real worry.

Body art is a $1.5-billion a year industry, with one in four adults age 18 to 50 sporting one or more tattoos. About 17 percent of them would like to remove a tattoo, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Now the good news – Freedom2ink has developed a biodegradeable tattoo ink that is easier to remove than traditional inks of the past.

Freedom-2™ has been especially developed for less painful, lower cost tattoo removal. Traditionally, the removal of tattoos was a painful, slow expensive process, that, unfortunately left a pretty ugly scar. With the American company’s new ink, it takes just one laser treatment, instead of the traditional 12 sessions that most tattoos require, to remove a tattoo.

How tattoo removal with Freedom 2 works

Freedom-2 ink is made of biodegradable safe dyes that can be easily absorbed by the body. This would normally be a bad thing for a tattoo, but what the engineers at Freedom 2 did were is coat each bead of dye in plastic. The plastic keeps the dye from being absorbed by the body. If you ever want the tattoo removed, laser treatment will break open the plastic capsules, and your body will reabsorb the non-toxic dye.

The erasable inks may even hold up better over time than the old permanent inks, as they also standardized the diameter of the plastic beads, which creates a more stable image that won’t blur over the years.

This is great news, as the rise of popularity in tattoo art in the US shows no signs of slowing down.

Before and after tattoo removal

laser tattoo removal

Putting his money where his mouth is, here’s a “before and after photo” of Martin Schmieg, president and CEO of Freedom-2™,Inc. with one of the first ever Freedom-2™ tattoos, and what it looks like after laser removal.

Freedom-2’s removable tattoo ink, now branded as InfinitInk, is scheduled to hit tattoo parlors in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York City, Miami, Phoenix, and Seattle this year, and will be used by artists at about 20 parlors throughout the seven cities.

The new removable tattoo ink is getting lots of awards and mentions:

What The Australians Call Lower Back Tattoos

lower back tattoo arse antlers

(Photo by tu_foto)

Hey, nice Arse Antlers.

Australia’s word for lower back tattoos was just one of the new words out there that people were voting on for Word of the Year at, Australia’s national dictionary.

It didn’t win the Committee’s choice of Word of the Year 2007 – that honour went to: pod slurping : the downloading of large quantities of data to an MP3 player or memory stick from a computer.

But “arse antlers” DID win the people’s choice award for the Fashion category. Yay!

Check out the rest of the Word of the Year winners here.

P.S It’s probably a good idea to make sure you don’t have tanorexia or are a salad dodger – you want to make sure your tattoo is shown in the best light.