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10.10 #PinkTattooDay Redux

What has this 24 year-old done to herself you ask? She's a 54 year-old survivor who's armored medical scars with love. If you follow my socmed you know that I was all up in Personal Ink's twelve-city 10.10 event to cover mastectomy scars this past Friday. While it was an absolutely invigorating, exciting experience to work with a national network of organizers to perform what something neither the AMA nor the tattoo industry have ever accomplished (that is the bringing together on a grand scale mastectomy scars with people who are actually qualified to re-invision post-operative scarring) I could not help but be subdued by the underlying gravitas of the work.

Tattooing has been traditionally the visual church of those with little left to lose. For the soldier shipping off to war, the prisoner barely seeing the light of day, the tattoo was that last swing from the microcosm of What unconditional love of the Red Nose we'll never see again. These are a few of our favorite things.

Mastectomy patients are not generally people who were inclined in their former life to reach out to tattoo for their self-expression. However in their new life as survivors --as warriors who have faced down fear, hairless chemotherapy and mutilation --they come to us with ready chests to be decorated with the rewards of their passion for life. Medals of Phoenix, flowers, dramatic flourishes and yes, even cats. These are people who are unafraid to bare all. However it is we see them, like any tattooed warrior, the mirror that once held their savage history now shows them their preciously personalized future.



This little guy gets ground up and put into your red drank and yes, often your tattoo ink There was a sudden stink about tattoo ink last month when the FDA issued a warning about an obscure brand of tattoo ink that had used tap water as a carrier, which caused an inordinate amount of bacteria to build up in the bottles and cause infections at the site of the tattoo. The problem is that the FDA issued a blanket statement covering ALL tattoo inks as potentially infectious. Since I'm sponsored by one of the world's greatest ink manufacturers, and is one of only two inks in the the US that uses gamma irradiation to blast the heck out of any bogies that might've been present before the ink was zapped, I was compelled to blog about the whole colorful discussion and dye-hard prejudices. There's a lot of great information out there from tattoo-friendly chemists interested in demystifying tattoo ingredients, so for further reading check out these sites: Chemistry Is Life , Tattoo Ink Chemistry and the ACS undergraduate blog (ironically called) Reactions



Aloha Electric Paradise

Tattoo artist Peggy Jordan keeps it Kahuna in Waikiki Beach with Electric Paradise. It's the end of summer and I am launching my annual tour this year with an ono work trip to Waikiki Beach and Electric Paradise Tattoo. If you're up on my Instagram, you've seen me pal around Europe and the US with my dear globe-trotting homegirl Peggy Jordan, who owns EPT along with Hawaiian heavyweight Makua Annon, who specializes in that Polynesian style we all know and openly lust after.

I'll be holding it down with the team for a two-week guest artist spot, so you have plenty of time to buy your ticket, rent your little grass shack and quit your job. We'll figure the rest out when you get here.


Personal Ink Will Titillate October!

Many of you are likely aware that I have a passion for breasts and tattoo them as often as I can. On October 10th I will be joined by my fellow tattooed mammary enthusiasts with a HUGE celebratory event across the country as we all join Personal Ink to decorate mastectomy patients in an event for art and healing. P.Ink is a radical new charity that was created to provide tattoo therapy for survivors and raise awareness for breast health. This will be the second year of their 10.10 nationwide tattoo fest following in the manner of their exciting multi-city debut in 2013. I'll have more details for you in October, but in the meantime check out their smashing Website and keep up with the party on Pinterest and Facebook. Makes you tingle just thinking about it, right? Me too!

ZRock and the Savage Life

Turned out in 2002 thanks to Savage Magazine*

 Happy #ThrowbackThursday!

I happened upon a portfolio of mine from 2002 and I thought you would like to see a bit of showing off from back in the day. My friends at Savage Magazine had offered to do a feature on my tattooing and editor David Goodman suggested a photo shoot was in order. Hollywood offered a lot in the ways of hair and costuming so I got to sport a custom-made steel bra bikini during the whole enterprise. I had a Xena-thing going on and David let me give the camera my best scifi warrior princess, for which I am eternally grateful.  Of course it being Hollywood, we had to have a blue-hair-and-feathers version, too. Two sides of bikini camp, that's me!

In addition to wild tattoo girls, Savage Magazine is widely read by the motorcycle community (duh!). It is with this bit of biker juju I announce my upcoming tattoo radio show on ZRock, where easy riders from around the world tune-in for news, trends, events and steel driving rock n' roll!

On my show I'll give you what you need: tattoo history, news and the backstory on some of your favorite artists and designs...all delivered in my trademarked lisp. I'll let you know airdates via my Twitter feed (there to the right if you're not a Tweeter). 

The biker community was one of the maginalized groups that kept tattooing alive and in the public eye whether the squares liked it or not (likely not). It's a big honor to serve as ear warmer to the freedom-loving, cage-free ORIGINAL 1%ers. See ya on the radio!


* The colorful tattoo on my thigh is a gorgeous geisha created by graffiti and tattoo artist Schmoe Dawg, who was killed last week on a Utah highway. Schmoe's talent and compassion inspired many lives and he leaves behind a wife and five kids. For information on love and support donations call Lost Art Tattoo (801) 537-7858