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Why I Took My 7-Year-Old to a Tattoo Parlor | Time

Last month, following a long period of girlish cajoling, my daughter finally got her ears pierced in celebration of her 7th birthday. The setting was not the traditional mall kiosk staffed by some bored and minimally trained 16-year-old. Instead I took my daughter to a tattoo parlor.

Surprised they even allow 7-year-olds in those kinds of places? Think again. A growing number of parents are apparently turning to tattoo parlors to bejewel their childrens little lobes. I didnt come up with this crazy idea out of the blue; Im a reporter, after all: I researched where to take Shira and weighed the pros and cons. I found that tattoo parlors despite the blaring heavy metal music were mom-approved by a local parenting email list. When even a nurse cast her vote in favor of the tattoo parlor, I deliberated no longer.

There is a stigma attached to tattoo parlors that theyre dirty and will be bombarded by foul-mouthed people, says Sarah LaRoe, a mom with multiple facial piercings and tattoos creeping up her neck, who pierced my little girls ears so tenderly that she left her not in tears but with a big, happy smile on her face.

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Contrary to what you might think, tattoo parlors at least the one I went to are actually bastions of cleanliness. Some states regulate them, and reputable ones use disposable needles and sterilize all their equipment in an autoclave. In contrast, mall piercers and many jewelry stores use piercing guns that have been associated with complications and cant be completely sterilized. Armed with that knowledge, which would you choose?

While some parents might be freaked out by the idea of taking their kid to a tattoo parlor, I looked upon the outing as an adventure, joking with my daughter about getting a Hello Kitty tattoo for mom. What I didnt expect was that the experience would evolve into a lesson in tolerance. In that unnerving way little kids have of speaking their mind, Shira took an initial look at LaRoe and stage-whispered: I think she looks ugly like that.

I immediately flashed her my scary mom eyes to signal her to clam up. But later, after wed left the store, her comment served as an opportunity to point out that just because someone looks different, it doesnt mean shes not a good person. LaRoe, regardless of her unconventional piercings, was super-professional and extremely kind.

For professional piercers like LaRoe, who stick needles through noses, eyebrows, tongues and nether regions, ears are the most mundane of piercing locations. But that doesnt mean they dont take it seriously. LaRoe spent nearly an hour with us, versus the quick in-and-out that I remember from getting my ears pierced at the mall as a girl. Before leading us into the piercing room which looked just like a doctors office LaRoe handed the birthday girl a bag with a lollipop, which expertly distracted Shira from being overly nervous about what was going on.

The bag also contained non-iodized sea salt and instructions for mom on how to mix a saline solution to clean newly pierced ears. Unlike the alcohol that mall kiosks recommend for cleaning, salty water doesnt burn.

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Now for the gory details: at tattoo parlors, piercers use hypodermic needles to core out a sliver of skin, making room for an earring a relatively painless procedure. In contrast, at the mall, the piercer uses a gun that painfully jams a blunt-tipped earring stud into the ear lobe; the process does not remove skin, but effectively pushes it aside.

LaRoe is so convinced of the superiority of needles over piercing guns that shes signed petitions to ban the guns; one such petition makes the case that only cowboys use guns. In her quest to reform the ear-piercing industry, LaRoe leaves her business card at schools and pediatricians offices. When she takes her own son to the doctor, shell frequently get questions about her multiple piercings; sometimes she gets customers that way too.

Ultimately, though, change starts parent by parent, through word of mouth. It kind of acts like a trendsetter, says LaRoe. All it takes is one little girl who goes to school and says it didnt hurt.

It didnt hurt? Well, maybe a little. But so little that Shira didnt even blink when LaRoe pierced her first ear. During the procedure, LaRoe had her do some deep, yoga-like breathing, which Shira is familiar with from her weekly yoga class. In and out, in pierce! Of course, the lollipop helped too.

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Black And Gray … And Brown: A Tattoo Style’s Chicano …

Chuey Quintanar tattooing a portrait of his client’s first born daughter. Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

Chuey Quintanar tattooing a portrait of his client’s first born daughter.

Tattoos are no longer taboo. According to a Harris poll, about half of American Millennials say they have at least one, and so do a third of Gen Xers. Once you have one, data show, you’ll get more.

Today, an increasingly popular style of tattoo art is called black and gray. Black and gray used to be referred to as joint-style or prison-style, because of its roots in penal institutions, where inmates made homemade machines from ballpoint pens, guitar strings, needles, and parts from old boom boxes. The machines had one needle. No color ink was available in lock up, so the ink was black. But if you watered it down, it turned gray.

Freddy Negrete (left) at the Shamrock Social Club where he tattoos alongside his son, Isaiah. Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

Rather than the thick black outlines and bright colors of traditional-style tattoos, black and gray tattoos have finer lines and subtle shading. These days, they’re so detailed, they look like hi-def black and white photos.

One of the people credited for mainstreaming black and gray style, is 61-year-old Freddy Negrete. He says it wouldn’t exist without “prison ingenuity.” And, he would know. Negrete’s been in and out of lock up since he was a teenager.

Freddy Negrete, 61, works on a tattoo on a customer’s shoulder. Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

In his memoir, Smile Now, Cry Later: Guns, Gangs, And Tattoos, My Life In Black And Gray, Negrete writes about his parents incarceration, his years in an abusive foster home, and his search for belonging and acceptance in one of Los Angeles County’s most notorious Chicano gangs. He writes that gang culture in Los Angeles had its own language and style. And, tattoos were a major part of that style.

“I displayed my ink with pride – a mix of Aztec, Mexican revolutionary, and cholo imagery. These were our campfire stories, our myths, the marks of our culture. And once marked, you were marked for life.”

Tattooing became Negrete’s life work. His super power in the penitentiary was his ability to draw. It was his currency, he says. He made stationary with Chicano imagery for the other inmates to write letters on. Paper decorated with roses, Catholic and Aztec symbols, portraits of girls dressed like Mexican revolutionaries with gun-belts and sombreros. One of his most famous drawings from back when he was a young man came from his time in the California Youth Authority, (now called California Division of Juvenile Justice.) It was of the iconic comedy tragedy masks with ornate lettering that read, “smile now, cry later.” If you go into most tattoo shops and request a “smile now, cry later,” Negrete says, the artist will know exactly what you’re after.

So, how did black and gray style break out and go legit?

It started when a tattoo parlor opened up in East Los Angeles in the mid-1970s called Good Time Charlie’s Tattooland. Their primarily Mexican-American clientele, male and female, wanted tattoos that were done in “la pinta” (prison) with fine lines and black and gray shading. The shop’s proprietors changed their professional tattoo machines to have a single needle.

Negrete’s son Isaiah, showing off one of the many tattoos his dad inked. Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

Freddy knew this and when he got out of lock up would send people he inked over to the shop to show off his work. He eventually landed a job at Good Time Charlie’s in 1977. “I was like the first Chicano who ever even got a job as a professional tattoo artist,” Negrete says.

The cruising scene in East Los Angeles was great early advertising. In a couple of years Negrete was getting shine at tattoo conventions and in tattoo magazines. In the 1990s he consulted on Hollywood films that needed tattoo art. Everything from the 1993 Chicano cult-classic Blood In, Blood Out, about three relatives caught up in East LA’s gang life, to 1997’s Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, a comedy starring Mike Meyers.

Chuey Quintanar’s tattooed silicone arm. John Weinstein/Muse du quai Branly hide caption

There was a lot of drama between those career highs, though. Negrete was on and off hard drugs, was in and out of jail, and his teenage son was shot and killed by a rival gang member. In his memoir, Negrete writes that after his son’s death, in 2004, he lost the will to live. He started using again and ended up in Folsom State Prison. Negrete was just a couple of years shy of his 50th birthday.

Today, Negrete’s in recovery, tattooing with his oldest son, Isaiah, at the Shamrock Social Club on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. He’s been clean for more than a decade. And, this year, his work was featured in an exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles called Tattoo. It takes you through the origins and evolution of the artform and Chicano style black and gray is a significant part of the show.

In the first room of the exhibition, there’s a life-size silicone arm with a full sleeve tattoo of Meso-American imagery in black and gray. It was created by Chuey Quintanar. He was born two years after Freddy Negrete got his first professional tattoo job at Good Time Charlie’s. Quintanar didn’t learn how to tattoo in “la pinta” but he did learn on a single needle machine in his garage in Long Beach, California at 14 years old.

“One of my friends made me a homemade machine,” Quintanar says. “He said, ‘you’re a good artist, you should start tattooing.’ This is the way we started back in the day, there was no apprenticeship for Chicanos.”

Quintanar was born in Mexico City and came to Southern California as a child. The last thing his immigrant parents wanted was a “cholo” son, and back in the ’90s, in Southern California, tattoos and gang banging were synonymous. But, Quintanar kept at it, and took black and gray to a whole new level.

Negrete says he was blown away by Quintanar’s tattoo of Michelangelo’s famous Pieta statue, the one where Mary is holding a lifeless Jesus, draped over her lap.

“That was the most fantastic tattoo that I ever saw,” Negrete says. Quintanar got the folds of her dress, the detail of Jesus’s naked torso, the way the light hit the statue – everything, just right.

Quintanar’s parents came to the opening night reception at the Tattoo exhibition and he says they were very impressed. His mom is totally on board with his profession, now. Quintanar co-owns a successful tattoo shop called Deer’s Eye Studio and more importantly, he tattoo’d one of her favorite Mexican singers, Alejandro Fernandez.

Tattoo artist Kari Barba in the studio she owns in Long Beach, Calif., called Outer Limits Tattoo. Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR hide caption

Kari Barba’s tattooed silicone arm on display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Deniz Durmas/Natural History Museum of Los Angeles hide caption

“She’s always showing me off to her friends, always,” Quintanar says. “She’s always on my Instagram too, commenting, ‘oh my son, I’m so proud of you,’ and I’m like, ‘mom! It’s public!!!”

Kari Barba’s another artist who tattooed a silicone arm in black and gray for the exhibition. Barba says she was an innocent girl from Minnesota who grew up in the suburbs before she came out to Southern California in 1980 to start her life in the tattoo business. She remembers walking into Good Time Charlie’s in East LA, seeing the flash work up on the walls and thinking, “Wow, that’s how I like to draw, not the imagery, but the style.”

Barba says single needle black and gray was as close as you could get to drawing with a pen or pencil. It just felt right. But, she admits she had been tattooing in the style for 30 years before she learned the extent of its Chicano roots from the 2013 documentary Tattoo Nation. “When you start to look at where things come from, you respect them more,” Barba says.

“You look at me coming from Minnesota and you look at where Freddy comes from, who would think that we would be able to hug each other and say, ‘you are my friend’ but I really respect that guy and I feel like he respects me,” Barba says.

Negrete says he’s honored to be in a museum with tattoo greats from the old school like Kari Barba and the new school like Chuey Quintanar. But, Negrete credits the new generation of Chicano tattoo artists doing black and gray for helping him up his game. He says he doesn’t want people coming to him hoping for a “vintage” tattoo because he’s a part of the style’s history. He wants his work to stay contemporary. And, it has.

The Tattoo exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles ends Sunday, April 15 but Negrete will be creating one of a kind art pieces on human canvasses for as long as his mind and body will allow.

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Laser Tattoo Removal Training Course Texas Laser …

Our Tattoo Removal prepares you on how to properly assess a tattoo and deliver accurate information and obtainable results to the patient. Client consultation is imperative. This service is in high demand, however, the practitioner MUST be skilled in patient interaction while helping their client reach their desired outcome.

TLATA takes pride in our in-depth curriculum and advanced training techniques. We feel it is crucial for the practitioner to have a thorough understanding of the technology being used. We wont just show you how to use the machine we will also teach you the mechanics behind the technology. Unlike most training facilities, we encourage our students to learn machine settings and how to properly clean and maintain the equipment.

What Devices Will I Train On?

Different lasers (wavelengths) are attracted and absorbed into certain colors. The technology behind Tattoo Removal is changing rapidly, however, there is not one wavelength that treats every color at 100% success.

1064nm Nd: YAG

This wavelength of laser light is best suited for dark blue or black ink. It also moderately treats light blue and green ink pigments. This laser is the safest wavelength to use on all skin colors and poses the least risk for tissue damage.

532nm KTP

This wavelength of laser light is best suited for red and orange tattoo ink pigments.

Course Length:

2 Day, 16-Hours 10am-6pm

Our tattoo removal class is held once a month and it consists of two eight-hour days with patients to optimize your training and give you the most hands on experience. If our scheduled training dates do not work with your schedule, we try our best to accommodate a private course.

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Tattoo Removal Training – ERAZALASER College

Training for the Business of the Future

I recently had the pleasure of attending a tattoo removal course with the team at Erazalaser. I have attended many medical courses over the years however I was especially impressed by the professionalism, knowledge and ability of the trainers on hand. The theory aspect of the course was detailed and heavily researched, while the practical sessions presented a great mix of models with a multitude of different inks and tattoo styles.

I would highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to gain knowledge and practical experience in the tattoo removal industry.

Dr Chris Peyton

Emergency Medicine Registrar

Director Oz iMedic

Its obvious that Australians are getting tattooed in great numbers. Recent research indicates that nearly 2.3 million Australians are sporting ink. What happens when those people have some regrets about the art on their body?Worldwide statistics would indicate that 15% to 20% are unhappy with their ink and are considering removing it. This equates to about 300 to 400 thousand Australians a considerable amount of potentiallaser tattoo removal clients.

If you want an exciting career in laser tattoo removal, or are interested in adding laser tattoo removal to your services or setting up a tattoo removal business, the numbers are clear that this is the business of the future.

Knowledge of the Beauty or Medical Industry is not a requirement when working with lasers. The Gold Standardfor tattoo removal is the Nd:Yag Q-Switched Laser specifically designed for tattoo removal. This laser is a powerful instrument and there are strict training requirements that a person must undertake before using a Q-Switched Laser as an independent operator.

Beforewe entered the Tattoo Removal Business we invested hundreds of hours researching the market potential, the most effective laser equipment and available training courses. We were amazed at the amount of misleading information in the marketplace and made the decision to really make a difference by introducing a professional, reliable and honest service to the thousands of Australians wanting to rid themselves of their unwanted ink.

The most important factor for truly effective tattoo removal is the skill of the laser technician and if you wish to operate a successful business you would be wise to complete your tattoo removal training with people actually working in the business of removing unwanted ink every day!

ERAZALASER Tattoo Removal Clinic, the NUMBER ONE Tattoo Removal Clinic in North Queensland has now launched its Laser Tattoo Removal College. We now offer comprehensive theory and practical hands-on tattoo removal training at our modern exclusive premises.Our trainers offer real world experience to tattoo removal training. ERAZALASER College offers both theory and practical hands-on training to ensure your success in the field.

To operate in Queensland, you are required to undertake a mandatory 100 hours of Tattoo Removal Training under the supervision of a fully qualified and Unrestricted Licencee. Radiation Health Queensland is responsible for issuing licences for both the Possession and Use of a Laser Apparatus.Before you sign up for any training, ask to see the Radiation Health Queensland Licence of the person proposing that you train with them.

In New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Northern Territory, either the Environment Protection Agency or the Health Department is responsible for regulating lasers for use in laser tattoo removal. All states are governed by the regulations issued by ARPANSA Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.

In Western Australia and Tasmania, only a Medical Practitioner can conduct tattoo removal treatments with a laser apparatus.

While there are changes rumoured to be made to regulations to bring all states in line Australia wide, we recommend that you check the requirements to operate a laser tattoo removal business with your local regulatory authority.

The ERAZALASER Tattoo Removal Courses provide comprehensive online theory courses, clinic observations and hands-on practical tattoo removal training. You will also learn about the latest advances in laser technology and laser practices. ERAZALASER College specialises in all aspects of tattoo removal training tobest equip you for success in the marketplace. Our theory training course Laser Tattoo Removal Fundamentals is a prerequisite for the practical hands-on training at ERAZALASER College and can be completed online.

I HIGHLY recommend Erazalaser to anyone looking to study Laser Tattoo Removal! Honestly the best decision Ive made in my life! I spent months researching into which college I should study with and Im so glad I followed my instincts, despite having to travel thousands of kilometres across Australia to do the practical course. The online theory course was a breeze, smashing it in 1 month all thanks to Lisa!!! Couldnt have asked for a better teacher. Dont be afraid to ask anything because Lisa is genuinely there to help you succeed.

The intense 3 day, one on one practical was the best 3 days of my whole educational life!!! James is such an awesome teacher that made me feel so at ease especially having bad anxiety. Both James and Lisa gave me so much confidence that I could laser several clients at their Townsville Clinic. If it wasnt for the awesome couple, I wouldnt be smiling ear to ear today! I cannot wait to start my own clinic here in Sydney. Thank you so much Erazalaser for this new and exciting journey!! You guys are the best!

Sophie Pham

Theory courses are offered online but if you are not confident to study independently, you can attend a two day intensive course. Please contact us for details laser tattoo removal fundamentals or 0420 212 442.

Click here to register your interestor phone 0420 212 442.

Cairns Clinic Director and Senior Laser Clinician Chris, knows tattoos. Hes been applying ink to his body since he was sixteenand had misgivings about some of his ink. When he looked at getting a fewof his tattoos corrected, he was amazed at the confusion about the process. Witha background in Electronics, Chris identified the Nd: Yag Q-Switched Laser as the most effective tattoo removal system. He has undergone extensive training and gained Master qualifications in Tattoo Removal to bring his experience and knowledge to your training.Chris is a fully qualified Unrestricted Licencee and has conducted hundreds of tattoo removal treatments.Radiation Health Queensland Licence Number 954189.

ERAZALASER clients always positively comment about Chris:Chris was able to fully answer all questions and explain the whole process in detail. To which he also provided a very professional service. Great results already and would recommend anyone even considering starting the removal process to give Chris a call to discuss their options. Sebastian

Townsville Clinic Director and Chief Operating Officer, James isa fully qualified Unrestricted Licencee in Tattoo Removal and has completed hundreds of laser tattoo removal treatments. As the Company Radiation Safety Officer, he is responsible for monitoring compliance with all laser safety standards. With more than 20 years consulting withDermatologists and Plastic Surgeons, he is very knowledgeable on the anatomy and physiology of the skin. Hehas delivered Vocational Training in a number of Technical Colleges and holds a Master in Business and Marketing. Participants wishing to gain in-depth understanding of how to market their business can consult with James by arrangement.James was very knowledgeable and professional and made me feel confident with my decision to commence the training. Radiation Health Queensland Licence Number 954188.

Company CEO, Lisa has been in the education and training industry for the last twenty years. Shehas a degree in Psychology, Diplomas in Marketing and Business Management and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Her career has spanned across both government and private enterprise and she is on the management board of a number of education institutes as well as a member of a variety of education associations and networks.Lisa developed thetheory component of the College courses.Radiation Health Queensland Licence Number 981492.

Radiation Health Queensland Licence Number 954194ERAZALASER Tattoo Removal Clinic

I recently had the pleasure of attending a tattoo removal course with the team at Erazalaser. I have attended many medical courses over the years however I was especially impressed by the professionalism, knowledge and ability of the trainers on hand. The theory aspect of the course was detailed and heavily researched, while the practical sessions presented a great mix of models with a multitude of different inks and tattoo styles.

I would highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to gain knowledge and practical experience in the tattoo removal industry.

Dr Chris Peyton

Emergency Medicine Registrar

Director Oz iMedic

Just finished 2 days of tattoo removal training with ERAZALASER in Townsville. James and Chris were fantastic, and delivered the training in a professional and patient manner. Five Stars! Katie Kennedy

I am currently in the process of completing the laser tattoo removal course with ERAZALASER. I decided to do my training with ERAZALASER after speaking with James on the phone. James was very knowledgeable and professional and made me feel confident with my decision to commence the training. I have so far completed the theory component of training with ERAZALASER and will continue to complete the practical components with them at a later stage. All members of the ERAZALASER team were professional and showed a genuine passion for the industry. I gained valuable knowledge from Chris to use in further practice with ERAZALASER. All facilities and equipment were of a high standard and I remain impressed by the team. Adam Barrett

wow! I never realized how much there was to learn about tattoo removal. Thanks for great training. Looking forward to my practical training. Suzanna Clarke

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Tattoo shop in Amsterdam and Rotterdam –

Tattoo shop in Amsterdam and Rotterdam –

At Walls and Skin you can get your tattoo and all your graffiti supplies. We are situated in twice in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Zandvoort. Walls and Skin is also the only company in the world that offers you a service to preserve your tattoo after you die. Feel free to walk in. If you want to make an appointment book your spot in our online agenda.

Do you want to know what we do? Or do you want a tattoo? Look at our showcase and book a spot in our chair and get your own tattoo.

Proud of your tattoo? Proud of the moment it represents? Preserve your tattoo for later generations after you are dead.

Walls and Skin is a shop with a big love for graffiti. We are supplier of Montana spraycans, give workshops and showcase graffiti.

Walls and Skin Amsterdam#1 is situated at the Kalkmarkt 1, on the corner of the Prins Hendrik kade next to number 156. The zip code here is 1011BC, Amsterdam. This is our first shop where we have a lot of space and private rooms for special tattoos

Walls And Skin Amsterdam #2 across the street from Central Station Amsterdam hasjustopened. The address isPrins Hendrik kade 5a.If you want to have the closest shop to Central Station for your trip, this is the one. We do tattoos and have a pretty nice stock ofMontana spray cans here.

Walls and Skin Rotterdam is situated in the heart of Rotterdam near Central Station on the 1e Middelandstraat 30A. It is a 5minutes walk from theStation. The zip code is 3014BE, Rotterdam.We do tattoos and have a pretty nice stock ofMontana spray cans here.

We are proud of the art that we make on a body or on a wall. Below youll find some of our art. Check our facebook page for daily updates. Want to make an appointment? Take a look in our agenda and make an online appointment! Or call us on +31(0)20 84 64 645 or +31(0)10 845 24 95.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have. Fill in the form below and we will answer a.s.a.p.. You can also visit our tattoo shop in Amsterdam or Rotterdam.

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Fatty’s Tattoos & Piercings

Since 1994, Fattys has established itself as the best tattoo and piercing shop in the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia metro area. We are the regions leader for custom tattooing, body piercing & high quality body jewelry. Fattys has 3 convenient locations in Maryland and Washington DC all which are accessible via the Red line Metro.

Our tattooists are award winning, multi-faceted, mixed media artists who strive for excellence in their various art forms. We specialize in high quality, custom tattooing. You will notice when entering Fattys that our walls are not covered with the typical, corny pick em and stick em tattoo flash that you see everywhere else. Our walls proudly display fine art paintings by Fatty and the crew.

All of our piercers are experienced, professionally trained, and are dedicated to their craft. Fattys only sells high quality, internally threaded jewelry for the best piercing results possible. We are the metro areas exclusive carriers of various jewelry pieces from BVLA, Anatometal, Gorilla Glass, Neometal, and SM316. Our large selection of body jewelry is like no other in our region, and we are always happy to make special orders for your jewelry needs.

Fattys has been featured in many media outlets including The Washington Post, NPR, Newsweek, Fox & Friends, Inked Magazine, Tattoo Magazine and many more.

Feel free to contact us by phone, e-mail, or mail with your comments, compliments, and questions. Your feedback is important and we want to hear it! The quickest way to have your questions answered is to either call during operating hours, or to come on down to Fattys in person. Please note that it may take a few days to respond to your e-mail and we can only give accurate tattoo estimates in person.

You must be at least 18 to get body art in DC. You must be at least 18 to get tattooed in Maryland. We will perform limited piercings on minors only out of our Silver Spring location (see our Piercing Hours & Pricing page for a full list).

Make sure to join our Fattynews mailing list for chances to win free tattoos, gift certificates and more!

For general shop information, tattoo, & piercing inquiries contact us

Are you a tattoo artist or body piercer seeking employment opportunities in the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia area? If you are a body artist who has experience and would like a chance to be a part of the Fattys Crew, please send your inquiries here:

Phone: 202-452-0999

We are Open 7 days a week, Noon 8pm

Fattys prefers cash but we accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.

Check out one of our three locations: CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS

Dupont Circle1333 Connecticut Ave, NW 3rd FloorWashington, D.C. 20036

H Street Corridor516 H street NE Washington DC 20002

Silver Spring8638 Colesville RdSilver Spring, MD 20910

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101 Best Couple Tattoo Designs that will keep your Love …

Love is a special experience for anyone. Its an incredible experience that many people revel in for many days in their life. Its like smelling a flower for the first time or the feeling of your heart racing when you see your loved one. Being in love is one of the most amazing experiences we can have in our lifetime. Its a passionate experience that can last the rest of your life. Being in love with someone makes you feel like you are on cloud 9, that you are special to another person. Being in love can make you want to shout it to the world and many people consider getting matching tattoos to express their love. And why wouldnt you want to? Its incredibly romantic and a beautiful way for you to express your love for one another. Its an amazing expression of love and can bring you both closer to one another. Why not have a constant reminder of your love for one another.

Matching couple tattoos are a great way of expressing the love you have for one another. You can show your passion to the world by having a tattoo that is just about the two of you. Imagine how you will feel every time you lay eyes on your tattoo, it will only make your love blossom more.

Tattoos are becoming more and more accepted and popular these days. Even young kids are looking forward to the day that they can flaunt something that speaks of their own personality. There are many different tattoo ideas for all those love birds out there that can be romantic or fun choices. It connects the two of you as a small commitment that you will be together forever. They will strength your love and the bond that you two share. Every time you see the tattoo, you will be reminded of the love that you share.

Symmetrical tattoos are always the most aesthetically appealing. The best tattoos are always the minimal ones; you dont need to get something massive in order to show your love. Keep it simple and subtle. Pick a tattoo that has a deep meaning for the two of you.

1. I Love You

A statement of love may be exactly what you are looking for. Its a sweet declaration of the love that you share with each other. A very cute tattoo.

2. The Cross

Maybe the love you want to express is associated with your spiritual or religious beliefs. A simple cross may be all you need to express the love that you share.

3. Cartoon Love

Show your love for each other with tattoos that express your fun-loving childish side. These cute tattoos show the fun side of your relationship.

4. The Lock and Key

One will have the lock; the other will have the key. Its a great idea that can express what you feel about each other.

5. A Design Connection

This design is unique and special for the couple. Choose a design that can be split in two and you can have a tattoo that is only between the two of you. The tattoo wont be complete unless the two of you are together.

6. Bleeding Strawberries

This is a very unusual tattoo, being that it is two strawberries that seem to be bleeding. But maybe thats the tattoo that you are looking for.

7. A Matching Design

Some tattoos dont have to look alike; they can just flow together naturally. They dont have matching tattoos necessarily, but their tattoos still go together, connecting them as lovers.

8. Four Leaf Clover

This couple took being Irish to a whole new level with matching clover tattoos. Not only does it signify their heritage but also their love for one another.

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9. Large Tattoos

Another example of the lock and key tattoo designs but on a much larger scale.

10. Anchors

Maybe your partner has been your anchor throughout your life. These small but simple tattoos could signify that feeling between the two of you.

11. The Color Circle

What a beautiful design for the couple. The man gets the dark side of the circle but when he meets with his partner that dark circle turned into a bright and colorful circle.

12. Wedding Rings

Some couples are opting to go with a permanent wedding band instead of the traditional version.

13. A Marriage

Its a great design for those that love Mickey and Minnie. It signifies the fact that they are a married couple in a fun way.

14. Numerals

Im not sure what it means, but these numerals are a sexy and private way of expressing your love.

15. Bromance

If you want to get a tattoo with your best friend, this might be the tattoo for you. There are two people one for each of you as well as circular designs that will bring about some fun between you and your partner.

16. Areas of Interest

Maybe you want a tattoo of a location that the two of you shared. Tattoos of destinations might be a great way to remember a time together. Get a tattoo of a place that the two of you shared and it will bring a smile to your face every time.

17. Love and Hate

Not the most romantic of tattoo choices but it might be exactly what you are looking for if your love is very passionate. These words of love that will always have you matched together perfectly.

18. Another Language

Express your love for one another in another language. Its something personal that you can share with one another. How romantic could it be to not only have a statement of love tattooed on you but also have it in a language that you love as well?

19. Origami Birds

This is an unusual design but original for a couple that wants something special. The colors are also a nice touch as well. Choose your favorite colors and try out this unique tattoo.

20. Matching Sleeves

Its a big commitment, but if you like the style, then a sleeve tattoo might be exactly the kind of couple statement you are looking for.

21. Hearts

Matching heart tattoos are a great way for you to express your love for one another. Its a simple design that says, I love you.


22. The Lifeline

This is a sexy example of a tattoo meant for the passionate lovers. These lifelines show how needing your partner is a life or death thing.

23. Doodling

These cool designs look like something that was doodled on a notepad. Whether its your lover or your best friend, you can make something uniquely thats special between the two of you.

24. Popular Sleeves

These sleeves are truly original and if you want to get one with your partner make it unique to your relationship.

25. The Arrow

These arrows connect the initials of two lovers. Its a sweet tattoo that is simple. I love the swirling design of the tattoo that has the arrow constantly in motion. The initials will always connect the two of you.

26. The Band

You dont get much more simple than these wedding bands. Just a simple line but it connects the two of you together. It may be too simple for you, but there are many different ring designs available to choose from. If you want more than just a line, then design your own to complete your own tattoo design.

27. Nautical

These nautical tattoos are a great way to show that you belong wherever yourpartner is. Its a unique tattoo that is sure to bring you and your lover closer. You can even choose coordinates that will uniquely place the two of you together.

28. Beauty and the Beast

If you are looking for a large statement and you love this Disney classic then try these designs on for size. The lady is the beauty while the man is the beast.

29. Toy Story

A simple statement that can be placed on the wrist. A Toy Story reference that keeps the two of you connected forever.

30. Tribal Indians

If you have a Native heritage, then this tattoo might be the one for you. A male and female with cultural garb on may be the perfect tattoo for you.

31. Diamonds

A small and classy tattoo that is sure to bring you a lifetime of joy. If you are looking for a small tattoo, then its just the perfect touch.

32. Initials

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If you are looking for a tattoo that is heart inspired then read on.

Hearts have always been popular tattoos for both men and women to get. Its probably because they are a common symbol of love. It not only represents love but adoration and passion towards a loved one. Some people get heart tattoos because of their lovers while others use it as a symbol of love for their mothers or daughters.

There are many meanings behind the heart tattoo. Each heart tattoo has a different meaning not only for the person getting the tattoo but based off of the design itself. Tattoos have been featuring hearts for a very long time. Sometimes you find them amongst sailors and nautical designs. There are virtually hundreds of different heart tattoos that you can get in many different styles and shapes. Some come in black and white while others will be represented in full color. You can get them in many sizes, small and large. They can be placed anywhere on the body depending on the size of the tattoo. When it comes to small designs, many are placed on the ankle or wrist or behind the neck. There are many realistic versions of the heart tattoo as well, but they usually require more area.

Heart at times will accompany a name of a loved one or a message. A lot of people have associated the heart tattoo with their mothers, and it was quite popular for some time. You dont see too many of those design in the modern world any more. But it didnt just stop with mothers; many people will add their lovers name or even their dogs. Its usually associated with someone near and dear to your heart, so to speak. Heart tattoos allow you to be as creative as you want to be. You can create your own design and make it as meaningful as possible. The heart tattoo can mean many different things depending on what style that you choose.

What Heart Tattoos Really Mean:

The Broken Heart Tattoo: these tattoos are usually representing a broken heart. It could be a broken relationship or the loss of a loved one. The broken heart could also be representing your loved one living far away. It is a constant reminder of the love that you hold close to you.

Black Heart Tattoos: There are some modern tattoos that are black. These can represent a sad or mournful day in your life. It could represent the loss of a loved one or the end of a relationship. These tattoos usually are attached to names with the heart or even flowers or angel wings. Black hearts were very popular around the time that the twin towers fell. Either way, the black heart tattoo is something that will help you to remember a time that is lost.

Winged Heart Tattoos: Heart tattoos are often seen adorned with wings. They can be bird wings or angel wings, whichever you prefer. Adding wings to a heart tattoo represents freedom and a free spirit. Many people love the idea of having wings attached to their heart because it symbolizes pure joy and love. Free spirits always love the natural aspect of the winged heart.

Tribal Heart Tattoos: Tribal heart tattoos are widely popular though they dont have any real symbolic meaning. Its one tattoo that people love because its a really good look that you can add a personal message to. A personal message is one that always goes well with a heart tattoo. There are virtually thousands of tribal heart designs that you can choose from that will also merge well with many different designs.

Celtic Heart Tattoos: These are beautiful tattoos that make for a great design. Celtic heart tattoos are symbolic of strength and unity. Celtic heart tattoos are not only beautiful, but they come in many different shapes and styles. There are four different patterns that a Celtic heart tattoo can come in such as knots, spirals, crosses or step work.

Sacred Heart Tattoos: Sacred Heart tattoos are also very popular designs. They are one of the most symbolic designs out there. They have a long history that goes back thousands of years. The history goes back as far as the 17th century in France. If you are looking for a remarkable design, then a sacred heart tattoo may be just what youre looking for. Sacred Heart tattoos are usually paired with another design such as a pierced sword, thorns, a crown, or even an angel. There are usually burning symbols around the tattoo design. This sort of design has been seen around for centuries as the symbol for Catholics. Its even been a symbol dedicated to Jesus Christ. Its part of the faith in Christianity.

Lock and Heart Tattoos: These tattoos usually have a very positive message behind them. Many people use this design to represent their love for one another. These tattoo designs usually symbolize that there is only one person in your life that can unlock your heart.

Realistic Heart Tattoos: realistic tattoos are very popular because they really look like badass designs. Its not very common, so if you like it, it would be more of an original design. They are full of color and are so realistic that it represents the real human heart. Sometimes the realistic human hearts are seen held in a human hand.

Flaming Heart Tattoo: there is nothing more passionate then the flaming heart tattoo. It represents the passion and love you share with your partner. These tattoo designs can represent strong passion or love for your partner. The flames on the heart symbolize the burning love and desire you have for your loved one.

Dagger Heart Tattoo: Dagger heart tattoos have always been popular designs. There is using a positive and a negative meaning behind the design. These dagger heart tattoos also represent courage and bravery. The negative side of the tattoo is it can also represent a long struggle, grief or even sorrow.

Stitches Heart Tattoo: These tattoos represent different meanings for different people. It can represent the healing of a broken heart, even though those experiences can be hard. It can also represent the loss of a loved one or just the fact that you have a broken heart.

This heart tattoo is really unique because it looks like something that was doodled in a notepad.

2. Love Inside

This heart has the word love wrapped inside of it. Its a great design and yet so simple.

3. Tiny Hearts

This little heart is small enough to fit snugly on the wrist. If you want a simple design, then put on a small heart.

4. Peace and Love

This heart design has the peace symbol inside of it. Its a cute design that will fit anywhere.

5. A Stamped Heart

This stamped heart is a unique design that you dont see very often.

6. The Simple Heart

This little outline heart is sure to be a sweet tattoo for you. Its simple and yet a perfect statement.

7. Double Hearts

This is a great design if you want something small on your wrist. The double design really complements each other.

8. The Outline

Another example of the tiny outline heart. Previously it was shown on the wrist, but it looks just as good on the chest as well.

9. Heart Designs

This design is a swirl, and yet it forms the shape of a heart. If you want a unique design, try this one.

10. The Shoulder Heart

Have you ever left your heart on your shoulder? This is the same outlined heart as the other images but in a different spot.

11. The Stitched Heart

This heart is not only stitched up, but its pierced as well. Its a simple design without a lot of detail.

12. The Crowned Heart

This crowned heart is a simple yet beautiful design. I love the little crown on top of the heart; its adorable.

13. Love

There is a heart somewhere in this design, but I love the elegant rhythm of the word love.

14. The Finger Tattoo

Another example of the outline heart, this time, its placed on the finger.

15. The Heart Dot

If you are looking for something simple, then this simple heart dot tattoo may be what youre looking for.

16. The Heart Musical

This cute design is made up of a musical note and ended with a heart.

17. The Backside Design

This design is a great one for someone with a medium sized tattoo. The heart just tops the design.

18. Eternity Heart

A great design that can be placed anywhere. The eternity symbol is on the inside of the heart.

19. A Sprinkling of Hearts

A sweet design made up of fluttering hearts.

20. A Red Heart

The tiniest heart in a bright red color. It can be placed anywhere.

21. Heart Full of People

This heart is full of people. Its great united tattoo made up into a heart.

22. Intertwined Design

Another example of the eternity heart. This one is more of an outline and can be placed on the wrist.

23. Origami Heart

This detailed heart design is a work of art. Its not a large design and can be perfectly placed.

24. The Crying Heart

A large heart design has this heart crying alligator tears. Its so colorful that the design pops.

25. A Heart Message

This heart is full of hope and love. The message creates the heart making a great design.

26. Love and Eternity

This is another example of the eternity heart. The eternity symbol creates the heart with the word love inside it.

27. Being Stitched Up

This bright red heart is stitched right into your skin. The heart is also pierced speaking of a broken heart.

28. A Flaming Heart

A large tattoo of a bright red heart that is flaming at the top. The flaming heart speaks of passion and intense love.

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