sunburned tattoos

Does Tattoo Sunscreen Keep Tattoo Colors from Fading?

Spring is finally here and summer isn’t far behind it. That means it’s time to show off your sweet tattoos and maybe a little skin. Be careful though, too much sun can make tattoo colors fade.  Some companies are catching on to that concern and are putting out products labelled as “Tattoo Sunscreen”. You don’t […]

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Richmond Tattoo Instagram Guide

Instagram Tattoos: Your Guide to Richmond Artists

Richmond is packed to the brim with incredible tattoo artists. So many, in fact, that it gets really difficult to keep up with all of their work. It doesn’t help that most of them appear to be machines that seem to double their portfolio every month (not really, but that’s what it feels like for […]

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Max Wetzel Magic Bird Tattoo | 212 Tattoo| Richmond, VA

Put A Bird On It: Richmond Tattoo Artists Excel at Bird Tattoos

The number of people searching for “Bird Tattoos” on the internet is curiously high. The seeming increase of social acceptance of tattoos has created a large audience that is interested in getting tattooed but doesn’t really know where to start. The internet of course is just as good a place to start as any. Or […]

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Is Ink Master Fair to Tattoo Artists ?

Ink Master, a popular Spike TV show that pits tattoo artists against one another in a contest to see who is the best, is about to enter it’s fourth season. As these sorts of reality tv shows go, Ink Master is remarkably popular. I say remarkably because tattoo culture at large, while gaining rapidly in […]

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Pink Lotus Japanese Tattoo

Lotus Tattoos: Their History and Meaning

Lotus tattoos are some of the most popular tattoo designs out there. But what makes them popular? Why are they so special, and what do they mean? We’re going to take a close look at an incredibly complex and meaningful tattoo design that takes its roots from Eastern culture and religion, but has found a […]

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max wetzel 212 tattoo

How to Get A Tattoo You Won’t Hate

This post is something a little different. We’ve talked a bit about supporting local shops and artists. Recently Viktoria Wood, shop owner at 212 Tattoo in Richmond, VA reached out asking if she could share something with you via this blog. What she sent over was the piece that follows; a piece that offers some […]

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small tattoo sleeve black and red

What IsTrash Polka?

With tattoos becoming more and more commonplace, many people are looking for tattoo artists with unique and distinctive tattoo styles to help them stand apart from the crowd. After all, isn’t part of the fun of having tattoos that you’re “different” in some way? Many artists are continuing to develop and evolve existing styles, but […]

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blacklight tattoo with UV ink

White Ink Tattoos and UV Tattoos: Are They A Fad?

It’s not common for new styles to emerge in tattooing. Much of the art and styles associated with tattooing have been the same for hundreds of years. True, the art and style get refined–but it’s rare that a new style emerges altogether. In modern history, the first time it happened the world was graced with […]

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Traditional Wolf Tattoo Mike Adams Richmond, VA

American Traditional Tattoos

In America, when we say “tattoos” many of us envision a very specific art style. That style usually includes a number of nautical designs including anchors, compasses, stars, and ships, to name just a few of the most common. The reason we recall these images when we think of American traditional tattoos and tattoo art […]

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celtic tattoo lettering

Tattoo Script, Lettering, and Fonts Guide

Tattoos of names, mottoes, and slogans have been a long-standing tradition in the history of tattooing. The style of lettering in these types of tattoos ranges from classic and traditional to creative and iconic. Choosing a tattoo script can be difficult. In picking a tattoo script you’ll have to consider the artist who’ll be tattooing […]

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