How Tattoos Help with Insecurities

If you’re an Instagram user, you may be familiar with Kevin Creekman, also known as The Creekman. He maintains a strong following on Instagram and also works as a German model when he isn’t busy posting pictures. One thing you’ll also notice about him is the extensive amount of tattoos throughout his body, which tell a story worth sharing.

Creekman suffered from obesity as a child, weighing more than 300 pounds at one point and resulting in plenty of bullying. Despite dealing with weight issues and shyness, Creekman took the initiative of turning his life around, losing over 150 pounds and turning to tattoos. To become more comfortable with his body after dealing with the scars left behind to remove excess skin, Creekman began tattooing the scars, saying he felt less insecure the more he got. While the sessions were painful, Creekman powered through it and thanks to his Instagram and his own self-confidence, The Creekman is more popular than ever, he has a new lease on life, and he has overcome his shyness.

This update is by Steve Santacruz a Miami tattoo artist and the owner of Empire Tattoo, where the motto is “one client at a time”. Santacruz takes pride in providing his clients a welcoming environment and exceptional quality work that speaks for itself. He currently has locations in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and downtown Miami. For contact information or to learn more about Steve Santacruz tattoos, please call 305-397-8050 or visit his main office at 710 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

The Second Annual Savannah Tattoo Festival Returns This Weekend

Will you be anywhere near Savannah, Georgia this weekend? If so, you may want to check out the return of the Savannah Tattoo Festival kicking off this Friday, April 7th through Sunday, April 9th. For the second year in a row, over 200 tattoo artists from around the country will be at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center showcasing their talent and creative work. The show will also have plenty of live music, lots of vendors, vehicles, murals, contests, and much more.

Speaking of contests, the popular pin-up contest will return, with the audience choosing the winner. Despite the presence of tattoos, event organizers have gone a long way to ensure that the event is family friendly. Families are welcome to visit any day, but Sunday may be the best day to visit. Kids will be able to participate in a temporary tattoo contest and win prizes.

For those interested in getting inked at the festival, an appointment will not be required. However, if you’re looking for something highly specific or wish to be inked by a certain artist, it may be a good idea to set some time aside. The entire list of artists as well as their contact information can be viewed on the official website at http://savannahtattoofest.com.

This update is by Steve Santacruz a Miami tattoo artist and the owner of Empire Tattoo, where the motto is “one client at a time”. Santacruz takes pride in providing his clients a welcoming environment and exceptional quality work that speaks for itself. He currently has locations in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and downtown Miami. For contact information or to learn more about Steve Santacruz tattoos, please call 305-397-8050 or visit his main office at 710 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

Don’t Let Celebrities Influence Your Tattoo

When it comes to tattoos, there are generally two types of people: the ones who admire them and the ones who hate them. Despite gaining greater acceptance, many people have the wrong idea regarding tattoos, failing to understand that many people choose to get them for their meaning.

Take for example someone like retired soccer player David Beckham. As a celebrity, he is well-known for his numerous tattoos, all of which he says have some significance to him. Of course, there are also plenty of celebrities with tattoos that might raise an eyebrow. The bottom of model and actress Cara Delevingne’s left foot is tattooed with the word “Bacon!” The whole controversy regarding Harambe the gorilla inspired numerous people to have the animal’s name or face tattooed on their body.

Do celebrities or famous figures play a role in influencing choices of tattoos? They might. It’s not unusual for fans of a sports team to have their logo tattooed on them. While it’s okay to follow trends set by a celebrity, it’s just as important to make sure that your decision has some kind of personal attachment, whatever that may be. Remember, the last thing you want is to have something inked because it “looks cool” only to regret it because you didn’t think it through. David Beckham may have awesome tattoos, but don’t get one just because he has some.

This update is by Steve Santacruz a Miami tattoo artist and the owner of Empire Tattoo, where the motto is “one client at a time”. Santacruz takes pride in providing his clients a welcoming environment and exceptional quality work that speaks for itself. He currently has locations in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and downtown Miami. For contact information or to learn more about Steve Santacruz tattoos, please call 305-397-8050 or visit his main office at 710 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

An Artistic Alternative to a Wedding Ring

Former soccer player and tattoo enthusiast David Beckham is well-known for his numerous and elaborate tattoos. Last year, he gained some attention after showing yet another tattoo, this one drawn around his wedding ring finger.

It appears Beckham may have caused a surge of interest in these types of wedding ring finger tattoos, leading to a trend where numerous couples decide to get creative about showing their devotion to one another. Designs have ranged from initials to Roman numerals to Star Wars, skeletons, and yes, even hashtags. Other couples have chosen to keep their designs simple by opting for a no-frills black band.

The ring tattoos are an alternative for couples who may have trouble at consistently wearing their wedding rings. It also allows the couples to be a little more creative about how they choose to express their devotion to one another versus the traditional wedding band.

Do you have a wedding ring finger tattoo? If so, what were your motivations for having it done versus wearing the standard wedding band?

This update is by Steve Santacruz a Miami tattoo artist and the owner of Empire Tattoo, where the motto is “one client at a time”. Santacruz takes pride in providing his clients a welcoming environment and exceptional quality work that speaks for itself. He currently has locations in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and downtown Miami. For contact information or to learn more about Steve Santacruz tattoos, please call 305-397-8050 or visit his main office at 710 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

Visiting Japanese Hot Springs? Be Aware

Tattoos continue to gain wider acceptance, but there are still instances where they’re considered something of a no-no. One of these places is in Japan. No, not all of Japan, it’s only certain areas in Japan where having a tattoo could cause trouble. Specifically, the onsens are where a tattoo might get you banned. Onsens are the wildly popular Japanese hot springs that draw tons of tourists and one of the many reasons why people choose to visit the beautiful nation in Asia.

Now you may be wondering why something as innocent as a butterfly tattoo would cause issues in Japan. The answer has a lot to do with the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia. Because tattoos are strongly associated with these people, many places ban them as a means of keeping gangsters out of their establishment.

For those of you planning on visiting an onsen in the near future, there is some degree of good news. The Japanese Tourism Agency is doing its part to sway onsen operators to consider visitors from other cultural backgrounds with tattoos.

Most onsens don’t have a problem with the tattoos provided they’re covered up. For the time being, it’s best to err on the side of caution to avoid any unwanted surprises as onsens become more accepting of foreigners with body art.

This update is by Steve Santacruz a Miami tattoo artist and the owner of Empire Tattoo, where the motto is “one client at a time”. Santacruz takes pride in providing his clients a welcoming environment and exceptional quality work that speaks for itself. He currently has locations in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and downtown Miami. For contact information or to learn more about Steve Santacruz tattoos, please call 305-397-8050 or visit his main office at 710 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

Always Take the Proper Steps to Heal Your Skin

For those of us living in South Florida, the beckoning of the beach is always hard to resist. As we wind down the spring and approach the sultry temperatures of the summer, more of us will be spending a weekend catching some rays and staying cool on the ocean. However, if you’re planning on getting inked this summer it’s best that you stay away from taking a dip in the ocean, at least for two weeks or so.

To those that have never been tattooed, there are several steps that need to be taken to ensure that the tattoo and skin heal properly. One of these steps is not to enter the sea or freshwater after getting tattooed. You may be wondering why. Remember that with a fresh tattoo the skin is almost like a wound that needs to heal and is, therefore, more exposed to bacteria. Hence, it’s important to gently clean the tattoo regularly and take proper care of it.

As tempting as it might be to go swimming in Miami Beach after getting freshly inked, make sure you hold off until your tattoo has properly healed.

This update is by Steve Santacruz a Miami tattoo artist and the owner of Empire Tattoo, where the motto is “one client at a time”. Santacruz takes pride in providing his clients a welcoming environment and exceptional quality work that speaks for itself. He currently has locations in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and downtown Miami. For contact information or to learn more about Steve Santacruz tattoos, please call 305-397-8050 or visit his main office at 710 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

Think Carefully About Your Tattoo Decision

By now you probably know that a tattoo is a lifelong decision that requires plenty of forethought to reduce the odds of regret. However, with the greater number of people getting one there are also more people who do end up regretting their decision.

While having a tattoo removed has become more effective and continues to advance, there has yet to be a method that does it perfectly. There are, however, certain methods that do a better job than others. For starters, stay away from those home removal kits or creams that are sold at prices that seem too good to be true. You’ll probably also want to make sure that the removal is done by a certified, professional dermatologist.

Nowadays tattoos are professionally removed using the power of lasers, a method that has few side effects. The lasers break the skin’s color pigmentation, returning it to a color that’s closer to what one would consider their normal skin color. Do keep in mind that results tend to vary and there are certain colors that are harder to remove than others.

If you’re considering a tattoo, the best decision is to make sure you’re fully committed to the decision and don’t have any doubts. If you do plan on getting one and are fully on board with your decision, get in touch.

This update is by Steve Santacruz a Miami tattoo artist and the owner of Empire Tattoo, where the motto is “one client at a time”. Santacruz takes pride in providing his clients a welcoming environment and exceptional quality work that speaks for itself. He currently has locations in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and downtown Miami. For contact information or to learn more about Steve Santacruz tattoos, please call 305-397-8050 or visit his main office at 710 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

Try a Tattoo Design Without Getting Inked

Tattoo regret is, unfortunately, a very real thing. Hence, it can never be stressed enough just how imperative it is to take the time, do the research, and think carefully about your decision to get inked. Thanks to today’s technology, experiencing what it’d be like to get a tattoo for the first time can be a little less intimidating.

A free app called InkHunter has been gaining some attention for its augmented reality abilities. Functioning as a virtual tattoo parlor of sorts, it allows users to try on various tattoo designs on their skin without actually getting inked. The way it works is pretty simple. You draw a trio of lines in a smiley face on the area of your skin where you want to be “tattooed”. Upon placing your camera upon it, the area will turn into whatever design you chose when you fired up the app. There are several distinct designs to choose from including color tattoos, black and white, realistic, or even cartoon options. You can also add your own choice of tattoo. If you just want to add some words to your skin, there is also an option for that.

While InkHunter isn’t perfect, it does go a significantly long way in helping you visualize what a tattoo would look like on your skin without actually having to get inked, at least not until you’re fully committed to your decision. It is available for Android and iOS devices.

This update is by Steve Santacruz a Miami tattoo artist and the owner of Empire Tattoo, where the motto is “one client at a time”. Santacruz takes pride in providing his clients a welcoming environment and exceptional quality work that speaks for itself. He currently has locations in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and downtown Miami. For contact information or to learn more about Steve Santacruz tattoos, please call 305-397-8050 or visit his main office at 710 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

The Emergence of Elbow Tattoos

Breaking from the traditional areas such as the arms or back, the knees are becoming a popular place to get some ink done. Also joining that list are the elbows, with designs such as massive red roses and elaborate mandalas becoming preferred choices.

Much like the knees, however, the elbows are not a good choice for anyone who is already squeamish about getting a tattoo or prefers not to withstand the pain often associated with the more sensitive areas. Not only are the elbows especially painful, they are also known for potentially taking longer to heal than most tattoos. Proper tattoo aftercare is absolutely essential to achieve an end result and on top of that, the location may make it harder to accomplish simple tasks or get work done.

If you’re considering an elbow tattoo, the consensus seems to be that certain designs are better suited to the area. Patterns in a circular design, spider webs, or floral motifs might be good options to achieve the best result.

This update is by Steve Santacruz a Miami tattoo artist and the owner of Empire Tattoo, where the motto is “one client at a time”. Santacruz takes pride in providing his clients a welcoming environment and exceptional quality work that speaks for itself. He currently has locations in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and downtown Miami. For contact information or to learn more about Steve Santacruz tattoos, please call 305-397-8050 or visit his main office at 710 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.

A Different Take on Temporary Tattoos

If there is one thing most people know about getting tattoos it’s the fact that getting one is a lifelong commitment. As people age and go through changes in life, attitudes towards their body art may change. Since there’s no way to predict the future, it’s imperative that people are sure of their decision to get inked.

Then again, you could get an idea of what a tattoo might be like by checking out Easy.ink which bills itself as the solution for those looking to express themselves through art without the lifelong commitment typically attached to it.

Easy.ink has come up with a patch that will allow a tattoo to remain on your skin temporarily for about two weeks, longer than what the average temporary tattoo lasts. The patch utilizes an adhesive that’s hypoallergenic while the ink is organic and made from Jagua fruit. The process is very much like applying a temporary tattoo: the patch is applied and kept on for a couple of hours before it’s removed, revealing a tattoo that only the wearer knows is temporary.

As a Kickstarter project, Easy.ink isn’t selling its tattoo patches and designs just yet, but you can help it become a reality by backing the project. What do you think of this unique take on temporary tattoos?

This update is by Steve Santacruz a Miami tattoo artist and the owner of Empire Tattoo, where the motto is “one client at a time”. Santacruz takes pride in providing his clients a welcoming environment and exceptional quality work that speaks for itself. He currently has locations in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and downtown Miami. For contact information or to learn more about Steve Santacruz tattoos, please call 305-397-8050 or visit his main office at 710 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.