Monday, July 14, 2014

It's a whole new level

Hello everyone, sorry for such a late post!
Today, I'm sharing with you on a different note. So far, we all know tattoos and body piercings have evolved and remained part of our lives now. It's not difficult to spot someone with a tattoo, I mean there's like tons of people on the street flaunting and wearing their tattoos proud.
I came across this article in about Joel Miggler, aka Bodymoded Punky who has take body art/modification to a whole new level. This 23-year-old Germany artist and alternative model will shock and make you cringe with his choice of extreme body modification. He spent a whopping $6800 to alter this body for a passion of bizarre things.
Probably the most obvious alterations are the two gaping holes in his cheeks, which he often sticks his split tongue through to get a reaction out of people. In addition to these mods, he also has 27 piercings, six tattoos, various implants and a branded butt.
Check out the pictures below for a glimpse into Bodymoded Punky’s life. Also, I'm sharing different extreme body modification that will enlighten you on the level of endurance, passion and the name of Art?

     Eyeball Tattooing (or 'scleral tattooing) involves injecting coloured ink into the whites of your eyes.

 Western world has borrowed the Ethipian Mursi tribe's traditional lip plates practice and turned it into the extreme bod-mod trend.

 Extraocular Implant- This procedure created in the Netherlands involves a small piece of jewelry. It is implanted into the white of the eye

Bagel head- In Japan's underground scene, they get saline injected into their foreheads that temporarily resemble the look of a bagel.

                                                                  Need I say more?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

10 Life Lessons People With Tattoos Can Teach You

I found a good read from that worth a re post!
Many of the 'lessons' are undoubtedly true as many judgmental individuals have been blindsided by the taboo.

So let's set the record straight, shall we?

1) Your standards are the only ones that matter
- Of course, not everyone would think that your new chest piece is as gorgeous as you do, but why should that matter? As long as you love the way it looks and feel good about yourself because of it, those stares on the street are laughable

2) First impressions aren't always right
- Any one with tattoos or a heavily-tattooed friend can tell you this life lesson is true. I can't tell you how many times I've watched perfectly nice, loving, and intelligent people get judged because of their ink. Having tattoos and knowing people with tattoos enlighten you to not place value on appearances and, instead spend more time getting to know new people.

3) Pain is temporary
- This, for sure, is something every tattoo-ee can attest to. Regardless of your pain tolerance, you're bound to encounter one tattoo that hurts like a B.I.T.C.H. But making through a painful tattooing experience just makes you more proud of the end result.
Sometimes we forget that painful things can lead to great things, but I think tattoos are a fabulous reminder of that.
 (P.S: I beg to differ. Not everybody is a hero. And if you need some helping hand, we don't really judge you , either :)

4) Fear of new experience is overrated
- Getting your first tattoo can be scary for alot of people. It's something you have never done before and, let's face it, it is a substantial commitment. But people who go through getting a tattoo, despite of their fears will allow themselves to feel better and be happy with the experience. Most of them will even go back for more.
 (P.S: Another words, YOLO! With responsibilities and commitments as well.)

5) Meaning is subjective
- No 2 tattoos have exactly the same meaning. Every person molds their own ideas, experiences and memories into their tattoos and what it truly represents. To judge someone based on what you think their tattoo means is completely pointless.

6) And, not everything tend to be a meaningful one
- On the other hand, it is also pointless to assume that every tattoo has something important or uniquely meaningful. Many people tend to get tattoos based on a concept, the pattern they like and that's about it. That said, not everything need a universal purpose to exist. Some things exist 'just because'.

7) Money isn't everything
- One of the misconception is how much money a tattoo should cost. Each tattoo artist or tattoo studio is different and runs differently. But a decent coloured tattoo is likely to set you up for a cool couple of hundreds at least. But so what?
Not only do you get some cool artwork (that you picked) and that will keep with you forever, but also a lasting memory or fun experience that you can tell people for the rest of your life! Now I called this priceless.

8) Nothing is ever a mistake if you are true to yourself
- Yet another misconception: Just because you hold a 9-5 job (and have to conceal yourself during working hours, that doesn't mean you make a grave mistake to get a sleeve donw. I called it a win-win ; not only do you get to keep your job but you get to wear your tattoo for the rest of your life. That said, there'e only one of the both that is FOR LIFE.

9) Being outrageous is FUN
- While staring at someone's tattoo can be rather obnoxious, sometimes its thrilling to get stared at. Especially if someone is staring at a tattoo that you're particularly fond of.
Most people don't get tattoos just to show them off, but showing them off can be rather fun once in a while

10) Being who you want to be is the only way for you to be truly happy
- This sums it all up....

By Kayla Matthews

Monday, June 16, 2014

For a cause....

Recently, I saw this video that I thought it is worth to be mentioned in this blog. We all know tattoo is a way of expressing one'e feeling, represent a sentimental memory or person - you know these sort of stuff..But Vinnie Myers from Finksburg has become a celebrity amongst the breast cancer survivors and he does it for the right reasons.Basically he gives women who survived breast cancer their bodies they used to love before they were hit with this deadly disease. For such a cause, he secured himself and made himself known around the world.
I must say, it is just a handful of people in this world that is lucky enough to help people with a cause and yet able to create such a beautiful masterpiece.
Mr Vinnie, I salute you!
Check out his video below:

(Partial nudity- ALERT)

Friday, May 30, 2014

It takes 2095.... Volunteers

A writer who tattooed a book word by word on the skin of more than 2000 volunteers. Shelly Jackson doesn't call these willing participants but called the tattoo volunteers 'words'. As she simply regards them as with great affection and admiration. Well indeed, she is one of the greatly admired author herself.
Shelley's story "Skin" exists only in the flesh and on the flesh of about 2000 words (volunteers).
The story was written by having these volunteers to each be tattooed on a single word. And the fact is the book has NEVER been told/written in any other form.
So you can imagine,if you or someone who wanted to try to piece this story together, it is almost impossible to fully assemble such an artwork. Why?
As one of the words (volunteers) fell ill and died few years ago :( Which makes " Skin" both physically and ephemeral that is simultaneously so tangible and less real than a printed story.
But some genius idea can't go to the drain with some help as an edited version was assembled. Below is one of the videos that her words have uploaded onto Youtube.
I don't know about you, but I'm freaking amazed.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

When these two meet...

For those hungry for pain [sic] tattoo fanatics who probably LURVE the 'slicing-throbbing' gazillions pinpricks on your skin. Now see how, in such kinetic way, a tattoo machine meets your skin in s-l-o-w  m-o-t-i-o-n.
I must say this video is not foreign to me nor other tattoo-goers but to see the actual development zoomed in and in slow motion can be somehow- hairy. I'm thankful for that person who produced such interesting eye-opener video that makes me relate to what's really going on when I get my next tattoo.
For tattoo-goers- Be inspired, in awe.
For newbies- I hope it will not stop you from getting your first. And please don't be alarmed by the video. You know, God-knows-what-you-put-in-your-mouth and if you were to see the food you've chewed in your mouth microscopically.. you will be ALARMED too! 

Drop your comments if you wish to share your experience!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New addition to Gimmelove Tattoo!

We are psyched to announce that we have a new crew to our studio! And we heartily welcome Frankie Sexton to join our GML family! With this opportunity, we will want to inaugurate GML studio to a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.And with that in mind, create a platform of commendable and diversified art pieces for all of tattoo fanatics.

Frankie produces some evocative work  and I can't wait to introduce some highlights of his portfolio.
Stay tune as I will be updating his current work in progress/completed work soon again!

If you are interested to get some work done by him, you can pm him through, follow him on Instagram or contact him @ 96722347.
Althernatively, you can email us!


                                                                Cover Up Work

Monday, April 28, 2014

Till death, do we not part...

Many people will keep their deceased loved ones such as their favourite clothes, diaries, shoes or books as memento for keepsake purposes. Its a way of dealing the grief of loss. Imagine you can keep your loved ones' tattoos that once proudly represented them. Yes, I really mean KEEP!
I read this particularly fascinating yet slightly uncomfortable article about , as I will call it- Tattoo Preservation.
Brace yourself- It is possible, and it's happening !
Just so I thought: The world is just getting weirder with creative minds.

Dutch entrepreneur to preserve tattoos of the dead

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When Floris Hirschfeld's mother died two years ago, he had her portrait tattooed on his back to honor her memory. One day he hopes the image, skin and all, will adorn the wall of an art collector's home.
It might sound like a macabre Roald Dahl story, but could soon be reality with the help of a Dutch entrepreneur who has set up a business to preserve the tattoos of the dead.
"Everyone spends their lives in search of immortality and this is a simple way to get a piece of it," Peter van der Helm, the tattoo shop owner behind the concept, said in an interview...
Hirschfeld and about 30 other clients of the "Walls and Skin" tattoo parlor, which is tucked away in a canal house in the Dutch capital, have donated their skin to the company in a will and each paid a few hundred euros.
When they die a Dutch pathologist will remove the tattoo and freeze or package it in formaldehyde, ideally within 48 hours. It will then be sent to a laboratory outside the Netherlands, where a 12-week procedure extracts water and replaces it with silicone, leaving a rubbery substance.
Hirschfeld, an only child with no children of his own, does not yet know who will inherit his tattoo, but he knows he wants it saved.

Article from: 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Incredible and mind-blowing facts of Tattoos

I love reading interesting (sometimes, senseless facts) weird and fun facts about anything about the world. While I was reading up, there's some interesting information about Tattoos and love to share with you.
Don't say I'm not teaching you how to be a knowledgeable tattoo fanatic (or wannabe), ya!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Skin Deep

“I am my own. Lines. Curves. Colours. I mark my skin. My body is my canvas. In defiance. In ritual. In tribute. With love. My past, my present, and my future decipher my story, share my tales for the world’s eyes to see. My design is more than skin deep.”
"Skin Deep" is a 8 minutes-long documentary by Thinkhouse. A youth communication agency in Ireland that creates and deliver innovative campaigns that connect youngsters from aged 18-36 years old.
In this short documentary, it merely explains and shows why tattoo evolves around us from generations to generations. It reminds us that tattooing is in fact one of the most historic art forms as it engrained throughout our generation and before.  It explores the evolving influence of inked culture and the changing perception of marked skin.
Interesting documentary that makes you 8 minutes well-spend.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I've supported you

As I was reading  blog posts on Huffington Post, I found the below article heartwarming and straightforward, particularly written as an open letter for her daughter who may ask for her first real tattoo.
You may have the same sentiment as me when I first read the first few paragraphs, somehow may suggest that tattoo is a big no-no for her daughter.
As the letter progresses, you will realize all it boils down is to make the right choice.

To My Daughter,
I've always known the day would come when you would casually mention getting your first tattoo, just as I've known that there would be little I could do to impact your decision. Still, I feel a maternal responsibility to weigh in before you permanently mark up your beautiful body.
I say do it. I support you completely... under one condition. (Come on. You knew that was coming.)
As an infant, you wanted so badly to hold your head up long before your neck was strong enough to carry the load. So, I supported you.
As a cruiser, you wanted nothing more than to strut right over to the couch and steal the remote months before your little legs could carry you there. So, I supported you.
As a toddler, you wanted to remove the side rail on your big girl bed long before I was certain you wouldn't go bump in the night. So, fearfully, I supported you.
I cannot imagine how many times you have wanted to do something long before your father and I were ready to let you do it, nor can I imagine the young woman you would be if I could.
All I have ever wanted for you is to be an individual. I have never had strict demands for who you should become or not become, believe or not believe, love or not love.
I demand only one thing from you, and that is for you to be happy in your own skin -- be it tan or pale, firm or saggy, au naturale or inked.
In this life we are allotted many a freedom, the most important of which is that of expression. I have done my best to exercise mine, both long before you were a twinkle in my eye and (most) everyday since, hoping to lead for you by example. Now comes the even more difficult task of letting you lead your own way, however challenging that may be for me.
So, here comes my one condition. Remember that very little in life lasts forever... except that tattoo. Like with anything, think it through, choose wisely and go with something you will be proud to bear until your very last day. (It also doesn't hurt to go with a spot that is easy to hide. That's what I did with all four of mine.)

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