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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Monday, February 17, 2014

Bodies of Subversion

It seems like only yesterday that tattoos were rarities, like certain crows. They were worth commenting upon, either for their beauty or their banality. Now tattoos creep like vines along the arms, legs and torsos of nearly everyone you meet. If print is dead, ink is undead — and on the move.
(Credits: The New York Times)

There's this book called “Bodies of Subversion” by Margot Mifflins writes about tattoos from females perspective. How tattoos evolve around the women in all these years.  Statistically, according to a 2012 Harris Poll, American women are more likely to be tattooed than men. Some 23 percent of women have tattoos; 19 percent of men do. They’re no longer rebel emblem.

They’re a mainstream fashion choice.
Little will I know there is an adaption of such women empowerment towards such taboo during a few decades ago. Miss Mifflins declared that “badges of self-determination at a time when controversies about abortion rights, date rape and sexual harassment” have made women “think hard about who controls their bodies.”

In a way, clearly, women around the world have found solace and courage in tattoos.

 Tattoo by Stephanie Tamez.  Dwight Garner once wrote that tattoos, once rarities, now "creep like vines along the arms,legs and torsos of nearly everyone you meet. If print is dead, ink is undead"
 Credits: Stephanie Tamez > Brillant quote!

 Credit: Don and Newly Preziosi Collection

  Credit: Circus World Musuem, Bababoo, Wisconsin

Monday, February 10, 2014

Back to 2nd home, Germany!

Gabriel Horikyo is back to Monchengladbach, Germany for his guest-spot stint with Buntland Ink.
This is a busy season for Gabriel and Buntland Ink as he is fully booked out for his whole trip (Way to go, Andy and Gab!)
He just left and I can't wait to update this blog with his newest work! Gab will be back on the 24th so to book an appointment with him, you can either email him at or facebook him!

Meanwhile, Augustine will be on his short getaway to visit his family! He can still be contacted via his facebook or simply email him!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Chronology of Tattoo?

People always say the same thing about tattoos

Milwaukee Sentinel headline reading: "Tattooing is Rage in London Society"Headline from Milwaukee Sentinel, 1933
News just in - tattooing is no longer the preserve of bikers, sailors and convicts. More than that, celebrities are getting tattoos. And women too. But hang on, haven't we heard all this before?
"Tattooing is on increase: habit not confined to seamen only," proclaims one headline, while a second article declares: "Tattoos are no longer the trophies of rockers, sailors, bikers..."
The first appeared in the New York Times in 1908, the second appeared on this website two years ago.
New York Times, 1908
The story - that tattooing has "entered the mainstream" - is just one of a number of tattoo tropes recycled relentlessly over the decades, suggests Dr Matt Lodder, art historian and tattoo expert at the University of Essex.
Others include:
  • Everybody seems to be getting tattooed, should we not be concerned?
  • Surprise at women, the young or the old getting a tattoo
  • The pain during a tattoo
  • The issue of regret at having a tattoo
In the late 19th Century, Princess Waldemar of Denmark's tattoo was big news. As was the inked skin of Queen Olga of Greece, King Oscar of Sweden and the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia. These were the celebrity figures of their day.
Modern day equivalents might include David BeckhamCheryl Cole orDavid Dimbleby. Although the names, faces and places might change, the stories remain largely the same.
Tattooing is not uncommon - New York Times, 1893
Almost 20 years after the New York Times reported in 1876 how tattooing had taken hold and how women were amongst those getting tattooed, the same title reported how tattooing was no longer uncommon and how a number of aristocrats were getting "marked".
Jump forward another two decades and the British title The Graphic was reporting, in 1917, how tattooing had entered society at large, via the sailor.
"Today," says the author, "it is in full force."
14th November 1936: A film fan uses a mirror to admire the image of film star Gary Gooper she has had tattooed on her back by George Burchett a London tattooist
Tattooing is rage in London society - Milwaukee Sentinel, 1933
In 1933, the Milwaukee Sentinel broke the news that tattooing was all the rage in London. Conversations among the "smart set", the Sentinel explained, ran thus: "How gorgeously divine my dear! Now you must really give me the address of your tattooer."
The author notes such conversations were once heard about "the new hairdresser, or the new milliner".
And then comes that now familiar line that "smart young women have taken up tattooing".
Times 1958
A piece in The Times in 1958 reported how tattooing was "a fine art" for people "not excluding the ladies".
A similar theme was taken up in 1964 by a magazine called Men in Danger, which again expressed surprise not only that women were getting tattoos but were making "men look like pikers (a gambler who only places small bets)". The eyes of any doubters were drawn to an image of a young woman, and a tattoo which read "I love Elvis".
Show to get under the skin - The Oregonian, 1979
In 1979, The Oregonian told readers how tattooing had leapt beyond the realms of "bikers, gangs and prisoners" and on to the skin of an "entirely different clientele".
The Oregonian went on to tread familiar ground in 2013 with a report that "getting inked has become increasingly common in the western world in the past decade".
Modern fashions in tattooing - Vanity Fair, 1926
"Once the mark of sailors and bikers, body art is now sought after by the fashion-hungry," said the Observer in January 2011.
This line might ring a bell with (very) long-time readers of Vanity Fair, which told the world in 1926 that: "Tattooing has passed from the savage to the sailor, from the sailor to the landsman. It has since percolated through the entire social stratum; tattooing has received its credentials, and may now be found beneath many a tailored shirt."
The Observer piece said the "burgeoning" tattoo scene was a "a long way from the stereotype of tattooing as the preserve of sailors and soldiers". The article was keen to point out, however, that "tattoos were once popular with Victorian aristocrats and even, it was rumoured, the royal family".

So what are we to make of all this?
More than a rumour, in fact, as the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, was one of many European royals to be tattooed.
The stories leave Dr Matt Lodder with a wry smile. Lodder compares media representations of tattooing with the film Groundhog Day where Bill Murray's weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.
"Sure, tattoos are not confined to sailors, bikers or convicts. My point is that they never have been. And strictly speaking, when the media says tattoos were 'once associated with bikers and sailors', that's true - they have been associated, but by the media.
"It is like same old, same old," says Lodder. "It is like, 'Wow tattooing is the new big thing, it used to be like this but now it is like this.'
"But what I can't quite work out is why that is the case, and why these myths persist. My working hypothesis is simply that if people can't empathise with somebody who has a desire to mark their body then it comes as a surprise and they go, 'Wow, that's weird and strange and people are actually doing that.'
For Lodder it was strange when Cheryl Cole got a tattoo that the reaction was very similar to the tone of the New York Times in 1876.
Tattooing in NY. A visit paid to the artist - New York Times 1876
"It has to be pointed out that even though tattooing is popular, it is still kind of 'dangerous' in a way. There is a frisson of the counter-cultural, that tattooing is not hegemonic or sanctioned. It has never been morally safe, normative or accepted. It involves breaking the skin, of being touched by a stranger and of course there's the permanence factor. If it was true that tattooing was everywhere, and staid and boring, there would be no articles about it."
Established tattooists are happy to admit there is nothing particularly new in the phenomenon.
"Tattooing is not the new big thing," says Naomi Reed, manager at London's Frith Street Tattoos. "It has been around since the earliest civilisations. Everyone from all walks have life have been getting tattooed as long as we have tattoos recorded, from tribal leaders to the monarchy.

"Obviously tattooing was prevalent amongst sailors and the working classes but tattoos can be seen on different social groups the world over. Surprise at women getting tattooed is akin to being surprised at women wearing trousers or demanding an equal wage."
But there are still those who argue that someone getting a tattoo can be an event worthy of remark, says Nina Jablonski, professor of anthropology at Pennsylvania State University and author of Skin: A Natural History.
"Tattooing is a subject of fascination because it was, for all intents and purposes, forbidden for centuries," she says. "Added to the weight of the apparent biblical injunction against tattooing was the Victorian attitude that associated tattooing with the under-classes.
"So now tattooing still titillates because celebrities, sorority girls and accountants are now engaging in something that was previously forbidden and the province of gangsters and prostitutes."

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I'm never changing who I am

I found this song by Imagined Dragon- It's time. It kinda explain my feeling when I first got my tattoo on a prominent area that my parents were so (how should I put it) displeased. So much so that they made me promise them that this will be my last...
All I could think of was when I told myself that I turned 18, I want a tattoo to mark the stage of my life then. Nothing's change. So sadly, to my parents, that wasn't my last tattoo. In fact it was my first few tattoos.
I could remember all  my tattoos and when I had them ,cause having them brought back nostalgic moments of who I used to be, hence how I've changed. My visions have not change, my goals still remain. It doesn't stop me from who I want to be and gladly it helped me to bring message across.

So, I would love to share this song to you. Hopefully it will give you a little push in life and be motivated to who you want to become. If the road gets tough, remember ' No rain can't get the rainbow'.

Hope you enjoy some Youtube time :)

So this is what you meant
When you said that you were spent
And now it's time to build from the bottom of the pit
Right to the top
Don't hold back
Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain check
I don't ever wanna let you down
I don't ever wanna leave this town
'Cause after all
This city never sleeps at night
It's time to begin, isn't it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit
I'm just the same as I was
Now don't you understand
I'm never changing who I am
So this is where you fell
And I am left to sell
The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell
Right to the top
Don't look back
Turning the rags and giving the commodities a rain check
I don't ever wanna let you down
I don't ever wanna leave this town
'Cause after all
This city never sleeps at night
It's time to begin, isn't it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit
I'm just the same as I was
Now don't you understand
That I'm never changing who I am
It's time to begin, isn't it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit
I'm just the same as I was
Now don't you understand
That I'm never changing who I am
This road never looked so lonely
This house doesn't burn down slowly
To ashes, to ashes
It's time to begin, isn't it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit
I'm just the same as I was
Now don't you understand
That I'm never changing who I am
It's time to begin, isn't it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit
I'm just the same as I was
Don't you understand
That I'm never changing who I am

Read more: Imagine Dragons - It's Time Lyrics | 

Recent work by Augustine and Gabriel' 2014

Dear all,
Thank you for all your support for GML all these years. Without your support, we will not be able to be who we are today.
With all your constant trust and support, we will only strive for the better. Never back down when the road is tough, never believe you are on top of the world 'cause the universe is yet to be seen.

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Now I have put together some of the work done by our fellow GML crew. Good day y'all!

                                                                Done by Augustine Nezumi

                                                               Done by Augustine Nezumi

                                                                Done by Gabriel Horikyo

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hello 2014!

2013 has been quite a blast for Gimmelove crew. Looking back, nothing too drastic has changed compared to the colour of the wall. Alright, I know I've said that there's some changes to the shop but it is yet to complete (Be patient! Tattoo artists are a bunch of control freaks that wanna do it all ). But one thing that doesn't change is  the dedication each and everyone has put into their work.
Cut the storyline and I shall show you guys some outstanding work that our crew have done in the past 1 year locally and abroad.
Let's just wax nostalgic before ushering a new year 2014!

                                                                Done by Baldwin

                                                                      Done by Gabriel

                                                                  Done by Augustine

                                                                    Done by Zhi Xian

                                                                   Done by Baldwin

                                                                       Done by Baldwin

                                                                    Done by Gabriel

                                                                       Done by Gabriel

                                                                   Done by Augustine

                                                                   Done by Augustine

                                                                         Done by Zhi Xian

                                                                          Done by Zhi Xian

                                                                        Done by Travis

                                                                       Done by Travis

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Generational Change in the Social Acceptability of Tattoos

Recently, I have a good read on how tattoos been evolved over the years. To be honest, you will rarely not be shun or 'roll-eyes' on if you have a calf or an arm tattoo prominently display in the public.

But this article by Dave Paul Strokhecker discussed arguably about the acceptance of tattooed white-collar workers our modern world.
Nevertheless, it is a read-worthy article for mid-week.

[[Several months ago, a British police chairman called for lifting the ban against tattoos on police officers. His argument was that tattoos serve as an “icebreaker” for dealing with the public. Now this is not a new argument, but it is the first time a public official has argued for the social benefits of tattooing. The change in perspective comes as a surprise, especially given the longstanding associations between tattoos and deviance.

Tattoos have had a rough history in American services like fire, police, and the military. Although members of these professions (especially the armed services) were the original tattoo enthusiasts in the early days of Americana glory (DeMello 2000; Steward 1990), they have since found their personal expression through body art hindered by what some see as discriminatory policies. For instance the Marines have outlawed visible tattoos for some time, and the Army National Guard recently extended its tattoo ban. For may of the top brass, tattoos still mean “unprofessional.”
What these controversies represent is a watershed change in the social acceptability of tattoos. I believe we are beginning to see a paradigm shift regarding the use of body art in public life. Ian Pointon, the British police chairman mentioned above, rightly states that the stigmatization of tattoos and body art is largely a generational gap in attitudes. Where youth are laudatory towards tattoos and other body modifications, older Americans find them distasteful, largely because of what these inscriptions used to “say” about the bearer.
That is, for our parents’ generation tattoos maintained a largely homologous relationship with deviant behavior. That is, having a tattoo was a pretty tell-tale sign that you were likely to have engaged in other deviant activities. At this point in time, prior to the “Tattoo Renaissance” of the 1970s (Rubin 1988), tattooing was almost solely practiced by working class groups, miscreants, and the social underbelly of America. However, despite claims to the contrary (Koch, Roberts, Armstrong, and Owen 2010), this direct connection between tattoos and deviance appears to be weakening. Having a tattoo (or two or three) no longer serves as an accurate predictor of deviant behavior. This is because tattooing has diffused to nearly all class and racial groups (some might say gender as well, however, there remains strong gender differences in tattoo coverage, content, and visibility, largely because of the social “costs” of body modification are much  higher for women). People from a variety of social backgrounds now choose to modify their bodies through indelible inks. A recent Pew survey reveals that the 18-29-year-olds are by far the most tattooed generation in American history, 38% having a tattoo compared to 32% a generation before them. And among the tattooed, youth are more likely to become heavily tattooed than ever before!
Ian Pointon’s observation above, that tattoos may not serve as a liability but an asset to organizations like the police who must deal with the public (often a public that does not look like them), is a welcomed reframing of tattoos and tattooing. I myself have called for a “prosocial” definition of tattoo, one that sees tattoos not necessarily as an expression of social disaffection, but also as an expression of good will, meaningful social ties, and identity work (Strohecker 2010). The skin adorned becomes not a prison, but a proclamation of one’s sociality. It serves as a “second skin” that connects the individual to the larger social body (D’Costa 2012). Let us not deny the positive, communicative potential of body markings. Tattoos need not be seen as signs of social distance, but of connection.]]