Posts Tagged ‘ Tattoos ’

Timur Lysenko’s Tattoos


There is darkness and beauty in Timur Lysenko’s tattoos. His Polish-based tattooer uses gradient shading to create 3D wow-factor portraits and flowers, and then mixes into the compositions flat lines and sweater-style patterns for a contrasting effect. There is a lot of black pigment, and some bright pink or red. The aesthetic and themes are like flashbacks of horror movies; bits of Edward Scissorhands and Beauty and the Beast, as well as Punk Rock music and album covers.

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Ever Wonder What Your Tattoos Will Look Like When You’re 60?


With more and more of the general population getting tattooed, there’s always the thought of how body art will look as people age. This question is answered through photographs of senior citizens who’ve partially stripped down and show us how their tattoos are faring in their twilight years. Some of the ink quality is better than others, of course, but a lot of what we see still is recognizable and looks relatively sharp on their aging skin. These images give you an idea of how your own tattoo(s) might mature, especially if you take good care of yourself.  Tattoos came attached with major stigmas until recently. They were often associated with sailors and prisoners, but have since made their way into mainstream culture. It’s interesting to think that not long ago, the people with this extensive body art probably endured some form of prejudice before gaining wider acceptance.

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Models With “Fashionable” Tattoos

Melodie Monrose


Check out this collection of photos from magazines like Vogue, Dior, Elle and a few more, that allowed the models to show off their fashionable tattoos.


 Anja Konstantinova


 Aline Weber


 Omahyra Mota


 Freja Beha Erichsen

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 Kate Moss

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 Kristina Salinovic

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 Erin Wasson

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 Tasha Tilberg

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Heidi Klum

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Victoria Beckham

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 Isabeli Fontana

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 Catherine McNeil

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Geometric Tattoos

Peter Aurisch is a tattoo master from Berlin. Using a great mix of geometry lines and bold and fine colors Peter is definitely standing out with his tattoo style.

Your Scene Sucks.

Tons of people from my home state of New Jersey, ask me about the difference between there, and the Bay Area.  Contrary to popular belief, there’s many more types of people than just the Oakland gangsters you hear about on the news, and I found a humorous little collection of pictures that breaks them down.  “Your Scene Sucks“, a nice set of illustrations that helps you to never make a mistake, recognize and know the clothing styles, among hipsters, punks, emos, the indies, the post-rockers, nerds, the hardcore geeks and others. The “Your Scene Sucks” are made by Rob Dobi, who just published a book.

The Sabina Kelley Interview.

In the entire history of this blog, every interview I’ve featured, I’ve conducted myself, but this time around things are a bit different.  The folks over at YUHMM Magazine, got a hold of the ever so lovely Sabina Kelly and spoke with her about everything from the start of her career, to her tattoos, to her future plans.  Normally things like that don’t stop me from going after someone for me own interview, but the crew at YUHMM did it as well as I would have.  So below is the interview conducted by them, featuring Ms. Sabina Kelley.  Enjoy.

You are a formally trained ballet dancer and a former Vegas showgirl. I’d love to see you whoop ass on Dancing with the Stars. If cast on the show, do you think you could go all the way?

Hell ya! I would love to be on Dancing with the Stars. That show is so fun to watch because I love dancing. I think I would surprise a lot of people.

We think you would too. Tell us how you discovered the world of burlesque.

I discovered the world of burlesque with my love for pinups. I like everything from the 40’s and 50’s and burlesque was part of that. Dancing has always been really important in my life and I like all aspects of dancing. I even took a dance history class in college that taught me a lot about burlesque. I really got into it when I ran across old Sally Rand, Bettie Page and Tempest Storm burlesque footag. The tease of it is so playful and fun, and not trashy.

As a modern pinup, you’ve really carved out a unique niche for yourself by being one of the first to really put a rockabilly tattooed twist on a Bettie Paige style. Do you feel as though you’ve been instrumental in joining the two worlds?

I think maybe in a way, but I was not intentionally doing that. I was just being myself and was really involved with the scene. I do know that I have opened a lot of doors for girls who are heavily tattooed to model now in the industry, and showing the world that you can be heavily tattooed and still be classy, beautiful, sexy, and successful.

There’s been some debate with photographers that we’ve talked to that the communities like SucideGirls and GodsGirls are a fading trend. If that’s the case, some tattoo removal offices will be very busy in the next few years. What are your thoughts?

I’m not part of SuicideGirls or GodsGirls, but I do agree that SuicideGirls and GodsGirls are fads. I do think tattoos are popular now, but are also a fading fad. I had tattoos before they were cool and will have them after they are not cool anymore. I definietely think tattoo removal offices are gonna be busy. Why do you think I own my own ( I think a lot of girls and guys are getting tattooed right now because of how cool the reality shows are making it out to be, and I think a lot of them will regret their decisions and want them removed.

You and Anne Lindfjeld were recently featured in Playboy together. We’ve read on your blog that you shot with Playboy but the photos have yet to be released. I’ve been reading Playboy for many years and have never seen a fully sleeved centerfold. I will jump for joy if you are the first. Why do you think Playboy has been so safe and conservative with their model choices?

I would love to be the first centerfold or even better a Cover Girl for Playboy. They have been so safe and conservative with their model choices because Hef does not like tattoos. I hope to change his mind and be an exception.

Switchblade Stilettos is the name of your site. With a name like that you have to be able to back it up. Can you?

What do you think? Ask around or ask my girls!

Wow, like that, huh. You’re about to go to war and your commander says you can take three model friends with you. Who would you pick and why?

Dita Von Teese, so she can distract them with her beauty! Ava Garter, so she can talk shit to them! Heidi Van Horne, so she can kick some ass with me!

That definitely sounds like a deadly combination. You own Staytrue Tattoo in Nevada. Tell us how this came about and have you ever given anyone a tattoo?

My husband and I own two Staytrue Tattoos in Las Vegas – one on Reno and Arville and one in China Town. I have never given anyone a tattoo. I’ve been asked to do tattoos on people, but I talk them out of it because I draw like a 5 year-old. I guess if you want a stick figure with big boobs tattooed on you, I would be the perfect girl to do it.

You better watch what you say here. You may have a line of fans outside of Staytrue asking for that exact tattoo. We asked your gal pal Heidi Van Horne (who you have a line of Pinup Playing Cards with) this same question… how flattered are you when you see a fan sporting a Sabina Kelley tattoo on their body?

I’m totally flattered when I see a Sabina Kelley tattoo on someones body! It is such an honor. There are quite a few people with Sabina Kelley tattoos. I have been posting the pics on my website and MySpace since I’m so proud of them. I can’t wait to see one of my tattoos on a cover of a magazine!

What’s the most unusual place someone has tattooed your image on their body?

No one has really tattooed my image in an unusual place, but there has been people that have done a whole back piece, a whole sleeve, or a huge rib piece. I think it’s really cool!

You’ve been quite fortunate to have the successful career that you do. If you weren’t being the fabulous pinup sensation that you are, what would you be doing?

Oh man, that’s a hard question. I’m not too sure. I just do what I want to do and follow my dreams, and as I conquer a dream, I think up something new and strive for that.

So, what’s ahead for the beautiful Sabina Kelley? We hear talks of a tv show.

There is a lot ahead for me. I can’t give the details on everything right now, but lots of exciting new stuff. Yes, a TV show is true.

Last question, you have one sentence to convince me why I need to become an exclusive member of your site. Go!

Where else are you gonna find full sets of my images and see personal pics and hear of news before anyone else. My site kicks ass!!!

Meredith In Her Place.

On the trail for new models to post, I found myself once again scrolling through the beauties at “MeInMyPlace”.  Kudos to those men btw.  But one of their recent subjects Meredith had caught my eye because I recognized her from Inked Magazine (and we all know I love tattoos).   The guys at MIMP say she is quiet, but not to let that fool you.  Gorgeous and some of the wildest tattoos I’ve ever seen, I’m sure tons of viewers have already asked her what her next tattoo will be.

Maelle Andre’s ”Tattoos”.

Maëlle Andre is a 22 year old photographer based in Brussels, Belgium who chooses to work with natural light only.  This method brings out a very unique quality of her work that really makes the subject matter shine.  Obviously I’m a huge fan of tattoo art (I’m pretty much covered in them) so when I saw Andre’s work, I was thrilled.  Maëlle started her photography project “Tattoos” in June of 2009 and has no ending date in sight.  Check the method below.

Dangerously Dolly Pt. 2

Just in case some viewers missed the original ‘Dangerously Dolly Pt. 1‘, I came across a super sick and incredibly diverse photographer who concepts just stand out much farther than the typical “take a picture of a tattooed girl” shots I see scattered around the web, tattoo shops, and magazine covers.  Here is the continuation of my personal favorite shots from his portfolio.

“Pin Ups” Pt. 2



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