How to prepare for your first tattoo.

So you have been thinking about getting a tattoo for a while now. You have probably seen some impressive design options and found a shop close by. Now you might be thinking there is no need to prepare any further. Should be as easy as ordering an Uber. Well, clearly that is just not the case. Getting your first tattoo can be as awkward as other first time experiences. Rushing in can lead to a bunch of sloppy, unforeseen, and regrettable decisions. This is a tattoo we are talking about; this piece of art is with you for life, there are no take back-sies here. So let’s get this right! WarmArt Tattoo & BodyPiercing has you covered with a quick pre-planning check list for your first tattoo experience. DON’T RUSH – The design is quite possibly the most important step, followed closely by where you get it. Questions such as “where is the best place for a Betty Page tattoo?” or “are tramp stamps still a thing?” may be some of the questions swirling one’s mind initially. Good news is; you are on the right track.   INVESTIGATE – Don’t just pick the first tattoo shop you find. This is not a blind date; a tattoo is a lifelong relationship. Researching the appropriate artist and shop that will have the privilege of housing the ink job is key to a successful and comforting experience. Start with the shop’s background. Look up reviews, go to their Facebook or website. Once satisfied with identifying the right shop it’s time to make sure the right artist is available. An important tip when...
How to Keep Your Tattoos Looking Great for a Lifetime

How to Keep Your Tattoos Looking Great for a Lifetime

There’s much to be said about caring for your body art to keep it looking spectacular. When you receive a tattoo from WarmArt Tattoo & BodyPiercing, we stress certain habits that ensure your tattoos heal correctly and look great at the end of that healing process. You can think of this as setting the stage for your personal gallery, but these are merely short-term steps for your skin’s lifespan. Although caring for your new ink early is essential to its long-term health, we want those tats to look alive forever! Here are just a few ways to keep your ink happy long into the future. Regularly Moisturize Part of learning to live with your new tattoo begins by making sure that it doesn’t dry out. Any tattoo artist will tell you that while your new piece is undergoing the healing process, it’s important to moisturize the area. However, this isn’t just something to be aware of at the beginning of your tattoo’s life. Remaining aware of the skin’s condition and applying moisturizer that is free of scent, alcohol, or any harsh chemicals can keep that ink from fading early. Hydrate Often Another tip that is just as important early-on as it is far into the future is to keep your body hydrated. Dryness is your tattoo’s sworn enemy, and sometimes it will strike as a result of your overall body’s health. Surely, you’ve heard of the daily amount of drinking water that you should be consuming for proper hydration, but that’s not the only source of water that’s available to you! You can also eat vegetables with high water...
The Top 5 Geek Tattoos Out There

The Top 5 Geek Tattoos Out There

With the popular rise of geek culture, there have been plenty of folks out there who have chosen to ink themselves with their favorite characters or series. With this month’s blog, we’ve decided to collect some of the best of these geeky tattoos. Who knows? Maybe it’ll inspire your next one! Super Mario 3 Here, we have a full sleeve themed after the Nintendo Entertainment System’s classic Super Mario 3. In it, we can clearly see all of the most iconic characters and images featured, such as a Super Star, Bullet Bill, Boo, Goomba, Toad, a Green Shell, and of course our hero, Mario, flying in his Tanooki Suit. For the person who looks fondly on the NES days, there’s little more that could make this scene complete. X-Men Gambit Although he’s been criminally absent from the X-Men live-action film series, fans of the animated television series and the comic books will recognize Gambit in this arm piece. Gambit is a mutant with the ability to manipulate pure kinetic energy to his will. He’s also a fairly skilled card player. In this tattoo, we see a watercolor version of the character charging a playing card with energy just before he would throw it. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Door One of the most memorable scenes from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, has to be when the fellowship reaches the Doors of Durin, just before entering the mines of Moria. The crew gets momentarily stumped here, as the door is captioned with a riddle, “The Doors of Durin, Lord of...
Is It Appropriate to Ask Someone About Their Tattoos?

Is It Appropriate to Ask Someone About Their Tattoos?

When we meet someone new, our first impression of them is inevitably based on their physical appearance: clothing, facial features, visible scarring. In that moment, we can’t help a train of thoughts from running through our own minds, comments and questions based on our observations. However, few people utter these thoughts aloud. Whether these observations are positive or negative, it’s ultimately understood that it would be inappropriate in most settings to begin an outward onslaught of internal impressions. Should we consider the same when it comes to a stranger’s body art? When someone chooses to get a tattoo, there’s no doubt that it’s often a very personal decision. A tattoo is something that the owner values enough to live with for their entire life. It’s likely that they have a deep emotional connection to it. That piece of art becomes an extension of a person, and as a result could be difficult to talk about with someone they barely know. Does this mean that the discussion of tattoos is taboo and that they should never be mentioned openly? Hardly. When someone gets a tattoo, they have decided to manifest their own passions in physical form, applying them directly to their body as a symbol of their individual identity. There aren’t many people who are open or outgoing enough to launch straight into a conversation about their strongest passions with any old stranger. However, humans are naturally social beings. We want to talk about ourselves, our experiences, and we want to share those stories. We want to talk about our tattoos, but for many people, that takes time and the...
Is There a Right Age to Get a Tattoo?

Is There a Right Age to Get a Tattoo?

Over the years, the stigma surrounding those with tattoos has declined. As a result, more and more people are considering tattoos as a method of personal expression. Even today’s older generations, who may have previously considered tattoos to be unprofessional or unseemly, are beginning to come around to the merits of permanently adorning oneself in ink. However far these preconceptions have moved, many people still believe there’s some prime time to get a tattoo, claiming that either someone is too young or too old. So, we at WarmArt Tattoo & BodyPiercing decided to explore this concept a little further, asking if there is any right age to get a tattoo. One thing is certain: You can be too young to be tattooed. Most Western nations have laws that prohibit the permanent tattooing of minors, which means most people probably won’t get their first tattoos until they are at least 15 – 18 years of age. One reason why these laws are in place is because it is believed minors are unable to appropriately comprehend or consent to the magnitude of a decision that a tattoo can represent. But laws aside, it just may not be wise to get a tattoo when you’re younger and not for the reasons you might think. Getting tattooed at a younger age isn’t necessarily something that many people see as a mistake. In fact, some recent data suggests that the number of people who come to regret their first tattoo is relatively low. Many people share the same passions as they did when they were young, thus their tattoos continue to reflect their identities...
Where Is the Most Appropriate Place to Bring Your Child for Their First Ear-Piercing?

Where Is the Most Appropriate Place to Bring Your Child for Their First Ear-Piercing?

In the United States, it’s not uncommon for parents to consider piercing their child’s ears shortly after birth. Although the practice may be somewhat controversial, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), there is little risk of complications following ear-piercing as long as it is performed properly and cared for. If you ultimately decide that it’s time to pierce your child’s ears, there are a variety of things that you should consider, most importantly where to go. It’s true that many malls will have jewelry stores that offer piercing services, but these establishments rarely have trained professionals who will take the appropriate precautions against infection, as well as properly inform you of how best to care for the piercing site. So, where is the most appropriate place to bring your child for their first ear-piercing? Believe it or not, there are plenty of reputable establishments that are state regulated and inspected for cleanliness and safety. However, some parents may not consider a tattoo and body-piercing parlor to be an appropriate place for their child. The concern is that this stigma may in fact be doing your child more harm than good. In actuality, there’s nothing going on in a tattoo and body-piercing shop that may be inappropriate for your child to see or hear. The same goes for the establishment’s cleanliness. For example, WarmArt Tattoo & BodyPiercing takes every necessary precaution to ensure that our equipment and facilities are safe for anyone requesting our services. You don’t need to worry that you’re bringing your child into some box of needles or equally sharp ruffians. Our staff is knowledgeable...
Inspiring and Heartfelt Tattoo Stories

Inspiring and Heartfelt Tattoo Stories

Tattoos mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. They can highlight a connection between two people or a beloved pet. They can represent a special moment in time or a special place. They can be representative of a lost bet or a crazy night out. Tattoos are interesting; while they draw the eye to the body, sometimes they sometimes work as armor. Tattoos and the stories that go with them are as unique as the individuals that get them and the varied lives they lead. Here are some of the most inspiring and heartfelt tattoo stories we came across. Conz Preti tells the story of this diamond tattoo, saying it was the result of a “really, really bad breakup.” The two had gotten small tattoos in the same spot, and after the breakup Conz needed to put the whole thing in the past. A diamond represents something that is unbreakable, and to Conz is a reminder that “I was able to live through that and come out strong.” Tattoos are a great way to memorialize a loved one. For Kelly O’Mara, her last letter that her grandma sent her is what she choose to use, taking the last line before her signature, “with love.” Kelly said this is how she wanted to remember her grandma because that’s how she lived her life, with love. This memorial tattoo is for Kris Y.’s parents. They died in 2004 and 2005, only 6 months apart. “My mom loved dusks. She had these ceramic ducks with pink bows (her favorite color) all over her apartment. My dad loved...
The Oldest Tattoo in the World

The Oldest Tattoo in the World

Iceman Ötzi has put the argument, of the oldest tattoo ever, to bed. Finally! Or, well, for now anyways. Ötzi has 61 tattoos and is European. He died around 3250 BC. For a longtime, Ötzi had competition for the oldest tattoos, from a South American Chinchorro mummy. However, it has been proven the Ötzi is older. Ötzi was actually the underdog, as far as the scientific community was concerned. Researchers were almost certain he was younger. But ol’ Ötzi showed them. The tattoos themselves are mainly lines, groups of lines and crosses. Researchers believe that they were created by rubbing charcoal into fine incisions on the skin. They are believed to have been for therapeutic rather than decorative reasons. It has been difficult for anyone to ascertain exactly how tattooing evolved, because it is hard to know how they were created and for what reason, or even if implements were used in the process. What is certain, is that there are 100s of ancient tattooed specimen. While it is agreed now that Ötzi is the oldest, there are many more that have been found throughout the world, including Russia, China and Egypt. It is a good chance that Ötzi’s title will be superseded by an older specimen. Researchers are also hopeful that they will continue to piece together the origins of tattooing, and find this interesting art form’s true origin. “Apart from the historical implications of our paper, we shouldn’t forget the cultural roles tattoos have played over millennia,” Lars Krutak, who was involved in the research of Ötzi, told Smithsonian Science. “Cosmetic tattoos—like those of the Chinchorro mummy—and...
Interesting and Odd Facts About Tattoos

Interesting and Odd Facts About Tattoos

More women than men are tattooed in the US! Per a 2012 survey it breaks down to about 23% to 19%. The Latin word for “tattoo” is stigma. This makes sense, because in many cultures, for a long time, tattoos were used to mark prisoners, or criminals, or slaves. That’s just a guess, because in other cultures tattoos are a sign of accomplishment, or coming of age. In 1932 the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped. It was a tragic event that captured the nation’s attention, and mothers everywhere. In response, many worried mothers had their children tattooed. Way, way back in the day (and we promise we don’t do this ever) urine was sometimes used to mix tattoo ink. A tattoo machine is like a sewing machine: it has a needle, a tube that holds ink, an electric motor and a foot pedal. To get a tattoo the skin is pierced anywhere from 50 to 3,000 times per minute. 6. The most popular subject matter to get tattooed is: animals. This is true across a number of cultures, and is related to people wanting to be identified with their spirit animal. 7. Tommy Lee was tattooed mid flight during a private jet ride to Miami, and is now in the Guinness Book of Records for the act. 8. It has been reported that annually, Americans spend $1.65 billion on tattoos. 9. Gregory Paul McLaren is the most tattooed man on earth. He has everything tattooed. We mean everything! 10. Tattooing goes back to 12,000 BC. (this is around the time of the last Ice Age) – this is when the first...
Movies Tattoos: The Process and the Progression

Movies Tattoos: The Process and the Progression

In Hollywood things are continually getting more realistic: the animation, the sound, the CGI! And fake tattoos are no exception. Back in the day tattooing wasn’t as popular as it is today and it was less likely to see actors sporting beautiful pieces of body art. In the early days of film, even if they wanted the actor adorned with body art, the process was difficult and time consuming – not to mention annoying; Makeup artist, with limited materials, would draw the tattoo on with regular stage make-up and had to struggle with constant running and smudging. The result: a super fake looking tattoo. Things improved a little in the 70s when a skin paint was invented that was much less of a hassle – due to being water and sweat resistant — and created much more realistic tattoos. The one drawback: they had to be applied by hand still, in a long, laborious fashion; we’re talking hours and hours or work to apply or touch up actor’s stage tattoos. Almost like getting a real tattoo. But Hollywood kept improving its skills set and tattoos kept gaining in popularity. Soon, Hollywood presented us with some of the coolest most realistic tattoos ever. We all remember Angelina Jolie’s tattoos in “Wanted” don’t we? They put fake tattoos next to her real ones, and the difference was unrecognizable. People had to Google “Angie’s tattoos in Wanted, which ones were real?” So how did they pull this off? Nowadays professional temporary tattoos are made for the movies. They are a lot like the ones you wore as a child, where you applied...
What to Know Before Getting Your First Cartilage Piercing

What to Know Before Getting Your First Cartilage Piercing

At WarmArt, we know that piercings are almost a way of life. You get a few and suddenly you want more and more. But before you come to shop, we want to help you prepare for a few things, especially if you’re getting your cartilage pierced. Cartilage piercing is totally safe and procedure but it’s a different experience than a simple ear lobe piercing for sure. Especially if you had your ears pierced by a piercing gun in the middle of a mall. So, we know you may be wondering what to expect when you come by our shop for your first professional cartilage piercing. Here’s what to know:   You’re probably going to be nervous. Our advice: breathe through it! You’ll be okay. If your heart is racing or your palms are sweaty before your appointment, we get it. But just remember, breathing will calm you down. You won’t hear a loud noise when we pierce the cartilage. The needle will be long and hollow, so, we can pierce your ear quickly without any dramatics. You might be surprised by how much it won’t hurt. We won’t make any promises of course. Still, a lot of people say a cartilage piercing is way less painful than they thought it would be. It won’t be painless, and the newly pierced site may swell, but it won’t be anything too shocking or unbearable. It will take a while to heal. This is one of the main differences between getting your ear lobe and cartilage pierced. Ear lobes have a lot of blood flow. Meaning, they can heal pretty quickly. Your...
Crazy Stories from Our Shop: A Look Behind the Scenes

Crazy Stories from Our Shop: A Look Behind the Scenes

There’s the story of the grandma who got a tattoo at the age of 99, the 3-year old tattoo artist, and the man who got a tattoo just to win a Mini Cooper, and then there’s real life tattoo shop stories. Here, you can read just a few of the stories our shop still talks about years after the fact. Our Best Tattoo & Piercing Stories 1. The Birthday Piercing At our shop, we always do free birthday piercings. Back in the day, we didn’t have any parameters though. We would do anything and everything. So, this one time, a couple of ladies came in. They were a mother and daughter asking about genital piercings for the daughter. We agreed of course. Then, they get all ready, we get them in the chair, and we do the piercing. The piercing turned out well and the client was super happy. But, there’s one catch. When the piercing was done, we looked down and see that something it off. As it turns out, the daughter had left a shit stain on the chair. Now, we know she had to have seen it but neither of us said anything. She doesn’t even offer to clean it up. The funny thing is that she still comes into the store from time to time. None of our staff has ever addressed it though. It’s safe to say that we since narrowed our scope as far as birthday piercings go. 2. The Spelling Error One of our guys had only been working at our shop for a little under year. Of course, he had already...
When Did Tattooing Become So Popular?

When Did Tattooing Become So Popular?

When you got your first tattoo, did your artist warn you about how addicting they are? Chances are you sat at a chair, looking at the finished product and heard the warning, “I’ll bet I’ll see you here soon for your next one.” Today, tattoos are everywhere. An interesting fact because just over 60 years ago tattoos were looked down on. It all boils down to how our artwork is seen in today’s culture. Right now, celebrities, athletes, and even that guy sitting in the corner office of your building has at least one or two. They are the norm. A conversation piece. Important marks of individuality. Tattoos Date Back to Prehistoric Times Rewind to 3300 B.C. and tattoos were found on the mummified remains of Otzi, the Iceman. He had no less than 57! We think these were all made to help alleviate his joint pain. Other tattoos have been found dating way back as well. These were either for religious purposes or to help commemorate important rites of passage. For eighteen-year-olds, they still help mark an important rite of passage. In other words, the first time you’re allowed to get inked or to show what makes you unique. You may even get one to help mark something you always want to remember. That’s why so many get names or meaningful phrases for their first tattoos, while others go for big graphics that declare their style or commemorate where they are from. That’s the beauty of art – you get to express yourself with it. And today, tattoos are seen as another form of art. Culture Shifts Make...