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Hand Poke Tattoo Origin and History

Hand Poke Tattoo Origin and History

A Hand-poked tattoo is made by pricking the skin with a thin and small needle, firstly dipped in ink or colour. The ink was “inserted” under the skin with a series of rapid injections using needles, fragments of bone or wood shaped into needles were used before the invention of the tattoo machine. The “Stick and Poke” technique was used to tattoo simple and stylized designs.

From Shorts to Hot Pants

From Shorts to Hot Pants

Like the miniskirt, hot-pants marked the history of fashion. The first to make them popular was Alice Marble, the American tennis champion, who, in the 1930s, started showing them off on the playing field. It will be in the 1940s and, above all, the ’50s, thanks to the Burlesque pin ups, that the pants will shorten, becoming feminine and sensual, high-waisted and equipped with buttons.

Mods and Rockers Styles and Fashion

Mods and Rockers Styles and Fashion

At the basis of youth subcultural phenomena we can identify a general trend: protest. At the origin of youthful anger and the violent generational clash lies the contestation of the bourgeois capitalist system. In particular, the post-war generation accused society of flattening man, de-qualifying the intellectual and commodifying everything, even art and thought. Mods derives from modernists, or fans of modern jazz, who in the early fifties had developed a style in dressing sober, rarely gaudy and elegant down to the last detail.

Streetwear Fashion Trends

Streetwear Fashion Trends

Streetwear refers to urban, casual and above all sporty clothing. As the term itself indicates, it is a way of dressing born in the street, where “street” means the world of youth, dynamic, innovative and constantly evolving. That world in which a multitude of fragments of urban subcultures merge: skateboards, snowboarding, surfing, experimental music, photography, graffiti, hip hop and punk. A strange cauldron that creates new styles and trends.

Blue Tattoo – The Story of Olive Oatman

Blue Tattoo – The Story of Olive Oatman

The caravan split and the Oatman family, driven by a strong religious fervor, chose to go even further south, towards the Sonora desert. What happened is not clear, but the family was wiped out. The natives, probably Yavapais, took the two girls to the village, about 70/80 miles from the site of the attack. After about a year of staying with the Yavapais, they were sold to a group of Mohave Indians, who took them to their village, in a location now called Needles (California).

Crow Tattoo Meaning

Crow Tattoo Meaning

Charming animal and present all over the globe, it is traditionally associated with death, witchcraft and the evil eye. We find it in the literature from La Fontaine to Edgar Allan Poe or even in the bestseller of George R. R. Martin, the Song of Ice and Fire. The crow is a guide animal, a magical intermediary between two worlds. It reflects our personality and brings with it a strong symbolic value.

Hipster Fashion Clothing and History

Hipster Fashion Clothing and History

Although the word has come back strongly in popularity in recent years, the origin of the term dates back to the 1940s, when jazz and bebop went crazy in America. A lifestyle made of independent music labels, vintage clothes and above all, well groomed beards and mustaches: Hipster fashion has changed the look of men, with cuffed jeans and shirts with carefully rolled sleeves and big-rimmed glasses.

TDP in ModelsINK Tattoo Magazine

TDP in ModelsINK Tattoo Magazine

We are stocked to announce our feature in the American Tattoo Magazine Models INK. We were approached by Michelle at the end of 2019 for the new year issue of the magazine. In this issue we share a little insight into how TDP was born and the journey of the past year. We also had the chance to feature some of the amazing photographers and tattooed models we have worked with so far. Huge thank you to Models INK Mag for reaching out and taking the time to create this article.

The Origin and Evolution of Emo

The Origin and Evolution of Emo

We have already seen how fashion and music have walked the same path in recent decades, influencing each other. The boundary between the two expressions has often been very blurred. Fashion is also very often a type of expression that we could define “artistic”, where the choice of clothes, accessories, haircut or tattoos are personal, objective, but which become a universal language.
In the case of Emo culture, the basis of personal expression is the sharing of one’s own emotions, the most intimate, sometimes often the most painful.
Being Emo does not only mean listening to a certain type of music, but also adopting looks that well define the emotion of a particular moment.

Suicide King of Hearts: Story Behind the Myth

Suicide King of Hearts: Story Behind the Myth

A deck of cards and especially the Suicide King od Hearts is full of mysteries and puzzles. One of the most fascinating is that of “the man without a moustache”, the King of Hearts, above all for the position of the sword, for which he took the name of Suicide King. The King of Hearts was called Charles, probably deriving from Charlemagne. He is the only King without a moustache, in a dynamic position brandishing a sword. The greatest mystery is precisely the sword, which, according to some, is not in a position to commit suicide, but rather in the act of defending itself from an attack, or launching it.

Peony Tattoo Meaning

Peony Tattoo Meaning

Behind every flower and the Peony Tattoo Meaning in this case, there is a story, because a flower is not just an image but a word transmitted with docility, hidden behind a symbol.
This is the case of the Peony, a beautiful and majestic flower with the reputation of being a “capricious” flower because it is difficult to grow. Native to China, from Asia to Europe, from antiquity to the present day, the peony never ceases to enchant us with the sublime elegance of its flowers.

UK Tattoo Artist Interview: Emma Sam AKA Black Fox

UK Tattoo Artist Interview: Emma Sam AKA Black Fox

Today we interviewed UK Tattoo Artist: Emma Sam. Emma has a unique style of tattooing, mixing Neo Traditional and Black Work to create an amazing result. Her tattoos are full of textures contrasting with thick bold lines, she can creates epic dinosaurs and reptiles tattoos. She is currently tattooing at NorthSide Tattooz in Newcastle.

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