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LATEST UPDATE :

July 11 th,2016

As of today I am accepting * some -Music Gear /Gold or Silver bullion/Jewelry @ Spot.,in trade for tattooing services. If you have high end guitars or Gold/Silver to  trade for inkwork

contact me. LIMITED TIME OFFER !

 

NEW LOCATION - ART CRYPT TATTOO:

681 Talbot St, St Thomas, ON N5P 1C5

 

 

519-207-TATS (8287) 

**STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!

Email  :    tattoojake at hotmail.com  for Details!

More details posted soon, check back regularly!

 

"Specialist in cover-ups and repairs to kitchen table terrors and basement brutalities."

Get Tattooed by a professional Tattoo Artist, don't sell yourself short. Tattooing is 4 ever!

 

The Appointment System Works:

1. Book a consultation FREE.

2. Confirm Artwork ,Schedule Tattooing Date

and Leave Your Deposit.

3. Arrive Prepared and On Time for 

your Scheduled Appointment to get Tattooed.

4. Take care of your Tattoo as specified 

by the Tattoo Artist.

5. Return after 6 weeks for your Tattoo Check-up FREE.

 

Old School Rules:

I do not tattoo by the hour, I tattoo by the piece.

I do not do telephone consultations or quotes.

You must be 18 years of age to get tattooed* (in studio details.)

Valid photo ID is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

*It has come to my attention that some newbie is using my trade name in California , Please be advised that this individual is NOT TATTOOJAKE and has no permissions. I am the original TATTOOJAKE since 1981. BEWARE OF IMITATORS and FRAUDS.

 




 

 


Glad you could make it.....

If you have any questions or queries related to the art of tattooing please feel free to email me whether you are an aspiring artist or a collector of body art I would be happy to help..

WARNING: ANY USE OF ANY PORTION OF THIS SITE , REPRODUCTION OF ANY KIND BY MECHANICAL MEANS OR OTHER CONTRIVANCE IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN WITHOUT MY EXPRESSED WRITTEN PERMISSION(S) AND WILL BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT LAW.

*IMPOSTERS AND WANNABEES BEWARE!

I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE USE MY MONICKER FOR THEIR NICK-NAMES AND DATING SITE PROFILES .

(Especially when they don't even tattoo or only have one tattoo....)

IF YOU WISH TO CONTACT ME PLEASE DO SO BY EMAIL OR TELEPHONE.

THANKS FOR VISITING MY SITE!

A Little About Tattooing:

Tattoos are an ancient art form practised by many cultures around the world. They first appeared in North America in the late 1800s. The tattoo business picked up speed in the 1980s and `90s with new global styles being introduced, better inks and artists with art school training.

Who gets them: The fastest growing segments are young women and men, age 15-25, as well as people 45 and older.

What's driving the trend? A variety of factors. Sociologist Michael Atkinson says it's part of the obsession with body modification. Botox, liposuction, breast implants, weight loss and gain, muscled physiques, hair colouring are all part of this.

The designs: Young women ask for flowers, young animals, suns, moons, butterflies, dolphins, etc., while men get bolder and larger designs like tribal bands, dragons, skull and cross-bones, etc.

The placement: Hips, lower back, ankle for women; upper arm and back continue to be popular for men.

TATTOO HISTORY 101:

38000 BC Tattooing instruments have been found dating as far back as 38,000 BC. The origin of tattooing is disputed to this day, but tattooed mummies have be found in Europe and Egypt and artifacts have been found on almost every continent in the world. 

12000 BC Earliest documentation of tattooing, in pictures adorning the walls of Egyptian tombs and sarcophagus'. This is the time period when the great pyramids were being constructed.

2000 BC Around this time the art of tattooing spread to China with the expansion of the Egyptian Empire. The art had already, by this time, travelled through Crete, Greece, Persia and Arabia.

1000 BC Tattooing was also practiced during the time of ancient Rome and Greece. In Latin the word for tattoo is "stigma" which now means, prick with a pointed instrument. Roman and Greek culture did not see tattoos in a positive light. In those times tattoos were associated with Barbarians.

787 AD, Pope Hadrian banned tattooing, though it still thrived in Britain until the Norman invasion of 1066. The Danes, Norses and Saxons all used the tattooing of their family crest to identify themselves.

1066 AD The Normans disliked tattooing, believing it to be the art of barbarians. As they ruled most of Western Europe tattooing disappeared from Western culture from the 12th to the 16th centuries. 

1700 AD In Pacific cultures tattooing has a huge historic significance. Polynesian tattooing is considered the most intricate and skillful tattooing of the ancient world. Polynesians excelled at arts and crafts and decorated most of what they made. This natural ability at art inspired elaborate and detailed tattoos. During the European conquest of Polynesia sailors started to tattoo themselves. Ironically, as tattooing began to die in Polynesia it just began to spread in European culture.

1862 AD By the middle of the 18th century most British ports had at least one professional tattoo artist in residence. The practice grew in popularity and in 1862 the Prince of Wales, later to become King Edward VII, had the Jerusalem Cross tattooed on his arm. 

1891 AD The first electric tattooing machine was patented by Samuel O’Reilly in 1891. It was based on Edison’s electric pen. At this time the modern tattoo as we know it was born in Chatham square in New York. 

1960 AD In the late 1960’s the attitude towards tattooing changed. The popularity grew, though tattooing was still a rebellious thing for young people to do as it was different, but largely it was not disdained as it had been in the past.

2005 AD "Ink is in." says Vince Hemingson, Producer/ Writer/ Tattoo Historian/ Adventurer, creator of www.vanishingtattoo.com. Since beginning this website one of our contributors - Alex Pepper - has gone under the needle and got two tattoos, which proves that the popularity of tattoos is growing in a contagious fashion, which with trends as they are does not look like slowing.

Tattoos and the afterlife: As cultures focused more on spiritual issues, tattoos took on an active function, especially in the Pacific Islands and North America. The Maoris believed that a spirit would recognize their elaborate facial tattoos after their death and give them the vision to find their way to the next world.

The Dayak tribes of Borneo thought their hand tattoos would illuminate the darkness of the afterlife as the soul searched for the River of the Dead. Maligang, the spirit guarding the river, would check for the tattoo, which earned the soul the right to cross the river. This is similar to the Lakota tradition, which teaches that the soul of the dead starts its journey to the other world on the starry spirit road (Milky Way). Along the path, it will pass Owl Woman, who inspects it for the tattoo. If she can't find it, she prevents the soul's passage.

The Inuits of Alaska also tattooed themselves in preparation for death rituals. Small dots were applied to the pallbearer at various joints along the body to protect against evil spirits.

Some believe that the soul resembles the body that houses it and retains this appearance even after death, including the person's tattoos. In other cultures it is believed that death changes the person's appearance so drastically that your tattoos were the only form of identification that will be left to you. Without tattoos you are doomed to wander forever in the afterworld.

"In all ancient societies religion and ritual were a part of every activity," says Steve Gilbert, author of Tattoo History: A Source Book (New York: Juno Books, 2000). "Religion was an integral part of all daily activities, so it was not that tattooing in and of itself was religious, but all activity was defined, controlled and limited by taboos, and overseen by spirits. Tattooing must have served as a symbolic connection between the individual, the group and the Gods. I think it was especially potent in this regard because of the letting of blood and the permanent changing of the body. The designs, of course, were strictly prescribed by tradition."

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"I have been tattooing for over 30 years now and I try to learn something new every day. I specialize in custom cover ups, repairs and high impact blackwork.No mess No fuss No BS. "

                      

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REALITY CHECK FOR REALITY TV SHOWS!

Every day I get asked about Miami Ink and Inked..... well I decided to write an honest review of these shows:

          DANGER !!!! TATTOO "REALITY" TV SHOWS

NOT realistic at all..........................................................
It used to be a secret society.... The tricks of the trade were passed down from Artist to Apprentice in a time honored ritual.
Old School rules no longer seem to apply today.
It seems to me that it has become far more important to 'look cool' while you are doin' the tattooing, than to put on a good ,safe tattoo.

Take MIAMI INK and INKED for a couple of shining examples.
The producers of these shows are trying to murder the Tattoo Industry.
THESE SHOWS DO NOT PRACTISE PROPER CROSS CONTAMINATION PREVENTION PROCEDURES!Thus; mis-informing their viewers on a daily basis about what is acceptable in a "REAL" tattooing environment.
These shows do have a use.... One of my friends uses them to train his apprentice about "WHAT NOT TO DO" by having the apprentice list on every episode the 'tattoo taboos' such as no machine bags,short useless clipcord covers,no bottle bags, using latex gloves instead of nitrile,touching ink bottles with a bloody glove and then puttin' them back on the shelf, answering the phone with dirty gloves, wiping tattoos down bare handed, animals in the shop ..... THE LIST GOES ON!

**A note to the producers.... DO YOUR RESEARCH!
LOOK AT THE CRAPPY EXAMPLE YOU ARE SHOWING!

NOTICE TO ALL TATTOO COLLECTORS:
DON'T GET TATTOOED WHERE IT ISN'T SAFE!

**DON'T GET TATTOOED IN ANY SHOP THAT IS NOT OWNED AND OPERATED BY A PROFESSIONAL TATTOO ARTIST.SHOPS OWNED BY 'OUTSIDERS' ARE INTERESTED ONLY IN PROFIT MARGINS. NOT SAFETY OR QUALITY.

INTERNATIONAL UNION OF TATTOO ARTISTS LINK

http://www.iuta.4t.com


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Thanks to Tom and All the Crew at The Vanishing Tattoo!

CUSTOMER ETIQUETTE - AN ARTIST'S PERSPECTIVE Courtesy of Rajhi at Tornado Tattoo OK,USA/Inked Nation

Ammended by Tattoo Jake 2007

The Tattoo Industry is a Customer Driven Economy. You, as the customer, have rights, as well as responsibilities. You have the right to a great tattoo. You have the responsibility to ensure that you are getting tattooed in a safe, and sterile environment, by an experienced professional tattoo artist.

Once you are in the caring arms of a professional tattoo artist, you will need to express *exactly* what you are thinking about as your new tattoo. What your design idea is, what it means to you, where you want it, and ask your artist what they think about it.

In the design process, some artists prefer a consultation prior to scheduling your appointment. If for any reason you can't make your consultation or any appointment with your artist, you must call in as early as possible. This simple show of respect will be greatly appreciated by your artist.Additionally most studios require a deposit that will be forfeited without
24 hours advance notice.

Before your tattoo session, eat Donuts or cake  to raise blood sugar levels and provide a stable system for tattooing. No alcohol,aspirin,advil or any other anti-coagulants(blood thinners) for at least 48 hours prior to getting tattooed and then for an additional 48 hours after.(Note: A tattoo artist can see exactly what you did during the healing process....) The thinning of blood causes excessive bleeding and the creation of scab on the tattoo, which is an indication of poor aftercare practise....A light ,sunburn like flaking should start to appear around day 3, this is a proper amount of scabbing. ..Personal hygiene is a must. Nice breath is a bonus too... Don't try to shave your tattoo area yourself; razors can slice off a layer of tattoo canvas! Drink water, be hydrated, and bring some water with you to drink during your tattoo session.

During your tattoo session, sit quietly and very still.Do Not talk with your hands, nod your head or even scratch your nose without asking the artist to stop.Do Not hold your breath or hyper-ventilate just breathe easy and relax.

The artist needs to know in advance especially if you intend to cough or sneeze. Tensing up will cause the tattoo to be more painful. If you need a break for any reason,just let the artist know. Relax, although this may be your first tattoo, your artist has done many, they are a professional and will take good care of you. Your artist will usually strike up a conversation when it is okay for them to talk. If you feel light-headed or nausea let your artist know as soon as you feel clammy-handed and dizzy.  These feelings are referred to as a "White-Out", no big deal, it's usually from low blood sugar combined with the adrenaline rush, due to not eating beforehand, so if you feel a little dizzy, just eat some candy and drink some water under this nice fan for about 5-10 mins.

After your tattoo session, listen, listen closely to your artist when they instruct you about the care of your new tattoo. A beautiful tattoo has two main parts: The Application, handled by those caring professional artists, and the Healing, handled by you, as explained in the Aftercare Instructions provided to you by the artist. Important stuff there, hang on to it, read it in the car, then tape it to the bathroom mirror, and read it again in the morning. Follow the aftercare instructions exactly. DO NOT listen to your friend's advice on healing tattoos, they are not knowledgeable professionals, and besides they won't be the ones touching up the tattoo if it is not cared for properly. Take three weeks practicing good care of your new tattoo and it will show great for years. Don't, and that will show, for years too.

Touch-ups are determined by the artist. A period of 4-6 weeks healing time is required before touching up the tattoo to insure that it is fully healed and the surrounding tissue is ready to be tattooed again.

 ***A Note to Outsiders,Friends, Spouses, and adjacent family members at the studio to provide support for the person getting tattooed: The person getting tattooed is the person the artist needs to deal with . It is extremely difficult to be attentive when "outsiders" are continually questioning the design or artist or offering their "suggestions" for the tattoo "they" are NOT getting. The worst of these cases include  the "spouse" saying things like; "You are not getting that"..... or "I'd like to see it in color"......Here's some  advice ; "Let the person getting tattooed get tattooed and keep your "outsider" opinion to yourself........Thus not annoying the artist or canvas during the tattoo consultation process. Another short note to the "canvas".... Changing your mind on the tattoo design after arriving 15 mins. late for the appointment is not acceptable.Especially if the artist has already done a      1 hr. constultation  and 4hrs of custom artwork.

Good Luck People!


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