As I have mentioned previously, my friends and their support for my adventure and their love of tattoos is what keeps me going throughout this entire process. The other week one of my good friends won I guess you can call it an Instagram contest off of an artist I have mentioned before named Hans Ryan of Fast Times in Belmar, NJ. He posted a picture of a sketch of a woman’s face that was decorated with a floral head crown that if you contacted him via Direct Message and struck the best deal with him, you would be the only one with this custom tattoo. After seeing it, she had to message him and somehow struck such a cheap deal on such a beautiful piece. Below are pictures of her getting the tattoo, the mid process, and the finished product…
The catch with the tattoo was that she gave full creative responsibility to Hans. He chose the coloring and how he wanted the shade the entire piece in how he envisioned it. Her sister and I were both in the room and he constantly asked us what we though would look good. Originally the flowers were to be different tones of reds and pinks but after really looking at the product we all came into conclusion that the roses should be a white, skin tone color because as he put it, “sometimes less is more”, and I can not disagree with that.
Overall the piece is beautiful and of course done with Eternal Ink that I have reviewed in previous posts. This tattoo is about 2 weeks old now and she is actually almost done healing after keeping her, “Little Lady”, moisturized, clean, and taking as much care of her as possible.
So I would like to introduce everyone to my older sister Suzie. Now she is 27 years old and is at this point covering herself in what her and I both love, tattoos. She has over 25 tattoos and is currently working on completing her one sleeve as of right now.
As you can see here, her arm and some of her hand has been done thus far and will be completed by early next year. She has been one of the biggest inspirations on my life as far as growing up and she has held my hand through almost everything. My sister has given me so much advice and knowledge about tattoos, her meanings, and why she has such a passion for them that it alluded to my current love for them as of right now. She goes to the same artist that was posted in my second post, Hans of Fast Times in Belmar. As a vegetarian, she swears by Eternal Ink which that shop highly promotes and invests a lot of time and money into this project of her.
Done by Hans back in January of 2014, her love of the Little Mermaid is really shown here as she wanted to incorporate the most significant part of her childhood on her body. Done using all vegan ink, shockingly as of today all of the color is still rich and beautiful over the course of almost three years. The ink has gone through multiple sunburns, rashes, and everyday wear and tear and is still as vibrant as when she first got the piece done.
Still done by all of the same artist, my sister has grown a taste of making her sleeve as colorful and fun as she can be. Shockingly enough all of these fun and girly tattoos have significant meanings behind them. The T-Rex shows who she is as a person, the joke being she has short arms and being a short girl with a slight temper, she is like a tiny dinosaur. As her sister…..this is more than accurate. The duck was for bath time as a kid in which are grandmother would sing to us as little girls while bathing and of course, rubber ducky you are the one…you make bath time so much fun! Further down you can see Bubbles from the Powderpuff Girls, her zodiac symbols and there are much more!
All together my sister has a unique outlook on tattoos. She does not care what they will sag into as we get older but rather she believes it will make her more of a beautiful person in return. Her tattoos are vibrant and fun and there is nothing too serious that appears on her arms which really shows her personality. She loves to be loud and vivid and her favorite; magical. She is the most magical human being I ever got to meet and I am so happy that it happens to be in my blood and be my sister.
Eternal Ink is a widely used brand in either many or most tattoo shops. Personally, most of my tattoos have been done using this brand and I have nothing to complain about though some have said they have had a skin reaction; there is always a risk for reactions. It does not matter what ink your artist uses, there is a risk for an allergic reaction that could causing bubbling in the skin.
The reason I support this ink as much as I do is for the fact that it is made with an all organic ingredient list. The ink has organic pigmenting, witch hazel, and alcohol. It is known to be carcinogen free, preservative free, and is vegan. This ink has never been tested or used on animals which is something that I am a huge activist about as well.
From different reviews and recommendations from artists that I have talked to, many intend on using Eternal Ink due to the fact that it goes in faster than some other brands and that the color is bright. Even though all tattoos will fade over time and touch ups are a must, Eternal Ink seems to stay in for quite some time.
All in all from what I have heard and personally gone through is that Eternal Ink is one of the best out there. Artists from multiple shops and from different states have personally recommended it to me and with the tattoos of color that I do have, for the most part the ink has held to it’s true color.