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Muswell Hill People: Lal Hardy:Tattooist.08.22.16


The frightening needles in Lal Hardy’s drawer are sharp. The frightening sign on the wall of his tattoo parlour is blunt. “Remember: tattoos last longer than romances. Think before having names done.” But some people – Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit, for example – weren’t put on this planet to follow rules.

When they visited Hardy’s New Wave tattoo parlour in Muswell Hill they were insistent. Consequently, Liam’s arm declares “Patsy”, and Patsy’s ankle bears the legend “Liam”. “Look, I have a sign, I tell people not to have names. But when they’re loved up they are shocked that you think it’s not going to last forever,” says Hardy. He shakes his shaved head, and the rings in his ears rattle quietly.

Hardy himself has limb-to-limb tattoos. “You’ll be amazed what people ask for. Some of them aren’t the full ticket. You have to refuse their requests. They say: ‘It’s my choice.’ And I say: ‘It’s my choice as well.’ I never do anything racist, or anything that could get them involved in incidents, if you know what I mean.” I think I do. “And I don’t tattoo people’s faces or their genitals.” If anyone – certainly anyone in Muswell Hill – deserves the title of “tattoo artist to the stars”, it’s Lal.

Last year his work received a wide audience when Mel Blatt, of All Saints, proudly showed her pregnant belly – complete with his Chinese dragon design – on stage at a Hyde Park concert. “I am proud when I see my work displayed like that,” he says. Hardy’s client list also includes Sean Pertwee, Marc Almond and the other members of All Saints.

Hardy and his three tattooing colleagues are available for bookings only by appointment. Unless you’re a celebrity of course. It still hurts though. “Not as much as you’d think,” insists Hardy. “It’s down to the skill of the tattooist.” I still feel squeamish, though, and ask Hardy to demonstrate his skills with paint instead. I opt for a dolphin, a popular design, on my arm. He isn’t impressed. “People go on about dolphins getting caught in tuna nets. But I’ve never heard anyone complaining that tuna fish get caught in them as well.” At that moment a terribly up-market lady arrives, late for an appointment. She’s informed that she’s too late – and has lost her deposit. She moans: “Do you know how difficult it is to get here from Notting Hill on public transport and by foot?” She’s got a point. The New Wave tattoo parlour sits oddly next to a suburban newsagent on a suburban street. The nearest Tube station, Bounds Green, is a good 10 minutes away by cab.

Hardy, a former dustman with five O-levels, has been obsessed with tattoos since his school days. His first, a panther’s head, drawn when he was 17, is just about visible on his body among the swirls of flora, fauna and … well, there is so much crammed onto him, it is hard to tell make out each image. I can just pick out some words on his neck: “My crazy life.” Does he have any regrets? “Not really,” he says brightly. “Except I recently split up with my girlfriend of 14 years. And yes, I have got her name tattooed on my chest.”

Lal can be contacted at 157, Sydney Road, Muswell Hill, London N10 Telephone: 0181 444 8779

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nebezial (stjepan sejic) – DeviantArt08.22.16

For the last twelve years i have been burning the candle from both ends . I hardly remember a moment when I wasn’t doing a monthly series plus up to two additional comic projects. This has garnered me a reputation of a fast working creator, whether it was work for hire or creator owned projects

And now,thousands of comic pages later, my body has decided to rebel. Erratic sleep schedule, bad posture, it all contributed to my current issues. For the last two years I have been steadily feeling worse and worse. Be it from my thyroid issues or from my spine/drawing arm problems

During this time I adopted the tried and true walk it off method of recovery.

This …was a mistake.

My spine/shoulder/arm pains have become progressively worse to the point that I have drastically dropped off in my speed of productivity.

For this reason, Switch, more than any other of my projects has suffered great delays. These delays have contributed to a catastrophic dropoff in sales numbers.

So I was forced to make a tough decision. We will be cancelling the publication of the remaining 3 issues of switch.

Wait! There is good news.

Cancellation is simply for the fact that delays have become unpredictable andat this point the book is completely unprofitable.

Cancelling the book will give me the time to wrap up the currently ending volume of Sunstone and take some time off to get my health issues sorted out.

As soon as my health issues subside, i will produce and publish online for free the remaining three issues of switch and from there on the possible future of the series will be decided by the trade sales.

My sincere apologies to all the readers, and stay tuned, we will be back, you will get the full story!

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Air Force Tattoo and Piercing Policy in Uniform and Out08.22.16


Unauthorized (content). Tattoos/Brands anywhere on the body that are obscene, advocate sexual, racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination are prohibited in and out of uniform. Tattoos/brands that are prejudicial to good order and discipline, or of a nature that tends to bring discredit upon the Air Force are prohibited in and out of uniform.

Any member obtaining unauthorized tattoos will be required to remove them at their own expense.

Using uniform items to cover unauthorized tattoos is not an option. Members failing to remove unauthorized tattoos in a timely manner will be subject to involuntary separation, or punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

Inappropriate (military image). Excessive tattoos/brands will not be exposed or visible (includes visible through the uniform) while in uniform. Excessive is defined as any tattoo/brands that exceed of the exposed body part and those above the collarbone and readily visible when wearing an open collar uniform.

Members will not be allowed to display excessive tattoos that would detract from an appropriate professional image while in uniform. Commanders will use the above guidelines in determining appropriate military image and acceptability of tattoos displayed by members in uniform. Air Force members with existing tattoos not meeting an acceptable military image should be required to:

Members who receive tattoos/brands not meeting the standards after the effective date of this policy (1998) are required to initiate tattoos/brands removal upon notification by their Commander at their own expense (may not use Air Force Medical Centers for removal).

Members not complying with these requirements will be subject to disciplinary action for failure to comply with Air Force Standards and may be involuntarily separated.

In Uniform:

Members are prohibited from attaching, affixing or displaying objects, articles, jewelry or ornamentation to or through the ear, nose, tongue, or any exposed body part (includes visible through the uniform). EXCEPTION: Women are authorized to wear one small spherical, conservative, diamond, gold, white pearl, or silver pierced, or clip earring per earlobe and the earring worn in each earlobe must match. Earring should fit tightly without extending below the earlobe. (EXCEPTION: Connecting band on clip earrings.)

Civilian Attire:

There may be situations where the commander can restrict the wear of non-visible body ornaments. Those situations would include any body ornamentation that interferes with the performance of the members military duties. The factors to be evaluated in making this determination include, but are not limited to: impairs the safe and effective operation of weapons, military equipment, or machinery; poses a health or safety hazard to the wearer or others; or interferes with the proper wear of special orprotective clothingor equipment (EXAMPLE: helmets, flack jackets,flight suits, camouflaged uniforms, gas masks, wet suits, and crash rescue equipment).

Installation or higher commanders may impose more restrictive standards for tattoos and body ornaments, on oroff duty, in those locations where the Air Force-wide standards may not be adequate to address cultural sensitivities (e.g.; overseas) or mission requirements (e.g.; basic training environments).

Note: In Jan 03, the Air Force also announced a policy which prohibits body mutilation, such as split tongues.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers from the experts concerning the recent revision to Air Force Instruction 36-2903 on body piercing and tattoos.

Question:Why do we need a tattoo and body piercing policy?

Answer:The policy was created based on requests from commanders and first sergeants who wanted clearer standards and guidelines in the face of the growing popularity of body art and body piercing fads.

Question:Who created this policy?

Answer:The policy evolved over 19 months and included the use of a tiger team composed offirst sergeants, commanders, social actions people and representatives from medical and legal offices,Recruiting Service,Air National Guard, andAir Force Reserve Command. All Air Force major commands reviewed policy proposals, and the final version of the policy was arrived at only after thorough discussion by senior leaders at the Air Staff.

Question:Who has the final say on the appropriateness of earrings, body piercing or branding?

Answer:Commanders and first sergeants are the first line of authority for making this determination. Body piercing (other than earrings) is quite straightforward — don’t display it while in uniform, while performing official duty in civilian attire or on a military installation at any time. Tattoos are a bit more subjective, but this policy provides commanders guidelines to make the calls.

Question:Does the body piercing policy apply to all areas of the military installation — including recreation facilities (pools, ball fields, etc.) and living areas (dormitories,military family housing)?

Answer:Yes. But it is also important to note the policy only addresses personal appearance issues while on the installation. Although the Air Force encourages airmen to maintain an appropriate military image at all times, piercing practices off base, such as earring wear by males, are not intended to be addressed by this policy.

Question:What happens to those people who had tattoos before this new policy came into effect, and who might now be in violation of the policy?

Answer:It’s expected that most tattoos fall within acceptable guidelines. Questionable tattoos will be considered on a case-by-case basis between the airmen and their commander. If a tattoo is “unauthorized” — racist, sexist or otherwise discriminatory in nature — the tattoo must be removed at member expense. If a commander rules that a tattoo falls into the other category of “inappropriate,” there are other options, to include using uniform items to cover part or all of the image(s).

Question:Is there a set timeframe to have a tattoo removed before being involuntarily separated?

Answer:There is not a set timeframe for removal. The commander determines the sense of urgency, depending on the nature of the tattoo. For instance, if airmen have inappropriate tattoos they would like to voluntarily remove, the commander can assist them in seeking medical support for the procedure. The timing of removal in this case will be driven primarily by the availability of medical facilities staffed and equipped for tattoo removals.

Question:Is the regulation retroactive, or will there be exemption to exclude those who receive tattoos before the regulation was issued?

Answer:There are no so-called “grandfathering” provisions in the policy. It would not be practical from an enforcement standpoint: i.e., the Air Force could not realistically maintain different appearance standards at the same time. For instance, how could a supervisor with excessive tattoos tell a subordinate they can’t engage in such practices? While the formal policy spelling out “unauthorized” tattoos is new, any behavior that tends to bring discredit to the Air Force has never been tolerated. Members who have exercised poor judgment by obtaining inflammatory images on their skin should not be surprised by this non-negotiable clause of the body art policy.

Question:If there are no exemptions, who is responsible for the cost of the removal?

Answer:Again, this depends on the particular circumstances and commander judgment. If the tattoo is unauthorized, based on content, the member will likely face the bill of removal alone. If the tattoo is more an issue of excessive, removal is the last resort and is essentially a voluntary action on the part of the member. In these cases, commanders will work with local military medical officials to determine how to support removals at no cost to the member.

Question:What are the differences in the piercing policy for women and men?

Answer:The only difference is the wear of earrings. Males may not wear earrings on duty whether in or out of uniform, nor can they wear them off duty on base. Females performing official duty in civilian attire are limited to the same wear criteria as when in uniform: i.e., a single small spherical, conservative, diamond, gold, white pearl, or silver pierced or clip earring per earlobe. The earrings must match and should fit tightly without extending below the earlobe.

Question:Are social functions considered official duty concerning the wear of earrings for women?

Answer:Social functions, such as squadron picnics, Christmas parties or mixers, are not considered official duty. Official duty status includes jobs that require the wear of civilian attire, participation in sporting events, traveling in civilian attire on temporary duty orders or when representing the Air Force at civilian functions.

Question:What is considered extreme or excessive earring wear for women in civilian clothes on base during their off-duty time?

Answer:Commanders and first sergeants would make the final determination as to what is extreme or excessive, but considerations would focus on encouraging a positive image among Air Force members at all times.

Above Information Derived from AFI 36-2903 and the Air Force News Service

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Painted Soul Tattoos11.04.15

The goal is to be as comfortable as possible while intentionally hurting yourself, right? So, we suggest you ask the artist what you should wear that would make you most comfortable the day of your appointment. Realistically the Im staying home, so sweatpants and a big sweatshirt while I watch 10 seasons on Netflix clothing option is literally the best, SERIOUSLY! Some key things to make sure you bring: Snacks!!! We cant stress this enough. Getting tattooed impacts your blood sugar, which if you dont catch in time, could lead to passing out. When you get tattooed, your body goes through a period of stress and shock at first. Basically, its trying to get you to stop what youre doing. If you keep your blood sugar up, your body will know what youre doing is intentional and wont try to shut down on you. Blanket/pillow. I know this sounds weird, but a pillow or blanket to sit on will keep you nice and cozy, so you will sit better for the artist. Zip up hoodie or thick flannel. Obviously dont bring a parka, but a zip up hoodie or nice warm flannel that you can easily take on and off will make all the difference while youre getting tattooed. Whether youre getting tattooed for 20 minutes or 10 hours you can get really cold and pretty warm at times, so its good to have that extra layer, just in case. The right outfit! I literally want to flick people for things they try to get tattooed in. We dont care about how cute you look in your outfit. We want you comfy. Ask your artist when you make your appointment if you should wear something specific- such as, a bathing suit top or bottom, shorts, certain shirt or tank top, etc. I cant tell you how many times people have come to get their thigh tattooed wearing super tight jeans and tiny, tiny underwear (both guys and girls). This results in us snickering at you all day, so just avoid the whole awkward situation, and ask your tattoo artist what attire you should wear.

If your tattoo is a small symbol or piece of artwork that you already have and wantjust as it is, then simply stop by, email, or call and show us your picture or tell usyour idea. You will be paired with the right artist for the job and we will be able toquote you a price once we see the design.

However, many tattoos are more complex. You might be trying to express an idea, or maybe you like certain subject matter but do not have an exact picture you want.Dont worry, this is the perfect place to start when you want to collect original art.

You might want to do a little research of your own, gather a few pictures you likethat capture something youd want your tattoo to reflect. The picture may not evenbe the subject matter you want but maybe it has a feel that you want your tattoo tohave. Maybe the colors are right or the angels grab you. This way when you contactus, the artist can get a sense of things you are looking for.

You also need to know which style of art you would like the tattoo rendered in.Once we understand the style you are looking to collect, the subject matter, and thefeel you would like the work to have, we can pair you with one of our artists.

Lastly, you need to decide which body part you would like to be tattooed on. If youare open to several places, the design may compliment one of those areas more thanthe others and this may influence your decision.


As the name implies, this style reflects how things look in real life.Portraits are an example of realism, when the work has three-dimensional qualitieswith textures and lighting and dimensions that make sense. The style oftenrequires a lot of attention to detail and can be applied in color or black and gray.


When talking tattoos, a Sailor Jerry reference may get tossed around a few times.This classic style is a throwback to the art forms golden age. Its been around forroughly 150 years. Very Western in design, typically done in three parts; one partblack, one part color, and one part skin. Thick lines are always used, and the motifsare typically nautical and military in theme. Eagles, anchors, swallows, hearts andbanners, etc.


Koi fish. Cherry Blossoms. Dragons. This is a rich tattoo style with a deep history.This style originates from the Ukiyo floating world woodblocks of the Edo period(1603-1868). The designs are very flat two-dimensional, almost like a textile.They can be done in full color or black and gray.


As the name implies, a black and gray tattoo is just that:working within the grayscale palette and using various needle sizes to achieve ahighly detailed tattoo. It has a very smooth appearance and a lot of grace. It applies atone of antiquity.


A cover-up is when we tattoo over an old tattoo to hide it with the newartwork. These can be done in any of the above styles. Often, a cover-up needs to bedone in color to hide the old tattoo. Once in a while we can pull it off in black andgray, but often, the gray wash is not enough saturation to cover the old tattoo.

After we talk to you and have a sense of the design you are looking for and whichartist you will be working with we will be able to give you a price estimate. Thelarger the project, the harder it is to estimate the final price. In this case we will giveyou a range of what you can expect. All of this will be discussed and finalized with your artist before beginning so everyone is on the same page.

This varies depending on how you take care of your tattoo. If you keep it out of the sun,it should hold up for 10 or 15 years before a touch up might be desired. Manytattoos are never touched up and look fine. If you wanted an old tattoo to be sharperor more bold again an artist can accomplish this by simply hitting the black andwhite ink again, or the dark and light values. So not the entire tattoo needs to be re-done everytime.

There are different stages to the healing process. The first week your skin pores may still be open and susceptible to infection. During this time the tattoo should becared for and kept clean diligently. The second week it will look great but might stillbe sensitive to chlorine pools or salt water. It will be a full three or four weeksbefore the new skin that grows over your tattoo is completely back to normal.

Tattoo removal is useful and effective. Some tattoos can be easily covered withcertain subject matter. However, not all images make a good cover-up. If you wantto cover something dark with something light we recommend laser tattoo removalfirst. You do not need to remove the entire tattoo, but two or three sessions willresult in fading it enough to give you more options for your new tattoo. This is really a case by case basis, as there are many factors involved, but wed be willing to help you advise you in this area if need be.

Each artist tends to know how his or her work heals best. Also, clients who havebeen tattooed before often know how their skin reacts to different healing methods.When you get tattooed here, we will go over in detail with you what we recommend.We may discuss different methods with you if you have had a rough heal in the pastor if you are allergic to certain ointments or lotions.

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Tattoo Design and Ideas11.03.15

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Tattoo Removal Clinic – Cosmetic Laser Clinic in Burlington …11.01.15

At last, some of life’s embarrassing mistakes can be corrected!

We’ve all done something in the past that we now regret… an angry word, a failed relationship, a bad job decision. Past actions you can never take back.

Fortunately, there is one decision that can now be reversed. Breakthrough laser technology available at the Cosmetic Laser Clinic can now remove that unwanted tattoo.

The Cosmetic Laser Clinic uses the fast, safe and effective Medlite IV laser to successfully remove all colors of tattoos. When the doctor directs the beam of our advanced laser at your tattoo, the hard granules of tattoo ink absorb the energy and break into microscopic particles. The particles are removed by your body’s natural filtering system, and fading of your tattoo gradually takes place.

Not all lasers are suitable for tattoo removal. With older lasers, such as CO2 and argon lasers, scarring is quite possible, since they remove the skin along with the tattoo.

Some other lasers for tattoo removal operate at just one pulse per second, or even slower. Our laser operates at 10 pulses per second. Our doctors can remove in 6 minutes what could take an hour or more elsewhere.

Statistically, less than one patient in a thousand is at risk for pin-point scarring as a result of this treatment. Lightening or darkening of the area are also rare and should resolve in a few months if either occurs.

Patients often describe the feeling of the laser as a static snap. Any discomfort is momentary, so anesthetic is not required. Particularly sensitive patients may request a prescription for a numbing cream.

Post-treatment care couldn’t be easier. Avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol and aspirin for a day, and keep the area bandaged for a few days… that’s about it.

Our doctors are highly qualified. They have a lot of experience in removing tattoos and are Accredited Laser Specialists.

At your first visit to the Cosmetic Laser Clinic, you will watch a videotape and talk with our staff about how our lasers work and what you can expect.

Before treatment for removal of your tattoo you will be fully informed about the procedure.

Dark colors and red-based colors fade best. Special inks such as metallic yellows and some greens are more stubborn. There are more than 100 different tattoo inks, so results are not totally predictable. After removal, the tattooed area should tan as well as regrow hair, if it is a hair-bearing area.

As pioneers in advanced laser skin treatments, we analyze leading medical journals, attend skin care conferences, and stay in contact with the academics who develop new lasers, in order to bring you the latest, proven laser technology.

Fr example, our new Medlite IV laser is approved by the Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as safe and effective for tattoo removal. Each treatment takes approximately 15 minutes. We take close-up photographs before each treatment to judge the progress of removal as well as for educational purposes.

Our lasers operate in the infrared and green parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, which are very safe. This is far from the ultraviolet rays, X-rays and cosmic rays which have the potential to cause mutations or cancer.

Our lasers are approved by the FDA for safe and effective removal of unwanted hair, wrinkles, leg veins, facial veins, age spots and tattoos.

At the Cosmetic Laser Clinic we follow a strict sterilization policy for your protection from common and dread diseases.

We are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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Tattoo Removal | Skin Laser Center – Los Angeles Tattoo Removal11.01.15

What Kinds of Tattoos and Pigmented Lesions Can Be Treated?

A tattoos color, depth, and the chemical composition of the ink all affect how it responds to laser light. Black, red, dark orange, and dark blue tattoos will usually respond to relatively quickly to treatments with our system. However, green, purple, brown, light orange and light blue colors may require more treatments. In general, most tattoos can be successfully treated, given a sufficient number of treatments. A wide range of pigmented lesions can also be treated, including freckles, sunspots and brown-colored birthmarks.

Does it Hurt?

Since the laser light selectively targets the pigment, other tissues remain largely unaffected. Many people compare the sensation of the pulses entering the skin to the snap of a rubber band. Your physician can also offer a local anesthesia or prescribe anesthetic cream to be applied prior to treatment. .

What happens after treatment?

Immediately after laser exposure, the treated areas may become whitish-colored and swell slightly. This whiteness subsides in about 30 minutes. The swelling may last longer, but can be reduced by cooling the skin with an ice pack. The tattoo or pigmented lesion will fade over the next few weeks.

How long does it take?

Depending on the size, location and color of the tattoo or lesion, each treatment usually takes few minutes to 10 min. Most tattoos require five treatments or more. Treatments are spaced 6-8 weeks apart to give your body sufficient time to fully eliminated loosened particles of ink or pigment. We suggest to make a FREE consultation appointment to best answer your questions.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are rare. When side effects do occur, the are usually mild and confined to the treatment target. Dr. Popkow can provide you with complete details.

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Altoona Laser Tattoo Removal | Robert Louton, M.D. | Blair …11.01.15

Do you have a tattoo that you no longer like? Does its placement limit your carreer options? It might be a symbol or word that is no longer significant, a negative reminder of a past event or it has simply changed with age, weight gain, or weight loss. Whatever your reasons, laser tattoo removal can lighten it and may even get rid of it completely with little or no scarring, depending on the tattoo color, location, and your skin.

Although this page gives some basics on laser tattoo removal, there is so much variation in tattoos that the only way to get a good idea of how the procedure will work for you is to have it looked at by a laser tattoo removal expert. Please call or email us today to schedule a consultation and get a detailed evaluation of your tattoo.

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A tattoo is made up of dark ink that has been inserted deep in the skin (in the layer called the dermis). While the outer layers of the skin are shed, this deeper layer remains, allowing the tattoo to remain in place. In the past, tattoo removal was only possible by removing the skin itself, either by mechanically scraping it or surgically removing it, both of which related in significant scarring. Laser tattoo removal allows tattoos to be removed without the same level of damage to the skin and therefore without the same level of scarring.

Laser tattoo removal works by destroying the ink, and its components are then removed by the body. The ink is destroyed using a similar process to laser hair removal, and laser vein removal. Light and therefore laser energy is absorbed more by darker colors than lighter ones, so when the laser shines on your skin, the tattoo ink absorbs more energy than the surrounding skin and is destroyed. The amount of energy absorbed depends on the light and the color of ink, as well, which means that removing multicolor tattoos depends on using multiple types of light.

We are happy to announce the addition of the Spectra to the laser treatment arsenal at our State College location. The Spectra is an advanced Q-switched laser that delivers two specific types of light that are effective at removing most types and colors of tattoos. The Spectra is also well-designed to deliver well-shaped pulses of laser light that are only ten billionths of a second long, long enough to target the tattoo ink, but short enough that damage to your skin is minimized.

The laser also can be adjusted for smaller or larger tattoos to reduce the time required for each treatment, so that each treatment typically takes less than 20 minutes. Fading of the tattoo should be visible after the first treatment, but complete removal takes multiple treatments, generally not less than three and sometimes as many as 15 . Some colors of tattoos and types of ink do not respond well to treatment, and cannot be completely removed.

Do you have more questions about the technique of laser tattoo removal, then visit our questions about laser tattoo removal page. But if you want information about removing a specific tattoo, it is best to schedule a consultation so you can have your tattoo evaluated in person.

Please call or email us today to learn how quickly and effectively we can remove your tattoo with our new Spectra laser, available at our State College office.

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Lucky 13 Tattoo – Tattoo & Piercing in Richmond VA11.01.15

Lucky 13 has operated out of Richmond, Va. for over 10 years in the interest of decorating bodies from near and far with high quality tattoos and piercings. Since opening our doors we have expanded from a small shop on Broad St. to the newly renovated studio we occupy today.

We have a large staff of experienced, licensed tattooers who excel in styles ranging from Japanese, black and grey realism, to American Traditional and New-School styles. We not only offer custom tattoos, but also cater to a large walk-in clientele. Choose from our vast selection of flash sheet art, or come make an appointment with one of our artists to come up with an original, one-of-a-kind design.

In addition to our tattooing services, we also have a licensed body piercer on staff daily. Our piercers can help you change your jewelry, offer aftercare consultations, and help you peruse through our expanded selection body jewelry. We offer organic, Vitamin E infused aftercare products for both tattoos and piercings to help keep your body modifications looking healthy and as beautiful as the day you got them.

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Lucky 13 Tattoo – Tattoo & Piercing in Richmond VA

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