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125 Inspiring Tattoo Ideas for Girls (Cute Designs)03.29.17

A recent study in the US surprising revealed that whilst 85% of people think that males are more likely to have tattoos, on the contrary, 59% of the tattooed population is made up of females. We now live in an age where tattoos are common place and its not longer considered a faux pas for a female to have tattoos showing. Tattoos are a great way of expressing yourself through body art and we have compiled 125 of our favourite tattoo ideas for girls.

Ghost Design

Well start with this ghost design. In recent years there has been more of a movement towards smaller, minimalist style tattoos, rather than the traditional ink heavy ones. It also shows that girls are not limited to only getting girly tattoos. The cartoon ghost is a fun, whilst not been too spooky. Smaller tattoos are also becoming more popular nowadays as they are more affordable and often people can get a few smaller tattoos for the same cost as a bigger one. Not to mention they are also a lot easier to hide/conceal should you need to for work.

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One of the most popular places for girls to get tattoos is around the feet and ankles. It seems less of a commitment to a life long piece of art on you because its less noticeable and easily concealable. The feet are also not generally considered the most beautiful part of the body, so it can be a great way of making them look prettier and adding some art to them.


Another common smaller tattoo for people to get is a simple letter. The letter P may symbolise the persons first name, someones name thats important to them or even the periodic symbol for Phosphorus. There are thousands of fonts to choose from and luckily with letters its easy to test them out on your computer before you pick which one will look best.

Lotus design.

Besides been a beautiful tattoo aesthetically, the lotus is also a very popular design because it has a lot of meaning behind it. Traditionally the lotus symbolises divine beauty and purity and the unfolding of the leaves represents the growing of the soul as well as spiritual awakening.


The dreamcatcherhas a lot of historical and cultural meaning, and its origins are with American Indian tribes where the women would make it for their children to prevent them from having nightmares. They are very popular and can be placed in a lot of different places on the body. They also are great ones to adapt in to your own unique style.

Bow and arrow.

The bow and arrow is a popular tattoo for both men and women to get as is just the arrow on its own. The bow has many different meanings, including references to Cupids bow as well as shooting for the stars. Bows are also very adaptable to your own taste.

Queen of clubs.

Card symbols have long been popular symbols to get inked. The ace of spades is usually the most popular one to get but not far behind are the Queens. The queen of clubs symbolises a strong willed and positive person. Tattoos in between the fingers usually need to get redone every few years as they do fade due to the amount of rubbing that occurs there.


The lion is another design that has been popular a very long time and remains so today. It represents someone who is loyal, strong willed and courageous. It is also the symbol of many sporting clubs and family emblems so these are some other reasons that people might get it.


Geometric tattoos are probably one of the most trending designs from the last couple of years. They look great, are timeless and not too expensive. Above is an example of a silver and black one on the forearm, which is a very popular spot for people to get tattoos now that theyre more socially acceptable and not necessarily restricted to areas that you need to cover up anymore.

Universal truth.

Above is a quote from famous rapper and musician Immortal Technique. The meaning of the quote is that even if a lot of people believe in something, it is not necessarily true.

Sleeve design

Above is a great example of more alternative or hipster style sleeve tattoos. Usually this will involve picking a broad overall theme such as nature in the above one and is a great opportunity to keep adding to over a few tattoo sessions.


Tattoo art has come a long way in the last decade or so and along with advancements in technology and style, there is a big movement towards alternative styles such as the above modern form with ink splatter effect and dripping paint.

Ankle birds.

Birds are a very versatile design. From very detailed eagles that cover peoples whole back to really simple seagulls like the ones above they all look great and can also hold a lot of meaning such as flight, spreading your wings and overcoming challenges in your life.

White ink.

Traditionally tattoos were always done in black or sometimes blue ink. Nowadays there are hundreds of different colours of ink and one of the surprisingly popular ones is white ink. Whilst usually reserved for shading, it also can work well on its own as a more subtle design such as the above quote.


Similar to the previous geometric tattoo, the above design depicts the full cycle of the moon from crescent to full and back to crescent again.

Bunny moon.

Cute cartoon characters are a popular choice, particularly amongst girls who are looking for something pretty and nostalgic.

Crescent moon.

Here is another example of a very simple but elegant tattoo design of a crescent moon. Half crescent moons are particularly popular amongst females as they are a symbol of feminine power.

Rabbit tattoo.

If youre a rabbit lover and are interested in a life like design then this is definitely the tattoo for you. The artist has managed to do a great job of creating a life like rabbit using just black ink. Black ink is always a safe option as it holds its colour the best of all the inks.


Above you can see a number of different tattoos including an epic unicorn tattoo coming up from the thigh and on to the belly as well as a leopard print style design going over her shoulder.

Birds in a tree.

Birds are one of the most popular tattoos for girls to get. Above is a great silhouette style design of love birds in a tree branch. This is a great way of symbolising your love for one another and could even be one to get if you have recently got married or fallen in love and want a reminder of that.


Compasses were traditionally tattooed on sailors and boating enthusiasts. They symbolise not only been at sea but also finding direction in your life or a particular journey you embarked on. Nowadays they are popular for aesthetic value as well as for people such as backpackers who have done a lot of traveling and want a compass design. Some will even have the compass face the direction of their home from where they have moved to so as to have a reminder of where they came from.


Cambodia has a rich history and very ancient temples, it also has beautiful looking characters and words. As such it has become quite popular for people to get tattooed when they travel to Cambodia. It became even more in the last decade since Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie went under the gun with a Khmer style tattoo on her back and since then many have copied this style.

Finger tattoos.

Historically finger tattoos get a bit of a bad wrap. Typically they use to be reserved for bikers and gang members, they also were considered a bit of a faux pas if you wanted to get a respectable job. Nowadays however they are more common place and socially acceptable. The traditional finger tattoos were to get LOVE on one hand and then HATE across the other knuckles, this was a design that was popularized by movie characters. Generally people will get either two four letter words across their knuckles or one eight or ten letter word across both of their hands.

Ear bunny.

Here is another example of the popular rabbit design, this time with more of a cartoon style to it. Behind the ear is a very popular spot for females to get tattoos, they are usually a little bit smaller than this one but is still easy enough to cover up if you have longer hair.


Flowers are one of the most popular designs to get for both males and females. In particular roses and lotus flowers. Getting a flower design like the one above can work in both just black ink or you can even get it colored in later if youre wanting to change it up.

Half sleeve.

The half sleeve is generally the preferred style of arm tattoo at the moment. Unlike having a full sleeve it allows you to cover up your tattoos with a t-shirt should you need to for work or any other occasion. It also means that you dont have to tattoo your elbow which can be a difficult area to work with and often you are restricted to the types of styles that you can get inked there.


Doves like the one above have a lot of different meanings. They are commonly used at weddings and are freed from cages as a symbol of love, peace and your new life beginning to take off together. They are a simple and timeless design that you definitely wont regret and can easily place anywhere on your body.


The finger second in from the pinkie finger on the left hand is commonly known as the ring finger and is often reserved for a wedding ring as a sign that youre married. It is quite common place for modern couples to get a tattoo there in place of a ring as rings are very expensive especially to lose! A small, simple tattoo such as the love heart above looks beautiful and is also easy to cover up should you need to.

Knee design.

The above flowers on the knees are also lotus flowers, this time from a birds eye view. The fully opened flowering lotus is one of the most beautiful flowers and because its a birds eye view it creates a nice circular shape that works well with the shape of the knee.

Abstract hand.

Abstract art works such as the one above can work really well as tattoos. Be sure to see them sketched out first as they dont always convert well to a tattoo form. Often people will get artwork from their favorite albums or artists transformed in to workable designs.

Ear cross.

Crosses have always been a very popular design to get for both males and females. They are most commonly known to represent people of a Christian faith, but can also just be for its aesthetic nature. Theyre are also a lot of different variants of the cross and they all have different meanings and origins. Because of how simple a design they are they really can work anywhere on your body.

Henna style.

Henna style tattoos originate in India and are usually for women and place across the hand and fingers with lots of different line and dot work to create a beautiful pattern. Henna is a style of ink used and is not traditionally permanent but only lasts a couple of weeks however many people do get them permanently tattooed as well.

Back planets.

Tattoos that go directly down the spine can look really great and give you something to show off when you wear a backless top. Having the planets of the solar system lined up work really well for this area and whilst they may be hard for you to see, they will definitely impress others.

Black rose.

The rose is a complex flower and works beautifully as a tattoo design. It has a lot of different meanings, with the obvious one being delicate love and beauty. However the meaning can change depending on the color of the rose as well as openness of the flower. Some people will get roses to remember ones that are lost in their life and they can work very well in bunches together and work great in both color and black ink.

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Four You – "Getting There" – (blog)03.26.17

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OBXer’s Getaway: Great Britain and the Irish Republic – The Outer Banks Voice03.26.17

OBXers Getaway: Great Britain and the Irish Republic

By Rob Morris on March 25, 2017

Durhams namesake in England. (Rob and Pat Morris photos)

Recalling the emotional bond we felt when returning to the origins of our ancestors, or the majesty of the medieval castles, or the beauty of the emerald green hillsides would be a splendid way to open a travelogue on our trip to the British Isles.

But lets start with the sheep.

Except for downtown London, they grazed everywhere on hillsides, on castle grounds and along the seashore in Wales. They even snacked unperturbed on the permiter of huge Heathrow Airport, where 70,000 people work.

We gleaned what happened to their outsides: You can find plenty of woolen wear at most stores. We sampled what they did with the innards: Haggis. Believe me, a sample is all you could possible want after finding out what it really is.

So what about the rest of the animal? Lamb once in a while on menus, but no hint otherwise. Well Google that in a while.

The sheep became a signature of the scenery between stops on our journey through England, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales. Overall it was a whirlwind, sort of a geographic tapas to sample places we might want to revisit more thoroughly someday.

A web search will tell you as much or more about the historic significance and architectural importance of what we saw, and it would take a much longer trip to dive into the culture and cuisine of the four countries.

But there were enough observations to feed my notebook in this case an iPhone during our 10-day getaway.

Ours was a motorcoach tour, which meant we rode a bus. Fortunately, it was only half full, so we had plenty of room to stretch out and not as many people to be pleasant with before our first cup of coffee.

Our guide, Peter, was a Scot who did a wicked Sean Connery impression. His humor was not quite as dry as the typical Brit, and despite what must have been stretches of tedium, he managed to keep it engaged much of the time.

Unless you like tight schedules, early mornings and packing suitcases, I would not recommend a motorcoach tour. It did, however, give us a low-altitude overview of the highway culture overseas.

Many Catholic churches were stripped of their valuables, including stained glass and slate, during the reign of King Henry VIII.

We speak the same language, but peculiar colloquialisms find their way onto the motorway, as the highway is called there.

You dont head north; you ride The North. A detour takes two words: diverted traffic. If you break down, a sign assures you: Free recovery; await rescue. At one exit, a sign notified motorists of part-time signals. Which, I assume, meant they had no benefits. Areas to pull over are called Lay-bys. Signs told us: Keep your distance, Give way, Leave at (exit).

We were riding high enough for a peak into our fellow travelers autos. I found that most use manual transmissions, presumably to improve petrol mileage. Most are quite American, as well; they drive alone in the traffic.

There were other things to make us feel at home or at least to remember it. Burger King enjoyed a virtual monopoly along the highway, and Krispy Kremes were abundant.

By the way, if you plan to travel overseas, avoid Charlotte, N.C., which is a model of airport inefficiency. Our plane was repeatedly delayed. Repairs took longer and longer which made me ever more apprehensive about spending six hours over a vast expanse of water. As we waited, a huge line of thunderstorms delivered a deluge, during which the grounds crew abandoned our luggage in open carts on the tarmac.

By the time we got to Heathrow, we had missed the first part of the tour sightseeing on a double decker through London. I could tell you more about the condescending driver who was 45 minutes late picking us up at the airport, but lets skip it.

After we unpacked at the hotel and used a hair dryer on our clothes, which were still wet from their time on the tarmac, we assembled for a briefing, ate, slept, got up early, enjoyed an outstanding breakfast, climbed aboard the bus and headed north.

The shoreline in Scotland is nothing like the Outer Banks.

The trip took us through a quick history of the British Isles, first to Cambridge, home of the countrys universities, where walking on the grass was reserved for the senior professors. Quiet quadrangles and perfect landscaping offered ideal surroundings for contemplation. Pretty far removed from my campus life in Wheeling W.Va., where our thoughts were shared over 3.2 beers at Macs down the road. At least the pubs name had a bit of a brogue. And we did have a rugby team.

We later walked the streets of ancient York, where medieval houses crowded one narrow street to the point of almost touching. It brought to mind the many walled, mountainside towns we visited some years ago in the Tuscany region of Italy.

If only by name, we got a reminder of home in Durham, another medieval village built around a cathedral. The cobblestone streets were uncrowded, giving us a chance to casually soak up the sights and not feel so much like tourists.

Along the rural roadways sturdy, fieldstone houses could have withstood the worst the Atlantic would have to offer along the Outer Banks. Here, protection against the damp, cold weather was probably their biggest task.

Somewhere along the way, we caught a glimpse of an imposing cathedral stripped of stained glass and roofing, a legacy of the Tudor era, when King Henry VIII allowed his loyalists to pillage as much of the Catholic churches as they wished.

A little taste of home.

Heading into Scotland, we stopped at the home of Sir Walter Scott, which was memorable for its collection of military hardware, 9,000 rare volumes of books, expansive views and pretension.

On the outskirts of Edinburgh, our lodgings featured a traditional Scottish evening with local foods and entertainment, which included, yes, a bagpiper. This is where we were introduced to haggis. I asked our server what it was, and with a puzzled look she said haggis, which of course is not what I was asking.

So I looked it up on my mobile. Its a seasoned mix of a sheeps heart, liver and lungs, also called pluck, which sounds whimsically edible. Traditionally, it is stuffed in a sheeps stomach, which in the Google photos makes the dish look, well, pretty disgusting. Our servings were more as we would see them throughout our trip, either as a firm pile of pulverized ingredients or as a patty. I tasted it. It was quite savory, as promised, but the texture was reminiscent of liver, which would have removed it from my list of side dishes had the ingredients not already done the job.

The night ended up with a somewhat goofy audience participation show with local musicians who were otherwise pretty good and quite amusing.

I was very much looking forward to Edinburgh, which brings to mind castles and knights and ladies with pointy hats, and sounds so Scottish. Unfortunately, the day brought relentless rain, which rushed us through our walking tour as we sought cover at every opportunity.

Edinburgh Castle, with its weathered gray stonework, was powerfully imposing, and getting to it required a good hike up a hill along a crowded street. The views at the top were breathtaking, if not shrouded in rain, but the limited areas for touring were a bit of a letdown. What little we saw inside was pretty much poster boards with information you could glean from the Internet. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo was not on our fall schedule.

Our seaside drive to the ferry docks, however, convinced me that Scotland would be a good destination for a more thorough visit of the British Isles. Hillsides ran to the North Sea, and the rocky shorelines were cold and imposing, far removed from the sandy beaches we enjoy on the Outer Banks. The seascape was stunning.

We turned south not far from Trump Turnberry. But lets stay away from politics for now.

The ferries here are workhorses, with multiple decks below for cars, trucks and buses, and above for passengers to eat, drink and be merry in the pub, if thats your thing.

Our arrival brought us to Belfast and the Titanic Museum, which told us little more than we already knew except it was near the dock where the ill-fated steamer was built. Nearby was the building used as a castle in the TV series Dr. Who and a huge hangar-like structure that our guide told us was used for scenes from Game of Thrones.

Heading south, the signs offered directions and information in both English and Gaelic, which reminded me somewhat of the my course in early English, which sounds more Germanic, or Nordic, which actually is where the region traces its roots. The Vikings first settled here.

Dublin was fairly nondescript, in my view, and the tour of the Guinness brewery was pretty much wasted on someone whos no longer a beer drinker. The view from the glass-enclosed rooftop bar, however, was outstanding.

That night, the Merry Ploughboy Pub gave us a sampling of the local fare at one of several very long tables, which conveniently seemed to be about the length of a tour bus. I dont remember much about the food, but the show was great. The Ploughboys offered a variety of traditional and more modern Irish folk music. We bought one of their CDs.

I was dreading our next stop, Waterford, because I was sure it would entail a marketing pitch, the only one on our trip. But watching how the intricate glass work is handcrafted into pretty much everything from vases to the trophy for the Players Championship of golf to an incredibly detailed model of Cinderellas horse-drawn coach was captivating.

There was no pressure but plenty of temptation to buy. You break it, you own it is not a policy to test in the showroom, where several items are offered well into five figures.

My wife and I decided that if we were contemplating life as ex-pats, Waterford could be a good choice. It felt comfortable and affordable a glimpse at some of the offerings in the window of a real estate office confirmed that. The walkable waterfront downtown along the River Suir seems like a place where we could spend a lot of time. Despite the draw of the crystal factory, it didnt feel touristy at all.

The ferry from Rosslare to South Wales was a nightmare. Ireland was playing in the world rugby championship and the boat was packed. We ended up sharing spots on a windowsill.

As a former rugby player, I understood what was going on during the videos of previous games being shown in the pub. I also understood the group of obnoxious guys loudly knocking back beers in the pub at 8 a.m. Its part of the rugby culture I remember and really dont miss.

We were in Wales for just a day, touring Cardiff Castle, another example of lifestyles of the rich and somewhat obscure, then dining on Welch food followed by another cute audience participation show.

They truly saved the best for last, in my opinion. Bath is an early example of strict zoning, where the stone architecture is quite homogenous but fitting for the city, where the mountainsides squeeze into the bustling city center where the natural springs are housed. The Roman baths date back 2,000 years and came back into style during the 18th Century Regency period, according to our tour literature. We were captivated by a street guitarist before heading inside for a tour.

That was followed by Stonehenge, which was packed with tourists and required a hike to the field where the ancient stone structures stand. A portable audio tour told us about the history and legends of the area, but contemplating the collection of monoliths, some leaning precariously, and trying to imagine their meaning and purpose is, to me, its more compelling appeal.

So what about mutton? My Internet research revealed that the meat, once popular and plentiful, went out of favor (favour?) in England after World War II, although it is still on menus in Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

But in 2004, The Mutton Renaissance was launched. Heres what their website tells us:

The Mutton Renaissance campaign was launched in 2004 by the Prince of Wales to support British sheep farmers who were struggling to sell their older animals, and to get this delicious meat back on the nations plates.

Renaissance mutton is the meat from a traceable farm assured sheep that is at least two years of age, has been finished on a forage based diet and matured for at least two weeks post slaughter.

Sounds almost as good as haggis.

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Helping other Dreamers, she’s caught in her own immigration nightmare: Larry Wilson – LA Daily News03.26.17

Lizbeth Mateos life, looked at one way, defines the American dream.

An immigrant from Oaxaca at 14, she quickly became fluent in English, graduated from Venice High, then took a BA from Cal State Northridge and more recently her JD from the University of Santa Clara School of Law. Last month she took the state bar exam.

While she awaits those results, she has landed a job with a nonprofit, Pasadenans Organizing for Progress, that puts her in the middle of the crisis in the Latino community over fears of deportation through newly invigorated ICE raids.

But for Mateo, theres more than a little bit of irony in the fact that she now spends her days counseling families about their rights when confronted by officers of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mateo may have an American dream, but she is also a Dreamer herself. That is, she would seem to qualify for the benefits of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2012, which defers deportation for youth brought to this country as children, as she was. Theres a bit of a snag, though.

This is the place to note that you may have heard of Mateo before. She and two friends went to Mexico briefly in 2013 to join up with other young people in a show of solidarity with those who had been deported from this country or left to visit family and now wanted to come home.

Dressed in their academic robes, the DREAM Nine presented themselves at the southern border and asked to come home. Customs thought about that for a time a time that included 17 days in the ICE detention center in Eloy, Ariz., during which Mateo was accused of being a member of the prison-based Mexican Mafia because she has a Mayan tattoo. And then the group was released.

But thats the hitch. When Mateo formally applied for the DACA path-to-citizenship benefits, they were denied precisely because she spent those 13 days in Mexico in 2013. Technically, a Dreamer cant have left the country since coming in.

So as I sat in Mateos office Monday morning listening to her provide advice to families after ICE raids and field phone calls from Spanish-language media about the raids, she remained a person who could be raided herself.

She was handling the case of a Mr. Ortiz, on whose Pasadena door ICE agents had knocked at 5:30 on a recent morning. They called out Police! and the family let them in. The warrant the agents had was for someone who didnt live there. So they got in on a ruse. They convinced Ortiz to step outside, and finding he wasnt documented, they hauled him away.


Mateo wants to spend her career making sure fellow immigrants understand their Fourth Amendment rights. When ICE knocks, dont let agents in. Dont consent to a search without a warrant. Remain silent.

As we talk, Mateo turns to look out her office window. At 32, at the beginning of a new life, shes doing the work that she loves. But Id like to be able to travel. I am an attorney, yes. But there is a part of me that just wants to be free.

When she briefly visited relatives in Oaxaca, they said she now has an American accent, is no longer really local, is likely to be kidnapped for ransom because she is more of a Californian now.

An American, a Mexican? I dont even know how to think of myself in that way. I am very proud of where I come from. But what I think of Oaxaca may be romanticized. This is where I live. Everything I know is here. I sometimes think that I am not wanted here. I have met really amazing people, and that makes me want to stay here. But I am in a state of I dont even know what I am.

Larry Wilson is on the Southern California News Group editorial board.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda Players Are Creating Nightmare Characters – Kotaku03.24.17

The Mass Effect series has traditionally allowed you to customize your main character. Some players take this as an opportunity to create inhuman abominations. Mass Effect: Andromeda has been no different.

The new character creator has a lot of fun, futuristic makeup and tattoo options. But its very easy to let things get out of hand.

As you may have noticed, players are given a lot of freedom when it comes to hair color, and the colors of your makeup. If you really like neon green, then, why not just cover your Ryders entire face in it?

At 4:05 in this video YouTuber penguinz0 shows this Ryders twin sister. I guess going monochromatic is a trend in the far flung future?

This isnt the only fun Ryder that penguinz0 has made. Behold: Pussy Ryder.

YouTuber Clever Title Gaming has made a video detailing the process of making their Ryder. Heres the end result.

Now thats a face I can trust, and not a terrible visage that is now surely embedded in my subconscious. Pleasant dreams!

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How To Choose A Tattoo You Won’t Regret – D’Marge03.24.17

The odds of stepping out on a given day and seeing a shocking tattoo are nigh-on 100% these days.

You see, what were once intricate black-and-white pieces have over the years spread into tribal mush on some gym bros arm, terrible sports club logos on lads and cursive monstrosities of nationalism plastered across all-too-willing ribcages and triceps.

Often the question creeps into your head as to whether the tragic bastard brandishing their inky nightmare regrets their decision. Youll never know, but we can make sure that should you ever decide to get some ink for yourself, you absolutely wont.

As Clichd as it is, well eco the sentiment here: Try and take inspiration from the things youre passionate about.

In tattooing, far too much emphasis is placed on the word, meaning. If youve ever watched Miami Ink, it was drilled into you constantly that every tattoo had to have a meaning. Similarly, whenever you get a tattoo, some smarmy prick will always pipe up with, but what does it mean?

The fact of the matter is, meaning isnt always a pre-requisite, but it sure helps.

Maybe you have walked into a shop and picked something you liked on the wall, and thats cool. In fact, many places do a bunch of business specifically on walk-ins and fixed rate flash days. If thats your thing, go for it, but dont be the person who spent 5 hours and 2 days getting a giant tiger across their thigh for absolutely no reason.

Youll always feel better when you get something you really love thinking and talking about, even if it is a portrait of your exs cat.

Youve thought of an idea. Good for you! It could be unique, it could be a modern twist on something else, or something thats been done to death. Everyone thinks its amazing and totally you.

For the love of God though, think about it. Think about it long and hard, in bed at night and when youre at work during the day. Let time pass, and if at the end of a few weeks (or better yet, a few months) you still have your heart set on it, then book.

Theres literally nothing bad that could come out of it and often something new will pop into your head that either adds to your idea, or trumps it altogether. Patience is a virtue when it comes to permanent ink.

The problem you see with a good deal of horrendous tattoos may not be the individual tattoo itself. Often, theyre part of horrible mish-mashes of different styles, shapes and themes all thrown together to create a giant clusterf*ck on some poor willing souls skin.

Think of your body like the canvas that it is in the context of an art gallery. No one would put a Monet next to a Picasso, next to a David Hockney. If you like flash tattoos, stick to that. If you like black and white, same deal.

Lets say your friend tags you in a picture of a tattoo that he/she thinks will fit your desired style. You scroll through their feed, gradually falling in love with everything they do, and decide to entrust your skin to them.

This may well be justified, but often, you might just find out about someone else who does their colours a little brighter, their shading a little neater, and their detail a little more detailed.

Always explore every option in the area around you. You can never spend too much time researching, because at the end of the day youre trusting them with A LOT. Instagrams recommended followers feature is great for this.

First of all, consultations cost nothing, and if you are charged for a consultation, youre going to the wrong type of artist. If you agree to go ahead, have a deposit ready, but only after youve asked every question you can possibly think of.

The artist always knows best, so take their recommendations on what they think in terms of placement, size, colour, and everything else. You dont want to be one of those people who thought they knew better. It will show in the finished piece.

And if all that fails, at least youll know that robots will one day get the job donebetter than humans.

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Needles and cupcakes – the passions of The Tattooed Baker –


Last updated05:00, March 22 2017

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Bex Savage shows her “baking arm” tattoos.

“All your tattoos tell a story,” says Bex Savage. And then she givesa brief travelogue up her”baking” arm,the leftfinger tracing the journey from wrist toshoulder.

“Starts off with a girl with alollipop, a bit of a sweet life thing going on, icecream, doughnuts, cupcake, then my utensils here…my rolling pin and myspatulaand my whisk.Some cake, I’ve got ‘tattooed baker’ up here and I’ve got little baker Smurfon my shoulder.”

For the finale,she flips her hands palmdown, tucks thefingers under,and holds them side by side. “Bake” and “Cake” are inked in floral green letteringacross the back of the hands.

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Bex Savage at home in her brand new Rolleston house.

Among the young, friendly workers bustling around the Dunsandel Store, Bexstands out.

READ MORE: *Tattoo artist’s hyper-realistic designs *Kids’ birthday cakes to make you go aw *The best-ever carrot cake

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Bex Savage took over manager duties at the famous Dunsandel Store this year.

There are those tattoos of course, especially the designs that sweep up her neck leaving her untouched face like a pale mask.But she’s also the baker and the boss.Shetook over managerresponsibilities this year and the tatt-covered boss is having a positive effect.

The well-known cafe, which has struggled over the past few years,is on the rise again.It’s busier, its reputation is rebuilding and much of that is to do with Bex’s old-fashioned baking skills.

She’s talking in the kitchen of theDunsandel Store as she ices a carrot cake. It happens quickly and smoothly.She barely looks down as shemixes up a big dollop of cream cheeseicing, then layersit cleanly and surprisingly thick over a cake with a long icing spatula.

“Use lots of icing,” she says.Being generous makes the job fast and the cake just that bit more of a treat. Customers notice and they come back for more.

So there’s that fascinating contrast – a young woman (just turned 23) who looks like a tattoo-banningparent’s worst nightmare and yet a womanwho loves baking cakes full of honest ingredients that taste,as she says, “just like your grandmother would make them”.

Later we talk at her new home in Rolleston. She had to race home to check on her new jack russell puppy, Bruce.

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Bex Savage ices a carrot cake. Her old fashioned baking is drawing customers to the Dunsandel Store.

She has built a new house on a new subdivision with her partner, a mechanic. They are on the housing ladder for all thetalk that it is nearly impossible now for young people now.

“We have both worked hard to get where we have. We did apprenticeships and you don’t end up with a student loan. You earn as you learn, so that helped us get the deposit,” she says.

Bex was raised in Ashburton, got her first tattoo at 15 (her maiden name ‘Waters”on her wrist)and left school at 16 to work in a supermarket. Jobs at cafes and bakeries followed. She did a three-yearbaking apprenticeship at Rolleston Bakery.

2014 was a hugeyear for her withtwin national wins in Auckland in her two passions.Savagebeat nine others in a live cooking event to win the national trainee baker of the year award, whipping up scones, baked bread and a tart faster and with fewer mistakes than the others.

The vibe could hardly have been more different ather other national competition that year – Miss Ink New Zealand, a beauty event for the well-inked.She showed off her extensive tattoos in casual wear, swimwear and formal wear sections. But it was probably her sensational item in the”talent” section that won it.

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A carrot cake needs a thick layer of cream cheese icing.

“Ithought,what am Igoing to do that represents me?Idon’treally have a talent.But to everyone else baking is a talent.”

She had a topless girlfriend lie down on stage and Savage slathered icing cream over her with a spatula in a live decorating demonstration.The tattoo crowd loved it. So did the judges.

She had conquered two worlds. On the tattooing side,she took over as MC for the 2015 and 2016Miss Ink competitions.

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Bex points to a rolling pin on her right arm.

On thebaking side, she did talks on behalf ofapprenticeships for the Competenzat schools, turning up asjust about the coolest assembly speaker they had ever seen.

She also threw everything, time and money, into building a Facebook following as The Tattooed Baker. She hoped to come out with her own book.

“But I forgot about my life, my other life, and I just needed to take astepback from this public figure thingand figure outwhat Iwant to do. lt was hard tostepback a bitbecausepeoplemightforget about me, but theyhaven’t.”

A two-year marriage ended, shebuilt a new house, took on the Dunsandel Store role and took on a new jack russell puppy called Bruce.

Ewan Sargent

Bake – Cake say the tattoos on Bex Savage’s hands.

And she’s still only just 23.

Bex says she’s loving her job in Dunsandel and has no plans for big changes for now.

Does she haveenough tattoos now? “No,” she laughs, “because Istill have some spare skin.”

“Ithink the tattoos have definitely given me more confidence. Inever used to wear T-shirts and now Iwear T-shirts, but I’m weird…Iwalk around the supermarket and everyone stares at me and Ihate it.”

But you walk around in a T-shirt? “Yeah, it’s hard to explain,” she says.

She’s an enigma, a complex mix of different worlds. But one thing is certain, that carrot cake is delicious.


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‘Everything in my life is Collingwood’ – – Collingwood03.24.17

Sports Galore: Pre-season nightmares Fan-favourite vodcast Sports Galore with Adam Treloar is back again in 2017. The Collingwood midfielder and Mark Allen discuss pre-season training tales as they catch up again for the first time in the new season.

“Boss wants me to be at work the same day of Adam Treloars birthday? Im sorry but thats just not happening.”

Paul Robinson is one of the men behind the cult social media channels ‘The Carlton Draft’ and ‘The Ressies Footballer’.

His Black and White passion is unquestionable, andthe views represented in this article are solely his own and not representative of the Collingwood Football Club.

Everything in my life is Collingwood.

My TV is black and white.

My pet rabbit is black and white and his name is Louie (after Lou Richards).

I live around the corner from a Hope Street (or as I call it, Moana Street).

And I have a tattoo on my back which says BUCKS IS GOD. For those not as one-eyed as me, its of course a dedication to Simon Buckley who played 26 games for the Magpies between 2010 and 2012.

The Collingwood life isnt as glamorous as one might think. My dedication has cost me numerous jobs, girlfriends and friendships but Id say the experience of being a Pies supporter is all worth it.

Fianc wants to turn my Collingwood shrine back into a bedroom? Nope.

Boss wants me to be at work the same day of Adam Treloars birthday? Im sorry but thats just not happening.

Family reunion when the 2010 Replay is airing on Fox Footy? Count me out Mum and Dad.

Its great because by now people have clued on to the fact everything else in my life will be #2 or below, and social norms that would be expected of most people are not expected of me.

Although it might seem like my life is all sunshine and black and white rainbows, it can be tough as well. Leading up to watching matches (especially the big ones) I pace the room and sweat like an opposition tagger when Scott Pendlebury is walking towards them.And after an uneasy summer, it’s finally timeto start it all over again.

Any year that we dont go through the season undefeated and win the premiership, I feel let down by the expectations Ive set of the 44 blokes Ive never met.

This year I genuinely think we can accomplish that. This will be the year the Collingwood Machine is reincarnated through our current crop of players. Its only fitting in our 125th year and during the 90th anniversary of our historic four-premiership streak beginning in 1927.

It all begins when we wipe the floor with the Western Bulldogs in the first game of the 2017 season on Friday night.***

Nothing against the reigning premiers, they are a fine team maybe even a good one. I believe any member of their Grand Final side would be worthy of a spot with Jack Hellier and the VFL Magpies.

Their Grand Final win was historic and their fans rejoiced across the nation. Tom Liberatore and his mates have partied and drank their way into Melbourne nightlife folklore. Its reminiscent of another team we are all familiar with the Collingwood 1990 side.

I see a lot of Collingwood 1990 in the Dogs. Believe it or not, its unfortunate for them. Our premiership defense in 1991 was unimpressive and I think the Bulldogs are about to experience a similar type of pain in 2017.

Can they beat us without the luck they had during our two encounters last year? Hell no.

We had them on the ropes in both games, but the one that still breaks my heart was Round 10 at the M.C.G. We had that many injuries before three-quarter time that Bucks (Nathan, not Simon) and Scotty Burns had to take the field in the last quarter to bring us to 16 players! We fought bravely but still went down by four goals.

We are better prepared this time. Weve even sacrificed Travis Cloke to destroy the enemy from within.

The plan is in place for this to be an all-time great Collingwood win, our club thrives on these types of matches. Everyone has written us off before the first bounce just the way we like it.

My tip: Pies by 19 points the perfect kick start to our eventual undefeated season. My prediction: Darcy Moore and Alex Fasolo to kick seven between them.

***Yes I know Filth 1 play Filth 2 on the Thursday night before our game, but I refuse to call that embarrassing, although comical, display of errors anything close to a game of football.

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Key Witness: Aaron Hernandez Started Showing ‘Paranoia’ After Deadly Shooting – NECN03.22.17

A former friend of ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez took the stand in Hernandezs double murder trial this week.

Alexander Bradley described the moments leading up to the deadly shooting at a Boston stoplight in July 2012 as the prosecution’s star witness against Hernandez Monday.

Prosecutors accuse Hernandez of fatally shooting Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as he rode in a silver Toyota 4Runner after one of the victims bumped into the defendant at Club Cure, spilling his drink. Bradley was allegedly inside the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

When they saw de Abreu and Furtado drive away from the club in a BMW, Hernandez and Bradley got into the Toyota and followed them, the witness testified Monday.

Hernandez had him roll down the window and told him to watch out before he “said ‘What’s up now (expletive) and started firing shots into the car,” Bradley said.

After the murders, Hernandez and Bradley when to the home of Bradley’s daughter in Connecticut, and Hernandez’s cousin Tanya Singleton arrived, Bradley testified. Singleton and Hernandez allegedly had a hushed conversation, and took the SUV with her when she left.

“He told her to take it to clean it up and put the car in a garage,” Bradley said on the stand.

As police investigated the 2012 shooting, Bradley said Hernandez began showing signs of paranoia around iPhones and helicopters and “just assumed everyone was a detective.” Hernandez was also allegedly having nightmares about the shooting.

“We kind of just kept our distance from one another a little bit after the murder,” Bradley said.

Bradley also told the jury about how Hernandez shot him in the face, leaving him without sight in one eye.

“I wanted revenge. I didn’t want to tell on him,” he said. “I wanted to make it even.”

Hernandez also faces witness intimidation charges for allegedly shooting Bradley in the face in 2013. Bradley settled a lawsuit with Hernandez in court.

Hernandez is serving a life term for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.

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