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Ace Custom Tattooing – yelp.com04.25.19


A bit over decade ago Chad Stewart gave me my second tattoo, and really the only one that I give a damn about anymore.What started out as an extra terrible, half-baked and impulsive idea (Aztec calendar backpiece anyone?) turned into a pure, authentic, love-based and completely hand-sketched piece (my great grandparents' names in traditional Chicano style lettering, with a beautiful turquoise, coral and silver feather ring that my mom gave me as the centerpiece) that I'll be proud of until the day I die.We did the whole thing in one go, it took several hours, and I enjoyed every minute of it. From the thoughtful planning back-and-forth prior to the session, the session itself, the multitude of cigarette breaks, the fun, shit-talking banter, Lil' Tommy chiming in and checking on me, Chad's steady hand and complete consideration and care, the whole thing was good feels.Despite my totally reckless lack of proper tattoo care (I was back in the sun and in the lake all day every day less than a week later), this tattoo is still solid, and I still get compliments and questions about it all the time.This is the cream of the crop for ink in Charlotte. Really, don't bother going anywhere else.

This is a true tattoo shop, Rodney Raines is an incredible artist!! You feel at home and the work is unbelievable. Worth advertising and boasting about.

Went to go get my first tattoo here, I was super excited (obviously) and picked out a basic line tattoo of a sun and a moon connected. My tattoo took 3 minutes. Fast forward to a few months after and I realized my tattoo was jagged and was blurry in some spots. A friend of mine who is heavily tattoo'd looked at it and told me I had blow out all over my tattoo. Meaning the needle was pushed deeper into the skin than it needed to be. Which makes a lot of sense now considering my skin was being pushed down by the gun.. You can see in the picture the jagged lines and ink that has spread out from under my tattoo, also called blow out. Also, around the top and bottom of the sun you can see the blurriness too. At the tip of the moon the line is extremely thin compared to the rest of the tattoo to the point it doesn't even look like it connects. Maybe I just had a bad experience considering all of the great things I've heard about this place. Although, being my first tattoo, this is really disappointing.

I would not recommend this place to get a tattoo. Extremely unfriendly atmosphere and not clean. Chancellor was my artist...terrible to work with...defensive and rude and not easy to collaborate with on account of his unpleasant personality. I stuck with him because I had already put a deposit down but the interactions with him were never what you would call pleasant. On my final tattoo with him, he messed it up badly. Every appointment I had with him he was an hour or more late and this one was the same. When he finally arrived, he was acting very strange like he was either high or coming off of a high from the night before. Many of the lines did not even show up because he was not putting ink in the fucking needle!! I went back several days later and told him he needed to fix it so I made an appointment with the bizarre office manager guy for 5 pm on a weeknight several weeks later. When I arrived for my appt., Chancellor immediately started yelling at me saying "where were you???" Apparently, the idiot office manager wrote my appt. down in the book as being for 12 pm instead of 5. This tattoo guy who had been late for every appt. was jumping down my throat because he thought I had been late! When I stood up for myself and argued back, the other tattoo artist in the room threatened me with physical violence and then tried to back track because he realized what he was saying and I could have easily called the police right then and there. Instead, I went to my apartment a couple miles away and got the appt. card that proved that my appt. was at 5 like I said, and I went back to show them. The guy who threatened me was apologetic, but the office manager freaked out and started yelling at me!!! It was unbelievable. Of course, I did not go back to get my tat fixed there. Instead , I went to Immortal Images on Monroe rd. A world of difference...clean, friendly, professional. Chris fixed my tat that Chancellor fucked up and reworked all of my others. It's just sad that I associate my tats with such an unpleasant experience and awful people, but hopefully that will fade in time.

As the proud bearer six tattoos, and this one being my seventh, I can honestly say that Ace Custom is the best shop I've ever been to. Chad Stewart drew up a half sleeve based on a half-assed idea I came in with- it looks amazing. He took the time to get it right and incorporate all of the elements I wanted in a solid looking piece. Chad's level of customer service is off the charts. He takes his time to give you the ink that you want, while not charging you an insane price. I'm on my third session and can't wait for the finished product, as well as plan the piece for my other arm.

I had a mess of a half sleeve tattoo from an "artist" from a different shop in Charlotte. After that disappointment I was either going to get it lasered off or get it fixed. It was difficult to find someone who understood what I needed done and who was confident enough to get it done right. When I came in and had a consultation with Lil Tommy, he listened to what I was hoping for and affirmed that he knew what I had in mind. When I got in, he was able to cover up the the mistakes that the other tattooer made, added additional work, and put his spin on the design. The rework and fixes were beyond my expectations! I'll have Lil Tommy do my next tattoo so that it's done right! Really cool dude!

Ace Custom Tattoo is A #1 in Charlotte. Over the past 4 years I've gotten 6 tattoos by 3 different artists there. Rodney Raines has done 4 in various different styles, Chris Stuart is awesome with traditional and lettering, and Lil Tommy can put your thoughts into the art you are looking for. I'm now trying to think of my next tattoo that Mikey Holmes can put on me. A great addition to the shop. One of the best compliments I've ever received is to have other tattooers tell me what great work I have. Thanks Ace!

Great tattoo spot, I walked in to get a quick small tattoo done and later that afternoon it was complete. The staff was nice, pretty flexible with my schedule, and the work was perfect.

My husband and I really did our homework before making an appointment but it was pretty obvious that Ace's is definitely the best place in Charlotte to get a tattoo. Hundreds of trophy's and awards line the walls of the shop showcasing their talent. After checking out the portfolios we decided to make an appointment with Chansler two weeks later. When we went in for our appointment, Chansler already had my husband's tattoo stenciled out. He did an amazing job and every detail was immaculate.Chansler designed my tattoo based on some pictures I'd shown him and completely captured exactly what I wanted. He added so much detail that I'd never even considered and I am incredibly happy to say the least. Not to mention, he doesn't charge extra for his custom designs! I'd recommend anyone to Ace's and would definitely ask for Chansler. I can't wait to schedule my next tattoo!!

By chance I was able to walk into the shop and get tattooed by Lil' Tommy. He was hilarious and I had a lot of fun. He made it easy to sit through the tattoo, AND he gave me a great price. I was in and out in less than an hour. I love my tattoo, it is now my favorite one, and will definitely come back again.Hi apprentice was cool too! 🙂

In two days I got a full sleeve from Chris Stuart. Had to book a while in advance but it was worth it!

What I'm about to say, I mean with all of the gravitas you can take away from it.I want Tommy to go steady with me, tattoo-artist-my-body-is-your-canvas-style. I live 6 hours away, and I will be going to only Tommy for all of my tattoos. Period. His artistic eye is perfect, his skill is amazing, and he can interpret your less-than-clear wants and needs and mind-read you to create exactly what you want.They were super friendly, very sweet and helpful, and I want Judy to adopt me, if she's looking for 30-year old kids.I've been around the tattoo block quite a few times in DC and Richmond, and I have never been in a shop that was more welcoming and fun.

I am a total tattoo snob. I earned the right...I wrote a book about tattoos and edited a tattoo magazine for a couple of years. The tattoo artist who finished the Medusa on my arm lives in Houston, Texas, but that was ok with me because he was one of the only people who could do my Medusa the way I wanted it. There are few people in Charlotte who I'd let touch me with a needle, and almost all of them work at Ace. Some say that Ace is a little pricey, but you get what you pay for...cheaper places with quicker turnaround times are faster and cheaper for a reason...they are sucky. I got tattooed today by Chris Stuart, and he was awesome. He's got great bedside manner, which is kind of rare in tattoo artists, who can kind of be divas sometimes. He drew the traditional-style rose right on me, and then he started lining and filling it in. The tattoo is on my wrist, which is a pretty painful spot, but Chris was gentle as a lamb with the shading...I had to plan my tattoo a month in advance to be able to get an appointment with him, but it was absolutely worth it. You won't get better traditional work in Charlotte. All the others folks at Ace are first-rate artists as well, and Rodney Raines, the shop's owner and frontman, is one of the best-known names in the industry. The shop is clean and professional, and their customer service speaks for itself. When you walk in the front door, check out the trophies in the window to the left. I also recommend skipping the flash section and letting one of the Ace guys draw something custom for you. Don't miss the chance to get your own beautiful art!

I've been going here for almost ten years now! I live out of state now, and still get work done by Rodney when possible. Ace is where its at!

Best artists in Charlotte, NC, southeast. I don't know what else to say. The talent here is ridiculous. They book out months ahead of time. Chris Stuart travels the world tattooing and never fails to execute with line work and his american traditional styles. He and skinny will blow your mind with their talent. It's talent, it can't be taught. its just natural born talent.

I drove nine hours from Indiana to be tattooed by Rodney Raines. That alone should tell you that this shop has a reputation for being one of the best in the business. It is as clean as a doctor's office and like someone else said, these guys are not divas. They're funny, smart and above all, talented at their craft. Rodney reworked and colored in my koi half-sleeve over a period of six hours and never ran out of patience or things to talk about and one of the other guys, who doesn't drink, gave my boyfriend a six-pack of craft beer.I don't think this place is particularly pricey, but I'm also willing to put a good amount of money down on a work of art, and that's what you'll get at Ace.Rodney does admit to being slow at getting back to people, but stay persistent. He doesn't get (outwardly!) annoyed and will accommodate you any way he can. While I can't go there every time I want a new tattoo (what with gas prices, travel time and overnight stays), Rodney will be the only one I ever go to for big projects. I can't wait to go back there this winter and get my other sleeve done.

Rodney R is one of the best Tattoo Artist hands down. He is very careful with what he does and truly does show the passion in his work. Only reason I have gone to other places is because I usually just do a last minute session and it is hard to do that at one of the best and most popular tattoo facilities in the Carolinas. The only thing that needs work on is the quick responsiveness to customer service.I sent my Dad to them to get some work done and no one helped him for 30 mins so he went to another place 🙁

Ace came highly recommended by several sources so I decided to go and get my first tattoo done. Lil' Tommy was the artist that worked with me. He was very patient with me (I kept changing my mind) and he kept it real with respect to my expectations. His honest attitude was refreshing. Am very happy with the end result and plan to go back when I'm ready for another one.

ACE is the best shop in Charlotte, hands down - the best group of guys anyone could ever ask for. Diverse specialties and serious professionals in their craft. Not to mention, just a great, honest bunch of guys who are always helpful, friendly, patient, and fun to talk to. However, this place is NOT for for the fly-by-night pick something off the wall kind of crowd. They DO have flash, but why would you chose flash when you have such a skilled group of artists at your disposal to craft a custom piece? So, definitely GO to ACE, but take your time, decide what you want, call ahead to schedule an appointment, and be prepared to wait a little while until you can get in. BUT it will be worth the wait, worth the money, and worth your while...

I had a "tramp stamp" I needed covered up, but I didn't know if it would be possible because it was rather large and colorful. Chad at Ace worked with me patiently to give me exactly what I wanted. He did an amazing job and I wouldn't go anywhere else in Charlotte.

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DSPS Tattooing and Body Piercer04.21.19

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Per Wis. Admin. Code SPS 221.04, all tattooing and body piercing activities must occur in a licensed establishment. In addition, all tattooists and body piercers must also hold a practitioner's license.

Temporary Body Art Establishments - please viewTattooing and Body Piercing at Festivals and Other Events for important information.

What Counts as Tattooing or Body Piercing?

A Licenseis required for a person whoapplies a tattoo to another person, and/or aperson whoperforms body piercing.

Eachlicense issued by the Department expires June 30th of each year.

If a license is granted after April 1 of a license year, that license will extend to June 30 of the following year.

Fee Reduction

Pursuant to 2017 Wisconsin Act 319, beginning August 1, 2018, an applicant for an initial credential may apply for a reduction of the initial credential fee that is equal to 10% of the initial fee. Qualification is based on the federal adjusted gross income being at or below 180% of the federal poverty guideline prescribed for the applicant's family household size by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. To determine eligibility please visit the United States Department of Health and Human Services website at, prior to submitting Form 3217.

Variance Request

If you are requesting a variance, please complete this form, Body Art Variance Petition Application (Form # 1000-IS),and return it to either your local Health Department or DSPS as applicable.

Frequently Asked Questions

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DSPS Tattooing and Body Piercing Establishment04.14.19

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Tattoo/Body Piercing Establishment Permit

A license is required to operate any premises where a tattooist applies a tattoo to another person, or premises where a body piercer performs body piercing, or both.

Temporary Body Art Establishments -Please viewTattooing and Body Piercing at Festivals and Other Events for important information.

Whom Should I Contact to Obtain a License?

Establishment licenses are issued by the county Health Department or DSPS if the county Health Department does not perform inspections. Contact numbers for county Health Departments which perform inspections can be found onOffice Numbers. If your county does not perform body art establishment inspections, please contact DSPS at (608) 266-2112.

License Application Process

Review theBody Art Agent & Non Agent Lists August 2018. If your establishment(s) will be located in one of the City/Counties listed, contact the agent in that countyfor the application instructions-DO NOT submit an application to the Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Some Important Public Health Concerns Identified During the Pre-Licensing Inspection Include:

Variance Request

If you are requesting a variance, please complete this form, Body Art Variance Petition Application (Form # 1000-IS),and return it to either your local Health Department or DSPS as applicable.

Local Approval

The Inspector may ask you for documentation showing that the proposed Tattooing and Body Piercing establishment has been approved for use by the local zoning authority. Talk with the local zoning authority to assure that your property is approved for business use. The local zoning authority may be a Village, Township, City, or County.

Practitioner Resources (potential occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens and sharps)

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Tattooing Without a License | CriminalDefenseLawyer.com04.14.19

States have adopted a range of laws governing this profession because of the inherent risks to personal and public health involved. While not all states require someone giving a tattoo to have a license, most of them have license requirements of some kind.

The practice of tattooing has become quite popular in recent decades. States have adopted a range of laws governing this profession because of the inherent risks to personal and public health involved. While not all states require someone giving a tattoo to have a license, most of them have license requirements of some kind. Additionally, some cities or municipalities have adopted ordinances that apply to tattooing that may add requirements beyond those required by the state. In many states, it is a crime to give someone else a tattoo without having a proper state license.

State laws define tattooing slightly differently from one another, but they all cover any instance where someone uses a needle to inject pigments or dyes into another persons skin in order to leave indelible marks. The definition of tattooing does not require that any kind of compensation be exchanged between the person giving the tattoo and the person receiving it. This means, for example, that if a friend gives you a tattoo for free and he is not licensed to do so, he has committed a crime even though he never asked for or received any payment from you.

In states that require or allow for tattoo artist apprenticeships, the apprentice can practice only under the guidance or supervision of a properly licensed artist. For example, if you are an apprentice tattoo artist you cannot give tattoos unless you are being supervised by the licensed tattooist.

States regulate tattooing in one of two primary ways. First, a state may require individual tattoo artists to first apply for and receive a tattoo artist license before they give tattoos to anyone else. States also require tattoo establishments or tattoo parlors to also apply for and receive a license for the establishment. In states that require the establishment to be licensed, its common for them also to require that no tattooing may take place unless it is performed in a licensed tattoo establishment.

For example, some states require both the artist and the establishment to be licensed. This means that anyone working in the establishment must have a license and can perform tattoos only in that particular licensed tattoo parlor. It is illegal for a licensed tattoo artist to perform tattoos in unlicensed locations, such at his or her home. It is also illegal for a licensed tattoo establishment to allow someone who is not licensed to give tattoos at that location.

In addition to licensing requirements, the National Conference of State Legislatures reports that at least 45 states have adopted laws prohibiting minors from getting tattoos or piercings. Some of these laws are blanket prohibitions against anyone giving a tattoo to a minor, while others allow for minors to get tattoos if they have the permission of a parent or guardian. Anyone who tattoos a minor in violation of these laws faces criminal penalties.

The potential penalties involved for anyone convicted of tattooing without a license differ significantly from state to state. Some states allow for both monetary fines and possible jail or prison time, while others do not. In the vast majority of states, violating tattoo licensing requirements is a misdemeanor offense, though felony punishments are possible in some limited situations.

Fines. A person convicted of practicing tattooing without a proper license often faces a fine. In some states, the law only allows for maximum penalty of a fine, while in other states fines and potential jail time are possible. Fines differ widely, with some states allowing for maximum fine of $50, $500, or $1,000 or more.

Jail or prison. In states with laws that provide for potential incarceration sentences for tattooing without a license, the crimes are almost always misdemeanor offenses. This means that the maximum potential penalty is no more than a year in jail. Many state laws provide for much lighter sentences. For example, tattooing without a license in Florida is a second-degree misdemeanor with a maximum jail sentence of 60 days. In a small minority of states, felony criminal charges can apply if someone gives a tattoo to a minor without permission from a parent or guardian.

Probation. Courts can also impose a probation sentence if you are convicted of tattooing without a license. Probation requires you to comply with various probation conditions, including common conditions such as not committing any more crimes, not giving any more tattoos until obtaining proper licensure, and paying all court costs and fines.

While some states impose only minor penalties for someone who tattoos without a license, the penalties in other states and in some circumstances can be very severe. Not only can you face incarceration and significant fines, but if you are professional tattoo artist or someone aspiring to be one, your ability to practice your profession can be seriously limited if not permanently derailed. If you are facing a tattooing without a license charge, you should speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer near you as soon as you are able. State laws and municipal ordinances on tattooing differ significantly, and you need advice from an attorney who understands the laws that apply to your case and who has experience dealing with area police, prosecutors, and criminal courts.

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Tattooing | American Goat Society04.14.19

AGS accepts tattoos and/or microchips as forms of identification; however, you MUST assign and list your tattoo sequence (both right and left ears) on the registration papers. Recording the tattoo sequence allows future owners the ability to tattoo the animal should they choose to do so. Keep in mind that not all members have a chip reader.

When tattooing your goats ears your registered herd tattoos should go in the right ear. This same registered herd tattoo will be used for all goats born on your property. The animal specific tattoo for each animal should go in the left ear. This tattoo will be different for every animal you tattoo. This tattoo consists of a letter for the year the animal was born followed by a sequential number for that particular animal. In 2009 the year letter is Z so the first kid born in 2009 would be Z1, second kid Z2; eighth kid would be Z8 and so on through the year. While standing behind your animal your left will be the animals left and your right will be the animals right. If you are facing the animal it would be opposite.

The specific letter is assigned for each year an animal is born. The year letter basically follows the alphabet. The letters G, I, O, Q, and U are not used.

Tattooing is a simple operation - so simple it can hardly be termed an operation, in fact. Its success depends entirely upon the operator and following a few simple rules.

The most important thing to remember is DO NOT alter your AGS approved ear tattoos EXCEPT in one very special case!! More on this later.

To reconcile tattoos so that any AGS goat with ears can also be registered with another registry without placing your AGS registration at risk:Find out what tattoo the other registry wants to appear on the goat. Put it on the tail (left or right tail web, or center tail). Fill out the other registrys application and INCLUDE EVERY TATTOO that is on the goat, including ears and tail. Keep in mind that when checking tattoos at shows, ADGA rules require the judge to either fill in a tattoo for each possible place there could be one, or write "none" on the show report if there is none. If a tattoo is present that is not on your registration certificate, your goat does not match your certificate. As of yet, this is not required of judges at AGS shows. Further, at this time, if you add a tail tattoo to a goat with ear tattoos that match its AGS registration certificate, it is not necessary to return your registration certificate to AGS to note the added tail tattoo as a change of tattoo, though of course this is permissible.

Here is the special case where you may change ear tattoos in pursuit of dual registration. You may add one or more digits to an AGS registered goat's right (herd of origin) ear if and only if BOTH of the following are true:


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What It’s Really Like to Get Permanent Eyebrow … – Glamour04.14.19

Five years ago, if we wanted in on a celebrity beauty secret, we had to wait for a reporter to hustle it out of someone on a red carpet or beg so-and-so's glam squad to let us in on the tricks. Now we've got social media where Bella Thorne Snapchats her entire microblading procedure, Kylie Jenner gets real about her injections on her app, and an Instagram of Ariana Grande's eyeliner technique goes viral.

That said, knowing what celebrities do and whether it'll work for you (and your budget) is an entirely different story. So last year when I discovered one of Hollywood's true beauty secrets, a woman named Dominique Bossavy, my intrigue was off the charts. Her specialty is microcolor infusionotherwise known as tattoo makeup.

Here's the thing: I've been in the beauty industry for a decade, and the one treatment I normally steer friends away from is tattoo makeup. It's not that I haven't seen great work out thereI havebut because I've seen a lot more really bad work. Think thick blue tattoo eyebrows, eyeliner that isn't even, etc. It's fairly permanent, and if it's not done well, it can be a big mistake.

Here's a look at a more dramatic transformation Bossavy has done.

But seeing Bossavy's work made me realize there really is an art to tattoo makeup. What first drew me to her is her Instagram. Like I said above, thanks to social media, it's so easy to see the results of an artists' work now. It's literally at your fingertipsand I loved every single image I swiped through. You can tell she's worked some magic on her clients, but not one of them looked like they had work done, which is exactly what I was going for. "The idea is to create an eyebrow shape that you'll forget isn't your own," she told me. Couldn't argue with that.

Second, I was into the fact that her system is all her own. From the ink she uses to the smaller tattoo needle she wields, "microcolor infusion" is a technique unique to her salon. She mixes three different-color tattoo dyes to fill in a dimensional brow shape and any sparse spots. (Important: This is not to be confused with "microblading," which is a newer form of semipermanent makeup that features a manual blade containing multiple needles. Technicians use it to create tiny hairlike strokes to make brows look thicker, as opposed to creating a brow outline.)

The downside of brow tattoos? They don't come cheap. Bossavy doesn't have set prices because each client's needs are customized, but you can imagine what A-listers will spend to always have perfectly groomed brows. Typically, though, microblading and semipermanent makeup can run anywhere between $400 and $800, depending on where you go and whether consultation fees are involved. And there's a huge upside besides the gorgeous results: The process lasts anywhere from one to three years, all customizable based on your needs.

I could go on about how much I loved my brows afterward; how fluffy and realistic-looking they were; how they've lasted well over a year. But seeing is believing, and I filmed my entire experience. Click play and prepare to be just as obsessed. If it's worth anything, I'll 1,000-percent be doing it all over again in a year.

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Police rebook man on more sex crime, tattooing of minor …04.14.19

A man booked last month on sex trafficking and tattooing of a minor charges was rebooked Monday (April 8) on more charges after police encountered another teenager with infected tattoos, court records show.

New Orleans police first arrested Darnell Johnson, 26, after a 17-year-old runaway girl told detectives he let her keep clothes at his house while she and another girl were being pimped out by two other men. Johnson gave the girl tattoos, including the one on the face, court records show.

Police said Johnson tattooed the 17-year-old girl during the same time period the girl and two other men, later identified as Jayson Figueroa and Cordarrell Rudolph, pimped out a 16-year-old runaway. After Figueroa and Rudolph had sex with the 16-year-old girl, they dropped the two girls off at Johnsons house, the records said.

A total of five people, including Figueroa and Rudolph, were arrested in New Orleans and St. Tammany Parish as a result of the investigation into sex trafficking in which police said girls who were being pimped out were also given tattoos, including a face tattoo for one girl that read numb, according to court records.

5 arrested in connection to sex-trafficking, tattooing of minors in New Orleans, St. Tammany

State troopers found a 16-year-old girl in a hotel after they believe she was drugged, beat and raped by seven men over the course of a week, according to court documents.

A week after Johnsons arrest, police encountered a 15-year-old in the 2400 block of Robert E. Lee Boulevard with several tattoos, including infected ones on each of her forearms. The girl boasted about the tattoos, but complained about their painfulness. The officer took her to the Childrens Hospital, where she was treated for a multitude of complaints, according to the new arrest warrant for Johnson.

The officer rummaged through evidence acquired by search warrant from Johnson and discovered a piece of paper with a sketch that mirrored the tattoo on the 15-year-old girl. When the detective asked the teen about her tattoos, she said she had met a man at his home, where he gave her three tattoos. The man later picked her up and allegedly had sex with her in his vehicle. When shown a picture of Johnson, she confirmed he was the man in question, the warrant shows.

Police rebooked Johnson on Monday on additional charges of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and tattooing of juveniles. His bond was set at $17,500 for the new charges. As of his rebooking, Johnson had not posted the $22,000 bond related to the March charges.

The 26-year-old has a lengthy criminal history in Orleans and Jefferson parishes with a carnal knowledge of juvenile conviction from 2016 and domestic abuse convictions from 2014 and 2017.

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Tattooing in Jewish Law | My Jewish Learning04.14.19

The prohibition of tattooing is found in the Torah: You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves: I am the Lord (Leviticus 19:28).

It is the second part of this verse from which we derive the general prohibition against tattooing. From the outset there is disagreement about what precisely makes tattooing a prohibited act. The anonymous author of a mishnah [an individual statement in the compilation known as the Mishnah] states that it is the lasting and permanent nature of tattooing which makes it a culpable act: If a man wrote [on his skin] pricked-in writing, he is not culpable unless he writes it and pricks it in with ink or eye-paint or anything that leaves a lasting mark (Mishnah Makkot 3:6).

But Rabbi Simeon ben Judah disagrees and says that it is the inclusion of Gods name which makes it a culpable act: Rabbi Simeon ben Judah says in the name of Rabbi Simeon: He is not culpable unless he writes there the name [of a god], for it is written, Or incise any marks on yourselves: I am the Lord' (ibid.).

The Gemara[i.e., the Babylonian Talmud (BT)] goes on to debate whether it is the inclusion of Gods name or a pagan deity that makes it a culpable act.

Maimonides clearly sees the origin of this prohibition as an act of idolatry. He includes it in his section concerning idolatry and then explicitly states: This was a custom among the pagans who marked themselves for idolatry. But, [Maimonides] concludes that regardless of intent, the act of tattooing is prohibited (Mishneh Torah, Laws of Idolatry 12:11).

Professor Aaron Demsky of Bar-Ilan University, in an article in the Encyclopaedia Judaica (Writing), goes even further to suggest that non-idolatrous tattooing may have been permitted in biblical times. He cites the following biblical references: One shall say, I am the Lords, and another shall use the name of Jacob, and another shall mark his arm of the Lord and adopt the name of Israel (Isaiah 44:5), See, I have engraved You on the palms of my hands (Isaiah 49:16), and is a sign on every mans hand that all men may know His doings (Job 37:7).

While these verses may be purely metaphoric, Demsky suggests they could be taken literally as instances of tattooing that were acceptable in biblical times. He goes on to add that A. Cowley (in his 1923 book Aramaic Papyri of the Fifth Century B.C.) showed that in Elephantine [a city in Hellenistic Egypt], slaves of Jews were marked with the names of their owners as was the general practice.

Regardless of the exact limits of this prohibition, over time the rabbis clearly extended the prohibition to include all tattooing (Tosafot commentary to BT Gittin 20b).

In our day, the prohibition against all forms of tattooing regardless of their intent, should be maintained. In addition to the fact that Judaism has a long history of distaste for tattoos, tattooing becomes even more distasteful in a contemporary secular society that is constantly challenging the Jewish concept that we are created btzelem Elokim (in the image of God) and that our bodies are to be viewed as a precious gift on loan from God, to be entrusted into our care and [are] not our personal property to do with as we choose. Voluntary tattooing even if not done for idolatrous purposes expresses a negation of this fundamental Jewish perspective.

As tattoos become more popular in contemporary society, there is a need to reinforce the prohibition against tattooing in our communities and counterbalance it with education regarding the traditional concept that we are created btzelem Elokim. But, however distasteful we may find the practice there is no basis for restricting burial to Jews who violate this prohibition or even limiting their participation in synagogue ritual. The fact that someone may have violated the laws of kashrut at some point in his or her life or violated the laws of Shabbat would not merit such sanctions; the prohibition against tattooing is certainly no worse. It is only because of the permanent nature of the tattoo that the transgression is still visible.

New laser technology has raised the possibility of removing what was once irremovable. To date, this procedure is painful, long, and very expensive. However, it will probably not be long before the process is refined to the point where it will not be painful, overly involved, or very expensive. At such a time it might be appropriate for the [Conservative movements] law committee to consider whether removal of tattoos should become a requirement of teshuvah [repentance, or reversion to behavior according to Jewish norms], conversion, or burial.

The prohibition of tattooing throughout the halakhic literature deals only with personal, voluntary tattooing. With respect to the reprehensible practice of the Nazis who marked the arms of Jews with tattooed numbers and letters during the Shoah [Holocaust], the Shulhan Arukh [the authoritative 16th-century code of Jewish law] makes it clear that those who bear these tattoos are blameless: If it [the tattoo] was done in the flesh of another, the one to whom it was done is blameless (Shulhan Arukh, Yoreh Deah 180:2).

Tattoos which are used in cancer treatment or any similar medical procedure to permanently mark the body for necessary life saving treatment are also not included in the prohibition against tattooing (Shulhan Arukh, Yoreh Deah 180:3).

The prohibition against tattoos applies only to permanent marks to the skin. Therefore hand stamps or other popular childrens decorations which mimic tattoos and paint the skin in a non-permanent manner cannot be included under the prohibition of tattooing. However, lshem hinukh (for the purpose of education), it might be appropriate for parents to make the distinction clear to their children. These also present an excellent opportunity to introduce young children to the concept that we are created btzelem Elokim and the implications of that concept.

Tattooing is an explicit prohibition from the Torah. However, those who violate this prohibition may be buried in a Jewish cemetery and participate fully in all synagogue ritual. While no sanctions are imposed, the practice should continue to be discouraged as a violation of the Torah. At all times a Jew should remember that we are created btzelem Elokim. We are called upon to incorporate this understanding into all our decisions.

This responsum (a formal response by a rabbi to a question about proper Jewish practice) by a contemporary Conservative rabbi reviews relevant precedents and arrives at a conclusion very much like those reached by Reform and Orthodox authorities as well. One additional point raised by others is that tattoos are often desired by young people whose parents object, making it a possible violation of the precept to honor ones parents. The practical question to which Rabbi Lucas is responding has three parts: Is tattooing permitted? Would having a tattoo prevent a person from taking part in synagogue rituals? Would it preclude burial in a Jewish cemetery?

Reprinted with permission of the Rabbinical Assembly.

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No data are available on the safety of tattooing during breastfeeding. Theoretical concerns relate to transmission of pigments or infections to the infant during breastfeeding and in the United States, blood donation is not permitted for 12 months after a tattoo as a precaution. Opinion appears to favor not obtaining a new tattoo during breastfeeding.[1][2][3] Tattooing of the nipple-areola area is sometimes used as part of nipple reconstruction in plastic surgery.[2][4]

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

1. Roche-Paull R. Body modifications and breastfeeding: What you need to know. J Hum Lact. 2015;31:552-3. PMID: 26185213

2. Kluger N, De Cuyper C. A practical guide about tattooing in patients with chronic skin disorders and other medical conditions. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2018;19:167-80. PMID: 28993993

3. Farley CL, Van Hoover C, Rademeyer CA. Women and tattoos: Fashion, meaning, and implications for health. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2019. PMID: 30806488

4. Boccola MA, Savage J, Rozen WM et al. Surgical correction and reconstruction of the nipple-areola complex: current review of techniques. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2010;26:589-600. PMID: 20721849


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Technology Takes Tattoos into the Future04.05.19

A 3D rendering of the Neuma Hybrid. Machine image: Neuma Tattoo Machines

Ink is the new black. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates that 45 million Americans are tattooed, and a poll from Harris finds marked men are now outnumbered by marked women.

What happened to the taboos around tattoos? Engineering. New technologies are expanding the artistic limits of tattooing while minimizing the discomforts, health risks, and permanence of extreme body art.

According to analysts at IBIS research, at least 8,000 tattoo parlors now serve a $3.4-billion annual U.S. demand. Even with more mainstream acceptance, tattoos retain their streetwise mystique, especially among the 40-and-under set who sport the lions share of the nations tattoos.

Ancient indigenous native cultures around the globe practiced tattooing, body painting, piercing, and scarification to express important spiritual or social messages. The global spread of European economic and religious influence led to the customs demise in many cultures, yet also introduced it to new generations of world travelers. In the early twentieth century, ethnologists like Wilfred Dyson Hambly documented some of the last vestiges of the original practice in isolated populations, capturing intricate body markings that still inspire artists today.

In recent Western history, tattoos have evoked the low-brow vibe of the worlds seaports, sideshows, cell blocks, and skid rows. Along with the social stigma, the practice has drawn unwanted scrutiny from public health officials. New York City even banned tattoo parlors outright in 1961, blaming them for an outbreak of hepatitis B. In the city of its U.S. rebirth, tattooing was performed illicitly in Bowery bucket shops for the next 36 years.

In 1891 Samuel O'Reilly revolutionized tattooing with his invention of the electric tattoo machine. Image:

Paleolithic tattoo artists decorated their clients using sharp sticks and red hot coals. Thousands of years later, the tools may be fancier but still perform the same bloody, wound-inflicting act. Whether by hand or with a machine, the artist uses needles to recreate a design below the surface of the skin. Tracing along a pre-drawn template, the artist pokes thousands of tiny, 1-mm-deep perforations in the skin. Ink flows in droplets through the perforations, leaving an indelible mark on the dermis. Before the first electric tattoo machines appeared in the 1890s, it was a painstaking manual process that could take days.

The big breakthrough in tattoo technology came in 1875 with Thomas Edisons electric pen and autographic press the first electric office duplicating system. Before widespread use of typewriters, the pen was used to engrave letters and drawings on a paper or wax stencil. The pens coil-powered stylus worked like a miniature jackhammer, punching small holes in the stencil at rates up to 3,000 per minute in sync with the clerks pen strokes. The document reproduction stage remained low-tech, relying on a manual ink roller and flat-bed press to print one duplicate at a time.

Although Edison was said to sport a modest tat of his own, he never intended his machine for such a subterranean use. However, the devices enormous potential for tattooing was immediately obvious to artists of the day. In 1891, a New York tattoo pioneer, Samuel O'Reilly, scored the first patent on an Edison-inspired electric machine. By the 1920s, the true precursor of todays basic machine became standard.

Most machines today are electric, operating either with a direct rotary drive or a two-coil electromagnetic motor. Some artists prefer pneumatic machines, which tend to be lighter, quieter, and lower-maintenance than electric models, yet they require a supply of compressed air. One of the newest twists on the old theme is the Neuma Hybrid, from Neuma Tattooing Machines, Granada Hills, CA. For artists on the go who want the performance of a pneumatic machine but dont want to haul an air compressor around, the Hybrid creates choices. Its engineered primarily as the next generation of the companys widely used N2 pneumatic machine, but with the addition of an electric module it can adapt to a standard 18-V power supply and RCA cables.

Tattooing with a MakerBot. Image: Le FabShop

Most of tattooings technological history has been spent making the job easier for human artists. But be careful for what you wish. A team of French design students adapted a 3D printer that could make tattoo artists totally unecessary.

As part of a competition sponsored by the French cultural ministry, the team of three ENSCI les Ateliers design students took a MakerBot printer, replaced its resin extruder with a makeshift tattoo needle, and programmed it to engrave a perfect permanent circle on a team members forearm.

Their first step was to practice on artificial skin with a tattoo machine borrowed from a local parlor. They programmed the printer software to create a perfect circle something that human operators find extremely difficult to do by hand. After adapting the printer nozzle to move a standard pen, they then worked out a way to hold the subjects skin taut with a section of tubing. With the practice run complete, the teamwent to work outfitting the printer to steer a real tattoo gun with equal precision. After modification to eliminate machine vibration, the students pushed print.

On the industrial innovation front, engineers are foregoing ink altogether in favor of more advanced media for skin-borne messaging. Implantable biosensors that transmit updated medical data through the skin using LED lights have potential in diabetes management. Motorola Mobility, part of Google, has recently patented an electronic neck tattoo that functions as a smartphone microphone, voice processing device, or according to the patent application a lie detector.

These new chapters in the history of tattooing may be written in disappearing ink, or they may leave an indelible impression. Either way, they reveal how deeply the art and science of tattooing has gotten under our skin.

Michael MacRae is an independent writer.


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