There’s a reason that many people who want tattoos don’t have one, or more, yet – cost. For a quality tattoo (would you want any other kind?) you’re looking at an average of $175 to $190 per hour depending upon size and complexity. While there is no arguing the value of an expert work of art that you will wear on your body for a lifetime, you do need to budget for it, which may require some cost cutting in other areas of your life. We’re certainly no strangers to this topic, as clients often express to us the many ways they were able to set aside some extra dough for their investment in self-expression. Below, we’re sharing practical tips to how you too can make it happen. By following the advice (as it applies) you can get the tattoo you’ve always wanted instead of the one you can only afford, today.
5 Practical Tips to Saving Money for a Tattoo
Have you noticed that the weather is hot and girls are dressing less, and checking out the fellas to tell ’em who’s best? Are you riding around in your Jeep or your Benzos, or in your Nissan stting on Lorenzos? Then you know what time of the year it is!
“Summertime” lyrics aside, the solstice is indeed upon us and while many are planning a wave of summer activities and itineraries, a good number of you have a new tattoo on the mind. After all, you’re going to be flashing a lot more skin in the 2.5 months ahead and adding a little something to your surface is a great way to celebrate the season. But alas, you’ve also heard some say that a tattoo in the summer is a bad idea. It’s not. It’s completely fine as long as you’re armed with a plan, and that’s what we’ve laid out for you below.
5 Tips to a Successful Summertime Tattoo
With World Oceans Day upon us (June 8) now is a great time to take a look at one of the most historically significant tattoo designs in Western culture. Anchors initially became a popular in this capacity during the 18th century, as sailors emblemized their wartime experiences with an anchor to symbolize their desire for stability at sea along with the hope of return home safely. Today, some pay homage to their family’s naval heritage with this tattoo, while others associate anchors with their deep seeded love for the deep blue sea. Some request it because of what an anchor signifies (stability). Whatever the motivation may be, our studios get a significant number of ongoing requests for anchor tattoos, and because of this we can immediately answer one part of your question. Where to get an anchor tattoo? If you live within or are visiting the Greater Vancouver or Toronto area, Adrenaline Studios is where you want to navigate to. View the reasons right here.
Now what about those of you wondering where on the body to get the design done? To be honest, anywhere works when it comes to anchors and the never-ending styles and renderings it can be done in. But alas, we can certainly provide some insight for those that could use a little nudge in the right direction. Let’s dive in.
Where On Your Body to Get an Anchor Tattoo
Back at the start of May we released our tattoo ideas for moms article in anticipation of Mother’s Day. Now, with Father’s Day around the corner, we’re giving the fellas something to think about. But this time we’re focusing on those of you blessed with daughters.
It’s a different scenario than with sons. With boys, we (dads) feel as if we have to take on a tougher role, teach them how to be a man (whatever that means these days) and all of those cliches. But with daughters – we’re ‘effin mush. They own us, pure and simple. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at some heartfelt and fun ideas to consider before heading to the tattoo studio near you.
5 Tattoo Ideas for Dads With Daughters
One of the big motivations for getting a tattoo is a major life changing event. Therefore it should come as no surprise that many people consider getting a tattoo after being released (graduating) from college, university, or other post-secondary institution. But alas, after four (or more) years of cramming over your course load you’re at a loss for how to best represent this important turning point. Don’t sweat it – that’s what we’re here for, with some solid ideas to help celebrate your achievement, in ink.
6 Fun Tattoo Concepts to Celebrate Your Recent Graduation
Mother’s Day weekend is upon us (at press) and to mark the special occasion you’re thinking about getting inked. It’s a great time to do so as you can hit the kids up for a tattoo gift certificate as a present – after all, how many homemade cards and overcooked breakfasts in bed can one handle? But alas you want this gift to yourself to last without any regrets, which is why we’re weighing in with our list of can’t miss ideas.
5 Tattoo Ideas for Moms That You Won’t Regret
We recently published an article on the other benefits of getting a tattoo. These include a means to healing past trauma, an option for covering skin conditions, a method of enhancing musculature, a way to promote your personal brand, and a channel for connecting to others. But what you may be surprised to find out, is that studies point to some key health benefits to having tattoos, advantages that have been scientifically validated. Let’s investigate further, and find out why it may be time to start or ramp up your “collection”.
Why Having Tattoos May Be Good for Your Health
There are a few reasons why a tattoo has faded over time. You may not have properly vetted a tattooist or studio and received poor quality work. Perhaps appropriate aftercare was not afforded the tattoo and/or you’ve spend too much time in the sun without enough SPF+ to cover the ink. Or, you received the tattoo decades ago and the wear and tear that comes with the passage of time has done its dirty work and rendered your body art a mere shell of its former self. Whatever the case may be, you’re left with a tattoo that no longer pops, and perhaps requires reading glasses to identify. Is there anything that can be done to return it to its former glory? Are there other options you may not have considered? Yes.
3 Options to Consider When an Old Tattoo Has Faded
One of the tried and true spots on the body for getting a tattoo is also one of the most mulled over. After all, it is up front and center for all to see, at least in the spring and summertime in Canada. Still, the lower arm canvas is ripe for an amazing design and allows you to wear your heart on your sleeve. In order to help you get a better grip on the forearm tattoo concept we have detailed the three key things you need to consider before scheduling that first consultation.
3 Things to Consider When Getting a Tattoo on Your Forearm
On their own, a big trip and a new tattoo are two exciting events in one’s life. When the two align along the same timeline, things get a little more interesting. After all, aftercare is essential to the success of a fresh tattoo, and if you’re like many travelers personal hygiene can be left on the sidelines (whether intentional or otherwise) when trotting around the globe. Then, there are other variables that come in to play that may require additional planning. Before you schedule a tattoo in the days or weeks preceding your departure time, please read ahead.
5 Things to Consider Before Traveling After Getting a Tattoo
The most obvious benefit to getting a tattoo is the fashionable aesthetic of it. When done well, it looks awesome. But there are other benefits and advantages that fresh ink can afford. Today, we’re going to list them, in case you haven’t considered how much of a positive impact a tattoo can have on your life.
Lesser Known Ways a Tattoo Can Positively Impact Your Life
While we were tempted to leave a one word answer and walk away from the laptop, we know that some of you prefer a little clarification on this topic. And, we suppose there are some “age related” scenarios that may add risk to getting inked. Without further banter, let’s get to the heart of the matter so that you can make your decision about getting tattooed at an advanced age, whatever that means.
5 Things to Consider When Getting a Tattoo Later in Life
After months or years of hard work in the gym, dungeon, or other favorite place of physical punishment you have a physique to be proud of. However, in your never-ending mission to amplify the aesthetics of your human shell, you’re considering a tattoo (or plural) to bring it all together. But while you’ve seen it work for some fellow gym rats and CrossFit addicts, the effect has been “not so much” for others. Can a tattoo really make a difference? It can. Here’s how.
How Tattoos Can Peak Your Muscular Physique
Stretch marks are most often associated with pregnancy, but they can also occur after significant stretching of the skin that comes from major muscle or weight gain. It may even occur in teens that have exhibited quick growth spurts. While they are nothing to be ashamed of (especially for pound mamas!) many people would rather see them gone. But for many, corticosteroid creams, lotions, and vitamins/minerals have had little to no impact in getting rid of stretch marks, causing some to ponder the possibility of getting a tattoo to minimize the appearance of stretch marks in especially “problematic” zones. Is it possible? Tattoos can be applied to improve the aesthetics, but there are some important things to consider first.
4 Things to Consider Before Getting a Tattoo to Cover Stretch Marks
We’ve already discussed where to get a small tattoo, which is a helpful guide for those of you getting inked for the very first time. However, many people are considering a big piece, something dramatic and impactful. This kind of commitment requires a lot of thought. After all, while laser technology for removal or fading for cover up has come a long way, doing so for large and ink-heavy work is certainly more challenging. Below we have detailed both expected and unexpected considerations that you will want to review before booking that first consultation.
How to Choose Place and Placement for a Large Tattoo
Spring break is upon us and whether you’re in college or continue to live life like you’re in college (you do you!) you’ve got a new tattoo on the mind. People all over the country consider “time off” as the perfect time to get inked, and with spring break being the vacation of vacations, it certainly makes sense. However, before you schedule your appointment, there are some things you need to consider.
What You Need to Know Before Getting a Spring Break Tattoo
Last we offered insight into what couples need to consider before getting a tattoo. This week we’re expanding on the concept with a look at when it makes sense for a number of people, tied together by some bond, to get tattooed with a common theme in mind and without regret.
5 Rational Reasons to Get a Group Tattoo
Many people consider couples tattoos to be more intimate than engagement/wedding rings, and they are certainly more enduring. After all, you can’t plunk your ink near the kitchen sink and lose it down the drain. However, given the relative permenancy of couples tattoos you’ll need to give it some careful thought, not just in regards to designs you won’t regret, but where (placement and location) to get it done.
4 Things to Consider Before Getting Couples Tattoos
Foot tattoos have gained in popularity over the last few years as celebrity after celebrity have taken to Instagram to showcase fresh ink on their well-pedicured tootsies. With every magazine from Cosmo to Glamour naming the foot among the top spots for women to get a tattoo it’s no wonder that studies show a gender split when it comes to placement. Think we’re exaggerating? Recent data finds that 83.2% and 87% of tattoos on women are found on the ankles and feet, respectively. Compare that to just 16.8 and 13 percent of men.
But that’s beside the point.
Like with any tattoo, there are unique considerations when it comes to placement, which is why we’re weighing in with some advice before you walk over to a tattoo shop near you and get some permanent work done on your precious peddlers.
4 Things You Need to Consider Before Getting a Foot Tattoo
Adrenaline Studios is proud to serve the multicultural melting pots of both Greater Vancouver BC and Greater Toronto ON. In doing so, we tattoo all skin types, and have become well known for our ability to work with any tone, making black ink and color pop no matter the amount of oh-so beautiful melanin. However, with the rise in popularity of laser removal for cover-ups or as a means to create a clean canvas, questions arise about the viability of laser tattoo removal for dark skin. And it’s a fair question, given that in the past proper recourse for undesirable ink was hard to find. But thanks to the evolution of laser technology things have changed for the better. Let’s investigate.
How to Achieve Successful Laser Tattoo Removal for Dark Skin
The only reason some people are on the fence about getting a first tattoo is the concern about how it may impact their career prospects. Granted, this concern has been downgraded significantly over the last decade, with a recent study finding that nearly 50% of the Millennial generation has a tattoo. Still, before you take the step and get inked you need some assurance that doing so will not hamper your income potential. Well guess what? It may actually help.
How a Tattoo May Help Build Your Personal Brand
So you’ve decided that you want to get a tattoo removed. After a local online search for where to go for such a thing, you find that you’re presented with two types of options, cosmetic laser clinics or select tattoo studios offering laser removal. Which do you choose? For many the answer is clear, but for those not yet in-the-know, we’re here to break down the three qualifying questions you need to ask yourself before calling or dropping by to make an appointment for this very important procedure.
3 Things to Consider When Choosing Between a Laser Clinic or Tattoo Studio for Your Tattoo Removal
In our never ending journey to answer all of your questions about tattooing and piercing, we comb the web (search, forums, Reddit, etc.) and uncover exactly what you’re asking, no matter how large or little. We have found that a number of you are inquiring about where to get a small tattoo. What exactly is the question asking? Do inquiring minds want to know which brick and mortar to choose for their half-pint ink? Or, is the query in regards to body placement? A bit of both it seems, as the public is also punching “where to get a small tattoo in Vancouver” (and Toronto) into their Google and BING search bars on a monthly basis. So, in order to ink two birds with one machine (a better expression, don’t you think?) we are here to answer both, below.
How to Choose Place and Placement for a Small Tattoo
How a Tattoo Can Help You Reach Your New Year Goals
2019 is almost here and that means it’s new year resolution time. Many of you are considering getting a tattoo in the first week of the new annum as a means to make a bold statement that the year to come will be one of the most defining ones in your life to date. Good on ya’. But in case you’re getting a case of cold feet that heated insoles can’t solve, we’re here with some insight as to why getting a tattoo to launch your new year “campaign” is a great idea.
5 Reasons to Make a Tattoo Your New Year Resolution
There’s little that looks better (in our opinion, we suppose) than great tattoos on healthy skin on toned muscles. If you’re reading this, you probably think the same, which is why you’re amped about getting into the gym after getting a new tattoo so that you can continue with your regime. However, like with any physically activity, you need to step back and access what’s best for your body art investment. Should you wait a week or two or more to allow yourself to fully heal? Are there other considerations and longer term implications at play? That’s what we’re here to answer for you.
4 Things You Need to Know Before Hitting the Gym After Getting a Tattoo
This one goes without saying…
Last month, we told you it’s a great idea to get a tattoo in the wintertime, given the fact that you’re bundled up and protecting your fresh ink from the elements (UV, saltwater, etc.). However, that doesn’t mean you can go willy nilly (#thingsmomssay) as the season does come with some unique activities and thus precautions that need to be taken to protect your body art. With the December solstice just days away we’re here with some advice on what not to do so that you give your tattoo the best possible opportunity to heal.
4 Winter Activities That May Keep Your New Tattoo From Healing Fast
Have a friend of family member that lives on the fringe? Would they fit better at Burning Man over Shambhala? They’d probably roll their eyes at the fact that you even went online and searched the expression “gifts for edgy friends” in the first place. They are a complicated lot, aren’t they? But here’s the thing, in doing so, you are a damn good friend (or kin) because you’re taking the initiative to hunt down a present that truly considers their unique personality. You’re awesome. Now that we’ve pumped your tires accordingly, we can present you with an annual holiday gift guide that you certainly won’t find anywhere else.
5 Tattoo Shop Gift Ideas for Your Not-So-Typical Friend this Holiday Season
Pondering what to get that special someone?
The red cups are at Starbucks which means it’s probably time to start shopping for your holiday presents. Some of your friends, family, and loved ones are a bit more complicated, and so trips to Winners, Best Buy, or Canadian Tire won’t cut it. Instead, you need to come up with something more thoughtful, unique, and something that speaks to who they are as a person. You guessed it – a tattoo. On the fence? Fret not, as we’re going to clear up the rationale behind why a fresh coat of ink if a great gift idea for that special someone in your life.
5 Reasons Why a Tattoo is a Perfect Christmas Present or Holiday Gift Idea
Wait for it….winter is coming. There, we got that overused meme-stamp out of the way so let’s get down to business.
Yes indeed, the season is upon us and some of you are considering getting your first or second tattoo. As such, you have a lot of questions, and one of them is in regards to whether or not there is anything you need to know about getting inked in the weeks surrounding the December 21 solstice. The weather is cold and you’re dressed to the hilt and want to make sure your new tattoo gets the care it needs to heal to perfection. Today, we’re going to address all of your questions and concerns.
4 Things You Need to Know About Getting a Tattoo This Winter
Greater Vancouver is surrounded by world class snowboarding, from Grouse Mountain to Whistler Blackcomb there’s a something for everyone. For those of you in Toronto, Mount St. Louis Moonstone and Blue Mountain Resort beckon from just under two hours from our Queen Street studio. Bottom line, is that whether you’ve got slopes in your backyard or you plan on making a snowboarding trip this winter, your stoked for the arrival of the season.
While the snowboarding and tattoo cultures certainly cross over, some of you are wondering if OK to seek fresh powder after getting a fresh tattoo. You’re about to participate in a pretty intense outdoor winter sport after all, and want to make sure you’re not putting your investment in ink at risk. Just in time for opening season (depending upon when you’re finding this article) Adrenaline is here to weigh in to answer your questions and concerns.
4 Things You Need to Know Before Hitting the Slopes After Getting a Tattoo
A walk in the forest may help with your decision
Can you get a tattoo and piercing on the same day? Believe it or not, this question comes up from time to time, and to be honest, there is no clear cut answer. Of course, it’s absolutely viable, but whether or not you should, or if a given studio/shop will agree to do it, depends a lot on you. Read below to see what we mean.
5 Things to Consider If You Want to Get a Tattoo and Piercing on the Same Day
Give your cover up tattooist a cleaner canvas
We seem to be spending a lot of time talking about laser tattoo removal of late, as the demand for more information keeps piling up. While it may seem strange for a business that is first and foremost a tattoo parlor to encourage such candor, we absolutely do. In the end, we don’t want to be known for populating the country with the most tattoos possible, but for delivering the highest quality tattoos, ones that people are actually stoked to live with.
In one of those aforementioned recent pieces, we answered your question about whether you should consider laser removal or a cover up for your unsatisfactory ink. In that article, we introduced the concept of fading, a procedure which combines modern laser application together with traditional cover up methodology. Today, we’re going to dive deeper into the details behind this highly effective means to replacing an unwanted tattoo.
Using Laser Tattoo Removal to Make Your Cover Up Better
Don’t worry, there’s a better option
Tattoo removal has been around as long as body ink. And just how the tattooing process was once a crude one, removal too was cringe worthy, perhaps more so when you consider the antiquated methods. Heck, even today some services continue to use trichloroacetic acid to remove tattoos. Yes, acid.
Thankfully, you now have a better option – laser tattoo removal. But alas not all laser systems are created equal. As one of Canada’s premier studios offering tattoo removal as a service, we have carefully chosen the world’s first picosecond laser and the most advanced tattoo removal laser around. Today as we look at the benefits of choosing laser for your tattoo removal, we will focus on the best possible system out there, PicoSure with patented PressureWave technology.
Top 5 Advantages of PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal
Eyebrow tattooing and microblading is becoming big business in the image-conscious cities of Vancouver and Toronto. The delicate hairs above the eye that follow the shape of the lower margin of your brow ridge have a major impact on your appearance. Because of this, people are taking longterm or permanent cosmetic action to alter the shape, fullness, and symmetry of their brows to highlight the eyes and better frame the face.
Eyebrow tattooing is a permanent solution which uses ink, and follows the traditional practice of getting tattooed. Eyebrow microblading is a non permanent (typically lasts up to a year or 18-months) method that applies pigment (vs ink) to the second dermal layer of your skin in fine strokes using a specialized hand-held tool. Both are very effective, with preferences varying by individual needs. The intent of this article however, is to help you decide whether or not you should consider moving forward with either, or to leave your brow as it is now.
5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Getting Your Eyebrows Tattooed or Microbladed
Some scars are badass and come with a backstory that makes for great cocktail party fodder. However, most of us didn’t get stitches from going blow to blow with a croc in Costa Rica or attempting a 900 aerial at a local skatepark. Nope, for the most part they come from a bout of clumsiness or a surgery we’d prefer to forget. Whichever the case, if Polysporin didn’t do the trick and you’re left with an unsightly blemish on your otherwise perfect epidermis then you’re wondering if a tattoo is a viable option to cover it up. There’s no clear cut answer to this query as every case is different, but we can provide you with the intel you need to determine your next course of action.
5 Things You Need to Know If You’re Considering a Tattoo to Cover Up a Scar
Are you tired of looking at your tattoo? Whatever the reason may be for wanting it wiped clean from your canvas, you know you want it gone. The problem however, is that you’re torn between removal and a cover up. The good news, is that you have choices, and as a full service tattoo business with shops in Vancouver and Toronto that offer both options, we have lots of insight on the matter. Today, we’ll take a look at what you need to consider before making your big decision.
4 Things You Need to Consider When Deciding Between a Tattoo Removal and Cover Up
Ears, check. Now where should you get your next “first” piercing? It’s a question that everyone who wishes to expand beyond the lobes and upper ear cartilage struggles with. And like with a first tattoo, placement plays an essential role in the experience, aftercare, and overall satisfaction. Given that Adrenaline boasts premier piercing studios in Greater Vancouver and Toronto, both of which accept walk-ins, we know what you’re going through. Today, we’re going to take a look at the most popular first-time body piercing zones so that you can make a more confident decision about the placement of your own.
*Disclaimer: Pain threshold, recovery time, reaction to body jewelry, and risk of rejection varies by person. If you have any any blood borne diseases, illnesses, or a strong history of keloids, inform your piercer.
5 Parts of the Body You Should Consider for Your “First” Piercing and What You Need to Know
Nothing is off limits when it comes to where on the body to get a tattoo, and we mean…nothing. That being said, there are certainly many things to consider, especially if this is your first foray into the world of body ink. Having parlors populated by artists that have indeed tattooed on every imaginable inch of the human epidermis, we’re more than qualified and happy to provide you with some insight into this important decision.
5 Things to Consider When it Comes to Tattoo Placement
By definition, permanent makeup (aka cosmetic tattoo) is a cosmetic procedure which employs the discipline of tattooing as a means of producing designs that mimic traditional makeup. Common applications include eyebrow tattoos, eyelash enhancement, lip liner, beauty marks, and a variety of other permanent color enhancements to facial skin. Given its effectiveness (when done by a professional), the decision to undergo the procedure is one that should be well thought out. Today, we take a look at some darn good reasons why permanent makeup may be right for you.