Tattoo artist Bret Bloom is a self-made artist and social media star with a lot of passion.
Happy International Women's Day! Learn more about all the talented women on our PainfulPleasures team.
Black and grey tattoos are a timeless form of body art, offering more versatility and wearability than color tattoos. Learn more about black and grey tattoos.
To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we've put together four unique and talented Asian American tattoo artists you need to know.
Dan Lorenzo chats with award-winning tattoo artist, Julia Carlson, about her strengths in artistry and motherhood.
Check out this list of our top 10 favorite apps for tattooers, plus one app that all artists need.
Tattoos are a global industry with a history that defies cultural boundaries, but as new artists take up the machine everyday the question arises about who has the right to tattoo cultural artwork.
The new year is a sacred time for many, offering motivation for us to tackle new goals. These five Phoenix tattoos embody the feeling of the new year, showing respect for the past and and inspiring us as we set our goals for the new year.
These ten tattoos are dedicated to the books and poems that inspire, comfort, and connect us.
While hyper realistic tattoos are impressive, there are things to consider if you're thinking of getting one.
Tattoo artist Katie McGowan weighs in on being a female artist, reflects on her time on Ink Master, and chats about the importance of exercise and camping!
2017 has been a year of pushing boundaries in old styles and creating new ones. Look back at some of our favorite tattoo trends of 2017.
Learn about tips, tricks and tools for managing your tattoo shop as effectively, safely, efficiently, and profitably as possible. We discuss studio management software, marketing and more in this post.
We take a look MT.DERM's transition from medical equipment manufacturers to Cheyenne Hawk tattoo machine innovators who up the ante each time they reinvent the Hawk.
In the past, novice tattoo artists had few options for practicing the art of tattooing. They could tattoo themselves, grapefruit, friends, and sometimes pig skin. Practice skin is available now, but is it enough like the real thing?
If you've been thinking about buying a new tattoo machine, but you're not sure what brand to get and don't know if you should opt for a coil or rotary machine, we have the info you need to make the best decision for you and your style of tattooing.
Trying to decide whether it makes more sense for you to purchase autoclavable grips, tattoo tips and tubes or if disposable tattoo tube-grip-tip units would be a wiser investment? We outline your options and breakdown the benefits and drawbacks of autoclavable vs. disposable tattoo tubes, tips and grips in this blog post.
Laser tattoo removal has gained popularity in recent years as technology has improved, but is it really effective? How can ink be erased after being injected deeply below the skin's surface? If it is possible to fully remove a tattoo, is the skin damaged in the process? How long does it take to get back to a blank canvas? We answer these questions and more in our blog post Does Laser Tattoo Removal Really Work?
What sterilization methods are most commonly used in tattoo and piercing shops? Are there sterilization methods that aren't appropriate for tattoo and piercing artists to use? In this first post in our Sterilization Series, we talk about the sterilization methods available and which ones are most often utilized by tattoo and piercing artists.
Learn about the top tattoo ink brands, which ones are old school and which are new school favorites, what the difference is between stable pigment-based tattoo ink and pre-dispersed tattoo ink, and which tattoo ink manufacturers have paved the way into the Golden Age of tattooing.
It’s almost here. Our ultimate Black Friday sale event — and we’re going harder than we’ve ever gone before. Brace yourself for the steepest discounts you’ve ever seen on artist-favorite brands. Now’s the time to get your wish list together. As the countdown begins, set an alarm for midnight on November 22nd. That’s when our […]
Enter our APOF-sponsored Battle of the Hands contest for your chance to win $2,500!
Our Blowout Clearance Sale has arrived for the first time ever! Check out our top 9 favorites.
Tattoo on the high seas by stepping aboard the Scarlet Lady. Learn more about Squid Ink, the first-ever tattoo studio on a ship by Virgin Voyages.
Meet 6 LGBTQ tattoo artists who are using their platforms to help the industry grow. Learn more to close out Pride month!
Let's find the best black tattoo ink for you. Learn more about the top 5 best black inks for lining, shading, and more.
Great news: tattoo conventions are making a comeback in 2021! Learn more and check out our interview with Troy Timpel.
If you’re opening a tattoo shop, you should find gloves you like. Learn the factors you should take into consideration when choosing tattoo gloves.
Investing in quality tattoo supplies will keep you and your clients comfortable and safe. Check out the top tattoo supplies that are essential for your shop.