Alexis came to me knowing full well what she wanted, an American traditional tattoo that would pay homage to her family. Since the beginning of American tattooing, this is one of the main motivations for getting a tattoo. At first, we had the “Mom, Heart, and Banner.” Sometimes you would also see Father, Brother, or Sister banner tattoos. A baby’s name tattoo is a welcome addition to any new parent’s tattoo work. However, oftentimes many customers choose their last name as their first tattoo. There are many varieties of heart tattoos with names. Blood ties strengthened by shedding a little blood during tattooing. Connecting you to family in a new way, a special way, a lasting way- the tattoo remaining for as long as the relationship of body to body exists, before we become spirit once again. The heart and banner tattoo is synonymous with classic American tattooing. Its bold blend of black ink with a heavy concentration of red ink can be broken up with a supporting or contrasting color in the banner, flowers are usually added for the same reason, to complete the look, and balance the deal. Classic Tattooing in Dallas In the banners here, I have […]

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“Behind the Ink” by Lombardo Avila
div class="listing_meta"> May 7, 2017 by Carl Hallowell in People

Please welcome my first guest article ever on my website, “Behind the Ink” by Lombardo Avila. Lombardo is a great young customer of mine, perhaps an old soul, maybe just a hard worker, above all a good person. Pictured is his sleeve which I helped to create. I handled the praying hands, La luna, Atlas, 13, horseshoe and Zacatecas, Man’s Ruin, and stars and dots background for him. He chose to include me in his article, which I greatly appreciated. I am proud of the statements he quoted me on- I feel it represents my outlook as a tattoo artist well. Perhaps the inclusion of this article on my site will offer you  fresh insight into my work and work ethic, and introduce you to this great young man who is already in the process of making his mark on the beautiful world in a big way. Please enjoy. Behind the ink ​Sal Trevino, 56, started tattooing professionally at the age of 13 in 1974. In that age, he said tattooing was just a way to make money. His customers were the type of people society frowned upon. ​“The fact is that back in the day, people that got tattooed […]

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