2011 London Convention

Just a quick announcement about the London Convention, since i'm starting to get a lot of mail on that subject:

Yes, Uncle Allan will be working there, but no, you can't book an appointment.
Allan will show up with a bunch of line drawings ready to tattoo, and if you like on of them, and there are no other people in front of you, you can get tattooed.
So if this sounds like something you'd be interested in, get to his booth early.
If you want a custom design, please sign up for the waiting list to get tattooed in Copenhagen.

Eckel will be at the convention, but he'll be there as a visitor only.
If he chooses to do a guest spot while in the UK, i will put the dates in the "Travel and Guests" section.

Questions? Post a comment here.

Happy Blogiversary To Me! A Re-Post Celebration

Today marks Tattoosday's fourth anniversary, when we first started off here on BillyBlog as a once a week feature, before spinning off into a stand-alone site little over a month later.

To celebrate, I'll be sharing favorite posts from the past four years throughout the day. Just a little celebratory break before we resume our normally-scheduled programming.

I also encourage readers to comment below or email me (tattoosday@gmail.com) and I will attempt to re-post reader favorites throughout the day.

Thanks to all of my readers for supporting me throughout the years! Here's to at least four more years!


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Anniversary Re-Post - Julie's Crazy Tattoo

As part of our fourth anniversary, we are re-posting some of our favorite Tattoosday moments. This post is one of my all-time favorites, from June 15, 2010:

Inkspotting can be impulsive, but I also like to approach each volunteer after some consideration.

Rather than rush up on someone and barrage them with questions, I like to make sure the tattoo(s) in question are not only interesting to me, but will be interesting to others.

When I spotted Julie's back in Penn Station, for example, I hesitated:


It wasn't initially clear what her tattoo said and I was struck by its uniqueness. A huge fan of word and type tattoos, I couldn't recall ever seeing anything quite like it.

So my curiosity got the best of me and I introduced myself to Julie.

The tattoo "Loufoque," which is a slang term in butcher jargon for "crazy person". Julie explained that she apprenticed with a butcher shop for six months and it was a word she often heard tossed about by the staff, occasionally used when referring to a customer who might be difficult or, let's say, insane.

The term Loufuque derived from 19th Century butcher slang and it became part of the vernacular. Julie thought that this tattoo would be a great way to commemorate her experience.

The tattoo was done by Ryoko at Brooklyn Tattoo. I asked the artist where she came up with the letter design and she kindly gave me a little more perspective:

"I recall Julie requesting the letters themselves to express lunacy. The final design in the photo is my own interpretation of what she had asked for and I think my intention here was to make the phrase look chaotic and disorderly, yet somewhat maintaining it's legibility. It's what I was able to put together by trying to depict what she might have been imagining in her head at the time."
So, this post was written and prepped and I was online doing some final research when I stumbled upon this tidbit of information from "Of Meat and Men" by Rachel Kramer Bussel over on The Daily Beast:

Her goodbye present from the Fleisher’s staff is a set of knives inscribed with her name and “Loufoque,” French-butcher Pig Latin for “Crazy Lady,” a term she now has permanently tattooed across her back. Yet Powell now sounds much surer of herself than the lost woman whom we find in the early pages of Cleaving. Next up is a stab at a novel: “I’ve written quite enough memoirs for a 36-year-old.”

Was this coincidence? Or were we talking about the same person?

Scrolling back in the article, I discovered that the Powell here and the Julie that I met in Penn Station were one and the same person.

The same person who crafted The Julie/Julia Project, in which the author blogged her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which became a book, which in turn became the film Julie and Julia. All of this Julie never once mentioned. Then again, I never asked. And it is all about the tattoo, after all.

That being said, thanks to Ryoko for sharing her thoughts about creating this tattoo, and a hearty thanks to Julie Powell for sharing this interesting tattoo. I'm glad my curiosity got the better of me!




This entry is ©2010, 2011 Tattoosday.


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Great Summer Hairstyles For Women


Summer is a great time to try a new hairstyle, whether it's short, medium or long; a timeless classic cut or something fun and funky; simply adding a touch of sun kissed color with new highlights or just wearing your current hairstyle in a new and different way. Break out a fresh, confident you with a new hairstyle for summer! Here are a few ideas to help you find that perfect summer hairstyle.

Long Hairstyles

You can also add body and texture to long hairstyles by simply layering it a bit, which also offers greater versatility in the many ways in which long hairstyles may be worn.

Medium-Length Hairstyles

Medium-length hairstyles offer a similar look and feel as long hairstyles, while simultaneously being a little easier to manage and a little more versatile to style. Medium-length hairstyles typically offer more volume potential and body than very long hairstyles, which many women find preferable and more comfortable.

Short Hairstyles

Whether you are accustomed to wearing your hair short or you currently have a medium or long hairstyle and are thinking of going for a big change in your summer hairstyle, short hairstyles offer tons of fun and a huge amount of versatility when it comes to changing your look. With long or medium-length hairstyles, sometimes no dramatic action is needed to completely change your look. Go to Health Tips For Women to get health tips, diet news and beauty advice for today's health conscience woman. 

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Better Late Than Never

Back in April, I ran into John in Herald Square (34th and 6th) who had some pretty amazing work. He estimates he is about 25% covered in tattoos, which includes both arms, hands to shoulders, and both sides of his neck.

I stopped him and handed him a flier, but he was in a hurry, so we went our separate ways.

A month or so later, he e-mailed me a couple of photos:



John "loved Popeye growing up" and "love[s] the way [tattoos] look".

Not a lot more to tell, other than this was done by Rodrigo Melo, when he was at Rising Dragon Tattoos on 23rd Street (now on 14th). Rodrigo has since left Rising Dragon and co-founded North Star Tattoo in the East Village.

John is a photographer whose work can be seen here.

Thanks to John for sharing his ink with us here on Tattoosday!


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Ashley's big chop!













transitioner Ashley has done her big chop!!! sooooooooooo cute well done you look great!! 

are us bold chicks natural?



"So Hi Belle, Im a follower of your blog and have been a natural on and off for years. I wear my hair like yours...in varying degrees of semi baldness...sometimes shiny bald, otherwise cropped on the sides...and sometimes a little length on the top so I can wear my mohawk..
I was talking to a long haired natural the other day and she told me that i was a bald head....not a natural because I barely have any hair on my head. What do you think of her statement. My hair is natural. I co wash just like the long haired girls...i seal with oil and probably pay more attention to my scalp than long haired women.
Aren't i a natural too?"




In a word YES! Just because you choose to wear your hair low makes you no less natural! You have the hair that god intended. If you do not put chemicals to change your hair you are natural!
It saddens me that we have begun to catagorize the lenght of our hair to prove how natural we are! The same goes for hair typing which is a complete waste of time. Does your friend do twist outs? I could argue that she is not natural as she is trying to emulate the texture of our looser curled sisters. Wash and goes with gel could be seen as the same thing! When we start to segregate within our natural community what is the point!
You are natural as am i, no matter how much hair we have on our heads.



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Ladies for sale... wait, what?!

I'm not really in a blogging mood today... or an anything mood really.
We're actually off for our summer vacation (ha!) but as in most of Europe, the weather in Copenhagen is crap.

But when summer depression (it's a thing now) is getting me down, so far down i don't even feel like blogging over here, that's when i'm happy i started this blog.
Cause when it comes to the shop, and our little shop family, there's always something good and positive to be said.

Right now, Nick just posted some brand new sketches and some new originals for sale on his pickturebox blog.
I know, exciting stuff, right? But wait, that's not all!
No, he's even offering free shipping from August 1st till October 1st!
So, get an EP original for as little as 128 USD and get free shipping worldwide.
Yeah, you're welcome, internet!

The Great Outdoors

A Tomahawk In Your Pants (a personal favorite of mine...)

Yellow Sneakers
Lilly Apacheee

Oh, and while you're there, don't forget to check the older 2010 originals too!

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