Feb 19, 13
Nearly every tattoo parlor has a set selection of tattoos to choose from. Often, there are some great tattoos in the portfolio. But there are a million more designs in the world and given the permanence of tattoos, it’s worth doing your due diligence. So turning towards online databases allows you so many more options to chose from.
Infinite Tattoos is one of the largest, best selling tattoo databases on the web. And it’s there for a reason. Check out our review for more:
The database includes some incredible designs
Having a large quality selection is obviously important, otherwise why not just use the book from the tattoo parlor? Infinite Tattoo’s selection is absolutely massive. They have over 15,000 designs in over 34 categories. You can literally search through their database for days or weeks without seeing everything. Luckily, the site is very well organized. So if you have a certain niche or design in mind, it’s relatively easy to find it. Granted, with 15,000 designs you are still going to have to do some searching, but it’s nearly as good as it can get. And really, it’s hard to parse more choice in a bad light. The selection is phenomenal and absolutely worth checking out.
Quantity wouldn’t mean much if the designs weren’t also quality. And for the most part they are. Of course, when you are talking about 15,000 designs, you are bound to find a few stinkers. And there certainly were some unimpressive ones in the mix. But I would wager that nearly 90% of the database that I’ve seen are quality designs that I could realistically see someone choosing. They are high definition and would be easy for an experienced artist to replicate.
For what you are getting, the price is extremely reasonable at 7.95. They do give a free trial offer to allow you to get a feel for their artists’ work, but the money is well worth the product they provide. When it comes to getting permanent art put onto your skin, money really shouldn’t be one of your major concerns. It’s worth the price of meal.
One of my personal favorites
Personally, I think Infinite Tattoos is a no brainer. It has an awesome selection that is both deep and filled with quality artwork. The artist they employ are clear professional and the artwork is exclusive to Infinite Tattoo. It’s hard to imagine there’s a design you have in mind that they haven’t already done. So do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s well worth the asking price.
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Jan 27, 13
In the late 20th century, tattooing in America exploded in popularity and visibility, largely as a result of counterculture movement and the rising imprisoned population. People, particularly young people, began to explore tattooing as a form of body art that expressed extreme devotion to their passion, whether that passion was Jesus or The Rolling Stones. Behind bars, tattoos became a way to show gang affiliation or make note of lives taken or years served. All in all, tattoos became symbolic of a rebellious, dangerous culture that unnerved upstanding middle-class America.
As tattoos became more and more prevalent and visible in American culture in the 21st century, the simple argument for them was that they were an expression of free speech. This of course draws the limits of free speech into question. What about tattooing a swastika on a visible place on your body? Is there any way for that not to be perceived as a message of hate, regardless of whatever the wearer may think?
Every tattoo has a duality to it, as I mentioned before. On one side is the message or symbol that the wearer believes in or feels a connection to. On the other side is the perception of that message or symbol that the public will take away. Anyone who gets a tattoo must think about this. No one is too self-absorbed to not think at least a little about what people will think of their body art. They may believe that others will take offense and yet happily go along with the tattoo, which is their right and may have been their intent all along. The public perception of tattoos is what sparked the initial Kaepernick controversy and while the intent matters, the engrained perceptions will unfortunately always matter more.
What aspect of modern American society more pervades daily life and social dynamics than sports? While there are certainly things that are more important to the maintenance of human life and values than games played by large, freakishly athletic men and women for public entertainment, nothing captivates like sports.
Tattoos exploded in popularity among prison and gang populations
As America watched, Colin Kaepernick’s 6’4”, 230 pound frame dazzled fans and opposing players alike with his precise throws and 4.5 speed, displaying the gifts that made him a dual threat on the field. His football skill in no doubt, another duality of Kaepernick was called into question by columnist David Whitley. We had all seen him play, we had all seen his tattoos, and at some point you had been in a room where someone pointed them out. For while tattoos are certainly no rarity in sports, it is rare for a quarterback to have them so prominently displayed.
So what can we make of Mr. Whitley’s comments that hasn’t already been said? There are certainly many out there who agree with him to varying degrees, as the quarterback certainly is the “the CEO of a high-profile organization,” and it is important to have him present himself well as an extension of the team. There is certainly plenty of reason to associate tattoos with prisons, as there is undeniably a culture of prison inking. With the caste system long done away with, and the fight against racism and religious inequality well underway in modern America, who is it more socially acceptable to mistrust than a convict? However, just because someone who went to prison has tattoos doesn’t mean that someone with tattoos went to prison.
Stereotypes in one’s mind are often best shattered by personal encounters, and while there are many models to disprove this specific tattoo stigma, Colin Kaepernick is a stellar example. He was a 4.0 student in high school, graduated in 4 years from Nevada, and has never been in trouble with the law. He decided to tattoo himself of his own accord, and chose bible verses. If you’re worried about him being a Bible-thumper, by all accounts, Kaepernick has never been one to throw his religion in anyone’s face, and he has chosen his body art for deeply personal reasons. He is a drug-free, well-spoken young man who has excelled on America’s biggest stage, despite not being a highly touted draft pick or Tebow-esque figure in pop culture.
Everyone is entitled to his or her opinions, and while many took offense to Mr. Whitley’s column, he is entitled to his voice, just like Kaepernick is entitled to his body art. Plenty of parents aren’t thrilled about the number of athletes their children idolize who are covered in tattoos, but that’s not going to change any time soon. Sports organizations are aware of their image, and will take matters into their own hands to corral players if need be. The New York Yankees encourage their players to be clean-cut and clean-shaven. The Dallas Cowboys assigned Dez Bryant an off-field glorified babysitter to keep him out of strip clubs and late-night parties. Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers, famously told Cam Newton after he drafted him that if he wanted to stay in Carolina he had to stay tattoo-free.
A tattoo disturbs only those who choose to pay attention and be offended.
One of Kaepernick’s teammates Delanie Walker is a fellow tattooed-American and spoke very insightfully about the perception of tattoos. As he says about any possible controversy: “I have thought about it and … it’s stuff that I wanted. At the same time I’m a role model. That’s why I always wear long sleeves when I’m at special events.” He also notes that it’s completely acceptable for parents not to like his tattoos, but they are for him, not for them, and he does what he can not to offend.
Personally, I think there is too much pressure put on athletes and celebrities in general to be role models. Maybe if you did some better parenting and less time complaining about video games (you bought them for him didn’t you?) or worrying about tattoos your child wouldn’t be such a pain. Kaepernick has a fantastic resume both as a player and as a person, and to disregard him as a hoodlum because he has words written on his body is sorely outdated and disrespectful. Perhaps most importantly it shows a lack of thought and a lack of interest in understanding someone different than yourself.
Kaepernick’s parents responded to the criticism very calmly and intelligently, and like the class acts who raised such a son. They didn’t lash out or hyperbolize like so many publicity and drama-obsessed American families would have, they simply said that they were just frustrated that Whitley was so quick to judge. Colin’s father Rick said he was just irritated that Whitley didn’t try to get to know his son and that if he had maybe he would be writing about Colin’s work at a camp for children with heart defects instead of his tattoos. As sports writer Gwen Knapp said: “A tattoo disturbs only those who choose to pay attention and be offended.”
One particular aspect of Mr. Whitley’s comments irked me that I haven’t found any other written complaints about yet. All the references to Kaepernick or quarterbacks in general as CEO’s, as in: “you don’t want your CEO to look like he just got paroled.” How about all those CEO’s who are up for parole? At no time in history has white-collar crime been so heinous and more prevalent than now. Tyco, Adelphia, Enron, Bernie Madoff, Worldcom, Jack Abramoff, and the list goes on and on. I mentioned earlier the huge problem with people not caring to try to understand or empathize with others. I don’t want my quarterback to look like Colin Kaepernick? I’d much rather have him look like Kaepernick than an Enron CEO, I can tell you that.
So why continue to tattoo in the face of such controversy? It is a permanent mark, something that becomes a part of you, something that is a piece of your persona. Tattoos before the time of Christ and now in the time of McDonalds and Jerryworld are inked to show faith, dedication to a way of life, or to express a message or an artistic vision. Can you think of more essential, yet controversial topics than these basic human desires?
While the tattoo means something to the individual who wears it, it will also mean something to anyone who sees it, and this conflict is here to stay. People will always not like the way others do things and all we can do is try to evolve our sensibilities to focus on what really matters. Tattoos are not going away, and they will never be invisible in sports. Just like Colin Kaepernick they are here to stay, and all Americans can do is try a little understanding and root for the really good guys out there, like that tattooed quarterback in San Francisco.
Jan 18, 13
Here are some more super cool tattoo designs.
This is a wicked cool tribal tattoo stretching across a young man’s back. Even a mediocre artist could likely pull something like this off, but it still looks absolutely awesome!
Do you have a soft side? No better way to capture that than a massive tattoo of baby tiger with giant blue eyes.
Whoever came up with this is a genius. It’s hard to believe that this really is a tattoo, and not just some clever photography. But it really, really is real. This might be among the best of the cool tattoo designs we’ve seen.