"I included a photo of the R2D2 that I did, completely healed. Only took 4 days to heal. We'll see how it looks in ten years, HA!"
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Congratulations Canada On Dominating Olympic Hockey!
Now onto other news, Bryan Turnbull who you might remember remember from a previous post has been kind enough to follow up with a healed photo and testimonial that single needle tattoos can heal. Bryan had this to say:
Now, if we all ran around worrying about what actions we take now and how they might effect us in ten years I don't believe we would be nearly as much fun as we proclaim to be... people would be a lot less likely to get good fun tattoos and where would this project be then? It is true tattoos age, though the aging process they can fade, soften, or just change in shape. The truth is we all will age and eventually fade, soften and change shape to match our tattoos to some degree.
My suggestion is live a little, do what you like and Get Good Tattoos! If you don't like the tiny memento of your favorite Sci-Fi character you received a decade prior there will always be an artist willing to cover up that rusty old R2D2 tattoo with a fresh new Imperial Death Star.
I will have more proof of healed Two Dollar Tattoos shortly. As well we all know Star Wars fans love a good prequel there is more Star Wars Two Dollar Tattoos coming this week, STAY TUNED!
Skulls are and always have been popular themes in modern tattooing. From a standard anatomical skull to something a little more southern or eastern influenced if done well the tattoo can even take on a life of its own. In this case the chatty little single needle skull tattoo by Jakob Shivengri (at Transformations in N
Friday, February 26, 2010
Some of you may know Matthew Ellis and George Brown as two of the fine artists that helped to launch this project with me and continue to make help set the bar and help maintain the integrity of the project. Check out the awesome video they made (with the help of a friend that needs a website I can link back to, hey credit where credit is due.) for the project. Lots more images and videos to come in the next few days. There is a backlog to get caught up on so please keep visiting for new content as we get it. And as always the artists who submit work to this site are fueled by your comments, lets help make them feel important.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Traditional Country Western music has a special place in all our hearts, no matter what your musical taste I believe we can all still relate in some way to what they had to say. I recently quit my day job to pursue a new career... Johnny Paycheck would have been my soundtrack that day (sing along with me if you know the lyrics).
Today, "Professional Manscaper" John Roth's soundtrack was probably "My heroes have always been Cowboys" as he had his Wee Willie* single needle tattooed by Alie K. (at TCB Tattoos Toronto Ontario). As I have come to understand Willie Nelson was not only famous for his Music but for being an outspoken supporter of the decriminalization of Marijuana. How else would you explain a quote like this?
“Ninety-nine percent of the world's lovers are not with their first choice. That's what makes the jukebox play.”
* Seriously, how long did you think I could get through this post before I had to make a dick joke?
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I truly enjoying how lately it seems submissions have been coming in that have continuing themes. Today I received another mythical sea creature, The Little Mermaid. In true Two Dollar Tattoo fashion it is literally the Littlest Mermaid, Ha!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Zebras and Unicorns, both rare and majestic and despite all the photos on the internet only one is actually real. Much like the bearded clam there is a great deal of documentation on the internet however collecting them is another story. David Glantz (of Archive Tattoo in Toronto Ontario) decided he would use his wit, charm and single needle to help his friend
Friday, February 19, 2010
Secret societies are no secret, and have existed for centuries.
Skull and Bones, The Illuminati the Royal Order of The Water Buffalo and in some ways even The Tattoo industry for a long time could be regarded as a secret society. Strange hazing rituals, initiation ceremonies, proprietary languages and codes... all of these have been demonstrated in one way or another since tattooing was popularized in north america. So, Since we are on the topic I thought it be fitting to post this ittee bittee Illuminati Pyramid tattoo By Derek Lewis (of Hartless Tattoo in Toronto Ontario).
Within every one of these organisations there is often an even more secret group you might encounter, in the tattoo community this is the group of artists who work independently from a private studio. Really the only secret is you have to find them consult and book your time rather then just walk in off the street and hope you can get in right then and there. Lucky
By the way for those who don't know Derek, he also plays in a band and if you are in and around Toronto and enjoy live music you should check them out.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Well its almost consumption of fancy foil wrapped, oval shaped confection goodness season or at least the local drug store near me reminded me today with a display of Chocolate Cream Eggs. I also received this Bad ass little Two Dollar Bunny Tattoo by Richard Andrews (at
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
So when this post solicits a letter from the lawyers at the Skywalker Ranch i will actually get to reply with These are not that tattoos you are looking for! Bryan J(edi) Turnbull (of Tattoo Zoo in Victoria British Columbia) sent along this Mini portrait of his favorite little film star R2-D2. I must say this looks like it took some time and effort with getting all the little details in there that make it a great unlicensed reproduction of Lucas magic executed with only a single needle.
I meant to ask Bryan about what it was like to do this tattoo but i forgot or got busy or thought it be more fun to just make something up and hope Bryan has a sense of humor as well as the Lucas Estate.
2$T: what made you choose to do an R2-D2 tattoo?
Bryan: "The Force is strong with this one."
2$T: I have heard from other professionals that its likely all the tattoos done in this project will never heal, what do you say to them?
Bryan: “I find your lack of faith disturbing.”
2$T: How do you feel you did with this tattoo?
Bryan: “When I left you, I was but the learner, now I am the master.”
2$T: So, I assume it was not easy on your vision working so small?
Bryan: "I think my eyes are getting better. Instead of a big dark blur, I see a big light blur."
2$T: So, I guess you gotta be pretty skilled to attempt something so small?
Bryan: “These blast points — too accurate for sandpeople. Only imperial stormtroopers are so precise.”
2$T: So, I get a lot of emails from professional artists saying they want to try this out but they are kinda scared, any words of wisdom?
2$T: anything else?
2$T: So you really had to be aggressive to make sure that ink all got pushed in there?
2$T: Well thanks for your submission and your time Bryan.
Bryan: “May the Force be with you.”
Stay tuned folks there may even be a sequel! Or well more tattoos to post tomorrow so visit often! bookmark us, follow us, and comment comment comment!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Sorry for the delay in posting folks but it is a commercial holiday after all.
This Submission actually came in a few days ago but like many of the submissions we get it was super cool but incomplete, missing only one very important photo so I had to email the submitter to say I WANT YOUR SKULL!. We simply had to hold it for continuity sake until we got all the photos we needed. Jimmi Hellbent (of SunnySide Tattoo in Toronto) produced this cute + little (those words together always make me think of Glen Danzig) Crimson Ghost he tattooed on his employee and fellow tattooer Jen Moffatt. It has been an exiting week for Jimmi for two reasons, he got a new camera and decided to show it off with a photo essay of the two dollar tattoo process in extreme closeup, macro even! And second Jimmi along with his entire staff this week celebrated one year open for business in the quaint Toronto suburb of Parkdale. Congratulations to Jimmi and all the staff at SunnySide!
Now its trivia time, I would like to see how many Misfits fans can tell me what song this lyric is from:
whoa oh oh ohoh!
whoa oh oh ohoh ohoh!
whoa oh oh!
You can post your answer in the comment forum below.
As well don't forget you can also nominate your favorite working professional tattooer to receive a dare in the mail to do a two dollar tattoo! Maybe even on You!