Our top 10 reasons to get tattooed in 2013

1. Getting a new tattoo is a lot easier than your other new years resolution

2. Tattoos make you look cooler than cigarettes and they don’t cause lung cancer

3. You will enjoy it more than a gym membership

4. Because your girlfriend is sick of looking at someone else’s name on you chest

5. Tattoos are like vitamins for the soul

6. In case of a zombie apocalypse you will look tough

7. Tattoos will get you laid

8. Because you turned 18

9. Because our apprentice Matt wants to stop working a second job

10. The Mayans were wrong. The world didn’t end in 2012. Celebrate!

Name Your Own Tattoo Shop

That’s right friends it’s The Made-Rite Tattoo Shop Name Generator. With more and more tattoo shops opening every year, you may have wondered, who names these places, and what would my tattoo shop be named? Well, In the spirit of being able to laugh at one’s self, and one’s industry I have put together this automatic tattoo shop name generator. So go ahead, click the button below and, voila, you have got your own, brand new, personal tattoo shop name.

Remember friends, this is for fun and a laugh so if your best friend’s sister’s favorite shop name comes up, don’t get your blood up, just laugh if off!

I hope you had as much fun with this as I had making it. If you did, please share it with your friends on Facebook, etc…. Thanks for the visit!
John Biswell

Friday The 13th

Through the joys of Facebook I found out that Hobos/Congress Street Tattoo was having a Friday the 13th/30 year anniversary event. When invites pop up on my Facebook feed I usually ignore them, but I had been wanting to get tattooed at Hobos for quite a while. As I looked over the list of artists that were going to be involved in the event I noticed that Ron Wells (who frequently does guest spots at Hobos) was going to be there. I had been nerding out on Ron’s artwork through instagram for the passed few months, so it was the perfect opportunity to go get tattooed. I cruised down after I got out of work that morning, and walked around Portsmouth until the event started. It was weird seeing how much that town has changed in the passed 10 years (I lived in Dover, NH for a year after I got out of school and spent a lot of time in Portsmouth). I got to Hobos soon after the event started, the vibe was awesome and a bunch of people were already there in line waiting to get tattooed. I picked out a little filler piece for my leg from Ron’s sheet. We banged the piece out, unfortunately I had to run after it was done, but I was glad to get the opportunity to get tattooed in a great shop by a super nice dude.


Top 3 things I think have changed about tattoos

Oh, how things have changed!

As I saw this picture circulating on Facebook, I began to think how things have changed.
Since I first began tattooing and getting tattooed in the early ‘90’s.

Here are my top 3 changes:

In 1993 the mind sets were different and technology was just starting to be present in our lives. Pay phones were everywhere the rare cell phone then required a large bag to be slung a crossed a shoulder. No one had a camera in their pocket. There where no social networking site like Facebook, and no online forums. Information is shared faster now than ever.
Thanks to some of the greats of our industry such as Aaron Cain, Dan Dringenburg, Guy Aitchison, Seth Ciferri and Grime… (The list could go on and on), we now have gained greater insights in to the geometry and workings of our machines and the processes we use to apply tattoos. And thanks to the technology, many of these ideas have been shared industry wide.

2. Craft becomes Art

In the ‘90s we collected flash drawings to reproduce as tattoos. Now we collect it as Art and inspiration. Tattooers across the board draw more, and paint more. I think no one in the ‘90s knew tattooing could reach the level of refinement that is found today. It was being said at that time, tattooing during the late 80s had experienced a renaissance, a rebirth but that is nothing like what we are seeing today. More is expected of todays artist than in the past.

3. Tattoo Popularity

Today tattooing is on TV, in movies, on models and celebrities. We see tattoo images painted on children’s bicycles and clothing. With this new found popularity being visible tattooed is no longer an automatic negative to employers. In the past we coined the phrase “job stoppers” in reference to hand tattoos. No more! Today’s America expects to see a tattooed waitress, city worker, or fireman.
Today an 18 year old is more apt to be working on getting full sleeve tattoos by their 20th birthday. In ‘93 they might have thought about smaller tattoos for longer. The younger generation doesn’t remember a time when there favorite musician or movie star wasn’t tattooed.
Oh, how things have changed.

John Biswell