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Three of the best places to get a butterfly tattoo on your body


Wrist Tattoo
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Up there in terms of popularity with the likes of skull tattoos, heart tattoos, and dragon tattoos, people everywhere have future plans to add a butterfly tattoo to their bodies. One issue with this common tattoo choice, though, is that it can be tough finding the very best area of the body to add it to.

An understandable choice given the beauty butterflies possess, a butterfly tattoo can represent a variety of meanings. These stunning winged creatures can symbolize freedom, love, betterment, and loads more. People adore them in insect-themed documentaries, they might’ve grown up with movies like Alice in Wonderland and A Bug’s Life, while slot games like Jade Butterly by Pragmatic Play are the inspiration behind many butterfly-themed pieces of ink. They can look great, too, although where to position your particular butterfly design is hugely important.

Body placement is one of the most important aspects of any tattoo mission. Of course, it’s ultimately up to you, but in order for your chosen design to look its very best, there are some ideal parts of the body to mull over. If you’re considering getting inked by a reputable studio and you need some placement inspiration ahead of your visit to a talented artist, then below is a look at three of the best places to get a butterfly tattoo on your body.

Front of shoulder

First and foremost, we’re jumping in at the deep end here with a position that doesn’t work for everyone. Although a front of shoulder tattoo will be staring back at you in the mirror, a butterfly-themed creation can really shine in this area. While the back or side of your shoulder can also do the job, it doesn’t possess enough space when compared to the front deltoid. This particular part of your shoulder works well for a variety of designs, butterflies included, and it will enable the message behind your tattoo to be with you at all times compared to other favored areas where you’ll rarely be able to see it. For people with a fascination in butterflies and their meaning, front of shoulder is the ideal place.

Lower back

Lower Back Tattoo
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Despite lower-back tattoos having somewhat of a bad reputation with some people, don’t let that put you off. Fact is, no matter where you decide to place your favorite design, there will always be doubters out there who simply won’t like it. That’s fine, though, it isn’t for them. As such, it’s therefore important that you choose an area of the body that works for you and the tattoo in question, making the lower back an ideal solution for many people and tattoo artists alike. This perfect canvas for certain tattoo designs is well worth considering despite what the naysayers might say. Ultimately, you want to enhance your body with a stunning piece of art, and that can only be achieved if it’s inked onto the very best area of your body. The lower back might divide opinion, but it still works for millions of people and thousands of designs.

On the hand above the wrist

For most small tattoos, the hand above the wrist is a great area to opt for. Depending on the size of your particular butterfly piece, the carpus is a position to consider as it will enable your piece of art to shine brightly as you make various movements with your hand throughout the day. While a big piece most definitely wouldn’t fit on this part of the body, a subtle dose of butterfly-themed art can and it has the potential to look perfect.



The Pour with Bad Birdy


After decades of unfair disdain in this country, tequila and mezcal are getting their well-deserved moment in the sun. The nuances of the two cousin spirits were once lost to a lack of understanding and relegated to the sickening-sweet sludge of frozen margaritas. But creative bartenders like Bad Birdy have sung the praises of agave-based spirits for years, and the masses are finally coming around. Unique flavor profiles and an explosion of brands to choose from makes the current market particularly daunting for first timers, so we hit up Bad Birdy to give us a crash course.   

What piqued your interest in cocktails?
I’ve been in the hospitality industry since I was 16 and the transition to cocktails and working behind the bar happened in 2014. I fell in love with cocktails because [the craft] is similar to cooking. It allows you to explore different ingredients, techniques to manipulate those ingredients, and culture.

What is it that appeals to you about mezcal and tequila?
For me, Mexico has always been one the most beautiful places in the world, rich with culture and the art of making mezcal and tequila. What I love most about these spirits is that the terroir of where they are made is evident in every sip. Even though there are about 200 species of agaves, tequila can only be made from Blue Weber agave. Mezcal could be made from any species of agave, but roughly 40 to 50 are commonly used.

I have a saying for mezcal: “Classic cocktails are great, but mezcal makes them better.”  

Please tell us about your collaboration with La Luna Mezcal.
In October 2022, I was invited to La Luna’s palenque in Morelia, Michoacán. While I was there I collaborated with them on a limited-edition batch that was just released early this year. I chose to distill my batch with four ingredients—two to represent my Cuban heritage and two to represent my Mexican family.

For my Cuban side I used guava and plantain, for my Mexican side I used chaya leaf and cempasúchil (marigold), the flower of the dead. The finished product lends incredible tropical notes on the nose and subtle sweetness on the palate with hints of pepper and anise. I am so proud of the final result and honored to have collaborated with La Luna on this special release.

What are your favorite tequilas/mezcals for sipping?
Tequila: Fortaleza, Tequila Ocho, Alquimia

Mezcal: Derrumbes, La Luna, Madre Mezcal

With so many different brands on the market, it can be overwhelming for someone just getting introduced to tequila/mezcal in a manner beyond just doing shots. What are some things they should look for when choosing a bottle?
You always want to make sure your tequila is 100 percent Blue Weber agave and additive-free. The next step is to decide the age of the tequila you prefer—if you’d prefer a tequila that’s bright and crisp, deep and complex or somewhere in between. Another helpful tip is to look at tequileros that have been in the business a long time, people who are third-, fourth- or fifth-generation tequileros. These people have a history in tequila making.

Mezcal is incredibly diverse, as it can also be distilled across several different regions and microclimates and made from 50 species of agaves. The more information on the bottle the better—look for a proof of 45 percent or higher, the mezcalero or mezcalera who made it, the species of agave and the region.  

Can you give us a tequila/mezcal-based cocktail recipe we won’t mess up at home?
Before you make a cocktail with your tequila or mezcal, be sure to sip it on its own. This is how the distiller initially intended for you to try their liquid. This is where you will taste all the subtle nuances of the terroir.

An easy cocktail you can make at home would be The Cantarito, a blend of fresh citrus juices that is extraordinarily refreshing.

  • Tajín seasoning (for rim)
  • 2 ounces reposado tequila
  • 3/4 ounce grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3/4 ounce orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • Grapefruit soda, to top (about 3 ounces)
  • Garnish: chopped orange and grapefruit



Ashley McBryde – InkedMag


Country singer-songwriter Ashley McBryde loves what she does, and you can feel it as soon as she walks into the room. On a cloudy Wednesday, McBryde and her all-girl team walked into Inked NYC and instantly made the place brighter. McBryde is one of the most acclaimed country artists to emerge within the past few years: she’s received six Grammy nominations and one win, a CMA award, three ACM awards and was even nominated for a Daytime Emmy. And she’s still cool as hell. 

We sat down with McBryde following the release of her vulnerable new album, “The Devil I Know” to talk about early musical influences, gut-wrenching songwriting and dealing with being tattooed on someone’s body forever. 

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We are here with Ashley McBryde! How did you get your start in music? 

I’m the youngest of six kids, and I’ve been singing since I was old enough to know that they were throwing shoes at me trying to get me to shut up. I grew up going to bluegrass festivals, things like that, and there were always guitars and instruments in our house. So it’s just been constant. There has never been a time that I wasn’t making music or at least trying to make music.

Who are some of your earliest musical influences? 

 I just did an interview about one of the biggest and of course, all of us, even the gentlemen, say this: Dolly Parton. And I grew up in a time where we had Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, the nineties when I was, you know, tenish years old, this was huge. I’m old enough now to pick the music I’m listening to. And I had powerhouse females to listen to. 

That’s amazing. When was the first time where you were like, “Oh, I can make this a career, I can do this?” 

I remember when I was little, I was really shy and I didn’t want to talk to people, but I could sing to them. They’re like, “How are you today?” and I’m like, “Oh my God… do you want to hear ‘Somewhere Out There’ from ‘An American Tail?’” And then I started playing and all through college I had a band, played in coffeehouses which turned into bars about an hour and a half away in Memphis. And the very first time I played in a bar, there were some friends to watch this rocker chick play. It’s just her and a guitar and on her break, I had gone to the restroom. I came back to the table and she was standing at the table. I said, “Oh my God. It’s Carol Plunk.” And she said, “Hey, your friends say you play guitar?” I said, “Yeah, I do! And I write songs.” She said, “You want to go open my set? Why don’t you go do two songs? And here’s a tip: if you suck, they will eat you alive.” So I went up and did two songs. And the way the bar reacted, I mean, a very small bar in a very… charming part of Memphis… and by charming, I mean dangerous [laughs.] And the way they reacted, I was like, “Huh?” And the owner comes and talks to me and he’s like, “Hey, this weekend I don’t have anybody to play” because that weekend was Valentine’s Day. “Do you want to come play for four hours?” I was like, “I don’t know four hours worth of songs.” He said, “So come play for two hours, I’ll give you fifty bucks.” And that’s when I was like, I’m basically gonna get my gas paid to just come here and do some shit I would have been doing at home anyway. I would have been at someone’s party playing these songs regardless. And this guy is going to give me fifty bucks and dollar-fifty beers. And I just kept going from there. 

Wow, what a story. That’s awesome. Your new album just came out, “The Devil I Know.” What was the most difficult song to write on that? 

Ooh… I would say “Learned to Lie” was probably the hardest on us to write. The two co-writers Nicolette Hayford and Sean McConnell. I got there that morning and Nicolette was like, “I channeled you last night, pretended I was you.” And she comes up with the first part of that verse about, you know, “I must have heard my mom tell my dad that she was tired because babies make you tired. But deep down, she was just really unhappy.” And I was like, “Oh, God.” And I knew that we were going to have to stay that deep into the quick. And we didn’t even know what the hook was. And then we started writing the chorus and we got down to “I wish I had learned how to love the same way I learned how to lie.” And I was like “Ohhhh God!”

Oh, chills. 

Yeah, I was like “Let’s go smoke…let’s go smoke a cigarette right now!” [Laughs.] Yeah, that was brutal. 

Wow. How about the most fun one? 

Oh, my gosh. The most fun one to write… probably “The Devil I Know.” Bobby Pinson came into the room with the phrase “There’s hell everywhere I go. I’m sticking with the devil I know.” And he’s like, “I don’t know what it’s about.” And it was so much fun because we’re sitting there and he’s just playing along and I was like “I used to play this bar in Bardstown Kentucky and oof Bardstown… that’s not fun to rhyme with but it’s close to Elizabeth [singing] a little outside of Elizabeth town, there’s a little bar where I’d sit down and trade a couple country songs for Kentucky Bourbon.” And that was so much more fun to say than “In Bardstown, there’s this bar where I’ve puked in nearly every corner.” [laughs] I doubt I ever drove home from one of those shows. It was so much fun to write. And getting to turn the phrase, “I’m sticking with the devil I know” and make it mean: I started doing this when I was nineteen in bars, and I think it’s working out. And then taking that to a love situation where I go, “It’s not always great, but it’s what I know.” I think that was the most fun. 

I love that. I love that song, too. So you’ve been touring with Jelly Roll. We love him. We’ve had him in here before. What has that experience been like? 

When I first met Jelly Roll, we were at some really hectic thing. It was probably during CMA Fest or something and we were just kind of in passing and I was like, “Oh, hi, I love your music! I want to hang out sometime!” Well, then we got to where we were going to be able to write and we got into the room together and it was like we had been friends for a few years and never got to hang out. And so we wrote a song. It’s on his record, it’s called “Unlive,” and I thought he was joking that day when he said, “I think we should tour together.” And I said, “You tell me when to show up and I’ll show up.” And then we get to the tour and I see him. We were walking through probably catering, and he said, “You’ll never feel more at home anywhere than you will on my tour.” And I figured he meant with him and his crew, and that is true. But it also rang really true for his audience, for his fans, especially being somebody who’s covered in tattoos in country music where, you know, being tall and blond and pristine is standard. And I’m short and brunette and covered in tattoos. They’re very welcoming. And to see the culture he has created through his rap career, hip hop career and his rock career and now choosing to be with us in country music, you’ve got people that are in Ralph Lauren stuff, sharing a joint with a carny in the pit and someone who definitely is in the PTA standing there singing at the top of their lungs. And at first you look at the snapshot and go, “These people don’t belong together.” And then when you realize that they do belong together. His ability to create that feeling of, “Oh my God, we are all the same.” It’s like he says, “It’s real music for real people with real problems.” And that’s absolutely true. I’ve never seen an entertainer make so many different types of people feel the same way in one place. 

You keep giving me chills! So you have your own tour coming up. Where are you most excited to go on this tour? 

I’m happy with the entire route, but there are a few places that we’ve played before that we didn’t sell out all the way to nuts and butts. And we have to sell it all the way out to nuts and butts. So one would be the Robinson Center in Little Rock. It’s not the biggest place you’ve ever played, but the last time I played there, we weren’t in this position. And the Orpheum Theater in Memphis. I’ve seen countless Broadway shows and other types of shows in the Orpheum Theater in Memphis. And it is haunted AF. And it’s such a joy to be in there because you can tell that the people you’re entertaining are all still with us. 

That’s amazing. And I’m so glad that you felt so at home with the audience.

Yeah, I talked to my team and I was like, “Where? Where is this crowd? How do I reach more of this crowd?” I want people in active addiction in my crowd. I want people in recovery in my crowd. These are the people that will stick to the devil they know. These are the guys and girls actually going nowhere. They’ve been told this. They’ve been told they’re pieces of shit by their teachers and their coworkers and their spouses in some cases, and their parents. That’s who I want to sing to. 

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 How are you hoping your music will evolve over time? Where do you want to go from here? 

To catch hell for being too country inside country music is hilarious. I grew up in rural Arkansas. I used to get a hard time about my accent, so I’ve learned how to flatten that out over the years. And so to be in country music and for them to say,  “Sorry, that’s too country,” we really leaned into that on this record. And for the ones that say, “That’s too many tattoos and you guys are too rock and roll,” we decided to really lean into that too. And then I was worried about things that were tender like “Light On in the Kitchen” and “Single at the Same Time.” Maybe that’s too tender. We know I do the blinky-blinky girl-going-nowhere finger-picky thing, but I don’t care. So we leaned even harder into that and put two of those on one record. I think we are getting more comfortable with the fact that we’re a rock band and that we are just very well-dressed carnies. And what I would like to see us do is, let’s cover “Highway 40 Blues” by Ricky Skaggs, because that is the countriest, and we can do it really, really well and let’s do some more acoustic stuff. Last night I was with Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris at Irving Plaza and it was so much fun to just play guitar. It was just me playing guitar and I love that. And Vince talked about during the show playing music for just the love of music. So whether we are fully in our rock mode or fully in our roots mode, I just want us to sonically be able to portray to you as you’re listening to it, that we fucking love doing this in every flavor. We love it. 

Amazing. Do you have any tattoos for your music? 

Yeah. There’s a devil in the rearview mirror here on the inside of my left elbow. And that’s the devil I know for sure. And this really reminds me that on the new record, there’s a song called “Blackout Betty” and one of the lines in that is “I’m a real piece of shit sometimes,” and that’s not necessarily gorgeous, but it is true. And it doesn’t have to be pretty to be true. So I know that this bitch is still in the back seat and she is ready to take over at any time. [Laughs] So I’ve just got to keep her in the rearview. And the other one would be lipstick and aviators on my right forearm.

And have you seen fans get tattoos for you? 

Yeah, there’s been my logo tattooed to people, which I love. That logo was drawn for me by a guy in a bar in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I think that’s so cool. My signature. And that one bothers me sometimes when people ask me to sign their arm because I don’t want them to get exactly what my Sharpie is doing to their skin tattooed to them because it’s going to bleed and your tattoo artist is going to be so mad at me. So usually I’ll ask people “Don’t get this tattooed. Let me sign your arm and let me write it on a piece of paper.” And then there are lyrics, which I’m always happy to see. And then there are those that choose to get my face tattooed to them. And while that is a beautiful sentiment and I love that I get to spend the rest of your life with you in the shower, in the pool, at the gym, you’re taking me with you. Sometimes that can feel like it’s an “I don’t know what to say to you” kind of feeling because it’s such a compliment and it’s such an unfamiliar way to be complimented. I’m still learning how to be like, “I look awesome on your leg!” [Laughs]

I could imagine. [Laughs] What advice do you have for young women trying to get into the industry? 

Trying to get into country music? You’re going to have to play the game, but you don’t have to buy in. You can play the game enough that you get to be present. You get to be on the team. And anybody who tells you it’s not possible to stay true to yourself just wasn’t able to do that for themselves. And it doesn’t mean you can’t. And by the way, we want you here. I know it can seem like women in country music are catty. We are not. We want you here. We party together. Come on over. 



Dok Bua Thong Tattoo Bangkok


The Dok Bua Thong is a Sak Yant, or Thai Traditional, design

For those new to Sak Yant, check out our detailed guide here

In Thai it is written as ดอกบัวทอง

It’s an important design in the world of Sak Yant, so let’s look at it deeper

 

Spiritual Enlightenment

The lotus in Buddhist culture is a symbol of purity and enlightenment

Although usually tattooed only in black ink, the golden hue of Dok Bua Thong further elevates this symbolism, offering a path to spiritual transcendence

 

Material Prosperity

Gold is often linked to wealth in Thai culture, making Dok Bua Thong a popular choice among those seeking prosperity and material success

 

History and Cultural Significance

Long revered in Thai tradition, Dok Bua Thong and other lotuses are often found in temples and other sacred sites

Getting a Dok Bua Thong tattoo often serves as a rite of passage, underscoring their deep cultural significance

 

The Unalome

In the Dok Bua Thong designs, you’ll find the inclusion of the Unalome symbol

The Unalome is a spiritual icon that represents the journey to enlightenment

Originating from the spiral, which depicts the trials and tribulations of life, the line straightens as one reaches the state of enlightenment, culminating in the lotus flower—often represented by the Dok Bua Thong itself

The integration of the Unalome in the Dok Bua Thong design adds a layer of spiritual complexity, making it a powerful emblem for both personal growth and spiritual ascent

 

Conclusion

The combination of the path to spiritual transcendence, the reminder from the unalome that success is not a straight line and the material significance of the golden color, the Dok Bua Thong provides the wearer with a complete spiritual guide

The power of the combined elements is often believed to assist the wearer in love, life and business while at the same time remembering their importance as a spiritual being on an important journey through this life

 

The Dok Bua Thong features Khom script, an ancient script that’s an integral part of Sak Yant tattoos

This script includes specific Pali phrases or mantras that are believed to empower the tattoo with mystical attributes

Because of the way Khom is written, it is usually not “readable” in a way we are used to

The Ajarn (Sak Yant Master) who creates the design puts the letters into the design for a specific spiritual purpose, the meaning of which is passed down to their apprentices

All of our Sak Yant designs are sourced from well regarded Ajarns and independently checked for authenticity

It’s for this reason that we can tell you what the designs “mean” but not exactly what they “say”

 

Finding the right place to get a Sak Yant tattoo in Bangkok is crucial for a safe and satisfying experience

At ALL DAY Tattoo, we pride ourselves not just on world class tattoos, but service too

Our many positive reviews are testament to the amount of consistent focus and effort we put into every single tattoo we do

There’s no need to fall for the “tourist tricks and scams” trying to convince you that unsanitary conditions for getting a tattoo are in some way more “authentic”

With us you get open and honest communication about your tattoo in a safe and reputable environment

To talk to us about your ideas, just get in touch with our friendly English speaking team using any of the methods below



Tattoo Artists Incorporate Tattoo Removal, Increasing Client Satisfaction and Profits


Bad Habits, located in Fort Lauderdale, is a premiere tattoo studio that’s home to several incredibly talented artists with specialties in nearly all tattoo styles, including color realism, Japanese traditional, watercolor, black and gray, and more. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in business this month, the studio is also celebrating five years since expanding into laser tattoo removal services.

It started as a hobby, not something I thought I’d be doing full-time today,” said Lisandra Chaviano, co-owner and lead laser technician at Bad Habits. “I started working Saturdays, then Saturdays weren’t enough; there were so many clients, and I was already making more money working four days a month than working Monday through Friday at the hospital. So, I decided to leave the hospital and do laser [tattoo removal] full-time.”

Ramirez and Chaviano have been together for about 12 years but weren’t always coworkers. When the two first met, Ramirez worked at a tattoo studio, and Chaviano was in the medical field. After a couple of years of dating, Ramirez followed his entrepreneurial calling and opened Bad Habits Tattoos. He came across New Look Laser College, Astanza Laser’s tattoo removal training program, about five years ago and suggested Chaviano get certified, thinking it would be the perfect addition to his studio. Five years later — they know they made the right decision.

Getting Certified in Laser Tattoo Removal

Getting trained and certified in laser tattoo removal is most entrepreneurs’ first step into the aesthetic laser business industry. New Look Laser College is a two-day training program dedicated solely to the procedure of laser tattoo removal, unlike other laser training programs that cover broader topics and multiple procedures. Not only do students receive in-depth clinical education and hands-on training with Astanza lasers on real patients, but they also learn business and marketing strategies specific to the industry.

New Look Laser College is held in various locations throughout the U.S., with courses taught in Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, and Las Vegas so far this year. Those who successfully complete the course earn three certifications: Certified Laser Specialist (CLS), Laser Safety Officer (LSO), and Advanced Laser Tattoo Removal Practitioner (ALTR).

Chaviano earned her tattoo removal certifications at New Look Laser College in 2018, and Bad Habits purchased the Astanza Duality and started offering laser tattoo removal services just a few months after she graduated from the course.

“The class really gets you excited about it. They teach in detail laser physics; you learn a little bit of everything; you get to practice on clients; it’s a lot of information that you get from the class. It gets people really interested in becoming part of the tattoo removal business industry,” Chaviano said.

Interested in learning more about getting certified in laser tattoo removal? Check out New Look Laser College’s website and registration information here.

Expanding Tattoo Studio Services by Adding Laser Tattoo Removal

At the beginning of Bad Habits’ laser tattoo removal business, Chaviano worked full-time at the hospital and saw tattoo removal clients on Saturdays. The demand quickly outgrew those operating hours, and the physical space of their first location, which pushed Chaviano to quit her job at the hospital to provide laser tattoo removal full-time. Bad Habits tattoo removal services are now available Monday through Saturday, taking appointments as late as 7 p.m.

The studio has also recently moved into a new location — about triple the size of their initial location — going from about a 1,000-square-foot studio to a two-story, 3,000-square-foot studio.

While some people may think that tattoo removal practitioners are anti-tattoo, that’s simply not the case. Laser tattoo removal provides artists more artistic freedom to create coverup or tattoo modification masterpieces.

“It’s a big misconception in the industry — even to this day, people don’t know a tattoo can be completely removed. There’s a lot of misunderstandings about the laser, and we’re trying to break the barrier and bring them in and let them know that laser is for everybody,” said Ramirez. “When a client requests a coverup, sometimes it’s not about what you want, but what you can get. With the laser, you can get exactly what you want, and we’re giving it to them.”

Chaviano and Ramirez’s studio doesn’t just provide tattoo removal in preparation for a coverup; they also offer complete tattoo removal safely and effectively on all skin types, including permanent makeup removal. When you look at Bad Habits today, you see a beautifully designed studio that welcomes guests in a comfortable space as soon as they step inside. But as most business owners can attest, success doesn’t happen overnight; research, intentional planning, and consistent follow-up are crucial for long-term success and growth in the industry. They say it’s all about continual growth and expansion.

For those interested in expanding their tattoo studio and adding laser tattoo removal services, Ramirez offers some advice. “If you can, start small and slow. Give it time, get into a good relationship with the person from which you get the machine because only they can really help you. Anybody that gets into this is going to be new to it. Be patient with your clients, make them understand that this takes time,” Ramirez said. “For the people, like tattoo clients, they want to get tattooed tomorrow, or today. With the laser removal, we’re looking at months and months. If you start slow, little by little, build up your portfolio, soon you’re not going to have anything to worry about. We started small and slow, and that’s how we’ve gotten to where we are now.”

Starting a Laser Tattoo Removal Business

Bad Habits uses the Astanza Duality, a Q-Switched Nd:YAG tattoo removal laser, to provide tattoo removal services to sometimes upwards of 17 clients a day. Thoroughly researching, getting trained and certified in laser tattoo removal, and choosing a reliable and reputable laser company to work with are crucial steps paramount to the success of a tattoo removal business.

If you’re inspired by their impactful story of continual growth and expansion in the tattoo industry and are curious about adding tattoo removal to your services, reach out to Astanza Laser. Astanza helps entrepreneurs, existing practitioners, and business owners launch or expand profitable aesthetic laser businesses. Learn more about Astanza by viewing their website.

When asked why they chose Astanza technology, Ramirez said, “They pretty much do what they said they’re gonna do, so we went with them. The relationship with them has been nothing but great. Everyone on the team is super friendly. It doesn’t even feel like a big company you’re doing business with — it feels like a second family.”

Connect with Bad Habits on social! Check out their tattoo Instagram @BadHabitsTattoos and their laser tattoo removal account @BHlasertattooremoval. Heading to the All Stars Tattoo Convention in Miami later this month? Be sure to stop by their booth and say hi!



Easy technique of Laser Tattoo Removal


Laser tattoo removal is a process that removes tattoo marks, but what happens when you get them? It is often done with different techniques like tattoo initiation. In the early days of tattooing, these spots were often covered with skin and other parts of the body, which meant that the pain associated with the tattoo was minimal. Today, however, laser tattoo removal can completely remove the mark.

Tattoo removal is often done with different tools at first. Some people choose to remove the marks using traditional techniques, such as scraping the skin from the area with a piece of metal or even a pen. Other people use lasers, which are less painful and much faster.

As we become more aware of the potential side effects of getting a tattoo, we are now looking for new ways to treat unwanted body marks. Today’s laser tattoo removal treatment can be a great alternative for some.

Because laser tattoo removal treatment is more advanced than the early tattoo removal techniques of yesteryear, there is always the chance that your first laser tattoo removal treatment might hurt a bit. Some people choose to go under local anesthesia, while others opt for general anesthesia, to make the surgery itself more comfortable for them. Regardless of which method you choose, it is important that you always take proper precautions to ensure that you can have an open mind about laser removal after tattooing.

You should always discuss your options before deciding on a laser tattoo removal treatment with your doctor. They can tell you if the procedure would be the best option for you, as well as give you a few different options that they recommend for the most effective results.

Depending on where you live, different laser tattoo removal options may be available to you. In some cases, your doctor may be able to perform the procedure for you.

Steps for tattoo removal process

In other cases, it will have to be done by a member of the office staff who specializes in laser procedures.

The first step in laser tattoo removal is usually to find out if the marks are permanent. If so, then your doctor will need to make a decision as to whether the mark is deemed unsightly enough to remove. Some people choose to undergo the treatment, regardless of whether it is permanent or not. Of course, this option is not always available to everyone, but some people might consider it if their tattoo looks like a brand or company name.

After this point, laser tattoo removal can be performed on several different areas of the body. This could include the arms, chest, back, stomach, or ankle, among other places. Laser removal can be done on any part of the body that needs to be tattooed. While it is important to always keep the skin in these areas clean and dry, sometimes the skin can be sensitive or dry when tattooing, which means that the healing time may be shorter or you may have a more difficult time.

Laser tattoo removal is very effective. However, the downside is that it may take a couple of sessions to see permanent results, depending on the location.

With laser tattoo removal, the treatment involves getting the lasers through the skin and through the ink, making sure not to penetrate the skin. The light heats the ink, causing it to break down over time, and then the heat destroys the ink.

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This type of treatment can be very expensive.

How Laser Tattoo Removal Works

Tattoo removal is generally a procedure that is done to try to get rid of an unsightly tattoo. The common methods used for tattoo removal are laser surgery, laser dermabrasion, and surgical excision.

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Tattoo ink is deposited under the epidermis or the top layer of the skin. This makes tattoo removal more complex than the tattoo application itself. Since tattoo ink contains permanent coloring substances that are absorbed into the skin, it must be removed so that the skin color can return.

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Tattoos are usually applied using stencils, usually inked with the person’s name, the “X” word, or the tattoo symbol, etc. Tattoos can also be printed on clothing and other surfaces. The tattoo can be removed with the use of lasers, which can be used on any skin type and anywhere on the body. Laser tattoos usually last a lifetime.

The first step in removing a tattoo is determining what type of tattoo it is and whether or not it is removable. It will have a different impact on the skin, as well as its location. For example, a small tattoo on the side of the foot may not be removable.

On the other hand, it is possible that a larger tattoo can be removed on the back of the neck. Colored tattoos are usually easier to remove.

Next, it will be necessary to evaluate the tattoo before removing it. The tattoo can have several parts, which are visible, inked or hidden. Tattoos that are visible generally do not need to be removed. 

They can be removed with the help of a microdermabrasion system or another chemical peel. However, tattoos that are more complex will need to be removed surgically.

When a tattoo is removed, the doctor will take a skin sample from the same area where the tattoo was applied and then send it through a scanning system that looks at the image before making a decision. on whether to remove the tattoo. or not.   

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Tattoo removal protection

Once a tattoo has been removed, it will need to be dried and stored in a special place to protect it from future attacks. The tattoo should also be covered with special clothing, gloves or a special cloth, to keep it out of people’s eyes.

Tattoo Removal Healing

If the tattoo has not healed after a year, the dermatologist will remove it. Some doctors can use laser therapy. This method uses a laser beam to break down the ink, allowing it to be removed from the sheet body. The process is called photo rejuvenation.

Although the lasers used are more powerful, the cost of laser treatment is much higher than using a dermabrasion system. It will take months, sometimes years, to complete the full removal. of a tattoo.

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A good dermatologist can also offer other treatment options that can speed up the healing time of the tattoo to make the healing process go faster. Another thing that can be done is to cover the tattoo with creams and ointments. to speed up the healing process of the tattoo.

Scars after tattoo removal

A laser can also be used to treat minor scars that can occur during tattoo removal. However, this should only be used if the scars do not need to be treated right away. Because these scars often fade over time, they can be removed by laser treatment, but the laser is not as effective in removing them permanently.

Risk of tattoo removal

When a doctor uses laser removal, there are risks that can be painful or even cause an infection. The risks of laser treatment are not as high as those of a traditional dermabrasion method. However, it is important to take the necessary precautions and understand how laser treatment works.

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Laser tattoo removal is very effective when the skin is damaged and does not heal itself. It can work if the skin is very dry. This can happen, for example, when there is an extreme case of acne or due to poor medical care.

In conclusion, laser treatment of a tattoo can remove the tattoo, but it is not perfect. Sometimes it can lead to complications.

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It’s important for anyone considering getting a tattoo to research tattoo removal and get some good tattoo removal ideas from tattoo enthusiasts or the experts themselves. Here are some tattoo removal ideas that can help you get started in the right direction for a great looking tattoo on your body.

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Tattoo type

The first thing to ask yourself is what type of tattoo do you want on your body. If you are considering getting a tattoo for fashion reasons, you may not have many options in this area. If you choose a tattoo design that has multiple layers, then you have more freedom in the types of tattoos that you can have. It is also possible to have tattoos that are very intricate, so this will be a factor in the tattoo design that you choose.

You will need to find out how many different types of tattoos you have. Depending on how long the ink is supposed to last, the number of tattoo images can vary. For example, the average tattoo lasts between three and five years, so you must decide whether or not you need many images or if you only want one or two.

Tattoo and skin color

The color of your skin, as well as the color of the ink, will determine the best tattoo removal for your skin. In general, the color of the skin, as well as the depth of the tattoo ink, will influence the removal method used.

Some tattoo removal ideas for black skin include laser removal. This is one of the most common ways to remove a black tattoo as it causes a lot of damage. The laser works by using energy to destroy pigment in the ink, resulting in fading and discoloration of the skin. 

However, black skin does not react well to lasers, so you may want to try other options first. If you decide to go for laser removal, always make sure you choose a trained technician who is certified in tattoo removal to avoid complications.

There are other tattoo removal options as well, but they are not as common as laser removal. These include dermabrasion, chemical peels, and electrolysis. All of these methods will require you to see a doctor to perform them, but they are less expensive than laser removal. and it can give you a much smoother result.

Tattoo removal cost

If you have chosen a tattoo that is very complex or has multiple designs, the cost of tattoo removal techniques can be high. If this is the case, you may have to pay more money than someone who chose a tattoo design that has only one or two images.

The last thing to think about is the type of tattoo you want on your body. It’s best to spend some time researching your options before choosing the one that’s perfect for you. Once you know what your requirements are, you can start choosing the best removal option for you.

You should also consider your skin type before choosing a removal method. The most common tattoo removal method is simply bleaching the tattoo. However, there are other options, such as dermabrasion, chemical peels, and electrolysis, so you should talk to your doctor about the different options. Be sure to discuss the skin types that are affected and what will be the best treatment method for them.

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When choosing a tattoo removal method, there are several factors that must be considered. For example, your skin should be in an area that is not easily damaged, like the back of your neck, for example, to reduce scarring. If you’re concerned about getting ink on other parts of your body, it’s best to choose something that has minimal ink.

Another factor to consider when choosing tattoo removal is whether the ink is too deep for your chosen removal method. In some cases, it will be necessary to wash the ink down to the skin.

You should also speak to a professional about the best way to care for your tattoo after treatment, which may be the best way to take care of the tattoo and keep it looking great. Once your tattoo has healed, you will want to make sure you take the best care of it. This includes keeping the tattoo clean and well hydrated.

31 best Polynesian Tattoo Designs 2022


Tattoo is an art that expresses one’s individuality. Do you find Polynesian tattoos creative, distinctive, and unique? The ancient tattoo art has been passed down through legends, traditions, cultures, and ritual ceremonies, making them more expressive and personal on our modern times. If you wish to decode the symbols behind the body art, keep reading for the 30 Polynesian tattoo designs and meanings to guide you all along.


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If you’re still wondering where Polynesia is in the map, then it’s actually an old name for over a 1000 islands across the Pacific Ocean. Historians say that the Polynesian people influenced our modern art, particularly the tattoo body art.

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If writing is the form of expression in our modern times, tattoo is the form of expression in the Polynesian culture. In fact, there was no writing in Polynesia—the people only express themselves in their tattoos. Do you know that tattoos are an indication of their status is their hierarchical society? Yes, you can know their personalities, identities, genealogy, and even the rank in their society through their tattoos.

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In Polynesian culture, tattoo is more than an art—it’s more spiritual. Instead of deciding for the design of your tattoo, their tattoo artist or ones they call as “master” will decide depending on your social status. Do you know that their “master” often worship gods for the gift of tattooing given to him? That’s why Polynesian people consider tattoos as holy, and they even refraining from certain activities that might offend their gods during the process of tattooing.

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That’s the reason why the designs of their tattoos are more symbolical, where you can see pictographic representation of human, animals, birds, flowers and such. Also, the placement of the geometric design of their tattoos had different meanings, depending on the person being tattooed and his rank on their society. Instead of you explaining the tattoo design with your tattoo artist, in the Polynesian tradition, it was the master who explains the interpretation of tattoos to the person.



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If you’ll dig deeper in the history, you’ll know that Marquesas Islands were the first Polynesian islands discovered by Alvaro de Mendana de Neira—a Spanish navigator in 1595. In 1771, Captain James Cook navigated the Polynesian triangle and found out “tattaw” or Polynesian people. Cook brought a native to the Europe, where tattoos became popular due to the body art in the Polynesian’s body.

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According to researchers, the tattoo art in Polynesia existed more than 2000 years ago, but it was banned in the 18th century until 1980s. Fortunately, the art of tattoo revived in our present times, thanks to the hard work of scholars and tattoo artists.

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When people think of tribal tattoos, the designs that come up to their minds are Polynesian tattoos in origin. If you would like to get a tribal tattoo or a Polynesian tattoo because they look cool, think again. A Polynesian culture might have a tribal nature into them, but the Polynesian tattoos are not tribal tattoos.

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Do you still remember that Polynesian tattoos are more spiritual and personal, rather than just being artistic and creative? The tattoos of Polynesian people have significant meanings—genealogy, community rankings, personal records, professional skills—that can complete one’s story. You can see in their tattoos where they grew up and from which tribe they came from, along with their accomplishment in their life. In fact, the Polynesian warriors and chiefs wore tattoos that symbolize power—and it couldn’t be worn by a non-warrior Polynesian.

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So, before getting random symbols for your tribal tattoos, take time to decode their meanings first so you’ll be able to express your body art accurately. Working with a tattoo artist who understands the traditions and symbols of Polynesian tattoos can be great. For Polynesian people, tattoos should be treated with honor and respect, and they get tattoos because they want to embrace their tradition and history.

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Meanings of Polynesian Tattoos

If you’re looking for the rule book of Polynesian people on their tattoo designs, then you have to know that their tattoos vary in meanings depending on the island they came from. While some use their tattoos to show their personal attachment to their tribes, some use the body art as a form of spiritual protection. You’ll see visual representations of birds, daggers, animals, human, and such that can symbolize different things.



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All symbols in Polynesian tattoos are based on the elements of Water, Earth, Wind, and Fire.



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The process of tattooing is considered spiritual, that’s why each symbol calls for a ritual ceremony. If you’re a warrior, your tattoo will be more elaborate, perhaps including the symbolism of the four elements of water, earth, wind, and fire to guide you on your battle.

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On the other hand, a non-warrior Polynesian may only have tattoo that’s relevant to his society’s rank or role. A farmer can be seen in a tattoos related to earth symbolism, while a fisherman can be seen in tattoos inspired from the water element.

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  • Shells in the Polynesian tattoo represent peace and fertility.

Have you noticed that shells are common in Polynesian tattoo design? In fact, the sea shells symbolize protection and intimacy, where turtle shells signify peace and wellness. For Polynesian people, sea is the source of their food, and the place they will rest after death. They perceive turtles as the creature that will bring them to the sea, since it moves between the land and the sea. On the other hand, bivalves represent the union or marriage of couples.

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  • Shark teeth represent power and courage.



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Do you know that sharks are considered as gods in Polynesian lore? In fact, sea-faring Polynesians actually wear the tattoo since they believe it will protect them from shark attacks when at the sea. Polynesian people even get not only one shark tattoo, but a full set of teeth to show their courage in their body art. Shark teeth are called as “niho mano”—the symbolism consists of pattern of triangles that represents the shark teeth. If you like, you can even get multiple rows of shark teeth that can signify adaptability and bravery.

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  • Spearhead can represent the power of the individual.

The spearhead details are the ones that make the Polynesian tattoos look more tribal. However, it represents the power, courage, and dominance of the person wearing it, since the symbol was derived from the weapon itself. In fact, the spearhead detail on their tattoos is designed to express courage and fight. According to the historians, a line of spearheads can signify that one can stand for the defeat of his rivals.

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  • Tikis are considered to be ancestors that drove out bad energy.

More than just a tattoo symbol, Tiki is a style of Hawaiian tattooing. The pattern consists of human figures depicted with eyes closed. Polynesian people wear this tattoo as protection, that’s why you can see this symbol in many ancient temples and pillars.

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  • The sun symbolizes grandness and riches.

Like the other symbolism, the sun symbol can be interpreted in many ways. While the rising of the sun can symbolize rebirth, the rays of the sun can mean eternity, brilliance, leadership and more. Also, it can be a passage to the other world as what Polynesian people believed.

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  • Ocean symbolizes their final destination.

Do you know that ocean is the symbol of death for Polynesian people? However, it’s also considered as their source of food, along with fertility and homeland of their ancestors. The pattern usually consists of geometric blank blocks that complete other patterns in the tattoo.

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  • The Process of Polynesian Tattooing

The process of tattooing in our modern days is more reliable and safe compared to the indigenous practices of Polynesian people. While the designs of their tattoos were outlined on the skin, the needles that they used were often made of bird bone, shark teeth, bamboo, and even turtle shell. Could you imagine that your skin will be cut first before injecting the ink formulated from plant-based liquids, coconut milk, sugar cane juice, and candle nut oil? Of course they might have rituals for the healing of their wounds, but there are no specific guidelines that were used.

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  • The Placement of Tattoo and Polynesian Tradition



The placement of your tattoo may be a personal choice—you may show it off on your arms or keep them private on your back. But, do you know that the location of your tattoo in your body signifies different meanings when it comes to Polynesian tradition? Yes, the placement of your Polynesian tattoo can influence the thoughts you’re trying to express.

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When it comes to Polynesian tradition, the body is a link between heaven or “Rangi” and earth or “Papa”.

According to their legend, the two were once united, and the man’s quest is to reunite them again—one of the reasons why Polynesian people make the placement of their tattoos relevant to the said union of heaven and earth. While the upper body is associated to the heaven or spiritual world, the lower body represents the earth or our physical world. They also believe that the back of their body is associated with the past, and their front body with the future. Polynesian people associate their head with spirituality, wisdom, and intuition, while their hands with creativity, especially when they perform the Kava ritual at sacred ceremonies.

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  • The higher trunk signifies balance, while the lower trunk signifies independence.

If you’re looking for the exact location of the higher trunk, this is located from just above the navel to the chest. Polynesian people associate them with traits like generosity and honor, as well as the balance and harmony between heaven and earth.

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On the other hand, the lower trunk is located below the navel to the thighs. Polynesian people associate them with independence, se*xuality, and energy. Do you know that Polynesian culture have a deep appreciation for independence? In fact, the navel symbolizes the cutting of the umbilical cord that associates with the strength of a person. However, Polynesian people are strongly connected—they have close family ties where their family includes all their relatives, neighbors, and friends.

  • The upper arms and shoulders are the symbols of strength.
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Do you know that Polynesian people associate their upper arms and shoulders with bravery and strength, and relate them to warriors and chiefs? They even use the term “kikopuku” where “kiko” means flesh and “puku” means swollen to express the idea of strong arms.

Apart from these beliefs, the placement of your tattoo will affect the way it looks. Keep in mind that Polynesian tattoos are elaborate and needs a great amount of skin to be covered. Think of your shoulders, back, and hips that can be a great canvas a tattoo artist can work on.

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The Future of Polynesian Tattoo

Just like any art, Polynesian tattoos can be influenced by different cultures and traditions, making the ancient designs of the body art modern and even personal. The exchange of cultural concepts from countries to countries and person to person could alter the styles and design of the native Polynesian tattoos.



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If you have a deep love for your culture and tradition, preserving them in body art or tattoo would be great. That will also give your ancestors some respect since they dedicated their lives to channel the culture and tradition through art that can still be seen in our present time.



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Female tattoos, female tattoos or kernel tattoos – in other words tattoos that are feminine in design, and therefore preferred by women and girls – are becoming more and more common. For the first fifty or sixty years, tattooing is common in modern societies and even after becoming mainstream, very few women got tattooed – in fact, those who did not do so were exceptionally and generally a taciturn or rebel.                                                            tattoo краска
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All that changed about twenty years ago when tattooing became more socially acceptable, largely due to the many celebrities who publicly sported tattoos. Some of these were women, and so, tattoos for women became more common and acceptable. Nowadays most people find female tattoos attr*active, they certainly aren’t offensive anymore.

That having been said it’s still true that more men than women get tattoos and it’s even true that there is a little element of social rebellion inherent in a woman’s decision to get a tattoo, although this is less and less the case, tattoos are more like a fashion item these days.

Female tattoos, women tattoos: Feminine ink is no longer shocking, and we no longer jump to conclusions about a woman’s moral character based on whether or not she has a few tattoos!

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Despite being something that everyone does literally every day, getting dressed (or putting together an outfit, if you want to get fancy), can feel like the trickiest, most frustrating part of the morning. Who hasn’t stood in front of a closet full of clothing and thought “I have nothing to wear!?” Rest assured, you’re not alone in this daily conundrum. To that end, we consulted a panel of experts—top designers, style consultants, and retail pros—to demystify the act (art?) of getting dressed, once and for all.

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1  How to make simple clothes look fashionable

Balance proportions.

How to do it: Obviously, you want to show how proud you are of a toned arms or a slim waist. It is the downplaying of less favorite parts that is complicated. One trick? Add volume to the contrast, such as the wide-leg trousers you wear to make sure something is fitted with a heavy upper half. “Designer Nicole Miller explains,” The thing is to separate ourselves. “So avoid anything over-sized or you’ll look even bigger” “Another idea: Distraction. If you’re pear-shaped, wearing black pants, forget the top with a bo*ld scarf, the author of the style-advice book Front Row. Says Louise Rowe.

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How to do it: The weirdest thing is that there is a larger version in the genre du jour. Take Crop Tops: To avoid exposing the skin, pair a shirt with a high-waisted skirt on the navel or a long top with a crop top on top. “It gives you a similar look,” promises designer Rebecca Minkoff. Bottom line: “You never want to feel like you’re uncomfortable with your age and trying to get younger,” says Lilianna Vazquez, a style expert and editor of TheAlvigWood.com.

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3.How the the right bra makes you look thinner.

How to actually do this: “Where your br*asts are sitting in your chest is a big difference in how clothes fit,” V azquez says. In other words, if you are wearing a bra that fits properly, then no need to shake or blow that and that means your silhouette will be trimmed from every angle. The target is between your elbow and shoulders. “The front panel of the bra falls on the flat, there is no jerking or gapping in the cups, and the bra is not growing or creating a bulge,” said Kristen Supulski, director of merchandising at Vanity Fair. “If you can just press two fingers under the band and it still feels snug, this is the right fit.”
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4 How to look stylish everyday

Don’t get too mixed up.

How to do it: Try wearing colors that enhance each other without the “match” in the conventional sense. For a simple hack, “see a simple color wheel complement the colors opposite each other on the wheel” (think non-obvious but non-obvious, but combos like purple and saffron) look for a simple hack, both in color and texture. Miscellaneous Accessories for Your Case The author of the me and style memoir I will drink is: “A black dress, navy shoes and a burg*undy handbag.”) And under no circumstances should you ever rock a jewelry suit. “Vazquez says,” Anything sold as a set is true. Looks dated “

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How to style clothes you already have…

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How to actually do it: “Don’t give too much stuff to people to watch at a time,” Halbrich says. “If you’re wearing low-cut clothing, focus on the cleavage – you don’t even need an empty hand and foot.” The idea applies at the same time as a fit: a body-hugging dress is better with a cute neckline and hem, while on the other, a skirt that touches a few inches above the knee will not raise eyebrows if it’s tight.


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6.Spend as much as you can on staples.

How to do it: First, a denial. There is no need to break the bank on the basics – tees, button-downs, jeans – with lots of quality options available at low prices. Instead, the cheaper versions also splurge on items of the sort that aren’t stolen (if you can). For example, bargaining will still set you back $ 5. But this sweater will expand quickly and then you have to spend $ 100 more to replace it, not just spending one more time. “When buying classics like a great black blazer, it’s important to invest in better fabrics – wool that will hold up better over time,” says Minkoff, trying to set a price for each wear to help keep the sticker shock off.

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7. Develop a signature style.

How to do it: Designer Nanette Lepore says, “Figure out your go-to, goofy look”, then look for variations of that theme. Pick it up? Figure out the dress you are most comfortable with or ask the ones you like best. Once Minkoff says, “I draw on the jacket, so I will style the bomber, then the silk version or the leather sleeveless denim jacket.” “Whenever you need to talk yourself into things, it’s a red flag that you shouldn’t buy them,” Minkoff says. If you have doubts in the dressing room, it might help to take a picture of yourself on the item, suggests Erin Lauder, founder and creative director of lifestyle brand Erin. “It’s so much more accurate than looking in the mirror.”


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8. Everyone should own a classic white shirt.

How to do it: Opt for a pure white color instead of an ivory, which can cut the sting. Florence Thomas, creative director of Tomas Pink, recommends, “But since white is more likely to appear yellowish in color than your teeth, consider wearing a bo*ld lipstick in blue like Fuchsia.” Not sure which cut is best for you? A button up with darting at the waist or curved princess seams can create a feminine clockwork shape on anyone. Make sure the shoulder seams are consistent with your shoulders and that there is no tension in the front or back. Tomas says, “Anything else can be created. Do not dry-clean all-cotton shirts to prevent them from fading. Laundry them and press them, like men’s shirts.

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9. Mix prints and patterns.

How to do it: Double up on patterns can help you become confident and agile – or as if you are dressed in the dark. Previous achievements by following these instructions. Get stuck in a family of the same color – and perhaps a shade of the same background. Some pairs like PB’s and J’s – they just work. “floral polka dots usually go well together,” says Minkoff, which is similar to printing a non-critic pattern with a score or a check or a cheetah with paisley. The closest matches are the no. For example, Vazquez says, houndstooths and plaids are very similar to Sympatico’s. And two big prints will compete for dominance giving people and people a headache. Finish the wardrobe with neutral accessories. Warning Row: “Do not add another color to the mix.” Digital photography for the introductory course.


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 10.Jewelry should accentuate your features.

How to do it: The right pair of earrings can flatter the shape of your face. For example, long earrings make your face shine, if it is around, says jewelry designer Lizzie Fortunato. On the other hand, if you have a face like a face, small earrings, like large studs, will draw focus to the outside and your face will not fall so narrowly. If you have a large B*st statue, a necklace should hit up to an inch or so above the cleavage. Longer strands or pendants will rest comfortably on the body and pay attention to each contour. Lastly, choose light colored earrings such as pearls or white stones, making your appearance look brighter.

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The first order of business is to engage your subject. This is where we all have to learn to overcome our shyness and approach people in an open and friendly way. Be honest about who you are and what you are doing. Don’t just barge into a scene with the cameras on. In fact, it is usually best to leave the camera in your bag when you approach people for the first time, so as not to scare them. Take the time to have a conversation with the person, just as you would if you didn’t have a camera. Remember the golden rule. Think about how you would feel if someone came up to you and wanted to take a picture. How they did it would determine how you would respond.

One of the keys to success in photographing cultures other than your own is to do as much research as you can before you go. Talk to the people who have been there and get their recommendations. Find out if there are taboos about photography and, if so, what they are. Another key to success is being sensitive to local customs and the different reactions people may have towards you and your camera. Learn a few simple phrases in the local language so that you can at least greet people and ask if you can take pictures of them.

Some people have no problem with photography and you should treat them in the same courteous and respectful way that you would treat people at home, involving them and asking for their permission. Others have objections to taking pictures of certain individuals or groups. Some people object on religious grounds. Some feel that you want to make fun of them, show their poverty or some other aspect of their lives to the world. Other people believe that when you make an image of them, you are stealing their soul or in some other way taking something from them.

They are right, of course. Photographers talk about capturing the essence or spirit of a person or place. We drink something and benefit from it. You should always respect people’s feelings and beliefs. There are selfish reasons for this: you don’t want to be beaten up or thrown in jail. But the main point is that people are always more important than photographs. You don’t want to abuse people, and doing something against a deeply held belief is abuse. And the photographs probably wouldn’t be very good anyway.

You may be asked to pay to photograph certain people. My advice is to comply with such requests. You pay for a postcard when you travel, why not for a picture that you make? It’s usually not a lot of money for you, but it can be a lot for the people you want to photograph. If you don’t want to pay, you can always go ahead.

The casual portrait

Wherever you are with your camera, always be on the lookout for those moments when a person’s character shines through. If you have a formal portrait session with someone, make some frames of him while he is fixing his tie or while she brushes his hair before the formal session. Get back in the car with her and shoot her on the street. If you are having a spring picnic with the family, look for that moment of happiness when your wife lays back, satiated, to enjoy the caress of the warm sun. If you are on the street, look for the impatient expression on a pedestrian’s face as you wait for the light to change. Always be on the lookout for the revealing moment. Each person has a story and each image must tell part of that story.

Environmental portraits

Portraits are about people. Environmental portraits are about people and what they do with their lives. They are about the type of house a person lives in and how they decorate it; what kind of work they do and where they do it; about the environment they choose and the things they surround themselves with. Environmental portraits seek to convey an idea about a person by combining the portrait with a sense of place.

Group portraits

Group portraits are difficult to do well, and the larger the group, the more difficult they are. It is not easy to get a good and revealing photograph of a person, and the problems are exacerbated exponentially with groups. We have all had the experience of trying to get the family or the ball team to pose for a photo. Having them all arranged so that you can see their faces is quite difficult. So of course you want a picture where everyone looks good, no closed eyes, no grimaces. Taking group portraits requires imagination, patience, and diplomacy. Use your imagination. Find a way to relate the group to an environment that expresses something about what kind of group they are. Do it literally, humorously, dramatically, or in complete contrast. Get ideas from them.

Family issues

Members of our family are the people we photograph most often. We record momentous occasions and occasional moments. Albums filled with baby photos, first steps, minor league games, Halloweens, Thanksgiving and weddings mark our passage back in time. These photographs are our memories come true and they are probably the most important images we will ever make or have. You should apply thought and technique with the same rigor, if not more, to photographing your family as you do on any photography assignment. There is no better group to practice photography. No other will be so confident or willing to indulge his ever-present camera, his clumsiness with lights and his mistakes. When you are photographing strangers, you either get the idea or not. There is no going back to a fleeting moment. With your family, you can work toward achieving a similar moment over and over and over again.

Hands and other details

The hands of a farmer, a pianist, a baker. The feet of a ballet dancer, a long distance runner, a place kicker. The belly of a pregnant woman, the biceps of a weightlifter. Hair stroking a pillow, fingers clenched in prayer, an attentive gaze. Details of the human body make great photographic subjects, whether as expressions of ideas or emotions, as graphic shots, or as a way of saying something about an individual. Whenever you are photographing someone, try to think of details about their body or clothing that indirectly convey your message.

Are there particular parts of your body or items of your clothing that are important to what you do for a living or as a hobby? Do any of them really stand out? Can you find a way to abstract what you want to say about the person using one of these elements?

The point is to use your eyes and your imagination, whether you want to use detail and abstraction to say something about an individual or about the beauty of the human body. If you are taking detail photographs of the human body, you will be working closely with people and will have to direct them, tell them where to pose and how.