Monday, 28 May 2012

Another One Bites The Ink

These celebs and their body art, eh?
We imagine the tattooists in LA are making a fortune with all the A-list business they get.
Come and see the latest star to get some work done...
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Either she fell off her bike and scraped her inner elbow (which, we imagine, is particularly hard to do), or Miley Cyrus has got herself a new inking.
The star was spotted wandering about in Los Angeles with a large bandage on her arm yesterday.
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It's thought Miley was getting some additions made to the roman numerals she had inscribed in the same spot earlier this month.
Sure enough, when the bandage came off, the letters 'VIIXCI' were revealed, which translates to the number 96.
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We thought we'd cracked the code - until we realised the star was actually born in 1992.
Hmm, guess we'll have to dig a little deeper on this one.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Vanessa Hudgens’ Neck Tattoo

Vanessa Hudgens has a neck tattoo!? We don’t really know enough about the teen-celebrity scene to have a real idea of how surprising this revelation should be. However, the fact that someone who gained their fame from staring in the High School Musicalseries has a big tattoo of a purple and green butterfly on their neck is a bit on the strange side. The Spring Breakers star got the ink because her name derives from the Latin word for butterfly, and probably got it in such a major area in order to break away from her teen-queen image. The actress and singer also has an “Ohm” inked on her hands, which she got during a trip to the tattoo parlor with her buddy Ashley Tisdale. We respect her for getting inked at the risk of losing her career (or at least significantly altering its trajectory), but we really don’t like her tattoos; they kind of reek of trying too hard.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Temporary tattoos were once tacky, not anymore!

Inkwear was launched in 2010 on the basis that these were fun, fashionable and flexible accessories in favour of creating quality temporary tattoos that do not flake or peel away. Its east London base and artsy nature suggest that this brand is no flash in the pan, but it is hard to believe that temporary tattoos have become quite so scientifically advanced with FDA approval, non-toxic technology and designed for the most sensitive of skin.
From classic animal transfers to fashionable 1950s pin-ups and from botanical floral to the more unorthodox esoteric cassette players, Inkwear is known for throwing up some serious style statements.
The Upcoming bring you their favourites and hopefully inspire you to design your own, in a temporary tattoo-tastic time! 
Seen as a must-have for any girly girl who wants to spice up their lower back, the lace and bow set are perfect and come in a range of colours and sizes. Prices are around the £7 mark for a set of five, so what is your excuse? 
If you are a traditionalist and are inspired by tattoos adorning your latest celebrity crush then look no further than the art and celebrity collection from skulls and slogans to Banksy art.  Here at The Upcoming we are enjoying the skull with the top hat; it reminds us of a cross between Slash and Damien Hirst. Is there any better combination?
The jewellery collection would be great for a venue where jewellery is a must, but you are a little worried about getting totally crazy and losing something. We adore the hanging chain with the fabulous fluffy pink dice; these would look awesome behind long hair, on your back or shoulder blade or placed at the bottom of a short sleeve. 
As the music festival season kicks off and the weather turns from dreary to sunny, I urge you to check out all the latest transfers or even design your own

Angelina Jolie, Cheryl Cole, Danielle Lineker and more explain why they got inked

Age 16, I had three stupid dolphins inked on to my arm and ­10 seconds later I realised I’d made a huge mistake 
Polly Hudson and THAT dolphin tattoo

Nearly a third of young people in the UK today have a tattoo. A third. How did this happen?
“Body art” used to be purely for sailors and hookers, but nowadays tattoo parlours are popping up on posh high streets all over the country, and the most surprising bit, unlikely people are admitting they’ve got them (see Dame Helen Mirren).
Statistics show that a quarter of those who get a tattoo eventually regret it – and that’s exactly what happened to me.
Age 16, I had three stupid dolphins inked on to my arm for life, and ­whaddayaknow, about 10 seconds later I realised I’d made a huge mistake.
Now I’m embarrassed, ashamed, but far too much of a coward to get them lasered off, because apparently it really hurts.
Much of the blame for the popularity of tattoos must surely lie at the door of celebrities.
All the most popular stars have got them – from Cheryl Cole (her classy new bum tat appears to be dripping down the back of her leg) to David Beckham (whose “sleeve” is now so crowded it just looks like one big mess.)
Famous people use their inkings to send messages – who can forget Jordan confirming that her first marriage was over by having her ‘Pete’ wrist tattoo crossed out in thick black ink (which looked, obviously, great, and will be lovely for the kids to see now they’re at reading age)?
Or Kerry Katona signalling that she’d finally caught on to what everyone else on the planet had known for ages, by having the enormous ‘Mark’ on her back covered up with a huge black phoenix, to signify her rising from the flames or some such nonsense?
The interesting thing about tattoos is that they’re like a certain yeast-based spread that it’s far too much of a cliche to mention – you either love them or you hate them.
There is no in-between...

Danielle Lineker says..

Gary Lineker and wife Danielle Gary Lineker arrive for a dinner given by The Thirty Club
Confident: Danielle with Gary and her tattoo visible

It was a discreet part of me rarely seen by anyone else. Now, after a slip up with a dress in front of photographers on Tuesday, my tattoo isn’t quite so secret any more.
I knew not everyone would like it but I’m surprised so many have such a strong opinion about tattoos.
Like them or loathe them, tattoos are a form of personal expression that everyone is entitled to have. It’s my prerogative to have one. My decision. My body.
People have a right to not like them, too. But I think it’s wrong to be rude about them, just as I wouldn’t be rude to someone who didn’t have one.
And when you criticise someone’s tattoo you might as well say you don’t like their nose or their smile – it’s that personal.
And tattoos are so much more popular now, look at David Beckham’s. They make him look edgy, whereas before he was a footballer the girls went gaga over. They totally changed his image and made it OK for men to like him.
I love Angelina Jolie’s tattoos the most. The map coordinates of her children’s births are so deeply felt.
And the ­Tennessee Williams quote: “A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages” says so much about her.
When I had mine done it hurt – a lot! But it was worth it. My tattoo has a very deep meaning for me.
Most people have a story or intense feelings behind each picture, number or word inked on their body. For some, their tattoos are mottos or mantras to live by.
And I’m one of those people. After years of consideration, I chose a quote from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure: “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”
I love and hope to live by those words, which remind me not to listen to the doubting voices in my head and tell me to at least try to be the best I can.
It was the obvious choice for a tattoo because those lines really resonated the first time I read them and every time since. They really hit a nerve.
If ever I’m suffering from self-doubt I can read my tattoo and feel motivated, inspired and a whole lot better about myself.
I had meant to keep my arms by my sides, covering my tattoo, but my shoe got caught in the train of my dress and I had to move my arm.
Now, in a way, I’m glad my tattoo has been seen. I’m a huge Shakespeare geek but few people knew that. My tattoo shows a different side of me.
Before now, it’s unlikely that anyone would come up to me and discuss Shakespeare. But at the party the other night I spent the whole evening speaking to someone from the theatre world about Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and, of course, Shakespeare. Tattoos can be a real talking point.
I’ve wanted a tattoo since I was a teenager but I’m so glad I didn’t have one done then because I’d have had something ridiculous, deliberately rebellious or a bit naff. I didn’t brave a tattoo then as I was so terrified of what my parents would’ve said.
Thankfully, I waited until I was mature enough to find something that I really loved.
But let’s not pretend every tattoo is profound. Some are ugly. Many people hate and regret theirs, which is why I took my time. But, when they’re done well, tattoos say more about a person than any outfit. They are ­accessories in ­themselves, like a lovely haircut that never grows out.
As much as I say that, I won’t be able to talk Gary into having one. We laugh at the thought of it. It wouldn’t suit his ­nice-guy image!

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of "Ocean's Thirteen"
Angelina Jolie's arm tattoo

“I love them,” Angelina, 36, says. “They’re body art.
"I don’t think it’s abnormal that someone who spends their life in other skins wants to claim their own by marking things on it that matter to them.”
She has also revealed: “I dropped my pants in a tattoo parlour in Amsterdam.

Angelina Jolie's tattoos and their meanings
And Angelina Jolie's back tattoos

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"I woke up in a water bed with this funky-looking dragon with a blue tongue on my hip.
"I realised I had made a mistake, so a few months later I got a cross to cover it.
"When my pants hang low, it looks like I’m wearing a dagger!”

David Beckham

David Beckham walks off the pitch shirtless after the MLS game between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Portland Timbers
Full of meaning: David Beckham's tattoos

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David, 37, is no stranger to honouring his loved ones through inkings.
He has previously said his tattoos are a way of expressing how he’s feeling, explaining: “Most of my tattoos are memories and things that mean things to me.
"There’s not one tattoo I’ve got on me that doesn’t mean something.”
He added: “I don’t always plan on having a tattoo done, but then sometimes I wake up with an idea or an image of what I would like on me.”

Penelope Cruz

Penelope, 38, has always kept quiet on the reasons behind 833 tattooed on her right ankle, dismissing rumours that it has links to Scientology or Numerology.
She said: “It’s not a Harley-Davidson. It’s not the different things that have been said. I don’t think anyone cares. It’s my own tattoo.”
She also has a crucifix tattoo on her right hand.

Peaches Geldof

Regrets: Peaches Geldof would like a new skin

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The words ‘Ex Valentine’ around the top of her left arm are understood to be a reference to old flame Faris Badwan, frontman with The Horrors.
He also inspired another one of Miss Geldof’s designs – an open book with a noose hanging over the page.
“It’s to symbolise me being owned by him,” she once said.
The 23-year-old’s back is also covered with a lyric from Nick Cave’s song Into My Arms, which she had tattooed as a tribute to rock star ex-boyfriend Frederick Macpherson.
Last year, the television presenter said she wished that she had been dissuaded from covering her body with “art” work.
“Girls of 14 should not be allowed to have tattoos,” she said. “The ones I have from that age are more like prison tattoos.
“I recently came to the conclusion that I regret every single tattoo I’ve ever had done. I have so many bad tattoos.
"Some of them I look at now and find them horrendous. If I could graft a completely new skin for myself, I would.”

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl’s latest tattoo is a new jagged design running down her thigh.
Cheryl, 28, has previously unveiled tattoos including a tribal design on her hand, a barbed wire design around her right thigh, as well as the words, Mrs C, on the back of her neck.
She said of the procedure at the time: “The sitting itself was pretty painful but I was determined to get it done in one hit. I didn’t cry once.”
To see a very heavily tattooed celebrity swinging around on hoops

Sunday, 6 May 2012

More Celebrity Tattoos

If you like taking your style tips from the stars, then you’ve probably already noticed the number of celebrities that have gotten words tattooed on those oh-so-famous bodies. Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox, Drew Barrymore, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus are just a few Hollywood starlets that have recently be spotted around LA showing off new word ink. 

Find out what these celebrity tattoos are saying and how can you get in on sharing your own message to the world!  
Who can forget in 2010 when Drew Barrymore penned her own “Breathe” tattoo after working herself too hard for three years.  She is quoted as saying on the David Letterman show,” I was trying to remember the importance of everything and to keep breathing... I want to remember everything I study, to keep up with my meditations and prayers... I was studying spirituality and religions and I explored different temples and walked barefoot through the streets. I went to Delhi. It's a very spiritual, thoughtful place. People are so kind. It was a life-changing experience. I was looking for a shift of consciousness and I was very blessed.” Right on Drew! We applaud your work on creating a shift in your life!  We have several “breathe” tattoos for you to choose from to get the look assist you in keep you sane in a hectic world. 



Angelina Jolie is a poster child celebrity tattoos and this celebrity speaks up for what is right. Her “Know your Rights” tattoo on the back of her neck shows her humanitarian side with a punk rock edge . If you are looking to make a statement like this try our “I Speak Up For What Is Right” tattoo found in our ‘This is my Life’ series.


The current tattoo count of pop-singer Rihanna is 16! She has two that we here at Conscious Ink especially LOVE (no pun intended)! The word “LOVE” on her finger and a Sanskrit prayer tattoo on her hip!  If you like the look of these, we have both a Sanskrit series and several “Love” word tattoos to choose from! 



Rihanna is not the only celebrity who has been inked with a Sanskrit tattoo, David Beckham, Jessica Alba and Alyssa Milano have also chosen to be inked with the ancient sacred language of India. Our Sanskrit tattoo pack contains 6 different sanskrit sayings so you don’t have to choose just one.

Soon to be mom, Megan Fox has emerged as a fan of quote tattoos. She has two quote tattoos that are tailored to her  life experience. If you like the idea of a Shakespeare quote like Megan has you should try our “To Thine Own Self Be True” tattoo! Or try something with a Persian twist and place a beautiful oversized Rumi quote tattoo on your body today. 

When Miley Cyrus turned 17 she began to collect tattoos like Hanaha Montana fans collect stickers.  Miley has three tattoos that we think are awesome! “Love” on her ear, an “OM” symbol on her wrist, and “Just Breath” on her ribcage...We offer all three of these tattoos so you can choose the positive messages that sings to you!  and enjoy the look of celebrity tattoos without the hassle of the paparazzi! 



So what are you waiting for? Start getting the look of these famous celebrity tattoos today!