Tattoos can express everything from your devotion to your mother to your defiance of your mother's disdain for tattoos. Get inked with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $189 for three hours of tattoo services (up to a $420 value)
- $252 for four hours of tattoo services (up to a $560 value)
- $315 for five hours of tattoo services (up to a $700 value)
Tattoo Ink: Making a Lasting Mark
After picking a design and seeing it take shape, nobody wants their new tattoo to wash away. Check out Groupon’s examination of how the ink manages to last.
Insoluble tattoo ink, which consists of pigment suspended in a carrier solution such as water or alcohol, isn’t a modern marvel. Archaeologists have found tattoos on Egyptian mummies that date back roughly 4,000 years. In so doing, they've revealed two things: that the practice of tattooing has existed for millennia, if not longer, and that a single tattoo can last a pretty darn long while. To achieve that permanence, the ink distributes colored metal salts, vibrant plastics, or even vegetable dyes evenly within the solution, making it easy to insert into the second layer of skin, roughly a millimeter below the surface, where it remains safe from the upper layer’s constant flaking. Like paint, today’s inks can be mixed and diluted into a spectrum of shades and colors—even glow-in-the-dark varieties for tattooing a map of the route to the bathroom from your bed onto your arm.
Along with the Egyptians, other historical humans had their own tattooing methods. Inuit tribes, for instance, would pierce their skin with needles and draw soot-covered threads underneath the skin. Modern techniques are much safer, although the process still carries risk. Some people may exhibit allergic reactions to certain pigments, and some pigments can cause irritation in sunlight. If you commonly have reactions to cosmetic products, look into using hypoallergenic inks before going under the gun.
Standing Art Tattoos & Art Gallery
Tattoo artists Adam Natonio and EighJay Mauro were graphic designers and visual artists. At Standing Art Tattoos & Art Gallery, they are able to combine their experience and passions into a tattoo studio with an art gallery, which has pieces available for purchase. The studio has won awards at Tampa Bay Tattoofest, and been featured in Skin Art Magazine, Skin Shots Magazine, and Tattoo Envy Magazine.