Tattoo Boulevard

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BIG CITY CATS by 333 Bracket

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Who hasn’t heard the already famous quote – “Nothing says forever like a misspelled tattoo”?

Consider it karma’s way of punching you in the face or ink input error, but treat it with the seriousness it deserves. Whether you thought it would be a great idea for your birthday present or the ultimate drunken adventure, waking up with a misspelled or poorly executed tattoo can be just as traumatic as a mistaken plastic surgical intervention.

Imagine you must face your moment of reckoning – you have an ugly or misspelled tattoo on your chest/arm/leg/hip/neck/wrist or maybe even your forbidden areas. Unfortunately, advice like “do your homework and check the tattooist’s records before you get your own tattoo” or “wear a long-sleeved shirt” isn’t what you want to hear and won’t do you any good. Time traveling is a paradoxical concept and you can’t wear long-sleeved shirts for the rest of your life.

So what can you do? There are three basic remedies:

Get a second tattoo. Not a completely different one which would be so awesome that people will stop looking at the bad one. Get a cover-up tattoo. A professional tattoo artist will always understand how troubling living with an ugly tattoo can be, so don’t hesitate to ask them to do a cover up over the old one. If all goes well, you won’t have to suffer the shame anymore.

Get it removed. It may be a royal pain in the butt, not only physically, but also psychologically and economically to get a tattoo out of your system. However, if you don’t think you can cope with the idea of having to share your skin with a monster, then laser treatment may be your only option.

Live with it. If you don’t have the disposition to get a bad tattoo removed or covered up because of the mental trauma you suffered during the inking process, then ultimately you can try to give that ugly tattoo of yours a chance. See if you can learn to live with it and if you can turn it into your advantage. After all, an ugly or misspelled tattoo can be a really funny discussion topic at all times. Not to mention you’d be doing the world a great favor by being the living proof of what can happen if you end up under the needle of a lousy tattoo artist.

Whatever you decide to do with your poorly executed tattoo, you should do it with the confidence that others share your pain and are willing to help you straighten things out. Don’t hesitate to ask your loved ones for advice or support.

* Original art by Merewina* More of this artist’s wonderful work can be viewed in her gallery [link].

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Before Sunrise, the 1995 movie starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, takes romance to heights of cool that chick flicks can never reach. In other words, guys will love it too.  Written and directed by Richard Linklater, the film packs more passion and adventure into a one night love affair between Jesse (Hawke) and Celine (Delpy) than many people experience in a lifetime and should be required viewing for all relationships.  The dialogue is considered some of the finest ever and is fueled with a youthful energy that Linklater also utilizes in the equally brilliant, Dazed and Confused.

David Jewell wrote a poem for the film called Delusion Angel that is as hip as it is beautiful. The first few lines are especially stunning and is romantic writing at its finest. In the movie, the poem is written for Jesse and Celine by a man offering to write them something in exchange for a donation and a word that he will incorporate into the poem.  The word they choose is milkshakes.

Delusion Angel

Daydream delusion,
limousine eyelash,
oh, baby with your pretty face,

drop a tear in my wineglass,                                                            
look at those big eyes,
see what you mean to me,                                                                                        
sweet cakes and milkshakes,
I am a delusioned angel,
I am a fantasy parade,
I want you to know what I think,
dont want you to guess anymore,
you have no idea where I came from,
we have no idea where we’re going,
launched in life,
like branches in the river,
flowing downstream,
caught in the current,
I’ll carry you, you’ll carry me,
that’s how it could be,
don’t you know me?
don’t you know me by now?




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Death has had many faces through the centuries, but never one as beautiful as the pretty goth girl envisioned by writer extraordinaire, Neil Gaiman. Not content with the boring, cliched versions of the Grim Reaper that usually surfaced in literature, he created a death that was passionate, caring, and cool.  For those unfamiliar with the comic world, Death was a member of The Endless in Gaiman’s groundbreaking Vertigo series, Sandman, making her series debut in the issue entitled, The Sound of Her Wings.  She soon became one of the most beloved characters in the often edgy history of Vertigo comics and even starred in two mini series of her own, Death:The High Cost of Living and Death: The Time of your Life.  Her trademarks include a silver ankh on a chain around her neck and a marking under her right eye.


Over the years, many artists have created their own vision of this classic character which was first drawn by Sandman artist, Mike Dringenberg, in the late eighties.  Now, over twenty years later, Tattoo Boulevard is proud to present this beautiful sketch by artist, Roguemina.

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“KISS” by Korzar

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Actor Stephen Dorff once said that one day he would look back at his list of film credits, and though he didn’t know if there’d be many blockbusters, he knew they’d be cool. The quote was taken from an interview in the early nineties when his film career was just beginning and he was giddy with the excitement of completing two movies that definitely fall under the category of “cool” in SFW and Backbeat.  Both performances were memorable, but playing original Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe, in Backbeat is still his crowning glory(although he is currently garnering rave reviews for his performance in Sophia Coppolla’s Somewhere). The film was a snapshot of the Beatles early days in England and Germany which primarily focused on Stuart Sutcliff and his love of music and art, as well as his relationships with Astrid Kircherr and John Lennon.

Sutcliff was the Beatles original bassist and was blessed with a rare talent for both art and music.  He had a close friendship with John Lennon and both are credited for coming up with the band’s name that would become one of the most famous ever. Music wasn’t his only passion however, and after playing with the Beatles in Hamburg, he left the band and enrolled in the Hamburg College of Art. It was in Hamburg that he met Astrid Kirchherr, a photographer he later became engaged to.

The heart of Stuart Sutcliff’s story begins in the Liverpool College of Art, where he was one of the best painters in class.  John Lennon always spoke highly of Sutcliffe’s art portfolio, and  while in Liverpool,  Lennon and Paul McCartney persuaded Stuart to purchase a 500/5 model bass guitar.  This was not Stuarts first run in with music, as he was part of the local choir as a child, and on his mother’s insistence, took up piano lessons.

 He also played a bit of bugle in the Air Training Corps and some free hand guitar his father had taught him.  In May of 1960, Sutcliffe joined Paul, John, George and Pete Best to form the original group, the “Silver Beatles”,  and acted as their booking agent for the early part of their career.  Unfortunately, Sutcliffe’s playing style was a bit rudimentary, as he had a habit of sticking with root notes of chords instead of the full chords.  An old art friend, Bill Harry, approached Sutcliffe and said he should concentrate on art. 

Tension in the band began to mount when  Lennon started to criticize Stuart’s ability to play.  Both Harrison and McCartney were sent back to England, leaving Lennon and Sutcliffe in Hamburg.  Lennon then took the train back, while Stuart stayed behind.   Eight months after meeting Kirchherr, Sutcliffe decided to leave the band and return to studying painting in July of 1961.  His talent was undeniable and his early works were perceived as aggressive, often being dark with moody colors.  It may have been his quirky style that caused him to be turned down when he applied for a teaching degree at Liverpool Art College. 

The few works that have survived show influence from British and European abstract artists.  Sutcliffe can be compared to have some resemblance to works of John Hoyland and Nicolas de Stael.  Most of the later works were untitled and constructed from heavy slabs of pigment overlaid with scratched linear elements. 

 One of the most memorable scenes in Backbeat occurs near the end of the film when he and Astrid are watching the Beatles perform from the back of a small club.  Noticing the look of wonder in his eyes, she tells him that they can have him for one more night, after which he eagerly makes his way through the crowd to the front of the stage. It was this exhuberance and joy for life that helped make Stuart Sutcliff such a charismatic and memerable character in the worlds of both music and art.

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