Woman Starts Business to Tattoo Scars of Burn Victims

Basma Hameed was severely burned as a young child in a hot oil kitchen accident. The accident left permanent scarring and discoloration on parts of her face. After undergoing over 100 procedures, she was still not able to conceal the third-degree burns. It was not until she was getting her eyebrows tattooed that she had the idea to tattoo her entire face.

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“I saw the result immediately,” she told Mic.com of the procedure, which she underwent following failed eyebrow transplants. “I was so happy that I thought to myself — why not do the same procedure using skin tone pigments on my scar tissue, to camouflage the discoloration.”

Hameed put herself into school and received training on para-medical tattooing. This form of cosmetic tattooing is used to help restore features lost due to scars, vitiligo, hair loss, and breast reconstruction. Today, she has helped many people transformed their lives through her business and through her charity, The Basma Hameed Survivors Foundation.

Some may say that tattoos are a form of social deviance. Others might say that they are a form of artistic expression. With the emergence of paramedical tattooing, there’s no denying that tattoos are now becoming a vehicle for personal healing.

“When I first meet my clients they can be so shy and insecure about their respective skin conditions, but once we do a few treatments they are like brand new people,” she told Mic.com. “They smile, they laugh, and most importantly they feel like they can live again.

To learn more about Basma Hameed and para-medical tattooing, please visit her website: http://basmahameed.com/
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2015 TATSoul Convention Schedule

UPDATE: 2015 TATSoul Convention Schedule

San Franciso Body Art Expo
Daly City, CA
March 13-15th

Musink Tattoo & Music Festival
Costa Mesa, CA
March 20-22nd

Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention
Rosemont, IL
March 20-22nd

Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention
Baltimore, MD
April 10-12th

Pomona Body Art Expo
Pomona, CA
July 17-19th

Seattle Tattoo Expo
Seattle, WA
August 14-16th

**Check back often for continual updates of upcoming shows and conventions!

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Thumb cobra tattoo with Erik Payne

From conception to fist biting to thumb cobra. Here’s Luke Holley getting tattooed by Erik Payne at Inkvision Tattoo in Boise, Idaho.

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TATSoul Blowout Holiday Sale

The TATSoul Holiday Sale is here! What better way to get into the holiday spirit than saving tons of money off our most popular products? This year, we’re bringing you one of our BIGGEST sale ever! Enjoy 10% Off: Wrath Tubes, Envy Needles, Pride Aftercare, In-House Coils, Valor Direct, Eternal Inks, and the Drifter Duffle Pack. Just enter in the coupon code: HOLIDAY14 at checkout.

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Sale starts on 11/17/2014 and ends on 1/5/2015. *Some exclusions may apply. **While supplies last.


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Tattoo artists in Brazil train to identify skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Brazil, where basking in the sun on the beach is practically a religion. Unfortunately, not enough young people think skin cancer can happen to them and don’t visit the dermatologist. Brazilian youth sunscreen company Sol de Janeiro is taking a stance with its ongoing campaign to train Brazilian tattoo artists to identify signs of skin cancer.

If you think about it, it makes sense. Tattoo artists look at a client’s skin for hours, sometimes days, paying great attention to every detail.

So far, hundreds of tattoo artists have been trained and some have already found early signs of skin cancer.

This is the first program of its kind we’ve seen, but frankly we think it should be everywhere.

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Highlights from the Seattle Tattoo Expo!

Hey everyone! The Seattle Tattoo Expo was a successful show and we got to see some great friends! We’re resting up before we head to the Boston Tattoo Convention, which starts this Friday at the Boston Bay Back Sheraton Hotel. (More info about the Boston Tattoo Convention here.)

Check out photos from the 3-day convention below.

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FDA Issues Warning About Contaminated Tattoo Inks and Needles

FDA issues warning about bad tattoo inks and needles

Last month, the FDA issued a warning about the health risks of tattoo inks and needles after California-based brand White and Blue Lion, Inc. voluntarily recalled all lots of tattoo inks and needles due to evidence of pathogenic bacterial contamination. At least one skin infection has been linked to the company’s products so far.

The FDA’s official statement says that “use of these products may cause bacterial infection and can lead to sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection.”

Getting a tattoo always carries health risks, but this recall is a wake-up call to get your tattoo inks and needles from a trusted manufacturer.

While the recall is for White and Blue Lion, Inc., the FDA is concerned that the company isn’t the only one with contaminated inks and needles. When it comes to tattoo inks, the FDA recommends you make sure the ink bottle is a brand name that provides the manufacturer’s location.

Check out the FDA’s full release and the list of all contaminated tattoo inks and needles here.

What about you? What steps do you take to ensure your inks and needles are the safest they can be? Tell us in the comments below!

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Join TATSoul at the Seattle Tattoo Expo This Weekend!

Seattle Tattoo Expo 2014

This Friday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 17, TATSoul will be participating in the Seattle Tattoo Expo, held in the Fisher Pavillion of The Seattle Center. TATSoul representatives Erica and George will be manning our booth and bringing along our signature collections of Wrath Tubes, Envy Needles, and Pride Aftercare. We will also be showcasing our new Valor Rotary Tattoo Machine as well as other tattoo machines, all of which you can test out.

We have gone to the expo for a few years now and we’re super excited! Be sure to catch us this weekend!

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New Product Spotlight: Valor Rotary Tattoo Machine

Valor Rotary Tattoo Machine

Married to your coil machine? We may just change your tune.

After 2 years of research and development, we are very excited to introduce the Valor Rotary Machine, which features a patent-pending magnetic dampening system that already has tattoo artists of all styles raving, whether they specialize in traditional, realism, or black and gray.

Jim SylviaJim Sylvia testimonial
“The Valor is a great rotary machine. It works perfectly with all wrath tubes. It is super lightweight. It works well for both color and black and grey.”
Unbreakable Tattoo
Studio City, CA






Daniel RochaDaniel Rocha testimonial
“The Valor rotary machine has an awesome sleek design. It is easy on the hands due to its light weight and I like the fact that I can achieve ideal soft black and greys.”
Seven Tattoo
Las Vegas, NV






Christina RamosChristina Ramos testimonial
“I typically don’t use rotary machines but this one makes a great asset. It’s perfect for smooth grays, very lightweight and easy to keep clean. My customers love it too because it’s more gentle on the skin.”
True Tattoo
Hollywood, CA


Valor Rotary Machines

Specs:

  • Patent-pending magnetic dampening system – Allows the needle to hit hard while cushioning its full extension for a smoother pullout. Our dampening system means you’ll never have to worry about replacing your return spring again
  • Lightweight at only 2.8 oz.
  • RCA Power Connection
  • Works with both standard needle setups and cartridge systems
  • Unique, patent-pending Spring Tensioner eliminates the need for rubber bands
  • Precise, CNC-machined aircraft grade aluminum body
  • Autoclavable body
  • Premium Swiss Maxon motor
  • Valor Key – The only tool you need to break down the machine
  • Lifetime Structural Warranty + 1-Year Motor Warranty
  • Comes fully assembled in a configuration of your choice: 2.5mm, 3.5mm, or 4.0mm stroke bearing
  • Comes in 5 different colors

The Valor in Action

Sexy? Yeah, we think so too. Find out more about the Valor at www.valorrotary.com. Get your Valor here.

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What makes tattoos permanent?

A fun and informative video by Claudia Aguirre with some cool tattoo history (the oldest recorded tattoo is over 8,000 years old!) and the science behind the art.

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