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At Tattoo Lou’s, we operate at the highest level of safety possible for tattooing. Here in Suffolk County, NY, the Board of Health regulates all professional tattooing. In order to tattoo, each artist must be licensed, and each studio must be licensed. We pride ourselves on providing the safest tattoo experience possible for our customers. In order to help protect you, here’s what you as a customer should be looking out for when you get a tattoo. View full article »

United Ink Tattoo Shows 2014

We have TWO kick ass shows planned for 2014: United Ink Summer Vibe May 2-4 at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY and United Ink Flight 914 September 12-14 at The Cradle Of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY.

You may wonder why we would do two shows in such close proximity to each other, but know this, these shows are two VERY different shows with two totally different vibes!

Summer Vibe is a BIG show- approximately 300 booths.  This show is a fun, fast paced event with your traditional one room convention setup.  There will be artists from all around the globe including some from our own backyard.  This show will be our LAST show at the Nassau Coliseum as it is being knocked down to be rebuilt.  So we plan on making it a show to remember even more than usual!!!!

Flight 914 is called that for a very special reason.  Did you ever tattoo under a vintage fighter jet?  Or how about a space module?  Well we do at Flight 914!  The entire show goes down in an aviation and aerospace museum, in and around the exhibits.  Also at our disposal is an IMAX Theatre, SMART BOARD classrooms for seminars, an outdoor stage and music area, and much more!!  This show is a bit smaller – about 120 booths, and as a result more intimate, sort of like a “grown up” show… (not really…haha).  With a focus on industry education, we offer many seminars and classes, as well as history and relevant industry movies and videos.

BOTH SHOWS will have a completely curated art gallery for you to submit art for show or sale, live artist fusion events going on all weekend and famous artists such as Francisco Poblet.

United Ink is a full weekend experience making sure you have plenty to do!  We provide after party events and free shuttle service running from the host hotels to the convention venues and any after events.  We also have a discounted rate for any airport pickup/drop-offs.

There will be suspension shows like nothing you have ever seen before and music and entertainment acts all weekend long.  There will also be the standard offering of contests… with a few twists of course.

If you are interested in being a vendor or artist at this event please go to the page and fill out the e-form application.

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have


Jackie Rubino

United Ink Productions Inc.

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Witness History as We Bring the Greatest Tattoo Festivals on Earth Back This Summer!

Tattoo Lou’s and United Ink Productions Present the 3rd Annual United Ink Tattoo Convention at the Nassau Coliseum, May 2nd-4th 2014!

Nassau Coliseum Address:

1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553
Phone:(516) 794-9300

Show Hours:

Friday- 2pm-11pm

Saturday- 12pm-11pm

Sunday- 12pm-7pm

Join us May 2nd-4th 2014 for the ultimate tattoo experience! The United Ink Summer Vibe Tattoo Festival offers you a unique trip into the tattoo and body art lifestyle, music and culture. United Ink is a convention unlike any other. Completely open to the public, child friendly (kids under 12 are half price, and under 2 are Free) before 8 pm, with kid and family friendly magic shows, temporary tattoos and much more! And for the grownups we have tattooing from artists all over the world, piercing and body modification, art, contests, clothing, jewelry..Get the picture?? We have contests galore; from Miss Summer Vibe Pin-Up, a body painting contest, a best in drag, pole dancing and most Extremely Modified Person! And of course many tattoo contests. All contests will have great prizes…so if something peaks your interest, make sure you sign up at the registration desk..or email for more info.

We will be picking this year’s United Ink Angels to be crowned by Miss United Ink Heather Moss…come watch, or if you think you have what it takes to be a United Ink Angel, use the link on this site to find out the rules and info.  There will be many types of entertainment to keep your  attention all weekend long, there will be a magic shows like no other,  Freaky side shows that will scare you, make you laugh and disgust you!!

We will be having an outdoor live spray painting exhibit, and musical guests to keep you in the Summer Vibe all weekend long. This is an event you don’t want to miss!!!

Tickets will be available soon via the link on our site, or you can purchase at the box office on the day of the show.


Please contact us for any further information at: or or call us at 631-584-3858 

Visit: for information on both festivals.



UNITED INK – FLIGHT 914  at the Cradle of Aviation Museum 
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Garden City, NY 11530

September 12th-14th 2014

Friday 2pm-11pm
Saturday 12pm-11pm
Sunday 12pm-7pm

Dive deep into the history of tattooing as well as our air born ancestors…
United Ink is so big we had to create a second show!  The Cradle of Aviation Museum is our new backdrop, the perfect setting for the Ultimate Tattoo convention.
United Ink is unlike any other tattoo convention you’ve seen before.  Completely open to the public, the convention is the perfect day for the whole family with entertainment like magicians and suspension shows, music, games, contests, live tattooing and piercing, seminars, an artist lounge, art exhibits, and so much more it’s hard to list it all!

At the United Ink convention, you can watch the world’s best artists pierce and tattoo, and if you’re in the market for new ink or piercings, this is the place to be.  Why not let one of the globe’s most talented artist use your body as their newest canvas?
And there’s plenty for the kids to do, too.  United Ink will offer face painting (baby’s first tattoo!), temporary tattoos, coloring contests, flash art contests and even more for the little tattoo fans in your life.

Tickets are available on our site soon – Please contact for more details. – Tickets will also be available at the Expo Box Office on September 11th. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact our offices:
By e-mail:
By phone: 631.584.3858
For Celebrity and Media Inquiries – Contact
For information on booking with the Expo -Celebrities/Bands/Entertainers -
Please contact

Photography Do’s and Don’ts
Tattoo Lou’s is here to remind you of proper convention photography etiquette.  We want everyone to have a great time at United Ink Tattoo & Body Arts Expo—maybe you can even learn a thing or two about the art of body modification—but we want to make sure that everyone is safe, as well!
DO ask an artist, piercer, or subject if you can take a photograph.
Be nice!  With all the time and effort put into the killer tattoos you’ll see at the convention, it’s nice not to be treated like a zoo animal.  Ask nicely for permission before your photograph your subject.  They’ll appreciate your asking instead of immediately flashing lights like a paparazzi.
DO show the picture after you’ve taken it.
Showing the picture you’ve taken to the artist, piercer, or tattoo subject is common courtesy, just to ensure that the photo you’ve taken works for both of you.  And who doesn’t love some instant feedback?  This also helps your portfolio, if you’re trying to build one.
DO thank the subject after you’ve taken a photo.
Maybe you didn’t listen when your mother said it, or you missed that day in Sunday school, but “please” and “thank you” make the world go ‘round. That applies here too.
DON’T throw a fit if someone declines your request for a picture.
Sure, it’s not hard to pose for a photo, but when you’ve had a day of flashes in your face, you may not want to be present for another.  If you ask to take a picture of a tattoo or artist and the artist declines, say “ok, thank you” and move on.  No need to throw a tantrum!  There will be plenty of other people to photograph and take photos with.
DON’T smack-talk someone else’s camera.
Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Sony—who cares? A good photographer can take a great snapshot with a disposable point-and-shoot, so save the brand pissing match for another time.  Or never, really.  Having a thousand dollar camera doesn’t make you better than the guy who spent $100.
DO chat with other photographers.
See another photographer snapping some great shots of the ink and piercings at the convention?  Strike up a conversation.  You can share tips, tricks, and other great subject matter.  Making a contact (or a new friend!) is always a win.

These are just a few tips so you can take some great snaps during the United Ink Tattoo & Body Arts Expo.  We hope to see you soon!





In a fascinating legal case, Chris Escobedo, the owner of Elite Tattoo has filed suit against video game maker THQ for recreating tattoos Escobedo designed for Carlos Condit, a former UFC champion as part of their UFC Undisputed games. What many people might not know is that copyrights on tattoos are actually owned by the tattoo artists and not the people bearing their ink, unless there is a contract created to transfer the rights. Because Escobedo did not grant permission for his art to be recreated, and because he was not compensated for it, he has a strong case. The outcome of this suit will likely have long-term implications for the use and recreation of tattoo art in media. 


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Getting a traditional Polynesian tattoo might seem like an awesome idea, but anyone who has ever gone through the procedure could tell you that it may be one of the hardest things you ever attempt. It is extremely long, extremely painful, and not for the feint of heart!



The entire procedure for the traditional pe'a (fully covering the torso and upper legs) would take about three months to complete. Every day, the warrior would undergo as much work as he could stand before the pain became too great or until dusk descended. Sometimes it was necessary to take a few days off to let the extreme skin inflammation calm down. The healing process took up to a year, with extensive aftercare of salt water washes and skin massages being necessary to avoid infection. Simple actions like walking were difficult and required assistance by friends and family.



Avoiding or quitting the tattoo process had dire consequences. Those who could not endure the procedure would be shunned by society, considered a coward for life. Because of this, despite the extreme, long-lasting pain, there were few who shrank from the challenge of getting tattooed.





Robert Drake is a professional freelance writer, editor, copywriter and blogger. To learn more about this fascinating fellow, visit his website.



The oldest mention of male genital piercing is believed to be in the Kama Sutra. The Apadravya is said to be exceptionally good for enhancing pleasure, both for the man who bears it and for his sexual partners, whether male or female. 


The reason for this is due to the placement of this piercing. The Apadravya most often consists of a straight barbell that runs through the glans of the penis from top to bottom, running through the urethra. The ball on the top is ideal for stimulating the G spot of female partners during vaginal intercourse, while the ball underneath the glans is positioned for prostate stimulation during anal sex with male partners.


The Apadravya can be completed in either one or two sessions. When done in two, the first session creating a Prince Albert, as we recently covered, and the top half of the piercing being completed after healing. 


The Apadravya is normally centered, though it can be occasionally set off-center. Even in such a case, the bar still usually runs through the urethra. Rarely, the shaft instead of the glans is pierced in this manner, called a shaft apadravya, but many piercers do not perform it that way.




Robert Drake is a professional freelance writer, editor, copywriter and blogger. To learn more about this fascinating fellow, visit his website.

Of course, we all know that a rock star without tattoos is about as rare as an honest politician these days, but they're not the only ones who get music tattoos. Music theory students, composers, and fans of the written note of all kinds are drawn to get music-themed tattoos. Here's a look at some favorites:



Musical notes are a very common tattoo subject, as well as the treble clef symbol that leads off many musical scores.




This piece emphasizes the clef symbol, with the notes complimenting it. 



Another common symbol to compliment notes is an old-time microphone, perfect for a musician or fan of retro music like Big Band or Swing



If you grew up in the 80's or early 90's, and you love music, you had one of these or wished you did. Sweet tape deck in that boom box girl! Totally rad!



Once, man used rocks for tools. Now, he simply rocks, and this tattoo obviously tops our countdown for this week!





Robert Drake is a professional freelance writer, editor, copywriter and blogger. To learn more about this fascinating fellow, visit his website.

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