For the uninitiated, Tattoo Tuesday is a weekly blog feature where a single tattoo done by one of our staff the week prior is spotlighted. Here you’ll get to see a new tat and hear a little something from the artist responsible for creating it.

 

This Tuesday we take a look at a piece done by Nick from our West Babylon location.

 

His appointment was a first-time customer who brought in a reference picture of St. Michael that he wanted incorporated into a tattoo that would best compliment his other religious ink.

 

“I know he had more religious tattoos, so I’m guessing that he was religious,” said Nick. “He just came in and brought a picture of St. Michael and I drew something up for him and he liked it.”

 

The tattoo took up the whole side of the client’s leg, and being that this was a walk-in visit, the session was much more labor-intensive than usual, according to Nick.

 

“Usually people come in and they sit down and get smaller pieces, not as big as this one,” said the artist. “This was definitely a bigger piece, it was a four-and-a-half hour sitting.”

 

Drawing up the design took him roughly 45 minutes to do and since the reference picture was a poor quality print-out, Nick had to work from scratch, which he said was fun and somewhat challenging.

 

“To actually draw up something that he liked and make it look good on his leg and make everything work, I guess was the most challenging part,” said Nick.

 

When asked how he felt about the finished piece and whether there was anything that struck him about the design, Nick said:

 

“After it was done and I put in the white highlights everything sort of came to life, and the way it flowed on his leg, everything just worked out really well.”

 

Come see Nick at our West Babylon shop for a consultation and for more examples of his work, click here.

For the uninitiated, Tattoo Tuesday is a weekly blog feature where a single tattoo done by one of our staff the week prior is spotlighted. Here you’ll get to see a new tat and hear a little something from the artist responsible for creating it.


This Tuesday we take a look at an interesting piece done by Andres from our St. James location.


Last week Andres tattooed Chris whose father, Mike, has been a client of our artist for roughly 10 years now.


As a tribute to his grandfather who served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army, Chris received a first-rate treatment from Andres who incorporated other elements including planes and paratroopers to the patch design that ultimately served as the tattoo’s focal point.


“He did it because his grandpa was on the 82nd Airborne Division and that’s actually the same tattoo his father got, too. He got the same one,” said Andres.


Both father and son got the same design done by Andres, and while the process wasn’t difficult, our veteran tattoo artist stated that drawing a design always comes with its share of challenges and this piece was no different.


“They wanted the planes and the paratroopers jumping off the planes, but they wanted to keep it simple and they wanted to concentrate all the attention on the patch,” said Andres. “And, actually, the patch was the combination of three different ones, they had different parts of other patches, too.”


Chris’s session took about an hour-and-a-half and the same went for his dad-both of whom were very pleased with their new ink.


Come see Andres at our St. James shop for a consultation and for more examples of his work, click here.

Presenting the Best of Our Artists’ Work for the Week of Jan. 16


Today’s Monday Mashup showcases some excellent work from Andres Hurtado, Annabel, Chris, Gus, Jay Crutch, Joel, Sebastian and Vaughn. Enjoy!

World Famous Tattoo Lou’s Presents Tattoo Tuesday

 

For the uninitiated, Tattoo Tuesday is a weekly blog feature where a single tattoo done by one of our staff the week prior is spotlighted. Here you’ll get to see a new tat and hear a little something from the artist responsible for creating it.

 

This Tuesday we take a look at a good-looking piece done by Joey Smallz from our Huntington location.

 

Last week Smallz had the opportunity to tattoo his father, who requested that his son do a coverup.

 

“Basically my father watched me get better [at tattooing] and he came to me and asked me to do a couple of tattoos on him,” said Smallz. “He’s had tattoos from the Vietnam era…and stuff like that, and he wanted to do the coverup in a traditional manner.”

 

The tattoo itself incorporates a sparrow, a heart, a rose and the name of Smallz’ mother. Smallz notes the significance of selecting the sparrow as one of the elements used in the tattoo.

 

“The sparrow I put there in symbolism. It shows the beauty in life, the beauty in my mom as being the sparrow always flying over my dad and looking after him. And that’s why I did it that way,” said Smallz.

 

The passing of December marks Smallz’ one year working with Tattoo Lou’s and he admits that he’s been dealing with cover up tattoos for about three years, while also emphasizing the need for using carefulness and tact during the cover up process.

 

“You have to design the piece that way the lines that were there previously can basically be the lines that are involved with the new tattoo,” said Smallz. “You can’t just smack a tattoo on top of another one…otherwise it’ll show through the color.”

 

The new piece Smallz designed for his dad was completed in a two-hour session and everyone was thrilled with the final product.

 

“It was a cool thing. It was something I was very proud of, being able to tattoo my father,” said Smallz.

 

Come see Joey Smallz at our Huntington shop for a consultation and for more examples of his work, click here.

World Famous Tattoo Lou’s Presents Tattoo Tuesday

 

For the uninitiated, Tattoo Tuesday is a weekly blog feature where a single tattoo done by one of our staff the week prior is spotlighted. Here you’ll get to see a new tat and hear a little something from the artist responsible for creating it.

 

This Tuesday we take a look at a great piece done by Gus from our Deer Park location.

 

Last week Gus tattooed a client named Chris whose existing tattoos are largely inspired by religious imagery. Naturally, during his visit with Gus, Chris wanted some new ink for his arm that would compliment some of his other designs.

 

“He [Chris] has a bunch of religious tattoos that he has actually gotten from other employees from Tattoo Lou’s,” said Gus. “He saw my work on Facebook, decided to try me, so I did a tattoo on him.”

 

Gus’ appointment with Chris translated to a three-hour session and being that this was the first time Gus had Chris in his chair, he had to be very careful and considerate of some his Chris’ pre-existing work.

 

“I had to work with what was around it [the tattoo] because he has existing tattoos, so that’s why I had to add a nice background to it so that it flows correctly…it came out pretty nice,” said Gus.

 

In the end, Chris was very pleased with his tattooed angel tat and told Gus that he’d be back for some repeat business.

 

“He loved it, he was especially happy because it took up most of his arm, the upper sleeve, I guess,” said Gus. “He was also happy that I blended it with all the other tattoos he has, because he has some random tattoos.”

 

Come see Gus at our Deer Park shop for a consultation and for more examples of his work, click here.

 

World Famous Tattoo Lou’s Presents Tattoo Tuesday

 

For the uninitiated, Tattoo Tuesday is a weekly blog feature where a single tattoo done by one of our staff the week prior is spotlighted. Here you’ll get to see a new tat and hear a little something from the artist responsible for creating it.

 

This Tuesday we take a look at a neat-looking piece done by Joel from our St. James location.

 

Joel, who’s been working at Lou’s for about a year now, had the opportunity to tattoo an old client of his named Eric, a Smithtown resident. Eric is enamored with artwork originating from the Orient and approached Joel with the idea of getting a tat that compliments that particular style.

 

“He didn’t really have a very significant reason to get that particular tattoo,” said Joel. “He just knew that if he told me he wanted something cool and Oriental that I would come up with something on my own and that’s pretty much what we did.”

 

Joel will be working on a full-sleeve for Eric that further delves into this brand of artwork and has an appointment scheduled with his client later today to continue the work on his arm.

 

When asked about his experience with this tattoo and what struck him as most significant, Joel said, “Having this freedom to come up with a cool design and a client willing to let me do it would be the highlight.”

 

Come see Joel at our St. James shop for a consultation and for more examples of his work, click here.

World Famous Tattoo Lou’s Presents Tattoo Tuesday

 

For the uninitiated, Tattoo Tuesday is a weekly blog feature where a single tattoo done by one of our staff the week prior is spotlighted. Here you’ll get to see a new tat and hear a little something from the artist responsible for creating it.

 

This Tuesday we take a look at a stunning piece done by Vaughn, an excellent artist of ours from our West Babylon location. Vaughn has been with Tattoo Lou’s for roughly eight months and explains that for this particular piece, he spent a great deal of time coaching his client for what he believed was her first time becoming acquainted with the tattooing process.

 

The tattoo, a butterfly sitting atop a wave with the words: “T’was heaven here with you” written in cursive, was a collaborative idea between artist and client, according to Vaughn.

 

“She actually brought in the design of the butterfly and she wanted the writing next to it. The butterfly is a very simple butterfly, so I thought adding color would make it a little more interesting,” said Vaughn. “I suggested that she put that wave in there and I just drew it out roughly on a page and she said she liked it.”

 

The tattoo took about an hour to complete and Vaughn’s client was hugely impressed with the final product.

 

Come see Vaughn at our West Babylon shop for a consultation and for more examples of his work, click here.

 

Introducing Alecia Rey

In an industry dominated by men, Tattoo Lou’s offers a touch of femininity in the Selden and Huntington shops, and occasionally in the Grand Concourse of Nassau Coliseum at New York Islanders games, with a beautiful, young artist by the name of Alecia Rey.

 

Although she enjoys being a feminine standout among tattoo shop masculinity, her gender hindered her beginnings in the business. Several failed apprenticeships where she was forced to do grunt work, rather than practice to become an artist, stifled her learning process and creativity.

 

This changed when she met Tattoo Lou’s owner Lou Rubino and artist Jason “Irish Jay” Mohl.

 

“Most people didn’t take me serious…it was rough getting in, but thank God I met Lou and Irish Jay,” she said. “They brought me into their doors with big arms. I’m really lucky for that.”

 

Rey’s relationship with Tattoo Lou’s began with a chance encounter with Rubino at the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention.

 

“I met Lou and I showed him some of my work, the next day I made a whole entire portfolio and brought it to him,” she said. “He offered me a spot as an apprentice underneath Irish Jay…I finished, after like eight months, and I started working full time for Lou.”

 

While tattooing was Rey’s first passion, she initially put off the profession to take art education classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology and CW Post, with plans to become an art teacher. Feeling stifled creatively, a career tattooing wouldn’t get pushed off again.

 

“When I was in college they wanted to put me in the box, saying ‘no, you have to do art exactly like this.’ It wasn’t for me,” she said. “Here, being a tattoo artist you’re like, so free. I don’t even know why I’d never became this, it’s just amazing.”

 

Now a standout artist for Rubino, Rey said Tattoo Lou’s is the only place she wants to be.

 

“I’ve got to stay where my roots are, they’re the ones that bred me to be who I am. If it wasn’t for Irish Jay and everybody else helping me out, I wouldn’t be tattooing the way I am now,” she said.

 

“I’m really lucky that I’ve had such a great mentor and have other people really backing me up and really rooting for me.”

Jake’s Got Bite: Tattoo Lou’s Inks Up Hip Hop’s Newest Sensation

 

On December 6, Massachusetts-native and hip hop artist J The S, a.k.a.- Jake The Snake, visited Tattoo Lou’s in Deer Park to get some work done by Po Po—one of our hugely talented artists whose history in tattooing and concept art reaches the rocky crags and mountains of distant China.

 

“Po Po is doing a fantastic job, he’s breezing right through it,” said J at the time of his tattooing. “Some tattoo artists are heavy-handed, it feels like they’re putting a fuckin’ pile driver in your skin. This feels like a massage, it feels good.”

 

J, who began his rap career battling other MCs locally has opened shows for artists like: Kool G Rap, AZ, Fat Joe, Talib Kweli and Wu-Tang Clan, was interested in getting some roses, thorns and branches tattooed on his right arm—a tie-in for a similar theme that begins on his back and connects to his chest.

 

When it comes to his overall impression of Tattoo Lou’s, here’s what J had to say:

 

Tattoo Lou’s is dope, clean shop, cool cats and most importantly—talented. ‘Cause you don’t want to get some bullshit from somebody. You want to make sure it’s something that you love forever. It’s not like a car you can trade in.”

 

On January 18, J drops his latest release titled The Last Days, as reported on TheBeeShine, an underground hip hop blog that documents artists and producers while taking the time to comment positively on the current music culture.

 

The young rapper was featured in a short video production directed by Fredo Tovar for A Plus Films called “Painted Man” and was quoted as saying that Tattoo Lou’s is unequivocally, “Long Island’s finest tattoo shop.”

 

Thanks J, we appreciate the kind words and look forward to the new record!

 

Mark Your Calendar: Promoting Tattoo Power A Page At A Time

 

Just in time for the holiday grind, the good folks at World Famous Tattoo Lou’s are pleased to present the calendar to end all calendars. Our marketing director was kind enough to lend his talents in taking 12 stunning photos of equally stunning women who are raring to go and tatted up for your viewing pleasure.

 

To add a little tattoo history to the half-nude menagerie of gifted girlies, we’re imparting the story of Lou Rubino Sr. and his son Lou Jr.—who just happens to oversee five killer shops, complete with a truly talented staff that hope to have you seated in their chairs soon! Of course, the tale goes back to the inception of Tattoo Lou’s; it’s establishment in 1958 and what the future holds in store for New York’s premier tattoo and piercing chain.

 

We won’t spoil the surprises, but expect big things from our brand, people, and expect ‘em soon!

 

The Official 2012 Tattoo Lou’s Ink Girls Calendar will be available for purchase online or at any one of our five fine stores. So, inquire within, and own yourself a great piece of Tattoo Power History!

 

Oh, and don’t forget to visit Nassau Coliseum for a peek at an Islanders home game this season and the chance to meet some of these lovely Ink Girl ladies in person! Don’t be shy they won’t bite.

 

Islanders And Lou’s Determined To Finish NHL Season

Together

 

World Famous Tattoo Lou’s and the New York Islanders hockey club signed a contract that would feature a tattoo and piercing parlor area at the Nassau Coliseum concourse courtesy of Lou’s before the start of the current NFL season, and it’s been wild so far, people.

 

The deal, forged from the collective minds of Islanders assistant coach Scott Allen and Lou Jr., was set to feature the mammoth Penalty Box, the now famed Lou’s tattoo and piercing booth, for 10 home games this 2011-2012 season. Following its widespread success, Tattoo Lou’s is and will continue to be the official tattoo brand for the New York Islanders. Great news, indeed!

 

“We’re gonna be staying with the Islanders at the Coliseum, and continuing our partnership with them,” said Lou Jr. “It was a great partnership and we’re very proud of it. It worked out really awesome. We’ve gotten such great press out of it, we’ve decided that it’s definitely a must to continue.”

 

No longer will Lou have to pick and choose which games his staff will work at the company’s Penalty Box, saying, “Instead of just choosing certain games like we did last time, we’re going to stay for every single game that the Islanders are home.”

 

The Penalty Box, found between gates 14 and 15 within the arena’s concourse has seen heavy traffic since breaking ground there and has catered to just about everyone. From adult patrons wanting a serious tattoo or piercing, to young sports fans desiring a neat temporary tat or airbrush design, as well as those game goers who are aching for the latest in fashion, loose jewelry and Lou’s brand Inked Republic tees—they’re all flying off the shelves and selling like hot cakes!

 

“It’s been a really good experience, everybody’s blown away by it,” said Lou Jr. when discussing the Penalty Box. “It’s been a cool experience and it’s great to see the expressions on people’s faces when they realize that we’re actually doing real tattoos.”

 

The 41-year-old tattoo shop pres has been taken aback by the fans’ wonderment over the fact that real tattoo sessions are in progress during game time that he often has to pinch himself to see if he’s snoozing.

 

“We’ve actually got to walk them over to the person that’s doing the tattoo and show them that it’s physically a real tattoo that we’re doing there,” he said.

 

For the remainder of the 2011-2012 season, Lou Jr. expects to see the same outpour of support he and his great staff have so far received and hopes to turn even more heads as the Islander games progress. Tattoo Lou doesn’t plan on making any serious alterations to the stand, but wasn’t hesitant to discuss the sometimes-frigid temperature.

 

“We’re going to get some outdoor heaters to keep us a little warmer in that booth, because it does get very cold in the concourse,” said Lou Jr., with a grin and continued by saying, “You know people getting tattooed and pierced with their shirts off…we’ve seen them shiver in there, and we’re gonna make a better situation out of that.”

 

As it stands, everyone at World Famous Tattoo Lou’s and the New York Islanders club, as well as all of the fans and supporters alike, are pleased with this partnership and the tremendous success of the Penalty Box. So much so that the rest of the hockey season is destined to look brighter than ever for everyone who’s determined to come along for the white-knuckle ride.

 

Celtic Crosses Are In For The Holidays

 

 

With all the emphasis being put on the holiday rush, its no wonder that people look into the art of escapism for some much-needed relief. To some, it could be trying their hands at caroling or shopping, but others turn their eyes to their next great tattoo piece.

With Christmas around the corner, parlors across the nation can expect to see an increase in traffic from customers wanting religious symbols to express their faith and to help add to or complete an existing design.

 

This can also be for any number of other reasons, and certainly comes from a place of personal preference for those wishing to opt for designs that fit this bill.

Crosses, whether Christian, Celtic or otherwise, seem to be growing in popularity. A simple Google search for the term ‘cross tattoo’, for example, elicits a result with over 10,000,000 matches.

 

Celtic crosses have their place in Irish culture and were first introduced by Saint Patrick, according to some scholarly texts, but you’d have to be blind not to notice the selection choice and prevalence of the cross in tattoos and tattoo culture, today.

 

If you’re considering going Celtic for your next tat, may we be so bold as to suggest Irish Jay of Tattoo Lou’s in Selden. His work in this art is unparalleled. Wait. Was that just a shameless plug, or a bullet of truth? You be the judge!

 

Tat Of The Month

This nifty tat was done by none other than Ms. Alecia Rey of the Selden and Huntington shops and showcases impeccable skill and precision that can only come from years of dedication and a real commitment to the craft. We are most definitely proud to have Alecia as part of the Tattoo Lou’s team, and see her achieving a whole lot more as the months fly by!

 

Just a few tats from the artists at Tattoo Lou’s today, 11/10.

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