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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
1:55 pm - Facebook links and 2 tattoo conventions this spring in Pennsylvania! :D

Hey everyone!  :)  

Things are really starting to take off here at Inkpulsive Custom Tattooing, <-- this is our facebook page since the website is still under construction.  You can also become a fan of SharpTattoos, which is my own page on facebook.  :)  


Jen and I will be attending and tattooing at 2 conventions in Pennsylvania this spring... the first of which will be the Philadelphia convention. 

Click here for more information!  :D

This is actually my fourth Philly show.  It's a rather large show and always a good time.  :)  

The second convention this spring is the 3rd annual Skindustry Invitational -  April 23 - 25th 2010 in the Lehigh Valley (Allentown).  We've been there every year so far and it's easily one of my favorite shows to attend.  It's a smaller, laid back show and all of the artists are hand-picked by the guys at Quillian Tattoo.  If you're in the area, check it out.  You won't be disappointed.  :)   Hope to see you there! 

current mood: excited

(Etched upon my skin)

Saturday, June 13th, 2009
11:26 am - It's been a while.

Sorry I haven't been around.  I've been spending most of my time online at myspace... and facebook... but other than that it's work, work, work. SharpTattoos.com has been updated and that's why I'm posting this here...  just in case you're still following along.  :)  

After 9 long years at Ink Alternative, I decided that change is good, and moved on to greener pastures.  I've sacrificed a lot over time.  More than I should have...  but good things come to those who wait. 

InkPulsive Custom Tattoo Studio was opened by my friend Jennifer Andersen on May 8th 2009. This is a bright, clean, artsy, drama free establishment where we can create the perfect design just for you. Imaginations are running high and we're ready to put our spot on the map. Receiving your tattoo should be a great experience.

InkPulsive Custom Tattoo Studio
401 Hawkins Avenue
Lake Ronkonkoma 11779

For questions or to schedule a consultation/appointment, please call 631-648-9430

We've set up InkPulsive with it's very own myspace page. http://www.myspace.com/inkpulsive  <--photos of our new place can be seen here.

If you're a tattoo artist, if you're a collector, if you're an enthusiast, if you're curious about tattoos or just appreciate the art, add us!  :D  This is where I'm working now.

current mood: accomplished

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Monday, January 5th, 2009
1:45 pm - Update By Demand

Hi remember me? its been awhile!!
I dont really have a lot of pictures just based around my tattoo, so be prepared for a hodgepodge of images.

more photos - NSFWCollapse )

(4 Tattoos Etched upon my skin)

Sunday, October 12th, 2008
8:03 pm - Tattoo apprenticeship?

I was wondering if anyone had any advice about getting into a tattoo apprenticeship? I have a friend who has just recently started, and hearing her talk about it has gotten me interested in it. Not sure if it is something I definitely want to do just yet until I learn more about it.

Just how much knowledge are you expected to have when going into one? I don't plan on walking in completely ignorant, so will read some books or web pages or whatever, but just what specifically are they looking for besides artistic talent?

That being said, does anyone know of a good studio in South Jersey? I know of a few studios around but haven't been in any of them. I'll be sure to visit them if I decide I seriously want to do this, but if any one knows of a really good one around that'd be great. =)

Also, my boyfriend is worried about the type of clients that I would have to deal with. This probably has a lot to do with the area, so I'd have to take that into consideration. Just how much of an issue is gangbangers and the mob and such?


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Thursday, October 9th, 2008
7:03 pm - Meeting of the Marked - Pittsburgh Pa...

Halloween weekend in Pittsburgh is the 16th annual Meeting of the Marked! :D Cheryl and I will be there tattooing from October 31 to November 2, 2008 at the Radisson in Greentree, Pittsburgh. Come on down and check out the art, maybe get a tattoo or just stop by our table and say hi! :D

current mood: excited

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Thursday, August 7th, 2008
6:44 pm - Artists, Musicians, Sculptors, Painters, Photographers, Creators... This WILL make you sick!!!


This is the most horrible thing I've ever seen!  
This bill will require every artist to register their works and pay for the copyright... and that means-
Otherwise, if you put an image out there, or a song... or the image of a sculpture...  even a photograph...  it can be snapped up by anyone... and be considered theirs.  If it's not officially copyrighted it would be considered public domain.  Orphaned work.

So, someday you might see your art on thousands of t-shirts and see companies making huge profits on your artwork and you get nothing.  Not even recognition. 
Now, wouldn't that piss you off?

Check out this link:

  And if you're as pissed as I am, spread the word. 
Artists everywhere- your work is your own and no one should have automatic rights to that. 

current mood: pissed off

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Sunday, March 23rd, 2008
5:19 pm - 2 Conventions - Eastern Pennsylvania - April 2008

Jen and I will be attending and tattooing at the
Lehigh Valley Skindustry Invitational Tattoo Expo
Allentown Pennsylvania - April 4th, 5th & 6th


Cheryl and I will be attending and tattooing at the
Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention
Philadelphia Pennsylvania - April 18th, 19th & 20th

So... If you're in the area and plan on attending, stop by and say hi! :)
If you're interested in adding more body art to your collection, give us a call at
Ink Alternative (631)698-3656 and we'll be happy to help you set up an appointment.

We look forward to seeing you there! :D

current mood: excited

(Etched upon my skin)

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
2:18 am


I found sharptattoos.com when searching for aftercare tips on Google. In my excitement to get home and show off my tattoo, I lost my aftercare instructions! (I know, I know- Silly noob.) I must say, on top of having an informative website, you're quite pretty and extremely talented! Kudos for having such an open mind, especially as an artist. It's very nice to see.

After just over three years I'm sure I killed an entire forest or two while sketching, but I finally finished my first design and had it done last Sunday. (If anyone is interested, there is a lengthy post about my first timer's experience in my journal along with pictures.) 

I am very pleased with the result, and I want to take the best care that I can. I know there are tons of products out there and I have read your information about aftercare. Unfortunately, I have highly sensitive skin, especially with soaps, lotions, scents etc. I took the bandage off once I got home (roughly two hours) and had it gently washed. (It's on my back, so I can't reach it which will be good for when it gets itchy!) I'm letting it air dry rather than use a cloth of any type, and I am following your advice about fast showers. Since then, I have had a thin amount of aloe vera applied twice a day, when I wake up and before I go to sleep. 

My question is, is it okay to be using aloe vera? Can I use it for the duration of the healing process, and afterwards? I chose it because I know my skin won't react to it at all, whereas with heavier lotions like Lubriderm I tend to react quickly and badly.
Thanks in advance for any responses I get.



current mood: curious

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Saturday, February 9th, 2008
3:02 am - Lehigh Valley Skindustry Invitational! *Allentown Pennsylvania*

Jen and I will be tattooing at the Lehigh Valley Skindustry Invitational Tattoo Expo- April 4th, 5th & 6th! :D

We're not on the website artist list yet... but I've already been notified that our paperwork had been received and we're in. More info will follow over the next few weeks. :)

current mood: awake

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Monday, December 31st, 2007
2:37 am - Howdy! :) X-posted

I just wanted to stop in and say hi. I've been busy working so free time isn't so abundant anymore. Yes, I still lurk and read... and post from time to time. ;) I hope you all have a great New Year! :D

And for the stimulation of your optic nerves... I bring you some recent workCollapse )

current mood: thirsty

(6 Tattoos Etched upon my skin)

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
7:59 am - UUUPDATES! :D

InkAlternative.com has FINALLY been updated! Check it out!
There's still a lot of stuff that needs to be done, but its' up and going. I'll be adding more pictures to the galleries over the next week and weekend as well as tweaking everything else here and there.

current mood: accomplished

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Thursday, November 15th, 2007
4:13 am - New Shit... (Crossposted earlier to my own journal 2_sharp)

So... I know it's been forever... but I've been taking pictures again. :) Yeah, to me, that's a bit exciting.

This one is one of my recent favorites.

More if you care to peek...Collapse )

current mood: sleepy

(1 Tattoo Etched upon my skin)

Monday, November 5th, 2007
10:19 am - Okay... Who's in Florida? :)

"Marked For Life"
JANUARY 17-20 2008
Kissimmee, Florida

Guess who's going??? Yup. Cheryl, Jen and I will be tattooing there this January! :D If you're looking for ink, give us a call at the shop (631)698-3656 and we'll set up an appointment for you. More information will be posted as we get it. So far, all looks good. :)

Right now I can say we'll definitely be tattooing. Probably sellling flash and/or prints of artwork. This is our first trip to the Florida convention. I hope it's a good one. I've never been to Florida! I'm excited to see a palm tree. :D

current mood: artistic

(3 Tattoos Etched upon my skin)

Sunday, October 28th, 2007
10:34 am - crossposted... Anyone use this community anymore?

I got to do not one, but TWO incredibly geeky tattoos last week on two different coworker. Hellboy and Beetlejuice related tattoos in heah.Collapse )

These were so much fun. I wish that all I ever got to do were geeky tattoos.

(4 Tattoos Etched upon my skin)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
12:40 am - new member with a bunch of questions ^_^

Hiyas! Just joined this community, and while I do not currently have any tattoos, I am seriously considering getting one soon. Actually I've just about decided to definitely get one, but I do have a few questions first. =)

I'm throwing around the idea of getting a large back tattoo, but am concerned with the healing process. I work in a warehouse and drive an order-picker, or cherry picker as it's also sometimes called, while working. For safety reasons we are required to wear a harness while operating one. The back of this harness covers nearly all of my back and I was wondering how this could affect the tattoo. If I got the tattoo at the beginning of a week's vacation, would that be enough time to allow it to heal enough so the constant pressure of the harness doesn't affect it? Or would it take more time? The harness isn't completely tight (though I probably should have it so ^_~) so it does shift some as I move. ...Well, maybe more than some. Now that I think about it, how would a bra affect a back tattoo as well?

Also, I live alone, and so don't have anyone to help me with the lotion application. How would I get around that?

This tat likely won't happen until Jan-Feb time frame. Possibly later, depending on how things go. But I was considering setting up an appointment with 2Sharp tattoos for this. If you're willing and able to, of course. =) It is a bit of a drive from South Jersey, but one of my coworkers who has several tattoos freaked me out a bit by listing several places that she strongly recommends I not go to, and I realized I don't know anything about any of the places here. ^_^() Plus you have awesome artwork. ^_~

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Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
8:17 pm - Convention...

So, this weekend Cheryl and I will be tattooing at the Meadowlands tattoo convention at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ. If you're in the area or attending you should pop by and say hi! :D

current mood: excited

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Monday, June 4th, 2007
4:02 pm - A fellow artist in need

I hope this is ok, since this IS tattoo related and it's to help a fellow tattoo artist out. Those of you in the area, they could really use your help!
Please send a quick note to show your support of their family during this difficult time. France is really falling apart right now.

Blood Donation Needed for Al Tatdude Garcia...

To everyone who would like to Donate Blood @ the Houchin Blood Bank in Bakersfield, CA to help Al Tatdude Garcia, Please donate today and ask it to be added to Alfred Garcia's Account. Thank you so much for All Your Love & Support;)
God Bless,
France, Al, Bettie & Family


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Saturday, April 21st, 2007
11:41 pm - disinfectant product suggestions

Hello. My shop just got Tattoocide to spray down our chairs and workstations, but we HATE the slimy film it leaves behind, not to mention the noxious perfume stink. I have to rewipe my station surfaces down with something else to get rid of that film. Is there another one minute (or short wait time) disinfectant that does the job but doesn't smell like a perfume reject and, most importantly, doesn't leave behind a nasty film?

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Friday, March 2nd, 2007
3:06 am - mom/dad tattoos.
xwasted_y0uthx i have a very vague idea for my next tattoo. i want to get mom and dad-related pieces, but i'm not sure what exactly i want in the design. so, how did you guys come up with your mom & dad tattoos? what type of things about them did you take into consideration? i know i've seen ones that have things having to do with the mom/dad's job, but what else did you think about when you were trying to design yours? i'm not out to steal ideas, just start thinking about what i could put into the tattoos that relate to/remind me of them =] luckily, i probably won't get it until sometime during the summer after my 17th birthday (if i'm even sure enough of the designs by then), so i have awhile to think about it, haha.
thanks for any help you guys could offer.

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Friday, February 23rd, 2007
11:52 am - Might be of interest to some of you

over the last 8 months i have been writting a small online blog called "How to make friends and ink people" following the start up of a new tattoo studio n Glasgow. its from  from my own perspective of returning to a the tattooing industry after a six year absence. 

the long road there
location, location, location
I quit!
Welcome to the lizard lounge
Loose ends and New starts
Barry has left the building
The end of the begining
Celebrate good times c'mon
Day one
Miami ink
It's a small world when it comes to the internet
Does it hurt
"What made you do this job?"
Tom waits for no man
But why a girrafe
Three days with Matt
Future shock
Tattooing is a job
Do tattooists make house calls?
3 months old
Its a girl
"Do you have any photographic ID?"
The Mr T conundrum
Ghostsuit's ink cherry goes "pop!"
How much!?!
So what tattoos have you been doing?
New year, new chapter, same idiots
Pimp my tattoo

didnt realise there where quite so many chapters thus far, sorry.

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