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What SNAFI is: Still Not Asking For It is a tattoo flash fundraiser event created in 2015 by Ashley Love in New York City. This event was created with the sole purpose of finding real allies, bringing them together, and showing our communities that we are here and we care.  SNAFI’s purpose is to work towards awareness, prevention, and recovery from sexual assault and rape, and to create and embrace a supportive and healing community in an industry that has been quiet for too long.  Any tattoo shop around the world that opts in may participate in the event, which......

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The American tattoo tradition is believed to have began during the American war of independence, primarily with sailors. United States sailors wanted to make sure they had defining, distinguishable marks on their bodies. The British navy would take unclaimed soldiers, and the best way to avoid this was by having defining marks of who they claimed to be. Thus a culture of tattooing was cultivated among sailors. In addition, they would travel to lands with rich tattoo culture and get tattoos to remind them of their travels, or to remind them of their homes and families. Sailor tattoos surged forth......

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bike tattoos by Jake Tong

Cycling and Tattooing Have Played Predominate Rolls In My Life I started both around the same time, in the early 2000’s. My first dip into cycling was just commuting to work and heading to the bar on a 1972 Raleigh Grand Prix. It was too big for me, had way-outdated specs, but I loved it none the less. That bike gave me more freedom than any car could have. I actually looked forward to going grocery shopping knowing I was going to ride my bike to do so. Tattooing at that point in my career didn’t exactly provide me enough......

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Celebrate the legacy and the excitement of Star Wars Sometimes we are given the opportunity to do some tattoos that we really like to do. May 4th is of each year is one of those days. Some of the artists draw up some rather nerdy (and often hilarious) Tattoo designs to share with the public. This year is no different. We will have a series of one-off designs (meaning we do the one time) and an ever growing collection of flash (designs we tattoo over and over again). We will also participate in a “tattoo flash exchange” this year, trading......

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Looking For a Botanical Tattoo Artist? There’s definitely no shortage of floral tattoo artists here in Portland! After all, we're not called the City of Roses for nothing! So - who are the best botanical tattoo artists? Depends on who you ask. We’ve lost count of how many nature-inspired tattoos we’ve done here at Anatomy Tattoo, but we see our floral body art all over town, and there’s a good chance you have too. Whether you’re getting your first tattoo or you’re looking to add another piece to your growing garden of floral body art (see what we did there?!),......

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Anatomy Tattoo 2021