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Rabu, 29 Desember 2010

Back Tattoos...

Here are some recent tattoos that I've done, all of them on backs The St. Michael flying down from Heaven was this young man's first tattoo
...as was this young woman's flowers on her shoulder.
This lil lucky Buddah went on the back of this kid's neck. I enjoyed doing this one...fat people are fun to shade.
And finally, this symbolic family tree went on a young girl who's always a great person to tattoo and hang out with while she's at the shop. She always gets cool and colorful tattoos and gives me the artistic freedom I need to create great work. Everything involved in this tattoo holds meaning and represents members of her family. It was a challenge to design, but the end result is something that both of us are very proud of!

Fire Truck in the Night...

I captured these images of a fire truck a few nights ago in front of the tattoo shop. I enjoy experimenting with the camera to achieve these types of beautiful and unexpected results

Pinstriped Toilet Seat...

Paul, the owner of Studio One Tattoo, who's also a hot rodder and avid lover of all things custom, had me stripe this toilet seat as a Christmas gift for his friend. I hate painting on white.

Molotov Brand...

My very good friend Clint from Fastlane Tattoo in Arizona sent me a sample of his new shirts from his Molotov line that just came out. Thanks for the shirt and stickers bro!

Sabtu, 25 Desember 2010

from: Ken W.
to: tiangotlost@gmail.com
date: Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 10:53 PM
subject: tattoo translation

Hi Tian,

I love your blog, and I was wondering if you could translate what I got tattooed on my arm some years back. Thanks a lot.

is antiquated version of , which means dense growth of bush or rash.
from: Lucy
to: tiangotlost@gmail.com
date: Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 6:11 PM
subject hanzismatter - medical insurance notice


Attached is a notice sent by the medical insurance carrier called Aetna. I'm almost sure the Chinese section is illegible unless Aetna is using some kind of crazy font.

Can you please shed some light on what's going on?

Thank you.


(full size view)

The Chinese text section does appear to be jumbled either from poor printing process or incorrect font.

Kamis, 23 Desember 2010

from: Anna H.
to: tiangotlost@gmail.com
date: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Hello, long time reader and fan of your blog. I just came across this, and I smell bullsh*t.


Anyway, go nuts :)

Alan and I briefly browsed through the website mentioned above and "Kemuri" section. We can't believe some place is seriously using the Gibberish Chinese Font as is! We will be on the lookout for gullible customers with embroidered butts.

What a bunch of idiots.

Jumat, 10 Desember 2010

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Senin, 06 Desember 2010

Recent Photography...

It's been a good week for photos! All of these were taken in the past few days, and are some of my favorite ever because of the colors. The image above was captured while attending the Girl Talk show in Pittsburgh. I've been wanting to see him perform for a long time, and the show exceeded all of my expectations! Sooooo good!
The photos above and below were the result of me fooling with the camera. I really like them a lot. I'm a huge fan of color, and these two are a beautiful blend of designs and colors.

And these guys here are from my friends fish tank. Puff fish are my favorite kind of fish, so I'm always very happy to see this guy! He's actually fairly big, about the size of a shoe. I am sure he gets much bigger when he puffs up! His little orange buddy to the left felt that he needed to be in the photo too

Sabtu, 04 Desember 2010

from: Karl B.
to: tiangotlost@gmail.com
date: Sat, Dec 4, 2010 at 3:34 AM
subject: Restaurant sign

There's a sushi restaurant in Stockholm with this sign which is obviously not japanese, but even in chinese it doesn't *appear* to say anything coherent. Care to shed any light on it, despite it not being a tattoo?

- Karl

定価 = listing price
中 = within
低 = lower
冬季 = winter
大人 = adult
千円 = thousand yen
村 = village
高 = higher
内線 = inner line
年賀 = new year's greeting
from: Samantha M.
to: tiangotlost@gmail.com
date: Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 2:00 AM
subject: My tattoo

Could you tell me what this means? I was young and dumb and was told it meant "Power" Thank you


should have two 口, instead of solid squares.

Senin, 29 November 2010

Old School Cool...

A really good friend of mine had me tattoo this wicked badass traditional reaper on his forearm. I love this tattoo, and the more I look at it, it becomes one of my favorite tattoos I've ever done. Thanks for getting this buddy, I think I might like it more than you!

Minggu, 28 November 2010

St. Michael Tattoo...

Mike, who's a really nice kid, came in for his second tattoo by me. He recently joined the Army, and his first tattoo was a skull wearing a beret with crossed M4s. He was being shipped off to war in a few days, and decided to get St. Michael, the Angel of Protection, inked on his forearm. He was very happy with the finished piece as was I. By the time of this post, he would of been sent to the war all ready. So, God be with you, good luck, and keep your head down bro!

"Live, Laugh, Love" Tattoo...

This girl came in for a variation of a popular tattoo on her side. She wanted her favorite flowers to be mixed in with her favorite quote, and she wanted it BIG! I had all ready done one small tattoo on her, so this was a huge step up in size and pain factor! She sat great, and the final product reflects what happens when you combine a good idea, with talent, and someone who is willing to endure a good bit of pain for something they really desire.
And this woman wanted to reproduce an image from a Christmas greeting card she was fond of. Its of a hound hunting a stuffed animal, and is one of the more un-ordinary tattoos that I've done in a while!

Fighter Tattoos...

I recently had some fellas come in the shop who like to fight. The kid above is a mixed martial arts fighter, and wanted the seven deadly sins tattooed down his back. We did it in one sitting, which is a testament to his pain tolerance, because the only other tattoo he had was a relatively small one on his arm. It's always fun getting the opportunity to tattoo someone who has a really interesting job or hobby, and I enjoyed hearing fight stories for most of the session. He was a really, really nice kid too!
My man pictured above is training to be a boxer, and came in for his second tattoo from me. The first was a tribute to the city of Philadelphia. Also a really great guy, and I always enjoy talking to him. If I were to become a boxer, I'd want to do it in Philly too...home of Rocky, right?!

Sabtu, 13 November 2010

from: Chris S.
to: tiangotlost@gmail.com
date: Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 9:49 PM
subject: Tattoo Translation


My uncle just got this Tattoo and I was curious to know what it says. I'm hoping he didn't get tricked and got something ridiculous.

from Chris S.

Similar tattoo with same mistake was posted here in July.

棺材佬 means "coffin man".

However, the middle character of 木見才 or 木貝才 does not exist in Chinese character list.

Rabu, 10 November 2010

Sticker Art...

I LOVE stickers. As far back as I can remember, I've always collected them. And when I was old enough, I started creating my own. I have hand drawn them, screen printed them, stamped them, relief printed them, stenciled them, and hand drawn them. I almost always have a stack in my pocket ready to put up. I've never taken photos of my stickers I had stuck up, but over the years I have found some pics posted on flickr and google image search of my stickers, and I saved those. Besides, I think it looks more interesting when the sticker is worn and weathered. I guess somebody liked them enough to photograph them.
The sticker in the photo above was created by taking a picture of myself in my bathroom mirror, then carving that image into a block and rolling ink over it to make a relief print. I did a few designs with this method. One featured a pic of my at-the-time girlfriends face, one was of a skull, and another was of Agent Smith from the Matrix. All bore the signature of my "MA" logo which stands for Matt Atomik.
These yellow stickers above were part of a sticker art show some years back. Standard old school graffiti character. I did a few more in this style, but don't have any photos of them
The brown and black stickers that have the bobcat image on them and read ARMY were created by me. I don't even remember the why I chose that image or the meaning behind it, but I remember we put up A LOT of those.
The sticker in the top left corner was mine also. A good friend and I made some "Dave Thomas Has a Posse" stickers after Dave, (the founder of Wendy's Hamburgers) had passed away.

Another old school graffiti character image. His name belt reads Atomik
This sticker with a skull wearing a sombrero was part of a set that all incorporated skulls wearing different hats. There was also a pirate skull, a nazi skull, and a shriner skull.
The stickers pictured above and below were created with spray paint and a hand cut stencil. This image is of a dead Laura Palmer from "Twin Peaks"

More ARMY stickers, and below is a stencil.
I've got hundreds of stickers stockpiled that I never stuck up, so if there is anyone who is interested in trading me some stickers for their stickers or art, leave a message and I will hook you up.

First Tattoo...

This young girl came in the shop to get her first tattoo. She wanted something to honor her grandfather and likes praying hands so we came up with this design.
I always say that three things that make a good first tattoo are religious images, family themes designs, and (if your a guy) pinup girl designs. The girl above got two out of three...no bad!

Sabtu, 06 November 2010

from: Gary B.
to: tiangotlost@gmail.com
date: Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 1:59 PM
subject: Tattoo translation help


Lovin' your blog.

I got my tattoo aged 17 and it means a lot to me as it's meant to be the initials of people who are important to me, but I fear that I may well have been tattooed by someone who didn't actually know what they were talking about. It's meant to read:


I know now that the Chinese alphabet doesn't have these letters, so I'm not hopeful, but intrigued to know what it means.

Many thanks for your help, it's really appreciated.



Another sucker of the gibberish font.
from: Lisa R.
to: tiangotlost@gmail.com
date: Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 12:33 PM
subject: Tattoo Translation

My sister got this tattoo on her arm about ten years ago. It is supposed to mean "warrior" but we both highly doubt that that's what it means. Could you shed some light? We'd love to know what it REALLY says!




[たき] 1: waterfall; 2: rapids

Minggu, 31 Oktober 2010

Cross Tattoo...

Another great friend of mine wanted me to grace his arm with his first tattoo while visiting his town last week. He was interested in a cross with skulls worked into the design, and this is what I came up with. He really likes all of those 'Affliction' style shirt designs, so I thought this would be perfect for him.
Congratulations Johnny, you broke your cherry!

Goth Pinup Girl Tattoo...

One of my closest friends has been wanting a goth style pinup girl for a long time, and last week while visiting his city, I finally did him the favor. I really dig the tattoo because its a traditional pinup done with a modern goth twist. I also really like how the background came out and how it plays against the colors of the girl. Now my friend can stop nagging me!

Graffiti Tattoo...

This young man came in the shop to get his last name blasted across his back in some graf lettering. I Love rocking pieces like this! I really like this photo also, how he's flanked by his reflection on one side and the religious painting on the other.
And this kid came in to get some nice gangster script on his arm. I really enjoyed doing this too.
And finally, a dope lil piece in memory of Mom.

Happy Halloween...

My favorite holiday. Had to share my wicked skull face paint I did for a Halloween rollerskating party I attended last night with some friends. My skull face won me one of three best costume awards given out that involves a free pizza skate party. Not bad.I'm especially proud of this photo because it was taken while skating. I didn't fall, and I wasn't caught by the refs as there is a rule about no mobile phones while skating. Good job.

Senin, 25 Oktober 2010

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Sabtu, 23 Oktober 2010

from: Kfir F.
to: tiangotlost@gmail.com
date: Sun, Oct 17, 2010 at 11:36 PM
subject: Tattoo translation

Hi Tian,

I have a friend from work who has a tattoo on his arm. Since I knew about your blog I tried taking a pic of it & check with you if he really knows the meaning of what he has or not. He said it's written in Chinese and it says something like - there's nothing like mom.

Thanks a lot & love your blog.



The first character does not exist in written Chinese. However, there is one character only exists in written Cantonese, which means "not have". Of course, that is not what has been tattooed here.

Tattoo does not mean "there is nothing like mom", rather "not have the likeness of my mother".