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Inky's Tattoo Gallery

Updated on June 19, 2013

I made a comment in a hub a while back, that I am not into tattoos, that is I won't consider getting a tattoo, but if I ever changed my mind, I would have my friend Inky who is a tattoo artist living in Idaho give me one. I do however, admire the art and the ability of the tattoo artist to be able to actually create art on skin. I wonder what its like having to deal with the emotions and personalities of diverse clients while trying to create.

Inky is a beautiful, talented, gentle soul, with the most beautiful azure blue eyes that speak of her innate wisdom; she is highly spiritual, into meditation, practices Yoga, and often makes copies of inspiring spiritual thoughts or rambles as we like to call them and leaves them in the waiting room for her customers to read. She has had customer's travel to Idaho or wait years until they are ready and have her do their tattoos.

For those who are in her area or can travel, her shop is at:

TATTOOative

246 W. Center

Pocatello Idaho

Phone: 208-232-6493

The following is a collection of her work:

Yes We Can!

 

Inky's comments: just did a new tattoo on me thurs.......and thought to share....am sure that is my ego....lol......i wanted to do one expressin the change going on on the planet right now.......:) the color in the flower didnt show up too well.. its magenta...then orange....then peach...then white.......:)....i was pretty much crippled by the time i got it done as was hard to reach...good thing i do yoga....lol......:D

I like the dragon's fierceness softening as it joins into a heart shape.
I like the dragon's fierceness softening as it joins into a heart shape.
This butterfly look real to me, and its my favorite tattoo. Inky says she would have preferred to spread the wings a little, but the client wanted them this way.
This butterfly look real to me, and its my favorite tattoo. Inky says she would have preferred to spread the wings a little, but the client wanted them this way.

Before

The artist's comments: this is a before and after......i took one that sumone else did....and made it prettier.....:)
The artist's comments: this is a before and after......i took one that sumone else did....and made it prettier.....:)

After

 A loving mom's children. :)
A loving mom's children. :)
A fairy hanging on a moon beam? This is what I see.
A fairy hanging on a moon beam? This is what I see.
I love the yellow touches, reminds me of light.
I love the yellow touches, reminds me of light.
Pretty pair of birds that represents duality...
Pretty pair of birds that represents duality...
A nature lover?
A nature lover?
Definitely a nature lover!
Definitely a nature lover!
Beautiful colors and movement; another favorite one of mine.
Beautiful colors and movement; another favorite one of mine.

You think it, I ink it. ~Saying of tattooists

I leave you with some thoughts on tattoos:

"A genuine tattoo.... tells a story. I like stories and tattoos, no matter how well done, and if they don't tell a story that involves you emotionally, then they're just there for decoration, then they're not a valid tattoo. There has to be some emotional appeal or they're not, to my way of thinking, a real tattoo. It tells people what you are and what you believe in, so there's no mistakes. ~Leo, tattooist, 1993, quoted in Margo DeMello, Bodies of Inscription, 2000

The tattoo attracts and also repels precisely because it is different." ~Margo DeMello, Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community, 2000


"Ink to paper is thoughtful
Ink to flesh, hard-core.
If Shakespeare were a tattooist
We'd appreciate body art more."
~Carrie Latet

"Primitive tribes were certainly convinced that the spirit, having escaped from the body at death, retained a replica of its earthly tenement. They therefore used tattoo marks as a means of identification in the next world and a passport to future happiness." ~Ronald Scutt

Would you consider having a tattoo done?

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      Rob Welsh 8 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      VS this is a great Hub and your friend is an awesome artist. If she was here, I would get a work done. Please tell her that her work has been seen and appreciated in a little place called New Zealand. Thank you for the opportunity to read this hub and see a great artist. Regards Pearldiver.

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      Ivorwen 8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

      Those are some beautiful tats.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Peardiver: I will send her the link to this hub as she will appreciate your kind comments. I find it awesome we can connect to folks all over the world. New Zealand sounds exotic to me, LOL.

      Ivorwen: I agree, she is a talented artist; wish she would also paint in canvas.

      Thanks to you both for stopping by!

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      very good detail, and highlighting. Nice tatoos.

      dori

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Dori: Thanks for looking and commenting! :)

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Love the fairy sitting on the crescent moon, and its placement.  I could soooo never have that done.  But it's way cool.  So does she do fake tatoos? lol.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Frieda: I am too chicken to do a tattoo and do remember as a little girl using the fake ones on my hand. LOL.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      great tatoo

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      I like the dragon softening into a heartshape tattoo. That's what I would choose from these pics if I wanted a tattoo but I think I'll just enjoy my son's. He has our last name tattoo going down his arm in colored letters. My daughter, well she went with the belly button ring, haha! It looks nice on her, never thought I'd be saying that, but it does! Thanks for sharing your friends art. Very nice!

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Prasetio: Thanks for looking!

      Dottie: good to see you here, I didnt' think my spiritual hub friends would stop by, as I wrote about something totally different than I generally do. LOL. That's cool you like your daughter's button ring, and that you seem to let your kids express themselves. Its nice to be that age, when almost everything looks good. :)

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      Violet, I LOVE the Before/After! The oldest of my tattoos needs that kind of job to get the color back :-)

      It's funny how today tattoos are fashionable but a few years back they were associated to jailbirds or sailors or ... I knew I got more than a few looks back in the day :-)

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      inkyONE 8 years ago

      thank you all for all the kind comments......my ego loves it....hehe.....the 'lovebird' tattoo is the ladies kids.....so IS forever.....these are jus from the last month....and i am allways respectfull of what my clients want and try not to influence....i jus try and confuse um....lol.....and when they keep comin back to one thing.....then i know that is the way i can please them the most.....:D....i am honored that peops let me do this to them.....thanks again....Namaste'.....love inkyONE*:*

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Elena: Its true that the image of those who have tattoos has changed, and also of tattoo artists. After meeting Inky a few years ago, I realized there are no real stereotuypes when it comes to this art form. Glad to as always to see you.

      Inky: I am so glad you stopped by to comment! Your work is now permanently displayed in the web as Hubpages stays in the search engines. I got an email from the writer in New Zealand and he feels you deserve this hub as you are very talented.  Love you! :) 

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Marie, my son took his friend for a tatoo and after watching he came home with one too; offered to him at 1/2 price.   My daughter asked for a belly piercing as a graduation gift.  My response was I don't think so, what else do you want?  She ended up treating herself to this gift.  At this age, they're going to express themselves whether they have mom's approval or not.  I've learned to pick my battles and this wasn't one I wanted to win!  hehe!

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      lafenty 8 years ago from California

      This will age me, but I remember back when tatoos were the exception rather than the rule. Two of my four kids have tatoos and the youngest can't wait until she's 18 to get one. Along with the rest of the world, my views on tatooing have changed, they are a unique expression of art.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Dottie: Supporting your daughter is a good idea, they look cute anyway at that age with whatever fashion trends they pick. LOL.

      Lafenty: Yes, if one looks closely tattoos are indeed art; wish Inky would paint on canvas. :)

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      I like the fairies, trees, birds...great artwork, compliments to your friend!

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thanks for stopping by Tatjana. I too like the faires, hard to select. :)

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      Melissa 8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing all the nice pics. Love the trees and fairies.

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Melissa: Thank you for your comments, glad you enjoyed the pics.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Wow amazing artwork.  :-)  Hmmmm if I have to a tattoo, I would want a butterfly on my lower back LOL Although the fairy is my second favorite! 

      Inky, you are one talented lady!  Keep up the great work! :-)

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      VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Michelle: Will pass on your comments to Inky, as I am sure she will appreciate them!. :)

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      Inky 7 years ago

      so i am answerin a question that sumONE asked VioletONE....:)....he asked what the fairy on the moon means....there is no real meanin that i know of....tho...there may be sum i am not aware of...:).lol..he also asked what would go with his fairy on a moon...i think he said...compliment it...and my answer was.....no one can decide that but the One wearin it....lol....tattoos are yer soul comin out on yer skin....so i encourage my clients to go within and see what it is they need to express....and the One wearin these tattoos is the unifyin factor....as long as they are expressin the person....they go together....dont let an artist talk you into sumthin as sum have kinda big egos...lol....and will be happy to express THEMself instead of you..AND take yer money...lol...take yer time...i remind my clients that it is a drug....so sumtimes you are jus jonesin....lol.....i also say...dont get one till ya hafto....lol...when you finally figger out what it is to be...it will keep eatin at ya till ya have to get it....then...is the right time....take it slow...and really think about it....cuz ya gotta love it for a lifetime....sumtimes an event in life inspires one...i do many when a loved one passes...as is a good way to work thru that process.....so my looooong answer is...you will know what you are to get....when the time is right....no hurry....and thank you all again...for your lovely comments....i am honored.....love inkyONE....Namaste'...:D

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi, Inky: Good to see you here! Makes sense that getting a tattoo has to come from a place within as the person recieving a tattoo will be living with it forever. Even if I don't have a tattoo, its interesting to have a better undestanding of the art, and you have been a good artist and teacher. :)

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      Kari Poulsen 7 years ago from Ohio

      Your friend Inky is an excellent artist! These are beautiful tattoos. I would definitely let her do my next if she was in my area. I also love the quote by Leo. Tattoos are very personal, my tattoo has a very special meaning to me. :D

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      Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I have virgin skin, and will probably keep it that way. I do find these beautiful, especially the fairy.

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thanks Kari for stopping by! I just added her address at the beginning of the hub as it didn't occur to do this before. She is really sweet and very spiritually aware, so her custumers get the benefit of her talent in art and understanding, kindness and patience. :)

      Randy: I also have virgin skin, and I agree the art is beautiful. I once asked Inky if she would consider painting in canvas but she enjoys working on people.

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      Dom  6 years ago

      Is this Damie copper

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      VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Hi Dom, no, its not Damie Copper,if its a person you are looking for.

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      loveofnight 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      I love the artwork that goes into a lot of tattoos. I do believe that they express things about the person who sports one so they should be careful when choosing what may be part of their spirit until the day that they die. Thanks for the share.

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      VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thanks for reading, and sorry for my usual late reply. I am happy you commented on this hub because you reminded me to share again with Inky in her Facebook page. :)

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      Resident 4 years ago from Crab Nebula

      Im sorry, but none of those tattoos' are great, in fact, I'll be kind and say mediocre at best. And that is being super nice, just because you are friends, doesnt mean she is good. And everyone agreeing that they are good, makes me want to vomit. Sorry, but true. Get a clue, Inky is Stinky! See how that rhymed, now am I the best rapper that ever lived. According to you folks, yes.

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      VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Okay, I accept your perspective but you are very rude. LOL

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      Resident 4 years ago from Crab Nebula

      LOL, agreed. See my hub and check out a few real well done tattoos'. Just sayin.

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      VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I accept your perspective as we all are entitled to it, but still think Inky's work is quite good. l will check out your hub.

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      Resident 4 years ago from Crab Nebula

      Is the tattoo one even viewable? I know the pain one is.

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      VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      No, I tried to access the tattoo one as I saw you had 2 hubs...

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      Resident 4 years ago from Crab Nebula

      Weird, its says that one is featured and the one you read is pending??? What does that mean? Sorry Im a real noobcannon :0)

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      Resident 4 years ago from Crab Nebula

      Thanks. Should be now per Hub editor?

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      VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      That's weird. I shouldn't have been able to see the pending one... Hubpages changed their requirements: they require for hubs to have a certain amount of words in a text, photos, etc. so put it in pending before featuring the hub. You can see what adjustments they want you to make in your account as you hover your mouse over the little circle icon next to your article.

      I have over half of my hubs not viewable because traffic dropped due to lack of interaction. Even if I like Hubpages, I am planning to close my account and publish all my articles in a website and add Google adwords to make a little money.

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      VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      BTW, Try this link to the forum that may help http://hubpages.com/forum/category/6632

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      Resident 4 years ago from Crab Nebula

      Cool, thank you for a helping someone so rude:0)

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      VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      LOL! You are welcome!

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