The Origin of Hold Fast

March 17th, 2014 by Kevin -


You hear and see the phrase ‘Hold Fast’ being tossed around a lot, but most people don’t know what it means. This blog does a great job detailing it’s history. It’s a fairly long read, and I would encourage you to read it. For the purpose of this entry, I’m going to show this excerpt about the origin of the beloved phrase.

The original intent was to prevent sailor’s hands from slipping on lines, or to secure yourself to the riggin’ when working aloft in weather. To many sailor-folk, the meaning of “hold fast” is obvious enough, but those whose ear’s aren’t trained to it, it might sound a contradiction. On board, a line (a rope to you lubbers) is “fast” when it is firmly and positively secured. In traditional sailing vernacular, many line- and sail-handling commands have been extended to include persons as well. To “belay” a line is to secure it with a series of turns (wraps) around a cleat, pin, bit, or kevel, stopping it from further motion. Likewise, to call out “Belay that!” might just as well apply to a person doing some undesirable activity, or to stop a previous order from being carried out.

Tattoo by James Clements

Tattoo by James Clements in Shreveport, LA

Bio Flower Power

March 17th, 2014 by Kevin -


Bio mech is an interesting thing. Some people get it, some don’t. When people do get it, they seem to really get it, and get a lot of it. Tattoo artists that get it (literally and figuratively) seem to immerse themselves in it, and eat, breathe, and sleep in the world of bio mech.

Why? I have no clue. If you do or have an idea, I would love to here it.

Tattoo by Jason Vogt

Tattoo by Jason Vogt at Waukesha Tattoo Company in Waukesha, WI

Don’t pee on this

March 15th, 2014 by Kevin -


I’ve never been stung by a jellyfish, but I’ve always heard if you do get stung by a jellyfish – you should pee on it. I guess someone else peeing on it would work too… I’m not really into that sorta thing but when I look at pictures jellyfish stings, I’ll try anything.

Tattoo by Nicklas Wong
Tattoo by Nicklas Wong at Enter The Dragon Tattoo in Copenhagen, Denmark

Awww, a cute baby skeleton!

March 14th, 2014 by Kevin -


I don’t know if everyone would call this cute, but I think it is… in a weird, twisted, sick kinda way.

Thankfully Turk doesn’t do photo realistic work!

Tattoo by Adam Turk

Tattoo by Adam Turk at Left Hand Black Tattoo in San Diego, CA

A Woman with the Most Unusual Occupation

March 14th, 2014 by Kevin -


Any chance you know what this is from? It’s pretty amazing, and I think we would all like to see more.

Bee’s Knees

March 14th, 2014 by Kevin -


I’ve always been found of the phrase the bee’s knees. I never knew the origin of the phrase, but I always liked it.

This tattoo isn’t on the knee, but I still think it’s the bee’s knees.

Tattoo by Dean Denney

Tattoo by Dean Denney Anonymous Tattoo in Savannah, GA

Fun Facts about Foxes

March 13th, 2014 by Kevin -


When you think about wild animals, you probably think animals living in their natural habitat is better than in captivity right? I did too, until I read this article on Live Science. According to this article “Foxes typically live three years in the wild but can live up to 10 years in captivity.”

I’m a little shocked to read that, but I guess Mother Nature knows best. This tattoo on the other hand will last forever, regardless of where it lives.

Tattoo by Aimee Cornwell

Tattoo by Aimee Cornwell at Nemesis Tattoo Studio in Durham, United Kingdom