An 808 way of life


Or this is on its way. Either way, it’s it.

Oh it’s on its way. Yes. When summer is done. We begin the fun.

The bunny has NOTHING to do with Easter.

Tattoos gone wrong. Even when we drink PBR we don’t “ink” about it.

Bike Porn: this is inked and shown. Very nice.

He rolled the dice and the house won. All he got was this lousy tattoo.

Spell check: too cool for ‘scool.’ Is that school-cool?

The start of a new half-sleeve; outlined in 5 hours. It’s a Danny Fugate design.

Flags are us. And we are them. Fly ’em, don’t ink ’em.

Adding a few extras to February.

The iron buzzed and this is what it drew. What was he thinking!

Spell check. It does a body good.

Hawaiian tattoos: creative reference when drawing an arm piece.

Polynesian tattoos on the face: don’t move, it will leave a mark.

Hawaiian tattoos should convey clear messages within the design.

This tattoo has a great deal of meaning to me because it inspired my own half-sleeve. I recently searched the image and another blog site was ‘lifting up’ the image. Fair enough. It’s a wonderful design full of distinct messages. Aloha.

Hawaiian tattoos: over-done is over-done.

Hawaiian tattoos and the art of messaging. For the owner the message is distinct.

Hawaiian tattoos: more input for a half-sleeve.

Hawaiian tattoos: simple creations provide the best contrast.

Hawaiian tattoos: it’s time to revisit the best input when going for the second half-sleeve.

Tattoos gone wrong.

Tattoos: sometimes the simple message is expressive.

Tattoos gone wrong: when you’ve run out of skin, use your foot.

Tattoos gone wrong: really, what was he thinking?

Tattoos: the correct and proper method of using the iron.

Tattoos gone wrong: Lady Gaga scores on the bicep then misses the mark where it counts. Peac

Tattoos gone wrong: the aggressive side of dragons.

Tattoos gone wrong. Superheros are saddened.

Tattoos gone wrong but looking good all the way. Support your favorite brand.

Tattoos gone wrong. When you ink your foot, make sure it’s your good foot.

Hello Kitty tattoos – superheroes at work again.

Hawaiian tattoos and a useful link to find more reference materials.

The website Fotolia is a powerful engine that can give you lots of reference materials when searching for ‘input’ to help with your design. I suggest a couple of things: 1) note that the images on Fotolia are trademarked and if you use them you need to acknowledge that fact, and 2) don’t copy anything on the Fotolia site. Rather, dig deep into your creative side and use the ideas that spring forth from any and all reference material as a means for creating the best possible tattoo design.

Ink oneth.

Hawaiian tattoos caught live on Waikiki Beach. This guy didn’t know it, but the camera was snapping.

Hawaiian tattoos, or Polynesian tattoos – you decide.

Is this design a combination of both – or clearly set in one camp? I see both with this ink job. The center piece speaks Polynesian but the sun dial will offer up a touch of what the Hawaiian’s call ‘kala.’ Either way this is a very nice example of a cleanly designed and inked tattoo.

Tattoos gone wrong. Just wrong, wrong, wrong!

Tattoos gone wrong. Wrong place – wrong time.

Beauty is skin deep.

A tattoo goes all the way to the bone.

~Vince Hemingson

Hawaiian tattoos originate somewhere along the coast, and inland. Certainly the views encourage creativity.

Tattoo Honu – a touch Hawai’i present – and past.

Tattoos, Polynesian, Marquesan and Hawaii: the French influence.

By the beginning of the 20th century, traditional tattoos within the Marquesas Islands was rarely seen. The growing custom was to have your name tattooed on your arm, and few people (native or otherwise) adorned full-bodied tattoos. Partially due to the prohibition of 1884 (damn French!) and partially due to a declining population. The ban was rigorously defended and tribal tattoos were almost eradicated within a generation. I say almost because many full-bodied tattooed souls traveled to Hawaii and other islands of Oceania. Their inked bodies and traditions went with them. In this case the French had a temporary impact. Viva la Marquesas!

Tattoos and Polynesian influence.

The tattoos of the Marquesas Islanders were original to word carvings and involved geometric shapes, simple lines and circles, ovals and lozenges to concentric squares and spirals. The ovals and circles were then halved to formed semi-ovals – and diverging lines were interjected to create abstract human faces. This process evolved and heavily influenced Polynesia and the Hawaiian Islanders as their inking arts expanded.

Tattoos by the numbers.

This is my 1,000th post on the PhotoMotoBlog.

More than 574,480 unique visitors have been to this site since its inception.

The weekly average the past four months has been in excess of 14,000 unique visitor per week.

My busiest day was February 17th, 2010 with 2,359 unique visitors.

Folks logging on my site originate from 37 different countries and the Hawaiian Islands.

Google is used to translate my site into 12 different languages.

I’ve logged more than 400 hours creating the site.

There are 2,535 images contained in this weblog.

Interestingly, it uses just a ½ MB of space.

The masthead has changed more than 100 times.

The posting rules have been broken once; that person didn’t break the rules again.

My blog site ‘encouraged’ management to create a ‘blog posting policy’ within my company.

This site has spun off into 22 other weblogs that I’ve created; the unique visitor totals for all sites is greater than 4,000,000.

I’ve been repeatedly asked to monetize several of my sites (no ads please).

The best part is that I really don’t care what anyone thinks about the content, the images nor the layout.

Somehow I’ve managed to connect with people whom I don’t know … for those folks …  mahalo nui loa!

Thank-you for logging onto my site.


Tattoos made for couples. Linked, inked and ked (that made no sense).

Polynesian tattoo with Tonga influence. Nice backpiece.

Tattoos: creative modification, or branding?

A tattoo is a marking made by inserting indelible ink into the layers of skin to change the pigment for decorative or other reasons. Tattoos on humans are a type of decorative body modification, while tattoos on animals are most commonly used for identification or branding.

Tattoos gone wrong: the face is no place for a board game.

Tattoos gone wrong: spelling ur way to dis-as-ter. What a tragedy.

Tattoos gone wrong: seriously, can we step away from the iron and find a new profession! If you can’t ink better than this – really – do something new.

Hawaiian Tattoo with strong Polynesian influence

Polynesian influenced Hawaiian-style tattoo: nice ink

Hawaiian tattoos: some of which are dramatically influenced by Hawaiian culture.

The concept of tattooing as a protective device seems to come through other areas of Polynesia, especially the Marquesas. There, full body tattooing was a form of armor. It guarded the warrior as if an external metal plate would guard a horseman in Europe. Influences of Polynesia are seen in the image herein – with blades, cutting point and reverse symbols of kai (water). Variations in the design denote layered meanings – most of which are known only to the owner.