At Delete, we’re all about showing off your American pride. We live in a great country where we’re free to express our frustrations, angst, and pride for our government and country. There are cute ways to do this, like buying an Old Navy Independence Day t-shirt, hosting a BBQ, or painting your face on the 4th of July. There are some people that take this freedom of expression just a little too far. We’ve compiled a list of the best of the worst American Pride tattoos…Enjoy!
Eric Hartsberg of Michigan City had this Romney-Ryan logo tattooed on his face back in 2012. He auctioned his face on eBay for ad space. The winning bid paid a pretty penny to have the tattoo on his face. Since Romney’s loss in 2012, Hartsberg has had the tattoo removed. Eric said the tattoo, “Stands not only for a losing campaign, but for a sore loser.”
If you looked up “Tattoo Failure” in the urban dictionary, we are sure you would find this guy’s tattoo. The tattoo reads, “Made in the USA” and is
stamped on his buttocks. Patriotism? Or just a really bad idea? Wouldn’t you say he went a little too far? Let’s hope this one goes back to the factory!
Texas is great. There’s amazing landscape, no state income tax, and of course this tattoo. Seriously though, we hope there’s a delete button in the near future for this guy to hit!
If you haven’t seen the Statue of Liberty, we suggest you check it out! It’s pretty magnificent and represents the hope of our immigrant ancestors. There are a lot of tattoos of Lady Liberty that are truly artistic. Unfortunately, this lady had a few to many and needs to be liberated. At first glance you’re probably thinking, it’s not so bad.
But, take a closer look and you’ll notice the misshaped hands, saucers flying in the background, and the disproportioned shading. Look at it long enough and it’ll make your head hurt. All in favor… Say, “hit delete!”
The liberty bell is an iconic piece of US history, and this tattoo just destroys any hint of historical significance. Loud and proud this bell rings for something other than freedom. We think someone got a little carried away with Philly Beer Week!
Last, there are the American flag tattoos. They come in all shapes and sizes, and are either a big hit or a horrific miss. This flag tattoo is definitely a miss. But let’s face it, we’re all proud
of our country, and there’s nothing like showing off our pride on the 4th of July even if it’s on this list.
These tattoos redefine what it means to be a proud American. Just make sure you find yourself on the right side of history this holiday! Delete—Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July!
Tattooing as an Art Form and the Coorelation Between Bodies and Galleries By Jason Anthony
Tattooing is an art form as much as it is a learned skill set, as are traditional art forms such as painting and drawing. This is something I've understood for a while and I'm constantly reminded of, whether it's seeing some new amazing piece posted on Instagram, or the random person that I run into on the street assuring me that it 'really is art' after seeing the mess that I'm wearing on my arms. Many people would agree with this.
Tattooing in this day and age has evolved past the simple folk imagery of traveling carnivals and shops filled with hand painted flash-images all created by the artists that work there. We now live in an age where, for the most part, people don't walk into a shop and pick something off the wall. People are looking for a custom tattoo, and if you're not able to draw up a good-looking one (sometimes with extreme brevity) then there's a good chance that tattooing may not be a terribly fruitful endeavor for you.
People expect a higher level of quality in their tattoo-artist, as opposed to someone who can successfully trace the lines and fill the colors exactly the way the picture on the wall looks. Clearly, I'm driving home the point that we're at a point in history where tattooing is truly coming into it's own. Some pieces are composed so well, and rendered so flawlessly that they rival half the things I've seen in art museums and can stand up to a very hard critique.
That being said, in the event that you're at an art museum meandering around and taking in all the paintings, drawings, sculptures, and various exhibits, would you at any point think it's okay to maybe take a painting off the wall and hold it up to the light just to get a better look at it? Would you run your finger across the canvas just to see what the texture was like? You might, and if you weren't escorted off the premises you would at the very least be reprimanded and warned not to do so again.
With this in mind, I wonder what makes some people think that they have the liberty to grab another person to get a better look at a tattoo that someone has. I promise that the person being grabbed is aware that they have an amazing piece of art on them. I also promise that most of the time they are very annoyed about being groped by a stranger, no matter how innocent the gesture may be. You don't go snatching glasses off of someone's face if you think you like the frames their wearing, or slip a pair of flops off their feet to see if they'll look good on you. Don't grab people. It's rude. It's intrusive. In some cases it may get you punched in the face or have you washing pepper spray out of your eyes.
If you absolutely must see someone's tattoo then politely ask. If they don't mind then I'm sure they’d be happy to show it to you, and you probably won't even have to touch them at all. If they don't want to show it to you or even bother to acknowledge your request, then as an adult you should be able to accept that rejection and continue grocery shopping, lurking the mall, walking to the light rail stop, or carrying on with whatever event is current in your life. If you can't accept the rejection then that's another discussion for another time, and you probably have some part of you still left undiscovered and should go on a road trip by yourself with a great mix tape (read playlist). What I’m getting at here is that a tattooed person’s body is like a museum, please ask – don’t touch.
With more than 49% of Americans having one or more tattoos, the working world has had to undergo dramatic shifts in policies regarding the appearance of tattoos in the workplace. Companies such as Revana, Bank of America and Dell Computers now allow employees to have non-offensive tattoos visible. Traditionally, business establishments such as these required employees to completely cover tattoos and make their ink invisible to customers. In fact, it’s not only these few companies that allow tattoos; most do. Unfortunately what these businesses don’t report is that for those who have visible tattoos, receiving a promotion is highly unlikely.
Right or wrong, acceptance of workplace tattoos has opened up doors that were previously closed and allowed many who would have been considered unemployable to now hold jobs in traditionally conservative fields. Diversity is both embraced and a cornerstone value of most corporations and businesses. Employment seeking individuals with tattoos can definitely land the job with the company of their dreams, but is it the job of their dreams? Mark Brenner, senior VP of external affairs at Apollo Group says, “Depending on if they are visible or offensive in nature, tattoos can have an impact on professionalism. “ Despite the acceptance of tattoos in the workplace, many senior execs believe tattoos portray a lack of professionalism and dependability.
Regardless of company owners’ and policy makers’ opinions on tattoos, Dr. Ira S. Wolfe expects, “there will be a sea change of attitudes toward tattoos in the next 25 years as tattooed and pierced peers begin running more companies.” Wolfe also predicts that policies banning tattoos will likely become a thing of the past. Once the current generations shift into being the movers and shakers, it will be interesting to see how social norms will be tested. In the meantime, 25 years is a long way away and Millennials looking to move up the career ladder might feel the need to choose between keeping their visible tats and possibly missing that promotion, or removing them to make that climb. Just as we have the freedom to get a tattoo, we also have the freedom – and should feel empowered – to delete our tattoos when they no longer represent our desired image.
As Deleters, we believe that all people are individuals with valuable skills and aptitudes. Tattoos are a means of self-expression, period. Having a tattoo doesn’t make anyone less qualified for a position. But if the opportunity to move up presents itself and your ink is holding you back, turn to Delete – Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon for the most comfortable, effective and affordable tattoo removal possible. It’s about having options, but you need to be 100% ready to part with your art.
Having your tattoos removed is a personal choice, and a sensitive one. So when you’re ready, let Delete give you a fresh tattoo-less start.
Realizations On Why You Should or Shouldn't Get A Certain Tattoo - By Jason Anthony
While helping a good friend move the other day (because that's what real friends do) we discussed the utter astonishment that some people get when you tell them
"No, these tattoos don't mean anything."
"Wait, like, nothing at all?"
"No, nothing. I like the pictures."
How on earth could you put something on your body that doesn't mean anything? The very idea seems so foreign to people. Tattoos are after all (semi) permanent. What are you going to do when you get old and have to explain them to your kids or grandkids? Did you know that they're permanent?
The fact of the matter is that for every single individual there's a different reason for getting tattooed. Sure, lots of times those reasons overlap, but that makes them no less important to the individual that is getting the tattoo. Thanks to the popularity that tattooing has gained through our mass media overlords, we as (good) tattooers, have become increasingly in-demand. But with that increase comes some of the ideas that were planted in our little brains about what a tattoo is, and should represent. It is after all (relatively) permanent, so it absolutely must mean the ENTIRE universe to you, if you're going to go through the pain of getting something (somewhat) permanently marked into your VERY FLESH.
With the vast ocean of importance that your tattoo holds, there has to be a story that goes along with it. A story that explains and showcases everything to a person about what makes you as an individual, tick. It should showcase the very essence of your every fiber, right? ... Sure ... Maybe ... But not really.
In the end, it's going to be a picture that has been tattooed by countless other artists onto countless people years and years before you were born. Even my most creative colleagues are still tattooing the same imagery that's been done by mankind since cave drawings. If there's a story to your tattoos, then that's awesome. However, sometimes people get tattooed simply because tattoos look cool. I don't live on a TV show. I'm not looking for that one epic and emotionally moving story to get ratings to increase the number of ad dollars I can seek out of sister companies with similar vested interests. I'm just trying to get a good-looking tattoo. For example, tigers can represent fearlessness, or royalty, or perseverance, or whatever, and that's cool, but it's still a bad ass looking animal that makes for a great tattoo. That's why my back has a giant tiger on it. But thank God these things are only kind of permanent, because some of those things that meant the world to me a decade ago (that I couldn't wait to get tattooed), are starting to look pretty busted.
With that said, take your own time thinking about the imagery that you'd have tattooed. It could be a few days or a few years...even a few seconds. Either way my goal as a tattoo artist is that you’ll love your tattoo even if it doesn’t have a great story.
About Jason Anthony:
Jason Anthony has been tattooing professionally since January 2004 and through his illustrative interpretation of the ancient art of tattooing he has been awarded several honorific titles including: "That loud guy in the corner", "Most likely to accept any compliment with grace and humility", and "The one that nerds go to for their video game/comic book/d&d tattoo". You can find him creating his life's work on the beautiful people of earth at The Golden Rule Tattoo in downtown Phoenix. More recently Jason Anthony has been named Best Tattoo Artist of Phoenix by AZ Foothills Magazine.
Tattoos have certainly grown in popularity and especially ones with unique and custom artwork. Today's hottest trend in the tattoo world is white ink tattoos.
Celebrity tattoos are typically how trends start and this one is no exception! Starlets like Kate Moss and Lindsay Lohan, as well as Rihanna have popularized this white hot tattoo trend. Despite white ink being hot, many tattoo artists and physicians ask you to "think before you ink."
Jason Anthony from Golden Rule Tattoo says, “Some of us will do white tattoos as long as people know that the results can vary greatly from person to person. Our willingness to do them is also contingent on the final design. If we know that it won't make for a good tattoo then we won't do it.” The white ink could eventually turn yellow or brown and fade away, or even turn pink by simply mixing with your blood. Another issue with white ink tattoos arises when the ink mixes with the outline stamped onto your skin.
Aside from reluctance of tattoo artists, the end-result of your white ink tattoo shouldn’t really be your main concern. Medical experts including Delete's Dr. Jen Mundt warn that the toxins that create the pigment in white ink is a risk to your health.
According to Dr. Mercola, of Mercola.com, The main toxin in white ink is a chemical compound called titanium dioxide. Other chemicals include; Lead carbonate, anatase, and rutile (anatase and rutile bring variations of titanium dioxide). The naturally occurring compound has been categorized as a possible carcinogen, which cause cellular malfunction, and further cause the cells to become cancerous upon impact. The combination of these ingredients can become lethal to the surrounding tissue and cells. There is simply not enough scientific evidence because the effects of titanium dioxide being mixed with the above chemicals are not fully tested on humans at this time; the risk of a possible and very probable carcinogen to your health is real.
In addition to the toxic ingredients found in white ink, it's response to laser tattoo removal varies greatly. “Laser tattoo removal requires that there be a pigment (black, blue, green, pink, etc.) for the laser to hit. When the ink is white (and light colored) all tattoo removal lasers have difficulty identifying and breaking up the the ink” says Dr. Mundt. "The other issue with white ink is the tricky, toxic ingredient - titanium dioxide. Dr. Mundt explains further, “When this ingredient is hit by the laser it actually turns gray or black first and may take a number of extra sessions to remove.” Regular gray or black ink usually takes 10 treatments, so titanium dioxide extends and may even double the length of the tattoo removal process.
Still considering getting a white ink tattoo? Josh Squires from Richmond Tattoo Shops reccomends keeping some money set-aside, as white ink tattoos require frequent touch-ups.
Every day is filled with stories of tattoo regret at Delete - Tattoo Removal and Laser Salons. So "think before you ink" is more than a cliche'. We love the tattoos that you love and hate the ones you do not. So if you are thinking about a white ink tattoo weigh the risks of application and to your health, be prepared for the costs to touch up and remove and keep us posted on your questions and decision.
Tattoo Regret at the Ripe age of 18 – By Tatum Summer Davis
Hey everyone! My name is Tatum, I'm 18 years old, and a dancer for the Phoenix Suns. I'm young, and yet, depending on Delete—Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon already. I am a real example of why you're supposed to wait until you're 18 to get your first tattoo. Ha!
I was 15 when I got my first tattoo. I was in Newport for New Years and managed to snag my older sister’s ID. I got a simple crescent moon tattooed on my left forearm that I absolutely adored and still do. My second tattoo is the holy grail of tattoo horror stories. I was 15 years old and under the very silly impression that I was in love. Yes, you see where this is going! I had the word "Endlessly" sprawled out across my right hip for LIFE. It turns out that endlessly in fact does end but the ink in your skin still remains!
My third tattoo was a tribute to my mom. Her signature lays across my right arm, right above the crease where my elbow is. I was 16 and still in that "tattoos make me cool!" phase and adoring my ink. Don't get me wrong; I adore my crescent moon and my mother’s signature; they are extremely meaningful tattoos to me. And frankly, I still think tattoos make you cool! Haha! But my advice to my younger self and all of you readers: Try playing with hair color, makeup, or ANYTHING that isn't permanently embedded in your skin. Contrary to my belief, your mind does change, especially between the very formative ages of 15 to 18.
At the age of 17, about to turn 18, I started putting a lot of thought into my future and began plans to try out for my dream job as a “Suns Dancer”! In my dream world, I would become a Suns Dancer and marry my dream man. Now that I really am a Suns Dancer, all I see I in this dream is myself covering up my tattoos! Tattoos can’t show on the court and nor do I want them to show in my future wedding photos, (I know, I'm such a girl)! Many of you may be asking why did I even get the tattoos in the first place then? The answer is simple; I was a teenager! Now, the thought of my future husband looking at my "Endlessly" tattoo mistake makes me cringe. So, I turned to Delete Tattoo Removal for help.
The first time I went to Delete, I was embarrassed. That barely 18, I need to have a laser used on my skin. Ugh! I can remember meeting Dr. Mundt for the first time and being blown away by her sweet and calming disposition. Delete was, and is completely free of judgment, and not to mention a safe and comfortable place to have my tattoos removed. The laser Delete uses is calibrated especially for my tattoos and the tattoo areas are even numbed before Dr. Mundt uses the laser! You really wouldn't think that anyone in their right mind would look forward to their tattoo removal appointments, but I can honestly say I do. The fact that the process is practically pain-free is an added bonus. Delete has truly been a life... and a dream saver!
Thanks for reading my first blog post with Delete, and check back for more every six weeks! I’ll be blogging about my tattoo removal experience and why iDelete after each appointment!
We are constantly telling our patients how important it is to stay healthy. Not only is staying healthy a good habit to stick with, but it also helps your ink clear faster. Taking supplements, pairing your tattoo removal treatment with Collagen Induction Therapy, our B12 boosts and nutrient infusions can help too! Even more so, keeping up with healthy activities like bicycling are crucial to your health. On that note, May is national bike month (there’s a lot of recognition in May) and anyone who rides into our salon in Phoenix will receive a free B12! You heard us right, A FREE B12 boost for bicyclists that show up with their bikes.
Delete – Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon is all about the healthy things in life. We like to ensure that our clients, and future clients, are recognized for their health efforts! B12 boosts are perfect for bicyclists because they not only give you a burst of energy, but also increase your metabolism. Since you’re already cycling around town this B12 boost will do you good!
Stop into our Delete Phoenix location to get your boost today! Click here to learn more about B12 vitamins and why we love it so much!
Sunscreen is essential to protect your skin during the summer, and almost year round in Phoenix. Many of us tirelessly read through reviews of sunscreens or resort to trial-and-error. However, some of these new sunscreens result in sun burn rather than protect us. Well, the physicians at Delete – Tattoo Removal and Laser Salon have done the research for you!
Introducing the newest product to the Delete retail line: Supergoop! While many of us may be thinking “super…goop?” The sunscreen is everything super BUT never goopy! Supergoop! is a lightweight, un-sticky and non-greasy sunscreen that easily emulsifies and absorbs directly into your skin. Supergoop! is highly effective at protecting your skin with its non-irritating formulas. The Supergoop! line offers many products, and we’ve selected our favorites for Deleters. Check out the three super products we offer in-store below and pick-up your affordably priced Supergoop! today (available only at our Phoenix location).
Antioxidant-infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C
Available in SPF 30 and SPF 50
This goop is formulated with 35% less alcohol than other sprays so your skin is less dehydrated and remains clear of gaseous chemicals that may irritate your skin. This non-aerosol delivery system provides a continuous mist application and can be applied to dry OR wet skin. How super-duper is that? Price $13
Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology
Available in SPF 30 and SPF 50
The Everyday Sunscreen is a non-comedogenic, avobenzone based formula that not only allows the skin to breath and sweat but easily absorbs as well, leaving your skin non-sticky and far less greasy than other sun care products. Everyday Sunscreen replenishes your skin with moisture through a unique beta-glucan and it contains natural extracts of citrus, basil and boise de rose that leaves you smelling fresh. Price $19
City Sunscreen Serum
Available in SPF 30
For all those city slickers out there Supergoop! has formulated a sunscreen just for you! Containing vitamins E and B5, the City Sunscreen aids in nutrient absorption and cell renewal, which of course help to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles! Amazing, right? An added bonus to using the City Sunscreen is Hydrovotin 24, which stimulates the skin’s natural moisturizing agent, and reduces the need for a heavy hydrating cream. This City Sunscreen is proving to be incredibly popular. City Sunscreen is also an antioxidant-infused product that naturally repairs your enzymatic system. Price $20
If all of this seems too good to be true, stop by Delete today and pick up your perfect Supergoop! sun care product and try it out for yourself!
The Tattoo Removal Service Tells the Journeys of its Patients as they go Through the Tattoo Removal Process
Delete—Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon, a tattoo removal salon in Boston and Phoenix, recently announced the addition of "Why iDELETE." The Digital Journal has described it as, "a place to share client testimonials. The stories talk about each patient’s decision to remove their tattoo and how it changed their lives."
"Just as obtaining a tattoo is a personal decision, removing one is also very personal," stated an article on the tattoo removal expert’s website. "Every tattoo tells a story celebrating hopes, aspirations, and sometimes poor judgment. The reasons for having a tattoo removed are as varied as the tattoo itself, but it is a personal decision that inspires change in our patients' lives."
According to the stories posted on Delete—Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon’s website, many of the salon’s patients regret their tattoos for various reasons. Some of the most common sentiments that patients express include remorse over misspellings, less-than-stellar artwork, or the inability to receive a job or promotion due to visible tattoos. A picture of the tattoo accompanies each story so that readers can visualize the artwork described.
For example, in one story, "Drunken Nights," the owner of a knuckle tattoo explained that he made the decision to get the tattoo when he was drunk and angry. Since then, he felt too embarrassed to explain the tattoo in public places and was even fired from his job. Another patient described her regret at getting a tattoo of a former boyfriend’s name in the story "Ex Tattoo." Although the tattoo is now covered, she wanted to get the tattoo removed because she is recently engaged. Old memories of the past were too difficult to move on.
Delete—Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon offers complimentary consultations to anyone interested in getting their tattoo removed. Housed in a sleek comfortable environment, the salon incorporates the latest in state-of-the-art laser technology with a trained team of certified medical professionals. Delete also performs sun and age spot, birthmark, and freckle removal, along with therapies that enhance the ink removal process like nutrient infusions and B-12 boosts. Delete’s specially trained medical professionals are experts in pain management and offer numbing, injectable and topical, so that the treatment is essentially pain-free.
Individuals interested in learning more about Delete—Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon and its services can visit their website for additional information. Visitors are also welcome to contact the tattoo removal salon in Phoenix or Boston with questions about its services and subscribe to its Twitter and Facebook accounts for frequent updates.
About Delete—Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon:
With locations in Boston and Phoenix, Delete is a modern and hip tattoo removal salon. They offer the latest technology and medical experience to comfortably provide expert laser tattoo removal at affordable pricing. In addition to tattoo removal, the salon provides premier services for pigmented lesions, such as birthmarks, sun spots, and age spots. Delete financing offers prepaid packages, payment plans, and single treatment payment options which make it easy to choose this salon for your tattoo removal process. For more information, visit
What exactly is Cinco de Mayo anyway? Simply put, it’s a celebration in Mexico that honors a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III. It’s a pretty interesting piece of history if you ask us, not to mention an important part of history. Celebrations, parades, and parties happen all over Mexico on May 5th, even parts of the southwestern United States. The celebrations can last up to an entire week!
Whether your celebrations will take place on Cinco de Mayo or all week long, Delete--Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon is here to ensure a victory over your hangover with the Hangover Helper Nutrient Infusion. Keep your body energized even after the battle is won! Check out our other Nutrient Infusions too while you’re in replenishing your body. Happy Cinco de Mayo Deleters! Stay healthy, stay thirsty!