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The butterfly as tattoo motif

The butterfly as tattoo motif? Boring, one or the other might say. But whoever believes that butterflies are ordinary is on the wrong track. The soul of the deceased In ancient times, it was believed that the soul escaped from the mouth of the deceased. On sarcophagi this was symbolized by a butterfly hatching out […]

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Benzaiten and the seven Lucky Gods

When you think about the word “happiness”, many different thoughts usually come into your mind. However, if you take a look at Japanese culture, you will quickly come across the seven lucky gods (Shichi Fukujin). In our upcoming blog posts, we will explain their meaning and origin bit by bit. We start this series with […]

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The Koi – A cult tattoo and its prominence

When it comes to the Koi, almost everyone has probably heard about this fish. Whether you are a fan of fish studies or you might have noticed its popularity as a tattoo motive, Kois are having a cult status in today’s culture and not only in the Japanese one. The Koi, short form for Nishikigoi, […]

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Rock of Ages

“Rock of Ages” is one of the most famous traditional tattoo motifs. The story behind this classic began in 1763, when a priest from a small village in England named Augustus Toplady, was wandering from village to village when he was unexpectedly caught in a storm. He found refuge behind a large rock in a […]

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Owen Jensen – Tattoo Legend

Owen Jensen, born in 1891 in sleepy Pleasant Grove, Utah, first got in contact with tattooing at the age of 20 while visiting the ‘Buffalo Bill Wild West Show’. It was there he saw James Malcom, a fully covered tattoo circus attraction. Malcom got his bodysuit done by no one else than Charles Wagner! Two […]

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Percy Waters – More than “Just a Good Tattooer”

Percy Waters’ influence on modern tattooing may be underestimated by some. Not only had he a huge impact with his flash designs, but he can also be considered the father of the modern tattoo machine.  Born in 1888 in a small town in Alabama, Waters came in contact with tattooing in an early age. Circus […]

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The Yokai world

Yokai who? Despite worldwide travel warnings by the German Foreign Office, we want to dive into the Yokai world today. Yokai are mysterious Japanese folklore creatures that can take shape in a variety of forms and species. They appear when the explanations of how our world functions are no longer sufficient enough to correspond reality. […]

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Alice Summers’ art

Remember Alice Summers‘ art? She has already filled the guest spot with us several times and at the beginning of this year she finally decided to give up the nomadic life of a tattoo artist and sign on permanently at M.S. Good Old Times instead. And best of all: Alice has her latest book project […]

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Tattooing during the Corona pandemic

Tattooing during the Corona pandemic? Until recently hardly conceivable. Nevertheless, we are allowed to open our shop again as from 9th of may. However, the only way to do this in a responsabile manner is by making a few basic changes in our working organization. The most important thing: Don’t come by without an appointment! […]

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Tattoos from the Bowery

Tattoos from the Bowery has its origins in a place that many know from Martin Scorsese’s epic historical drama “Gangs of New York” – the Bowery in southern Manhattan. The Bowery borders Chinatown, Little Italy, the Lower East Side and the East Village. This is why the area has always been considered a cultural hub […]

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