609 Lancaster Ave, Frazer, Pa 19355


NeckBoneInk Tattoo & Gallery


Original art and Design concept, Tattooing, Airbrushing, Digital Art


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A Tattoo Artist's Life Style

Posted by mike on February 16, 2019 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 You may be, like many, under the impression that a "Professional Tattoo Artist and/or Piercer" leads an extraordinary, wild party lifestyle. These assumptions, I guess, could be due to our appearance and maybe your preferred shops vibe, or the nastalgic fantasy of the type of craftsmen/craftswomen of yester year and in a time when the industry was dominated by the hardest of men and or the occaisional female artist whom most likely did indeed lead crazy life styles, and in most cases very true and real. The sad reality of it is, the majority have very common lifes. 

 I think in our younger years we were all wild to varying degrees, (I'm actually banned froma country,Kingdom,heheheh), and regress to our middle ages, (some earlier than others), with a vision of a slower, quiter family life. Then comes kids, (for most of us), and realise the real pressure of responsibility. The resonsibility of child care cost, college, mortgage,dog,white picket fence, medical insurance and the general rising cost of living, etc.,  which puts a demand on how valuable our shop time is. So there is something customers and clients need to keep in their fore thought; This is not a hobby, This is how we make our fuckin living. If you cant grasp that basic concept and reject your personally worked up fantasy that we're here just for party $, you couldn't be further from the truth, and if you convey that attitude to  a "Professional Tattoo Artist", dont be surprised by, quite possibly, an abrasive response from your image building "Technician". After all thats what we're doing here isn't it? Quality image building isn't cheap, none the less, the majority are willing to spend more on instant gratification of purchasing that days look as it expires in the near days to come.

So as you are donning those $200 sneakers, $100 shirt $150 pants/shorts or skirts, (totaling $350 on the average and thats not including a jacket during the winter), Remember that regardless of what stage we as Tattoo Artist are at with our after hours life, We aspire the best for our families and ourselves, as does the rest of working the world, and that cost money. "The Uniform of The Day" is temporary, your tattoos are not! Tattoos are for life, even if you have them removed by modern technology there is always the scars and remnants of yesterdays indelible idea in your skin.

  In addition, professional tattoo supplies from reputible suppliers are not cheap and are necessary to perform our craft at the highest, most proficient level available and possible. Every year new products enter the tattoo industry that enable us "Pros" to provide to you, the client, the best in tattoo application and aftercare products performance as a standard to rely upon, and those forementioned products do not come cheap, and as result is directly reflected in the price we charge.

So, before you go whining to your tattoo artist that you want what you want and want it at your price, Remember "Cheap Tattoos Aren't Good and Good Tattoos Aren't Cheap"

Guest Artist Jose Carrire

Posted by mike on December 21, 2018 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello Everyone, NeckBoneInk Tattoo&Gallery is happy to announce Guest Artist Jose Carrire will be in the shop on Tuesdays and is now booking appointments. Jose specializes in black and gray but can apply tattoos in color equally as great. check his work out in our gallery. we will be adding some of his frameable art works to our location in the shop gallery for sale as well.

 If you would like to set up an appointment with Jose, call the shop 484-328-8760, email nbi@neckboneink.com or stop in at NeckBoneInk Tattoo&Gallery to set up an appointment for some phenominal ink.

shop minimum is $100, also, $100 deposit, (Non Refundable) is required to secure the appointment

Looking forward to seeing you here.


NeckBoneInk Tattoo&Gallery Now OPEN

Posted by mike on November 23, 2018 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey Everyone,

 Announcing the official Opening of my shop. NeckBoneInk Tattoo&Gallery offers a relaxed lounge environment with Framed and Unframed art for view and sale.

Hours of operation:

Mon. 1p-8p

Fri. 1p-8p

Sat. 1p-8p

Sun. 1p-6p

Tue.-Wed.-Thur. By Appointment Only


 NeckBoneInk Tattoo&Gallery

609 Lancaster Ave

Frazer, PA  19355


Createx Airbrush Paint

Posted by mike on April 1, 2018 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

  For those of you just getting into airbrushing and are over whelmed with what type of paint you should use??, First have to define what you are painting? Textile, Plastic, Automotive etc. Some paint is substrate specific. Createx is the best all around paint you could invest your money into and eliminate the need for stocking several different systems.

 It's water based mix is eco freindly no matter where you reside in the world and eliminates the need for special equipment, like explosion proof lighting and exhaust. A simple dust mask will protect your breathing and is a lot more comfortable than organic particles respirators and masks.I still have paint from Createx's original line thats well over 20 years old. as long as its stored correctly the shelf life is damn near indefinite, however, I will have to strain some of the older bottles. If you mix them once in a while you can prevent most of the thickening issue as well as adding a little retarder and water as required by stored paint viscosity.

However, If you're painting textile's, I prefer Aqua Flow's white and black. for some reason the tip dry on these two colors is less than any other brands, especially the white.

 Createx can be clear cloated with almost any type. I've used Urethane, water based, cut in clear, and schlack rsins over createx with great results on surfaces requiring a sturdy top coat. as far as shirts, etc. a basic heat set will get the job done for color fast, Although I reccomend a clam style heat press for best results, especially on thicker garments like denim, a good clothes iron and a run through the dryer on high setting gives an adequate result as well.

  For the following 2 methods let garment dry before heat setting, you can speed up the process by using a hair dryer.

 " Pro Tip - using a hair dryer during the application of paint, particularily with white highlights, will help build up the pigment to over power the underlying color."

  - If you use a clothes iron; use a thin peice of fabric between the iron and airbrushed garment to avoid leaving the shape of the hot iron on your painted shirt.

  - If you use a clothes dryer- turn garment inside out before running.

 You can check out some of my Airbrushed projects in My Gallery

 and Shop for Airbrush supplies and acrylic airbrush paint systems on my Art Supplies/Shop for paint link.

 If you have any Airbrush related Q:'s, leave it in the comments and I'll answer up.

 - NeckBone



Art Supply Announcement

Posted by mike on March 21, 2018 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

                          NeckBoneInk.com is pleased to announce our new affiliate Partnership" with Blick Art Materials


  I am pleased to announce NeckBoneInk.com is now able to bring you brand name art supplies at affordable prices. Whether you're a hobbyist or professional artist, we would like to connect you with top shelf art supplies, storage and display, including archival products for far less than any supplier. 

  We are just starting to fill our own product line card and will be updating periodically. To see current supply list go to our Art Supplies page. As of this writing our current line is only airbrushing and will expand to other medium supplies, but we can still connect you with savings on all other art supplies not yet listed on our page by Subcribing to NeckBoneInk.com. In addition we will be adding tutorial content and videos as we continue to change with the times and current art marketing trends. In the future we will be adding more original art and prints for sale from various artists in the Philadelphia area. Subscribe if you want updates.

 If you're an aspiring artist, quality products at affordable prices can help while you transition into an experienced user of a particular medium. The early stages of the learning curv can generate a lot of wasted material, which in some mediums can be pricey, blowing away a projects cost efficiency, even when you're a professional artist, when affordable art supply pricing can effect the learning curv it's important to save where you can and shop for less!!

 So if you're not making rubber band jewelry or building plastic floral arrangements or maybe you are and want to try a new medium, and are tired of being mugged by one of the few available "Art Supply Propietors"  whos product line is limited to an obvious influence of their personal mediums and or tastes and sometimes make you feel like they should be wearing a burglar mask when taking your your hard starved money, or the many " Clone Chain Limited Arts & Crafts" stores which are virtually the same store with a different sign and not so good sales gimmicks,

 LOOK no further. Subscribe to NeckBoneInk.com to receive sale and special promo alerts. even if it's not on our Art Supplies page we can still save you on every art supplies.

Ipad Pro & streamlining your work flow

Posted by mike on January 24, 2018 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

  I have owned my Ipad Pro for a little under a year now and am impressed with its capabilities and with some helpful apps like Pro Create, streamlining the menatonous task of bring a clients concept to fruition has become less chore like. The Ipad has come along way since I purchased iPAD2 years back and quickly abandoned due to lack of practical applicabilities for a tattoo artist, but the pro is definitely an asset and has redeemed itself with me. A Necessary tool for busy artist, no losing or misplacing drawings, everything is all in one place no matter how many pages, lightweight and portable.

  I was so close to purchasing a touch face system like Wacom, but mobility was essential and for the investment the necessity to be tethered to a desktop defeats being mobile and ultimately kept me from pullin the trigger on that type of digital essential. Ipad pro will put a serious dent in those companies bottom line, especially since Clip Studio for Ipad has hit the streets and all those capabilities of professional quality digital graphics and design for half the price,and cheaper, depending on which set up you compare it to. almost 13" inches of screen is plenty of room to operate at a much more affordable rate.

 Tattoo Smart has some very useful brushes to help out with some of the most common details needed for tattoo deigns, i.e.= chain and rope.The Apple pencil is necessary to gain the full potential of the brushes capabilities.If you're a tattoo artist these are a must have, you can save so much time whipping out line work and and multiple variations of your design.

 Pro Create comes with a variety of stock brush options to render any textures you might need.Even with the Tattoo specific brushes I purchased, I often use brushes from the Pro Create pallette. Easy to keep client files organized and deleting them when your finished. I generally keep 30ish files at all times between my personal art projects and client projects with no lag in the apps operation, however, I have noticed picture quality drops severely if the project sits idle for a period of time as well as shrinking the project on the page if you close your project out, then return to it later and bring image back up to the page size.

 I tend to have my reference pic(s) open on the page as I work on the project and will shrink the ref pics down as to no not interfere with my work surface. same with any drawings I've created. With the ref pics I just delete the fuzzy one and re-insert it from my files, you may want to save any projects that you have enough time or when line quality matters for generating a stencil worthy copy.

Click Here to see Ipad time lapse and video of finished tattoo

Memoirs of a Tattoo Artist, True Tattoo Shop Stories

Posted by mike on January 17, 2018 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Episode 1: Oh my God, He's dying

 This didn't happen to me, but I was there when it did, heheheh.

 A lady comes in to the shop for a tattoo, (not sure what it was though). She sits down with one of the artist and gets her tattoo. She liked it so much, she makes an appointment for her and her husband to get tattoos in the near future.

 Tattoo day comes and the wife and husband arrive with daughter and boyfriend in tow. Now this is hubby's first tattoo, no problem, he's got this. After all, it's a small tattoo on the bicep, how bad could it be? Wifey, ( who is a registered nurse, by the way), goes first.  Bing,Bang,Done, no worries.

So hubby gets his stencil, settles in as comfortable as can be with legs stretched out front and slighlty reclined, looking somewhat anxious to feel the sting. As all hubby's crew is gathered anticapting the first prick and dads reaction, the artist begins tattooing. So far, So good, so boyfriend and daughter step out of the shop.

 I have a client in my chair and I'm buzzin away on his piece, when all of a sudden, at the top of her lungs, wifey starts screaming "Oh my God, He's dying", which commands the immediate attention of everyone in the shop. luckily the artist managed to get the chair reclined back to ensure the client doesn't slide out, before his wife throws a cup of water in hubbys face, then procedes to slap the shit out of him while screaming all kinds of shit like "call 911, he's dying". The artist is unsuccessful at calming her down so he can handle the situation as we are equipped and experience this reaction from time to time. My client turns to me with great concern and asks "Should I go over there?, I'm certified CPR", I say no as I'm trying not to laugh, at least noticeably, this poor lady thinks her husband is dying and is desperately trying to revive him, Old West style. At this point shes showing no sign of letting up on her husbands jaw and I'm starting to think I need to grip her up before she breaks her hubands jaw. The artist conceded at this point, slumped back in his chair and is watching this RN's emergency skillset, in amazement, by the look on the artist face he must have said fuck it, I'll let her finish, heheheh.

 With hubby still out, she procedes to place her hands around his throat and shake violently, I guess she learned that during clinicals, As shes still freakin out and yelling while choking hubby the daughter and boyfriend come back into the middle of all this shit show is going down and immediately burst into hysterically crying,( you know, the type where you cant catch your breath). rushing to her dads aid, pushing the artist aside. The boyfriend about faced and headed to the door, like he didn't want no part of it. this poor fuck client has had the shit slapped out of, choked and shaken, now 2 frantic family members sucking the air out his face as they still think hes dying, heheheh. Somehow the artist managed to get the ammonia under his nose during all this craziness and actually revive him and quell the tears. After a couples minutes the husband was good to go, no more problems.

 I guess this is why, as a general rule of thumb, medical professional should not tend to an emergency of family when others are there to act with out bias, heheheh. I wish we had that on tape.

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conveying tattoo design to your artist

Posted by mike on December 5, 2011 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever tried to guess what somone is thinking. Well thats what its like for your artist when a client is giving a vague description of their idea for their next tattoo.specifically when the description includes " i want it to look beautiful" or "I want it to pop", beauty is a matter of opinion or is in the eyes of the beholder. in other words, one persons idea of what is beautiful or visually appealling can and will vary from one person to the next.

     The best thing you can do is bring reference pictures that visually convey's what you consider to be beautiful, etc... This way the artist has a clearer understanding of what your trying to describe and not guessing what is in your minds eye, if we could read minds we wouldnt be tattooing for a living.also, if your able to sketch the general layout of your design it can be helpful for the artist to gain the basic concept of your idea.

  Practice these simple steps toward your tattoo design and your less likely to fustrate your artist. the last thing you want is a pissed off tattoo artist making permanent marks on your body, in return pissing you off because you didn't get what you are looking for in a  tattoo.

Tattoos & Symbolism

Posted by mike on June 1, 2010 at 9:34 PM Comments comments (0)

I will post, (with research references), traditional and commonly tattooed symbology information. Hopefully if you are entertaining one of these subjects as a tattoo, this information may be useful in deciding if it's right for you.

Chinese Dragons


The dragon is an important and revered symbol in China.

A 19th century engraving of a Chinese Dragon, color engraving on wood.


The Chinese dragon is a symbol of wisdom, power, and luck in Chinese culture. Unlike western dragons, oriental dragons are usually seen as benevolent and kind. Dragons have long been a symbol in Chinese folklore and art. Temples and shrines have been built to honor them.


Through the symbol of the dragon, many Chinese see divine attributes which they aspire to themselves. In fact, the Chinese are sometimes referred to as "descendents of the dragon." The dragon is held in reverence and respect in Chinese culture. It is unseemly to defile a depiction of a dragon. Dragons are referenced by several Chinese proverbs.


Chinese dragons control the rain, rivers, lakes, and sea. They can ward off wandering evil spirits, protect the innocent, and bestow safety unto all. They are called lung or long in the Chinese language.


They fly in the sky among clouds. Most pictures of Chinese dragons show them playing with a flaming pearl. Legend has it that the pearl gives them their power and allows them to ascend into heaven.

An image of a red Chinese dragon.


The Legend of the Carp says that a carp able to leap over the mythical Dragon Gate will become a dragon. Many have sought out the true location of this Gate, but none have found it. Several waterfalls and cataracts in China are believed to be the location of the Dragon Gate. This legend is an allegory for the drive and effort needed to overcome obstacles.


An image of a black Chinese dragon.


Chinese dragons have serpentine bodies, four legs, and are usually without wings. They are said to be a composite of various other animals-the body of a snake, the antlers of a deer, the talons of an eagle, the soles of a tiger, the scales of a carp, and the eyes of a demon. It is said that Chinese dragons have 117 scales.


They are usually depicted with four toes. In the traditional symbol of the emperor, the dragon is depicted with five. In Japan, dragons are depicted with three toes.


A mosaic of a Chinese dragon.


There are nine types of classical Chinese dragons. They are as follows:


   1. Tianlong, the Celestial Dragons, are the celestial dragons who pull the chariots of the gods and guard their palaces.

   2. Shenlong, the Spiritual Dragons, control the wind and the rain.

   3. Fucanglong, the Dragons of Hidden Treasures, are underworld dragons which guard buried treasures, both natural and man-made. Volcanoes are said to be created when they burst out of the ground to report to heaven.

   4. Dilong, the Underground Dragons, are earth dragons whose task it is to preside over rivers and streams. According to some accounts, they are the female counterpart of the Shenlong and they fly only in order to mate.

   5. Yinglong, the Winged Dragons, are the oldest of all eastern dragons and the only kind with wings.

   6. Qiulong, the Horned Dragons, are considered to be the mightiest dragons.

   7. Panlong, the Coiling Dragons, are water dragons believed to mostly inhabit the lakes of the Orient.

   8. Huanglong, the Yellow Dragons, once emerged from the River Luo and presented the legendary Emperor Fu Hsi with the elements of writing. They are known for their scholarly knowledge.

   9. Lóng Wáng, the Dragon Kings, are rulers over each of the four seas, those of the east, south, west, and north. Although their true form is that of a dragon, they have the ability to shapeshift into human form. They live in crystal palaces guarded by shrimp soldiers and crab generals.


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Tattoo Design Choice

Posted by mike on April 1, 2010 at 1:26 AM Comments comments (1)

 The best thing you can do is ask yourself why you want a particular design. The more thought that goes into a tattoo design, The less likely you are to regret it later in life or not so later. Do not get one on impulse, it is a lot more permanent than you think, even with painful laser removal. Also, not all ideas or art work will make a good tattoo. run your idea or art work by the tattoo artist to head off any disappointment if your tattoo idea isn't workable.