Needles & Sins Archive (update)
Update: This original post (edited) appeared in February 2017, just months after my daughter was born. Yes, she is still super cute. Since that time, I've worked to keep up Needles & Sins through social media, but have decided to take a step back. I have passed the reigns for the Facebook group to other members and kept the N+S Instagram page, although it is now inactive. [You can find my personal Instagram at @marisa_loves_u.]
My hope is that you continue to use this blog as a resource or even a time capsule of tattooing as it has evolved over the years. I'm grateful for this community and all your support.
I'm writing this post while my newborn is napping. That's her above, but without the tattoos. I just used a tattoo photo app as an excuse to make posting a picture of my child relevant to a tattoo blog. [Thanks, Inkhunter!] I'm pretty obsessed.
Christina Olga was born his past November, and during my maternity leave from my law practice and tattoo writing, I've been giving thought to the future of, well, everything, including this blog.
Where do we go from here, my fellow tattoo nerds?
I'm tired of telling tattooed kids to get off my lawn. I will join them and get more social, even if it means stomping on the turf of long-form writing. The Needles & Sins social media platforms have always been a supplement to this blog, but now they will carry the most updated info in nice, easily digested chunks with pretty pictures. And hashtags. Damn those hashtags!
So, on the @needlesandsins Instagram, you won't just find images of beautiful tattoos I share from top tattooers, but also images that reflect the latest tattoo headlines (like a modified news review), photos from tattoo events, and other artistic inspiration.
On the Needles & Sins Syndicate Facebook group, we'll all post news links and tattoo topics for dynamic discussions.
On Twitter, I'll keep pulling it all together in 140 characters.
This has always been a community project, so continue to alert me, via tagging or messaging, to cool tattoo-related goodness for all of us to share and enjoy.
We remain a tattoo family, even with the new addition of some chubby baby cheeks.
I kiss you,