Up close and personal

What's getting a tattoo like? How far does the needle go in? Is getting a tattoo painful? Well these are common questions, and difficult to answer. Pain is a subjective experience, it's different for everyone. And where you have a tattoo is also an important factor. The exact details of getting a tattoo are somewhat mystical because no one knows exactly what it looks like up close... until now. 

The YouTube channel "Smarter Every Day" took a high speed camera into a tattoo studio and filmed up close what it looks like when getting a tattoo. The results are astonishing. Take a look...

So if you are interested in getting a tattoo, then come see us at Sunset Tattoo. Make an appointment or just pop in for a chat. We have only the best equipment, talented artists and a nice relaxed studio. 

News just in! Or is it?

Tattooing is no longer the preserve of bikers, sailors and convicts. More than that, celebrities are getting tattoos. And women too. But hang on, haven't we heard all this before?

"Tattooing is on increase: habit not confined to seamen only," proclaims one headline, while a second article declares: "Tattoos are no longer the trophies of rockers, sailors, bikers..."

The first appeared in the New York Times in 1908, the second appeared on the BBC website 2012, over one hundred years later.

The story - that tattooing has "entered the mainstream" - is just one of a number of tattoo tropes recycled relentlessly over the decades. Others include:

  • Everybody seems to be getting tattooed, should we not be concerned?
  • Surprise at women, the young or the old getting a tattoo
  • The pain during a tattoo
  • The issue of regret at having a tattoo

In the late 19th Century, Princess Waldemar of Denmark's tattoo was big news. As was the inked skin of Queen Olga of Greece, King Oscar of Sweden and the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia. These were the celebrity figures of their day. Modern day equivalents might include David Beckham, Cheryl Cole or Kim Kardashian. Although the names, faces and places might change, the stories remain the same.

Almost 20 years after the New York Times reported in 1876 how tattooing had taken hold and how women were amongst those getting tattooed, the same title reported how tattooing was no longer uncommon and how a number of aristocrats were getting "marked".

Jump forward almost one hundred years to a magazine called Men in Danger, which again expressed surprise that women were getting tattoos and showed a photo of a young woman with a tattoo which read "I love Elvis".

The fact is, tattoos have been around as long as civilisation itself, with Egyptian mummies and frozen cavemen found “Inked up”. The media like to associate tattoos with biker gangs and outlaws, and yes they are associated with that, but only because the media made that connection in the first place. People from all walks of life, from every country, and from every time period have adorned tattoos, and shows no signs of ever changing.

If you want to join the millions of people of the thousands of years who have expressed themselves with a tattoo, then come see us at Sunset Tattoo. 

Welcome to the Sunset Tattoo blog!

Welcome to the first ever post on the Sunset Tattoo blog. This blog will report all the latest news and events concerning our studio, our artists and the New Zealand tattoo scene. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email or call us, come in for a consultation, or visit our FAQs page to find out more.

Sunset Tattoo started in 2014 by the husband and wife team of Tom McMillan and well-known Kiwi artist Misery. Together they have years of experience, all over the world, working in some of the most prestigious tattoo studios both home and abroad.

From simple beginnings, Sunset has now become one of New Zealand’s finest tattoo studios, and all in an incredibly short period of time. We started as somewhere we could create artwork, in many different media, without stress or pressure, and in less than a year we’re now attracting some of the best tattoo artists in Auckland.

We specialise in traditional tattoo, Te Moko and Maori designs, and of course, anything you bring to us yourself. The end result with Sunset is quality. Quality of tattooing, quality of customer satisfaction and quality of health and hygiene. Our studio is a warm, private environment that adheres to the strictest health codes and standards.

We take our art very seriously, and as such, we like to keep it tight. Our small, intimate studio means you get our full attention, no matter what you’re here for. If you just want a consultation about getting your first tattoo, then no problem. We can sit down with you, talk about what you have in mind, expand your idea and explain the process from start to finish.

If you’re here to add to your collection, then you’ll know who we are and what we do.

And we do it so well.