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Martina Gets Her Tattoo Done!

August 30, 2013

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HelllllOOOoOooOo! It’s Martina! So I had quite a loooong adventure yesterday. So those of you that follow us on our live chats would not be surprised to know that I was getting my half sleeve done, but for the rest of you (including my mom and dad…) SURPRISE! So whenever I get a tattoo I think very long and hard about it. This tattoo has been in the works for the past 5-6 years. It was always missing something so I just couldn’t start it but with the addition of Spudgy and Meemers in my life I was able to happily complete my half sleeve!

If you’re wondering where I went, I did a lot of research before I decided on Tattoo People in Hongdae. Their original branch is located in Busan, so all you Busan..anites…Busantlers? Busantaclauses? You can check them out!

My tattoo artist is CIAO and he is awesome. It was a really different experience than what I’m used to back home. We met up once or twice to get an idea of what I want and then we used KAKAO chat to send pictures back and forth to each other. It was awesome to get a message at midnight from CIAO being like, “Martina, check out Meemers! What do you think?” It was constant feedback and I was able to sketch out the changes I wanted, snap a picture, and send it back right away. Nifty!

And for those of you that will inevitably ask me about the price, I can’t really answer you because it honestly changes simply depending on the design. The amount of colour, size, complication, the artist’s experience are all factors. If you want to get a tattoo done in Korea, I’ve had an awesome experience thus far! The studio is clean, all the artists were friendly, CIAO speaks a bit of English, I speak a bit of Korean, so together it forms communication! You can check out their Facebook page here to see some of their work or to drop them a message.

We also did a TL;DR about tattoos in Korea a while ago, which you can check out here for more info:

So this video only documents my first session which involves the most painful part, the line work, which is just a fancy way of saying the outlining. Yes it hurt, but it didn’t hurt as badly as my feet tattoos which were just searing horrid pain for the entire experience. This time I came prepared for a long session, and as per Martina tradition, I always research as much as I can before I do anything. So, here are some of the tips I gathered for dealing with a tattoo session:

1. Eat a BIG MEAL before you start. Even the toughest person can pass out from shock if they have an empty stomach, even from a small tattoo! Your mind might be able to take it but your body is going to panic. I carb loaded with a big cream pasta for lunch and a beef curry with white rice for dinner.

2. Pack some sugary snacks to keep your blood sugar up because you’ll start to feel weird. I packed a chocolate bar and a can of pop even though I don’t normally eat those kind of things but by the second hour I was happy to nom a chocolate bar.

3. Zone out with music and prepare a playlist in advance. You might be in a weird position that doesn’t allow you to fiddle with your music, so prep it in advance. When in pain, I enjoyed zoning out to aggressive rock and heavy metal, so my playlist included: Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Death From Above 1979, Muse, and Gogo Star. Such a funny playlist for such an adorable tattoo!

4. Have an iPad? Prepare a TV series or a movie to watch. Time will FLY by when you’re wrapped up in a good TV show. I refuse to tell you which TV show I was watching but if you look carefully in the time lapse, you just might catch a glimpse of it. High five + explosion to the first person to name that show!

5. Wear loose comfy clothing AND pack socks and a zipper hoodie even if it isn’t cold. Your body gets cold and hot and does all types of weird things when trying to deal with the pain, plus sometimes you’re just underdressed for your tattoo. The zipper hoodie because it’s easy to use as a blanket as well.

6. Pack a pillow or stuffed toy. Every tattoo parlour I have been to never has comfy pillows for you to lounge on, so I’ve learned my lesson and have always packed a plump stuffed toy. Yesterday’s toy was my Junsu Banana. He acted as a table for my ipad as well as a nifty back support and pillow. GO BANANA!

So that’s about it for now. I start my next session after Australia and I can’t wait to post the complete pictures of it! Are any of you Nasties thinking of getting tattoos? Or do you already have a tattoo? Or are you against tattoos? Spudgy was planning on getting a tattoo on his tummy that said “touch me over here, touch me, touch me over there” but I talked him out of it. Oh Spudgy.

Lastly, subscribe for more videos! The way tattoos make you a cooler person, so does subscribing. You’ll be so cool people will give you tattoos for free. Yeah. That cool:

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  1. I have one tattoo (needs touched up), on my hip/pelvic??? I don’t know how to explain the spot lol. I got a matching star and moon with my 2 sisters and my cousin (it means hopes and dreams). It hurt… but it was bearable pain. I want to get one on my foot but as Martina mentioned… it hurts!! Can’t wait to see your finished tattoo. Also, do you have any pictures or footage of Simon’s tattoo? Like showing all of the detail? Would love to see it.

    2 years ago
  2. I’m so sorry. I did exactly what you told us not to do. I was distracted by the Korean boys.
    VERY distracted.
    A LOT.

    on a side note, I’m am planning to have a tattoo done, so it’s nice to have those tips you gave :D

    I can’t wait for the finished look of your tat!! It already looks awesome!
    (also, I wouldn’t mind if you happened to find those korean guys again in your next vid…just saying….)
    love ya guys!

    2 years ago
  3. Bex

    Nice! The tattoo looks great thus far!

    For those who are considering getting a tattoo, be careful where you get it. The more fat there is on the area you want it the ess pain there is. Feet are meant to be the most painful place to get one. The one I got on my hip hurt like a b**** but the one on my forearm was fine. :)

    2 years ago
  4. Martina, were you watching The Vampire Diaries?

    2 years ago
  5. This is making me want to get a tattoo when I’m older!, still a lot of thinking and time, so it’s good. Thinking of something small or a Charles Trippy quote! Only time will tell

    2 years ago
  6. were you watching vampire diaries? haha

    2 years ago
  7. I have a tattoo of a dreamcatcher on my left hip/leg and I am so happy with it. In a week my tattoo will be 1 year old :D But seeing you getting your new tattoo makes me wanting to get my new tattoo so bad. But I think I will get my new one in 2014.. No moneyzz :(( Btw I love you guys tattoo’s!! So colourful <3

    2 years ago
  8. Wow that tattoo came out looking very nice. I would worry about getting a tattoo in another country as far as if their place is clean, if their using sterile items, stuff like that. But that place looks very professional.

    2 years ago
  9. I’m really glad you guys this post, because (not to be a tattoo snob or anything) it is best to go a shop where there are experienced artists. You get very high-quality tattoos that last pretty long. Even if they are expensive.

    Just a word of advice for any first time tattoo-ees out there. Many times if the artist (a very good experienced one) is trying to convince you that your placement/sizing of a tatt is not….great, LISTEN TO THEM. They are not being rude. They are artists that do not want their name attached to something potentially terrible looking.

    Anyways,I love this tattoo. It incorporate so much of Martina in it and the Spudge and Meem in it made me tear. I have my deceased iguana Evergreen on my shoulder/arm (death due to me not being able to take care of him properly at 12yrs old). I now have a new baby ig and I have since then learned from my mistakes (I’m 22 now).

    Here is a picture after it was first done (bad angle though)

    2 years ago
    • OH I SEE IT NOW!!!

      2 years ago
    • I don’t see the picture!! Can you repost?

      Also, great advice about location. CIAO placed wolverine several times to make sure he didn’t warp when I flexed my arm, something I didn’t even think about. He also had to remove a star that looked all fat and warped when I moved my arm. The practice layout took almost 2 hours and the ink stencils took almost an hour of careful placement and arm flexing. I was really impressed. Also, the Spudgster and the Meems are such a big part of my life, I’ll never regret seeing them with me forever, because I still miss my first pet ever, my bunny Snuggles.

      2 years ago
  10. Jae

    I was shocked…. like REALLY shocked… I didn’t expect you to do such a huge one and they are so cute I thought that you were getting temporary ones or something until when he’s almost done…

    2 years ago
  11. WOW ! So how long did it take to do the hole out line on your arm? I just love it how you added some tokidoki { BIG FAN OF TOKIDOKI ART -^_^-} with eatyourkimchi chibi style tattoo. It came out fantastic baby …lol I can’t wait to see what color are use to shade in your arm Martina.

    2 years ago
  12. i think its safe to say that everybody got distracted by the korean boys^^
    and Martina, awesome tattoo…totally u^^ love the spudgy and meems^^

    2 years ago
  13. totally got distacted by the korean boys :P

    2 years ago
  14. The tattoo artist is hot <3! Is he single?

    2 years ago
    • You should get a tattoo by him and find out.

      “Oh. So, now that you’re rubbing my skin and all and drawing on my body, we should go out. ANG!”

      That totally would not be awkward :D

      2 years ago
  15. Awesome ink! I can’t wait to see it finished… ^_^ And the tips are great too… I actually got a huge heatwave during my tattoo session, but luckily the artist was considerate enough to ask me if I’m OK and turn off the heat.
    Oh.. and the boys… I totally wasn’t distracted… *rolls doggy eyes*

    2 years ago
  16. Oh mannn. I’ve been wanting a tattoo for a long time, but I can’t think of one that would have special meaning for me. That probably means I’m never getting one. haha. I think your tattoo looks great, btw! I can’t wait to see those colors!

    2 years ago
  17. Flower boys! Tattoo shop!!! :P
    Love the tattoo! <3

    2 years ago
    • So, am I the only person thinking Flower Boy Tattoo Shop would make a great installment in the tvN Flower Boy line up? You have the angsty artist boy, the charming personable boy, the rich boy with goals daddy doesn’t approve of, and the boy with a mysterious past. And the heroine is a high school/ college student with straight A’s who wants nothing more than to be a rebel tattoo artist!

      I officially need help.

      2 years ago
  18. The artwork seems to be based of tokidoki ( one of my favs) which is the same designer of a figurine I gave martina in the singapore youtube fan meet :D

    2 years ago
    • Yup! I love tokidoki! The lightening bolt clouds were really tokidoki inspired but the rest was a kindof of mishmash of ideas including a Spudgy fan art drawing! But I love the tokidoki style of cute + skull + popping colours!

      2 years ago
      • Did you know “tokidoki (ときどき)” means “sometimes” in English? Although, looks like they use katakana to spell it instead of hirigana, but it still sounds the same!

        2 years ago
      • omg I just bought a tokidoki bag and didn’t even know what tokidoki is until now.
        EYK is so educational in so many ways.

        2 years ago
  19. Your tattoo is so cute! I personally wouldn’t get a tattoo since I wouldn’t know if I’d want to keep it forever – a henna tattoo maybe since they aren’t permanent. I do like looking at what other people decide to get tattoos of and what their reasoning is though. I’m surprised they have a Facebook page and were open about letting you film since you guys mentioned before that tattooing is basically illegal in Korea unless they have a medical license.

    2 years ago
    • Yeah I asked them too, which is why I didn’t film the exact location and tried to keep CIAO’s pic out of the video, but he told me it was fine to mention the facebook page and to film his face. *shrugs*

      2 years ago
      • Out of topic: Martina I feel like you have a role playing account on Instagram, and I’ve rped with you, or you just have one and won’t tell us. “Watches carefully holding an Eevee”

        2 years ago
  20. Theory: Wolverine = Simon.

    2 years ago
  21. It looks great – can’t wait to see your tattoo when it’s been coloured. :D

    (As the for the TV show… I’d say Vampire Diaries? *eyes vid*)

    2 years ago
  22. I’m not a fan of big tattoos but I have to admit that the design is sooooo adorable!!! *o*

    2 years ago
  23. Those korean guys were actually really cute c: *derp*

    2 years ago
  24. Lol whoops just lemme rewind here *stares at Korean eye candy* :D. (that tattoo looks like it’s going be freaking kawaii explosion when it’s coloured!)

    2 years ago
  25. I plan on getting one like Vega’s snake from street fighter. Vega also known as Balrog or Claw.

    2 years ago
  26. ermmm I couldn’t resist… I put my hands on my head and said WOO WOOO when them guys walked by lmao. o.O

    2 years ago
  27. That’s so awesome Martina! Can’t wait to see the full design with colour.

    2 years ago
  28. OH THANKS GUYS. YOUR LITTLE EDITING MADE ME GO BACK AND REWIND THE KOREAN EYE CANDY SO MANY TIMES I PROBABLY WATCHED THEM LONGER THAN THE VIDEO ITSELF

    2 years ago
  29. Ahw it looks amazing! Can’t wait to see it colored :D
    It’ll be a bit strange to watch your videos and then BAM tattoo or at least the first time. Usually I don’t even see bodymods anymore, not even eye tattoo’s or heavier stuff lol

    2 years ago
  30. SO RAD! Spudgy, Meemers, Wolverine, rainbows, puffy clouds, and stars! It’s so you! And so adorable!

    Speaking of adorable……………….. (the boys)

    2 years ago
    • I SPENT ALL DAY DRAWING TATTOO DESIGNS THANKS GUYS ANOTHER DAY WASTED

      ((((((((((So far they’re geometric upper-arm bangle shaped tattoos based on breads and pastries and I knOW that sounds lame but they’re super cute (and relevant to my career) AND I also drew a couple based on susuwatari and kodama and Kiki’s Delivery Service but they’re still works in progress and idk about having someone else’s art on my arm regardless of how important their work is to me but yeah))))))))))

      2 years ago
  31. You’re both very brave, along with anyone else who has a tattoo… looks way too scary for me ><

    2 years ago
  32. Sick Ink, like how he has very clean lines :)

    2 years ago
    • I know, right? I was SO SO SO HAPPY!

      2 years ago
      • i noticed he used stickers to draw the lines first. Martina can u tell me how did u draw your pictures, did u use some kinda graphic design program ~~ i really want to do it your way so i can show the artist exactly what i want as pictures. Please will be realllyyyyy grateful if u can enlighten me a bit how did u manage to do your pictures. O.O

        2 years ago
  33. I got distracted by this guys…the one that looked your way was so hot :P

    2 years ago
  34. ha ha.. i was definitely distracted by korean boys! kk

    2 years ago
  35. is it just me or did one of the boys look like baekhyun?

    2 years ago
  36. also it looks amazing! I didn’t expect it to be so large! But it is sooo you~ congrats on the first stage done!

    2 years ago
  37. OMG!! MEEMERS AND SPUDGY ARE SOOOOO CUTE!!!! :3

    2 years ago
  38. Tooootally got distracted by the Korean boys. But Martina your tattoo looks amazing!

    2 years ago
  39. “hey don’t get distracted by the Korean boys” ahahahha how did you know??!!
    don’t worry i was still listening to ya!!

    TOKIDOKI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    oh my god!! i love tokidoki!! Simone Legno is one of my inspirations!!!

    2 years ago
    • Agree!! Oooh SHINee ♥

      2 years ago
    • Glad that I was not the only one getting distracted by the Korean boys. The whole group of them were pretty good looking! What are the odds?

      2 years ago
    • I actually paused the video to look at them :P omg sorry Martina i am excited for your Tattoo thought :P

      2 years ago
    • Originally there was going to be more tiny tokidoki things scattered around, but I decided to stick to just stars so it didn’t distract from the big “stickers”. I’m going for a kindof new school sticker art tattoo! :D

      2 years ago
      • Could you tell us please about the technique that was being used? At the 1:24 mark he seems to be transferring an image onto your arm?

        And have you ever been tattooed by a female artist?

        2 years ago
        • For my tattoo, I gave them a drawing I did and the tattoo artist used tracing paper to copy my drawing and add some modification to it. After she was done, they kind of “stamp” the drawing on your body so it’s easier to just follow the lines.

          2 years ago
      • that’s good cos i agree it woulda been too much!!
        having Meemers and Spudgy the main focus is good!!
        and the cute wolverine!!

        the tattoo looks great so far!!

        2 years ago
  40. Whoops I did get distracted by the korean boys… they were hot ok

    2 years ago
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