A Very YEG Christmas: Danger De Lux Gift Guide –Shambhala Tattoos

My very #yeg gift guide continues today with Shambhala Tattoos, a tattoo and piercings shop independently owned and operated, just off Whyte Ave. Shambhala is different than most of the other tattoo and piercing on shops on the ave – they place a high importance on quality. Im sure you’re thinking “duh”, but there are a few other shops around who offer deals like “buy one get one free” on piercings or “just pay for the jewelry” or “all piercings $25” or whatever it might be. Ladies and gents, those offers should be like a big red flag telling you not to go in!! Why do you think they can offer the services so cheap? They use cheap jewelry and tools. Shambhala, like the rest of the good shops, uses quality jewelry and equipment. They also take the time to get the job done right, the first time. Ive had a piercing or two done and have also purchased beautiful and sparkly jewelry from Shambhala. I wanted to feature Shambhala to show you the gorgeous jewelry they sell, but also to let you know about this fantastic little shop. Not only are the independent but they all completely female owned and operated. This is not a small feat my friends. The owners are female, the tattoo artists are female, and the shop piercer is female. You will not find a more friendly and professional shop on Whyte ave, where there is no prejudice or judgment and so much emphasis placed on quality work, both tattoos and piercings.

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My Shambhala Tattoo gift guide is here!

Septum piercings are all the rage right now and for good reason…the jewelry that is available for them is to die for. Santa, all I want for Christmas is a sparkly septum clicker!! Shambhala has these beauties in the shop right now and one of them may just have to be mine. Now, these cost a pretty penny, but that is because they are high quality!! These babies are from Industrial Strength, a highly respected jewelry supplier. Guaranteed if your gal has her septum done, she is lusting after a clicker like these.

20151216_143806 (2)These hoops are simple and stunning. They have front facing gems, so when worn through tunnels hang beautiful. These would be a fantastic gift for someone who wears tunnels regularly. Coming from a gal who has had stretched ears for 12 years, it is so refreshing to see all the options now available! These hoops are a great example of the fun things we can do with out stretched ears. Pick up a set, put them in a fancy box, tie it with a ribbon, and you are set!

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These lil guys go perfectly with hoops, like shown above. They are so light, as in they actually weigh nothing and are a nice break from what are usually quite heavy pieces of jewelry. These wood make a great stocking stuffer!!

20151216_144352 (2)I have one of these flower gems on my medusa and I love it!! I love how sparkly it is and makes me feel so glam. These little guys can be worn on a variety of piercings and would be a lovely gift to receive. These are a hot commodity, so hurry up and get one before it’s too late.

20151216_144036 (2)Shambhala has a variety of gem lined tunnels in all sizes. They also carry fun shapes, like the tear drops shown below. I would love to get my hands on a pair of shaped tunnels. I am positive any lady or gent would love to unwrap a pair of these sparkly beauties this Christmas.

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20151216_144259 (2)Shambhala has a great selection of curved barbells and navel rings/bars, with big glittering gems in tons of colours. You can just imagine how sparkly these babies could be in the summer sunshine that’s going to show up in a few months. Again, get yourself a pretty little box and tie it up with a fancy ribbon, and bam, you’ve got yourself one heck of a gift!

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This picture does not do these pieces justice. These opal and gemstones are divine! These are things that most gals probably do not treat themselves too, even though they should – they are beautiful. Grab your girl one of these this year and she’ll be kissing you long into the new year!

20151216_143929 (2)I’ve asked Santa for tattoo time this year, as all i really want for Christmas (besides a septum clicker) is a new tattoo. And if you’re like me, that’s just what you want too! Shambhala has gift certificates, where you can decide how much you want to contribute, and the receiver can then go get whatever tattoo tickles their fancy

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While you’re at it, why not treat yourself to a little something as well! Stop in to get a new piercing or tattoo to celebrate the New Year!

Follow Shambhala Tattoos on Facebook and Instagram to see more glittering jewels and custom tattoo work

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Danger De Lux gets a new tattoo!

I have been waiting for what seems like ages to get a new tattoo! And this past Friday I was finally able to get what I have been lusting after! A pineapple tattoo!!

I’ve been following Julie from Lucky Strike Tattoos on instagram for a while and fell in love with her style. Top that off with glowing reviews and I knew I wanted this girl to do my next tattoo. Her style reminds me of Mimsy of Mimsys Trailer Trash tattoo in Australia, and boy would I ever love to get tattooed there! But Julies style is exactly what I wanted and I am so in love with her work and especially the pineapple she did for me!

Here are a couple pieces she did for some other lucky folks

julieAlso I snuck some photos of her room in the studio ( I hope she doesn’t mind). It was too cute not to! Its retro and girly and sweet like sugar!

20150403_124319 (2)20150403_110448 (2)The pictures don’t do it justice…its really just the sweetest and totally suited to her personality! She was wearing a top with pizza slices all over it, a bow in her hair, heart shaped ear weights, and red lipstick! So cute!

I emailed Julie a little while back asking her for a pineapple and what she drew was absolutely perfect! And with the colour its even better!

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the linework.

20150403_124327 (2)and the colour!!

Eeee I love it! Seriously gals (and guys) go see Julie at Lucky Strike Tattoo

I intend to finish up the bottom of my leg in the next few months with more tropical themed pieces, like tikis, cocktail drinks, etc, all done by Julie!

This is probably my new favorite piece. Do you have a favorite tattoo?

the alberta bound tattoo convention

This past weekend was the Alberta Bound Tattoo Convention. Because the shop I work at is pretty cool, we had a booth at the convention to advertise all the wicked clothes we sell and also sell some of those wicked clothes. I had the fortune ( or misfortune…) of setting up, tearing down, and running the rodeo! But the best part of it was getting all dolled up with the other gals from the shop and showing off all the pin up dresses we sell at Rowena! I made sure to get lots of photos to show you our fancy outfits.

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Each day, me and the other gal(s) wore matching outfits, had our hair done up and big smiles on our faces. So lets get to it…

Day 1: Friday night was “Adults Night”. A bunch of burlesque performers put on a show -most notably the gorgeous Ophelia Overdose performed two fantastic numbers.

My gal pal and I wore the Gil by Sourpuss. We also made some pretty wicked hair flowers to match our dresses. I don’t want to go too much in to detail about this lil number, because I want to review it for you all later.

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I snapped a few photos of Ophelia too…

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Day 2:  Saturday, the day that would not end…. this was the longest day, coming in at 10 hours ( the longest working the show…Friday was a 12 hour day). There were three of us working and we all wore the Dames Dress by Deadly Dames/Pinup Girl Clothing. For all you Cry Baby fans, this dress was based off of the one Wanda wore in the film. I found some gorgeous black orchids at the craft store, so made them in to hair flowers to wear with the Dames dress.

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Day 3: The final day of the convention. We didn’t have quite matching dresses, but we both wore leopard by Pinup Girl Clothing. Mine is the leopard Heidi and Meagan wore the retro leopard Vamp. I through my hair up in a PUG nylon scarf and it was a mess from the other two days; I’m really into that whole mini beehive I mentioned in a previous post.

10373947_10152239038588224_2104106952553043253_nIt was fun to see all the different artists and performers, even if the days were long. It was also nice to get out of the shop for the weekend- a change of scenery is always good. After three very long days, I am left exhausted, but at least I got to get dressed up, meet some nice people, and let every one know about the best pin-up shop in Alberta…Rowena of course!

P.S check out RetroGlam.com too

feature: Jubly- Umph

While I was in Vegas in August checking out the trade show for work, we found a fantastic jewelry line- Jubly-Umph. I am so in love with this line! They make  retro tattoo-flash inspired designs, which are both super cool and super cute! The gal who runs and owns the company does all the artwork her self and it is all original!

1. Can you tell me a little about the history of Jubly-Umph? How it got started?

Jubly-Umph is the name I work under as an artist here in Melbourne, Australia. My brand, Jubly-Umph Originals, started in 2009 as a way for me to get my artwork to the masses and also create some cute and shiny stainless steel jewellery…I love jewellery.

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2. What does Jubly-Umph mean? How did you come up with that name?

Jubly-Umph is completely made up but seems to accurately represent the fun and frivolous nature of my artwork.

3. Who does all the artwork?

I do! All my pieces are painted with a combination of watercolors, inks, paper and coffee and inspiration comes from my little obsessions such as books, tattoos, coffee, fairy tales and Victorian ephemera.

4. Do you have a favorite piece?

My current favorite piece is The Librarian because I am a huge bibliophile (book nerd) and am often found with dark circles under my eyes from staying up too late reading.

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5. I met you at the trade show in Las Vegas and you were there all the way from Australia! Does this mean Jubly-Umph has made its way to North America? What does that mean for you and your company?

Yes, Jubly-Umph jewellery is now stocked in over 15 stores throughout North American which is very exciting. Our jewellery and art has been very well received in the USA and we cant wait to get back there again in February.

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6. What kind of products does Jubly- Umph Originals make?

We make a range of stainless steel jewellery which comes packaged in cute gift tins, giclee art prints from my original paintings and  limited edition handbags and wallets. These are available from our online store http://www.jubly-umph.com/

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7. What makes Jubly-Umph different from everyone else?

Jubly-Umph jewellery is unique because we focus on artwork and quality. All our artwork is completely original and not available anywhere else. All our jewellery is made from solid stainless steel coated in resin which is long lasting, waterproof and hypo allergenic. The designs are produced in short runs and limited editions making each one unique and quirky and resilient enough to hand down to your kids and grandkids

8. What does the future hold for Jubly-Umph?

Next year I am planning to hold my first solo exhibition here in Melbourne, Australia and hopefully complete and publish a book that I have been working on.

mermaid_copy_grandeI already have one gorgeous piece from Jubly- Umph and I can’t wait to get more!

Please check out the Jubly-Umph website to see what other goodies they have, including handbags, wallets and prints. And keep an eye out at your favorite rockabilly and pin up shop, you know the one, for Jubly-Umph this fall!

Style Icon: Kat Von D

Its been a few weeks since I posted my last style icon. Well, her she is, in all her glory: Kat Von D. I’m sure we can all agree that Kat has killer style and is always looking foxy, right? Weather or not you like her personality, surely you still like her style! Feast your eyes on some sexy Kat Von D…

Like most of my style icons, Kat is not only stylish and gorgeous, she is also successful.  Not only is she an outstanding tattoo artists, she has created a wicked cosmetics line, a clothing line, and has become a style icon and role model to millions.

A while back I posted about my make-up essentials; if you read it, you would know how much I love the Kat Von D eyeshadow palettes ( you should definitely check them out if you havent yet). She is one of those gals that shows the public that you can be heavy tattooed but still glamorous and a genuine person.

Love her or hate her, she is a total babe either way.