What kind of pigment do we use?

ABOUT OLD GOLD

My name is Phil Holt and these are my personal powder pigments. Handmade by me personally and used by me professionally. I have been making and using my own hand mixed pigments since 1999. I have not, do not and will not use anything else in my tattooing. Working with them day in and day out I have come to hone in the exact consistency and flow that I like for my own use. It is my personal preference. Caught in the quest to prefect the imperfect process of tattooing, I make these pigments specifically for the way I tattoo. These same pigments are here available for other professionals to use. Let’s be wise and if you’re not a professional, please don’t tattoo. Please don’t jeopardize and entire industry because of your laziness. Be professional or explore hobby painting on the weekends. theres nothing wrong with that. I will only sell to professionals.

Old Gold pigments are made with: Powder pigment • Distilled water • Glycerin • Vodka

I stand by these pigments.

if you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly. Phil Holt – oldgoldsmallbatch@gmail.com

Check out the website for further information oldgoldsmallbatch

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My hands by Christopher Onstott for Buddhadharma magazine summer issue 2015

I had a pleasant surprise to see my hands pictured in this summer's issue of Buddhadharma magazine. Christopher Onstott took this photo while Maitripa College was preparing for HH visit and during our meditation class on emptiness. I am really happy my hands are making their way around the globe tattooed, scarred and with love. Thanks to whomever is responsibile. Cheerfully, M unnamed-4image.aspx

Eddy Deutsche legendary Tattooer in Portland 6/10-14/2015

I am greatly honored to announce that Eddy Deutsche will be tattooing at Fortune this June. We are extremely lucky to be able to have such a talented and kind person such as Eddy visit our humble little shop.

This will be Eddy's first time working in our beautiful city. I am stoked to be able to share it with him and his family.

If you would like to get a piece by him while he is here, please email him directly at: eddyd222@gmail.com

And check out more of his works and his full bio on his website. Your mind will be blown.

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Compound Art Show

Olivia and Mikki have pieces in the Compound Art Show located at 107 NW 5th street. Opening night was last night.

I heard it was shoulder to shoulder in the gallery being it was Portland Art Walk night downtown.

I am happy they were able to draw folks in to celebrate the opening of the show. I will be going down this week to check out the other artist's work with Dboy and Kristin.

If you get a chance please go down and check it out. Cheers, unnamed-15unnamed-5

Guest Artist Tiffany Garcia 4/29-5/3/15

Tiffany Garcia of Ink Apothecary will be
working with us April 29th-May 3rd.
"I try to let my work speak for itself.
Striving to create a personal masterpiece for each person I get the honor to tattoo.
I keep my style versatile as to not segregate myself from certain pieces that someone
may want done in a particular way.
I'm here here to create for you."
Follow me on Instagram @coffinqueen
or contact her directly at:
(562)756-9700

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PCC Continuing Education classes

All licensed tattooers in the state of Oregon are required to have 10 hours of continuing education credits per year.

5 of those can be from self study, and the other 5 must be from participation in a course organized by accredited institutions.

Thanks to PCC they are giving tattoo artists the chance to take accredited courses so that we can fulfill our license requirements.

Here's to bettering yourself in the education department, and to anyone continuing their education in the school of life. It's not all about the degrees.

Go to Pcc.com to look at their calendar for spring.

There are a few tattoo-centric classes coming up in April and May that we should be paying attention to.

Thanks to Dan Gilsdorf for teaching these classes and recommending Olivia Britz-Wheat for the program photo opportunity. 

 

10 Highest Rated Tattoo Shops in Portland

10 Highest Rated Tattoo Shops in Portland We made it on a list. As some of you know, I am generally not a fan of lists. They always exclude someone who should be on them or are written by people that have nothing to do with our business. And most often they lack the knowledge or experience to make a list accurately honoring those that deserve to be acknowledged. Seldom does a list get made that is well researched. This list however, has been made due to our client reviews and overall standing with clients that we have made happy. So, to you our beloved clients, this one is for you. Thank you for letting us do what we love to do.

Mahakala at Fortune Tattoo

Six-Armed Mahakala

The Six-armed Mahakala is favored by the Gelug order of Tibetan Buddhism, and in this manifestation is considered to be a fierce and powerful emanation of Avalokiteśvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.

He is adorned with the following symbolic attributes:

  • A crown of five skulls: This is worn by all manifestations of Mahakala and represents the transmutation of the five negative afflictions of human nature into positive virtues.
  • The Six Arms signify the successful completion of the six perfections, which are practiced and brought to perfection by bodhisattvas during the course of their training.

The arms hold various implements each of which has a symbolic significance. The first right hand holds a curved knife. In Mahakala's symbolism the curved knife cuts through the life veins of enemies such as oath-breakers and hindering spirits.

The skull cup in his primary left hand is filled with the heart-blood of these enemies. The crescent shaped chopper of the right hand corresponds in shape to the cavity of the skull cup and functions to make 'mincemeat' of the hearts, intestines, lungs, and life-veins of enemies hostile to the Dharma, which are then collected in the skull cup. A similar crescent shaped hand cleaver is used in oriental cuisine to chop meat and dice vegetables.

The next right hand holds a damaru - the hourglass-shaped drum, signifying the primordial sound from which is said to have originated all manifested existence. Its rattle is also said to emanate the sound that arouses us from our ignorant state, coaxing us on to the path of Dharma.

The uppermost right hand holds a rosary of skulls. The continuous counting of the rosary is a symbol of perpetual activity, which Mahakala achieves on a cosmic scale.

Another left hand holds a trident which represents the Three Jewels of Buddhism, the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.Finally there is the noose for lassoing those of us who have strayed away from the path of the Dharma.

His left leg is outstretched while the right is bent at the knee. The former symbolizes his accomplishments for the benefit of others and the latter those for himself. An elephant-headed entity lying crushed under his legs represents our instinctive, primary animal force and urge, which when unleashed can prove to be extremely destructive. The sun-disc on which Mahakala stands denotes his illumination of the darkness of ignorance, and the lotus on which this disc rests signifies his undefiled purity.

The blazing fire surrounding him demonstrates his powerful energy out to consume all neurotic states of minds. Further, his three organs of vision express his ability to see the past, present and future. That he stares at the world with wide eyes signifies that he is incensed at the current state of affairs.

Snakes slither across his body as ornaments and also as the scared thread of Brahmins. The writhing serpent is a metaphor for the stirring of our psychic instinctive and primordial energy and Mahakala's wearing them as adornments expresses the fact that rather than impede our spiritual progress, such emotions have been tamed and harnessed, becoming in the process, crowning glories of our spiritual achievements. Mahakala

04/09/14 WALK-IN WEDNESDAY

The time is at hand.

Gin and Olivia have worked hard to pull together two beautiful sheets of flash for you. If you have been wanting to get tattooed and have been frustrated having to wait for an appointment. Here is your chance to satisfy that tattoo need.

Available on a "First Come First serve" basis. Get up early and get on down to Fortune to be on the top of the list.

Tomorrow Only 1pm to 8pm.

May all your tattoo dreams come true.