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The Complete Guide to Pricing Your Tattoo Design

I often get asked by people looking to get a tattoo how much do you think this will cost? Of course each person has their own unique design in mind and everyone wants to know exactly how much their design is going to cost them. However, pricing tattoos is very difficult. You can not give a simple answer to a question like that. The price of a tattoo can vary on a lot of factors. However, here is a general guide so you know some of the factors and some price ranges that would be considered decent.

First Factor: The Shop

Every shop has it’s own pricing guidelines and even every tattoo artist in the shop might have their own ways of pricing a tattoo. The more famous the shop or artist is the more expensive the tattoo will be. Also the price can change depending on how busy the shop is at the time you go in. If they are packed up with clients then they are going to quote you a much higher price then if they are looking for work.

Second Factor: The Design

Another factor that goes into the final price of the tattoo is the design itself. If you have a really large tattoo design in mind and you want the art work to be drawn by the tattoo artist it is going to cost a significant amount more then if you have some flash design that you found at their shop on the wall. So the size of the design and the difference between custom drawn and flash will significantly change the price.

Third Factor: Time

Another factor that always goes into pricing the tattoo design is the amount of time it will take to do the work. A large back piece is going to take a significant number of hours over a small wrist tattoo. If you are looking for something really big like a full back tattoo or a body suit you are going to be spending lots of hours over multiple visits to the tattoo shop and it is going to cost a huge amount of money. You should easily spend thousands of dollars for a full back tattoo. However, small designs that can be done quickly in one sitting of 30 minutes to an hour are obviously going to cost much less.

General Rules

First and foremost don’t ever go bargain shopping for a tattoo design. Do you really want the guy that is the cheapest to do you tattoo design? This is a permanent tattoo design that you are going to live with for the rest of your life and you do not want it coming out all messed up just to save a few bucks. Second you do not ever want to try and negotiate or bargain down a tattoo artist. This will infuriate the artist and can often offend them. Most tattoo artists do their work for a living. Yes they might love creating designs and making tattoos but in the end they do this to put food on their plate and pay the bills. They have worked hard to get to the level they are at and be able to charge the prices they are charging. Negotiating with them is like doubting their skills. With that in mind you do not want to negotiate and you do not want to go with the lowest price it can be wise to search a few different shops and get quotes from different artists. Thus way you can find an artist that you connect well with and someone who you like their designs. The price often will seem reasonable to you if you shop around and find an artist that you really like.

So this gets us down to the question we started with so how much will my tattoo design be? Obviously due to what is stated above this is hard to answer. However here is a general guideline that can help you but it into some ranges and perspective.

Small tattoo design (wrist, foot, ankle) – Between $50 and $150

Medium tattoo design (forearm, leg, upper back, lower back) – Between $150 to $500

Large tattoo design (Full back, sleeve, full leg) – Between $500 to $2,000

Source by Chris Ryerson

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Common Medical Tests After a Car Accident

Whatever the types of injuries you have sustained in an auto accident are internal or external, you may need to take one or more diagnostic tests to determine your exact condition. Here are some of the common medical tests your doctor may ask you to take in order to diagnose your condition.

X-rays are the radiation tests we are all familiar with. You have probably taken one at the dentist office if you had your wisdom teeth removed. They show the skeletal structure and bones in your body. So if you have suffered broken or cracked bones or suffered soft tissue injuries, x-rays may help diagnose those injuries.

A CT scan, sometimes called a CAT scan, is short for Computed Tomography. A CT scan uses multiple x-rays taken around the same point to build a better picture than one x-ray can provide alone, using a computer to combine them. A CT scan is likely to be ordered if the doctors believe you have an injury to your internal organs of your torso or abdomen, or multiple fractures to a hand or foot.

MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. If you get an MRI, the doctors will ask you to lie down in a large tube that uses harmless magnetic radiation to look at soft tissues of the body. Sometimes, they will also ask you to drink or have an injection of a substance that makes those tissues easier to see. If your doctor suspects an injury to your brain or spinal cord, you might be asked to do this test. Because this technology uses magnets, you can not use it if you have a facemaker or other metal implanted in your body.

A PET scan is often used with a CT scan. In a PET scan, the patient is infected with a harmless substance that can be seen by the scanner using radioactivity. Unlike CT scans, PET scans can show your body's metabolic activity rather than just structure of the body. The images they produce are also three-dimensional.

An ultrasound test uses high-frequency sound waves that bounce off internal structures of the body to build an image. The image it builds is not as detailed as images from other methods, but because it does not use radiation, it may be the best choice for people who certain conditions. It is also less expensive than an MRI. Doctors use it to look at internal organs, connective tissue, bones, blood vessels and eyes.

If your doctors believe you have a nerve injury, you may take a nerve conduction study, an electrical test that can detect problems with your nerves. In this test, one electrode is placed over the nerve being tested, while another is placed in a "downstream" area of ​​the nervous system. The speed it takes for the electricity to travel between them determinates whether there is nerve damage.

An electromyography (EMG) shows muscles' activity by measuring the electrical current that they produce when they are in motion. This might be used for people with nerve damage, muscle weakness or the conditions that might cause them. In an EMG, doctors either, insert a thin needle into the muscle being tested or place an electrode over the area, then measure the electrical impulse of the muscle.

An endoscopy uses a flexible tube with a light and a camera to look inside natural openings in your body, such as the throat. This is most commonly associated with tests on the stomach or colon, but can be used in area with a natural opening.

Source by Xavier Van Vaderson

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Type 2 Diabetics Can Still Eat International Food – You Just Need to Know Which Ones!

When it comes to diabetic dining information, there seems to be a shortage of guidance on the various international foods available in so many restaurants. You have probably read all about reducing your intake of French fries, steak, and chips…but what about falafel, sushi, and egg drop soup?

Like good ol’ American food, food from abroad is a double-edged sword. Some dishes are carb and saturated fat bombs, while others are perfect for people with diabetes, type 1 or type 2.

Here is how to navigate an international menu if you’re diabetic:

Mexican: Traditionally, Mexican food was composed of two chief foods… corn and beans. Sadly, most US versions of Mexican food pile on additions like refined flour, oil, and sour cream.

Beans are an especially healthy food for diabetics as they’re chock full of fiber and minerals. Also, whole grain wheat and corn tortillas are also a healthy option in moderation.

One of the best dishes to ask for in Mexican restaurants is for fajitas loaded with grilled vegetables and beans… but be sure to hold off on the tortillas.

Chinese Food: Traditional Chinese takeout is not the place for most diabetics to find a healthy meal. Because they tend to load their food with MSG and unhealthy fats, you should seek out more traditional Chinese restaurants that tend to serve more vegetables.

When there, look for chicken dishes that are low in sodium or ask for the cook to pour less salt into the meal.

Italian: Because they tend to be loaded with carbs, many diabetics steer clear of all Italian dishes. This isn’t a bad plan, as pasta and lasagna are carb-based.

However, if you look for higher-end Italian restaurants you’ll see dishes on the menu like grilled veggies with mozzarella cheese and rocket salad that are healthy, delicious, and even though they lack pasta… are Italian.

Japanese: When you think Japanese food, rice may come to mind but that’s not an altogether accurate representation of Japanese cuisine.

Sushi, the prototypical Japanese import, is a healthy food for most people with diabetes… when eaten in moderation. The omega-3s in the fish and the fiber in the vegetables make sushi a great choice. However, some sushi places load on white rice in a cost-cutting effort. Ask for sushi with little to no rice and you’ll be upping the healthfulness of the meal considerably.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try Shabu Shabu. Shabu Shabu (literally translating to “splash, splash”) is an eating experience where you’re given a bowl of boiling water and a set of raw ingredients. You cook them together yourself and enjoy the results.

Because you’re controlling what you put in it, most of which is chicken, fish, and veggies, Shabu Shabu is as healthy as you want it to be.

Thai: Thai food is exploding in popularity and you may have one down the street from your house. Thai food tends to be healthier than other Asian cuisine, as the focus is on vegetables and lean cuts of meat.

To get even more health benefits from your Thai meal, ask for extra vegetables and brown rice… most Thai restaurants are happy to oblige.

People with type 2 diabetes need not stop eating in restaurants serving international foods… you just need to know which foods to avoid so you can control both your weight and blood sugar levels.

Source by Beverleigh H Piepers

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Life’s A Stage: The Tips And Tricks Of Grease Makeup

Whether you are thinking about using grease makeup for a theatrical event, a special Halloween party or some other occasion, you need to know what products are out there and how to apply them.

While grease makeup takes more time and preparation than regular water-soluble face paint, it also lasts much longer. Most importantly, grease makeup won’t smear or run under hot lights or conditions where you might perspire. With grease makeup you can create a more dramatic and even professional look.

In addition to your grease face-paints and pencils you will need:

  • face-cleanser or cream cleanser and/or baby shampoo
  • clean towels or paper towel
  • clothing cover-up and hair-ties or shower cap
  • possible shaver for men
  • mirror if you aren’t working from home
  • good quality painting brush, powder brush
  • professional setting powder, talcum or baby powder and applicator (see below)
  • Q-Tips or fine painting brush, tissue paper, paper towel are all handy
  • Other items that you might also consider:
  • light moisturizer
  • baby oil (to fix mistakes after painting has ‘set’)
  • charcoal pencil for eyes
  • mascara
  • sponge
  • mister or water-spray
  • glitter and other decoration

Before you start applying the makeup, you need to prepare your face so it goes on smoothly. Thoroughly clean your face, tying back hair where necessary, and for men, have a shave. (Bearded men can apply grease paint makeup but it can be tricky keeping it out of the hair.) Remember that grease makeup will stain clothes, so put on an old button-up shirt. After your skin dries, apply a very light moisturizer.

Working with the lightest color first – usually white – and a good quality brush or sponge, or your fingers, you can outline the area and then fill it in. Alternatively you can paint following the contours of your face. The grease makeup may not go on smoothly if it is too cold, which you can remedy by putting a little dab of the color of in the palm of your hand for a minute. After painting, use your fingers to ‘pat’ the makeup into your skin.

Unlike water-based makeup, grease makeup requires you to paint your face and then ‘set’ it with a professional setting powder, or baby or talcum powder. (If you go with talcum, be sure to confirm beforehand that you don’t have an allergic reaction to it.) You can ‘set’ the grease makeup either in stages following each color’s application, or at the end of all the painting. Some people prefer the latter, applying all the colors before setting with powder, because they can fix mistakes more easily. The downside however is that you risk mixing colors accidentally and smearing your work.

Whether you ‘set’ in stages or at the end, one reliable way to apply the powder is to partly fill a small, clean, cotton tube sock with the powder, tie it up, and then gently dab your face. Allow the powder sit for a half a minute or so before dusting the excess off with a powder brush. The painted areas should no longer feel moist or sticky – if this is not the case, you probably need more powder. Once the grease makeup has set, it should be fairly smudge-proof. If something needs correcting at this point, you can use Q-Tips soaked in baby oil, but remember that neighboring areas could now be smudged.

Be careful not to apply the grease face makeup thickly or in layers. If you do have too much in one spot, press down on it with your fingers to smooth it out. Continue to refine your face, using Q-Tips or a fine brush for the smaller areas. Grease pencils also can be used for the face, charcoal pencils for the eyes, and don’t forget color for your lips too!

Allow the grease makeup to thoroughly dry, and apply a last light coating of powder, dusting off any excess with a brush or tissue paper. A damp cloth at the end can help remove the excess powder, or spray with a very light mist of water. In warmer climates you can probably skip this step because the extra powder will absorb any perspiration.

If you are applying glitter, it should be done at the very end. Generally glitter is most effective when applied over the eyes or on the cheeks, A glitter gel is often used instead of dry glitter to minimize the chances of it flaking into the eye. With dry glitter, first slightly dampen your face and cheeks, then ‘poof’ on the polyester glitter. Remember to let the makeup settle for about half an hour before you go out. If you have stray paint on your eyelashes, cover it with mascara.

Products available

For just about any type of face design you will need at a minimum white greasepaint foundation and a black greasepaint pencil, but of course there are many colors in between and you will probably want to try at least a few of them. The leading producers of grease makeup are Mehron and Ben Nye. Mehron grease makeup is focused on the theatrical professionals who want ease of application with good coverage. Ben Nye also appeals to the same community, although Ben Nye grease makeup is actually a cream. Grease face makeup comes in a range of forms, from palettes (generally sold as a kit), to individual liners. Pencils, crayons and sticks are useful for smaller areas of the face. Both Mehron and Ben Nye also make eye-shadows, blushes, a range of glitter and setting powders and sealing mists. You may also want to consider sweat-blocker sprays for the face to help preserve the greasepaint under strong lights or in a hot environment.

Source by G Blake Cabot

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Koi Feeding Basics

Every people who love these beautiful pets would like to own have healthy and colorful ones. You can help your koi if you follow these instructions.

When you choose Koi foods, you should check the quality. It is very important, because the proper nutrition is the basic rule if you would like to have healthy and happy Koi fish. It doesn’t matter how good or expensive the food you are feeding, if it is not fresh, it can cause problems in the long run.

Beside the quality and freshness, the variety is also important. If you feed your fish always with the same food, something will be lacking and your koi can get disease. You should use more manufacturers feed and mix it or feed in a variety.

Sometimes give them fresh greens and fruits, this way your carps can get healthier.

Fish have a pellet size that they are comfortably able to swallow. Koi prefers medium sized pellets to large pellets. Koi fish should be eat several times a day. At least 3 quick meals a day with small portions is proper and minimize waste.

In summer you should give them lower proteins foods, such as wheat germ based foods. If the temperature is high, the protein foods produce much ammonia.

Hand feeding is a very big experience. Koi are none-aggressive fish and do not have teeth. You can try it bravely. The trick is to start slow. Never make any sudden movements, because this will scare your fish. Begin by placing a few pellets in your hand and submerging your hand under water. After you have dropped the food into the pond for a couple of days, begin making the fish remove the food from your hand. Doing this everyday will get them comfortable with you.

Source by Nikoletta Benko

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Is the Cost of Braces Keeping You From Having Your Teeth Fixed?

Teeth alignment, for instance, is one of the dental conditions that can cost a lot to treat, usually with the help of braces. The cost of braces is large dependent on how long the treatment would take, the severity of the condition, and the type of braces used.

The cost of braces can also skyrocket when surgery and other procedures need to be undertaken apart from the brace treatment. Severe malocclusions and tooth gaps, for instance, have to also be valued and this significantly adds to the cost of braces.

Various types of braces also have different functions and properties, and of course the more severe dental condition, the higher the cost of treatment. You should not be overwhelmed by all the expenses, though, as the cost of braces is not supposed in just one go.

Your orthodontist knows how expensive dental treatments can be but they will also tell you about how important it is to have certain dental conditions attended to as early as possible. So, you should not give up that easily and instead must talk to the specialist about the best plan to fit your budget.

Discuss with him which treatments should be prioritized and how you could go about paying the cost of braces. When payments are staggered, you tend to think less of how much it's setting you back and you'll hardly notice how much you've paid in total, so do not ignore the possibility of striking an easy payment scheme with your dentist.

The average cost of braces in the US is around $ 3,000 to $ 5,000, with some costing as much as $ 9,000. Clear Invisalign braces cost more than traditional braces, are easier to use, and are obviously more aesthetically sound. However, not all types of dental problems are solved with clear braces.

The cost of braces is also quite high because of the amount of work appliances. Unlike other medical treatments, the wearing of braces takes repeat visits to the dentist for adjustments or refitting, and occasionally, repair.

Clear braces, for example, are damaged if you unconsciously grind your teeth at night. This means that the orthodontist would have to fit another tray for you to replace what has been broken, and this would definitely add to the cost of braces.

Although their prohibitive costs, no one can contest the fact that every penny is worth it if wearing Braces means getting your smile back. Moreover, having your teeth fixed would not only give you a more attractive smile but would also save your oral health, as common dental problems such as misaligned teeth, tooth gaps, crowding of teeth, and underbites or overbites may possibly give rise to more severe Dental troubles.

Source by Dana Whiteford

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The Relationship Between Insurance and Finance

Insurance and finance are closely interwoven fields of business, not least because they both involve money. They also often both involve speculation and risk, and often where one goes, the other will follow. Take property investment for example, it involves a large amount of capital out lay, swiftly followed by insurance to protect the capital investment. It would be ridiculous to spend such a vast sum of money on a venture and not protect it against possible damage. It therefore makes sense to store information on these two subjects together, as the relationship is so logical.

Insurance is a form of risk management used to protect the insured against the risk of a loss. It is defined as the equitable transfer of the risk of a loss from one entity to another in exchange for a premium. There are different kinds of insurance for just about every conceivable event. The most common insurance is probably life insurance, which provides a monetary benefit to a decedent’s family or other designated beneficiary.

It can cover funeral or burial costs and can be paid out to the beneficiary in either a lump sum or as an annuity. Property insurance is one of the more necessary insurances as property is extremely expensive and if it is lost or damaged for some reason (fire, earthquake, flood) it can be very difficult to replace without adequate reimbursement. Travel insurance used to be seen as an unnecessary expense and is still viewed as such by many. Its importance is, however, being increasingly recognised by the public at large. It is cover taken by those who travel abroad and covers certain unforeseen events such as medical expenses, loss of personal belongings, travel delays etc. There are numerous other types of insurance, too many to mention, all vital if you want to protect something of particular importance to you or another.

In the world of finance there are many sub-categories, also too numerous to mention but a few will be included here. Forex, or the foreign exchange market wherever one currency is traded for another. It includes trading between banks, speculators, institutions, corporations, governments, and other financial markets. The average daily trade in the global forex is over US$ 3 trillion.

Tax consulting usually involves CPAs and tax lawyers in addressing any tax issues that you may have. There may also be Professional Strategic Tax Planners and Enrolled Agents, depending on the company that you hire. They will help you reduce your tax debt, eliminate tax penalties, an innocent spouse claim, tax liens, bank levies, and preparing unfilled tax returns, as well as any other tax resolution problem that you might have.

Property investment is usually when an investor buys property with an eye to generate profit and not to occupy it. It is an asset that has been purchased and held for future appreciation, income or portfolio purposes. In some instances an investment property does not have to be held for profit, as some landlords in New York lease office buildings to non-profit organisations for tax purposes. Homeowners consider their homes to be investments but they aren’t classified as investment properties. Perhaps if you’re buying your second or third home, it can be considered an investment property, especially if you plan to rent it out to help pay off the home loan.

Business networking is a marketing method, which is as old as business itself. It’s been around since ever since people learned to hold a glass of whiskey and schmooze. In fact, its probably been around a lot longer, Cro-Magnon man probably gathered around the newly discovered fire and showed each other their collection of animal teeth and traded them. Creating networks of crocodile teeth owners and sabre toothed tiger owners, who tried a take over bid against the sabre toothed leopard owners. Business networking is designed to create business opportunities through social networks. It helps if the people involved are of the same frame of mind.

These days a very handy way of business networking is via the Internet on the various social media available. But it must be said that very little can beat the intimacy and trust created by face-to-face relationships. Also, where would our businessmen be without their whiskeys and weekly schmooze?

Source by Sandy Cosser

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How a Root Canal Helps More Than It Hurts

When it comes to dental procedures, root canals have gotten a bad reputation. Once the procedure is done though, you will experience a lot of relief in the area. Without a root canal, there are even bigger problem ahead. Here is all you need to know about root canals and how they help more than hurt.

Reasons for a Root Canal

In cases of infection or deep decay, a root canal is what can save the tooth. The nerves can become problematic too if there are too many fillings. there has been trauma to the face, cracks or chips are present, or if there has been too much dental work done to the tooth. Once the nerve or pulp inside the tooth is damaged, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria which causes pain, sensitivity, and weakness in the tooth.

Basic Procedure

A tooth has roots that extend into the gum tissue and bone in the jaw. Nerves are not necessary for a tooth to work, just for sensitivity. To do the procedure, there is a basic outline:

1. The dentist goes in to the infected or irritated root and removes the nerve and pulp inside.

2. The inside of the root is cleaned to remove bacteria.

3. The tooth is filled and sealed to prevent bacteria from entering the roots again.

Many cases require a crown to cap the tooth to increase its strength and protect it from further damage. Once the root canal is completed, a tooth feels significantly better. Where eating would’ve hurt before, it no longer does because the damaged nerve is gone and the tooth isn’t sensitive to hot or cold.

Left Untreated

Patients who refuse to go in to the dentist to get a root canal done risk causing a lot more damage to their mouth. Surrounding tissue of the tooth needing a root canal will start to become irritated and infected as well. In many cases, an abscess will form, which is a pocket filled with puss between the roots. It causes extreme pain and can require an extraction of the tooth altogether. Other possible problems are:

· Swelling in the face, neck, or head

· A hole in the tooth, draining infection through the cheek and into the skin

· Bone loss in the jaw around the root end

When any of these problems occur, more extreme measures must be taken to preserve your face and many of the functions there. Not all of them can be fixed, like bone loss in the jaw. This might not matter to you now, but if you ever need a dental implant, you need adequate bone in the jaw.

Don’t Delay

It is important to get a root canal done before too much damage is done to the surrounding gum tissue and other teeth. If you are experiencing pain, sensitivity to temperature or pressure, swelling, or even odd tooth discoloration, it is important that you mention it to your dentist. By doing x-rays and an oral examination, the dentist can tell you if a root canal is required. You will feel much better once the procedure is done and you avoid all the potential problems down the road from an untreated infection.

Source by Anna Bird

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Preparing Items for Decoupage


Lightly sand any rough spots. Fill rough spots and holes with wood filler and then sand. Wipe with a damp sponge. If you want a stained background, use a water-soluble, alcohol-based wood stain. You may need to seal the wood.

You can apply your cutout directly onto untreated wood, but it's better to apply a sealer. Before sanding wood paint a base coat first as the water-based paint lifts the fibers of wood way from the surface so when you sand the paint the fibers are easily removed. The first coat of paint highlights imperfections that you can correct with filler.

When using a wood base, remember that oil and water do not mix. The most common decoupage glazes are water-based and will not adhere properly to wood that has been stained with an oil-based stain.

If you've stained wood with an oil-based stain, you need to seal it with an oil-based sealer. If you want to decoupage a piece of old furniture and are not sure the finish, find an inconspicuous spot to test your glaze.


Wash your glass item with soap and water, rinse thoroughly, and wipe dry. Wipe the surface with rubbing alcohol or vinegar and allow to dry before working on the surface. Do not touch the surface once it has been cleaned as oil from fingers can cause your images to not seal properly.

You need to be extra careful to remove any excess glue from the glass surface, once your prints are applied. It's also very important to work on a clean surface. When using PVA glue on glass, add a drop of glycerin to prolong the drying time. Once you have applied your cutout to the glass surface and allowed the glue to dry, you can remove any glue by wiping the glass with a window cleaner. Do not apply glue to the image, only to the glass. Do not worry about leaving too much glue between the glass and the image as it will dry clear. The more glue you work with, the easier it is to get rid of bubbles. Similarly, it's OK to leave a thin film of glue both on the glass and the back of the image.

Spray a small amount on a damp sponge or cloth and remove any excess glue from the glass. Cotton swabs work well to remove glue from small areas.


To decoupage on plastic, you need to roughen the plastic first with wallpaper. This will give it some tooth with which to grab and provide a tight seal. You will need to allow extra drying and extra curing time than with other surfaces. Dry to the touch is not enough. Lightly press your finger in an area that will not show to test it if possible. If not, allow several days for drying to be on the safe side. Keep the object protected against dust while it's drying.

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