The Tattoo Authority of the Northeast

Tattoos in Connecticut are easy to come by, but in order to get the best tattoo service in the entire northeast, you need to come to Enfield, Connecticut where you will find Torture Ink.

Even though Torture Ink is, hands down, the best tattoo shop in the entire area, we continually make improvements to assure that we keep our reputation as the “Tattoo Authority of the Northeast.” We do this by hiring only the most talented body artists in existence, and using the latest and greatest tattoo techniques, with which most artists aren’t even familiar. We also maintain a very high degree of cleanliness and sanitation. We exercise extreme safety measures to protect each of our customers’ health and well-being.

Another way in which we serve each of our customers is to provide them with pricing that they can afford. Some tattoo shops get greedy and take advantage of the spontaneous wants of their customers, which sometimes overrides their sound financial judgment. At Torture Ink, we do just the opposite. We offer special pricing and incentives to assist those who have wanted a tattoo but have been unable to afford it. We also offer special pricing on our cover up services. Those who have a tattoo that they really want to cover up are provided with affordable pricing so that they can get it done by our extremely talented cover up artists. The reason that we offer this high level of customer service is because we are not driven by greed. We understand that by taking great care of each of our clients, we will see them again and again as they decide to expand their tattoo canvas. We also understand that every tattoo that we place on a body is a walking billboard for Torture Ink. We are proud of the work we do, and we know that our customers are continually being asked where they got their body artwork done. Word of mouth is very valuable to us, and it is by far our best advertising medium.

Torture Ink is involved in community service and activities. We know that by becoming involved in local events, people will remember our name and who we are. We know that by sponsoring events and attending special functions, that people in the community will recognize us as a professional establishment who cares.

Located at 654 Enfield St. in Enfield, CT, Torture Ink is one of the largest tattoo shops in the nation. Unlike the majority of tattoo establishments, we are one of the few in the nation that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, which really says something.

In addition to tattoos, Torture Ink provides high quality body-piercing services. We use the most medically safe and sanitary methods available, and provide an array of body jewelry to choose from right in the shop. We also offer airbrushing and pin striping services.




Torture Ink, the Tattoo Authority of the Northeast

If you are looking to get a Tattoo Connecticut Style, then there is only one place to go. Actually, if you are looking to get a tattoo “any style,” there is still only one place to go, and that is Torture Ink.

We are located in Enfield, Connecticut, and we serve the local community, but we service many clients from Hartford County, Springfield and Bridgeport areas, as well as Boston, Massachusetts. We are a full service tattoo shop, and we boast the title of The Tattoo Authority of the Northeast.” Not only do we boast about having the cleanest shop, the best artists and the highest quality of products, we actually produce what we say we do.

Tattoos are not like a bad haircut. If you get a bad tattoo, you will have to live with it for the rest of your life, and Torture Ink knows that! Every customer that walks in the door to get his or her first tattoo, or 100th tattoo, will get the quality, cleanliness and professionalism that only Torture Ink can deliver.

All of our tattoo artists are specialists, many having over twenty years of experience. They can help you decide on a design, or they can make the tattoo that you have in your head become a reality. Not only can they place the tattoo on your body, they can recreate it on a decal, or airbrush it onto something that will be seen by many, such as a truck tailgate or a motorcycle helmet.

If you are not sure about how the tattoo will look on you, we can make a temporary tattoo for you with your design, and let you see exactly what it will look like on your body. If you decide that it looks as good as you suspected, we will place the real deal on your skin. If you don’t like how the temporary tattoo looks, then we will start back at square one and help you design something that you will love for the rest of your days.

The reason that Torture Ink has become such a legend in the world of tattooing is not just the trend setting shop, not just the extremely talented artists, and not just the modern techniques that very few other artists even know about. The reason that we are the success that we are is because we know who the most important person in our establishment is. It is YOU, the customer. No matter how advanced or talented we are, we are nothing if we don’t have our customers. It is our customer service that sets us apart from all of the other Connecticut tattoo shops. We treat you as if you are our only client, taking great care to make sure that you are comfortable with the step you are about to take, and helping you decide on the body art that will most benefit you in the long run.

We also offer the most sanitary, safe and up-to-date body piercing techniques. We have a huge selection of body jewelry right here in the shop.

Enfield Tattoo Shop Torture Ink to Sponsor MMA Fight

Enfield tattoo shop, Torture Ink, has entered the ring of Mixed Martial Arts. On August 3rd, 2013 they will be sponsoring the 12-fight MMA Premier Fighting Championship 14 to be held in Agawam, Massachusetts at the Chez Joseph Event Venue.

Torture Ink will be sponsoring the co-main event as well as the main event fights. These bouts include Flyweight/Bantamweight Champion Marvin Maldonado verses Justin Kristie, and female MMA 125 lb. Champion Sarah Payant verses Danielle Hobeika. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the first fight scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

As the official tattoo studio for the event, Torture Ink will have one of the corner posts bearing the name of the studio that tattoo recipients are coming to recognize more and more all throughout the northeast region of the United States. As the fighter leaves the corner to enter the ring, the fight announcer will proclaim, “Out of the Torture Ink corner…” once again providing priceless exposure for the tattoo shop. Torture Ink will also be sponsoring the championship belts awarded to the fighters, which will bear the tattoo shop’s images.

“I’ve always had an interest in competitive fighting,” said Torture Ink Founder, John Improta. “I like the fact that someone who has honed their fighting skills can just come out of nowhere and advance up the ranks, regardless of who they are or what their background is. It reminds me of how Torture Ink has risen up from humble beginnings to become the best tattoo shop in the country.” Improta continued, “I figured that the ‘All You Can Sit’ tattoo special would be good to promote at the fight, because anyone who can take the pain like these fighters, can surely sit through a long tattoo session!”

One of the promotions that will be featured for the spectators of this fight night is the $399 “All You Can Sit” tattoo promotion. The special deal will be mentioned three times throughout the twelve-fight event. This unprecedented special deal was created for people who want larger works of body art at an extreme value. The clients taking advantage of this deal will no longer have to guess what their next tattoo will cost, and they will save time, as they needn’t shop around for “best price.” As much bodywork as the client can endure in one tattoo session will be included in the price. This deal is also applicable for those wanting to get a tattoo covered. Torture Ink will be giving away a gift certificate for an “All You Can Sit” session to one lucky winning spectator at the fight event.

Located at 654 Enfield St. in Enfield, CT, Torture Ink is one of the largest tattoo facilities in the country. Unlike the majority of tattoo shops, Torture Ink is one of the few in the nation that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.

All of the skilled artists at Torture Ink are amongst the best in the industry, some of them having over 20 years of experience. They use contemporary tattoo techniques that very few artists are familiar with.

In addition to tattoos, Torture Ink provides high quality body-piercing services. They use the most medically safe and sanitary methods available, and provide an array of body jewelry to choose from right in the shop. Torture Ink also offers airbrushing and pin striping services, allowing customers to customize things such as motorcycle parts, helmets, or practically anything they want customized. Customers can actually get the likeness of their tattoo airbrushed onto the tailgate of a pickup truck or the gas tank of a motorcycle; the possibilities are endless!

To learn more about Torture Ink, and how you can take advantage of all they have to offer, contact them at 877-434-3054 to schedule an appointment.

Tattooing is Not a New Art Form

If you are going to Hartford, tattoo heaven is just 30 minutes away in Enfield! It is called Torture Ink, and it is worth the short drive if you are planning to get body art done. If you are getting a tattoo, you will be joining the ranks of millions who have done the same, dating back millenniums.

The art of tattooing has been around for thousands of years, adorning the human body with designs, either intricate or simple. The reasons for these adornments vary, yet are always personal. Some of them are designed to declare love, or as status symbols. Some denote religious beliefs, and some were even applied as a punishment.

The earliest evidence we have of tattooing was found on the upper lip of a 7,000 year-old mummy from the Chinchorro culture of northern Chile and southern Peru. The tattoo is of a thin, pencil mustache, indicating that it was strictly for cosmetic purposes.

Another very early example of human tattooing was found on a mummy discovered in the area of the Italian-Austrian border in the Otztal Alps in 1991. The male mummy has been given the appropriate nickname of “Otzi the Iceman.” The body was frozen in ice from the chest down, and it took a special team to extract it from the 5,200 year-old icy grave. On the body was found a series of tattoos. Because of the placement of the tattoos on the ankle joints, lower spine and right knee, some experts believe that the markings were therapeutic, and applied to relieve pain.

There are several pieces of evidence that Egyptian women bore tattoos on their bodies and limbs. Several female figurines from 4000-3500 B.C. have been discovered, and occasionally they were found in tomb scenes. There have also been tattoo tools discovered in the town of Gurob in northern Egypt that date back to 1300 B.C. And more enlightening are the mummies that have been discovered in Egypt, dating back as far as 2000 B.C.

A brief study into the history of tattoos makes it clear that the practice has been around for a very long time. Today, the art continues. The equipment is higher tech, and the artists are very skilled, but the principle is basically the same as it was millenniums ago. If there is artwork you want displayed on your body, either for all to see or just a select few, it can be done.

The skilled artists at Torture Ink are amongst the best in the body art industry, some of them having over 20 years of experience. They use contemporary tattoo techniques that very few artists even know about.

In addition to tattoos, Torture Ink provides high quality body piercing services. They use the most medically safe and sanitary methods available, and provide an array of body jewelry to choose from right in the shop. Torture Ink also offers airbrushing and pin striping services.

To make an appointment for your body art, give Torture Ink a call and schedule your session today.

A Look at the History and Culture of Tattooing

Ct Tattoo Shop, Torture Ink, has set the bar for other tattoo shops in the region. They have taken the extra steps to assure that they are the premier tattoo establishments in the Northeast. Thousands of very happy customers have walked out of the shop with new body art decorating their exteriors.

Tattoos in Connecticut are a common thing, of course, but they are elsewhere too. Tattoos are applied the world over, and they mean different things to different cultures. For instance, in New Guinea, a swirl of tattoos on a Tofi woman’s face would indicate her family genealogy. Dark scrawls across a Cambodian monk’s chest will tell you his religious beliefs. Any big city gang member will most likely have various tattoos that indicate his or her street affiliation, and perhaps even what crimes he or she has committed, including murder. From Maori chiefs in New Zealand to Japanese mafia lords, tattoos are an expression of identities and lifestyles. Tattoos can communicate to onlookers who the bearer of the markings is, and what position they hold, or what they have done.

In September of 2013 there is a documentary to be aired on the Smithsonian Channel by photographer Chris Rainier. He has spent the last twenty years documenting the culture of the tattoo. He has covered jungles, cities, and deserts. He has visited and documented the hill tribes of the territory of New Guinea, as well as the streets occupied by L.A. street gangs.

What Rainier has concluded is that tattoos are not only embedded in the skin, but also engrained in the minds of humans as a way of expressing identity. He visited the island of Mentawai in Indonesia, and found that the ancient ritual of tattooing is quickly disappearing. Rainier hurries to document this culture before its traditional ways of tattooing become obsolete.

Rainier has also become fascinated with the current tattoo craze in the United States. It is apparent just about anywhere one travels in our nation. While it used to be confined to certain subcultures, tattooing has now gone mainstream. According to a 2006 Pew survey, 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 26 and 40 have been tattooed.
Our modern West’s first documented encounter with tattooing happened in 1769 when a naturalist aboard the British ship, Endeavour, witnesses the Polynesian practice of “tattowing” first hand. This naturalist, Joseph Banks, watched a 12-year-old girl become extensively adorned. “It was done with a large instrument about 2 inches long containing about 30 teeth,” said Banks. “Every stroke…drew blood.” The girl sobbed and fought, but two women held her down, occasionally beating her. It went on for nearly an hour.

Sailors began returning from tours of the South Pacific sporting tattoos of their own, and soon the Europeans looked upon these tattoos as something only obtained by unruly sailors, although they were highly admired in certain circles: in the early 1900s, the future Marchioness of Londonderry tattooed a snake, a star and a coat of arms on her leg, and King George V boasted a Japanese-style dragon.

Today people are getting tattooed for a variety of reasons, and the practice is getting more and more popular with time. No longer are tattooed citizens considered to be outcasts, or rebels. Now many tattoos are simply applied for the beautification of the body.

Ct tattoo shop Torture Ink is proud to be amongst the most revered tattoo establishments in the nation, setting the bar with outstanding artists and equally outstanding customer service. Give us a call and make your appointment today.

Beware of Questionable Tattoo Shops in Springfield and Surrounding Areas

The tattoo shops in Springfield and the surrounding areas have been proving to be lacking in the area of proficiency in cover up tattoos. Torture Ink in Enfield wants all of their current and potential customers to be aware of the number of tattoo artists who decline performing cover up body art simply because they are not qualified to perform it.

There are various reasons why someone may be looking to get a tattoo covered. Life’s circumstances change, as do relationship statuses or political views. Sometimes the customer gets a tattoo on a whim or a dare, and ends up completely regretting the poor decision.

John Improta, Founder of Torture Ink, advises that one of the best ways to gauge the skill and qualification of a tattoo artist is to ask him or her if they do tattoo cover ups. If they are not skilled in that area, or if they feel that there is not enough profit to do the work, they may quote a price that is way too expensive in order to discourage you from getting it. Also, they may tell you that your tattoo cannot be covered, which is not true. This is indicative of the fact that the artist is not experienced or skilled in cover up body art. Improta advises anyone who is told that his or her tattoo cannot be covered, to turn around and walk out of the shop and into Torture Ink. At Torture, there is no tattoo that cannot be covered. While there may be steps to prepare for the coverage, Torture Ink can do it, and will create something beautiful and appealing to take its place. Our skilled artists will help you design a work of art that will surely put a smile on your face.

If you do have any tattoos that you have wanted to get covered, now is a great time to do it, especially if it is a particularly big one. Torture Ink is currently offering the $399 All You Can Sit deal, where as long as you can sit and have work done, we will do it, and all for the price of $399. This is an unprecedented deal that can save the recipient of the cover up tattoo, or regular tattoo, hundreds of dollars.

Our body artists at Torture Ink are amongst the best and most qualified in the industry. Some of them have over 20 years experience as tattoo artists. The techniques that they use are state-of-the-art, still unheard of to many artists in the field.

At Torture Ink, we strive not only to get new business, but to take care of all of our customers’ needs, including keeping them up to date with any information that we feel will be helpful to them.

Springfield Tattoo Parlors Fall Short to Nearby Torture Ink

One would think that people living in Springfield, Massachusetts would use Springfield tattoo parlors, but that is not usually the case. After all, why would they go to a tattoo shop in Springfield, when just 13 miles down the road they could go to Torture Ink in Enfield, Connecticut for their body art? Torture Ink has been labeled the Tattoo Authority of the Northeast, and maintains that reputation throughout the area.

Torture Ink places a great emphasis on the cleanliness and safety procedures to assure that their clients will be best served in a sanitary fashion. We also provide body-piercing services utilizing the most sanitary, medically safe and least rejected piercing procedures possible. We have a huge array of body jewelry available on site, and will pierce any part of the body that the client desires. It is done right here at the tattoo shop.

No matter where you go for a tattoo, it is important to be sure that the tattoo parlor you choose is safe and clean. One must remember that the tattoo artist will be sticking needles into the skin of the clients, so it pays to choose wisely when selecting the right shop. Don’t hesitate to ask the tattoo artist questions about the cleanliness and the experience he or she has. If you can’t bring yourself to ask these questions, then you need to wait until you are comfortable … don’t take chances when it comes to your health and safety.

When a tattoo artist applies a tattoo, he or she should use a brand new, sterile needle. Request that the artist review the entire tattoo procedure with you before beginning so that you know precisely what to expect. Have the artist explain what the tattoo machine does, and make sure that you are both aware of exactly what the design will look like upon completion. The artist should accommodate all of your wishes, and if not, you need to find a different artist. At Torture Ink, all of our skilled, experienced artists understand the importance of your comfort, and will take the time to assure that you are 100% “in the know” before proceeding with the tattoo application.

Once the tattoo is completed, the artist should apply Vaseline onto the area with a clean, disposable instrument. It should not be done by hand! Your next step is to then care for the tattoo. It is important to realize that although a new tattoo is pretty, it is still an open wound until it heals. The bandage that the artist places on the tattoo should remain there for at least 12 hours. Once it is finally removed, let it air out and dry, then wash it gently with soap and water. This should be followed up by a thin coat of antibiotic cream. This procedure should take place twice a day for the next four to five days. Also, avoid submerging the tattoo in water, such as baths, hot tubs or swimming pools until the tattoo is completely healed. Remember that it is still a wound, so avoid getting it dirty, keep it washed, and do not pick or scratch at it.

You may live in an area where Springfield tattoo parlors are closer, but for an additional twenty-minute drive, you would be best served to come to Torture Ink. We care greatly about our clients’ safety, and we do all that we can to assure that they are completely satisfied in every way.

In order to take advantage of the expertise and professionalism of Torture Ink, contact us at 888-451-9836 to schedule an appointment.

Connecticut Tattoo Shop, Torture Ink, Raises the Bar with 165-Minute Tattoo Session

Connecticut tattoo shop, Torture Ink Body Art Studioz, has once again raised the bar for the other shops in the tattoo industry. The most recent promotion we are running is the 165-Minute tattoo session for only $99. That’s two hours and forty-five minutes of high quality body art for an unprecedented price. For under a hundred dollars, one of the skilled artisans of Torture Ink will create the body art desired by the customer for what equates to be sixty cents per minute! The special runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Torture Ink is a high caliber tattoo shop that maintains a high degree of cleanliness and sanitation, offering customers the best tattoo, body piercing, airbrushing and pin striping services in the business. The experience and expertise of the artists have given Torture Ink the reputation of being the shop where the other tattoo artists want to come to have their bodywork done.

We are located at 654 Enfield St. in Enfield, CT. At first glance, customers are aware that the shop they are visiting is not any ordinary tattoo shop. They can see and feel a degree of sophistication and professionalism that makes Torture Ink the premier Connecticut Tattoo shop. Since 2006, we have been serving the communities of Hartford County, Springfield and Bridgeport, as well as Boston, Massachusetts. There are also a slew of regular local customers who recognize the advantage of having a tattoo shop like Torture Ink right in their back yard. We are one of the few tattoo shops in the country that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.

Once the customer walks into the shop to get the 165-Minute tattoo special, the artist will go over the pertinent information with them, prepare them for the procedure, and the service begins. Two hours and forty-five minutes later they walk away with a brand new work of art that they can proudly display. And the best part…it won’t break their wallets!

Customers taking advantage of the 165-Minute special may wish to get a cover-up tattoo rather than brand new body art. For those that have an old tattoo that has faded, or that is no longer pertinent to them, or perhaps one that was botched by an unskilled artist, this special may be the prime opportunity to have the work done you’ve been putting off.

Getting an appointment that accommodates your busy schedule is never a problem at Torture Ink. We want to be sure that everyone can get in, so we take appointments for any time, any day of the week, night or day.

In order to take advantage of the 165-Minute special, contact Torture Ink at 888-451-9836 to schedule an appointment.

Enfield Tattoo Shop Torture Ink Offers Unprecedented Deal

Torture Ink is an Enfield tattoo shop that is one of the leaders in the industry of tattooing and body piercing, and as such, they also lead the way in innovative specials and deals. They have recently announced the “All You Can Sit” special, which enables a client to receive all of the tattoo work they want to get as long as they can sit in one session. This comes at the surprising price of only $399. This price is extraordinary when compared to the price of what just a simple procedure may cost. A more complex tattoo may cost over ten times the amount of this deal.

We know that there are people out there that would like to get tattoos that would normally be completely price prohibitive. With the All You Can Sit deal, they can now afford to get larger tattoos that will cost them a fraction of the price that they would pay elsewhere. As long as they will sit in a tattoo session, we will work on them and it will not cost them any more than the initial price of $399.

At Torture Ink we hope that customers will stop going to small, unsanitary shops to get a cheap deal on a tattoo by an artist that is not qualified. Some people have tattoo parties where they have an artist come to their home and do multiple tattoos. This is unsanitary and dangerous, and hopefully with the All You Can Sit deal it will discourage potential clients from making these poor decisions. We want for them to come to us and get the tattoo they have always wanted. In turn, the visual impact may have an effect on others that see them, and they, too, will come to Torture Ink.

Another way one might utilize the All You Can Sit special is to come in for a cover up. Sometimes people want to cover a tattoo that they consider a mistake, or possibly a botched job by an unqualified artist. At Torture Ink, we can transform that unwanted tattoo into a beautiful work of art, and this special offer is a great opportunity to do so.

Whether it is a new work of art, or a cover job for an unwanted one, those who have taken advantage of this deal have been amazed at the amount of attention and work they received from the Torture Ink artists for such a small investment.

Torture Ink has been referred to as the “Tattoo Authority of the Northeast,” and for good reason. We are located in Enfield, Connecticut, and we serve the local community, but we service many clients from Hartford County, Springfield and Bridgeport areas, as well as Boston, Massachusetts. We have been in business since July of 2006, and our artists have over 20 years of experience. As a matter of fact, our artists use tattoo application techniques that very few other artists even know about. We are also one of about 30 tattoo businesses in the nation that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.

In order to take advantage of the “All You Can Sit” special, contact Torture Ink at 888-451-9836 to schedule an appointment.