Aroma Smells Like Bigotry

Aroma Spa & Sports This is a really beautiful Korean spa in Los Angeles. Korean spas are wonderful, and they hold a special place in my heart. I have been going to the jijilbang since I was a little girl in Korea. You can have a bath and a scrub and a sauna and usually […]


What is up with cops lately? It seems like they are up on me and I haven’t the slightest clue why this is going on. I came home last night from a very late tattoo session, and it was Friday yes, but I hadn’t had anything to drink but warmish water, as I laid over […]

Cris Cleen / Saved Tattoo

Cris Cleen is a tattooer I had never met but upon seeing his work, in a nice Vimeo short profile on him on my daily go-to tattoo news site, it was maybe a love at first sight feeling, but not necessarily for the man, as I didn’t know him, and really, am old enough […]

Margaret Cho: Video on Wall Street Journal Speakeasy

WSJ Speakeasy

Margaret Cho: The Girl With the Genteel Tattoo By Barbara Chai Comedian and actress Margaret Cho stopped by the WSJ Studio to talk with Speakeasy’s Barbara Chai about her new DVD, the coming season on Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva,” and her freshly-inked tattoo.

Being Mad on Twitter

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I have some wonderful new tattoos on my ass by the incredible Cris Cleen, who I love, and I posted a picture of them on twitter, which got many favorable comments but there were two negative ones, and I blew a fucking gasket. I screamed out loud and tracked the perps down and blocked them, […]


I finally got my hands on Beverly Yuen Thompson’s wonderful documentary about heavily tattooed women, “Covered” and I was so excited. It’s a fantastic film and it had special resonance for me because it featured quite a few asian women talking about their experiences and especially focused on their parents reactions. My parents have been […]

American Electric Tattoo

My friend Michelle Carr is beautiful, and whenever I see her, I must beg her to let me gawk at her chest. She kindly pulls down or unbuttons or unzips whatever she is wearing and allows me a full blown uninterrupted stare at the most gorgeous tattoo I have ever seen (and of course her […]

Thanks Memoir Tattoo

ralph-watercolor- Shawn Barber

Art drives my life and keeps me going. I think about art all the time, in the fashion of making art, being with artists, collecting art, being a work of art. Art is everything and my childhood and my adulthood combined. I grew up around painters wanting to be like them, wanting to get tattooed […]

Tattoo Age

I am getting a tattoo today, and it makes me feel wildly emotional. I have been getting lots of work done lately, all in areas that are fairly undetectable; stomach and back, thighs and ribs, back of legs, inner arms – moving down towards my knees now. It seems that people don’t think you are […]

My New Tattoo

Eddy Deutsche, just one of my amazing tattoo artists, had a magnificent beast of a dog, Hodji. An all black Newfoundland, with glossy long fur and a massive head. He was the noblest of creatures, and quite a comforting presence, calming those with needle anxiety, resting his impressive maw on shaking limbs and touching noses […]


I bought some perfume in Cannes. I was walking around, there was a heat wave, so everyone had to be practically naked. Because of my tattoos I had been publicly assaulted numerous times. I don’t know why but the world seems to entitle itself to grope heavily tattooed women. Sometimes, it was charming, but that […]

Portrait by Shawn Barber

Here’s my wonderful portrait by the incredible Shawn Barber! Mike Davis is tattooing me in the painting! Its so fucking awesome I scream with joy whenever I look at it. Love Shawn Barber so much!!!!