SkinFlower Cosmic Arts

...tattoos & art appreciation in a genial atmosphere~!


(from national geographic)

Body organs aren't all internal like the brain or the heart. There's one we wear on the outside. Skin is our largest organ—adults carry some 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms) and 22 square feet (2 square meters) of it. This fleshy covering does a lot more than make us look presentable. In fact, without it, we'd literally evaporate.

Skin acts as a waterproof, insulating shield, guarding the body against extremes of temperature, damaging sunlight, and harmful chemicals. It also exudes antibacterial substances that prevent infection and manufactures vitamin D for converting calcium into healthy bones. Skin additionally is a huge sensor packed with nerves for keeping the brain in touch with the outside world. At the same time, skin allows us free movement, proving itself an amazingly versatile organ.

Skin is made up of three layers. The outermost is the epidermis. This consists mainly of cells called keratinocytes, made from the tough protein keratin (also the material in hair and nails). Keratinocytes form several layers that constantly grow outwards as the exterior cells die and flake off. It takes roughly five weeks for newly created cells to work their way to the surface. This covering of dead skin is known as the stratum corneum, or horny layer, and its thickness varies considerably, being more than ten times thicker on the soles of the feet than around the eyes. The epidermis harbors defensive Langerhans cells, which alert the body's immune system to viruses and other infectious agents.

The epidermis is bonded to a deeper skin layer below known as the dermis, which gives the organ its strength and elasticity thanks to fibers of collagen and elastin. Blood vessels here help regulate body temperature by increasing blood flow to the skin to allow heat to escape, or by restricting the flow when it's cold. A network of nerve fibers and receptors pick up feelings such as touch, temperature, and pain, relaying them to the brain.

The dermis houses hair follicles and glands with ducts that pass up through the skin. Sweat glands bring down internal temperature through perspiration while ridding the body of the waste fluids urea and lactate. Apocrine glands, which develop during puberty, produce a scented sweat linked to sexual attraction that can also cause body odor, especially around the armpits. Sebaceous glands secrete oil-like sebum for lubricating the hair and skin.

The skin's base layer is the subcutis, which includes a seam of fat laid down as a fuel reserve in case of food shortage. It also works as insulation and cushions us from knocks and falls.

Skin Color

Skin color is due to melanin, a pigment produced in the epidermis to protect us from the sun's potentially cancer-causing ultraviolet (UV) rays. Dark-skinned people produce more numerous and deeper-colored melanin particles. People with the darkest complexions are native to tropical regions, particularly those with few densely forested areas.

Fair skin is an adaptation found in people from northern latitudes where solar rays are relatively weak. Here the benefits of dark skin are outweighed by the need for bone-strengthening vitamin D, produced through exposure to UV rays. But hotter, sunnier environments bring the risk of serious skin damage. Australia, where the majority of the population is of northern European descent, has the world's highest rates of skin cancer, accounting for more than 80 percent of all cancers diagnosed there each year.

tattoo tips~!!!

    •    relax & sit still~! all that moving around is making it more difficult for your artist to do their best work, making it take longer & yes probably hurt more... this includes shifting your position every time the artist goes for ink or tensing up when you are touched...

    •    know what you want but be flexible... your skin is not the same as a piece of paper... your artist is an experienced professional & will know what can & cannot work, taking into consideration your skin tone, your shape, & size & detail of the artwork...

    •    understand that your tattoo project is a commitment... don't be afraid! do be prepared to sit for multiple sessions to complete a large &/or detailed tattoo...

    •    dress comfortably! its not a fashion show & you will be asked to position yourself in such a way as to make the area of your skin where you are getting the ink available & taut... as well its always possible that you will end up with some ink on your clothing so your favorite white shirt is probably not the best choice...

    •    feel free to bring  a few snacks / refreshments for yourself… you may be there for a number of hours & the process will be taxing to your body even if it is a fairly easy session… you may need fuel...

    •    do not bring your children to your tattoo session!  you will not be free to watch or entertain them… you will want to focus on yourself during the process, not worrying about what your kids are getting into… a tattoo studio is generally an adult zone… that said, a friend can be comforting & distract you from the pain… check with your artist on this point as some prefer not to have any extra people around- respect the wishes of your chosen artist of course...

    •    do not show up to your tattoo appointment drunk or high… you will be expected to be cooperative as your artist does his/her work… it is best that you are in a serene state of mind, try to get there naturally by being certain of your decision… alcohol, pills, other drugs can have undesirable effects on how you deal with the procedure as well as how your body reacts & heals…

    •    don't be afraid to ask questions, any question at all~!!!

    •    respect & trust your artist~!!! this is paramount to getting a great tattoo… understand that while doing a tattoo may look easy, it's not! it's only the skill & confidence of your artist that makes it look that way…

general hours~!!!


skinflower cosmic art studio here in the heart of the catskills is open all year long~

thursdays from 2:pm to 7:pm


fridays thru mondays from 12:noon to 7:pm


please feel free to come by anytime... have a look around, peruse the books & have a chat about your ideas... we can set you up with an appointment when you are ready~!

questions?  give me a call or shoot me an email

or just roll on in one day~! but do call first~ sometimes i take a few days off...


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