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Justin Sims Custom Drawings

Justin Sims Custom Drawings

Our Tattooer Justin Sims has a bunch of little things drawn up he would love to turn into tattoos, see something you like let us know, or let’s come up with something together. Currently have openings for this week, let’s set an appointment!

He works mon/tue/wed/fri/Sat and is available Thursday and Sundays by appointment only.


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Check one of Justin’s latest pieces!

Check one of Justin’s latest pieces!









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Are Tattoos Safe?Yes, as long as you go to a reputable artist that is following all recommended safety precautions. Find out what these recommendations are by going through the Safety Checklist.

What should I expect when I go to get my tattoo? I’ve got it all laid out for you, step by step, with photos at The Tattoo Process.

Does it hurt? Pain is really relative. Everyone has a different tolerance to pain. I’m not going to kid you, though – it does hurt. Just not that much. Some have compared it to a “hot scratching feeling”. But, people would not be returning again and again for tattoo after tattoo if it hurt that bad! Most of us are not into pain, but the beauty of the tattoo and the pride associated with wearing it far outweighs a little pin-stick here and there. For more information and how to deal with your fears, read How Much Does It Really Hurt?

Can I use some kind of numbing cream? These kinds of products are really not recommended.

Find out why by reading No Pain, No Gain.

How much is it going to cost? When it comes to tattoos, you get what you pay for. Yes, there are plenty of people tattooing out there that will ink you cheap, and you’ll be crying to a real artist to have it covered up. Look for quality, and be willing to pay for it. NEVER haggle over the price of a tattoo. It is disrespectful to the artist. If you can’t pay for quality, don’t bother. This is not a bargain bin. It is a piece of art you will wear for life.

Should I tip my tattoo artist? Tipping is a really nice gesture! But, there are no real solid ground rules for tipping, so follow the suggestions at To Tip or Not To Tip

What should I get? And where? This is all a matter of personal taste. You can get whatever you want, and whatever your artist is willing to do. You can choose a picture off the wall, or you can have them create a custom piece just for you. Your only limit is your own imagination. As far as where you should get it goes, just keep in mind what you do for work and the type of social circles you are in. You might want to consider placing your tattoo where it can be easily covered up with normal clothing.

What is the best time of year to get a tattoo? Although you can get a tattoo any time of the year, your skin gets a lot more abuse during the summer with swimming, tanning and just being exposed to the elements more. Winter time is really the best season to get a tattoo. For more details, see ‘Tis the Season to be Tattooed.

Is it OK to get a tattoo if I’m sick? Getting a tattoo when your immune system isn’t at 100% isn’t a good idea. You’re going to need your strength and your white blood cells to heal your tattoo, something your body won’t be able to do if it’s already doing battle against virus and bacteria. Not to mention the fact that it’s very inconsiderate to bring your illness into the tattoo studio and risk passing the germs onto others, particularly your artist. If you have an appointment, call and reschedule for when you’re feeling well again.

Where can I find pictures of (skull, teddy bear, lion, etc.) tattoos? If you’re getting a tattoo, especially as an expression of your individuality, why would you want a tattoo just like someone else’s? Instead, find other pictures of what you’re looking for and have your artist draw up a custom design for you. Example: If you are wanting a tattoo of a penguin standing on a glacier, find real photos of penguins and glaciers. If you want a tattoo of a blue rose wrapped around a cross, find pictures of real roses and crosses that you like. If the pictures don’t show exactly what you want, just take them to your artist to use them as guidelines and tell them what changes you want made to the original pictures. A real artist will welcome the challenge of a custom piece.

Is it OK to lay out in the sun or go to the tanning bed when you have tattoos? It might be really tempting to get some rays during the summer months, but before you ruin your tattoo, please read this article about Tattoos and Tanning.

I just got a new tattoo on my leg – can I shave? Before you pull out the razor blade, please read this article, When is it Safe to Shave Again?

My friend just bought a tattoo kit and wants to practice on me. Should I let them? NO! Your friend could be putting both of your lives in danger by foolishly trying to learn this at home. Tell them they need to get a proper apprenticeship, and they can start practicing on you when their mentor (master) feels they are ready. If they don’t know how to get an apprenticeship, readApprenticeship: On the Hunt!


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tattoo derm

Improving the tattoo experience

TatuYou was created by an inked inventor who saw opportunities for improving the tattoo experience. Angry that his back stuck to the sheets after a new tattoo, he developed Tatu-derm to protect new tattoos from infection and abrasion.

Our marketing strategy started with social media and tattoo conventions to bring the product to tattoo enthusiasts from 2008 to 2010. We expanded our reach engaging with Eikon Device in 2009 as our strategy moved toward distributors for sales. We now have a world wide distribution network in Europe, North America, India, Australia and South Africa.
Interacting with our customers, a number of new ideas have peaked the inventor’s curiosity and he’s been busy developing. We have new products in development to implement ideas that have come from customer feedback.
Our backgrounds are 50+ years of working for US manufacturing companies – inventor guy in engineering, mine in design, sales and supply chain management. We believe our efforts are creating jobs in America by using US manufacturers to build our products.
Tatu-derm® Instructions
How to use Tatu-derm®

Tatu-derm should be applied within one hour of completing the new tattoo.
Moisture from the open skin prevents the adhesive from sticking to the new tattoo.Apply Tatu-derm to clean dry skin with no residue from the tattoo process. Tatu-derm should completely cover the tattoo with one inch all around for good adhesion. Glycerin in green soap residue will react with the adhesive and should be rinsed well before Tatu-derm is applied.Tatu-derm should stay in place for 12 to 24 hours while skin is open and producing fluid. After 24 hours the Tatu-derm can be removed and replaced. The second application can stay in place for couple days as long as it is sticking well to the skin and there is no fluid build up. If the tattoo is done lightly and there is no fluid buildup the initial application can stay in place longer.If redness occurs remove the Tatu-derm and discontinue use. If you are allergic to adhesives test a small piece on your skin. Redness will clear up once the Tatu-derm is removed and the tattoo will not be affected.To remove Tatu-derm, peel it back SLOWLY from the edge or corner. Peel it back over itself, not away from the body. Avoid stretching the skin.

Once Tatu-derm is removed, clean and dry the area and proceed with your preferred topical aftercare.

Tatu-derm is FDA registered product, patented, manufactured and sterilized in the USA.
Tatu-derm is hypoallergenic and latex free.
Tatu-derm has a medical grade waterproof adhesive.
Tatu-derm uses the theory of moist wound management which allows the skin cells to migrate without interruption of infection or abrasion, resulting in an improved tattoo experience.
Tatu-derm is manufactured by TatuYou


Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Rock The Vote Lakeland Concert










Event information can be found here



Rival Fight League MMA Fight



 For more information about the fight or to purchase tickets please click HERE!

The Big Event 11/12/2016



The day kicks off at 6am with the InnerAct Alliance Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Kids’ Run. The Big Event begins at 4pm and ends at 8pm, with vendor move in at 2pm.

Event footprint is the NW area of Lake Mirror Promenade, using:

  1. Brew Hub Main St Overlook (Main Stage) – Live Music Stage and Beer Garden
  2. Food @ Mass & Main– Food vendors, approx. 30+
  3. Kids’ Grassy Area – (between Gravel Lot and Lake) Kid fun, team building with the Florida Tropics SC Professional Indoor Soccer Team, Florida Dance Theatre mini-workshop, bounce houses & activities
  4. Makers’ & Artisans’ Row – Local maker and artisan demonstrations, gifts & items for sale, Preview of Catapult 2.0 Maker Space concept, (west of Lakeland Cash Feed, north of Overlook)
  5. Tinsley Creative  Business Expo – Business Expo, including emerging businesses, approx. 100+, (street closure from S Massachusetts Ave to Lakeland Brewing Company)
  6. RR Pavilion – Acoustic Live Music & Beer Tent
  7. Loggia – Stage

History of the Event

2016 will be the first year for the event.


This event will engage the people of Lakeland and the surrounding areas as a family-fun community celebration showcasing the diverse offerings of the Lakeland area – in music, food, art, performance, business, and innovation – and bringing awareness to Lakeland’s offerings. With the input of the community, the event will continue to improve year over year, as needs change.


The event is for the families of Lakeland, FL and the surrounding area, and eventually will attract people from across the U.S. Their entertainment needs are live music, quality food and beverage, spending time with family and neighbors, engaging in the community, and sharing all the best of Lakeland and Polk County. The core activities of our committee are to present a safe, enjoyable, memorable event that improves year over year. We will use the event to promote our area by celebrating our achievements, talent, innovation, and community.


  • Facetime for our members with consumers
  • Showcase new, emerging, or innovative businesses
  • Celebrate and honor Veterans with a ceremony
  • Promote Lakeland
  • Celebrate the best of Lakeland
  • Diverse music
  • “Americana” feel – with local traditions, icons, relics, etc.
  • Entertain
  • Build and strengthen cooperative partnerships with governmental agencies, businesses, foundations, community, and cultural organizations.

The Big Event – A Celebration of Lakeland!

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce present a new, city-wide signature event – one exceptional day in Lakeland! The iconic and historical Lake Mirror Promenade is the perfect backdrop for local fun.

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, RUN or WALK to the Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Kids’ Run from 6am to 11am, then celebrate the race and experience the best of Lakeland from 4pm-8pm at The Big Event!

The Big Event is a free, public, family-oriented celebration featuring local live music, food & drink, Kids Zone, Business Expo, Makers’ & Artisans’ Row, and more – truly representing Lakeland and its people.

We’re bringing a new feature to this year’s Red Ribbon Run – Corporate Team & CEOs Competition! Compete against other companies & CEOs in Lakeland to house the coveted traveling trophy! InnerAct Alliance’s Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Kids’ Run attracts over 2,000 participants, and more than 4,000 spectators! Register for the Red Ribbon Run:

Registration is open for artisans, makers, businesses (established and emerging), food vendors, and non-profit exhibitors.

Experience family fun + great tastes – Lakeland style!
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About Us

About Us

Gaslight Tattoo Company is on the edge of Downtown Lakeland, FL in the beautiful Dixieland Historic District.

Located in Lakeland Florida, Gaslight Tattoo Company is Professional, Comfortable, Affordable and Clean.

With over 30 years of experience our friendly and talented artists create Custom Tattoo Designs and are skilled with Tattoo Cover Ups.

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