Getting something permanently drawn onto your body should not be a decision made quickly. So maybe a long weekend getaway with friends isn't the best time to sit down under the needle. That giant sun wrapped in barbwire to commemorate your trip to Florida might not seem so awesome once back home in Wisconsin.
Then again, vacations are known to motivate, and friends can be pretty convincing. And what more inspirational setting then ink-clad, super-hip Venice Beach, California? And what better excuse than a hotel offering a "Ink and Stay" hotel package?
Hotel Erwin, the boutique hotel just 200 feet from the sand and ocean, is doing just that. Book a room now through December 2009 and get a $100 voucher for a tattoo from their in-house tattoo and graffiti artist, Lubriderm lotion and ice packs to help you heal, and a bottle of tequila to help numb the pain.
Work up your courage while staying in one of the 119 hip rooms of the 3 1/2 star hotel, many with balconies opening up to the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Plan your tat at High, the hotels rooftop, open-air lounge that offers handmade cocktails and great views of Venice Beach and downtown LA. Or sketch your design over breakfast at Hash's chill dining room, offering 'from scratch' breakfasts and market fresh dinners in a beach-style cafe setting.
There's a $500 bonus for anyone who gets a "I Heart Hotel Erwin" tattoo. And after a stay at this trendy, chill beach spot, it might just seem pretty cool once you get home.
***UPDATE - November 5th***
If you find yourself looking to get tattooed while on vacation on the East coast, book a room at the Hotel Marcel in New York City. Starting November 15th, as part of the Marcel Original Art on Rotation series (M.O.A.R) launching at the same time, tattoo and graffiti artist Mister Cartoon will set up shop as the hotel's "Tattoo Artist in Residence". Tattooer to the stars, Mister Cartoon has done work on Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Mena Suvari and Ryan Phillipe.
Book a room at Hotel Marcel while Mister Cartoon is there and skip his year-long wait list and get inked during your stay!