This chat features the Thomas Pendelton from A&E's Tattoo Highway answering viewer questions.
zoobrains asked: Hi Thomas, is that an upside down cross beneath your eye or is it a sword? If it is an upside down cross what is the significance to you?
Thomas Pendelton: The tattoo below my eye is an upside down cross. I have been asked if I am a devil worshiper and told I am evil but the true meaning is way less sinister. Under one eye I have an AUM symbol. This is a symbol in the Hindu religion for God and a universal symbol for piece. The upside down cross is a symbol of humility. In the Christian religion it is also a sign of distress. They are on my face as a constant reminder to stay peaceful and humble.
Mtndet3 asked: I am afraid of needles but i have always wanted a tattoo of a scorpion. Do you think someone who is afraid of needles can get a tattoo?
Thomas Pendelton: I think you should go into a shop and take a look at a tattoo needle. These are nothing like the intimidating needle that the doctor stabs you with. They are not hollow and only go into the dermis about 2 mm. They are more like a fine sewing needle. A doctors syringe is more like a harpoon… It’s nowhere near as bad as you are thinking.
esvaemt asked: What tattoo do you have that means the most to you?
Thomas Pendelton: I have a lot of tattoo’s and they all have different meanings. When I got some of them they may not have had any particular meaning at the time but now I see they are like mile markers for my life. For some of them it is the artist that did the work not the work itself. My most meaningful tattoos are the ones that are done to represent my family.
rencat677 asked: I was wondering if you could tell me what color Monica's hair is? And how she got it that color? Thank you.
Thomas Pendelton: HAHAHHA. It is called Pimpin Purple by Special FX. Like the ashes that is something you should leave to the professionals.
CoastalChick74 asked: Hey Thomas, is Heidi the weirdest person you have ever done a tat for?
Thomas Pendelton: By no means is Heidi the weirdest person I have tattooed. I have been tattooing for along time and have met all kinds. Even on the show we tattooed prostitutes to cowboys and little old ladies. I’ve been in tattoo parlors for a long time so my definition of weird is probably not what you think.
tishawhittaker asked: Is there any tattoo that you just "hate" tattooing?
Thomas Pendelton: I love the art of tattooing but I am my worst critic. Sometimes I finish a piece and think it could have been better or that I just totally screwed that one up. I guess it’s not the tattoo I hate it’s the tattoo artist.
Sarah Stage asked: I have a idea of a tattoo that I would like to have done but do not know what I have to do. The places around this area I do not trust designing or doing the job. What should I do?
Thomas Pendelton: I guess you need to drive further. Most big cities have tattoo conventions. I would suggest you try make it to one and find an artist at one of these events. There are plenty of great tattoo artists out there and this will be on you for the rest of your life. Make sure it is something you can be proud of.
Gwen Rooney asked: The ashes in the ink was a great idea, but is that a health issue? just curious.
Thomas Pendelton: There isn’t a whole lot of research done on this subject. I strongly recommend against this process. We used a very small amount as to not compromise the integrity of the ink or the tattoo. The body will reject impurities that you try to force into it so you have to be aware of the risk. This is something that was done on a very personal level, man to man and by 2 adults that made a personal choice. It just happen to be caught on film…