Archive for Bambu

Designs inspired by BAMBU!, compiled in one spot for your viewing pleasure!

Posted in Design Challenges with tags , , , on November 2, 2009 by metalinkshop

Thanks for all awesome submissions for our 1st ever Special Design Challenge, Design for BAMBU! We compiled all the entries here to make it easy for you to view & rate them! Enjoy!

You choose which design(s) will get printed, so log on to and rate today! Note: Voting for Bambu Design Challenge ends on Dec 31.

Bambu Faux Chic
“Bambu Faux Chic” by Quakerninja

“Bambu” by Jun087

Bambu Twist
“Bambu Twist” by Flash13

Qetza bambu
“Bambu” by Qetza

legend of holy pink
“Legend of Holy Pink” by Raven

“Bambu Eyes” by RydellSG

Bambu by Lyra
“Bambu” by Lyra

Ink Cap
“Bambu Ink Cap” by Laylangel

“BAMBU” by Mrdavidpoe

Watch Qetza Craft His Bambu-inspired Design!

Posted in Design Challenges with tags , , on October 8, 2009 by metalinkshop

You don’t want to miss this amazing video!

qetza's Bambu-inspired design

qetza's Bambu-inspired design

To get more info on our Design for Bambu Challenge, see this earlier post. To see and rate all of the submissions for the Design for Bambu Challenge, go to Rate Designs at

Our Newest Addiction: Rydell, Metal Ink’s 1st Designer/Maiden!

Posted in Design Challenges, Designer Interviews, Maiden of the Month with tags , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by metalinkshop

Rydell is a super hot designer who recently submitted her work for the Design for Bambu challenge! We recently called her in Alberta, Canada (cell phone bill’s gonna look gruesome this month) and discussed her dual design and modeling careers! You won’t want to miss Rydell’s entry in the November Maiden of the Month contest!



MI: How did you find out about Metal Ink?

R: I know some of the other girls who were on the site—Glitch, Kraven, and I’ve seen Radeo’s pictures from the shoot she did for Maiden of the Month.

MI: Are you also a Suicide Girl?

R: Sure am!

MI: What do you like about Metal Ink?

R: I like that you can send in designs. A lot of girls who are on SG have jobs besides modeling.

MI: Do you work in graphic design or illustration? I ask because you submitted a design for the Design for Bambu challenge. You’re going to be the first Maiden to also be a Designer!

R: Well, I’m going to participate in the November contest, but yeah I can’t wait!

MI: Your design, “Bambu Eyes,” is beautiful. I really like it, especially the colors you used. Can you tell us a little about how you came up with the idea?

Bambu Eyes by Rydell

Bambu Eyes by Rydell

R: I took Bambu’s profile picture off of SG which had a good close-up of her eyes. She has a lot of great tattoos but they’re spaced everywhere and it’s kinda hard to put on a t-shirt, unlike Radeo who has tattoos that are easier to put on a tee.

I traced over her eyes using Illustrator, gave her a little eye shadow. Photoshop is good but I don’t like it for making t-shirts. I used to work at a t-shirt company and I used to do screen printing and design, I did all the graphics and applied it. I found that for making t-shirts, Illustrator is easier to use.

MI: Bambu does have beautiful eyes. I love that you’re going for an ’80s look–it reminds me of that popular design with the eyes and red lipstick! Is that what inspired you?

R: No, actually, but someone else mentioned that. She called it the David Bowie eyes.

MI: Someone on SG? Did you talk about the design on your SG profile?

R: Yeah I have a link to the design.

MI: Cool, that’s the way to do it—get your friends to vote for your design. Can you tell us about your favorite tattoo, and the story behind it?

R: Probably my favorite is the most recent one I just got. I just finished one of my sleeves. It’s a sugar skull. All of my tattoos are symmetrical and mirrored, by the way.

MI: Is a sugar skull just a popular type of tattoo? I think Radeo has one too…

R: In Mexico, they have the Dia de los Muertos. A sugar skull is a candy skull that they make and decorate to celebrate loved ones that have passed away. It’s a representation for people that have passed away. They put daisies on the eyes or and something in the center forehead, like a rose or a diamond, and they make them for shrines.

MI: So it’s just one big sugar skull on your arm?

R: From the elbow down it’s sugar skulls and old school roses and filigree.

MI: Sounds awesome! Is that what you’ll show off in your photos for the November Maiden of the Month contest?

R: Yeah I don’t have pictures of it yet, but you’ll see them in November! BTW, I got it done by James Tex of Deadly Tattoos Inc. in Calgary.

sugar skull mamacita

sugar skull mamacita

Our 1st Special Design Challenge!

Posted in Design Challenges with tags , , on September 18, 2009 by metalinkshop

We’re calling for designs inspired by BAMBU, winner of our June Maiden of the Month contest!

Submission Guidelines

Designs should be focused on creativity, as we are looking for original art inspired by Bambu’s image and/or tattoos. You may choose to depict Bambu herself or create a design based on Bambu’s ink. Again, creativity and originality will count most, so try to avoid simple designs, such as copying Bambu’s tattoos.

Deadline to submit designs: October 31
Deadline for voting: TBD


Each design that gets selected wins:
* $700 cash
* $300 credit
* Residuals from T-shirt sales (more details here)
* Automatic entry into our Design of the Year contests

Ideas & Inspiration

If you need ideas, just go to the Metal Ink Gallery to view Bambu’s photo shoots. Note there are 2 shoots here, one with Bambu modeling our apparel and the other with Bambu showing off her ink close-up (see bottom of page). You can also check out Bambu’s Myspace page and her guest entry our our blog!

Email Metal Ink if you have any questions, and good luck!

Bambu bedroom

…& the winner of the June Maiden of the Month contest is Bambu!

Posted in Maiden of the Month with tags , on July 1, 2009 by metalinkshop

Congratulations to our June Maiden of the Month, BAMBU!

Bambu, June Maiden

Bambu, June Maiden

Metal Ink thanks all the lovely maidens who participated in the first Maiden of the Month contest based on our members’ votes. With her win, Bambu gets $700 in cash, $300 in store credit, and 2 photo shoots (a fashion shoot AND an artsy, sexy shoot with partial nudity) in Los Angeles, where Metal Ink is based! Watch out for her sets in the Gallery, coming soon!

Wanna Make It Wit Bambu!

Posted in Maiden of the Month with tags , on June 23, 2009 by metalinkshop

Ello sexy peeps of Metal Ink! Hope you like my goofball random pics I took for you, lol. Rockn out Gem style with my pink bass – I named her Pretty Clitty, haha. Still haven’t quite mastered the bass yet. I’m a rockstar in training. Just a hobby. Something to entertain myself when I’m not hoola hoopn, working or spitting blood and setting myself on fire! ahahha Gotta love it.

Bambu for Metal Ink 1

Bambu for Metal Ink 1

Bambu for Metal Ink 2

Bambu for Metal Ink 2

Bambu for Metal Ink 3

Bambu for Metal Ink 3

Anyhoo, enough with the gore and goofy… I really want to thank everyone for all the support in the Maiden of the Month competition. I truly appreciate every single vote. There are some amazingly beautiful women in the running that are yummy yummy… wish we could all win 🙂 mad love for all of you and for Metal Ink.


I leave you with the lyrics from one of my favorite Queens of the Stone Age songs. Enjoy! ❤

You wanna know if I know why?
I can't say that I do
Don't understand the evil eye
Or how one becomes two
I just can't recall what started it all
Or how to begin in the end
I ain't here to break it
Just see how far it will bend
Again and again, again and again

I wanna make out-
I wanna make out wit chu
(Anytime, anywhere)

I wanna make it
I wanna make it wit chu
(again and again and again)

Sometimes the same is different
But mostly it's the same
These mysteries of life
That just ain't my thing
If I told you that I knew about the sun and the moon
I'd be untrue
The only thing I know for sure
Is what I won't do
Anytime, anywhere and I say

I wanna make it
I wanna make it wit chu
(Anytime, Anywhere)