Bad Chinese tattoos in Brazil.
Bastian already provided us with some relevant info on legislative changes regarding ‘non-traditional’ forms of body modification in Arkansas but here is another article showing that body artists can and should cooperate with legislators to change the industry for better and educate people on the subject of body modification. Also from Arkansas, a local artist’s take on scarification.
Definitely interesting: body jewelry and piercings in American prisons.
One of more popular tattoo artists, Ami James, in Ireland.
‘Meaningful’ tattoos are usually associated, and kinda mocked because of it, with Miami Ink show and even though there is something to it, this Australian article on tattoos and the process of grieving shows that tattoos may really help deal with a loss.
Popular tattoo culture reflected in an article about a new tattoo magazine focused on ‘tattooed urban models,’ a slide show presenting tattoos in hip-hop and a text about an app which brings both Zombie Boy and Dermablend back to life (so to speak).
A little more about the project ‘Bled for Boston.’ Also related to running is this article from Runner’s World on temporary tattoos as heart monitors (not a new topic but I like it when the Bible (a.k.a. RW ;)) mentions tattoos.
Fitness and tattoos combined – Bob Harper discussing his tattoos. He’s one of the most tattooed personal trainers out there and even though he seems to be a tattoo guy only (you never know, though), his example shows that a fit, modified body is the (only) way to go for those who want to adorn their ‘temples.’
Tattoos and brain: Dr. Mark Benecke. Not the best article ever but he’s always worth to be mentioned.
A very interesting exhibit focused on Native American pride: Iroquois tattoos. Here’s some more info on Hiawatha Belt, a frequent tattoo motif for modern Iroquois.
Ground-breaking news from Austria on popularity of tattoos in this country. Meanwhile, in Arkansas, there are attempts to ban non-traditional forms of body modification (‘non-traditional’ being an interesting statement here).
It took only some self-discipline and quite a lot of longing for the way the BME used to be to document my experience with microdermals. Looking back now, I’m glad I forced myself to write up the accounts for not only me but also some others out there (as I could see that at least a handful of people found it useful).
According to my posts on here, my first set of microdermals, the wrist ones, was installed on April 1, 2010 which makes them now slightly over 3 years old. I’m quite happy to say that they are still going strong and there’s no sign of migration. One of them may have gone a lil up, closer to the surface of the skin but that’s it.
The forearm set was done on April 21, 2011. I removed them on March 29, 2013 due to the very visible by then rejection – the inner forearm micro was halfway through the skin while the outer forearm one was on its way to this stage. They had been in for almost 2 years which isn’t too short but it isn’t overly impressive, either.
There were some problems with these two right from the beginning (although it’s easy to say so now, back then I didn’t think much about it and just kept dismissing the warning signs). They took longer to heal, especially this inner one. They bled a little now and then during the healing period (although again, I’m well-known for my obsessions and even now I tend to tighten the tops up just to make sure they’re safely secured). Eventually they healed, though. Since I was obsessive about all of them, I always covered them at night (band aids for the forearm set, a loose wristband for my wrist set) and sometimes even when I was out (I actually still do it with my wrist, just in case as I would hate to get them entangled with/ in something and lose them).
The real problem started last summer when I noticed that the skin seemed to be raised and slightly bruised around the inner forearm micro. At first I thought I was mistaken. Then I thought that maybe it was just temporary (too much body lotion/ sunblock/ sweat, maybe an occasional hit during a workout). The thing seemed to be on and off for a few months. Now and then, when I squeezed the skin around the top, some lymph came out (nasty, I know but when you are into body modification, you stop being grossed out, at least by your own stuff ;)).
Eventually, after a few months of temporary problems, I had to admit that something wasn’t right. Since I’d already known what body piercing rejection looks like (two failed attempts to heal a surface piercing taught me something after all), I had to realize that this was it again.
Gross as it might have looked (and may sound now), I found it quite fascinating to watch how my body decided to get rid of titanium (and thus supposedly bio-compatible!) pieces of jewelry and was doing it very slowly. It didn’t hurt, it didn’t get much in the way (some lymph squeezing aside) but it definitely didn’t look healthy or good.
The rest is history. My piercer removed them over a month ago. The procedure wasn’t overly painful, the cuts didn’t bleed much and I could stop covering the fresh scars with band aids two days later. They scabbed very quickly and today there are just two reddish spots on my forearm. They will fade into white in a few months, I think, and that will be it.
Will I get them re-done in the future? I seriously doubt it! Not because I didn’t like them or came to dislike them. I just approached my microdermals as an experiment right from the beginning. All I wanted was to learn more about them not only through articles and posts on the Internet but also through my own experience and I achieved my goal. I’ve lived with my micros for 3 years now and I know what it’s like on daily basis. I know upsides and downsides and that’s always a good thing. In my opinion, a body modification should not only be aesthetically pleasing but, above all, it should be functional and not limit its owner in any way. With micros it’s not that easy (and I’ve already written about it in one of the earlier posts). For now, my mission is accomplished, I gathered some knowledge, had some fun and a good learning experience and I got myself two new very tiny scars. What else a weird girl could ask for?
The tragedy in Boston still in the news and it hit not only the runners but everyone else as well. Many people decided to get a tribute to the city in the form of body art. Since Boston and runners go hand in hand, the Boston Magazine prepared a very touching cover for their May issue as you can see below (taken from one of my fav websites!)
A really interesting interview with the author of the “Grandma’s tattoos’ documentary in one of the Polish newspapers. It’s def. worth reading although it seems that it’s not available online yet (all I’ve found so far is this short text from last year). The documentary was screened in Egypt recently.
It def/ made the headlines – what Obama would do if his daughters got tattoos.
A few pictures from Wroclaw Tattoo Konwent.
It’s getting warmer, so the question of covering tattoos and accepting them at workplace pops up yet again; this time in pieces like ‘would you ever consider getting a tattoo?’ and ‘hide or not hide?’.
‘Nickel, cobalt sensitivity increases with number of piercings’ deals with metal allergies.
One of these good newsfeed days when more than just a few links proved to be interesting!
Let’s start with some history: ‘a secret story of women and tattoos’ focuses on such women as Nora Hilderbrandt, Betty Broadbent and others. From Germany an interview with an iconic figure of the tattoo scene, Henk schiffmacher.
Definitely interesting: ‘sociologists find similarities in meanings behind protestant work ethics and modern religious tattoos’!
A book focused on Stockholm straight from the Millennium Trilogy (with tattoo parlors covered, too).
And finally an interesting interview with the actress playing the main character in ‘American Mary’ (should I watch this movie???) where she states an interesting thing: The body modification people in this film are the most normal, well-adjusted, happy people, whereas the other people who are socially accepted and are idolised like doctors, surgeons, they’re the most fucked up.
It’s a new year, so let’s be positive for a change! The author of this interesting piece on symbolism of ear piercing probably didn’t mean it to sound so pro-ear piercing but since we can interpret things in many ways …
Books: “Anonymity” was inspired by a homeless girl with a tattooed face. Wonder if it’s interesting? I downloaded a Kindle sample from Amazon and will check it out (or at least a few free pages of it!)
Some forms of body modification may indeed seem scary most people out there, so maybe that’s playing on this sentiment: “American Mary” horror is about the underworld of body modification.