the power of …

tattooed dancers

A a beautiful photography projects focuses on fit bodies and ink – tattoos on dancers show a wonderful flow and the beauty of human bodies. check out the photographer’s website – his other projects are also very interesting and dynamic!

tattoos as a therapy

Boston Marathon bombing and one survivor’s way to cope with the trauma in this personal account of her tattoos.

grandpa tattoos

Finally, a charm of old times in a text about grandpa tattoos. Lal Hardy mentioned!

 

mass media charm

tattoo regrets

The Daily Mail isn’t the most reliable and credible source of info ever but their articles tend to be quite … amusing? suprising? entertaining? When you get to read about this guy and his tattoo regrets, can you really take him seriously? His reasoning behind his regrets and his determination to get rid of his inked past are really convincing? Is his tragedy really that big or is it just a promo stunt to get ppl interested in the show? Who knows? ;)

APP-related

Amore sensible piece of news from Canada – a local piercer very determined to learn and develop her profesional skills (and modern body piercing is a real science!). That’s both just nice and impressive!

loosing their cool or gaining it?

losing their cool

A recent text in the Telegraph claims that tattoos are passe now and the pendulum definitely swings into the tattooo removal field. True as their points may be, they are only superficial and only when we do agree that ppl get tattoos done only to fit and do what’s fashionable at the moment. Since it’s not the case for many ppl, I wouldn’t be so hasty with jumping to the above mentioned conlusion ;)

als Revolte

If you want to get a different, more interesting perspective on tattoos, take a look at the text and pictures posted on the Reuter’s website (quite rightly the section is called “wider image”) – the Hindus fighting for their diginity and respect by means of tattoos. A similar text in German is here.

ear stretching poor Q&A

Knowledge is power but knowledge should be derived from many sources – a short interview with a professor of dermatology focused on ear stretching shows a very biased and narrow point of view; why not to interview an experienced body piercer as well to get a bigger picture of the subject?

the future of the phones

From the forum in Davos come cool preditctions for the future – maybe in a few years some of our phone parts could be implanted under our skin. Seeing how I use the Samsung brand now and they like to compete against the Apple, who knows what will happen? ;)

In short, life is not black and white only; it’s not about being cool or uncool; it’s about making our own choices, deciding what is cool for us and trying to see a bigger picture in everything :)

ideals of beauty … women only?

When it comes to so-called beauty, it seems to be about women only. Sure that men have their own issues to tackle but their concerns and beauty standards don’t get that much publicity and media coverage!

Orlan

Here we have Orlan, a great artist who challenges and discusses beauty standards! There will be an exhibit of her work soon!

A slide show focused on tattooed women who allegedly challenge the conventions! which is a lil debatable!

cosmetic tattooing

Here another way to both challenge and conform to conventions: eyebrow tattooing as in cosmetic tattooing.

Furiosa

Furiosa, a strong female figure who inspires tattoos!

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For sth a lil different: a musem exhibit focused on tattoo history coming soon in London!

new “bling”

Misleading a lil as it is (bling is more about metal, isn’t it?), good jwelery for stretched lobes is a must! Fortunately for all of us with such lobes, the modern body modification industry provides us with a really broad array of options – metals, glass, bones, acrylic (*yuck!*), wood and silicone which is my fav way to go!

I usually buy either from Wildcat which is Germany-based (in my case) or from BAF from the US. Both are very good when it comes to jewelry and service. The Wildcat silicone eyelets are pretty neat and thanks to a bigger rim they make a stretched lobe look bigger (which is quite important for those to whom size matters!). The eyelets sold by BAf are made by Kaos and they have this awfully nice, subtle look which make the lobes look natural and just pretty (a purely subjective opinion, of course).

jewelry size comparison

Recently I decided to treat myself with some new eyelets and decided to go for the BAf option. Being based in Poland is not easy at times as there are some manufactureres and shops that don’t sell and ship to this country for some reason. With BAF it never was a problem before but it turned out the other way now. After a quick e-mail exchange, however, the BAf ppl were kind enough to accomodate to my needs and a few hours after my inquiry selling and shipping to Poland became definitely possible.

Since my order was shipped at the end of December (holliday season!), I didn’t really know how long it would take to get it here. Fortunately, the waiting period wasn’t too long after all and 12 days later the order landed safely in my mail box.

my BAF stuff

BAF cares about the environment (a huge thing in my eyes!) therefore they offer a ‘conserve plastic baggies’ option and since I chose it during the buying process, I received two pairs of eyelets squished together in one tiny plastic baggy (the eyelets are made from silicone, they are very flexible and they were perfectly ok after taking them out of the baggy). BAf always gives some freebies, too – a guage card (an interesting piece of info esp. that gauge and metric sizes are not that easy to memorize, so a cheat sheet is always useful!) and a free sticker which is pretty cool on its own.

The eyelets look great – they make the lobes look natural, kind of classy and the size isn’t too obtrusive.

This is 9/16″ (14mm) transluscent blue silicone eyelet:

14mm blue

and that’s a glitter pink 9/16″ (14mm) silicone eyelet:

14mm pink

 

I actually like the pink ones better now but – as with all preferences and tastes – things may change in the future! ;)

Devil is in the details (or so they say), so it’s pretty sensible now and then to get ourselves sth nice, esp. when it comes to body jewelry – it’s important to buy good quality jewelry to make both us and our lobes happy! ;)

 

in the mind of the beholder

father's journal

You can say a lot about tattoos, just like about pretty much everything else. All you have to have is an open mind and some knowledge on the subject. The author of this lil editorial/ commentary/ whatever doesn’t have either!

Tattoos can and actually do reflect change in times and it’s obvious on so many levels, not only ones dicussed in this article.

semicolon tattoos again

By means of tattoos we can start recovering from major traumas in our lives – tattoos don’t solve our problems but they can help come to terms with things the way they are and that’s a good starting point.

Inuit tattoos

Tattoos have an immense cultural value and they are an important sign of identity for many peoples around the world. The fear of cultural apropriation is definitely justifiable, tho, so no wonder the author of this documentary feels “some” apprehension when it comes to make it wider accessible.

Finally, tattoos are *not* an expression of trendiness, they are not so most of the time at least. These minimalist tattoos show in how many creative and clever ways you can show your love of reading (and many other things)!

So … a mark of trendiness? Hardly! We perceive the world the way we think! :P

and things keep getting … weirder? ;)

naked dating show

just when we thought that the TV reached their most absurd level, here it comes: a new dating show with contestants showing all they have to offer right at the beginning. Inetresting on its own, it’ll be a bit more controversial thanks to at least one of the contestants/ daters: the most tattooed man in the UK.

No wonder most “normal” ppl think tattoos are crazy? :P when in the process of being hired, remain in clothes as apparently hiring managers don’t like the ink!

The cool news? tattoos were around way before the era of hiring managers and, I’d bet, they stay around way past all the managers on this planet. And even tho hand-tapping method of tattooing is *not* such a novelty, it’s good the traditional cultures are being kept alive.

coolsten Star Wars

Finally, a little more of Star Wars – it’s never enough of some tattooed Force ;)

a beginning …

tattoo trend

This German slide-show tries to predict a new tattoo trend for 2016 and some of the tattoos shown are both pretty nice and interesting (one doesn’t necessarily mean the other, mind you!). Personally, it’s the words that speak to me, not the pictures, so “carpe diem quod tempus fugit” seemed the best – nothing beats Latin, the mother of our modern tongues ;)

pro image

“Your image does matter [even if your tattoo is really tiny]” says this one and it’s true to a degree – a job is a job, your personality is another thing, so judge the/ any context properlya nd act accordingly!

Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead’s death sure had some impact on ppl who love his music and persona; for Dave Grohl it also meant a tribute tattoo. Watching this video, tho, made me think how sexist the rock’n’roll world is – can you imagine women playing and screaming and men made to dance in these ridiculous wannabe-sexy poses? :P

Finally, a slide-show showing 5 things tattooed ppl allegedly wanting you to know! Not all of them are that pointless!