ink likes women ;)

Ink for Autism is a nice idea to help out those affected by the disorder and it’s cool to see the tattoo industry getting involved – Ontario, Oregon, Australia!

Dress code: a tattooed midwife doesn’t cover up her tattoos and wants to change the way people look at tattooed women, Denver Police Department considers a new dress code requiring covering up tattoos after all and both defiant and naïve article ‘I’ll never cover up my tattoos for anyone ever again’ (which makes a mouthful ;)).

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Tattooed seniors here – both beautiful and daring! :)

Tips from tattoo artists all over the world – a German old school artist discusses animal tattoos, some words of wisdom from an American tattoo artist, tattoo care tips and a bit controversial article quoting extensively Junior of Junior Ink in Poland who says that people tend to copy others’ designs instead of trying to be themselves.

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A weird project by an American illustrator – have you ever wondered how a person would look if they have tattoos owned by famous soccer players? Me neither but here’s the answer (plus a shot above).

Bastian sent me a very interesting article about sadomasochism and how it may lead people who practice it to altered states of consciousness. Interestingly enough, there’s also some info on ‘energy pulls’ here and I like it quite a lot: ‘The effect might not be so different from what people experience when they push their bodies during yoga, or even during meditation. People who complete the energy pull ritual also report feeling more connected to others.

Finally, some tattoo entertainment: Rob Zombie is going to be a guest judge on Ink Master this coming week, so let’s listen to one of his songs in preparation for the big day ;)

written on the skin!

My fav combo once again: runners and messages written on their skin. Not tattoos per se but important messages carrying deep and moving meaning, especially when paired with the runners’ bodies – not the fake perfect ones straight from the Vogue covers but their own, strong and beautiful, despite the scars and missing limbs!Image

The slide show is a part of the Dear World project and you can also watch some videos of the Boston marathon survivors. It’s moving and touching, even if you are not a runner!

Is it in any way related to body modification? Maybe yes, maybe not. There’s always a way to interpret things and find a deeper meaning or just simply draw some strength from people who went through hell and yet got out of it alive!

it’s a new tech world out there ;)

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Seeing how much I love my smartphone (and it shows even on here), I just had to read about tattoo apps and even try one; Alas, turned out the choice of the ‘tattoos’ is very limited and not really to my taste. You can play with them if you want to, though!

The new tech world is coming, though, as these articles show: 3D printer turned into a simple tattoo machine and  smart ’tattoos’ storing medical data. Rather interestingly, however, Maori tattoos apparently can be seen as therapy.

The Boulder Tattoo Project is both interesting and reminding me of the Skin Project.

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Tattoos make you fat’ is hard to believe, especially if you take a look at a heavily tattooed David Beckham who just launched his swim wear collection for H&M.

Yakuza is becoming very tech, too – Yamaguchi-Gumi have their own website now and want to improve their public image.

Tunisia and how tattoos are perceived there.

Finally, a very interesting one from Bastian, ‘the ancient and mysterious history of tattoos.’

girl power!

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In a way, Lisbeth Salander personifies the girl power concept with this intriguing edgy look (as not all of us have to look like overphotoshopped supermodels, right?)

But here we have regular everyday superwomen with lots of talent and hard work invested in their work and passion: 10 good female tattoo artists from the US and Europe being represented by two sisters from Austria (their website).

beautiful and banned

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‘Divergent’ still going strong and since it’s a real pleasure to see interesting tattoos on fit bodies (no perv feelings here, mind you! Just pure aesthetics!), let’s play with it some more: behind the Four’s tattoos and a slide show from the movie.

Quite an interesting interview with an editor-in-chief of the German tattoo magazine on tatoos in movies and how they usually appear on negative characters (worth noting, however, how it changes, too – who doesn’t like Lisbeth Salander after all? The Divergent/ Dauntless pack will also help with the image).

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Some more on ‘Bled for Boston.’

Also, more articles on the Perseverance exhibit in Los Angeles! One of the artists quoted in here noticed: ‘There is pain, but then you heal and the art remains’ which is both simple and profound ;)

Modified charity: helping raise awareness of kidney diseases and autism awareness.

Dress code: ‘can a company ban tattoos at work?’ and new U.S. Army groom rules – tattoos are a big no-no now!

Do parents with tattoos make for bad role models?’ some food for thought although do not expect intellectual fireworks from this one. Also thought-provoking is this one called ‘tattoos are corny and degrading’ (and it’s not as bad as it sounds ;))

Very interesting: a new academic book on tattooing traditions in North America and a Russian inventor who is able to read tattoos as sheet music.

times change, and so do the tattoos

Interesting articles about a book called1000 Tattoos’ by Henk Schiffmacher and Burkhard Riemschneider. Originally published 25 years ago, it’s been in print ever since.

My tattoo artist has his own, very dog-eared copy of this book and I managed to secure a copy for myself back in 2008 during my stay in Oslo, Norway. My edition is abridged and in German but it’s still interesting and a nice souvenir!

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a table of contents:

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a few pictures from the book:

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It’s a good starter for everyone interested in tattoos and their fascinating history through time and space! :)

tattoos: making a difference!

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I just love coming across articles showing how tattoos and people in the industry can change the negative image attached to them and how tattooed people change things for better. Here ‘Break the Silencecampaign against domestic abuse and ‘Semicolon Tattoo Project’ focused on preventing depression and suicide!

More about ‘Perseverance: an evolution of Japanese tattoos’ exhibition!

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Not a very nice topic but it’s history and exactly the events that should not be forgotten: metal stamps used for tattooing prisoners in Auschwitz (a big German concentration camp in occupied Poland during WWII) are going to be shown in a new museum exhibition.

Since it’s going to get warmer quite soon, I start feeling for these guys: dress code for Honolulu police force and firefighters in Florida!

People: Norm Will Rise (an expert on writing graffiti and lettering tattoos) and a video from a tattoo convention in Australia with Luna Cobra heavily featured in. Also, a slide show from NYC tattoo convention focused on reasons behind facial tattoos.

our bodies, our rights

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Amnesty International launched a great campaign called ‘my body, my rights’ to raise awareness of the most basic human rights:

you have the right to live free from rape and sexual violence;

you have the right to choose your partner;

you have the right to know and learn about your body, sexual health and relationships;

you have the right to choose if, or when, you have children.

The campaign and its message is illustrated by Hikaru Cho, a Japanese body painting artist and her work, as usual, is more than stunning! Here’s a video showing her at work!

We also have the right to modify our bodies and, contrary to what the Ink Reality TV wants us to think, there really doesn’t have to be any meaning to it. This article, ‘my tattoos don’t really mean anything and I like it that way,’ shows it really nicely.

The Tattoo Reality TV shows and why they are not much respected by the tattoo community here. More about the author, Dawn Cooke, here.

A very interesting exhibit on Japanese tattooing is going to happen in Los Angeles. It’s called ‘‘Perseverance: Japanese tattoo tradition in a modern world’ and more about it you can find on the museum’s website.

‘Safety tattoos’ for children with food allergies – tattoos not only as fun but also as a useful tool for parents!

Much uproar was caused by a NYC-based tattoo artist who tattooed his dog while the pet was under anesthesia. People call it disgrace and cruelty, and some local politicians want to ban pet tattoos and piercings. This post started with the words ‘our bodies, our rights;’ others’ bodies, others’ rights but animals have their own rights that also should be respected, right?!?