Bad Chinese tattoos in Brazil.
There’s still a lot of commotion about the proposed 24-hour waiting period in Washington D.C. Even the Fox TV has put its two cents on the subject. The poll shows that majority of people are against it. In the meanwhile, a MI senator proposed a tattoo ban for minors. There may actually be something to it as this short article from TX shows, where high school students revealed their secret tattoos in their year book. it should not be about banning, though, it should be about educating!
Tattoos may be frowned upon and people deemed not to be trusted about them but no one can deny that tattoos are more and more popular. This article from the Washington Post shows, yet again, that you are never too old to get a tattoo. Pretty much the same message you can get from a Polish article about a growing number of Poles adorning their skin.
Also from the Washington Post, an awesome, interactive tattoo guide!
Tattooers and their thoughts: a Chinese artist from Beijing (here‘s his Instagram) (“Tattoo is similar in that way [to painting] but at the same time I think it’s more than that. It’s alive, it’s got blood, it’s got pain and it will always stay with you. It is a very unique and rare art form.” and “A good tattooist must have a thorough understand of history, culture and humanity. It’s not just about picking up a machine and finishing a pattern.“) and an Australian whose faith makes him believe that ‘”Jesus loves [him] with or without [his] tattoos.” The latter line may be handy next time we run into people thinking along the ‘if God wanted us to have tattoos ….’ lines.
Finally, tattoo etiquette or why it’s not a good idea to touch our tattoos without asking first!
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’s been a great treat to watch the IAAF Championship competitions in Moscow (on TV that is ;)); with the event coming to an end, here’s a slide show featuring some of the athlete tattoos. The question of athlete tattoos and copyrights is discussed here.
Also sports-related but on a sad note: the photo project ‘Bled for Boston.’
Nike’s been having a really bad luck this year – first their misfired slogan for Pistorius, then their failure with the Boston Massacre shirt, and now reactions to the tattoo-inspired apparel line also turned out not the way they expected! Obviously, it’s not about market and profits, eh?
People’s reactions to tattoos and one person’s replies – a pretty good and funny one.
Not many links today but at least some beautiful pictures like in this one about Japanese tattoos. Also about Japan and its attitude toward tattoos is this article from New Zealand.
Some forms of body modifications are covered in this German version of Wall Street Journal.
A piece of news from AZ: tattoo parlors are expression of art.
From the UK a local tattoo artist tells about his life and work.
soap opera starring the Russian opera singer continues as he maintains that his *in*famous tattoo never was a swastika. The world is in obvious need for some decent pieces of news as it seems.
More of the Olympic ink to look at.
Finally, a Polish one on whether tattoos are an act of decoration or uglification; doesn’t seem that bad to read, though.
I’m in the middle of watching “London Ink” and “LA Ink” (better later than never? kinda doubt it after having seen a few episodes of the LA Ink show ;)) but reading is always on my to-do list:
Entertainment represented by Megan Massacre.
Body art turned art from Shawn Barber’s perspective (his new art exhibition).
The Vogue magazine features a tattooed chef, Sean Brock.
Ever interested in ‘what does a body modification artist do?“
And more serious: tattoos as a roadblock for immigrants.
Stories behind piercings are shown in a German photography exhibit.
Ink Up Ltd. may be a rival of the Ed Hardy brand
Safe Body Art Act AB300 in California.
I haven’t seen the season 1 yet and here there’s news about prospects for season 2 of the Ink Master show.
I liked this one about seniors getting tattooed; at least in their case the question ‘how your tattoo will look when you re 80’ is sooo off!
Speaking of bans, here’s a pretty interesting Q&A focused on tattoos.
Thanks to Bastian for an article about Thai monks and their tattoos! Always interesting to read about it.