science, charity and good bodies

Polish headlines

Polish headlines focused on tattoos thanks to the Cropp Tattoo Konwent taking place this weekend in Gdansk. Also in Polish is an article about medical tattoos.

Medicine-related is also this one about electronic tattoos.

While the tattoo artists and visitors are proudly showing their ink off in Poland, other people are not so lucky – in Chandler, AZ local police officers should cover their tattoos at work. Visible tattoos allegedly equal to an unprofessional image; nothing new!

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Another dress code issue in the UK. Gems!

In Myanmar one can’t get a tattoo of the map of this country below the waist. A very interesting restriction!

An article about male genital piercings definitely focuses on the below waist region of the human body. It’s worth some attention thanks to Elayne Angel being quoted here.

Corset piercing  – quite rare a form of body piercing.

Science tattoos show that tattoos are not a domain of criminals. Another one about fighting the stereotypes is this one about the Modified Dolls!

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A good body and not bad a tattoo – Colin Kaepernick’s new tattoo reminds us that money is not that important!

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According to the WHO, app. 250.000 people world-wide die from burns every year and many others suffer from pain, scarring and high medical bills. Casey Keener, a fan of tattoos and a burn survivor, decided to help the Children’s Burn Foundation and is organizing an auction of tattoo machines. The whole profit from the auction will help the child burn victims.

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Keener set up the Art of the Machine and the auction event which will take place on July 11. Among those who donated their own tattoo machines is one of the first female tattoo artists, Kari Barba.

read, work, help, be

Since I just treated myself with a copy of ‘Bled for Boston’ book (hopefully soon in my mailbox!), let’s start with books: another article, this time in Dutch, about a book ‘Why I love Tattoos’ and a piece of news concerning a new book by Lal Hardy.

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For book lovers who are not that commited to tattoos: temporary book tattoos.

Tattoos in museums: Jessica Harrison and her tattooed figurines plus Henk Schiffmacher lecturing on the history of tattoos next weekend.

Body modifications at work again thanks to a young woman from Canada who decided to fight against the stereotypes. Editorials written in response to her actions don’t let us cherish any illusion about her possible victory. Interestingly enough, enough the famous dr. Mark Benecke seems not to be immune to prejudice although this Bild article sounds very strange.

But there are fascinating stories behind people’s tattoos and we shouldn’t forget about it. A Polish article focuses on just that but a story from the Washington Post about Ian Desmond and his fight against NF is way more interesting.

10 things you might not know about tattoos’ – give it a read.

In Birma there’s a thing #11 you didn’t know about tattoos – with a video and in German.

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‘Modified charity’ from Philippines where tattoo artists supported kids in need and also tried to show their sensitive side.

In Scotland ‘Yes’ tattoos even though there’s still some time to the local Scottish independence referendum.

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The topic of dress code is still present online, especially in Germany.

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Footballers are not only allowed but also expected to show off their tattoos although not always they face social acceptance.

Tattoo sleeves as a hipster habit? This article says so. Another one shows clearly how tattoos have become not only a life style but also a kind of accessory – ‘how to wear a watch with tattoos?’ not only focuses on fashion but also mentions Mo Coppoletta and his collaboration with a watch designer (it’s actually a little gem!).

Tattoo artists around the Western world: Oliver Lonien from Germany, Michael Rose from the UK, Quori Senyon, Rudy Hetzer and Kat Von D from the US and a short interview highlighting the job itself.

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Tattoos and their meanings from Germany: four moving tattoos and a new book on tattoos. A tattoo museum (worth a visit?) in Germany.

Can Jews have tattoos?’ is a frequently asked question.

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Modified charity: Pain For Sale shop hosted a fund raiser for animals! A cool name of the shop, too!

Two very interesting ones for dessert: ‘getting tattooed in Japan’ and ‘hanging out with the body suspension crew’ from Ireland. In the latter a very interesting question was asked:

‘It’s not for the squeamish, but calling people who practice body suspension “idiots” and belittling what they do for kicks, seemed out of proportion. Is it any more absurd than golf?’

don’t let others mold you ;)

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It’s hard to be yourself (whatever it means) these days, so maybe we shouldn’t even try? In case of doubt we can always use some ‘great’ advice from the mass media: tatoos for men, tattoo artists we should follow on some social site, we should change our way of thinking about nerds, finally, it’s so old-fashioned to take a selfie with your camera (it’s about phones, kids!).

In case you doubt your own judgment, you can always see how others perceive you and your esthetics: ‘do piercings make women attractive?’ (because men are always attractive, right?). If you get angry at others for judging you and your tattoos, you can always state how proud of them you are but it will come at a price – others have the right to express their opinions about you as it’s shown in ‘Toowoomba ladies proud of their ink (while others not so much :D).

Job seekers with body modifications don’t have it easy: UK and the USA. Surprising, eh?

Much better it is when it comes to be just a colorful and good human being: an American soccer player for PETA, a tattoo-a-thon for Cancer Sucks in Tulsa, OK and marketing joining the alternative lifestyle against skin cancer!

A female tattoo artist based in New Orleans and another one from there showing tattoos on the locals.

Finally, more news coverage on the recent and still going tattoo exhibition in Paris, France.

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Kid Ink, an American rapper, in an interview focused on his tattoos but he was also kind enough to take part in a Peta campaign! More modified charity accents in articles from UK and Canada.

An interesting article about Horiyoshi and his Yokohama Tattoo Museum is worth reading. How the Master stated himself: “No matter how many times the government tries to prohibit tattooing, it will never disappear. To receive and to give tattoos is a human instinct.”

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If you happen to be in Paris soon, you definitely should check out a new museum exhibition devoted to tattoos!

Japan Inked’ sheds some light on tattoo culture in this country while an article about Iban pride discusses attempts to keep the local tattoo tradition alive!

This one is certainly interesting – selfie surgeries are getting popular, especially among the younger crowd.

If you want to conceal your tattoos, you can use some make up tricks from this article. Below this col video featuring Zombie Boy for Dermablend.

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Tattoos in Americawho, how old, what educational background etc. Apparently, ‘they’ know everything about ‘you’ ;) And a  German article states that the tattooed people are more accepted in Germany now.

good deeds and prejudice

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I love reading about tattooed (or modified in other ways) people who do random or carefully planned acts of kindness and thus fight against prejudice and stereotypes about the modified. In today’s post you can read about a TX-based shop that went for tattoos for autism awareness (with a video), another shop supporting childhood cancer, a HI tattoo shop tattooing for free as a way to give back to their community, a British woman who got 101 tattoos for charity and another British who decided to sell space on her body to fund her charity trip. Maybe not all these ideas seem ‘normal’ at first (but then again, what is normal?) but it’s better to be considered ‘abnormal’ and at least try to change the world into a better place than to be considered ‘normal’ and do nothing!

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Another thing that is quite important to me these days is dress code and how it’s implemented in the work environment. Another article about a dress code for teachers from California is all about their professional appearance at work and doesn’t say anything about their private image. This text focuses on a tattoo policy for a local police department while here you can read how dress code and tattoos are viewed in the U.K. It’s not a simple matter and it certainly goes against some social norms but, to say the least, it’s hypocritical when a tattooed person is perceived as a negative influence but a smoking person without tattoos is getting a slack.

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 ;)

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.

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.