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.

you can praise the Lord with tattoos, too!

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Job seekers still have to hide their tattoos’ says this article and there really is sth to it. According to the article, the USA is kind of divided in this regard: “On the West Coast, the tattoo lifestyle is extremely strong, and it’s supernormal,” […] “On the East Coast, it’s strong. Probably the central states are more like an issue.” “We know that tattoos and piercing represent an important mode of self-expression, and we don’t want to stifle that, as long as they’re not considered offensive,” says Jackie Ferman, a spokeswoman for Children’s [Hospital in St. Louis]. “I’m sure it’s a relief for a lot of people.” Oh yeah, it sure is! :D

Despite the possible problems that go together with being tattooed, apparently ‘more people are getting tattooed.’

More tattoos, especially these people don’t pay much thought to beforehand, means more bad quality body art. It can either get lasered off or covered up and here we have another opportunity for the entertainment biz – America’s Worst Tattoos show is about to start its second season on TV. (the video below is a lil old-ish, though).

I may be a little cynical and disillusioned when it comes to the ways the modern world works but I’m still sensitive enough to love articles I dubbed ‘modified charity.’ Here’s another one: the 13th annual tattoo-a-thon in San Francisco with profits going to the local Children’s Hospital. The shop that stands behind the event promotes tolerance and acceptance and is all for a friendly atmosphere!

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Scott Campbell and his art projects!

Tattoos and religion: ‘tattoos reign in Israel,’ temporary Bible tattoos and tattoos as a tool for Christian ministry. The Christian God has always been about including and reaching out to the social outcasts; it’s only his followers who started to exclude these who didn’t fit their imagined God’s image ;)

a touch of humor, a bit of thought

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A local contest offering tickets for Kanye West’s concert if you get a tattoo related to West makes one think how popular and lightly taken tattoos have become (at least in certain countries).

I did some digging as I remembered the uproar caused by 30 Seconds to Mars’ call to their fans for tattoos of the band. It also turned out that exactly the same thing did the very popular One Direction band. When they realized (because others told them) how irresponsible this idea is, given their fan base, they quickly pulled the offer.

Other, less popular, bands also have tattoos and some of them approach them with some humor. Here you have a band called Eagulls (a word play on the Eagles?) and how they won Bill Murray’s love. Less humorous, but still bearable, is this article about a band called Against Me! and their tattoos (a sample of their music).

‘Every body has its story’ was quoted by me quite often here. A few more samples of this saying: teen tattoos (meanings, dangers, legal issues), ‘tattoo stories – diverse and intriguing as the people who wear them’ and college students from NE discussing their own ink.

This upcoming event will certainly make for a great story: Scottish independence referendum (going to happen on September 10, 2014) and how people express their feelings toward Scotland and the UK.

A Polish article on dangers of tattoos (mainly because of the ink(s) used for tattooing) seems to confirm, in a way, a statement from the Polish book on tattooing I’m currently reading ([there is] some cultural lag/ delay in our country [Poland] in comparison to other, already individualized Western societies [when it comes to tattooing and other body practices] – this topic certainly isn’t new and there were many articles published on the subject years ago (here just one example from last year!). It shows how even  respectable newspapers go for the big headlines to attract our attention and feed us with the recycled goods!

Something really positive for dessert:

It’s been a while since I posted anything about ‘modified charity,’ so it’s only proper to do so now: a Canadian tattoo shop has been organizing a fund raiser for cancer hospice for a few years now . A recommendable idea and a great example how no matter what color you are, you still can be a good human being!

It’s going to be my first embedded video here: are tattoos sinful? A very old topic but a verey interesting take on it by Jefferson Bethke!

watch, envy, get your own!

This week started with the news on new rules for US army concerning tattoos. Apparently tattoos below knees and elbows won’t be allowed. You can shed your blood but you can’t express yourself?

The next piece of news sounded quite shocking – tattoos can give you cancer. Am I miserable and afraid now? Nope! Seeing how polluted this planet is, leaving the house and breathing may give me cancer, too. And even though not all of us know ‘how we’re gonna die…,’ we should at least have some fun while here, no? ;)

This weekend this place is certainly a lot of fun and it gets a lot of media coverage, too – 9th London Tattoo Convention.

Other interesting tattoo events – Dutdutan in Phillipines and a convention in Hong Kong plus Solo Tattoo Solidarity from Indonesia.

Also from Hong Kong a very interesting interview with Joey Pang of the Tattoo Temple shop. The galleries are worth checking out!

Other tattoo artists: Lal Hardy and his new business endeavor, an Irish tattoo artist working in Cairo, Egypt and 5 very promising tattoo artists according to some Chinese magazine (a Pole, Davee Blows, included).

This shop, called Prison Break, reminded me of the famous TV show also called Prison Break. These were the days when I admired Michael Scofield’s tattoos and wanted to have my own set of sleeves!

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Entertainment: The Lizardman Down Under (in New Zealand to be precise), banana tattoos and a very temporary doodle body art.

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There are more and more TV shows and movies exploring/ using tattoos to their own ends and seems like the movie ‘Divergent’ may be one of them (it’s based on books about a dystopian city divided into 5 factions; the Dauntless faction members are stereotypically tattooed, pierced and clad in black risk takers ;) ). But sometimes tattoos are frowned upon – Ridley Scott doesn’t want people with large tattoos on his Moses film set.

I love when modified people are generous and caring – here another example that the modified bunch has big hearts: almost 9.000 bucks for a boy with terminal illness.

News from Poland: one of tattoo shops in Poznan, Poland, a local contest ‘Tattoo of the Year’ (also from Poznan) and Silesia-themed tattoos.

Thou shall (not) …

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!

But tattoos are also about beauty and life affirmation as this great P.INK campaign shows!

As they say, every body tells a story and, even though cliché as it sounds, it actually does.

More on the Bled for Boston project.

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!

Tattoo Conventions: the BIG one in London and a local one in Katowice, Poland (this one also shows that suspension shows are a staple of tattoo conventions now).

More on Japan, how Japanese view tattoos and how it may be a problem during the future Olympics.

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!

to do or not to do … a tattoo?

A little more about risks hidden in moles covered by tattoos. Also, there’s an idea for temporary tattoos warning of coming to the dreaded ‘wall’ – even Sunday athletes know what it means.

A handful of Polish articles focused on tattoos – tattoos and jobs (the conclusion – if you’re tattooed, you come across as very unprofessional), tattoo underground (but we all should remember the saying ‘cheap tattoo isn’t good, good tattoo isn’t cheap’!) and some info on tattoo removal.

Something light in tone but with a good message – why you shouldn’t get a Chinese tattoo.

The ‘Breaking Bad’ TV show is coming to an end, so here’s some news related to both the series and tattoos devoted to the show.

A short article focused on traditional Maori tattoos. This one is a real gem – great old pictures of tattoo old timers and their work.

An interesting interview with a suspension group from GA, USA on suspension.org!

Modified charity: tattoos for cat lovers help animals!

Finally, the ‘Do or Die’ video by 30 Seconds to Mars with some band tattoos inside.

people and words

From Canada an article about more women in the predominantly male tattoo industry. It’s certainly nothing new and in this case I must agree with Kat Von D’s statement in this one where she discusses her new book (I’m in the middle of reading it but it may take a while – interesting intertwines with pretentious here).

Modest, talented, creative – Scott Campbell and his new project(s).

Easy ink’ (more) focuses on research on how men perceive tattooed women!

Modified charity in ‘tattoos for a cause.’

News from Poland: ‘tattoo jam in Radom’ and an interview with a young (and hopefully promising) tattoo artist. On a side note, I do cringe when they use the word ‘tatuażysta’ (=tattooist) to describe a tattoo artist/ tattooer; it’s kind of degrading and lands this profession straight in the stylists/ celebs realm.

think not only before you ink ;)

The last post this year!

A new year means a new calendar on the wall, so maybe this one? It’s nice to see tattooed people doing something good for people and animals out there!

More tattooed women shown in an article from Tasmania (a location that’s not very often featured in the news!).

Tattoos in Africa again: Rwanda and South Africa.

 Tattoo etiquette as seen by tattooed people in an article from Portland, OR.

A list of good tattoo placements! And another not-to-take-very-seriously thing: a Yahoo! Mansome episode on tattoos!

May we all have a good year ahead! :)