deutschland, deutschland …

I keep having Hanzel und Gretyl’s music in my head these days and seeing how I’ve been in Germany for almost  4 weeks now, no wonder that German news coverage is of special interest to me! ;)

Probably it’s the sign of the summer lull – a Swiss online magazine started running a series of articles focused on the origins and meaning of tattoos.

ban on hell's angels tattoos

In some parts of Germany Hell’s Angels and Los Basndidos’ tattoos can’t be shown in public and they must be covered by clothing or band aids.

Also from Germany a short and uninteresting (but it’s all for the recording’s sake) article about ear stretching (and I want to order some new eyelets from Wildcat, based in Germany, of course!).

Berlin-based artist Chaim Machlev is an amazing artist!

From Bastian a nice article on body suspension!

medical tattoo

Medical tattoos – they may seem a good idea and yet they have stirred some controversy! Coincidentally, there was also something on this subject in the Polish news coverage.

The tattoo scene in Denmark isn’t very well-known, so I read this article with quite an interest. Apparently, acc. To the Danish law, there are some placements that are illegal to cover with tattoos but now there’s growing demand for such tattoos.

Temporary tattoos and good books – two in one!

tattoos and fandom

Finally, good to read, interesting and dealing with pop culture – tattoos and fandom!

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!

dress code in AZ

 

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!

C.K. tattoo

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

(life)stylish

tattoo interior design

For some of us tattoos and other forms of body modification are about beauty, pure easthetics, looks and feel. Others say tattoos are a lifestyle although they look at it from idfferent perspectives. Here’s a Poilish article where tattoo lifestyle is more about feelings and attitude and here an American one where tattoo motives appear also as elements of interior design! Some great name dropping (Don Ed Hardy, Scott Campbell) happens! ;)

not only western ways

HI tattoo ban

Dress code again but this one is really good as it shows the whole question from a very interesting perspective! Keone Nunes, a Hawaiian tattoo artist specializing in traditional tattooing, said: “When they say that you have to cover up your tattoos or we’re not going to hire you because of tattoos, they’re looking at it from a very Western perspective.”
And the art of tattooing keeps changing and growing as this exhibit of body of work by 70 artists from all around the globe is supposed to show.
More tattoo artists: interviews with artists from Denver area, a quite unusual comparison of tattoo artists in Iran and US and a tattoo exhibit in Austria.
Not so new trends in tattooing in an article from NY Times and a new Ink Reality TV show called Épic Ink’ is supposed to be aired in August.
Finally, a small but interesting update on Christian tattoos in Germany where a certain pastor wanted 29 people with Christian tattoos to show up for a Sunday celebration.

tattoo angles

world cup-related

The World Cup in full swing, so no wonder that there are still lots of articles related to football and tattoos. Here you can read about footballers with the coolest tattoos, footballers with iffy Asian tattoos, international connections reflected in the players’ tattoos, temporary face tattoos and the biggest fan of one Brazilian football club.

Tattoos and jobs make for a fascinating topic on their own. Tattoos in the US Army, tattoos in Hawaii Police Department (Oahu), tattoos and police in Germany, certain professions and their taboos.

Tattoos and Christians. An American televangelist declared tattoos as a heathen practice; coincidentally, thousands of miles away, a German pastor is very interested in having a group of tattooed people for his community/ parish Sunday celebration. Also, Christian tattoos are getting more and more popular which must be a final proof of the strange charm of Evil!

do-tattoos-have-a-place-in-christian-life

A book review: ‘Playing With Identity’ book (about tattoos in Poland).

body piercing day

International Body Piercing Day took place yesterday! This day is also Jim Ward‘s b-day and without him everything would have lookeed way different for all of us!

And that’s something I came across yesterday: an interview with a Polish mother-daughter team of tattooers on Polish TV.

kalos kagathos!

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There’s this cool ancient Greek concept called kalos kagathos which I definitely dig (and using slang is just a way to play with languages, really!) and ESPN magazine has been bringing it to life every July for a few years now! And it really doesn’t hurt to see so many athletes are tattooed!

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Human body is beautiful on its own when you start thinking about it but when you look at fit, active bodies, you just have to admire not only the beauty on the outside but also on the inside as it takes a lot of strength, self-discipline, determination and sacrifice to achieve the fitness level of the athletes featured in the magazine!

Beautiful and amazing!

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.

raising awareness

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This week there was quite a few articles about Daniel Hindle – a British teenager who died from septicaemia as a result of a body piercing in 2003. Since then his mother devoted her time and strength to raise awareness of dangers and lack of legal regulations of body piercing in the UK. As she states on the website devoted to her project ‘Dan Aid,’ “The resource is neither pro nor anti piercing, its aim is simply to help you equip young people with the knowledge to go out into the world and make their own informed decisions about body piercing.

The resource mentioned here is a resource pack designed to use by professionals working with young people.

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It’s very interesting and good to see that schools are willing to educate young people on such a subject! The subject itself is very delicate and must be handled properly; hopefully, the DanAid project will be able to change things for the better!

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