judge not!

Tattoos are for idiots’ text (as it’s hard to call it a decent article) is worth reading for comments’ worth mainly as it shows how something so seemingly common and so really ingrained in human culture as tattoos is still able to excite people. Seeing how the text was signed by one Joe Soap, maybe it’s more about provocation and some s%&t stirring than anything else but, sadly, opinions like the ones expressed here are not uncommon.

An interesting voice in this discussion could be added by an American senior from OH who claims that ‘tattoos are opposed by Scripture’ and tries to convince us that there’s a way to deal with this evil: ‘Otherwise-beautiful people are ruining their appearances with tattoos and piercings. It is nauseating to look at a food server with a pierced tongue and/or multiple tattoos. We can fix that ourselves, by not going to those restaurants.’ Religious tattoos are also a big no-no which must be a big news for these guys here.

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Hopefully the OH senior didn’t read this article about a tattoo artist Scott Campbell who took part in a very interesting art project involving tattoos, teenagers and volunteers ready to believe in the kids’ abilities and potential. As Scott Campbell put it, “The volunteer promises, from that day onward, even if they never see or speak to each other again, to always look at that tattoo [designed by the teens and tattooed on the volunteers] and believe in that kid.” Here’s Scott Campbell talking about the project! Unusual? Certainly! Creative? Sure enough. Evil? Hell no!

Two other, less known but still interesting tattoo artists: Big Sleeps, an expert on Cholo lettering, and a CO-based Brian Thurow.

For everyone judging you by the way you look only, there’s an article about Muslim immigrants in Greece to read – their pain and hard life lessons are obvious in the article.

11 things to know about piercings is something entirely different, of course, but such is a format of this blog and that’s also the way I’m wired ;)

Ear-lobe reconstruction – an article and a video from Canada; in case you’d ever be interested in it.

Full Moon Tattoo Festival combines two things many tattooed people are into – tattoos and horror flicks. It’s certainly an interesting event and the guest list for this year’s edition of the festival looked very interesting.

Rob Zombie, who’s both tattooed and in love with horror aesthetics, was a guest judge on Master Ink and – if you are lucky (due to my location, I wasn’t!) – you may be able to watch this episode on here. For everyone else, here’s another video by Zombie:

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 ;)

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.’

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?!?

religion and tattoos can go hand in hand

My Saturday morning ritual (a huge breakfast and a weekend edition of my fav newspaper) turned out really nice today when I saw that a very cool tattooed female pastor was featured on the main cover of the weekend extra! Nadia Bolz-Weber appeared in some American articles I linked to on here but never in a Polish one, so it’s a real treat!

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The interview with her is very interesting and shows Christianity as an evolving and open religion that embraces instead of ostracizing and that’s exactly the kind of religion I could follow. Nadia Bolz-Weber seems a very self-confident, strong and open-minded woman and I really admire her for that! You can get a small sample of her style in this video:

Nadia Bolz-Weber published a book based on her own story, so once it’s here and I’m done with reading it, I’ll make sure to post a review on here!

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I actually love that there seem to be many ways of approaching God(s) and religion(s). Living in a country when one ultra-conservative religion dominates the public discussion on what’s right and wrong is quite difficult, especially if you prefer to think for yourself and try to find your own path to God and spirituality. In this article about a local pastor’s joke on tattoos and the way it turned out for his church members you find both spirituality and a sense of humor (who said God doesn’t have it?). I don’t think it would be possible in my country yet but who knows what’s in store for us in the future?

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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 ;)

losing the edge?

A leading motif in today’s update as it seems! Interesting, however, how limited is the info and images we get in the mass media!

Rihanna and her tattoos will be proudly featured in the March issue of the Vogue magazine. Will they mention that Rihanna got at least one cover up which means that she wasn’t really satisfied with her tattoo(s)? She looks glamorous and rebellious in a tamed way, so why not to show how original *not* she is?

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Colin Kaepernick and his wonderfully fit and ripped body is featured in the video below. He’s proud of his tattoos and media also use his image to get some clicks and better rankings.

But when celebs flaunt their ink and inspire ordinary people to get some, too, will they try to warn those poorer than them about the risk and price that go with cheap tattoos? ‘botched tattoos‘ and ‘unlicensed shops‘ (two different countries in this case but it goes further, of course). And let’s not forget about the infamous piercing guns and the risks that go with them.

It’s all about being smart, patient and educated. It’s cool to kow that you can discuss tattoos and dress code related to them in school settings.

With the tattoos so omnipresent now and with their meanings narrated, explained and discussed about, now it’s time for a pendulum swing: ‘getting a tattoo has lost its edge,’ ‘only cool tattoos survive’ and ‘the existential anguish of the tattoos.’

Before tattoos lose their edge completely, however, let’s use it for a bank ad!

It’s a multifaceted subject, though, and that’s why I’m in for good! ;)

With tattoos you can change your image and solve your problems in many ways: ‘cosmetic tattoos a growing trend among Japan’s senior citizens,’ ‘it’s never too late to get a tattoo,’ ‘tattoos help breast cancer survivors’ and – a sign of time – Getty Images presenting new images of women, a.o. also these with tattoos and other body modifications!

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Tattoos also equal big money coming from the entertainment industry: ‘Tattoo Titans’ is a new Ink Reality TV show but Ink Master is also going strong. Pretty cool video below:

And here 3D ‘tattoos’ that turn out to be ‘just’ very cool examples of body painting skills (Hikaru Cho and Znag).