Bad Chinese tattoos in Brazil.
More posters for the upcoming ‘Divergent’ movie have emerged and they look quite interesting. As for the book itself, I got to read it and must say it’s ‘one-time read’ for me – an interesting idea but overall it won’t beat such dystopian classics as ‘1984’ or ‘The Brave New World.’
The beautiful picture above shows a temporary tattoo commemorating one of the extinct by now species. There’s much food for thought in the article as well. On a side note, I’m glad to say that a Polish project run by Greenpeace, called ‘Adopt a Bee,’ turned out to be quite successful (I adopted some bees myself).
On the other side of the globe the 1st Hong Kong tattoo convention is taking place while in Poznan, Poland there’s a local one going on right now. In Austria Zombie Boy will be doing his thing at another event of this kind.
How tattoos are perceived and regulated in 4 branches of the US army!
A tattooed Lutheran pastor who’s not afraid of swearing and calling a spade a spade!
And maybe not directly related to body modification we see it on here but good enough to remember that societies we live in force us to follow their rules and norms – an exhibit on how society shapes our bodies (the museum’s website).
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?
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).
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.
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!
My fav tattoo shop just revamped their website and it looks great! They create but never abandon their monsters
The 24-hour-waiting-period idea in D.C. is still making rounds on the Internet and many opinions are expressed, shared and exchanged. An interesting voice in the discussion is the one juxtaposing tattoos, abortion and the waiting period (not)required.
Hooks-related: Tattoo Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa and a very detailed, interesting to read text focused on the suspension at this event on hooklife (thanks to Bastian for referring me to this one).
Museum exhibitions and tattoos: Sea Ink 2013, Tattoo: Flash Art of Amund Dietzel (more on Dietzel). Also, one of the living legends of the industry, Lyle Tuttle making an appearance at Ink for the Cause.
Japan: no entry to a Japanese spa for a Maori woman wearing a traditional moko design on her face. Outrageous? I don’t think so! It’s fascinating how cultures differ. When in Rome, do as the Romans do!
Art-inspired tattoos – even if you’re not into body art, it still may serve as a short lesson in art history!
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.
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.
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.