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 ;)

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).

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!

cultural and social contexts of tattoos

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We have our bodies but it’s the media and consumerism that dictate us how our bodies should look and we all know that. Is this new imperfect mannequin trend going to change anything and allow us to accept our imperfections? I doubt it and see it more as yet another way to get into our pockets and wallets but still, it’s interesting to see.

Another, even worse example of creating false images of people is photoshopping and recently Lena Dunham created some uproar (with a little help from jezebel blog – this post shows changes in the pictures). Pic doctoring demands some serious thinking process – we all do that, we all play with the way we look, we all pretend who we are(at least to a degree). What is right, what is wrong? Are we manipulated totally? To what degree we are also manipulators?

A big tattoo convention in Philadelphia is just taking place and it’s a huge performance and game to create a certain image as well. The industry is booming, though – over 800 artists from all over the world, thousands of visitors and lots of entertainment!

In another place of the world, Caracas, another tattoo convention is taking place and it also celebrates not only self-expression but also a human ability to re-create ourselves for many reasons. Stereotypes aside, the Bild magazine put is quite nicely: “doch hinter den Farben auf der Haut und dem Stahl darunter verbergen sich Geschichten von Menschen, die brutal aussehen, aber zärtlich lieben und ihre inneren Kämpfe außen tragen.

Tattoo artists: a Sarawakian Chinese artist fascinated with the Dayak culture and creating something new in his work and a well-known tattooist and buseinessman Chris Nunez on his own turf.

Tattoos on TV: an interesting guide to the ink reality TV shows, a critical text about Bodyshockers (plus a link showing what Bodyshock program has featured so far) and an article about the Black Ink Crew (also TV stars) branching out by means of a new tattoo magazine.

A Japanese clerk punished for having tattoos in Osaka plus an editorial on tattoos at work from the US. Different cultures, different approaches.

A warning aimed at teens and young adults – what you should know about tattoos. It’s not new but still worth mentioning. An inner lip tattoo trend is kind of related to it. Always be careful and think twice before you go for some ink!

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With the Oscar ceremony fast approaching, take a look at this Belgian film nominated in the best foreign language film category – a story about a female tattoo artist and a male musician over the years.

the last one in 2013

An update on France and its ban of color ink.

Some Dutch stuff: preserving tattoos of the dead (kind of morbid but interesting plus it’s not a new idea after all) and a short interview with Texas Schiffmacher, Henk Schiffmacher’s daughter on her tattoos.

Are tattoos sinful?

This may be the future of body modification: smart pills, implants and throat ‘tattoos.’

A new underwear line based on an athlete’s tattoos.

There will be way more articles on the subject but let’s just stick to this one: the most talked about celebrity tattoos of the passing year!

Either you get it or you don’t!

It’s been a great treat to watch the IAAF Championship competitions in Moscow (on TV that is ;)); with the event coming to an end, here’s a slide show featuring some of the athlete tattoos. The question of athlete tattoos and copyrights is discussed here.

Also sports-related but on a sad note: the photo project ‘Bled for Boston.’

Nike’s been having a really bad luck this year – first their misfired slogan for Pistorius, then their failure with the Boston Massacre shirt, and now reactions to the tattoo-inspired apparel line also turned out not the way they expected! Obviously, it’s not about market and profits, eh?

People’s take on tattoos: a pastor devoted to (Iron) Maiden, a huge fan of the ‘Twilight’ saga, Larry da Leopard, tattoos at a more advanced age than you may think and another map tattoo.

Scott Campbell!

Para-medical tattoos.

Tattoos and their meanings!

People’s reactions to tattoos and one person’s replies – a pretty good and funny one.

From ‘Down Under’ an article about stretched lobes (reconstruction) and another one about tattoos at work.

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.

tattoos find their way(s)

Chinese foot binding and Kayan tribe’s body modification here while here you can see some traditional Thai ‘sacred’ ink. Also, from Hawaii, a short article on the rising popularity of traditional Polynesian tattoos (Keone Nunes mentioned).

Nike went for tradition, too and now has a sports apparel line for women with a traditional tattooinspired pattern. Is it good or bad?

A very interesting art project in Italy: Michelangelo’s David covered in tattoos.

Map tattoos here.

A bit more serious: tattoos may hide signs of melanoma.

A video of suspension show from New Jersey.

Tattoos still popular in Poland (and pretty much everywhere else, no? ;))

Finally, an interesting idea for very temporary tattoos: shadow body art.