social acceptance, temporary tattoos, women and …

Theo Jak said once that ‘he’d rather tattoos were illegal than socially accepted.’ Conclusion of the ‘Tattoo or taboo’ article could make him smile then.

Two articles about temporary tattoos – these done professionally and these DIY ones.

Internationally, a photography exhibition in the Netherlands – photos from the Amsterdam tattoo convention(s); and an article from India which title, ‘Women and tattoos – a love-hate relation,’ is quite misleading as it’s more about cultural differences and social attitudes towards the women in the ‘industry’ still prevailing in India. Interesting as it shows the question from a somewhat different, broader perspective.

the right wording, this certain time…

There must be something about summer that makes people go and get a tattoo and journalists go and write an article or two along the ‘think before you ink’ lines. So here we have ‘3 points to consider (before you get a tattoo)’ and ‘Getting a piercing or a tattoo? Do it right!‘ Since not everyone thinks before s/he inks, here are two articles about tattoo removal.

Maybe tattoos are not that well-perceived/received in business circles but you can still make some cash from them – Art Wear idea in Brunei was worth $3000. The idea itself is not really new, though, as there are already clothing brands using tattoos as their main motifs: Joker Brand, Bewild, Too Fast, Don Ed Hardy, Maybe One Day, Tattoo Golf to name just a few.

An interesting idea for an exhibition, sadly with not much information attached: Tattoos in advertising. And an action undertaken by an ID newspaper: Are you proud of your tattoos? If you are, consider sending some pictures their way (side note to myself: maybe I should do it myself? just for fun and to see what it’s all about!)

It’s not tattoos that make you cool, it’s you that make your tattoos cool: a profile of a wheelchair rugby player (tattoos mentioned only briefly but I liked the article and the guy’s attitude!) and a short article about an avid beach volleyball fan.

And finally, a ‘gem’ from MI – Let’s get ridiculous all the way!

dress code from a different angle and a few other articles

Most of the time dress code just appears and gets forced upon people but, turns out, sometimes it also can be revoked, just like it happened recently in a town in MD – local policemen were forced to cover their tattoos while on duty but that’s not the case anymore – Right to bare arms! (more…) Maybe LAFD could use this route themselves?

Interesting data from FL and a few pieces of advice on what to look out for if you want to get some body modification done. Also, an article about a new tattoo and piercing shop in Antioch, IL that indirectly sheds some light on legal requirements to meet if you want to open/ operate such a shop.

A small coverage of the first Body Art Show at Navy Pier, Chicago, IL. A buddy of mine is attending the event which hopefully means some interesting pictures to see. In the meantime this article and a slide show to follow.

An article about growing interest in tattoos in India and yet another one about the Guantanamo tattoo shop to make the post more international!

And an interview with a Spanish tattoo artist and organizer of the tattoo convention in Valencia, Spain and a profile of an African American tattoo artist based in Tonawanda, NY – I really like these small, local touches in the articles focused on body art.

tattoos – history, popularity, sexual orientation and some more

Sometimes I have a problem with choosing the most interesting stuff because there are so many interesting (on many levels) articles out there…

More in the LAFD case – kind of repetitive, so I’d really like to see some progress here, esp. seeing as the tattooed firefighters seem to have some support from the local community. Their stories and reasons begin to make some impact on me!

The most popular tattoo designs/ styles and an article about tattoos gay men and women seem to choose the most often.

A man concerned about preserving local history of tattooing (I’m glad to read about people who actually care about more than just cool looks or money) and a short article in Dutch about Indonesian people to whom tattoos based on their culture are a way to show their cultural background/ heritage.

Celeb glitter – tattoos on the famous people (in Spanish) and a baseball player expressing himself via ink.

A touch of Americana for me – a biker rally in Johnstown, PA (with a video attached) and a few words of appreciation for the volunteers working at the event.

This one I really liked – there’s a tattoo shop at Guantanamo Base and it seems pretty busy at that!

‘tattoo’ can have more than just one meaning

Most sources available derive the word ‘tattoo’ from a Tahitan word ‘tatau’ (which, as I read, means ‘to mark’) and we tend to associate ‘tattoo’ with permanent skin marking/decorating. Today I learned that the word ‘tattoo’ can be also derived from two old Dutch words, ‘tap’ and ‘toe’ (the word ‘taptoe‘ means ‘shut the tap’) which are used to describe a military event that has nothing to do with tattooing the way most of us think of here. Anyway, Freedom Call’s Tattoo, with probably no real tattoos whatsoever, is going to happen tomorrow in Dayton.

Tattoos as permanent body art and tattoo as a military event aside, there are also airbrush tattoos that, allegedly, are becoming more and more popular. Up to all of us to decide which art form is better – permanent or easy to wash off ‘art’

German newspapers are focused on football players and their tattoos again – this time they’re paying more attention to forearm tattoos, quite fashionable as it seems, among European footballers.

Hopefully, though, the sportsmen are aware of ambiguity of body art and how it can be received/perceived by ordinary people – according to a recent survey published in one of German online newspapers, more than 50% people perceive body art (tattoos and piercings) as unattractive and only 6% think the opposite. Before I start regretting my own tattoos, though, I’ll wait for more statistics in a similar vein and maybe will try to test/question people myself.

risks, law and mods

Dress code, or at least some preferences in this regard, not only in CA; here’s a German article about aspiring policemen for whom visible tattoos might create a serious disadvantage during the recruiting process. As always, the grass seems greener somewhere else but turns out otherwise.

After having scientifically proved the general body piercing risks (thanks to British researchers), now it’s time for the good ol’ oral piercings – researchers from Tel Aviv University have just published their findings and their conclusions hit the fan (the web, actually).

More in the risk vein – henna tattoos, temporary as they are, sometimes may pose risks of scarring hence the warning published in one of the British newspapers.

Since I like pieces of history related to body modification, even more if they are obscure and tiny… In Farmington, NM, there was a law prohibiting body art within the city limits since 1979. Now it’s going to change as the city decided to vote yes on tattoos.

People and tattoos – a tattooed NBA player (no surprise about this one) and a female tattoo artist from MN. On the side note, pretty good books covering the subject of women and tattoos are Chick Ink and Bodies of Subversion.

LAFD tattoo policy and a few other things …

The recent ‘LAFD tattoo policy‘ still gets coverage on the web and, even though it’s pretty annoying to go through at least a few articles on the subject every day, it’s quite interesting to see how most of the authors seem to support firefighters and think the tattoo policy is silly (to put it mildly).  Maybe not that surprising, however, if one remembers that firefighters tend to be perceived as American heroes and their status and esteem grew even more after 9/11.

Negative stereotypes about tattooed people are still alive but these days the tattooed do a lot to change their negative image in the society. Here’s one of them – Scary Guy who travels around the world and tries to make a difference one anti-violence speech at a time.

A pretty weak article about one student’s assignment involving tattoo parlors. The one thing that saved it for me was the High Priestess shop (quite reputable a place from OR) somewhat described here.

Finally, a funny text about temporary tattoos used  to advertise various businesses during TV primetime. Who knows, maybe it’ll be a hit very soon?

linguistic fun

The celeb *under*world is not something to take very seriously but one can’t deny that no matter how pointless or silly their stunts are, the Hilton/Richie/Jolie/etc. play a very important role on a social level – they make the society get used to weirdness. Jolie is both known for her acting and tattoos and so are many other celebs. No wonder then that Jolie’s tattoos make headlines pretty often. In her new movie, ‘Wanted’, Jolie doesn’t need to cover her tattoos; quite the opposite actually as some fake ones were added to be shown on the screen – short articles in German and Dutch.

With Euro 2008 frenzy still going on, football players, and their tattoos, hit the headlines pretty much every day now. Here’s another short article about football and tattoos (with a slide show to make the point clearer).

Tattoo-ID system was mentioned in a Spanish online newspaper today – another example of ‘internet hiccup’.

According to this Indian article, tattoos are ‘passe’ in India now and the real deal is body piercing in many forms (a naval piercing anyone?). One must remember, however, especially in the light of recent articles about body piercing risks, that sometimes a piercing can go wrong – a British woman started body piercing awareness campaign after her son died from blood poisoning allegedly related to his lip piercing.

Policemen and dress code again – should we who are not in the police force stop complaining about our professional lives being so hard due to our mods?

let’s see more of the world …

One of the main reasons I got interested in newsfeed in the first place was my growing fatigue with how europo- and americanocentric body modifcation coverage is. We know the big European and American names in the ‘industry’, we attend conventions and know what’s ‘in’ at the moment and yet, even though we like to claim how much of a passion and even love it is for us, we know close to nothing about the ‘industry’ outside Europe and North America.

Three articles from Indonesia then – one featuring an Indonesian artist, one discussing attitudes towards tattoos in Indonesia and the last one covering, a.o., a tattoo convention that took place over there not that long ago!

And to keep it so nicely international, an article from Kenya about the ‘industry’ growing and gaining more and more popularity there.

Since it’s unavoidable to come across an American accent, however, here’s a proof how commendable, or maybe simply silly, firefighters’ attitude towards tattoos is – another firefighter decided to make his professional life harder and went for a memorial tattoo.

dress code again and a few tattooed women

It’s not only sailors and criminals that boost the statistics of the tattooed people in the society; it’s also policemen and firefighters. As for the policemen, these from KY had their hard time just a few weeks ago. This time there’s some hard time in store for Californian firefighters (and, as the news coverage has it, these days there is a 3-digit temperature in CA). Interesting that the tone of the article is very supporting for the firefighters and their love for body art although I don’t think the author of this article is a fan of tattoos herself.

Body modification, as obvious and usually unnoticed as it is, is not only about shocking value, desperate attempts to look ‘cool’ etc. etc. but it’s also about good people with big hearts – in one of Canadian towns there is an event ‘Tattoo for the Cure‘ running till Sunday. It’s actions like this one that might change the stereotypes!

Despite the body modification industry growing, tattoos becoming more and more popular, and more and more women going for a piercing or a tattoo, there are, I think, still way less heavily tattooed women than men. The same goes for female tattoo artists. Let’s make this post a little gender-oriented then: an article about quite heavily tattooed woman who started getting tattooed later in life, an article about a female artist soon to leave her mark and open her own shop in VA and an interview with a female artist from CA.

Also, a very interesting article about British Goths – an overview of people from various background and of various age that have one in common – fascination with goth subculture.