hidden and drastic

A small bunch of links to start a new week:

News about ‘novel infrared technique to identify hidden tattoos’ (more with pictures demonstrating the ‘trick’) is quite interesting and the invention more useful than it may seem at first.

A German article asks quite serious a question of ‘what is body art’ and it really is quite interesting to consider, seeing as Orlan, Stelarc, the Lizardman and many others all practice body art in various forms.

Another German one with a ‘Wow! Ouch!’ attitude published on focus.de mentions suspensions, split tongues and many other body modifications. Somehow I found this article lacking in a broader perspective on the subject. My favorite line from this one described suspensions as hanging ‘‘wie geschlachtetes Vieh an lang gezogenen Hautlappen.’ Yes, that’s the point! Also, notice how it was categorized!

Tattoos gaining popularity in Botswana’ one isn’t overly great but both the context and location deserve some attention.

Finally a DVD featuring some ink in ‘tale of a tall man’s tattoo’ – touches quite popular a topic of NBA players and their shameless tattoo sporting.