I haven’t checked the news for almost a week due to the weak internet connection (again) and loads of work and there’s quite a few interesting ones:
Law-related ones: an article from Malta discussing minors and body modifications, a similar one from Ontario, Canada and an interesting one from IL where it was proposed to ban eye tattooing.
Tattoos and medicine in a proposal for another version of ‘medical’ tattoos: ‘Tattooing patients with UV ink could protect pacemakers from hackers.’
Famous tattoo artists: Lakra and his non-skin work and Scott Campbell profiled in the Times magazine.
An interesting choice of judge at a tattoo convention: ‘art scholars judge work at Down East Tattoo Show.’
A theory that ‘women get tattooed to feel sexier’ may actually have something to it although I’d venture a guess that it work with both sexes equally well.
The new Guinness record for most body piercings (with a picture and a video).
This one could land in the Guinness record book, too: ‘3-year-old tattoo artist.’ The joy of trying to come up with really ‘original’ things.
Finally, for those who still need their weekly fix of Ink TV – soon ‘Dublin Ink.’
I think your guess is right with the “get tattooed to feel sexier” theory. From the male viewpoint it was certainly true in my case anyway: I remember when I got my first ink, I got a thrill every time I lifted up the hem of my T-Shirt to look at it, running my fingers gently over the letters. I couldn’t stop looking at it!
The novelty of that wore off eventually, of course, but even now I like wearing a sleeveless top, displaying my BME shoulder tattoos in full view. It does make me feel good about myself – no two ways about it.
‘feeling sexier’ is probably a crude way to say that deciding how our bodies should look makes us feel more self-confident and aware of our bodies. It’s especially tru in case of women, seeing how we’re tricked into thinking that only ‘very slim and all dolled-up’ equals ‘beautiful.’
Not to mention that once you decide to get tattooed, it somehow makes you feel grounded – it’s for ever and mainstream opinions are all about going from ‘sexy’ to ‘trashy’ and then abck again.