before the date change

New year is right around the corner but there are still old worries and then also new concerns:

With the crisis still worrying Americans, no wonder they ask such questions as ‘do tattoos and piercings create negative impressions?’ and think if ‘body art [is] painful for job seekers.’

A new year usually also means some price raising and that’s what probably will happen in MO where ‘the state seeks to raise tattoo license fees.’ There are tattooers, though, that are able to find a bright side in the project. Their concerns and worries also share tattooers from New Zealand who want the law to be changed to protect customers.

Good Christmas spirit still present in an article about ‘a noble gesture to help homelss animals’ and another one about a guy who loves Christmas a lot!

Finally, one in Spanish: ‘Arquelogia Mexicana dedicates an issue to body adornment’ – this certainly sounds very interesting!

Happy new year to everyone out there!

new news!

What’s new?

Almost 2 weeks ago Bastian sent me a story about a dress code in one of the Swiss banks. It definitely caused some uproar on the web.

Speaking of dress codes, here’s another one discussing the new dress code for the Polish policemen and also an article from South Africa about ‘suggestions’ for the policemen over there.

Also, an interesting one from the Emirates where ‘Abu Dhabi fatwa declares tattoos haram’ (more on ‘fatwa’ and ‘haram’). About tattoos looked down upon also in an upcoming documentary about the tattooed, ‘Color Me Equal.’

I’m not a vegan but I know there are people out there who care about it, so here are interesting articles about vegan ink: ‘the art of vegan tattooing’ and an interview with a vegan tattoo artist. Also, in a similar vein, an article about Wim Delvoye from a vegetarian perspective!

Tattoo artists: the authors of trash polka style (their website), profiles of a few influential tattoo artists today and sad news about Adrienne Roy, a comic and tattoo artist who died recently. And an interesting article about a German ethnologist Karl von den Steinen.

Since I’ve just watched the ‘Black Swan’ movie and saw what a demanding form of body modification ballet can be, here’s an article about ‘ballerina’s ‘fat’ body being an art form’ and a pretty interesting article from South Africa about different kinds of beauty and their future.

Tattoo popularity’s still growing: tattoos as Christmas gifts (sadly or not, I didn’t get any!), a new tattoo show called ‘Best Ink’ and car tattoos brought to us by Ford.

In less serious news, ‘the 20 bands that inspire tattoos like no other’ and a Belgian piece of news on ‘ear cuffs.’

Health, people and what a police(wo)man shouldn’t have on them

The weather hasn’t been all balmy and nice in Europe recently, so no wonder that at least some online newspapers included warnings about it in their daily contents. Here interesting, short articles about body piercings and low temperatures in Dutch.

More on health: a doctor’s take on body piercings, allergies commonly caused by body piercings, tattoos and … cell phones, tongue piercing-related health and social risks, medical alert tattoos again and a Polish one about organ donors and their tattoos.

People somehow related to tattoos: Tattoo Betty (her myspace page), a guy who wants to get 100.000 tattoos tattooed on him for charity and a journalist turned tattooist from Malaysia.

Tattoo industry: Berlin tattoo convention, how to get a career in tattooing (from India, so it’s very specific) and an interesting one about tattoo designs called SIG (sexy ink girls).

Two points of view on getting tattooed: ‘Skin Graffiti’ picturing tattoos as a big no-no (and a pic of a gangsta to make the point even clearer) and a pretty cool one answering the question ‘why I got more ink?

Miscellaneous: tattoo graphics on computer cases and a Polish one about a new police dress code that forbids visible tattoos and other bodily decorations.

small world, nice food

Some local touch for starters: interviews and articles about tattoo artists operating away from the big celebs-filled world: two local artists and an OH-based all women-tattoo shop just opened.

Big world to even things out: Scott Campbell and his Louis Vuitton adventure and a little bit more on Kat Von D and her new book.

This one is a real gem in more than just one dimension: ear stretching a.k.a ear gauging 😉

This one, on the other hand, is really interesting: ‘prototype ‘piercing’ restores man’s ability to swallow’ (more).

An odd article and a pretty nice picture from Germany.

Finally, an article about ‘tasty’ tattoos – food rules, eh?