just a handful

An interesting piece of news from Canada where piercers from yet another province demand more regulations in the industry

Women in the industry: a light one about Katzen and another one about a tattoo artist named Andreana Verona

Women are a focus point in this one about body modification and sex.

Wim Delvoye again but this time it’s news about him looking for an investor.

Two articles in Polish: Szczecin-based artist Anabi in a final stage of an international tattoo contest and an interesting article about art uniting ideas of folk art and tattoos.

Two miscellaneous ones: Warcraft tattoos and ‘the worst tattoo in Austin contest.’

risky choices and decisions

Many articles on tattoo inks causing cancer in Germany. Bastian provided us with some more scientific data here.

Interesting tattoo history trivia from CA.

Wim Delvoye tends to appear on here every few months and looks like it’s his time again – some interesting pictures of his farm and his deeds.

I’ve never seen ‘Memento’ movie but since it turns 10 this year, here’s an interesting article on it. In the same vein, another tattooed characterSolomon Kane.

Tattoo conventions: in Polish from Lodz, Poland and from TX about The Ink Life Tour.

This one’s already caused much uproar on the web: a (not so well done) incarnation of Zombie Boy: Mad Dog Deon and his facial tattoo.

facets of tattoos

Tattoos and young people appeared in several articles: ‘a look to die for’ about teenagers seeking their own identity, ‘fleshed out’ featuring a local tattoo artist in AZ that offers his talent and skills to (not only but usually) young people and ‘mall rants’ where university students share their opinions on tattoos.

This one particular AZ student newspaper must’ve been on a tattoos roll and they also published an article on vegan tattoos.

Another one showing concern about tattoos and a bad influence on kids is ‘tattoos in sports have gotten a little extreme.’ Nothing new in this one, though.

Inked in life, unidentified in death’ shows how tattoos may (or may not) prove to be useful for the police.

Miscellaneous: a few octopus tattoos and tattoo trivia.

love, sport, tattoos

Since the Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, let’s link to some related stuff: ‘romance equals piercings, tattoos’ and ‘heart murmur at Mission Ink.’

Local shops and touch in: an interview with the owner of Freie Manufaktur shop, Inkfingers in Ireland and a bit of history in ‘Original skin: eighties ink.’ 

An interesting article from Borneo featuring Lars Krutak.

Against stereotypes that tattoos are hard rockers’ domain: ‘SSO member gets inked during tattoo fundraiser to save the music.’

A very nice submission from Bastian: ‘bikepolo players;’ I dug a slideshow out where you can see tattoos on many of the players. Looks like a cool sport and Canada will have the first bike polo court in the world soon!

pretty regional

An interesting photography exhibit in FL: ‘body art of the Ethiopian tribes;’ some information on the book and the author can be found here and let’s also add some info on the tribes in question.

Interesting are also these two articles on henna ‘tattoos

The Puma brand decided to go regional and is launching a new streetwear colletion with a little help from South American tattoo artists.

More entertainment: Liam Neeson is going to be an Irish tattoo artist in Hangover 2 while a rapper called Waka Flocka takes part in PETA’s ‘Ink not Mink’ campaign.

Tattoos must be pretty mainstream if Washington Post announces that ‘Getting a tattoo is largely safe, though experts advise using a reputable shop’ and ‘tattooing outgrows its renegade image to thrive in the mainstream.’

A new book on tattoos in which a German sociologist claims that nowadays tattoos are a pretty ‘conservative gesture.’

And an interesting charity action: ‘closer to heart’ in Canada against breast cancer.

events, exhibits and more

Quite eventful weekend with the Philly Tattoo Convention and the Superbowl Games (very tattoorelated!) 

Pretty interesting exhibitons, too: ‘exploring the black male identity through tattoos’ in Chicago, IL and ‘Mayan Fashion’ in Poznan, Poland (and this one I’m going to see when I meet my piercer for my next procedure in April!).

On the verge of art and shocking value is an Australian tattoo artist who uses his own blood to create his tattoo: Rev Mayers (and more on him).

An interesting article about the Maori heads being returned to their native land.

Finally, some weird ones: sounds incredible but who knows – ‘German man tattoos ‘mini’ on his penis to win a car!’ Much more interesting one, though, is a blog post about carrot tattoos.

book review: driven to ink; tattoo shop mystery part 3

 I do admit it’s a long overdue review! I got to read it right after it was published (in August 2010, I think) and even though I was going to write up a review as soon as possible, I got swamped with work and other things and never got to do it. 

And it’s a shame, actually, as this part of the Tattoo Shop Mystery series seems the most interesting and amusing one so far. Mrs. Olson grabs our attention right from the beginning and the pace gets only faster 

Here, just like before, Brett Kavanaugh, a female tattoo artist based, in Las Vegas, comes across a shady thing; this time it’s a body in her car trunk. The clues left behind the murderer lead straight to her shop which makes her uneasy, of course. To make it worse, Jeff Coleman’s mother (and they are pretty closed friends by now) is missing, so it’s obvious that Brett doesn’t wait for the police force to do their job but rather prefers to step in and help them out. There are many familiar elements and situations in this one but once you accept its entertaining value, you might actually enjoy the lightness of the book.

Fast-pacing, quite surprising at times and funny plot as it is, it’s the tattoos and body modification in general that really interest me in this series and make me go back to it. Seemingly nothing changed about Brett – she makes sure to list her new tattoos (in a way that would annoy anyone seriously into body modification) and points her multiple ear piercings but there is at least one slight change in tattoos described in the book. It’s not about generic (meaningful as they are) ‘memorial’ tattoos only as Mrs. Olson throws in also some literary tattoos and shows that tattoos can also be fun and passion as it’s shown in the Dr. Seuss-based tattoo designs. Looks like Brett is doing some progress and that’s cool in my own book.

The tone of this part seems lighter, funnier and I definitely like pop-culture references sprinkled here and there – Ocean’s 11, the Rat Pack, ‘wedding industry’ in Las Vegas, Frank Sinatra etc. Also, there are some references to the current economic situation in the US with the real estate crisis as well – somehow it makes the settings more real and convincing.

The characters are better drawn than before (or maybe I, as a reader, am getting to know them better?), more likeable and show more signs of a sense of humor than before.

There is still no sign of more modern forms of body modification: no split tongues, no stretched ears, not even septums or labrets but I can have my hopes and I know that there’s at least one more part of the series to come, so maybe in this one a random young guy (or gal) will waltz into the Painted Lady and, while asking about tattoos, will make Brett comment on his/ her interesting modifications. Who knows?

To sum this very brief review up, ‘Driven to Ink’ makes for a nice read-up and will definitely make you smile a few times and kill the time during a sleepless night (the chapters are short and pretty much all of them end on a very surprising note which makes you go on with reading!). Sometimes it’s good to have just fun instead of pondering on high-brow stuff only 😉

Karen E. Olson, Driven to Ink. A Tattoo Shop Mystery, Signet 2010

some random news

Another one related to the New Zealand’s cutting-the-piercings-out case: ‘good response.’

An article inspired by the ‘Black Swan’ movie and the ‘Nutcracker’ article (linked to here): ‘body fascism and physical perfection.’ Also related to body and appearance is this one: ‘Omaha man says body art hurts his job chances.’ 

An interesting one from Canada: performance using human body in an art gallery

Body piercing: ‘gentlemen, dress up your package!’ and an interesting sense of wonder in ‘stretched ears, snakebites and septums.’ One could think that the mods listed are all new!

Modified charity: a Canadian ‘tattoo parlor overwhelmed by cancer tattoo promotion’ and a nice one from CA: ‘tattoo-a-thon for a children’s hospital.’