right before the end of 2011

It already happened, so now it’s more about waiting for the first reviews; hopefully the new episode(s) of the ‘NY Ink’ will prove to be as exciting as we’re led to think.

Springfield neighborhood-based suspension drama continues as this local article shows!

Is the world coming to an end? A little bit about the Mayan allegedly soon-to-come apocalypse and some body modifications practiced by the Maya people can be read here.

Samoa and its traditional tattoo revival in this article.

Modified animals (is it right?) in this German article describing things happening in China.

A Polish article about women as more frequent guests in tattoo shops here.

Finally, a bit of 2011 summary: designer logo tattoos as a fashion mistake!

book review: Body Art 2

Published in October 2011, the Body Art 2 book is, in my opinion, much more interesting than its predecessor! While the first part of the series (?) was all about beginner’s stuff so to speak (the history of body modification, advice to the potential tattooees and piercees etc.), this volume focuses on the real stuff!

In a way, this book looks a little like encyclopedia as its main focus is not only on amazing (shocking?) its readers but also on educating them as very interesting to read ‘Body Mod Masterclasses’(8 in total) show. The ‘classes’ cover such fascinating subjects as ear pointing, scarification (again but this time from a bit different angle), eyelid piercing and (hard to read for me!) nullification. Concise and informative these pieces of knowledge are and quite a good start point for your future plans.

A strong point of the Body Art series is interviews with the industry peopIe and this time it’s a good part of this book again.  In Body Art 2 there are interviews with the *in*famous Paully Unstoppable and Zombie Boy but the editors also offer us a chance to meet two fascinating women, Elayne Angel  (as shown in the pictures and in-between the words, she’s not only beautifully modified but also very bright and quite humble) and Isobel Varley who seems to be blessed with a sense of humor.

Even more educative flavor is offered in chapters devoted to the profession of tattoo artist and tattoo conventions, so those willing to learn will find here quite a lot (so it’s not only for gawkers!). The permanent features include short sections devoted to readers’ tattoos and there are – of course – a few pages devoted only to ‘Ultra Vixens’, so the (fe)male part of the Bizarre’s readership will find some eyecandy here.

All in all, a very nice although quite shocking at times book that should land on shelves of those of us interested in the body mod subject.

Body Art 2, Titan Books 2011

scares and burgers

I’m awfully busy (again!), so here’s only a short update. Hopefully, once the Xmas madness (and time off) comes, I’ll be able to put some more time not only into my running but also into reading and writing about body modification!

Two artists into body modification: a Spaniard Sala interviewed in India and Wim Delvoye again, this time showing his work in Australia.

A tattoo school is going to be open in Cleveland, OH.

Canadian authorities are concerned about growing popularity of body modification and risks involved.

Tattoos and work place: ‘leaving a mark on professionalism: tattoo generation.’

Finally, tattoos in an ad: a Russian commercial for Burger King.

a girl with fake earrings and some other goodies

A little anniversary for starters: the electric tattoo machine patented 120 years ago!

An interesting conference devoted to tattoo history in Vatican of all places! Pretty cool, isn’t it? Another university project described by BBC: ‘Dundee tattoo project’ as a means to help identify bodies.

News from India: tattooed men can’t join the Indian army now.

As a big fan of the Millennium trilogy and Lisbeth Salander herself I’m looking, both impatiently and uneasily, forward to watching the American version of the book. It certainly creates a buzz online; this one, ‘rebel leader,’ is more interesting, though, thanks to an interesting pair of fake spirals now on sale for those who’d like to copy the American Lisbeth’s looks. I’m not sure if it’s absurd, funny or just plainly pathetic.

Finally, a short string of examples of ‘modified charity’: Kenya, American Red Cross and a calendar for a cure.

brief and quick

A very quick and brief update for this week (now as tomorrow I’m going away for a weekend, computer-free and all).

The readers’ response to the recent BBC article on ear stretching: ’10 of your stories.’

Kitchen culture change’ – focused on tattoos.

Finally, not much on tattoos but interesting anyway – one and only Mark Benecke who’s quite heavily tattooed and definitely very bright!